To the Membership of Tau Epsilon Phi,
As quoted by Executive Director Sidney S. Suntag (who served our fraternity from 1946–1979) in The History of Tau Epsilon Phi, 102 years ago today “eight men in all, met during the lunch hour on October 10, 1910 in a deserted lecture hall and sealed their amalgamation as a fraternity. Time was short during this lunch-hour meeting for any real progress to be made and the eight men agreed to meet at 5 o’clock that same afternoon in Central Park, at the foot of West 68th Street, a favorite for College of Pharmacy Students”. While this day was the first official meeting of these eight (8) men, they agreed to meet the following week with the entire group of Founding Fathers. Therefore, after receiving permission from the Chairman of the Property Committee, the entire group of Founding Fathers met for the first official meeting on October 17, 1910 in the College library.
While we celebrate the first meeting of the fraternity on this special and historic day, we ask you to take a moment to reflect on what TEP has meant to you during your time in college and the place it remains with each of you as you continue through life. Please keep this memory in your mind as you continue to read below.
Since our inception this organization has initiated more than 45,000 members from 135 chapters across the United States and Canada. Throughout our history, TEP has provided countless stories that will be told and re-told over and over again recounting those days at the chapter and the fraternity house. TEP has created lifelong friendships and lasting memories that will be celebrated at weddings and at funerals.
While each one of you have your own story and experiences of your undergraduate days in the fraternity, we all share a common bond of brotherhood in Tau Epsilon Phi both as a member of a local chapter and of a national organization. And when you think your days in college, many of you will immediately quote the last sentence of our Creed…“To Practice each day, friendship—chivalry—service, thus keeping true to these—the three ideals of the founders of our Fraternity—this is the Creed of Tau Epsilon Phi.
Last year, our organization had a time where the Creed and the name Tau Epsilon Phi were almost silenced forever. Led by a passionate group of volunteers committed to the ultimate goal of ensuring the continuation of the fraternity, I am proud to inform you that the organization is back on a positive path to the future. For the first time in our history, we have a full functioning National Website (www.tep.org), we have undergraduates excited and passionate to be a member of TEP and have opportunities for Expansion to new Colleges and Universities. And to welcome back Alumni, we have organized Alumni Events in seven (7) cities through the Meet and Greet Series. And with the numerous accomplishments too many to note, please understand and appreciate that these efforts have been due to the efforts by a 100% volunteer group, our twenty-two (22) members of our Grand Council.
Due to this historic week which begins today and concludes on the 17th, in honor of celebrating TEP and welcoming you back to the organization, we will be posting specific and targeted requests and needs of you, our TEP Alumni and various accomplishments we wish to share. Please take a moment to read and spend a moment to respond. We would greatly appreciate it!
Again, please think of TEP today and celebrate with me in wishing Tau Epsilon Phi a Happy 102nd Birthday Week. On behalf of our entire organization, we thank you again for your membership in Tau Epsilon Phi
Lane B. Koplon
Tau Epsilon Phi Fraternity