Irving Klepper stated that the first fraternity Phi Beta Kappa was founded for "social and literary purposes" at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia on December 5th 1776. It then became and has since remained a scholarship honor society. Throughout the nineteenth century, many new fraternities developed but few have stay in existence. In 1825, the Kappa Alpha Fraternity was founded at Union College. Within two years the Sigma Phi and Delta Phi fraternities were founded at the same college this has become the pattern for the American Fraternity system. There were nearly thirty fraternities in existence in the United States by the end of the nineteenth century.
Our present day fraternities still have all of the same characteristics and precepts of their predecessors. The present day members of the Greek System develop many life skills for their college and future. During a student’s years in the fraternity system they learn leadership skills. This is because the group is run like a small country with an executive legislative and judicial branch which are all held by its members. These position are very close is design to our present days government. Additionally, since membership in a fraternity is viewed as a membership to the Greek System as a whole each individual is a representative as the system as a whole
Organization is a key fundamental skill for any group in the Greek System. Philanthropy fund raising and community service always an important part to every group’s structure. Every individual is required to help development and implementation of these activities. Many members continue this during their lifetime long after they have left college. These events help the brothers develop organization and planning skills that they can use in their future careers.
Fraternities have been made infamous for this parties and social gatherings. Although the media shows this in a negative light it helps the members develop strong social...