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Omega Phi Alpha - National Exam Study Guide
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State the purpose of OPA
The purpose and goals of this sorority shall be to assemble its members in the fellowship of Omega Phi Alpha, to develop friendship, leadership and cooperation by promoting service to the university community, to the community-at-large, to the members of the sorority, and to the nations of the world.
What organization founded OPA?
Alpha Phi Omega - Zeta Kappa Chapter
Which university was the founding school at?
Bowling Green State University - Bowling Green, Ohio
What group did you originally have to be in to join OPA?
Camp fire girls or Girl scouts
What universities were our first three chapters located at, and what were their chapter names?
Alpha: Bowling Green State University - Bowling Green, Ohio
Beta: University of Bridgeport - Bridgeport, Connecticut
Gamma: Eastern Michigan University - Ypsilanti, MI
What is our founding date?
June, 15 1967
Who was our first national president?
Sue Fehlner Hess
How long did it take to plan the first national convention?
Where was the first national convention held?
Bowling Green State University - Bowling Green, OH
When was the first national convention held?
What was Susan Terzian's home chapter?
What was Susan Terzian's position when she passed?
Second National President
What is the level of approval required to receive the Susan Terzian Award?
Unanimous approval of the National Executive Board is required to present this award, which can be given to any person or group deemed worthy.
Where is the Susan Terzian Award presented?
What are the three national policies?
1. Drug & Alcohol Policy
2. Discrimination & Harassment Policy
3. Hazing Policy
What are the results and consequences of violating the national policies?
Chapters can be placed on suspension and members can be sent to the national standards board.
What are the three cardinal principles of OPA?
Leadership, Friendship, Service
What are the national colors and what do they stand for?
Dark Blue - Service
Light Blue - Friendship
Golden Yellow - Leadership
What is the national flower and what does it symbolize?
Yellow Rose - Symbolizes Friendship
What is the national mascot and its name?
Raggedy Anne named Ophia
What is the name of the national publication?
What is the national motto?
Todays friends, Tomorrows Leaders, Forever in Service
Who wrote the national motto?
Mary Qualls Graves and Elizabeth Shropshire
What tune is the national song sung too?
State the national song
O Phi A, O Phi A
We are sisters in service
Willing hands, helpful hands
This our ultimate purpose
Yellow rose may you bloom and grow
Symbol of our friendship
O Phi A, O Phi A
Bless our sisters forever
When is National Service Week?
First week of November
When is National Susan Terzian Day?
4th Monday of January
What is the name of the ceremony in which a colony becomes a chapter?
What is the name of the ceremony in which a pledge becomes an active sister?
Do colonists receive a big sister?
Where is the National Headquarters located?
Bowling Green, OH
Where is the National Office located?
East Lyme, CT
How many service projects does a chapter complete a semester?
How many service hours is a sister required to fulfill each semester?
10 - National
15 - Local
What is the percent participation required for chapter projects?
What is the percent participation required for pledge class projects?
What are the four main areas of service?
Community - at - Large
Members of the Sorority
Nations of the World
What is the Permanent Project?
What is the President's Project?
When is the President's Project announced?
At the National Convention
How often is National Convention held?
Once a year
How many votes does a chapter in good standing receive?
How many votes does a chapter in bad standing receive?
What percentage of votes at the National Convention are from alumnae?
How many districts does OPA have?
How many regions does OPA have?
How often is district summit held?
At least once a year
What are OPA's three sources of funding?
How often are national dues paid?
Once a semester
Presides at all national conventions, calls all special meetings, enforces observance
of national convention, and appoints all committees not otherwise provided
Shadows the President for one year before taking office as the National President
VP Business Operations
Oversees the business operations of the sorority, coordinates convention and
Oversees and develops the service, leadership, and sisterhood programs of
Keeps accurate records of theproceedings of all nationally organized meetings and chairs the national nominating committee; also coordinates constitutional revisions and the awards programs
Develops and oversees comprehensive public relations and marketing plans for the sorority
VP Alumnae Relations
Works with alumnae to keep them involved with the sorority, conducts searches for lost
alumnae, and works with the Director of alumnae activities
VP Chapter Support
Assists chapters in need and appoints, supervises, and trains the traveling
leadership consultants, and oversees development of leadership training materials for the sorority
Coordinates and plans the expansion of the sorority at undergraduate level
Oversees all chapter-pledging programs, assists pledge educators in pledge
recruitment, pledge procedures, and changes in membership status that require national involvement with the exception of alumnae status
Oversees all financial matters of the sorority
Counsels the sorority on all legal matters, reviews all chapter constitutions and bylaws, and serve as a member of the National Board
National Service Director
Responsible for directing the service program of Omega Phi Alpha. She will be in charge of the Service Council as well as receiving, organizing, and updating all paperwork related to the service program of Omega Phi Alpha
Chapter Alumnae Advisor
Assists active chapters with minor issues and problems on the local level. She will provide the guidance, support, and the continuity of chapter officers and lead workshops, as needed. She notifies the TLC of chapter progress and issues of concern.
Makes purchases of national insignia items and directs the selling and distribution of said items at convention and throughout the year.
National Convention Coordinator
Works closely with the NEB (especially the VP of Business Operations) in planning and orchestrating our annual National Convention
Traveling Leadership Consultant
Actively serves the training needs of the chapters in their districts. They will deliver workshops at and assist ADOs in planning district rallies. They may also assist with officer transitions and attend chapter-level events.
Director of Alumnae Activities
Coordinates alumnae activity within their assigned region and serve as the liaison between their region and the Board of Alumnae Affairs.
Active District Officer
Organize at least one workshop and one service project for their district during each academic year.
They are responsible for all the logistics in organizing the district rally and service project, and communicating with chapters in their district about these activities.
For collegiate member at specific universities
Were chartered at one time but are now inactive
Groups of alumnae who meet in geographical areas with large concentrations of alumnae
presides at chapter meetings, represents the chapter in sorority related functions, and is aware of all committee and officer business
preside at chapter meetings in the absence of the local president, heads the chapter standards board, maintains the local constitution and keep accurate records of members' statuses
is responsible for maintaining an accurate record of all actives' participation in service projects. She oversees the service function for the chapter
is responsible for the accurate recording and reporting of all chapter financial activity. She ensures that the chapter prepares an annual budget and coordinates fundraising activities. She collects all monies for nationals and submits them along with all required forms to the national office.
is responsible for taking and preparing the local chapter minutes, keeps an accurate record of attendances or meetings and functions and maintains an accurate record of addresses for actives
is responsible for recruiting, training and activating pledge members.
establishes and maintains relationships with alumnae, contacts alumnae with information pertaining to upcoming events, activities, and projects, address alumnae issues that may arise, and keeps chapter records up-to-date and current in regards to alumnae addresses and other pertinent information.
What is the minimum number of students required to petition for colonization?
How are chapters named?
Chapters are named in Greek alphabetical order
What letter is used at the beginning of an alumnae chapter's name?
An Active is a member still enrolled in the university, who has completed all local and national pledge requirements, and currently holds an active status with the chapter.
An Alumna is a sister who is no longer active at the chapter level
A colonist is a member of a group in the process of establishing a new active chapter of Omega Phi Alpha.
A Disassociated member is a member who does not fulfill the requirements of active status set forth by the national and local organization, and no longer intends to be a part of Omega Phi Alpha.
An Honorary Member is a person who has not participated in the pledge period and does not hold an active status but has shown a prominent commitment to the organization.
A member on Leave of Absence is a member still enrolled in the university, but has been approved to not be active for one term for a specific reason deemed appropriate by the Chapter Standards Board.
Pledge is a student in the process of fulfilling requirements to become an active member.
What are the three conditions which allow a sister to petition alumnae status?
1. No longer enrolled in the university
2. A student is in their final term prior to graduation
3. Has been an active member for at least 4 years
Do pledges have rights or privileges in the sorority?
Who is allowed to attend the National Convention?
Actives, Colonists, Alumnae and Honorary Members
Do disassociated members have rights or privileges in the sorority?
What are the three tiers of the Alumnae Society?
Topaz Society - 10 year
Sapphire Society - 25 year
Diamond Society - 40+ year
The National Crest
Remember crest=crust; looks like a slice of pizza
The National Coat of Arms
Similar to crest, bigger and looks like a shield
Has the greek letters OPA on it
Has the greek letters OPA on it and is diamond shaped
Has rose on it and says alumna
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