Colgate University • 114 Broad Street • Hamilton, NY 13346
Phi Delta Theta is a men’s college fraternity founded in 1848 at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.  The Fraternity has nearly 190 active chapters in 42 states and five Canadian provinces and maintains its headquarters at Miami University.  Since 1848, more than 250,000 men have been initiated into Phi Delta Theta and the Fraternity has more than 160,000 living alumni.  

The New York Zeta Chapter of Phi Delta Theta (the chapter) was founded in 1918 at Colgate University in Hamilton, NY.  The organization was originally created as the Owl Club in 1907 and later became the Sigma Alpha fraternity before receiving its Phi Delta Theta Charter.  To date, the New York Zeta Chapter has initiated 1,960 members.  The chapter is a self-governing organization that offers its members opportunities for leadership development, community service, social networking and group housing.  About half of the chapter’s active members reside in a chapter house that is owned by Colgate University and is located at 114 Broad Street in Hamilton, New York.  

Phi Delta Theta members are an active part of the Colgate community, participating in a wide range of roles in student government, athletics, theater, and other campus organizations.  The chapter has a proud tradition of philanthropy and community service.  Some of the most successful annual events include Red Cross Blood Drives and the “Great Pumpkin” Halloween pumpkin carving event for Hamilton area children.  

Upon graduation from Colgate University, chapter members automatically become members of the New York Zeta of Phi Delta Theta Corporation (the alumni corporation).  The alumni corporation publishes a bi-annual newsletter, The Zeta Record, and organizes occasional social events.  There are over 1,000 active members of the alumni corporation.  Members of the alumni corporation have the opportunity to serve as mentors to the chapter, to join the Chapter Advisory Board, and to participate in career networking activities with other members.  The alumni corporation also operates a dining program at the chapter house for the chapter’s members.  The alumni corporation is governed by a board of seven directors, including six members of the alumni corporation and the chapter president.  

The New York Zeta Fund of the Phi Delta Theta Foundation is the fundraising and development arm of New York Zeta.  This is a donor-advised fund within a public foundation that allocates a portion of its annual income for educational and charitable purposes such as scholarships, academic awards, and funding for educational programs.  Donations to the Foundation are tax deductible and can be directed to the New York Zeta Fund.  The New York Zeta Fund is overseen by a board of seven directors who are members of the alumni corporation.  The chapter president and a representative of the Phi Delta Theta Foundation in Oxford, Ohio serve as non-voting ex-officio directors.

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Annual Meeting of the New York Zseta of Phi Delta Theta Corporation
Saturday, June 2,  2019
Phi Delta Theta Chapter House
Colgate University
Time: 3:00 pm

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