AOII was founded on January 2, 1897 at Barnard
College, NY, by four extraordinary women: Stella George Stern Perry,
Jessie Wallace Hughan, Helen St.Clair Mullan, and Elizabeth Heywood
Our Traditions & Symbols:
The essential tradition of Alpha Omicron Pi is that
its Rituals and promises are to be considered working principles
for life, not
simply emotional expression.
The badge of Alpha
Omicron Pi is composed of the three initial letters
of the three words of the Motto, superimposed one upon the next
in order, which gives the Fraternity its name.
Alpha Omicron Pi has only one jewel, the ruby. The occasional use
of pearls or diamonds in special badges has no significance or special
The wheat indicates usefullness in its harvest. The binding together
of wheat into a sheaf in the new
member pin represents individuals bound by the common bond of
The Nineteenth Century French rose, General Jacqueminot, a deep red
rose, was chosen as the flower of Alpha Omicron Pi because its cardinal
color is the symbol of the central and essential virtue of the Fraternity.
AOII believes that the Fraternity has an essentially Greek
and not one of medieval or Masonic background. Thus it does not
have a shield or a crest as a symbol.
While not an official symbol, the Fraternity and our chapters
consider the Panda to be its mascot.
December 8, or a date as near to it as is practical, is Founders'
Day. Although Alpha Omicron Pi was founded on January 2, 1897,
this date usually falls during school holidays. December 8
was chosen because it was Stella George Stern Perry's birthday.