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v.

Alpha Men never wear tennis shoes with a suit.

SECTION III.2. The Wearing of Fraternity Pins/Badges (#)

    • 2.1

      General Rules for Wearing of Fraternity Pins/Badges

          • i.

            The Official Badge is defined as the official fraternity pin of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. See

            • III.

              2.2 below

        • ii.

          Official Fraternity pins shall be defined as the Life Member Pin, the Twenty-Five Year Pin and the Fifty Year Pin.

        • iii.

          With the exception of the Official Badge, all official Fraternity pins should be worn on the left lapel of a suit jacket, blazer or sports coat. The left lapel should contain only one pin at a time. A pin should never be worn on the right lapel. The wearing of the Official Badge is outlined below.

        • iv.

          The Official Badge and all Official pins should only be worn with a suit, blazer or sports coat, long- sleeved dress shirt and a tie.

          • v.

            The Official Badge and all Official Fraternity Pins cannot be converted to any type of jewelry, i.e. rings, cuff links, lapel pins, etc.

        • vi.

          The Official Badge shall never be worn by a non-Alpha.

        • vii.

          The Twenty Five Year and the Fifty Year Pins should never be worn by a Brother who does not have sufficient years for service.

      • viii.

        The Life Member Pin should never be worn by a Brother who is not a life member.

        • ix.

          Only limited jewelry and no article of clothing are approved by the fraternity to incorporate the “Fraternity Shield”. Any vendor found to be incorporating the “Fraternity Shield” in a clothing article or jewelry should be reported to the Corporate Headquarters of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. NOTE: Only the Life Membership, 25-year and 50-year pins, the Signet Ring (Style #1146) and the Alpha Phi Alpha Official Ring (Style #4044B) are approved by the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. to incorporate the official shield of the fraternity

          • x.

            The Official Badge and all Official Fraternity Pins can only be obtained by a designated representative of the local chapter or the National Organization, upon presentation of proper credentials.

        • xi.

          While the Official Badge and all Official Fraternity Pins may be placed on the body of a deceased brother for viewing, it should be removed prior to final burial. NOTE: The Ritual Committee is in the process of developing an Omega Pin that can remain with the brother.

      • xii.

        The disposition of the Official Badge and all Official Fraternity Pins should be in accordance with Disposition of Paraphernalia as described below

    • 2.2

      Official Badge

          • i.

            The official badge (often referred to as the Fraternity Pin) is the official pin of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.

          • ii.

            The official badge is ONLY worn over the heart of a Brother. It is never worn on the lapel of a suit jacket, blazer or sports coat.

          • iii.

            When wearing the official badge, Brothers must be

attired in a suit, blazer or sports coat, long-sleeved dress shirt and a tie. If either of these should be removed, then the

official badge removed as well.

should

be

iv.

The official badge is attached just above the left inside pocket

of the dress shirt. If there is no pocket on the shirt, the badge is attached to the shirt as illustrated. If a vest is worn over the dress shirt, the badge can be attached to this garment on the left side over the heart.

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