Fraternal Societies - Sororities

The terms "fraternity" and "sorority" (Latin "frater" and "soror", meaning "brother" and "sister") are used to describe social and charitable organizations. Fraternal Societies are associations of persons drawn together by common interests and may be organized chiefly to provide companionship and pleasure for its members; to furnish its members with certain benefits such as life, accident, and health insurance; or to help their communities. These organizations may also take part in programs of the support of charities and social work. Membership in these groups is restricted, and usually depends on invitations extended by members of the fraternity. Eligibility for membership is based on religious, philosophical, political or socio-economic criteria. Fraternal societies cover almost the entire spectrum of society, openness and secrecy. Fraternities may provide its members a road to personal development in order to improve awareness and identity, develop talents and potential, build human capital and facilitate employability, enhance quality of life and contribute to the realization of dreams and aspirations.

Pour les Anciens, on est philosophe non pas en fonction de l'originalité
ou de l'abondance du discours philosophique que l'on a inventé ou développé,
mais en fonction de la manière dont on vit. Il s'agit avant tout de devenir meilleur.
Et le discours n'est philosophique que s'il se transforme en mode de vie.
- Pierre Hadot, La Philosophie comme manière de vivre -

... non nobis solum nati sumus
ortusque nostri partem patria vindicat, partem amici ...
- Cicero, De officiis, Liber I:22 -

Si tu diffère de moi, mon frère, loin de me lèser, tu m'enrichis
- Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, Citadelle, 1948 -

Freude, schöner Götterfunken,
Tochter aus Elysium,
Wir betreten feuertrunken,
Himmlische, dein Heiligtum!
Deine Zauber binden wieder,
Was die Mode streng geteilt;
Alle Menschen werden Brüder,
Wo dein sanfter Flügel weilt.
- Friedrich Schiller, Ode an die Freude -
- Ludwig van Beethoven, Symphony No. 9 -

*Fraternal Societies
*Fraternal, Service and Other Organizations
*Service clubs
*List of Fraternal Societies
*Fraternities and sororities
*Christian fraternity
*The History of College Fraternities
*List of social fraternities and sororities
*Collegiate secret societies

*Kiwanis International
*Lions International
*Rotary International

*National Pan-Hellenic Council - NHPC (USA)
*National Panhellenic Conference (USA)
*North-American Interfraternity Conference - NIC (USA)
*North American Interfraternal Foundation (USA)
*National Association of Latino Fraternal Organizations - NALFO (USA)

*Freemasons, Friendly Societies and Trade Unions
*Geschiedenis van de occulte en mystieke broederschappen - Dutch
*Ancient Order of Druids
*Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks of America
*Builders of Adytum
*Catholic Fraternity of Charismatic Covenant Communities and Fellowships
*Chivalric Orders
*Fraternitas Saturni
*Gamma Sigma Alpha
*Independent Order of Odd Fellows - IOOF
*Junior Order of United American Mechanics
*King's Garden
*Kin Canada
*Knights of the Ku Klux Klan
*Knights of Columbus
*International Order of the Alhambra
*Order of the Daughters of Isabella
*Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn
*Men Of God - M.O.G.
*Order of Knights of Pythias
*Order of Omega
*The Order of Skull and Bones
*Ordo Templi Orientis
*Ordo Templis Orientis
*Ordre Martiniste
*Ordo Supremus Militaris Templi Hierosolymitani
*The Order of Saint Stanislas
*Phi Beta Kappa
*Phi Kappa Theta
*Rosslyn Templars
*Royal Antediluvian Order of Buffaloes
*Royal Neighbors of America
*Sigma Theta Epsilon
*Sovereign Military Hospitaller Order of St. John of Jerusalem of Rhodes and of Malta - Knights of Malta
*Vita Feminea Textura


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