History of the Los Angeles Alumni Chapter

Established in 1889 (although not officially chartered until July 7th, 1903), the Los Angeles Alumni chapter is one of the oldest continually active alumni chapters west of the Mississippi River. It is also considered to be one of the most distinguished chapters, as its membership has included 3 Grand Consuls, 5 US Senators, 20 US Representatives as well as numerous Order of Constantine Sigs and Significant Sigs, including John Wayne (USC '29).
The chapter was originally the Los Angeles Alumni Chapter. Later, with the birth of several other area chapters (L.A. Westside, San Fernando Valley, University Park), it became the L.A. Central Alumni Chapter and met for years at the Downtown Athletic Club. With the increased population and traffic, getting to downtown for the weekly lunches became challenging. After some tenured members entered the Chapter Eternal, the chapter struggled with attendance. The other area alumni chapters struggled as well, folding ultimately as recognized chapters, leaving only L.A. On the 100th anniversary of our chartering (2003), the chapter organized geographical pockets of activity called GEMs (for Gatherings/Events/Meetings) in repesentative areas of Los Angeles, allowing brothers to meet where most convenient to their home or workplace. The first were Downtown, Pasadena, Westside, San Fernando Valley, South Bay, Long Beach, Conejo Valley, and Inland Empire. This structure continues today with a few of these GEMs dormant and ready to be reactivated (with your help!). In 2007, the chapter was renamed the Los Angeles County Alumni Chapter. We use our shorter name for brevity:  L.A. Sig.

 

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