How The Offices of the Grand Chapter is Addressing Coronavirus

Your health and safety is of utmost importance to the International Headquarters. We hope everyone is healthy and staying safe during this pandemic.

We have ramped up an extensive support system for our chapters and colonies, volunteers and alumni. You can find all of this information below.

What Ideas/Resources Can I Use To Learn Ways to Help?

The Offices of the Grand Chapter is actively working on building our list of ideas on ways to help and resources to help you through the coronavirus pandemic as well as prepare for both summer and fall. Below are the places you can find this content.

This Day in TKE History: TKE is World's Largest Fraternity

This Day in TKE History: TKE is World's Largest Fraternity

On April 5th, 1959 Tau Kappa Epsilon began its reign of being the largest fraternity in the world. Forty-eight years later TKE has 274 chapters and colonies across North America, more than 240,000 in total membership since founding in 1899 and is affiliated with the largest Greek Life entity in Germany called The Corps.

As Tau Kappa Epsilon entered the decade of the 1960s, it had assumed a position of vital importance in the fraternity world. TKE was now the largest fraternity with more than 160 chapters and was a leader in all aspects of interfraternity competition. This decade was to bring about continued growth along with a solidification of fraternity policies, procedures, and operations.

Frater Don Kaser of Epsilon Chapter (Iowa State University), a veteran of ten years on the Grand Council, was elected Grand Prytanis at the 30th Conclave at the Sheraton-Cadillac Hotel in Detroit. Frater Kaser's administration saw 41 new chapters installed, with the most significant being the 200th charter grant to Iota-Theta chapter at Centenary College in Shreveport, Louisiana, on March 23, 1963. TKE thus became the first fraternity to install 200 chapters, a goal long considered impossible.

Under the leadership of Frater Kaser, Tau Kappa Epsilon achieved a position of solid financial stability, dedicated its first permanent International Headquarters building, and formulated and instigated new programs becoming that of the largest and most progressive fraternity.

The Offices of the Grand Chapter encourages all fraters to celebrate this distinction today and continue the work of our founders.

If you would like to see your chapter news here, contact Communications Coordinator Tom McAninch.

The Grand Council of Tau Kappa Epsilon has released our 2020-2025 Strategic Plan. Looking for a way to contribute to the future of TKE? Make a gift to Life Loyal Teke today.

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