The success of an organization can be determined by the quality of its members. To ensure the Fraternity is embodied by worthy young men, the Jordan Standard was put in place. It acts as a set of requirements for evaluation of potential members before they are invited to pledge. These prerequisits were addressed in Isaac M. Jordan's speech at the 15th Grand Chapter in 1884.
The procedure of membership selection including the “White Clause”, the unpopularity of the Fraternity in traditional institutions, the debates on honorary membership, and war were some of the trials and tribulations that were endured.
From the beginning of Sigma Chi to the Centennial year, the membership totals reached approximately 82,000. The Fraternity nearly doubled in size by its 125th anniversary, reaching 158,801 initiated members. Almost doubling again within the past 30 years; Sigma Chi has initiated approximately 294,943 members.
It is known that nearly 10,000 Sigma Chi members entered World War II, of them, 738 made the ultimate sacrifice. It is documented that in all wars, from the Civil War to Operation Iraqi Freedom, there has been a total 897 Sigma Chi casualties. These numbers show great honor and dedication of all the brothers who have served.
For more information on Sigma Chi's history, visit www.sigmachi.org.
The Seven Founder of Sigma Chi Fraternity: Benjamin Piatt Runkle, Thomas Cowan Bell, William Lewis Lockwood, Isaac M. Jordan, Daniel William Cooper, Franklin Howard Scobey, and James Parks Caldwell.