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The Beta-Pi chapter at the Georgia Institute of Technology is a part of Tau Kappa Epsilon (TKE) Fraternity. TKE was founded by five methodist seminarians in 1899 at Illinois Wesleyan College as the "Knights of Classic Lore".

These men "desired an organization different from those represented by the existing fraternities. Their desire was to establish a fraternity in which the primary requisites for membership would be the personal worth and character of the individual rather than the wealth he possessed, the honors or titles he could display, or the rank he maintained on the social ladder. The Founders of the KCL had little regard for many of the common characteristics of fraternities at that time, including their usual snobbery and disdain for persons outside of a fraternity."

The TKE Mission is "to aid men in their mental, moral, and social development for life." The mission specific to the Beta-Pi chapter is "to be a foundation for lifelong friendships."

The full declaration of principles of TKE, which has remained unchanged since it was set forth by Frater William Wilson in 1907 is given on the TKE National website. Within it, the three cardinal virtues of our fraternity are presented:

Love, that binds our hearts with the sturdy chords of fraternal affection.

Charity, that is impulsive to see the virtues in a brother and is slow to reprove his faults.

Esteem, that is respectful of the honest convictions of others and that refrains from treading upon that which is sacred to spirit and conscience.

Over 200,000 men have been initiated into the bond, including many who went on to achieve great things in their fields. One of the most famous Tekes of all has recorded a short video about what TKE has meant to him. (WMA file).

Copyright © 2005-2006 The Beta-Pi Chapter of Tau Kappa Epsilon Fraternity. All rights reserved. The TKE Beta-Pi Chapter is an organization of students and alumni of the Georgia Institute of Technology. It is not an administrative unit of Georgia Tech.

All references to Georgia Tech are for informational purposes only. Georgia Tech is not responsible for any of the content of this site. The TKE Beta-Pi Website is maintained by the Tekes of Georgia Tech, "by damn".

Notwithstanding any language to the contrary, nothing contained herein constitutes nor is intended to constitute an offer, inducement, promise, or contract of any kind. The data contained herein is for informational purposes only and is not represented to be error free. Any links to non-Beta-Pi TKE information are provided as a courtesy. They are not intended to nor do they constitute an endorsement by the Chapter of the linked materials.

Write: "TKE House", 159 5th Street NW, Atlanta, GA 30313-2511
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