Now nearing completion of his studies in accounting and finance at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Willowbrook resident Eric Baumbach has served the public in several positions in Burr Ridge and Willowbrook. Eric Baumbach has also contributed data analysis and tutoring for his brothers at the Alpha Phi Omega (APO) service fraternity.
Incorporating many ideals of the Boy Scout movement, APO follows a twin mission of creating a service ethic and working toward peace. It also provides its members with resources for developing leadership skills they can take into the society at large.
One fraternal activity is APO LEADS. This program is built around its acronym of Launch, Explore, Achieve, Discover, and Serve, activities which describe components of good leadership. APO members and non-members alike may attend the event with the goal of becoming better leaders on campus or in business.
Enhancement of individual chapters is the goal of APO’s Membership Academy and Membership University. Both events deal with challenges of recruitment, planning, and improving situations with non-productive members.
Finally, the National Volunteer Conference offers assistance to APO alumni looking for increased involvement with the fraternity as a whole. Held in July 2017 in Dallas, the gathering will focus on sectional chair training, preparing for LEADS workshops, advising students, and networking.