How We Started

How We Started

In September 1907, six students founded a club “to break up a political clique that was controlling campus positions.” The men set up high ideals of scholarship, fellowship, and leadership. The group adopted the Spanish word Adelante which means “forward.” The Adelante Club was incorporated as Adelante Fraternity on November 11, 1912. From almost its beginning, Adelante had many offers to join national organizations and although for many years it was considered that going national was in Adelante’s best interest, they declined all offers, and decided to remain Iowa State’s only unaffiliated local fraternity. Additionally Adelante is the longest, continuously running local fraternity in the nation.

The founders of Adelante are: Henry Haefner, Rex J. Davidson, Don T. Griswold, Harold F. Luick, Walter H. Leckliter, and George Godfrey.

The seeds of Adelante were sown during the 1906-07 school year at a boarding house on Lynn Avenue known as West Parker, where the Sigma Alpha Epsilon house now stands. West Parker housed 16 men and contained eight bedrooms, a dining room, a kitchen, and cook’s quarters in the basement. Several of the men who roomed there decided to stay together the next school year; and rented a house on Stanton Avenue for the 1907-08 school year. Here the name of Adelante was coined, and a start was made toward an organization based on present needs rather than with the thought of forming a permanent fraternity.

During the next year, 1908-09, Adelante was located in the Jones house on Hyland Avenue. For the next several years the Adelantes moved several times, living at 208 Stanton from 1909-12, 2811 West Street during 1912-13 and at 141 Campus Avenue from 1913-23. From the fall of 1923 until 1972, Adelante was located at 304 Welch Avenue. This was the first house that was actually owned and built by Adelante. Since 1972, Adelante has been located at 318 Welch Avenue. In the beginning, the group had rather strict ideas - no drinking, no smoking, and no dancing! Emphasis was placed on scholarship in those days. Social privileges (i.e. dating, and reading of novel and popular magazines during extra hours) were suspended for any members not maintaining good grades.

During World War I, the Adelantes became rather inactive because only two Adelante men were living in the house at the time, (the rest of the space was occupied by the Student’s Army Training Corps) although several other Adelantes were scattered throughout the campus. To keep the fires of Adelante burning, the parlor of the 304 Welch house was secured as Adelante’s headquarters.

During the depression years money was very tight and this affected pledging drastically. House bills had to be cut to induce men to pledge. So poor was the financial situation, that it was suggested that Adelante merge with other fraternities. For various reasons, however, this idea was rejected.

During World War II, things were also difficult for Adelante. In the spring of 1943, all fraternities on campus agreed to move out and allow women to occupy the houses. Two members were allowed to live in the cook’s room and the men were allowed to use the basement. In the fall of 1944, the men were back in the house but no meals were served for the first year of reoccupancy.

From almost its beginning, Adelante had many offers to join national organizations and although for many years it was considered that going national was in Adelante’s best interest, they declined all offers, and decided to remain a local fraternity.

Who We Are

Who We Are

Adelante was founded on three core ideals: Scholarship, Fellowship, and Leadership. To this day, our members strive to uphold our ideals to the highest standard.


At Adelante, we strive to promote acedemics in all of our members. We believe we are first here to learn and for that, Scholarship is our first ideal. We promote academics by requiring our members to achieve a minimum of a 2.5 GPA in order to stay active members. A scholarship is provided each semester for members who show they are working to uphold this ideal and achieve a 3.0 GPA or higher. Adelante also has a scholarship for incoming freshmen that live in house.


While scholarship is our first ideal, Fellowship is the next. At Adelante we work to improve our social lives within the Ames community, as well as enjoying our years as college students at Iowa State. We actively participate in Homecoming and Greek Week with our sorority pairing. Our members work with the pairing on skits, banners, tournaments, and other events for the weeks. These are some of the most exciting and fun times of the year! They are great opportunities to meet many of the other members of the Greek Community.

Besides participating in Homecoming and Greek Week, our members are greatly involved in the community and clubs. Not only are they members but, many hold executive positions. Some examples of the clubs are: Interfraternity Council, University Honors Program, ISU Paintball Club, ISU Snowboard Club, and others.

We also participate in multiple intramurals throughout the year. Broomball has always been a chapter favorite.


Our third ideal, Leadership, is also held up to a high regard. As Adelantes we work to develop our members into strong leaders for positions in college, as well as after they graduate.

While in college, members of Adelante have multiple opportunities to hold leadership positions within the fraternity. Positions range from simple positions like Intramural Co-Chair to executive positions like being President. Although some positions aren't available right when you join, the simpler positions work as stepping stones to prepare for the more executive leadership positions.

We also encourage our members to strive to hold leadership positions not only within our fraternity, but also in clubs and the community,as many of our members do.

Our Chapter House

Our Chapter House

Adelante's current house is located at 318 Welch Ave. Ames, IA 50014. This location is actually right next to our previous house.