An Explanation of the Fraternal Values Soceity Coat of Arms
Beneath the shield is our motto, Ethos (Ee-thos) Amoibe (Am-oy-bay') Ekklesia (Ek-klay-see'-ah) - in English: Values. Change. Community. At the center of the shield is the circle which symbolizes shared power and represents strength, unity, and connectedness. In front of the circle is the triangle referencing the number three and the Greek letter Delta as a symbol of change. Within the triangle you will see the scales of justice that represent order and balance, as well as integrity. In front of those we have the shaking hands to represent brotherhood, union and alliance, and in this case, also diversity. Below that is the book to showcase learning and knowledge. In each corner you will find red roses which the early Greeks linked to hope and joy just as we have hope for what our fraternal community can be and joy in our shared union. Beneath the shield you see a pair of lances which represent our devotion to honor. On top of those is the fasces. The Roman fasces, consisting of a bundle of rods, symbolizes strength that is lacking in the single rod, just as the strength that is found in our shared union through the Fraternal Values Society that is often difficult as an individual. These rods are bound round the helve of a hatchet which symbolizes authority and leadership. Sitting on top of the shield is a knight’s helmet to signify honor, valor, and defense of our values. And finally, atop it all is the candle which illuminates the entire Coat of Arms, shedding light on the values found within. The entire Coat of Arms is presented in our colors of Crimson Red, Black, and Ivory.