Our Object/Ritual

When FarmHouse was established, our seven Founders wrote The Object, a statement of timeless guiding principles that is still spoken at chapter meetings today. It is a long-standing and important tradition that the FarmHouse Ritual is open, meaning non-secretive to non-members. In fact, many chapters encourage guests to attend the performance of FarmHouse Ritual. You can read our Object below, and find other governing documents at the links below.

“The Object of our Fraternity is to promote good fellowship, to encourage studiousness, and to inspire its members in seeking the best in their chosen lines of study as well as in life. Progress shall mark our every step; the spirit of congeniality shall reign at all times; and every member shall be honest with himself as with his brothers. Men elected to our membership are considered to be of good moral character, to be high in scholarship, to have the capacity for meeting and making friends, and to give promise of service to their fellow men and to the world. To be and become such may at times require a sacrifice of time, pleasure and comforts.”

"My experiences as a student in the Iowa State Chapter of FarmHouse aligned with and shaped my core values. Those core values are reflected in our Fraternity's Object statement. I reflect on those ideals often and decades later I still find them to be a guiding light in whatever I am doing."

— Donald Irwin
(Iowa State 65)

Our Object/Ritual


Our Object/Ritual

When FarmHouse was established, our seven Founders wrote The Object, a statement of timeless guiding principles that is still spoken at chapter meetings today. It is a long-standing and important tradition that the FarmHouse Ritual is open, meaning non-secretive to non-members. In fact, many chapters encourage guests to attend the performance of FarmHouse Ritual. You can read our Object below, and find other governing documents at the links below.

“The Object of our Fraternity is to promote good fellowship, to encourage studiousness, and to inspire its members in seeking the best in their chosen lines of study as well as in life. Progress shall mark our every step; the spirit of congeniality shall reign at all times; and every member shall be honest with himself as with his brothers. Men elected to our membership are considered to be of good moral character, to be high in scholarship, to have the capacity for meeting and making friends, and to give promise of service to their fellow men and to the world. To be and become such may at times require a sacrifice of time, pleasure and comforts.”

"My experiences as a student in the Iowa State Chapter of FarmHouse aligned with and shaped my core values. Those core values are reflected in our Fraternity's Object statement. I reflect on those ideals often and decades later I still find them to be a guiding light in whatever I am doing."

— Donald Irwin
(Iowa State 65)