What an Experience!

On April 5, 2009, in Alpha Phi Alpha, by Mills
Bro. Mills during the Grand Opening Ceremony of the Delta Lambda Foundation Outreach Center.

Bro. Mills during the Grand Opening Ceremony of the Delta Lambda Foundation Outreach Center.

My Brothers, this has been an experience!

This has been a journey that cannot be compared to any other experience – this quest to become the Eastern Region Vice President of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity. This has been confirmation of the very purpose for which I became an Alpha man, all while witnessing the test of Brotherhood passed time and time again by Brothers of all backgrounds and belief systems. Through this process, Alpha has been experienced at its greatest point of fellowship, encouragement, diversity, challenge, and success.

When we began this journey last year, it was to ensure Brothers of the Eastern Region were provided the opportunity to have the best possible leadership as we chart the course for our future. The campaign platform was one that many Brothers immediately identified as being relative to their experiences within Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity.

We’ve talked about the true meaning of Fraternity, and how leadership plays a role to ensure there are opportunities to stregthen the bond that brings us together. We’ve spoken of Leadership, and how to best prepare leaders, from within Alpha, in order to aid and serve “…downtrodden humanity…” Just as intense have been our discussions on service and how to best ensure African-American males are prepared to transition to institutions of higher learning; for without them we’ll cease to exist. Most of all we’ve discussed how to manage our financial resources in such a way that we plan, sufficiently, for the future of our Organization.

Though this campaign has been specifically focused on garnering your support and the votes of the various chapter delegates, the numerous chats, meetings, phone conversations, and visits (chapter and district) with so many of you has provided a most enriching experience that will never be forgotten or lost.

Thank you, for affirming the essence of Esprit de Fraternité, the Spirt of Fraternity – Fraternity, Service, and Leadership – exists throughout Alpha!

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Why Alpha Phi Alpha?

On March 10, 2009, in Alpha Phi Alpha, Inspiration, by Mills

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Why Alpha Phi Alpha? Why Alpha Phi Alpha?

Bro. Mills speaking during the College Brothers' Caucus at the VACAPAF Convention (VA Tech, Blacksburg, VA)

Bro. Mills speaking during the College Brothers' Caucus at the VACAPAF Convention (VA Tech, Blacksburg, VA)

Esprit de Fraternité – the Spirit of Fraternity. Once upon a time, we all sat on the opposite side of the table; wishing, hoping, desiring to be a member of the House of the Black and Old Gold. And when we had our opportunity to interview, we all [spoke of] what we will do for Alpha – how Alpha will become the best organization in the world, because I had an opportunity/because I will have an opportunity to become a Brother. We talked [of] how because the weight of Alpha was on our shoulders, we would make certain that it never failed.

Esprit de Fraternité – the Spirit of Fraternity. Remember that feeling. Remember how you felt when you watched the Brothers of the Black and Old Gold walk across the campus; as you watched the Brothers as they [performed] the service throughout the community. Remember the goose bumps that went up your arms and how you said, “My chance is coming.”

That chance is now Brothers. We do a lot, this is a Fraternity. This is a Brotherhood – everything we do is about Brotherhood, because I am my Brothers’ keeper. I am responsible for making certain that my Brother is always, consistently uplifted. Whether that be through providing leadership programs to make certain that my Brother has an opportunity to be properly trained. Whether that be by making a phone call to my Brother, to make certain that when he is down, he has an uplifting word.

Why Alpha Phi Alpha? Sometime ago Brothers I had to ask myself that question and I came up with a simple answer; because I love my Organization. It is my responsibility as a Brother, as a member of this House to ensure that this organization continually strives towards excellence. So that everything that I said during my interview as an aspirant would always hold true.

I am my Brothers keeper. Esprit de Fraternité – it’s about making certain that every Brother has the opportunity to be properly trained. We do train leaders; we send a ton of leaders out into the world. They represent Alpha. Everyday you wake up you represent Alpha Phi Alpha. Everyday you to got sleep, everything you did during that day represented Alpha Phi Alpha – what do people say about you? Why Alpha Phi Alpha? Why Mills for Eastern Region Vice President? Simple. We need a people motivator, a Brother motivator, a Brother who communicates, a Brother who has a strategy and a vision, to lead our Region from where our past Regional Vice Presidents have brought us, and take us to the next level.

Bro. Mills and Brothers of VACAPAF during the College Brothers' Luncheon at the 66th Annual VACAPAF Convention (VA Tech, Blacksburg, VA)

Bro. Mills and Brothers of VACAPAF during the College Brothers' Luncheon at the 66th Annual VACAPAF Convention (VA Tech, Blacksburg, VA)

We need a Brother who understands, a Brother who has served as Chapter President and has gone through reclamation efforts to raise a chapter from a chapter of 62 to a chapter of 145. We need a Brother who understands that this is life and life happens, Brothers can’t make it to every meeting because everything we do we meet about. “That’s okay Brothers you don’t have to come to every meeting, just hold up your end of the bargain and the rest of us in the House of Alpha will make certain it continues.

Why Mills for Eastern Region Vice President? Because Brothers its time; its time to continue moving onward and upward towards the light with a vision that is unwavering; a vision that is unregretful; a vision that is purely focused on the Brothers of this region, that is purely focused on the Brothers of this fraternity; because at the end of the day this is a fraternity. Vote for Mills for Eastern Region Vice President and Brothers I’ll guarantee you, you’ll do nothing but smile with joy.

Have a great day.

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VACAPAF Conference

On March 9, 2009, in Alpha Phi Alpha, by Mills
Bro. Mills pictured with the Brothers of Epsilon Pi (Norfolk State University)

Bro. Mills pictured with the Brothers of Epsilon Pi (Norfolk State University)

Its been a while since we’ve updated the blog, so its only fitting to do so after visiting the great state of Virginia this weekend.

The VACAPAF Convention was held on the campus of Virginia Tech University; a HUMP from central Maryland. Felt as if I were on a journey through a mountain. Ironically, even had an opportunity to view the “infamous” Blue Ridge Mountains.

As always, it was good to be in the fellowship of Brothers. Have to appreciate the fact that quite a bit of what’s done in other districts nowadays, was begun in VACAPAF; Brothers were about their business. The sessions were good. The candidate’s forum was good. The time spent with the College Brothers was good. Looking forward to seeing the Brothers in Philadelphia.

However, one of the opportunities I was most appreciative of, was being able to sit in on the College Brothers Caucus, and participate in an unfiltered conversation with College Brothers. The Brothers definitely echoed valid concerns of all College Brothers throughout the Region; concerns that are not to different from the days we spent as College Brothers back in 1987.

With the surge in social media outlets, today’s College Brothers, moreso than before, is uniquely positioned to reach out and connect with Brothers of like-mind and determine the best course of action for our Organization. As I mentioned during the Caucus, I encourage College Brothers to remain ever vigilent and ensure to always “PROTECT THIS HOUSE!”

Have a great day!

P.S. Congratulations to all of the Brothers who were elected as officers of VACAPAF; and most of all to Bro. Stevon “Don” Armstead.” To be such a young Brother (in Alpha) he’s definitely focused on what’s “good for Alpha.” Do you remember how that felt?

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