Founders’ Weekend

On December 9, 2008, in Alpha Phi Alpha, by Mills

So last weekend was gruelling. A full day of work Friday, then off to Philadelphia, PA to spend time celebrating the founding of our organization with the Brothers from Rho, Omicron Delta Lambda and Zeta Omicron Lambda. It was good. The Brothers were joyful, and highly spirited (and that had nothing to do with the bar. 8?)

Brother General President-elect Herman 'Skip' Mason

Brother General President-elect Herman 'Skip' Mason

Brother General President-elect Mason, who spoke during the Philly event, was on point with his remarks. He encouraged Brothers to make a conscious effort to reclaim at least one Alpha. To take the time and re-engage Brothers who have strayed away to respond to the demands of “life,” but only need an invitation or nudge to come back and join us in the vineyards of fellowship.

For years I’ve touted our responsibility to remain actively involved with Brothers who have to step aside momentarily “because life happens.” Its what we all, as men, might have to do at some point. Membership Intake is good, but our first responsibility is to keep our Brothers engaged; to ensure their well being.

After leaving Philadelphia its very likely the car was on auto pilot – or maybe this is just a testament to the fact that God is real, eh? – as its not very clear how I made it home safely; “…tired moments…” were indeed finding “…me a delightful treat…”

gravesite of Jewel Bro. Robert Harold Ogle

gravesite of Jewel Bro. Robert Harold Ogle

Saturday morning, it was up and at’em, in order to attend the MAAC Founders’ Day celebration in College Park, MD. The speaker was Bro. Hon. Reggie Walton (US Circuit Court Judge). Bro. Walton’s remarks, too, were on target, emphasizing the need for ensuring there is an educated well nurtured group of African American males applying to and attending the nation’s universities and colleges, for by doing so we ensure the future existence of Alpha Phi Alpha. Hmmm. Believe there’s a recent “Alpha Talk” post regarding this very fact…wow, synergy!

After leaving the breakfast, I and a couple of Delta Lambda Brothers (Bro. Steven King and Bro. Dontae Ryan) visited the gravesite of Jewel Bro. Robert Harold Ogle. If you’re in the Maryland/DC/VA area and have not been to the site, you must make it a priority to see the beautiful plot-type gravestone the Brothers of MAAC (constructed and placed under the resoulte guidance and direction of Iota Upsilon Lambda and Bro. Tony Cheatham), its beautiful.

Sunday ended with the annual Founders’ Day activities of Delta Lambda chapter. This year we fellowshipped with the Douglas Memorial Community Church, pastored by Bro. Rev. S. Todd Yeary; it was a good service. Following church service, we made our way to The Forum Caterers, owned by Bro. Raymond Haysbert (former CEO of Parks Sausages), for the annual dinner and rededication ceremonies. The event was wonderful and the Brothers, wives and guest all had a good time. There were even 17 of the 24 members of the 2008 – 2009 Delta Lambda Beautillion class in attendance; what a great way to expose them to the history and magnificence of Alpha.

In all this Founders’ weekend was a good time to get out and about and see Brothers who are often represented only by email and text messages; there’s nothing like human contact (and that’s coming from a devout technologist).

Well, until next weekend’s foray of chapter meetings, I bid you adieu.

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The time is now

On December 2, 2008, in Alpha Phi Alpha, by Mills
Alpha Phi Alpha Coat-of-Arms

Alpha Phi Alpha Coat-of-Arms

A few weeks have passed since the last entry, however, considering the significance of this week to the men of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., and the 102 years of history behind us, this is a call, to all duly initiated members of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., to reaffirm the oath taken on our respective dates of initiation, and once again dedicate ourselves to the true purpose of our dear Fraternity.

If you do so at no other time in the near future, now is the time to become financial (whether as a member-at-large or as a member to a specific chapter). The quickest way to become financial is to sign into or sign-up for an account on AlphaNet, and pay your grand tax on-line.

If you’re looking for a chapter to affiliate with, visit the national website, and locate the chapter nearest you.

Another way to contact with a chapter, within the Eastern Region, you wish to reaffiliate with is to use the chapter’s “Official Chapter email Address.” For example, if the chapter’s name is Delta Lambda, the email address would be DeltaLambda@alphaeast.com; if its Mu Upsilon, the chapter email address would be MuUpsilon@alphaeast.com.

All chapter addresses follow the following syntax CHAPTERNAME@alphaeast.com; with the exception of Alpha Chapter, which is alpha-chapter@alphaeast.com. Once you identify a chapter with which you wish to affiliate, send an email and an officer will contact you immediately.

Brothers, for all that we profess, for all that we discuss and debate on listservs, now is the time to show the loyalty and dedication to the organization whose aims and ideals some pontificate on a regular. Come back to Alpha, what’s old, is what’s new!

Let’s continue to proactively move Alpha into the forefront and post the largest number of reclaimed Brothers of any organization.

Fraternally.

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ONECA Conference

On November 18, 2008, in Alpha Phi Alpha, by Mills

Wow, Providence, RI. Probably one of the few states in the Union where almost 75% surrounded by water.

ONECA District Directors - Bro. Ramon Peralta, Bro. Jonathan White (outgoing), Bro. Al Lucas, and Bro. Steven King (incoming)

ONECA District Directors - Bro. Ramon Peralta, Bro. Jonathan White (outgoing), Bro. Al Lucas, and Bro. Steven King (incoming)

This weekend ONECA held its 36th annual district conference in Providence. The flight in from Baltimore was just over an hour. Let me first say congratulations to Bro. Jonathan White, District Director, and Bro. Eric Adjepong, Asst. District Director, on a successful conference Bro. Adjepong served as lead for the conference planning, and proved college Brothers are ready for the challenge of leadership. Also want to extend a congratulations to Bro. Steven King on being newly elected the President of ONECA; great things will continue in New England

Interestingly enough, ONECA has a unique challenge in that it is one of only two districts, in the east (with MAAC being the other) encompassing multiple states. It was good to see the always pleasant, Bro. Roy Teague, President of Epsilon Gamma Lambda, along with Bro. Lynn C. Worthy, Vice President; the Boston Alphas were in the house

Must make one additional note regarding Bro. Adjepong, here. It was a pleasure to hear a college Brother discuss the need for us all to focus more on getting involved in and remaining focused on the business of Alpha. So often our younger generations are seen as aloof and not in touch, however, Bro. Adjepong and other Brother’s like him can put this urban legend to rest

Bro. Eric Adjepong, Asst. District Director

Bro. Eric Adjepong, Asst. District Director

Though the rainy day gave the appearance of the day lasting longer than 24 hours, it was definitely packed with the business of Alpha. The day ended with the Ms. Black & Gold Pageant (there was a dynamic group of ladies participating) and the Stepshow. Let’s just say that out of the three district contestants so far, Ms. Black & Gold of ONECA may be the one to beat.

After the stepshow a few of the Brothers took me past “Black Rep,” one of the hot lounge/club spots in the city. The crowd was nice and diverse…definitely worth the trip. To my delight, Providence stocks beverages of choice (SMILE), so it was just fine with me to remain until the lights were turned on and make the 2 block trek back to my hotel of choice; when a Brother’s tired, there’s nothing like a heavenly bed.

New England, I shall return.

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