This is the season to be thankful for all the blessing that we have received and all the trouble that our savior has kept us from. This is also the season for giving back to others that are less fortunate than we are. The Chapter provided 20 Thanksgiving Baskets this past Monday afternoon to the communities that we serve. The 20 Thanksgiving Baskets represent the largest amount of Thanksgiving Baskets the Chapter has donated. The Chapter provided eight (8) baskets to Inkster, six (6) baskets to Ypsilanti, and six (6) baskets to Ann Arbor.
Brothers Stafford Watts, Chris Starks, and Jeff Holland handled the shopping for the food. The baskets consisted of food for a family of at least five. The baskets were stuffed with green beans, mac and cheese, dressing, gravy, cranberry sauce, dinner rolls, sweet potato pie, and of course a turkey. We were able to secure and purchase twenty (20) 13-15lb turkeys from a corporation that supplies over 6,000 turkeys to Southeastern Michigan. The baskets were also supplied with a pamphlet that contained a Happy Thanksgiving greeting from all of the Brothers from the Chapter, our Chapter Officers, a copy of our Chapter photograph, and the history of the Chapter and some of our community involvement. The box also included tips on how to cook a turkey as well as cooking safety.
We increased from 13 baskets last year to 20 this year and I look for even more next year.
On Saturday, November 12, 2016, the Ann Arbor-Ypsilanti-Inkster Alumni Chapter partnered with the University of Michigan Cancer Center to provide a Men’s Fellowship Breakfast. The community really showed out with their participation and 30 Kappas from the Chapter were in attendance. This was the largest attended Men’s Fellowship Breakfast.
Special thanks goes to Senior Vice Polemarch Brother Michael Kinloch and the event chairman Brother David Wooten for their leadership and participation. The 30 Brothers and other men enjoyed a hot breakfast, music supplied by Brother Rod Kilgore,and a great presentation from our own Brother Dr. Scott Mial. A raffle was held with gifts that included an autographed football from coach Jim Harbaugh (U of M Football team) and four $25.00 Visa gift cards which was donated by the Chapter. Most importantly the topics covered hopefully, will lead to or continue to foster better health for the community and for us as Kappa men.
One’s health is extremely important and the Ann Arbor-Ypsilanti-Inkster Alumni chapter recognizes that health education is beneficial to everyone. Being aware of the best health practices will lead to longevity of life and prosperous health.
All men in the community are welcome to join us our Saturday, November 12, 2016 for a free men’s fellowship breakfast and health summit. The event will be held at the Washtenaw Community College Morris Lawrence Building, 4800 E. Huron River Dr., Ann Arbor, MI 48105. The event, which will begin with a hot breakfast at 8:30 AM, will include featured presentations from 9 to 11:30 AM. Bring a friend!
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On Sunday, October 23, 2016, the Ann Arbor-Ypsilanti-Inkster Alumni brothers visited Bethel A.M.E. Church in Ann Arbor to support Brother Rev. Gerald Caldwell. Bro. Caldwell was the guest preacher and his sermon entitled “One More River to Cross” was uplifting and inspirational. Brother Caldwell recognized the members of the AAYI during his preaching calling most of us by name. It was a good Sunday at Bethel A.M.E.
The Ann Arbor-Ypsilanti-Inkster Alumni Chapter participated in the 2016 A2Y Walk to End Alzheimer’s, Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti on Sunday, October 9, 2016. The event was held at Washtenaw Community College
The Walk to End Alzheimer’s is the world’s largest event to fight Alzheimer’s. The walk helps raise awareness and funds for care, support, and research.
The chapter’s participation was arranged by Brother Stafford Watts. He coordinated this endeavor and ensured enough food was available to feed the families. The menu included two different kinds of pizza, salad, and brownies. The other brothers would volunteered in this worthwhile program were as follows: Phil Anderson, Kyle Bell, Bill Henderson, Greg Henderson, Errol Jackson, Javar Jackson, Hollis Jordan, Darron Merritt, Lawrence Smith, and Michael White.