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.
Philadelphia, PA – November 1, 2016 – Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Incorporated has announced that Spencer Tyrone Bruce has been named Interim Executive Director, effective November 1, 2016.
According to Grand Polemarch (CEO) Thomas L. Battles, Jr., Spencer Bruce, former Deputy Executive Director of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity will lead the fraternity into its 83rd Grand Chapter Meeting and Conclave to be held July 18-22, 2017, in Orlando, Florida. Battles thanked Executive Director Ernest Brown for his service. Bruce will assume his position Tuesday, November 2, 2016.
Spencer Bruce is a native of Tallahassee, Florida, where he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree from Florida A&M University. He has also completed additional studies at the University of Central Michigan. Brother Bruce was initiated into Florida A&M University’s Alpha Xi Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., in May 1977 and graduated in 1980 as a Distinguished Military Graduate.
After eight years active duty he transferred to the Army Reserve and into corporate America where he served in leadership positions in the foodservice arena with Proctor & Gamble, Pepsi and Shoney’s and completed the remainder of his 21 years of military service, retiring at the rank of Major.
In August 1998, Bruce became the first Chief of Staff for Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. He has been a Life Member of the fraternity since 1981 and is a Life Member of the Southern Province of the fraternity. He has held various offices in several chapters to include charter member of the Abington-Ambler (PA) Alumni Chapter and the Johannesburg-Pretoria-Cape Town Alumni Chapter in South Africa. He also served as the Assistant General Manager for Kappa Alpha Psi Foundation, Inc., President Emeritus of the AME Union Federal Credit Union and sits on several other boards.
Major (Ret.) Spencer T. Bruce is the immediate past Deputy Executive Director of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. and the Chief of Staff for its International Headquarters in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the only person to have served in this position. He was responsible for supervising the day-to-day operations of the headquarters and a staff of twelve (12) including two executives. Additionally, he assisted the Executive Director with the implementation of all initiatives of the fraternity, and with the management of an annual operating budget of 2+ million dollars and an active membership of 24,000 and over 700 chapters throughout the United States and abroad. Spencer was employed at the International Headquarters for 16+ years and has subsequently served as an entrepreneur consultant.
We welcome Brother Bruce back to IHQ and look forward to a new beginning and a prosperous future.
Yours in the Bond,
Thomas L. Battles, Jr.