Brothers from the Delta Nu and Ann Arbor-Ypsilanti-Inkster Alumni Chapters attended the 2017 Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Celebration at Eastern Michigan University. Brother Benjamin Jealous served as Keynote speaker during the event held on January 16, 2017.
Jealous, 43, who served as President of the NAACP for four years, from 2008 to 2012, is the youngest leader in the history of the NAACP. He is a partner in the Silicon Valley venture capital firm Kapor Capital, where he invests in high-growth companies that have a positive social impact. He has been a leader of successful state and local movements to ban the death penalty, outlaw racial profiling, defend voting rights, secure marriage equality, and end mass incarceration.
The Ann Arbor-Ypsilanti-Inkster Alumni Chapter celebrated its 58th annual Charter Day in Canton, Michigan, on December 3, 2016. Approximately 50 Brothers were in attendance. Our Province Polemarch, Brother Kevin D. Kyles, delivered a powerful and impactful key note address.
Brothers Charles E. Beatty, Jr. Delta Pi – 1966, Richard King, Beta, 1966, and Ed Moorman, Alpha Delta – 1966 were presented with their 50 year White Blazers and joined the esteemed group of 50 year Brothers in the Ann Arbor-Ypsilanti-Inkster Alumni Chapter.
Brothers Rod Kilgore and Stafford Watts were awarded the Brother of the Year Award. Congratulations to Brothers Kilgore and Watts for their outstanding contributions to the betterment of our Chapter.
Special thanks to Brother David Wooten who served as the Master of Ceremonies and enlightened the group with his humorous commentary. Also a special thanks to Brothers Jeff Holland, Stafford Watts, LaMonta Stone, Ramone Reese, Hal Heard, Mel Roper, Byron Fox, Greg Henderson, Clyde Barnett, John Finn, and the all of the young Brothers who lit the candles for the Founders, for ensuring a successful evening.
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.