Achievements for 2018-2019

The Ann Arbor-Ypsilanti-Inkster Alumni chapter was quite successful during the 2018-2019 year. Here is a brief recap of our most recent success from 2018-2019:

·       Continued to support Kappa Leaguers and the Kappa League Development Program

·       Received the Jay Crosby Award (Outstanding Guide Right Chapter of the Year-Large) during the 84th Grand Chapter Meeting in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

·       Awarded $1,000 Scholarships to deserving high school and college students

·       Recognized five outstanding Women of Achievement for their community service

·       Donated $1,000 to the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture

·       Coordinated the Easter Egg Hunt

·       Initiated five new members, the “KaptivAting Psilence,” in March 2019

·       Sponsored a New Year’s Eve Party

·       Sponsored the AAYI Kappa Boat Ride

·       Fed families in the Feed the Literacy Program of Ypsilanti

·       Provided a donation and participated in the Walk to End Alzheimer’s

·       Sponsored Thanksgiving Baskets and Adopt a Family at Christmas

·       Sponsored a Men’s Fellowship Healthcare Breakfast

·       Sponsored a Big Brother Big Sister Bowling event

·       Continued to support the Meals on Wheels Organization by delivering food

Top Achievements, Leadership, and Service to the Community

  1. The Chapter introduced the First Annual Thanksgiving and Christmas Basket programs in 1958.
  2. Under the leadership of Brother Robert L. Gordon, the Silhouettes Organization was established in 1973.
  3. The Chapter’s first Black & White Ball was held in 1974.
  4. The Chapter hosted its first Annual Golf Tournament in 1979 at the University of Michigan Golf Course.
  5. Brother Robert L. Gordon reached the pinnacle of our Fraternity when he was elected as Grand Polemarch at the 1982 Conclave in Detroit, Michigan.
  6. In 1989, the Chapter sponsored its first College Fair for high school and middle school students at Ypsilanti High School.
  7. The Chapter hosted and co-sponsored the First Community Easter Egg Hunt with the Silhouettes in 1989. In 1991, the Chapter partnered with other Black Greek and local organizations. The Chapter has participates in co-sponsoring this event every year.
  8. The prestigious Jesse A. Rutherford Humanitarian Award was established in 1978. This is the Chapter’s highest award. This achievement is bestowed upon a Brother for meritorious service to our community and Fraternity.
  9. In 1983, the Chapter organized its first free pancake breakfast at the Perry Child Development Center in Ypsilanti.
  10. In 1983, the Chapter established a Kappa League Program for qualified high school male students.
  11. The Outstanding Brother of the Year Award was renamed in 1984 in honor of Charles E. Beatty, Sr., a charter member of the Chapter.
  12. In the years 1984 through 1993, the Chapter hosted an Annual Tennis Tournament at Eastern Michigan University for skilled and novice players.
  13. The Chapter won the Ann Arbor City Softball League and Tournament Championship in 1986 and the Basketball Championship in 1989.
  14. In 1989, the Chapter co-sponsored the first joint United Negro College Fund fundraiser with the Detroit, Pontiac, and Southfield Alumni Chapters of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. as partners.
  15. In 1989, in partnership with the Silhouettes, a comprehensive tutorial program was established at Perry Child Development Center-Ypsilanti.
  16. In 2007, in partnership with Washtenaw Intermediate Schools, the Chapter initiated a program whereby backpacks and other school supplies were provided to community students.
  17. In 2005, the Chapter initiated a Meals on Wheels Program to support families in the Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti communities.
  18. The Chapter was selected Northern Province Chapter of the Year for 1977, 1978, 1979, and 2013.
  19. The Chapter hosted the Northern Province Conference in 1979, 1989, 2004, and 2014. All were identified as being the best in the Province.
  20. On October 18, 2008, the Brothers of the Ann Arbor-Ypsilanti-Inkster Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. gathered to celebrate the 50th anniversary of our Distinguished Chapter at the Four Points Sheraton Hotel in Ann Arbor.
  21. The Chapter has donated more than $209,000.00 to support community endeavors such as: Ann Arbor Community Center, Big Brothers Big Sisters, SOS, and Black College Tours.
  22. The Chapter has sponsored and financially supported a revolving undergraduate student loan program.
  23. The Chapter’s Scholarship Program has donated more than $75,000 to high school and middle school students. The Chapter’s Silhouettes have provided funds to support the Kappa Scholarship Program.