Chapter News

Chapter Elections

Zeta Sigma Lambda has, over the last two meetings, nominated a slate of chapter officers. Voting will take place at the next General Meeting on May 22, 2009. Please support your chapter by coming to vote.

Breakfast for M'Lady

It is that time of the year when we honor mothers, and specifically, our Lady of the Year participants in Delta Sigma Theta's "Breakfast for MiLady." It is being held on Saturday, May 9, 2009, at the Mission Valley Hilton at 8 am. Our Lady of The Year, Mrs. Sandra Price, will be representing Alpha Phi Alpha. We have reserved a table for 10 and and now need the brothers to come show their support. The cost is $40 dollars per person. Contact Bro. Covington at 619-787-8009 or Bro. Van. at 619-459-6361. Bro. Covington is going out of town on Wednesday, May 6, so after Wednesday, contact Bro. Van. As usual, we will have photos taken with Sandra Price our Lady of the Year immediately after the event.

CAEP College Tour

On Friday, May 8, 2009, the CAEP students will be going on a college tour at San Diego State University and San Diego City College. Buses will leave Lincoln High at approx. 7:30 am, travel to Morse High to pick up students there, and then travel to SDSU for a tour that will begin promptly at 10 am. After SDSU, the students will tour SD City College. Brothers are encouraged to attend as much as possible. If you are unable to meet the bus at 7:30 am at Lincoln, then meet the group at 10 am at SDSU. Contact Brothers Eric Hagan and Thomas Van for more information.

Western Regional Convention a success

The 61st Western Region Convention was recently held on the campus of Portland State University in Portland, Oregon. Brothers from across the Western Region arrived in record numbers as the convention opened with the First Business session on Friday, April 24th. The President of Portland State University, Wim Wiewel began with welcoming remarks. Bro. Zollie Steveson delivered important information regarding President Obama's education stimulus package. Alpha business continued to be addressed throughout the day.

Many workshops allowed brothers opportunities to improve their knowledge of fraternity operations and continue their personal leadership development (Alpha History, Resume Writing, Health Management, Rituals and Ceremonies, etc.). The Fraternal Luncheon gave the opportunity to fraternize while hosting two of our major partners: Pamela Weatherspoon of Big Brothers/Big Sisters, and Gwen Carmon of the March of Dimes. We continue to pledge our support to both of these organizations that are helping us to meet the goals of our national programs.

Bro. A. L. Mackey updated the brothers on our direction for expanding our education initiative through Alpha University from a national perspective. The advent of our convention report book helped to move our business agenda while providing a solid reporting tool for chapter information after the convention. Look forward to receiving this valuable document from your delegates and from the web site.

The Collegiate Scholars Bowl provided our brothers a forum to showcase their intellectual prowess while having fun with knowledge. Later that evening during the Miss Black and Gold Scholarship Pageant, last year's winner Adrianna Red-King passed her crown to Joya Moore from the Rocky Mountain District (pictured right). The pageant was outstanding and a showcase for four intelligent, talented scholars: Ellesse Akre (Southern California), Candance Nisby (Northern California), and LaTasha Green (Great Northwest), and Joya Moore (see photo below). The Step Team from Iota Psi won a hotly contested competition that also featured entertaining step presentation by other organization's teams.

General President Herman Skip Mason arrived during the step show and received a warm welcome from the brothers of the Western Region. Late night entertainment and fun-filled activities allowed the fraternal spirit to continue into the wee hours.

Saturday, April 25th was filled with fraternity business, community service, and brotherhood. It started with a choice of joining March for Babies or the Life Membership Breakfast. Each was well attended and fun. The Life Membership Breakfast was completely full and featured history and other enlightening discussions. Roughly forty brothers joined General President Mason at the March for Babies site in the Rose Quarter. Bro. Mason was interviewed by KATU Channel 2 News before the start. Other brothers were interviewed and filmed starting the march. The footage will be used to create a March of Dimes promotional video. The convention donated $380 to the March of Dimes.

The business of Alpha and the Western Region proceeded throughout the day highlighted by the election of our new leaders:

  • Aaron Crutison of Gamma Phi Lambda was elected Vice President
  • Jarvis Givens of Alpha Epsilon was elected Assistant Vice President

The Long Beach Hilton was announced as the 2010 convention site to the praise and excitement of the brotherhood. Bro. Mason's State of the Fraternity address featured many important updates. It requested that all brothers register right away for the 103rd General Convention in New Orleans to take advantage of the early-bird registration fee. You do not want to miss this exciting event. And, the MLK team reported $7,800 dollars was collected at this convention to support the MLK Memorial's construction.

The College Brother's Luncheon featured the Belford V. Larson Oratorical Contest, which was won by Bro. Brian Lloyd Bailey of Mu Chi chapter. The luncheon was underwritten by the office of student affairs led by Vice Provost Jackie Balzer who was our guest at the event. She was obviously impressed with the oration and the many academy achievement awards presented.

The Black and Gold Awards Banquet allowed another opportunity to be acknowledged by a Portland State University official, Lindsay Deroscher, Vice President of Finance and Administration. General President Mason closed the banquet after many awards and acknowledgments were bestowed. The Black and Gold Gala featuring Theresa Griffin provided an appropriate ending with music, dancing and lively entertainment, thanks to the host chapters.

Brothers, the Portland convention was very successful, as over 250 brothers and 22 wives attended. Don't miss the National Convention in New Orleans this summer and next year's Regional Convention in Long Beach in 2010!

Here are a few more pictures from the convention. More photos can be found here.

President Skip Mason with Zeta Sigma Lambda attendees
Miss Black and Gold Court
Looking toward the Light
Bros. Carlos Butler and Willie Neil
Eta Sigma on the move in Downtown Portland

Thanks to Bro. Wilbur Jackson for this story.