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Jacksonville Alumni Chapter Vice Polemarch Mark Chapman III receives Wilma Austin Newton Community Service Award at the New Bethel AME Black & White Ball in Jacksonville, FL.

The Jacksonville Alumni Chapter was a recipient of the Wilma Austin Newton Community Service Award from New Bethel AME Church in Jacksonville, FL on Sunday, September 22, 2013 at the church’s 3rd Annual Black & White Ball. The event took place at the Wyndham Riverwalk Hotel and featured gospel recording artist Karen Clark-Sheard. The chapter was recognized for its initiatives in Health & Wellness, Community Service, Voter Education & Awareness, Mentorship, Leadership Training, & Scholarship. The chapter’s involvement in the Jacksonville community included the 5K Healthy, Fit & Smart Family Run/Walk, Kappa Thanksgiving Basket Giveaway, Mayor Alvin Brown’s Mayor Mentors program, 19th Annual Kappa Charity Golf Tournament, and the 5th Annual Public Meeting showcasing “Outstanding Humanitarians” and awarding over $20,000 in scholarships to deserving students. Vice Polemarch Mark Chapman III accepted the award on behalf of the Chapter.

Jacksonville Alumni Chapter member Harvey J. Harper recognized as an Edward Waters College “Alumni Legend” during homecoming weekend.

On Friday, October 4, 2013, Harvey J. Harper was recognized an Alumni Legend at the Edward Waters College Legends Ball at the Sheraton Hotel-Jacksonville in Jacksonville, FL during homecoming weekend. EWC Alumni from throughout the area came to rekindle friendships and celebrate the honorees for the evening. Harper graduated from EWC in 1961 then went on to serve his country in the U.S. Army for 3 years. He was an Educator and was also employed by the U.S. Postal Service. He was Board of Director for DuCote Federal Credit Union and is the business owner of H.J. Harper and Associates, Inc. Harper is a Life Member and 50 Year Member of the fraternity having been initiated into the Delta Psi Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. on December 12, 1960 as a charter member at Edward Waters College in Jacksonville, FL. Harper has served as Strategus for the 36th & 37th Administration of the Jacksonville Alumni Chapter.

Jacksonville Alumni members Ephraim Riggins, Brandon Mack, Julius Collins, Dr. William L. Cody, Rev. Dr. John E. Guns, Samuel L. Williams, Allen L. Moore, Sr. & Javan Reed at 14th Annual NPHC Circle of Love in Jacksonville, FL.

Members of the Jacksonville Alumni Chapter participated in the First Coast NPHC 14th Annual Circle of Love on Tuesday, September 24, 2013 at 7pm at St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church of Jacksonville. This event brings all organizations of the “Divine Nine” together to collectively join for prayer, worship & fellowship to kick-off the start of the organizations’ year. Jacksonville Alumni member Julius L. Collins rendered the occasion. A donation was made on behalf of the NPHC to St. Paul’s community outreach program for Duval County Public School students. St. Paul’s Sr. Pastor, Rev. Dr. John E. Guns (Theta Psi/1983), presented the inspirational message where he challenged each organization to make a positive impact & set the standard for excellence in the community.

Rev. John Guns discusses the mission of the day and the challenges ahead as the Operation Save Our Sons Fathers Calling Fathers summit kicks off.

On Saturday, September 14, 2013, Operation Save Our Sons (SOS), launched by Jacksonville Alumni Chapter member Rev. Dr. John E. Guns (Theta Psi/1983), led a summit in Jacksonville, FL entitled “Fathers Calling Fathers”. This meeting held at Jean Ribault High School provided a platform for fathers of all ages and generations to share wisdom, frustrations, hopes, dreams, & successes. It also allowed for the developing and sharing of solutions for fathers that want to be better. Operation Save Our Sons was put in place to help 10 to18-year-old boys make better decisions instead of becoming a crime statistic. Special guest speakers included Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown (Delta Psi/1982), Superintendent of Duval County Public Schools Dr. Nikolai Vitti, and retired police officer Ken Jefferson. Jefferson facilitated a “Real Talk Session” with young boys while Rev. Guns and special guests worked with fathers to help them be good role models. This local Jacksonville movement has gone national birthing 40 new Save Our Sons chapters nationwide. Fathers Calling Fathers is designed to bring together men who want to improve their parent skills. Other Jacksonville Alumni Chapter members on the Operation SOS leadership team are Executive Director Dwayne Thomas (Xi Lambda/1993), and Director of Jacksonville Branch Rev. Marquise L. Hardrick (Columbus (GA) Alumni/2009).

Jacksonville Alumni Chapter members Cles Roberts, Carthel Starks, Greg Flowers & Charles Malpress enjoying the Kappa Family Kookout in Jacksonville, FL.

On Saturday August 24, 2013, the Jacksonville Area Coalition of Kappas [J.A.C.K.], comprised of the Jacksonville Alumni Chapter, the Delta Psi, the Xi Lambda, and the Omicron Delta chapters, along with the Jacksonville Silhouettes & Kappa League came together to end the summer in celebration at the Jacksonville Alumni Chapter Fraternity House. Kappa family members were all invited to fellowship with the J.A.C.K. as the summer came to a close. Kappa kids enjoyed a bounce house while the adults played card games & relaxed throughout the afternoon. A widespread feast of food was prepared and music was provided by Dwayne Thomas aka DJ Kommitted.

Jacksonville Alumni Chapter members Joe Brisco, Jr. Wayne Calhoun, & Brandon Mack deliver book bags to Pinedale Elementary School Principal Alicia Hinson and Julianna Sudler for start of the 2013-2014 school year.

The Jacksonville Alumni Chapter donated book bags stuffed with school supplies to Pinedale Elementary School in Jacksonville, FL for the 2013-2014 school year. The book bags were stuffed with notebook paper, composition books, pencils, crayons, folders, hand soap, and tissue for the students. Brothers delivered the book bags to Principal Alicia Hinson, who was very grateful for the donation. The book bags were later distributed during the school orientation session on Friday, August 16, 2013. This contribution helped to assure that students would have adequate supplies to start off the school year.

Polemarch Dennis Gamble leads Brainstorming Session at annual Jacksonville Alumni chapter retreat.

The Jacksonville Alumni Chapter hosted their annual chapter brainstorming retreat on Friday, August 16, 2013 at their Fraternity House. Polemarch Dennis Gamble encouraged all brothers to come out and share their ideas in planning for the upcoming fiscal year. The session included fellowship and allowed brothers to express their thoughts on how to continue to make a positive impact in the Jacksonville community. A collection of ideas were considered as events were scheduled on the yearly calendar. Polemarch Gamble presented standard of procedure and outline of project plan to be executed for each event. This approach allowed for solid planning with all members’ input and a pro-active stance for successful events.