The Jacksonville Silhouettes are a dynamic group of women made up of the wives and widows of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity men.
A Silhouette member is a wife or widow of a financial Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. member.
The purpose of the Jacksonville Silhouettes is to:
· Serve as an auxiliary to Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.
· Coordinate activities of our local Silhouette Chapter.
· Provide activities for visiting Silhouettes during Kappa Alpha Psi National and Province meetings held in our local area.
· Develop local projects of interest to the Silhouette Chapter.
· Establish uniform policies and procedures for our local Silhouette Chapter.
Within the framework of the Kappa Silhouettes philosophy of self-realization through service, chapters work to implement national program goals in varied ways depending upon their local communities and the special resources of the particular chapter. Through these activities, chapters have made numerous significant contributions.
Annual Silhouette Activities
As the official auxiliary of The Jacksonville Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, the Jacksonville Silhouettes work to assist the Kappas at many of their local fundraisers and events. We also perform community service and provide support to local organizations in the name of the Jacksonville Silhouettes. Some of the events that we participate in each year include:
· Annual Kappa Alpha Psi Healthy Start 5K Run
· Annual Easter Egg Hunt
· Kappa Klassic Annual Charity Golf Tournament
· Kappa Alpha Psi Public Meeting
· Kappa/Silhouette Family Picnic
· Kappa/Silhouette Christmas Party
During the 2017-2018 service year, The Jacksonville (FL) Silhouettes created a unique service project benefitting the middle and high school students attending the Gravely James Campus of the Florida Military Academy in Jacksonville. The “Girl Magic” program, chaired by Silhouette Barbara Darby, focuses on building the self-esteem and confidence of the young ladies in the program. The Silhouettes hold monthly “hands on” workshops on topics such as etiquette and personal hygiene which encourage the girls to ask questions and give feedback after each activity. In addition to “Girl Magic”, the Silhouettes provide monthly luncheons for the cadets and staff and maintain the seasonal bulletin boards at the school.
In 2015, The Jacksonville Silhouettes “adopted” the Virtue Arts & Sciences Academy (VASA) as our special project. Virtue Arts and Science Academy is a tuition-free public school for females focusing on the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math. Since it’s opening in August 2015, the Jacksonville Silhouettes supported VASA by providing school supplies and personal hygiene items for the students.
Jacksonville Silhouettes Designate New President Marti Forchion-Chapman and
Salute Years of Service of Immediate Past President Audrey McCauley
President Marti Forchion-Chapman
Vice President Tracy Akers Williams
Recording Secretary Nanette Autry
Financial Secretary Karen Gant
Treasurer Betty Cody
Parliamentarian Barbara Darby
Chaplain Elizabeth Miranda
Historian Elvina Parker
National Silhouettes of Kappa Alpha Psi Online
The Organization, formerly known as National Silhouettes came into existence because of a need. Many wives accompanied their husbands to the Grand Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi and found themselves alone and in need of activities to fill their time. Later, the Kappas asked their wives to act as hostesses and plan activities for visiting wives and children. Many such groups remained together and organized permanent groups, calling themselves “Kappa Wives” or Kappa Alpha Psi Silhouettes.”
In Columbus, Ohio in the year 1945, at the 35th Conclave of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. a need for a National Organization for Silhouettes was felt. The first chairperson of this effort was Mrs. Willa Ranson of New York. Mrs. Ransom asked the New York Silhouettes to host a meeting where organizational plans could be discussed. An announcement of the meeting was put in the Kappa Alpha Psi Journal. On December 31, 1946, a group met at the home of Mrs. Harold L. Edgehill of New York for the purpose of laying groundwork for the formation of the National Organization of Kappa Silhouettes. At this meeting, the committee present suggested the formal name of Kappa Alpha Psi Silhouettes.
It was decided that the group would elect officers at the California meeting in 1947. There were volunteers from Philadelphia, PA. Detroit, MI, Topeka, KS. Columbus, OH. and New York, NY. to serve on the committee. The formal organization of Kappa Silhouettes became official in August of 1947, at the Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., Conclave in Los Angeles, California.
The officers of the organization were to be elected from throughout the country to foster and encourage the zest for the organization in every section of our great land. The Kappa Silhouettes grew rapidly in membership, in concept, in number of chapters, in program and in scope. By December of 1958, the Silhouettes, having been organized for over a decade, continued to gain prominence and encouraged all Silhouettes throughout the country to become affiliated with the National body.
Dr. Evelyn Payne of Brooklyn, New York was elected the first Grand President and served until 1961. She was followed by Mary Baker, Detroit, Michigan (1961-1966) Mary Foley, Washington, D.C. (1966-1970) Marion Overton, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (1970-1973) Emma Davis, Houston, Texas (1974-1977) Elva Edwards, Baltimore, Maryland (1977-1983) Mary Carolyn Menchan, Atlanta, Georgia (1983-1990) Joyce Fountaine, Richmond, Virginia (1990-1997) Linda Meade, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (1997-2007) Gwendolyn “Gwen” Miller, Tampa, Florida (2007-
The National Silhouettes Hymn was adopted at the 53rd Grand Chapter meeting of Kappa Alpha Psi, Inc., in Boston, Massachusetts in 1965. Lyrics were written by Mrs. Elizabeth Hill of Atlanta, Georgia and music by Mrs. Gwendolyn Eichelburger of Washington, D.C. The Silhouettes will remember the year 1980, forever. This is the year that Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., led by Grand Polemarch, Dr. Oliver S. Gumbs, officially recognized the Silhouettes as an auxiliary to the Fraternity. Also, in 1980, the Board of Directors of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., granted a seat on the Board of the Kappa Alpha Psi Foundation to the National Silhouette President. Silhouette Elva Edwards served as the first National Silhouettes President to serve as a member of the Board of the Kappa Alpha Psi Foundation. This was an accomplishment for all Silhouettes. On September 11, 1987, Policy Statement No. 87-12 was entered into the records of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., recognizing the Silhouettes as an affiliate whose purpose is to provide support and assistance for the activities of the Fraternity at Grand Chapter, Province, and Local levels.