LifestyleKappa Alpha Psi's Hyattsville/Landover Chapter marks 45th anniversary

Kappa Alpha Psi’s Hyattsville/Landover Chapter marks 45th anniversary

Men donning dapper tuxedos and women in dazzling ensembles flocked to the 45th anniversary celebration of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.’s Hyattsville/Landover Alumni Chapter at the Holiday Inn Washington- College Pk in College Park, Maryland on March 16.

Brothers of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., celebrated the 45th anniversary of the Hyattsville/Landover Alumni Chapter on March 16 at the Holiday Inn Washington-College Pk. (Anthony Tilghman/The Washington Informer)
“For the last 45 years, we have been proudly serving the citizens of Prince George’s. Through our programs, through our community service efforts and by focusing on seniors in the community. We’ve partnered with the county at every level and will continue to do so this far,” Clarence Jones Jr. told The Informer of the chapter’s work. 

Just before the celebration of service began, some of the 22 charter members of the organization and past polemarches took the stage to discuss their history and how far along the chapter has developed. Some chapter members also volunteered at the SHARE Food Network in Landover, Maryland earlier that same day.  

The event, which included a three-course meal and celebratory toast, reflected on the chapter’s past, honored members, emphasized building toward an even more impactful future and highlighted the beauty of the brotherhood.

Senior Grand Vice Polemarch Robert L. Jenkins served as the keynote speaker.

“Forty-five years ago, a group of brothers came together and petitioned for the establishment of the Hyattsville/Landover Alumni Chapter. In doing so, these men identified a need to come together to provide service to this community,” Jenkins told the crowd. “This is what makes the Hyattsville/Landover Alumni Chapter so special in the ranks of Kappa Alpha Psi. In the beginning, the charter members of this chapter wanted to serve the community.”

He said Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity and current Hyattsville/Landover members “owe a great debt” to the chapter’s visionaries.

“The best way you can repay that debt is to always be mindful of your true purpose as a chapter: service to your community. You honor your charter members in the work you do through your Kappa Foundation of Prince George’s County. You attest your worthiness through the administration of your Kappa League and scholarship programs. You validate your existence by continuing to raise funds to support St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, which continues to make monumental achievements in combating debilitating childhood diseases,” Jenkins continued.

Other notable fraternity and local leaders were present to acknowledge the work of the chapter throughout Prince George’s County.

Maryland State Senators Malcolm Augustine (D- District 47) and  Ron Watson (D- District 23), as well as Prince George’s County Councilmember Ingrid Harrison (D- District 4) were present for the celebration. 

Eastern Province Polemarch Richard B. Mattox celebrated the work of the Hyattsville/Landover Chapter as innovative and an example for others in dedication to service.

“When COVID hit, I heard from families who were concerned that you were continuing your programs, because the community depends on those programs,” said Mattox. 

Leaders of neighboring alumni chapters, including the Bowie-Mitchellville branch, also attended the 45th anniversary. 

“You are part of the history of this chapter,” said Chapter Polemarch Carroll James Harris, addressing members of the Bowie-Mitchellville chapter.  

He talked about the chapters’ collaborative efforts, such as working with Sen. Watson and other Prince George’s County and Kappa Alpha Psi leaders to build a facility. 

“I look forward to working together with you… as we go on an uncharted journey together to have a facility,” Harris said.

The event also highlighted members for their service to the community, the youth, and the people who contribute to the life and work of the award-winning alumni chapter.

“The Chapter has distinguished itself in so many ways with outstanding awards locally, nationally and internationally, [including receiving] the International Chapter of the Year twice,” said M. Sammye Miller, a Bowie State professor and member of Kappa Alpha Psi in a congratulatory statement. “We can boast dignitaries among our members, and men who truly love Kappa in the best way- through service.”

In celebrating Hyattsville/Landover’s legacy and work, Harris emphasized that the chapter has been dedicated and will continue to stay true to its mission of service to the community. 

“Every day, I get to see how hard you brothers work. Whether it was this morning at the SHARE Food Network, whether it was Monday when… the Guide Right Committee… [read] to three different elementary schools throughout the county. It’s what we do on a regular basis, brothers,” said Harris.  “We don’t measure our impact so much on the awards we win, but by how many lives we touch.”

Source: Washington Informer

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