In 2012, Kappa Alpha Psi Community Projects, Inc. saw another opportunity to impact our neighboring community. We began collecting and distributing turkeys and all the trimmings to families living in the West Oakland area. This initiative was completely funded and supported by the members of the organization. In 2014, Kappa Alpha Psi Community Projects, Inc networked with the McWilson Friends and Family Network and shared in the giving of thousands of turkeys to the Oakland, California community. This networking initiative has allowed us to expand the reach of giving to our ever growing community today.
One of the most rewarding projects of the Guide Right Program has evolved to be the Christmas Toy Give-Away. Since this program was introduced in 2000, we have faithfully provided gifts to 150 families of low economic status. Kappa Alpha Psi Community Project, Inc. works in conjunction with the Family Giving Tree, Inc., headquartered in the South Bay. The Brothers of Berkeley Alumni give toys to the youth in our communities by distributing toys to the after school program youth at Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary school in Oakland, CA. Members of Berkeley Alumni have continued this tradition for the past 15 years.
The fundamental precept of our organization is to provide resources to historically underrepresented students in the Bay Area to improve the likelihood that these students earn bachelor’s degrees from top academic institutions. Additionally, for several decades Kappa Alpha Psi has sponsored a scholarship program which awards students who have displayed high levels of academic achievement and leadership skills. Each year we increase our fundraising goals in effort to provide more $1000 awards than the previous year. Moreover, we have established a separate scholarship fund for the Kappa League graduating class of 2019. Our goal is to provide funding to each graduate planning to attend an accredited four-year university.
The Berkeley Alumni chapter of the Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity was officially chartered on May 24, 1947 at the home of our late brother DeWitt Buckingham by brother Frank La Vigne, Polemarch of the Western Province at the time. The charter presentation ceremony was the culminating event and a landmark in the growth and development of Kappa Alpha Psi in the San Francisco Bay Area. With its presentation, the message rang loud and clear that Kappa was here to stay. Prior to that time numerous Kappa men migrated to the west coast during the 2nd World war and the period between 1940 & 1950. Somewhere between 1945 & 1946, Brother Christopher Martin, who crossed the burning sands at Alpha Mu chapter, Lincoln University of Missouri came up with the idea after living in the bay area for a while and getting to know several Kappa brothers in the area. He called several meetings and with every meeting the attendance grew larger. Brother Martin served as chapter Polemarch for the first two years after which Brother Sudduth took over as Polemarch. One of the first big affairs hosted by the chapter was the Black and White Ball. Much needed publicity was garnered from that event which attracted more brothers to join. Another important event in the life of Berkeley Alumni was laying the ground work for establishing the undergraduate chapter at the University of California in Berkeley. Both groups worked hard at contacting potential pledges. Brothers Charles Holford, Byron Alexander, N.W. Wilkerson, and Wilson Willis were initiated into the alumni chapter. The alumni chapter was comprised of 27 members. At the same time, Brothers Charles Sudduth and Lloyd Williams were initiated into the undergraduate chapter. In 1948, one of the first big moves by then Province Polemarch Tom Bradley was to ask Berkeley Alumni and Gamma Alpha to host the first meeting of the Western province.
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Welcome to the Berkeley Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Incorporated. My name is Tyrone Guillory Jr. and I am honored to serve as Polemarch for the 2018 – 2019 fraternal year. As Polemarch, I encourage you to enjoy your tour of our website and to visit often. It is my hope that you ﬁnd this website a valuable resource of information concerning the activities of our chapter as we engage in works to improve our communities. The legacy of the Berkeley Alumni chapter is one of achievement through social action, scholarship, and mentorship and we intend to continue that legacy. On behalf of the entire membership of the Berkeley Alumni chapter, our board of directors, and ofﬁcers I thank you for visiting.
Tyrone Guillory Jr., Polemarch, Berkeley Alumni
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Membership is a solemn commitment. To this Fraternity, the maker of the commitment becomes synonymous with the commitment itself. Membership in Kappa Alpha Psi is a lifelong dedication to the ideas and lofty purposes of Kappa Alpha Psi, which considers for membership only those aspirants whose personal, social and academic qualifications are acceptable to both the College and Fraternity.
Expectations concerning maturity and dedication are made upon new members and established members alike.
Maturity is more than simply reaching a certain age. Maturity to us means acceptance of reality, the ability to sacrifice and set goals, consideration of others, incisive judgment, emotional balance, development of social skills, intellectual competence, and moral rectitude. We expect our members to be mature.
Dedication means putting those characteristics of maturity into a lifelong program of action to advance the goals and purposes of Kappa Alpha Psi. We expect our members to be dedicated.
But do not let personal goals supersede those of the Fraternity. A person who feels he would do the Fraternity a favor by joining is not worthy of membership. No one who holds himself superior to the Brotherhood of Kappa Alpha Psi is worthy of this distinction.
Kappa Alpha Psi is not interested in the simple accumulation of members and chapters. Its emphasis, however, is in the quality and integrity of its membership. Membership quality manifests itself through an intangible element of brotherhood we call "that Good Old Kappa Spirit."
Acceptable qualities of Kappa Alpha Psi members include:
The disposition to live in close companionship with men of similar values.
The wisdom to abide by the will of the majority without sacrificing individuality.
The discretion to refrain from destructive criticism while seeking to remove the causes of such criticism.
The acceptance of responsibility for any effort that moves the group forward.
The desire to strive for, and ultimately achieve, excellence in everything you do.
The commitment to train for leadership.
The resolution to give lifelong financial support and commitment to the maintenance and development of the Fraternity's programs and purposes.
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