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Charleston Kappas Celebrate Founders Day
3/13/2013 12:23:25 PM

(left) Mr. Jim French, Editor/Publisher of the Charleston Chronicle was a recipient of the Community Service Award presented by brother Paul Brown (right)

  In keeping with its tradition of ACHIEVEMENT in the Charleston Community, The Charleston, South Carolina Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Incorporated celebrated the 102nd Founding of the National organization, as well as the local Chapter’s 68th Anniversary at Greater Trinity A.M.E. Church on Sunday, March 10, 2013.

  Kappa Alpha Psi  is a collegiate Greek-letter fraternity with a predominantly African-American membership. Since the fraternity's founding on January 5, 1911 at Indiana University in Bloomington Indiana, the fraternity has never limited membership based on color, creed or national origin. Currently, the fraternity has over 175,000 members with 721 undergraduate and alumni chapters in every state of the United States and in several countries worldwide.

  The Charleston SC Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. received its charter on March 10, 1945 and has been one of the leading chapters in the Charleston greek community, and within Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity.  The Chapter annually hosts several outreach and social events, including crab cracks, boat rides, family outings, and their signature “Krimson and Kreme” Valentines Ball.  The Chapter is dedicated to giving back to the community, and focuses on scholarship and community service which include mentoring programs, Habitat for Humanity building projects, feedings at the Crisis Ministries, and donations to the Lowcountry Food Bank.

  The March 10th Founders Day Program highlighted the achievements of the Chapter, and recognized individual chapter members and members of the community for their personal achievements. Community  members recognized for their contributions and service included Mrs. Betty Poaches of the Washington Park Homeowners Association, City of North Charleston Councilwoman Dorothy Williams, and Mr. Jim French, Chief  Operating Officer of the Charleston Chronicle.  Mr. Shermon Jones, a Senior at Burke High School, was recognized for his scholastic achievements and was awarded a $1,000.00 Scholarship to attend Bethune-Cookman College in the fall.

  Chapter awards included recognition of all past Polemarchs (presidents), recognition of 50- and 25-year members, achievement awards, and the presentation of the “Kappa Man of the Year” Award to Brother Spencer Pryor.

  The Charleston Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi continues to strive for “Achievement in Every Field of Human Endeavor”, and continues to be a leading entity in the Charleston Community and the Fraternity as we embark on our next Century of SERVICE.

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