This Founders Day, we celebrate 110 years of developing leaders, promoting academic excellence and providing service and advocacy. We have much to look forward to in 2017 with the inauguration of our 35th general president and the General Convention in Baltimore, Maryland on July 12 - 16, 2017, while remaining MISSION FOCUSED. However, let's take a moment to reflect on some of our accomplishments this past year.
Alpha has continued to move forward. Our A Voteless People is a Hopeless People national program has been hard at work. This year we continued to track voter registration and push training tutorials for brothers and chapters to use during planning. We also partnered with the National Pan-Hellenic Council for "get out the vote" initiatives. During the Congressional Black Caucus Annual Legislative Conference, we were able to acknowledge our dear brother, U.S. Representative Charles B. Rangel, with our highest honor, the Alpha Award of Merit, as he celebrated his retirement. Brother Charles B. Rangel [Alpha Gamma Lambda ’64] was elected to the United States House of Representatives, serving the communities of Harlem and Upper Manhattan since 1971. Brother Rangel is a founding member of the Congressional Black Caucus and the first African American to chair the House Ways and Means Committee.
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Our social media activity, especially our presence on Facebook and Twitter, is continuously rising in efforts to keep the brotherhood and our communities engaged. We have continued the use of our Alpha App in response to the growing need to connect with brothers wherever they are in the world. We have also increased promotion of The Alpha Shop, the place to go for your Alpha gear.
We have been hard at work, and all that we have accomplished this year is because of your efforts. Continue to be men of action while holding the light of Alpha high. Have a Happy Founders Day!