The dream of formulating a chapter of our fraternity in the Vallejo area was envisioned by three brothers from Vallejo who attended Langston University and who were initiated in Alpha Pi Chapter during the early part of the 1970’s. They were Michael Wilson, Stanley Lewis and Benjamin Wills III. The resource of this dream wasn’t realized until the potential charter members proudly stood up and identified themselves as Kappa Men to the sound of our Kappa Hymn being played by the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority who were acknowledging our presence at their Chartering Day Banquet in March 1974. The leadership needed was experienced in the form of Brother Edward Shelton, Jr. Brother Shelton’s experience in the formation of Delta Phi Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi at Indiana Institute of Technology, Fort Wayne, Indiana in December 1958 provided us with an outstanding administrative resource. The incorporation and coordination of this dream, membership and leadership resulted in the formation of the Vallejo-Fairfield Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Incorporated.
The Vallejo-Fairfield Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. was chartered and its officers were installed on April 12, 1975 at the Fairfield Civic Center, Fairfield, California. The Western Province Polemarch, Brother James O. Whaley officiated the installation ceremonies.
The chartered members and officers were as follows:
Edward Shelton Jr. Polemarch
Michael L. Wilson Vice-Polemarch
Benjamin Wills III Keeper of Records
Harold Pickens Asst. Keeper of Records
Henry Burton Strategus
Lt. Gregory Ritchie Lt. Strategus
E. Herm Wilson Keeper of Exchequer
Richard A. Foster III Historian
Fred Faucett Reporter
Capt. Rodney Scott Parliamentarian
Gregory Billingsley Pledgemaster
Stanley Lewis Member
The basic objective of the Vallejo-Fairfield Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity was foremost to maintain the standards and goals provided to us by the Grand Chapter and the Western Province. Locally, we hoped to execute these standards and goals through achievement in community projects, fostering undergraduate programs and participation in social activities.
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