Volume 3 Issue 1-2021

Spring 2021 Pre-province council Edition

Province Polemarch's Message

Greetings Brothers of the Great Western Province,

Welcome to the Spring 2021 Pre-Province Edition of the Pacific Reporter.

These are challenging times in the history of our fraternity. But I am hopeful that we will make it out of this pandemic better than we came into it. We have learned some valuable lessons during this time. Kappa Alpha Psi is still serving the community. Thank you for submitting articles to the Pacific Reporter. During this time of social distancing and isolation, your articles to the Reporter provide a vehicle for us to keep in touch with one another as we do the work of Kappa. I look forward to the time when we can fellowship in person.


Always Yours in the Bond

Tim Woods

24th Western Province Polemarch

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Congratulations to Brother Devan Turner

Devan Turner, in the 133 lb. weight class, competes against UALR on Saturday at Gill Coliseum on Feb. 15.


reported by the daily barometer-oregon state university

The Oregon State Wrestling team had three finalists in the 2020 PAC-12 wrestling championships in redshirt junior Devan Turner at 133 lbs., redshirt sophomore Grant Willits at 141 lbs. and redshirt junior Colt Doyle at 184 lbs. All three wrestlers knew that a win in the finals would qualify them for the national tournament.

Turner had one thing on his mind entering the tournament: winning it. Last year, Turner finished third in the 133 lb. weight class, and despite still qualifying for the national tournament, he still left the Wells Fargo Arena with a sour taste in his mouth.

In the finals match, Turner faced off against junior Paul Bianchi of University of Little Rock, Arkansas, who Turner defeated in their last meeting by a score of 8-6. Turner was now able to defeat Bianchi by a score of 5-3, and walked away with the PAC-12 title. Turner was the sole champion for Oregon State who qualified for the national tournament for the second year in a row.

Willits won the PAC-12 championship last year at the 141 lb weight class, pinning Brandon Kier of Stanford in the second period. Like Turner, Willits qualified for the national tournament as well. Looking to defend his title at this year's Pac-12 championships, Willits had to face off against Stanford redshirt freshman Real Woods, who Willits lost to in their last meeting by a score of 9-1.

Despite a hard-fought effort from Willits, he was defeated by Woods by a score of 11-2, finishing second in conference. Willits still qualified for the national tournament as he is ranked in the top 25 in the country.

Doyle placed third at last year's PAC-12 wrestling championships at 174 lbs. This year, moving up to 184 lb. weight class, Doyle faced off against CSU Bakersfield redshirt sophomore Josh Loomer, who defeated Doyle by a score of 12-4 during their last meeting.

Loomer defeated Doyle once again in the finals by a score of 7-4. Doyle did not qualify for the national tournament, ending his junior season with a record of 20 wins and nine losses.

Oregon State finished fourth overall in the PAC-12, scoring 92.5 points as a team, with one champion and two national qualifiers. Last year, Oregon State finished third in the conference, scoring 77.5 points as a team, with four champions and six national qualifiers.

Turner and Willits now put their attention towards the NCAA wrestling championships in Minneapolis, Minn. from March 19-21 with the end goal of becoming All-Americans for Oregon State.

Sacramento alumni

remembering bro. frank withrow

His life was driven by education and pride and he joyfully brought thousands of students along for the ride.

Retired teacher and school administrator Frank Withrow died August 7. He turned 74 last month. Although his body was wracked with cancer, Withrow kept a positive attitude to the very end. That’s how he’ll be remembered by those who called him an instructor, mentor or friend.

Franklin Ellis Withrow came to Sacramento in 1972, equipping students at C.K. McClatchy and Sacramento High Schools with necessary tools. He also consulted with the Del Paso Heights School District, aiding then Superintendent Dr. Ramona Bishop in improving academic outcomes there. He created curriculum and action plans born of Black roots, wisdom and genuine care.

By Genoa Barrow | OBSERVER Senior Staff Writer

Withrow served as a teacher and leader within the Sacramento City Unified School District (SCUSD) for more than three decades. His dedication to students — including founding the C.K. McClatchy High School African American Cultural Exchange Program and chairing the United Black Student Unions of California (UBSUC) Advisory Board for 15 years — earned him admiration and countless accolades.

Withrow was lauded over the years for his ability to motivate, uplift and inspire. In addition to his work in the classroom, he also encouraged foster and incarcerated youth to reach deep and aim higher. Praise came from Black Educators for Action, SCUSD’s Community Advisory Committee, the International Educators Hall of Fame, the Sacramento County Board of Supervisors a well as a coalition that included Kings & Queens Rise, Build.Black, the Sacramento Kings, The Center at Sierra Health Foundation and the Black Child Legacy Campaign. He’ll also be known for an eternity as Poet Laureate of the Western Province of the Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity.

While the Sacramento OBSERVER and others presented him with lifetime achievement awards, Withrow would say that helping others was his greatest reward. Even in retirement, he often travelled the country as a consultant sharing his expertise and knowledge. As the creator of the African American Young Males Conference, he organized workshops on everything from bullying and gangs to developing critical thinking skills and preparing for college.

He also turned his penchant for poetry, it into a business — Reasons For Rhyme (Withrow was the self-proclaimed “Middle Aged Rapper”). Through the venture, he produced more than 40 books, posters and calendars as well as t-shirts and caps that featured words from his motivational raps.

“Achievement Is In My DNA,” and “To Be Somebody (Should Always Be Your Goal)” weren’t mere slogans, though. They were how Withrow lived his life and gave others the confidence to grow. He assured people that their Black lives mattered, even when others left their self-esteem and self worth tattered. One of his signature poems extolled the virtues of the “Ebony King” long before Beyonce declared it a thing.

In his students, he saw the future– movers and shakers, influencers and changemakers. He helped them navigate in spaces with unfamiliar faces. Under his guidance they found the voice to speak up and speak out and did so without a doubt. Former students recently voiced their appreciation for Withrow with a celebratory caravan, calling him a class act, not wanting to wait to give him “his flowers” after the fact.

At his side that day, as all others, was his Ebony Queen, the former Karen Massie. The two met in 1993 while working in a fashion show they were forever in sync showing off their coordinated fashion sense while emceeing local Sweet Potato and Meadowview Jazz events.

Many in the community count Withrow as a mentor. He supported the efforts of those who desired to educate and lead, showing them by example, what it meant to succeed. That he was a proud lifetime member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity cannot go unsaid. His favorite suits and matching gators were definitely red.

Withrow was preceded in death by his brother Donald and their parents, Rossie and Henry. Wife Karen, daughter Melissa Carter, and sister Henrietta W. Farve are among those left to cherish his memory.

Food for families 2020

red and white christmas 2020

This is our annual Red & White Christmas that we partner with the ladies on Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Sacramento Alumnae Chapter. This has been a continually awesome partnership and labor of love during the holiday season each year. This is especially special during the 2020 year. We adopted 14 families which comprised of 41 children. We provided food baskets and we gifted the children their complete wish list of Christmas gifts.

why kappas mentor 2020

riverside Alumni

hall of fame inductee

Brother Admiral Moore, 50 year member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc is the 24th inductee into the Naval Post Graduate Hall of Fame and the first African American in this prestigious hall.

The Naval Post Graduate School located in Monterey CA was established in 2001. The Hall recognizes the accomplishments of their most distinguished alumni and friends who, through the attainment of positions at the highest levels of public service, have made the greatest contributions to society, their nation, and to the Naval Postgraduate School.

hall of fame inductee (continued)

A leader, warfighter and trailblazer, Vice Admiral Edward Moore was a driving force throughout his 38 year Navy career. He began in the enlisted ranks of the U.S. Navy Reserves and culminated as the Commander, Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet, the highest-ranking Black Naval officer at the time and upon his retirement. He distinguished himself through superior operational leadership as the Plankowner Commanding Officer of USS Cowpens (CG-63), the first Black Captain of an Aegis Cruiser, by leading successful Tomahawk missile strikes against sensitive targets in Iraq, rendering Iraqi leadership ineffective. He later served as Commander, CARL VINSON Task Group and Cruiser-Destroyer Group THREE, which conducted Tomahawk missile strikes against Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein and his troops to force an Iraqi withdrawal from the Kurdish region’s exclusion zone created by the U.S. and its allies to protect the Kurds. VADM Moore made significant contributions in pioneering systems integration aboard ships as the Navy ushered in a new era of technologic advancement, both on active duty and in business as Vice President of the applied technology group at Anteon Corporation directing the company's surface Navy programs. He remains active in non-profit organizations and Boards promoting the welfare and advancement of minorities and veterans’ groups.


Brother Moore a life member of Kappa Alpha Psi is still a very active member of Riverside Alumni Chapter. He is currently serving in his second term as Keeper of Exchequer. He’s also served as one of the organizers of RACs Leadership development program(Kappa League) and continues to mentor the young men in today’s program.

He is the loving husband of Silhouette Debbie Moore, father of Kimberly Nicole Moore, 45, Erica Danielle Moore, 44, Stacey Michelle Moore, 43, Edward Anthony Moore, III, 33.



vallejo-fairfield Alumni

Kappa Alpha Psi - VFA - Western Province News Letter Submission 2-7-21.pptx

Berkeley Alumni

peaceful protest in sundays best 2020

christmas joy during covid

remembering Brother Henry augustine

palo alto alumni

palo alto chapter Distribution of 50-year Blazers and Pins (2020) day celebration, december 5, 2020

As we all are experiencing a bit of the pandemic fatigue at this time, the Palo Alto Alumni was able to raise a couple Brother's spirits! On December 5th, 2020, the Palo Alto Alumni Chapter recognized Brother Walter L. Washington, and Brother Armour E Crawford for their 50 years of membership and service to Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. The Blazers and pins were delivered by Brother Polemarch Michael Lemon and Brother Vice Polemarch Donald Hills.

Brother Walter L. Washington is a graduate of Youngstown State University in Youngstown Ohio. He was initiated into Kappa Alpha Psi on 08/15/1959, Beta Pi Chapter. He's been an active member of Palo Alto Alumni Chapter for over 35 years.


Brother Armour E Crawford is a graduate of Langston University in Langston, Oklahoma. He was initiated into Kappa Alpha Psi on 12/11/1965, Alpha Pi Chapter. He's been an active member of Palo Alto Alumni Chapter for the past 3 years.


With the recognition of the above two Brothers, the Palo Alto Alumni Chapter has a total of 5 50-year Brothers in our midst (left to right):

Brother Isaac W. Guinn, the Chapter's first Polemarch and founding member, initiated 3/3/1956 into Alpha Psi Chapter, Pittsburg State University, Pittsburg, Kansas

Brother Clement Miles, a founding member, initiated 2/4/1962 Omicron Chapter, City College of New York, New York, New York

Brother Charles A. Richburg, initiated 12/5/1969 into Gamma Epsilon Chapter Tuskegee University, Tuskegee, Alabama.


phoenix alumni

roseville alumni

january 30, 2021 panel presentation on covid-19

On January 30, 2021, Roseville Alumni Chapter Guide Right Kappa League Program in partnership with the Striving For Achievement Foundation sponsored a panel presentation on COVID-19 in the Black Community. The discussion was hosted by Evan Black, President of the Roseville Alumni Kappa League. Panels were William Jahmal Miller, System Vice President with Common Spirit Health’s Office of Diversity, Inclusion, Equity & Belonging and Dr. Kevin Mitchell, Acute Care General Surgery and Trauma, Mercy San Juan Medical Center and President and Chief Executive Officer with KMedEx, Inc. The information was well received and appreciated. After the presentation, the panelists answered questions from the 40 participants.

February 4, 2021 delivery

On February 4, 2021, the Roseville Alumni Chapter, in partnership with the Striving For Achievement Foundation, delivered delicious wraps, chips, cookies and drinks to the Mercy San Juan COVID-19 Intensive Care Unit staff. We also presented the critical care staff with a beautiful plaque expressing our appreciation for their continuing effort serving our community as the pandemic continues. The presentation was highlighted and featured in the corporate newsletter.

nu sigma

november 1, 2020

November 1st: We launched a 50 day can food drive; Nu Sigma received its contributions from the communities of Hayward, Stockton and the IE.

○ Our total goal was 300 cans, unfortunately we fell

short of our goal and only managed to collect 187

cans total. The contributions were given to the

Hayward, Stockton and Ontario food banks.


november 14, 2020

November 14th: We had a Thanksgiving Feed the Homeless Community Service event where Brothers from Stockton, Hayward-Oakland, and the IE fed the homeless in their communities.

january 13, 2021

January 13: Brothers in the chapter recorded inspirational videos to send to high school students in Brother John Norman’s non-profit Raising Youth Resilience located in Stockton, CA.

○ “Strategically enhancing the capabilities of youth by providing them with the empowerment and exposure needed to navigate through

risks of life” -RYR


february 26, 2021

February 26: Nu Sigma will be performing a safe virtual step show for the students in Raising Youth Resilience; the step show is intended to expose kids to college fraternities and give them motivation to want to go to college.

march 1, 2021

March 1st: Nu Sigma plans on hosting a financial literacy event on zoom, the event is intended to expose our peers of the foregn and crypto exchange markets.

seattle alumni

reclamation

ACHIEVEMENT!

Seattle Alumni is a medium size chapter located in the Western region of the beautiful state of Washington. In many eyes, Seattle is a world class technology hub and offers cutting edge methods to leverage data and churn actionable meaningful intelligence.

During the 2021 fraternal year, the Seattle Alumni Chapter pulled member levers to embarked a “full court” press to lasso Western Washington Kappa’s and reactivate their membership. The Se attle Chapter has held long to the notion that “Reclamation” is a data and messaging exercise and sought to evaluate.

Making this happened first required embracing repeatable activities to serve as tenants within plug n-play model. Model parts include:

1) Chapter investment in scalable technology platform (e.g., MS SharePoint and Teams)

2) Solidify committee membership

3) Sanitize current membership list(s)

4) Establish and follow “reclamation pitch”

5) Frequent/Periodic reclamation member calls

Additional share of detail will exist within our chapter award application(s). Until then, see the above graph illustrating year over year growth.

City Partners with Kappa Alpha Psi to Deliver Supplies to Unsheltered Members of Community

FAS Department Director Calvin W. Goings, third from right, with members of Kappa Alpha Psi. The Seattle alumni chapter partnered with the City to donate and distribute clothing to people experiencing homelessness after FAS Deputy Division Director and fraternity member Philip Saunders, fourth from right, identified the need.

When members of the Seattle Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi began thinking about how to focus some of their annual community service efforts, they got an idea from a new member who shared a community need he knew of through his job with the City of Seattle.

As part of its COVID-19 response, the City had recently deployed hygiene stations to help ensure its most vulnerable residents had access to restrooms, showers and sinks—particularly as public facilities and some businesses were closed due to public health guidance.

Philip Saunders, a member of Kappa Alpha Psi and a Deputy Division Director in the Department of Finance and Administrative Services (FAS), wondered: could there be a way to help residents experiencing homelessness?

“Philip brought to our attention that we might have an opportunity to make an immediate impact in the community we live in,” said Patrick McCain, a Seattle resident and vice polemarch of Kappa Alpha Psi, a global and historically African American fraternity. “With COVID, everybody is hunkering down, but these individuals don’t have the luxury of staying home and so we want to do something that can make an immediate difference in their lives.”

This Friday, July 24, members of Kappa Alpha Psi will distribute essential clothing, like socks, underwear and t-shirts, to individuals who need them at the Seattle Center. The group plans to be onsite from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., or until supplies run out.

“During this unprecedented and challenging time in our City, this is an inspiring example of how we can come together to support members of our community. No good deed is too big or too small, and I commend the generosity of Kappa Alpha Psi. I also extend my thanks to FAS Deputy Division Director Philip Saunders for representing our department and coordinating this work to provide an immediate impact to our most vulnerable residents,” said Calvin W. Goings, Director of the Finance and Administrative Services Department.

Kappa Alpha Psi members, including FAS Deputy Division Director Philip Saunders, hand out supplies.

Since March, Seattle Public Utilities (SPU), Human Services Department (HSD), Seattle Parks and Recreation, and other City departments in partnership with Seattle City Council, Public Health – Seattle & King County, and nonprofit partner Millionair Club Charity have deployed or assisted with the operations and maintenance of hygiene trailers (which include showers in addition to toilets and sinks), and hygiene stations (additional toilets and handwashing sinks) in areas of the City where individuals can be best served.

The locations were selected due to their proximity to active encampments. All City-funded hygiene locations can be found on HSD’s interactive map.

“I’d like to express my sincere gratitude to the members of Kappa Alpha Psi for their generosity and compassion”, said Mami Hara, General Manager of Seattle Public Utilities. “People experiencing homelessness are especially vulnerable during this period of COVID-19. That’s why Seattle Public Utilities is so pleased to deploy hygiene stations and trailers during this critical time. We appreciate the partnership of other departments and Millionair Club Charity in planning and maintaining the facilities and the areas around them. We also appreciate and admire the compassion of the neighborhoods hosting these critical facilities. To date, we’ve counted more than 2,500 client showers since we deployed the trailers in mid-May.”

Once McCain and his chapter learned how they could help complement the City’s work, they put out a call to all local members for donations. Since then, they’ve been collecting essential clothing and undergarments in all sizes.

They hope their contribution not only serves those who need them, but shows goodwill and that—no matter how big or small the effort—you can give back to your community and improve the lives of those around you.

“It doesn’t have to be something earth-shattering to help your community. It could be something as small as handing someone a pack of socks or paying for someone’s lunch,” McCain said. “We tend to think we have to have a big splash to make an impact, but change comes in small chunks usually. We hope others will see this and know it takes all of us doing our part, no matter how small or big, to impact an individual’s life.

from the desk of the editor

Greetings Brothers,

As we navigate our way during these times of Covid, I encourage all chapters to duly record this momentous time by continuing to find unique ways to achieve. I hope to continue to receive various articles and stories of your chapter's achievements.

Submit your articles to:

pacific.reporter@kapsi-western.org.

Yours in the Bond,

Bro. Jeff "Jazzi" Brown

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Volume 3 Issue 1 - February 2021

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