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ALPHA PHI ALPHA FRATERNITY Inc. Alpha Alpha Lambda Chapter

STOPPING THE VIOLENCE: Alpha Alpha Lambda Answers the Call “We Shall Transcend




Bro. Cecil Cates

OPEN LETTER Immediate Past President Pierre Oscar


Alpha Alpha Lambda Chapter


A CALL TO ACTION! Newark ‘Stop the Violence’ SERVANTS OF ALL:

New AAL President Bro. Mark L. Smith Alpha Phi Alpha Takes Stand at Newark City Hall Brother Mark L. Smith is now the 22nd chapter president for Alpha Alpha Lambda of Newark / Essex County, New Jersey. The 50 year old Smith was installed on Friday, September 6, 2013 in Orange, NJ. "It's been about 30 years since I have presided over an Alpha Phi Alpha chapter," said Smith who was initiated at the University of Pittsburgh's Omicron Chapter in 1983. He will lead Alpha Alpha Lambda for the next two years, but presented a detailed and ambitious six year plan to take Alpha Alpha Lambda to new heights. "As a chapter I'd like to see us do to a better job of focusing in on the things we want to do," said Smith, who works as Director of Sales for Bioventus. His goals are centered on the reclamation and retention of brothers as a way to grow the chapter and its financial footing. "One of the things that brothers refer to us by, is for our excellence. The gold standard in New Jersey, the Gold Standard in the East," said Smith, who urged every chapter member to recommit themselves to the AIMS of our dear fraternity. "It's about brotherhood, otherwise we're just a club," Smith said. CONT. Page 2.


80 Years of Alpha! Verner V. Henry (WEST ORANGE) -- "A very quiet brother, not boastful, but very straightforward. He was an Alpha's Alpha!" The brothers of Alpha Alpha Lambda chapter, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Incorporated, mourn the passing of our most distinguished and longest serving active member, 99 year old Verner V. Henry. He was a dedicated, faithful and humble servant of Alpha for an incredible 80 years! Since his initiation at Morgan State University on April 1, 1933, Brother Henry was an active member of Alpha Alpha Lambda of Newark/Essex County, New Jersey until his death on August 28, 2013. Over the years, Brother Henry rarely missed a meeting, until his age and ailing health prevented his attendance. "I met brother Henry when I first got in the chapter, almost 40 years ago, when I joined Alpha Alpha Lambda,' said Brother Marvin McCurtis, who is now the chapter's eldest member. "He was a gentleman and a fine committed Brother for years." Brother Henry's Omega service was held September 5, 2013 and was attended and celebrated by the brotherhood. In fact, Brother McCurtis says it was by God's grace that Alpha Phi Alpha was there for Brother Henry's ascension into Omega Chapter. "I happened to see Brother Henry's obituary in the paper. It was the day before the funeral," said McCurtis, who had lost contact with Brother Henry. "If I hadn't found that obituary, I don't know what if we would have had the turnout of Alphas that we had in attendance." OBIT: Page 2

Verner V. Henry 1914 - 2013

Brother Reclaimed! Cecil Cates, Owner of CMIT Solutions

Verner V. Henry, 99, of West Orange, N.J., passed away on Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013 at St. Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston, N.J. Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 5, from the Woody "Home For Services", 163 Oakwood Ave., Orange, N.J. where the family received friends from 12 noon until time of services. Born in Belleville, N.J., Mr. Henry lived in Newark, N.J. before moving to West Orange several years ago. He graduated from Morgan State Univ. in Baltimore, Md. and received a Master's degree in public administration from New York Univ. Mr. Henry was the first employee of the Bureau of Parole to be appointed an associate member of the N.J. State Parole Board. In 1962 Mr. Henry was the first African-American elected president of the Newark Board of Education. He was a lifetime member of St. John's Methodist Church in Newark, as well as a member of the Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity for over 80 years. Mr. Henry was predeceased by his wife, Cordelia Owens Henry in 1996. He is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Lynn Tyler of Richmond, Va.; two grandchildren, Lisa of Washington, D.C. and Jeffrey of Richmond, Va.; cousins, nieces, nephews, relatives & friends.Initiated April 1, 1933.

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Mark Smith Assumes Presidency CONTINUED FROM PAGE ONE: President Smith's key's to chapter success: Focus, Execute, Inclusion, Excellence, Growth and Retention -- each with an eye toward strengthening the ranks of Alpha Alpha Lambda, so that no brother is left behind. "One of the things I hear a lot [ from inactive brothers] is that I don't feel included because I don't have the financial means, so I'll just stay away. There will be no more chastising of brothers because they don't have the financial means to be involved. Let's welcome them. We have to make them feel wanted." Smith's plan is to grow the chapter by reclaiming brothers, starting with those who live within a ten mile radius of the chapter's fraternal seat. Smith started his quest by inviting inactive brothers to his inaugural dinner. "Glad to be back. I see so many new faces, said Brother Cecil Cates (Fall '76 Beta Iota) and the owner of his own Information Technology company. "I am very proud of this chapter." Jeffrey Ormond (Fall 1983 Beta Omicron), a past president of Alpha Alpha Lambda, offered his support to President Smith. "If you need me I'm a phone call away, and Alpha will always be in my heart." Real Estate Broker and Brother Rick Spears (Spring '81 Delta Zeta Chapter) had been away from Alpha Alpha Lambda for several years to raise his family. He's now returning to the chapter thanks to President Smith. "Now that my boys are off to college or out of college, I am ready to be reclaimed!" President Smith says he has the same expectations for himself, and for every brother of the chapter. "I am committed, and I will raise the level of commitment for the next fraternal year and beyond." Smith resides in South Orange, New Jersey with his wife Janet and children Mark Junior, Maurice & Micah.

ANSWERING THE CALL Alpha Phi Alpha Says “10 Murders in 10 Days in Enough”

Brothers: I am calling the brothers of New Jersey Association of Alpha Phi Alpha Chapters to Action" with a rally on the steps of Newark City Hall to "STOP THE VIOLENCE." "We want to urge Newark's community leaders and elected officials to come up with an immediate action plan to combat the city's rise in violence. "As a fraternity of prominent, college-educated and successful men, we want to lend our resources, our mentoring programs, and our voice to the community, in hopes of stopping this cycle of violence in Newark." The rally on the steps of Newark City Hall was held on Saturday October 5, 2013. It was sponsored by the New Jersey Association of Alpha Phi Alpha Chapters, and led by the fraternity's Newark / Essex County chapter, Alpha Alpha Lambda.

Men of Alpha: “Brothers we are at a crossroads in Newark with the uptick of violence. As men of Alpha we have a long tradition of community involvement and action in our communities. Our Dear Brother Ainsley Reynolds has taken the lead as State Director to help US take a stand against violence in Newark the seat of our dear Chapter. In the legacy of Ashby and Alexander to name a few Alpha Alpha Lambda has been charged to take the lead on this most important project.”

-- AAL President Mark L. Smith

-- NJAAPAC President Ainsley A. Reynolds

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OPEN LETTER: Immediate Past President Pierre Oscar Dear Brothers of Alpha Alpha Lambda Chapter: I hoped and prayed that each one of you and your families has had an enjoyable and relaxing summer and currently enjoying "The Labor Day Weekend". It is my wish that many of my Brothers had a chance to get away from the office and had a chance to recharge their battery for this new and upcoming AAL Fraternal Year 2013-2014. It has been my pleasure in serving in leadership capacity in our beloved chapter for the last four years; as your Vice President (from 2009-2011) under the leadership of our Immediate, Past President, Bro. Mark J. Hassell. As Chapter President from September 14, 2011 to September 5, 2013 with the assistance of Bro. Horner S. Williams and my Executive Board. We started our journey together to continue to make a difference in our community, to make changes, and to improve and make AAL Chapter a better and more relevant presence. We as a chapter experienced many positive accolades, and provided meaningful programs to the community and services to our young Black men. We triumph by unifying together to over come every obstacles, issues, and problems and adversities in our last Fraternal Year 2012-2013. Moving Forward and Upwards Towards the Light, I continue to challenge every BROTHER new, or old not to sit on the sidelines, sending out Emails, or holding separate group meetings, or giving back handed compliments, but to get involved with the chapter, provide constructive criticism, but also be the change agent as well, by being involved with the chapters different committees and their works and tasks. I implore each and everyone of my Brothers to be active in the chapter's programs, events and activities. I encourage Brothers not to so readily and easily to abandon their post and wave their focus on our beloved AAL Chapter, but rather I ask my Brothers to recommit and reinvest in AAL Chapter. Our new President Elect, Bro. Mark Smith, Sr. is a great and unique, talented Brother and leader who stepped up to the plate and accept the challenge, will you accept the call? He needs your help, talent and skills to place this ship on tranquil waters for smooth sailing, Will you put your oars in the water to help the ship to travel and set to a greater course? I know in my heart each of you Brothers love Alpha and I hope and pray you will fully participate in your chapter to sail this ship to good ports. A Brother ask me, "what will they write of my legacy?" God is the only official writer in my book, but I hope Brothers will say that Bro. Oscar stepped up and was in the game to make a difference. Remember, You can be part of the solution to the problem, or be the problem, let us all be together the solution.

With You in Our Labor of Love; Fraternally, Bro. Pierre A. Oscar

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February 5, 1953) was a physician and Republican Party politician from New Jersey. He was president of the National Medical Association and the first African American to serve in the NJ Legislature (1920-1923).

AAL EXECUTIVE BOARD: President Mark Smith Vice President Horner Williams Secretary Jerald Grace Treasurer Quinzell McKenzie Associate Editor of Sphinx Derricke Dennis Director of Membership Intake Mark Hassell Chaplain Takeem Dean Historian Quahim Muhammad Director of Educational Activities Marvin Pettus Sergeant at Arms Greg Jackson Alumni Advisor Anthony Mack

SUBMISSIONS:Bro.Derricke Dennis Associate Editor of the Sphinx, AAL

AAL Newsletter  

Issue#1 October 2013