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Front Cover Picture by Names 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16.

Rudolph Harris Curtis Hunigan Fred Valentine Horace Dawson, Jr. Paul Cotton A. Gilbert Douglas Ryland Harris Mark Jones Andre Lucas Kenneth Hobart Derrick Butts John Mark-Williams Jeremy Triplett Mikael LaRoche Joseph Housey, III Jason Clark

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Mark Ross Louis Ford James Heck Eddie Neal Gerard Williams Garrett Miller Adrian James O. Jackson Cole, Jr. Albert Williams Lucius Brown Marcel Desroches Kellen Moore Jamison Taylor, Jr. Mathew Aaron, Jr. Sean Perkins James Harmon

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Larry Ware Frank King Antonio King Rudolph McGann, Jr. Alvin Reaves, III Ryle Bell Drew Love Colin Campbell Bryant Young Arthur King Charvis Campbell LeRoy Lowery, III Joseph Paul Timothy Fitzgerald Jason Jefferson Samuel Armstrong

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In this Issue

Charter Members Past Presidents

1 Front Cover Picture by Names 2 In this Issue, Charter Members, Past Presidents 3 Upcoming Events 4 Mu Lambda 50 Plus Year Brothers 7 Operation Holiday Giveback 8 Project Alpha 9 Goto HS Goto College 10 Founders Day Wreath Laying - Jewel Ogle 12 Executive Board, The Presidents’ Message 13 Committee Chairs & The Vice Presidents’ Message 14 Omega Chapter 15 Message from the Membership & Reclamation Chair, Alphaversary and Birthday 16 Reclamation Letter

Arthur Curtis* Merrill H. Curtis* Victor R. Daly* Eugene L. C. Davidson* Arnold Donawa* Walter Garvin* William L. Hansberry* Charles H. Houston* Edward Howard* Joseph R. Jones* R. Frank Jones* J Edward Lowery* Clarence H. Mills* Jewel Nathaniel Allison Murray* Norman L. McGhee* Jewel Robert Harold Ogle* Louis H. Russell* James N. Saunders* Emory B. Smith* Harold C. Stratton* J.H.N. Waring* Charles H. Wesley*

17 88th Eastern Region Convention - Bermuda 18 World Aids Day 2019

19 District of Columbia National Panhellenic Council 20 Food, Dessert and Drink of the Month 21 Prostate Cancer a Family Affair 22 Message from the Alpha Wives 23 Alpha Wives Holiday Party 24 Decorations Courtesy of the Alpha Wives 28 No Place Like Home 31 The Jewel Lounge 32 2019 PROJECT GIVEBACK 36 Mu Lambda’s Visit With Brother Lee Tyler 37 Annapolis Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta’s Fall Dance 38 About the Mu Lambda Foundation 40 Combined Federal Campaign 41 The DC ONE FUND

42 AmazonSmile 43 Certificate of Appreciation 44 Message from House of Ruth Committee 46 Beta/Mu Lambda Alpha Self-defense 49 So Others Might Eat 51 President’s Volunteer Service Award Letter 52 AMALGAM FILLINGS…GOOD OR BAD? 53 DCNPHC HOLIDAY HAPPY HOUR TOY DRIVE 2019 Eta Eta Lambda Chapter Founder’s Day Event 54 Advertise with us 55 Domino’s 56 Everything Co-op Radio Show 57 AKStar Apparel Ad 58 East State Street Band 59 Mu Lambda Brother Rawn James, Jr. 60 Exit Realty - Brother Albert A. Williams 61 Financial Planning Needs, The Crone Esquivel Group 62 Message from the Editor 63 Esprit de Fraternite

CHARTERED ON MONDAY OCTOBER 1, 1923 WASHINGTON, D.C.

1. Harold Stratton* 2. Howard H. Long* 3. Charles H. Wesley* 4. Frank Adams* 5. R. Frank Jones* 6. James B. Browning* 7. Jewel Henry Arthur Callis* 8. U. Simpson Tate* 9. Claude Ferebee* 10. George O. Butler* 11. C.C. House* 1938-1940 12. Verdie L. Robinson* 13. Walter M. Booker* 14. Jack Bond* 15. Millard R. Dean* 16. Frank Davis* 17. Clifton Hardy* 18. Herman Johnson* 19. Howard Jenkins* 20. C.C. House* 1952-1954 21. William F. Nelson* 22. Aubrey E. Robinson* 23. Joseph Waddy* 24. Edward J. Austin* 25. Elgy Johnson* 26. George H. Windsor* 1965-1967 27. James T. Speight* 1967-1969 28. Harold Sims* 29. Eddie L. Madison* 30. Wilbur Sewell* 31. Charles Walker Thomas* 32. Theodore Taylor* 33. Elmer Moore* 34. William E. Calbert* 1981-1983 35. Osmond Brown* 1983-1985 36. Vernon Gill 1985-1988 37. LeRoy Lowery, III 1988-1990 38. Morris Hawkins* 1990-1992 39. C.C. Jones 1992-1995 40. Vincent Orange 1995-1997 41. Melvin White 1997-1999 42. LeRoy Lowery, III 1999-2001 43. James Haynes 2001-2002 44. Rudolph Harris* 2002-2004 45. Edwin Norwood 2004-2006 46. James McDonald 2006-2008 47. Timothy Fitzgerald 2008-2010 48. Kwame Ulmer 2010-2011 49. LeRoy Lowery, III 2011-2013 50. Eddie Neal 2013-2015 51. LeRoy Lowery, III 2015-2017 52. Joel Grey 2017-2018 53. Eddie Neal 2018-current

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Wednesday, December 4th

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Alpha Phi Alpha Fratenity. Inc. turns 113

Thursday, December 5th

Chapter meeting

Saturday, December 7th

MAAC Breakfast Wreath Laying Ceremony for Jewel Robert H. Ogle

Sunday December 8th Thursday, December 12th

World AIDS Day Mu Lambda Health and Wellness Committee meeting

Saturday, December 14th

Alpha Wives Holiday Socail

Saturday, December 15th

Mu Lambda Holiday Socail

Tuesday, December 17th Wednesday, December 18th Thursday, December 19th Friday, December 20th Saturday, December 21st Wednesday, December 25th

DC PanHellenic Council meeting Henry Arthur Callis Academy Executive Board meeting Mu Lambda Foundation Board meeting Deliver holiday baskets to families Dinner at House of Ruth Merry Christmas

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Mu Lambda 50 Plus Year Brothers

Walter K. Robinson, Sr. November 9, 1940 Beta Chapter 79 years

Hezekiah Smith April 1, 1948 Gamma Gamma Chapter 71 years

Kenneth F. Holbert June 10, 1943 Beta Phi Chapter 76 years

Horace G. Dawson, Jr. October 31, 1946 Nu Chapter 73 years

Franklin P. DeLaine, Sr. Rudolph Scipio February 10, 1949 November 22, 1950 Gamma Psi Chapter Beta Epsilon Chapter 70 years 69 years

Garnett Wood April 1, 1948 Beta Gamma 71 years

LaVert C. Seabron December 7, 1951 Beta Alpha Chapter 68 years

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Mu Lambda 50 Plus Year Brothers continued

Wiley E. Bowling, Jr. Willie McGee Fred L. Valentine February 29, 1952 May 1, 1952 April 30, 1955 Beta Epsilon Chapter Beta Omicron Chapter Beta Omicron Chapter 67 years 67 years 64 years

Richard A. English October 28, 1955 Alpha Beta Chapter 64 years

Curtis A. Hunigan July 28, 1956 Beta Beta Chapter 63 year

Sylvester C. Booker December 14, 1957 Beta Chapter 62 years

Talmadge Roberts May 10, 1955 Beta Chaper 64 years

James R. Haynes November 27, 1959 Alpha Chi Chapter 60 Years

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Mu Lambda 50 Plus Year Brothers continued

Robert E. Richardson Chesley R. Richardson April 18, 1960 November 30, 1961 Delta Rho Chapter Alpha Upsilon Chapter 59 years 58 years

Clyde Blassengale April 6, 1963 Beta Chapter 56 years

O.J. Cole, Jr. April 14, 1962 Beta Chapter 57 years

Ronald S. Flowers December 3, 1963 Delta Beta Chapter 56 years

Louis A. Ford April 16, 1962 Beta Chapter 57 years

Vernon Oakes December 18, 1967 Beta Theta Chapter 52 years

William D. Thomas November 12, 1962 Beta Delta 57 years

Lee A. Tyler October 1, 1968 Mu Lambda Chapter 51 years

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Wreath Dedication Agenda: • • • • • •

Invocation Introductions Reading of Jewel Biography Dedication of Wreath and a moment of silence Fraternity Hymn Photographs and Departure

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JEWEL OGLE’S BIOGRAPHY 1. Robert Harold Ogle entered the career secretarial field and had the unique privilege of serving as a professional staff member to the United States Senate Committee on Appropriations. He was an African American pioneer in his Capitol Hill position. He proposed the Fraternity s colors and was Alpha Chapter s first secretary. Ogle joined Kelley in working out the first ritual and later became a charter member of Washington s Mu Lambda Chapter. He died in 1936. 2. Robert Harold Ogle was born on April 3, 1886, in Washington, D.C., to Jeremiah and Mary Ellen Ogle. He attended the public schools in Washington. From 1901-1905, he was a student at the M Street School. The school was considered one of the finest preparatory schools for African-Americans in the city. Most of the students were children of working-class parents, and admission required the successful completion of grammar school. With only 530 seats, it was very competitive. The students had to pay for books and supplies. Students were required to take English, history, algebra, Latin, and physics or chemistry. Electives included French, German, Spanish, Greek, history, and other advanced courses, including geometry and political economy. M Street school had a cadet corps and often performed on the White House lawn, also. Ogle was enrolled in a fouryear liberal arts program and a twoyear business education program. Ogle arrived at the end of Robert Terrell s tenure as principal and the beginning of Anna Julian Cooper’s as principal. After graduation in 1905, Robert Harold Ogle entered Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. 3. After graduating from Cornell in 1909, Jewel Ogle returned to his home of Washington D.C., where he entered the secretarial field, finding employment for the United States Senate Appropriations Committee. An authority on Parliamentary procedures, Jewel Ogle, received his training while working under the chairmanship of the late Senator Francis E. Warren of Wyoming. In that position, he developed a keen knowledge of fiscal affairs of the Federal Government, and a habit of careful research. He also clerked

with two Washington Municipal Judges, Brother James A. Cobb, and Armond W. Scott. He married the former Helen Moore and moved to Richmond, Virginia, for a short period. She died, leaving him with two daughters Helen Ogle (Atkins) and Mary Ogle (Wilson). He remarried Marea Scott. 4. A lifelong resident of Washington, D.C., Jewel Ogle and his family resided at 1721 T Street, N.W. In 1923, he, along with Jewel Nathaniel Allison Murray and future historian and General President Charles Harris Wesley, chartered the Mu Lambda Chapter, where he was an active member of the chapter until his death. Jewel Ogle was a dedicated Brother from the start. It was at the home of Archie and Annie Singleton (411 East State Street, Ithaca, New York) in Jewel Ogle s disheveled combination study and bedroom that the Fraternity took shape. In December of 1905, as the desire to become a fraternity was growing, Jewel Ogle began investigating a news item he had seen in the Chicago Defender newspaper. He had returned to Washington for the Christmas holidays and saw an article which told of the establishment of the Pi Gamma Omicron Fraternity at Ohio State University. He wrote the registrar for information and received a reply that there was no such organization. They later found out that the Fraternity had been at Ohio State but had disintegrated. 5. At the first initiation banquet, Jewel Ogle spoke on “Welcome Brother,” and it was he who made the motion to establish Beta Chapter at Howard University in December of 1907. It was Jewel Ogle who proposed the colors of “Old Gold and Black” for the organization. Noted for his excellent Spencerian penmanship, he served as the first secretary of Alpha Chapter. Also, Ogle and Brother J. P. Boags wrote what was to become the first song for the Fraternity, sung to the tune of “Maryland, My Maryland”: Sons of Alpha are we, One in love and charity, Let our thoughts of sadness fly, For our own, our Alpha Phi! Chorus Courage, Brothers, banded we All through life to eternity, Let our hearts in joyous praise Sing of Alpha through endless days.

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6. In 1927, Jewel Ogle chaired the Fraternity’s first Historical Commission with Jewels George Biddle Kelley, Vertner Woodson Tandy, Henry Arthur Callis, and Past General Presidents Charles H. Garvin and Roscoe Conklin Giles. In a letter to the Brothers, Jewel Ogle wrote the following plea in the December 1927 issue of The Sphinx: “We are familiar with the resplendent record of achievement marking the rapid growth of Alpha Phi Alpha in numbers and power. We know that its fundamental principles are true and strong. We believe that the men of the College world and other citizens of the United

States see it in the embodiment of all that is noble in Negro manhood. Let us make our achievements a matter of permanent record. Urge your chapter to reply early to the questionnaire, which is being sent out by the Historical Commission. It is your mandate- Help us to put it over.” His efforts, along with Brother Wesley’s, produced the first edition of The History of Alpha Phi Alpha: A Development in Negro College Life in 1929. 7. When the Twelfth Annual Convention of the Fraternity opened in December 1927, at the Mt. Zion Congregational Temple in Cleveland, Ohio, the Annual Founder’s Address was delivered by Jewel Ogle. According to the February 1928 issue of The Sphinx, Brother Ogle gave a “heart to heart talk, directing attention to some fundamental prerequisites for the future progress of Alpha Phi Alpha.” In 1931, Jewel Ogle, along with founders George Biddle Kelley, Vertner Woodson Tandy, Henry Arthur Callis, and Charles Henry Chapman, attended the 25th Anniversary Convention in Cincinnati, Ohio. Following the convention, he shared some thoughts about the future of the Fraternity: “Alpha Phi Alpha undoubtedly faces the most challenging test in its history. It is of vital importance that we seriously consider the contribution of every brother may make for the good of our Fraternity.”

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Executive Board President Eddie Neal Vice President Garrett Miller Recording Secretary Jason Jefferson Corresponding Secretary Timothy Fitzgerald Financial Secretary Antonio King Treasurer Michael Young Chaplain William “Tony” Hawkins Historian Silas J Woods Archivist Jeremy Triplett Intake Coordinator Andre Lucas Assoc. Editor/Sphinx Antonio King Dir. Ed. Activities Sean Perkins Sergeant-at-Arms Frank King Parliamentarian Byron L. Williams Web Master Mark Jones Editor of the Torch Kenneth A. Williams Member at Large LeRoy Lowery III General Counsel Brent Radcliff Chief Fundraising Officer George D. McNeal Special Assistant to President Mikael E. LaRoche

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The Presidents’ Message Brothers, There is no place like home. Approximately 30 years ago we did not have The Torch as it is called today – it was called “Alpha Newsletter.” Brother LeRoy Lowery, III, announced a contest in the December 1989 “Alpha Newsletter” to rename Mu Lambda’s newsletter. Brother Vernon S. Gill, Mu Lambda’s immediate past president at the time, won the contest and named the newsletter “The Torch.” Brother William D. Thomas was the first editor of the January 1990 edition of “The Torch.” Mu Lambda has done some wonderful things while serving Alpha Phi Alpha and the District of Columbia for 96 years. I take great pride reading the comments from the leaders of the House of Ruth acknowledging the great work Mu Lambda is doing for the ladies. I am jubilated to see the great things you are doing for So Others Might Eat (SOME), Martha’s Table, the Alpha Wives, young men at Hart Middle School and Ballou High School. I look in amazement at how well you treat our 24 bothers with 50 or more years in the fraternity. I watch the admiration and respect you show our senior brothers. Brother McGann takes time out of his professional day to ensure brothers are served an excellent meal. He is a professional chef who can demand top dollar for the meals he serve Mu Lambda. He never complains. When I say there is no place like home, I am talking about the aforementioned things as well as the rich history we get to see and experience every month. When we walk into a meeting, we get to see Mu Lambda’s banner proudly displayed on the wall of our house. We get to see the Jewels proudly displayed in our meeting space. We get to see the 6th, 13th, 14th, 15th, 16th, and 28th General Presidents who were all members of Mu Lambda proudly displayed on our walls. We get to sit in our Black and Old Gold chairs. Brother Kenneth Holbert, 76 years in the fraternity reminds the brothers every meeting – there is no need to rush, this is our house, we can stay as long as we want. There is no place like home. Mu Lambda is a chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha and it is also a business. We have stakeholders, investors and community contributors who partner with us financially and socially. Along with our dues and fundraising efforts, collectively, they help us keep our organizations (chapter and foundation) afloat. We function off of three things: reputation, members, and our consumers. If our members are displaying a poor image of what Mu Lambda represents, Mu Lambda’s brand becomes tainted and undesirable, thus resulting in a digression of potential members, sponsors, investors, etc. I do not worry about Mu Lambda because I know it is the School for the Better Making of Men. We must continue to enter the house with a positive attitude and check each other constantly in a brotherly manner. Offer constructive criticism and always remember we are First of All, Servants of All, and We Shall Transcend All. Fraternally, Brother Eddie Neal, President Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Mu Lambda Chapter

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Committee Chairs

The Vice Presidents’ Message

Auditing Mark Ross

Greetings to the most noble men of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Mu Lambda Chapter. I hope this message finds you at peace and in good spirits now that Thanksgiving has passed and Christmas is around the corner. It’s hard to believe that only a couple months ago it was Halloween and now we are in the month of December. This year has truly flown by, but not before all the hard work was done by the brothers of Mu Lambda.

Brother’s Keeper Carlos DeBose Budget and Finance Chapman Young Communication and Technology Mark Jones Constitution Byron Williams DC National Pan Hellenic Council Derrick Butts Fundraising Matthew Aaron Golf Tournament Frank King Health & Wellness Alvin L. Reaves, III Membership Timothy Fitzgerald

The brothers of Mu Lambda have so much to be thankful for and so much to look forward to in 2020. As we continue to press forward in 2019, let us not forget about our ongoing events on the Mu Lambda Calendar in the Torch (i.e. Martha’s Table, House of Ruth, Alpha Self-Defense Workshop, etc.) to name a few. Also, I believe Bro. Armstrong is heading Operation Holiday Giveback. If you have canned goods, clothes, shoes etc. please bring them to the December 5 chapter meeting. Also this month is the annual CSFA toy drive chaired by Bro. Armstrong. More information will be communicated by Bro. Armstrong. Brothers please take an hour or two if you can to help out these committees any way you can. We need more brothers involved. Brothers that came out to assist with feeding the women at the House of Ruth this month, thank you! Bros. Eddie Neal, Malcolm Carter, Al Williams, Tony Williams, Mike Young and myself. The women were extremely happy and pleased as always and are looking forward to their December dinner. In conclusion, I would like to remind brothers that we are in need of two committee chairs, Public Policy and Fund Raiser. If you are interested in either of these committees please reach out to me ASAP. Continue doing the great of Alpha and I hope to see you at the December chapter meeting.

Men Who Cook Garrett Miller

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Mu Lambda Chapter History Book Silas Woods III

Brother Garrett Miller Vice-President Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Mu Lambda Chapter

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Brother Paul Webber, III Chapter of Initiation: Beta Delta Date of Initiation: Tuesday, December 1, 1953 Born: Wednesday, January 24, 1934 Omega Chapter: October 24, 2019

A memorial service was held on Saturday, November 16th at 12 pm at the Grace Episcopal Church, 1607 Grace Church Road, Silver Spring, Maryland.

Farewell dear Brother

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Message from the Membership and Reclamation Chair Greeting Brothers, Brother President has charged me with reclaiming a minimum of 50 brothers this fraternal year. The ask is not insurmountable because numerous brothers stated during the convention their intention of returning to the chapter. I cannot do it alone; I would like all brothers to assist me. It is not just about getting brothers back into the fold – we have some challenging days ahead of Alpha and the African-American community. The more brothers we have helping, the more work we can do in the community. Fraternally, Brother Timothy Fitzgerald, Membership and Reclamation Committee Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Mu Lambda Chapter

Happy Birthday Mark A. Ross Ryle Bell Rylan R. Harris William D. Thomas Kenneth A. Williams Kenneth F. Holbert James E. Harmon, III Marcel J. Desroches, Jr. Jimmy L. Floyd Louis A. Ford James R. Haynes Darrell M. Chase Jeremy Triplett Colin H. Campbell Kelvin E. Brown

December 4 December 5 December 6 December 11 December 12 December 13 December 15 December 17 December 18 December 19 December 21 December 22 December 22 December 25 December 31

David N. Gaston Ronald S. Flowers James F. McDonald Lavert C. Seabron Rawn M. James Brett M. Hood Sylvester C. Booker Vernon Oakes

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As Membership and Reclamation Chair of Mu Lambda Chapter, I would like to bring greetings to you and extend an invitation for you to return to the chapter. I am proud to be a member of this chapter as Mu Lambda celebrates 95 years of serving Washington, DC since 1923. Since our charter, Mu Lambda Chapter has been an innovator, a builder, and a molder of men making a difference in the lives of many in the Washington Metropolitan area. Mu Lambda Chapter is working diligently to ensure that our programs and social activities continue to impact the community in a positive way by being a catalyst of change. Today, Mu Lambda stands as a beacon of light to the community and a strong source of leadership. Through our Henry Arthur Callis Academy, we continue to facilitate the growth of young males so they understand that leadership is not a burden but a responsibility. Staying true to Alpha’s core: we implement successfully the fraternity’s National Programs: Go-to-High School Go-to-School, A Voteless People is a Hopeless People, Project Alpha and Brothers’ Keeper. These four programmatic efforts are implemented through “out-of-the-box” formats to ensure that Mu Lambda Chapter is reaching the target audience. • • • • • • • • • • • • • • •

Mu Lambda in not a monolithic chapter. It is rich in history, diversity and ready to serve. The membership of the chapter ranges in age 23 to 99. Salaries range from $30,000 to $1,000,000 per annum. The membership is comprised of brothers initiated in 117 different chapters. Fifty-five life members. The lowest life member number is 691, while the highest in the chapter is 13910. Brothers list their race as African American, Afro-Hispanic, Caucasian, Multi-Racial, and West Indian/Caribbean. All brothers have a minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree. Two have Dental Degrees. Three have Medical Degrees. Eleven have MBA Degrees. Twenty-six have Doctorate Degrees. Twenty-seven have Law Degrees. Twenty-eight have Masters’ Degrees as their highest level of education.

I challenge you to reflect and rekindle the fraternal spirit. Our chapter meetings are every first Thursday at the Mu Lambda Community House, located at 2405 First Street NW, Washington, DC at 7:06 pm and the repast starts @ 6:30 pm. Please visit https://issuu.com/mulambdatorch to see what Mu Lambda has been doing. If you have any questions please call me @ 301-332-7507 or email me at timfitz06@comcast.net. Fraternally, Bro. Tim Fitzgerald Membership and Reclamation Chair Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Mu Lambda Chapter

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AHF will be hosting an awards reception commemorating World AIDS Day from 5 – 9 p.m. Sunday, December 8 at Saint Yves, 1220 Connecticut Avenue NW Washington DC. The theme is “champions“ and we will be honoring a few people who have done outstanding work in the field.

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Message from the DC NPHC Committee Meeting Host - Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated Metropolitan Police 5th District 1805 Bladensburg Road, NE Washington, DC 20002 Meeting began at 7:06pm Alpha Chapters - ML, OLA, OHL ML Brothers - Eric J. Financial Report • See the Nov. 2019 Packet Treasurers Report • See the Nov. 2019 Packet Social Media • 1000 Followers to date Eye on Nine News • Please send new events to Social Media Chair Chapter Presidents in Attendance• Delta Sigma Theta 1st Time Visitors • Two Zeta Phi Beta Member Presidents Report • Need Nominations Committee • Open Position - Memorials and Amenities • Project Give Back - Sat. - Nov. 23rd - Begins at 0800 EST Guest Speaker #1POC - Bro. Robert Farmer from LMI LMI - Military Fellowship supporting HBCUs and other SMART - program with 5 years of funding - very competitive • Work for DoD after graduation • Stipends to be a full time student • $25K for Undergrad and $32K for Grad student. • 21 STEM Disciplines • Applications are due in Dec. 3rd, 2019 (Scan info and send to ML) Guest Speaker #2- Capital Partners

Community Partners for Education • Paige • Ward 7 and 8 • Looking for Mentors of Color!! • This is a give back program for our youth. Committee Reports * Talked about Chapter and Frater of the year eligibility criteria * Several Events Coming up **Nov. 23rd - Project Give-Back At the DC Armory Registration • Need to arrive about 0730 EST • Wear Paraphernalia. If on eBoard where Black and White. * Duel - SVC and Fundraising events ** DC NPHC Holiday Party - Thurs day, Dec. 19th • Bring more than one toy plus $10 or a gift card • Register in advance via Eventbrite or pay more at the door. • Party will be at Smiths Public Trust ** Draper DC App due on Dec. 1st • If interested, please email Marvin Burton. (See the last Meeting Packet for more info on Draper DC. • Create donations for an organization of your choice or DC Union Under Grad Relations • Working to reactivate undergrad Panhellenic at UDC. • See the Nov. 2019 Packet for more information. Bylaws and Standing Rules • See the DC NPHC Packet for more information • Dec. 16 - Reviewing all changes • Jan. 6 - Submit changes to National Voted on Proposed Budget from the Oct. 2019 Meeting Packet • 12 to Accept • 0 No’s

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Audit Committee • The FY2019 year has been completely audited and found the expensed to be validated. • The Audit committee had some recommendations to ensure better tracking of Executive expenses • See the meeting Packet for more information New Business • New website will be up this Friday • New website will allow chapters to send color Flier to the Webmaster and links for future events • Visit the new site at DCNPHC. org NO MEETING IN DEC. 2019. Next Meeting - Tues., Jan. 28th, 2020. Announcements ML - Self-Defense Workshop for College Woman - Nov. 21st • Zeta Phi Beta • Dec. 3rd - Willie K’s - $45/ person • Dec. 13th - December and Pearls - at Smith Public Trust • DST FC - Celebrating 50 years in Dec • Dec. 5th - 5 - 7pm City Club DC for $50/person • BlackICE - Friday, Dec. 6th HardRock Cafe - 10pm - 2am • Dec. 11th - Women in Breast Cancer discussion • If Chapters have changed their Leadership - Please be sure to update your information in the DC NPHC Roster. Send Changes to DC NPHC Correspondence Secretary

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Rum Cake!

Ingredients • 1 cup chopped walnuts • 1 (18.25 ounce) package yellow cake mix • 1 (3.4 ounce) package instant vanilla pudding mix • 4 eggs • 1/2 cup water • 1/2 cup vegetable oil • 1/2 cup dark rum • 1/2 cup butter • 1/4 cup water • 1 cup white sugar • 1/2 cup dark rum Add all ingredients to list Directions 1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Grease and flour a 10 inch Bundt pan. Sprinkle chopped nuts evenly over the bottom of the pan. 2. In a large bowl, combine cake mix and pudding mix. Mix in the eggs, 1/2 cup water, oil and 1/2 cup rum. Blend well. Pour batter over chopped nuts in the pan. 3. Bake in the preheated oven for 60 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the cake comes out clean. Let sit for 10 minutes in the pan, then turn out onto serving plate. Brush glaze over top and sides. Allow cake to absorb glaze and repeat until all glaze is used. 4. To make the glaze: in a saucepan, combine butter, 1/4 cup water and 1 cup sugar. Bring to a boil over medium heat and continue to boil for 5 minutes, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and stir in 1/2 cup rum. Brother Miller

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with your hands until well combined. Pour the stuffing into a baking dish and cover with tin foil. Bake for 20 minutes and then remove the tin foil and bake for another 10 minutes until the cauliflower is tender and the top becomes golden in colour. Serve warm with gravy. Link: https://www.everylastbite. com/2016/11/21/cauliflowerstuffing/ Brother Derrick A. Butts

Ingredients • 1/2 tbsp olive oil • 2 onions finely diced • 2 sticks celery • 3/4 cup chopped mushrooms • 5 cups cauliflower florets

Alpha Punch Recipe Drink of the month of December

1 1/2 cups ground pork 1/4 cup chopped pecans 1 1/2 tbsp fresh sage 1/2 cup chicken broth 2 eggs 1/2 tsp pepper Instructions 1. Preheat the oven to 200 degrees Celsius (390 degrees Fahrenheit) 2. Start by removing the stalk of the cauliflower and breaking the head up into small florets. Try to keep the florets uniform in size and not too big or chunky, otherwise they won’t cook evenly. Place all of the florets into a large bowl. 3. In a large pot heat the olive oil on medium heat and add in the diced onions, celery and mushrooms and cook for approximately 5 minutes until the veggies have softened. Pour the cooked mixture into the bowl with the cauliflower and set aside. 4. Cook the sausage for approximately 5 minutes until well cooked. Add the meat to the bowl along with the chopped sage, pecans, eggs and chicken stock. Season with salt and pepper and toss

Equal parts of vodka, rum, gin, peach schnapps and tequila Half triple sec... That’s the liquor base Chaser base Equal parts of any juices... use clear juices and juices that are yellow and gold in color Mix the two bases...To taste.... Fruit optional Brother Antonio Story

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Prostate Cancer a Family Affair Brothers, Many of you are aware that I am a prostate cancer survivor. I know some of you have also traveled the journey. I was diagnosed and treated in 2016 and remain cancer-free. Thankfully my doctors caught it early before it had the opportunity to spread. I was vigilant well before my diagnosis with regular check-ups mainly because my dad and uncle had previously been diagnosed. As men, and as black men in particular, we tend to wait much longer than we should to see the doctor. We all know brothers who have health challenges but put off making a call to the doctor. But cancer doesn’t wait. My dad and I share our journey in our new book, Survivors’ Stories, Prostate Cancer, A Family Affair. Get your from Amazon and let’s talk. You’ll notice that the Amazon.com price has dropped for the Christmas holidays - $14.99 to $11.99 and Kindle from $9.95 to $2.95. If you plan to attend this week’s chapter meeting, I’ll be there early with copies. The Holiday price will be reduced for Brothers to $10 - Thursday only. Thank you Brothers for your support! Brother Derrick Butts

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Message from the Alpha Wives of Washington, D.C. Inc. On behalf of the Alpha Wives of Washington, D.C., we wish you a happy and joyful holiday season. To kick off the festivities, the Alpha Wives donated holiday decorations to the Mu Lambda Community Center and decorated to ensure the decorations were in place prior to Mu Lambda’s December chapter meeting. Pictures of the decorations are in this issue of the Torch. We hope you enjoy them. Also, in support of Mu Lambda’s efforts in providing robes to the women at the House of Ruth, the Alpha Wives will be wrapping the robes to be gifted later this month. Additionally, on December 14, 2019, the Alpha Wives will host its annual Holliday Party at the Mu Lambda Community Center from 2:00 – 5:00 p.m. The event will include good food, a live band, raffles, and good old fashion fun. Tickets are $25.00 per person, and we invite you to our gathering. Please RSVP to alphawivesdc@gmail.com by December 10th. You may mail your check to our Treasurer at 5061 MacArthur Blvd., N.W., Washington, DC 20016, payable to Alpha Wives of Washington, DC. Otherwise, you may pay upon arrival at the event. Finally, in the event you are not familiar with the Alpha Wives, we are the spouses of Alpha men, and we were organized in 1950 to support the goals and projects of men of Mu Lambda Chapter. We are a diverse group of different backgrounds, ages, and affiliations who welcome and value the contributions of everyone. Below is a list of our officers and members: Josephine Baker (Treasurer), Terri Barnett, Magalene Bowling, Diane Butts, Jeanette Carr, RaShandra Clark, Marcella DeBose, Charlotte Douglass (Financial Secretary), Ella Green, Danielle Grey, Ligaya Jackson (Vice President), Modestine Lowery (Historian), Erin Henderson Moore, Claudia Postell (President), Barbara Ramos, Alice Scipio, Bonnie Seabron, Evelyn Tuckson, Helena Valentine (Archivist), Deanna Ware, and Tiara Williams (Recording Secretary). We look forward to fellowshipping with you at our Holiday Party on December 14, 2019. Sincerely, Claudia J. Postell, Esq. President Alpha Wives of Washington, D.C. Inc.

“Mu Lambda’s President discusses wills and estates at November meeting.”

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HOLIDAY PARTY Food / Live Music / Raffles December 14, 2019 2-5 p .m. 2405 First Street, NW Washington, D.C. TIC K ETS $25 PER PERS O N

RSVP By: December 10, 2019 To: alphawivesdc@gmail.com

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The Jewels’ Lounge Mu Lambda Chapter Jewels’ Lounge Welcome to the Jewels’ Lounge where brothers gather, sit amongst the Jewels and reflect upon life in Alpha.

Jewel Callis

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It is a place that allow brothers the opportunity to relax, read The Torch, Sphinx, history book and/or engage in that good ole ALPHA SPIRIT. Brother Silas Woods, III, Historian Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Mu Lambda Chapter

Jewel Kelley

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Mu Lambda’s Visit With Brother Lee Tyler Sunday, November 10th, Brother LeRoy Lowery and I visited with Brother Lee Tyler. Also, in attendance were Brother Tyler’s daughter, Nancy Tyler, and one of his masonic brothers. Brother Tyler is 98 years of age, born Thursday, September 15, 1921. He was initiated through Mu Lambda Chapter, Tuesday, October 1, 1968. He has 51 years in the fraternity, is Life Member 2495 and continues to pay his dues to Mu Lambda. He was the Dean of the Spring 1984 line - Wendel P. Gardner, Jr.; Jerry E. Hargrove, Jr.; Frederick W. Jones; William M. Joyner; Anthony Lee; LeRoy Lowery, III; and William R. Spaulding. He is a former WM of John F. Cook Lodge Number 10 where he remains financial. Those in attendance at Mu Lambda’s 2018 Charter Day Brunch might recall Brother Tyler receiving his 50-year pin during the brunch. Brother Tyler is of sound mind and never complains. He receives a color hard copy of the Torch every month. It was an enjoyable Sunday, we arrived promptly at 1 pm, stayed about four hours watching football and chatting about old times in Mu Lambda. We laughed loud and often. Brother Tyler is just one of our brothers 90 years of age or older. I have reached out to our Brothers’ Keeper Chair, Brother Carlos DeBose, seeking to have Brother Tyler and all of our 90 plus year of age brothers (Walter Robinson, Sr.; Willie McGee; Arlester Brown; Kenneth Holbert; Horace Dawson, Jr.; Hezekiah Smith; Franklin De Laine Sr.; and Garnett Wood) in attendance at our December chapter meeting. Fraternally, Brother Eddie Neal President Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Mu Lambda Chapter

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Annapolis Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta’s Fall Dance Saturday, November 9 th , I had the luxury of attending the Annapolis Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta’s fall dance. It was a wonderful affair where the room was filled with the sisters of Delta Sigma Theta and their guests. The ladies combined social, fundraising, and community service into one event. It was dinner, dancing, food drive, silent auctions, raffles, and discussion of the upcoming census. The ladies inquired if Mu Lambda would have an interest in a future joint venture. I had the honor of supervising their treasure chests where they collected $900. I also had the distinct honor of assisting with their can food drive which was donated to a local church. Fraternally, Brother Eddie Neal President Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Mu Lambda Chapter

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MU LAMBDA FOUNDATION, INCORPORATED

mulambdafoundation.org The mission of the Mu Lambda Foundation, a 501(C)3 organization, is service to mankind, the promotion of scholarship, and the enhancement of knowledge and achievement of males of all ages. Our deepest purpose as an organization is to be the catalyst in communities by helping to support the health and well being of people. To prevent and alleviate human suffering while enabling people to realize their full potential by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors. The Foundation is the charitable arm of Mu Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated. Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, the first African American intercollegiate fraternity, was founded in 1906 on the campus of Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. The Foundation’s charitable activities include the Henry Arthur Callis Academy, a mentoring program for male students in grades 9 – 12; Project Alpha, an anti-teen pregnancy program oriented to males; work with the DC Food Bank; partnering with the District of Columbia Public School system programs, including Boy Scouts and Youth Court; assisting at the Ronald McDonald House and The House of Ruth, where we serve meals to residents on a monthly basis; and college scholarships for needy youth. The Foundation has donated over $310,000 in scholarships over the past 20 years. The Henry Arthur Callis Academy is conducted at Frank Ballou Senior High School in Washington, DC. Meeting monthly with up to 20 students, the Foundation members and Ballou staff address college preparedness, mentoring, job shadowing, college visits and social interactions. The Foundation has a five-year strategic plan that will create opportunities to positively impact rates of success of local African American male youth along their trajectory from positive academic and social experiences in middle and high school, high school graduation, college entrance, and college completion. When executed, our strategic plan will provide a full range of Academy experiences and activities for African American young men in grades 9 - 12.

Henry Arthur Callis Academy activities include: 10 College Readiness Courses 1. Organization and Study Skills for College 2. Selecting, Applying to, and Financing College (Parents encouraged to attend) 3. Presentation Skills and Public Speaking 4. Selecting a College Major 5. Responding to Racial Profiling, Stereotyping, and Racism in Society 6. Health and Nutrition 7. Critical Thinking and Problem Solving 8. Financial Literacy 9. Professional Attire and Grooming 10. Etiquette and Social Skills in Professional Settings Mentoring/Job Shadowing • Each Scholar is mentored throughout the Academy and beyond • Scholars shadow their mentor at the mentor’s place of employment for the purpose of exposing the Scholar to the mentor’s professional role and responsibilities College/University Visit • Scholars spend a day at a local college or university and shadow college students as they attend classes and navigate the college environment Social Events & Positive Interactions • Scholars participate in social events and interactions that are positive, healthy, empowering, and affirming Black & Gold Gala Scholars are recognized at the annual Mu Lambda Chapter Black & Gold Gala each year. “This is our first task – caring for our children. It’s our first job. If we don’t get that right, we don’t get anything right. That’s how, as a society, we will be judged.” - Barack H. Obama 44th President of the United States Project Alpha is conducted monthly at Charles Hart Middle School in SE Washington, DC. Mu Lambda Foundation continued on next page

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Responsibility, Respect and the Role of Males in Relationships Adolescent Pregnancy and Fatherhood Protecting Yourself and Your Partner Sexually Transmitted Diseases Intimate Violence in Relationships

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BOARD OF DIRECTORS LeRoy Lowery, III President Juan H. Powell Vice-President Chatman K. Young, II Treasurer John Barnett Ryle A. Bell, D.D.S. Malcolm B. Carter Albert C. Cheek, D.D.S. Hon. Horace G. Dawson, Jr., Ph.D. Marcel Desroches A. Gilbert Douglass, Esq. W. Anthony Hawkins, Jr., Ph.D. Kenneth F. Holbert, Esq. Alvin Reaves, M.D. John A. Wilson For additional information, to donate funds or to volunteer your services contact us at our headquarters: Mu Lambda Foundation 2405 First St., NW Washington, DC 20001-1019 or send an email to llowery@mulambdafoundation.org

Because Hart Middle School is a feeder school for Ballou Senior High School, we work with the same students from grades 6 though 12 preparing these young men for college and beyond. Our strategic plan calls for expansion of these programs to additional schools throughout the District of Columbia. Lend your support to the work of the Mu Lambda Foundation by donating to either the Combined Federal Campaign, the DC One Fund or directly to the Foundation through our website at www.mulambdafoundation.org DECEMBER 2019 ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 39


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$TCPF5VCPFCTFU Mu Lambda Foundation’s Combined Federal Campaign Number is: 66770 Please ask your family and friends to consider Mu Lambda Foundation as their charity of choice. The contribution goes toward servicing the community. September 9, 2019 is the Opening of the Online Pledge Portal. January 12, 2020 is the last day to give. ®

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I am a current CFC donor and would like to continue my pledge into the next year. Do I have to complete 1.75˝ a new pledge form? Minimum size allowed. Please noteto thatindicate Combined Federal type to is which they wish to Donors must complete a new pledge form each year the Campaign charities removed at this size and no other small font type may designate a contribution. Please consider Mu be Lambda Foundation as one of your charitiesRecommended of choice. used. minimum size with type.

Can federal retirees sign up to have CFC contributions withheld from their retirement annuity? If yes, can this be done online? Combined Federal Campaign Brand Standards *Created by our design partners, Hirshorn Zuckerman Design Group, Inc., HZDG.com. Yes. Federal retirees may participate in the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) by making either a onetime contribution (credit/debit card or e-check) or through monthly deductions from their annuities. Both of these methods can be used on the CFC Pledging System. Is it possible to make a one-time donation to CFC by Credit Card? Yes. One-time gifts using credit/debit cards can be made on the CFC Pledging System. Can new hires give when they join a federal agency even if it is not during the campaign? Yes. 5 CFR §950.102(a)(1) states new federal employees must be provided information about the CFC at their orientation and must be allowed to make a pledge within 30 days of starting duty. Can a federal employee donate to a local charitable organization in a neighboring CFC campaign zone? Yes. Can a federal contractor contribute to the CFC campaign? Federal contractors working in Federal facilities may make one-time contributions (credit/debit card or e-check) through the CFC. This can be done on the CFC Pledging System. Will participating charitable organizations receive the names of donors who have contributed to their organizations? It is the responsibility of the Central Campaign Administrator (CCA) to provide the names of donors who wish to have their names released to the designated charitable organizations. DECEMBER 2019 ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 40


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The DC ONE FUND

Campaign begins the first week of October 2019 and runs for approximately 10 weeks. Please support Mu Lambda through the DC One Fund

Mu Lambda Foundation’s DC One Fund Number is: 9199 Why should I donate through DC One Fund? The DC One Fund is a convenient tool for you to make a donation to Mu Lambda Foundation through payroll deduction. If you itemize deductions on your taxes, this is a simple way to track your donations. Also, please remember that every donation of any dollar amount makes an impact in our community. Can I do a one-time donation? Yes, you can. Go to www.dconefund.org and select the “pledge now” button, login, and then you may donate using the one-time payroll deduction option or the credit card option. How do I find my agency’s coordinator? Send an email to dconefund@dc.gov with your agency’s name and someone will respond to you with the name, email and phone number of your agency’s coordinator Can I give $25 or less to Mu Lambda Foundation through DC One Fund? No. United Way of the National Capital Area, which is the lead administrator of the DC One Fund drive, will not send donations of $25 or less to an individual charity. If an employee wants to designate funds to his or her charity of choice, the total annual contribution must be at least $26. Donations of $25 or less will be treated as undesignated contributions. Undesignated contributions are used to pay for the annual financial audit of the DC One Fund and other administrative costs. The United Way’s Community Impact Fund is supported by the remaining undesignated funds. Can I change the amount of money allocated to Mu Lambda Foundation? Yes. Please go to the DC One Fund donation site, select the “pledge now” button, login, and from there, click “edit” on the donation summary page. Can I do a one-time donation? Yes, you can. Go to DC One Fund and visit the “pledge now” tab located at the bottom of the page, login, and then you may pledge using the one-time payroll deduction option or the credit card option. DECEMBER 2019 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 41


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ANOTHER WAY TO SUPPORT THE MU LAMBDA FOUNDATION

What is AmazonSmile? AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support the Mu Lambda Foundation every time you shop, at no cost to you. When you shop at smile.amazon.com, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as Amazon.com, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to your favorite charitable organization.

Can I use my existing Amazon.com account on AmazonSmile?

Yes, you use the same account on Amazon.com and AmazonSmile.

On your computer:

1. launch your internet browser and go to smile.amazon.com. 2. Log into with your Amazon account information. 3. Select Mu Lambda Foundation as your charitable choice. Everytime you make a eligible purchase a portion will go to the Foundation.

On your cellphone

1. If you have the Amazon App installed you should remove it. To do this, tap and hold the app icon until it starts to jiggle. Tap the cross at the top left of the icon and confirm that you want to delete it. Don’t worry, this will not delete your Amazon account or any of your settings. 2. Now from your cellphone internet browser go to smile.amazon.com. 3. Once there Tap the ‘share’ button at the bottom of the screen. 4. Tap the ‘Add to Home Screen’ icon. You may need to swipe to the left on iPhone to see this or scroll down on Android. 5. You will now have an Amazon Smile icon on your home screen which will replace your previous Amazon App.

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Message from the House of Ruth Committee Greetings Brothers, Brothers Malcolm Carter, Eddie Neal, Albert Williams, Tony Wilson, Mike Young, and I served the ladies of the House of Ruth on Saturday, November 23rd. The November menu was turkey loaf, chicken casserole, green beans, corn, hot buttered rolls, pound cake, apple pie, cheese cake, water, and sweet tea. The ladies were also provided individual yellow roses. We are seeking sponsors for the December 21st meal. The ladies have requested the following menu for December: fried chicken, fish, strawberry cake, chocolate cake, covered strawberries or cherries, collard greens, macaroni and cheese, corn bread, tea, water, and ice cream. If you can cook, the ladies would appreciate your favorite dish. If you cannot cook and are willing to donate the funds or the ingredients, we will work with you to turn it into a wonderful meal for the ladies. We have not built the food service into the chapter’s 2019-2020 budget. You might recall during November’s chapter meeting we asked if 50 brothers could donate twenty dollars each to secure bath robes for the ladies. We will deliver the 50 bath robes to the ladies on the 21st. If you are unable to attend and serve the dish, arrangements will be made to serve the dish. We arrive at 3:30 to set the table and serve dinner promptly at 4:30 pm. Fraternally, Brother Garrett Miller Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Mu Lambda Chapter

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Beta/Mu Lambda Alpha Self-defense On Thursday, Nov. 21st, Beta and Mu Lambda Brothers offered our second self-defense workshop to college women. The program was attended by 8 college females and five were repeat attendees. Thank you Brothers for your support and participation as we are working to increase the confidence in women to avoid becoming victims of sexual assault. The next self-defense workshop will be the last Thursday in Jan. 2020.

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So Others Might Eat We have an ongoing clothing and can food drive to assist with fighting poverty and homelessness with SOME. Please bring can goods to the December 5th chapter meeting. All can goods and clothing will be delivered to SOME on or close to December 7th. Thanks to you, we have collected six racks of clothing. Clothing for men: 31 blazers, 56 pairs of slacks, 59 shirts, and 17 coats. We have also collected the following clothing for women: 81 blouses, 60 dresses, 65 skirts, shoes and purses. Fraternally, Brother Eddie Neal President Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Mu Lambda Chapter

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Dear Eddie Neal, Congratulations! We are pleased to let you know that you have been approved as an official Certifying Organization for the President's Volunteer Service Award. The ability to bestow Presidential recognition to your volunteers is a tremendous honor. Recognizing the great work and commitment of your volunteers can deliver a powerful message, one that encourages others to take action. To get started, follow the simple steps below: • Create account with your username (president@mulambda.org) by clicking the button below. • Once you enter your account, please review all of your profile information to confirm everything is accurate and correct. The information provided here will be our primary means of contacting you with important information and updates. • Once you have confirmed the information in your profile is accurate and up-to-date, you are set to begin recognizing your volunteers! If you’re looking for more information, click here to download the Participating Organization User Guide, or visit the 'Resources' tab under your profile for this guide that will explain your role and help you get the most out of our website. We applaud your commitment to volunteer service and are here to help you along the way. Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact us utilizing the 'Contact Us' link below. Yours in service, The PVSA support team

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AMALGAM FILLINGS…GOOD OR BAD? Several years ago there was a great flap about the use of amalgam fillings in patients because they contain mercury. As usual, when many of these scare reports surface, the resolution is not as well publicized as the original scare and so now that the hysteria has died down, it may be a good time to discuss the situation as currently known. The Center for disease control (CDC) located in Atlanta is the entity that usually gets to scientifically address most public health issues and issue their findings to the FDA. They have concluded that dental amalgams are not a health risk. If you remember, several years ago there was also a great scare in the profession of dentistry related to the transmission of the HIV virus in dental offices. While this matter resulted in increased infection control and the use of gloves by dentists, little evidence was elicited that supported the charge that HIV was being spread by way of dental treatment. As a matter of fact, one of the major cases cited in Florida where a young patient contracted HIV from a dentist, it was found that the dentist had knowingly inoculated her with infected blood. The common feeling today is that dentists are far more likely to contract HIV from patients than patients will from unclean dental instruments. The illustrations by the television media of possible ways of transmission of the virus were so unlike what most dentists do in their practices as to make them ludicrous. I am sure that somewhere in the world could be found a dentist who did some of the things that were portrayed but it would be a great exception rather than the common practice. Again the FDA found that dental offices were not a ready source of HIV dissemination. That resolution was never really made public by the mainstream media and the furor just slipped into oblivion. The amalgam matter has suffered a similar fate. Amalgam, which is basically a combination of mercury, tin and zinc has been used as a filling material for over a hundred years and had never been associated with systemic illness as a sequel to its use. It is believed that some patients may have an allergic response to the mercury but that is rare and has not resulted in grave illness. It was felt by many that as the use of composite (white) fillings was increasing, some thought that a way to get patients to remove old amalgams and replace them with the “new” white fillings was to scare them from using the old silver amalgam fillings by saying that they were dangerous to one’s health. While it is true that some mercury vapor is released over time during mastication, the amount

was no more than the ambient mercury that one would inhale in the atmosphere! So the question remains, are amalgam fillings still good dental restorations. The answer is, they most certainly are. These days, esthetics has become a selling point for dental care. Teeth are now being bleached whiter than they naturally appear in the mouth and restorations that appear more tooth colored are now in great demand. It is my view that extremely white teeth are not consistent with nature’s portfolio and are therefore more of an aberration than teeth that blend with the patient’s facial color. Nature rarely places very white teeth in a dark skinned face or dark teeth in a fair skinned face. Thus when you see that combination occurring it tends to draw attention to the contrast as unusual. The white fillings (composites) are now the rage but I am not convinced that they are more durable than the silver amalgams. Fir esthetic reasons, the restoration of anterior teeth calls for fillings that look like natural teeth and so it is understandable that patients prefer tooth colored fillings. Originally they were derived from silicates. Today those tooth colored fillings are called composites which are derived from resins. In the posterior teeth, however, where the brunt of heavy mastication and trituration occurs, it is questionable whether or not the composite fillings can withstand pounding and grinding of posterior tooth function. While my observations are empirical and thus not fully scientific, what seems to occur in composite filled posterior teeth is a failure of the material at the tooth composite interface where a process called ditching occurs and results in decay that often leads to root canal therapy. It seems as if a composite that is as durable as amalgam has not yet been produced. In amalgams, if minute fractures occur at the filling tooth interface, the material has an ionic interaction that tends to inhibit or deter decay. Composite fillings do not exhibit this quality and so recurrent decay appears more readily. Since esthetics is not as much as of a concern in posterior teeth, amalgam fillings are probably a better material to be used in the rear of the mouth. If you choose to have the posterior teeth filled using composite restorations, it behoves you to visit your dentist regularly to have them checked for fracture and ditching along the margins so that they can be repaired. Failure to do this will result in more recurrent decay than you will find in amalgams and the possibility of more extensive and expensive dental treatment.

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DCNPHC HOLIDAY HAPPY HOUR TOY DRIVE 2019 www.dcnphc.org Come party with a purpose at the National Pan-Hellenic Council of Washington, DC’s (DCNPHC) Annual Holiday Happy Hour Toy Drive. Join the DCNPHC as we celebrate the holidays and collect toys for DC youth. Enjoy an evening of fellowship, music, refreshments, a live auction, and a 50/50 raffle! Advance Ticket Price $10 with an unwrapped toy and $15 without. Tickets at the door $20.00 with and without a toy, so buy your ticket now. Proceeds will benefit DC youth and DCNPHC Programs and Scholarships. Thursday, December 19, 2019 at 8:00 PM to Friday, December 20, 2019 at 12:00 AM (EST) Smith Public Trust 3514 12th Street Northeast Washington, DC 20017 Stronger As One

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MALCOLM CARTER 6-B-87

OWNER & FRANCHISEE Domino’s Domino’s Domino’s Domino’s Domino’s Domino’s Domino’s Domino’s

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Everything Co-op, is a radio show that airs on WOL, Radio One’s premiere talk show station out of Washington, DC. The show features people who have influenced or participated in the advancement of the cooperative business model to change lives.

Hosted by Brother Vernon Oakes​ Listen every Thursday on WOL 1450AM or our website at http://everything.coop from 10:30am - 11am

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AKSTAR APPAREL STORE SALE

FRIENDS & FAMILY SALE - DEC. 3 - DEC 24 USE CODE: FAF2019 AND GET 15% OFF

WWW.AKSTARAPPAREL.COM

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Mu Lambda Brother Rawn James, Jr. A graduate of Yale University and Duke University School of Law, Rawn James, Jr. has practiced law for over a decade in Washington, D.C, where he lives with his wife and their two sons.

Learn more at www.rawnjames.com

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Albert A. Williams

Realtor - D.C. & Maryland

EXIT First Realty 2139 Espey Court, Suite 1, Crofton, MD 21114 Bus: 301-352-8100 | Fax: 301-352-0700 | Cell: 202-210-1539 Email: aaaaAAwilliams@exitfirst.com

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Please Contact Brother Matt Aaron for Your Financial Planning Needs Matt Aaron, CFP® Aaron Financial 908-548-2745 Matthew.aaron.jr@nm.com Website: Aaronfinancial.nm.com

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Message from the Editor Greeting Brother of Mu Lambda, Another year is coming to an end. We have been working towards building a greater brotherhood. Focus on our community and demonstrating what it means to be an ALPHA. I’m very proud of our accomplishments this year and what we have achieved over these twelve months. We have genuinely been Servants of All in 2019. In just my first year of being in this chapter, I have seen the difference since January, and from where I’m sitting, We’re looking good and doing an excellent job. We need more participation from all brothers, and although we have been limited at times with help, it has not stopped the ALPHA train from rolling. BRO. KENNETH A. WILLIAMS EDITOR OF THE TORCH torch@mulambda.org ALPHA QUOTE TO SERVE BY...

Keep your eyes on the light at all times, at all times! Happy Founder’s Day and Happy Holiday’s as well....!!!

“THINK Alpha Phi Alpha, TALK Alpha Phi Alpha, PROMOTE Alpha Phi Alpha, and LABOR for the broad principles of idealism for which Alpha Phi Alpha was created, so that humanity shall look on us as a body worthwhile.” Brother Henry L. Dickason, 6th General President

GOOD WILL IS THE MONARCH OF THIS HOUSE COMMITTEES SHOULD SUBMIT ALL ARTICLES AND PICTURES TO THE TORCH EDITOR 5 DAYS AFTER THE CONCLUSION OF YOUR EVENT. BROTHERS SUBMITTING ARTICLES AND ADVERTISEMENTS SHOULD SUBMIT EVERYTHING BETWEEN THE 15TH AND 31ST OF THE MONTH. ARTICLES MUST BE SUBMITTED IN A WORD DOCUMENT FORMAT. PLEASE NOTE THAT ALL ARTICLES SUBMITTED ARE SUBJECT TO EDITING BY THE EDITOR. PLEASE ADHERE TO THE REQUIREMENTS AND SUBMIT YOUR INFORMATION TO TORCH@MULAMBDA.ORG

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Esprit de Fraternite Brothers, It is that time of year again. The fraternity’s fraternal year runs January 1st to December 31st. Mu Lambda’s 2019-2020 fraternal year runs September 1, 2019 to June 30, 2020. The chapter does not meet during July and August. It is now time to pay your 2019-2020 dues which will cover you from January 1, 2020 to December 31, 2020. You chapter dues and grand tax, if you are not a life member, are due before November 15, 2019, or a late fee will be applied. Ways to make payment: 1. You can pay your dues on mulambda.org by clicking the dues tab at the bottom left of every web page. 2. Bring a check to the chapter meeting. 3. Mail it to: Financial Team Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Mu Lambda Chapter 2405 First Street, NW Washington, DC 20001

Alpha

is a life long commitment

An Alpha Phi Alpha man’s attitude should not be “how much can I derive from the Fraternity” but “how much can I do for the Fraternity?” In proportion to what he does for his Chapter and for Alpha Phi Alpha will a member receive lasting benefits from the Fraternity to himself in the way of self-development by duty well done, and the respect of the Brothers well served. A member’s duties should be: 1. Prompt payment of all financial obligations, the prime requisite for successful fraternal life. 2. The doing of good scholastic work in his chosen vocation, thereby accomplishing the real end of a college course. 3. The reasonable endeavor to participate in general college activities and social service and to excel therein. 4. The proper consideration of all things with appropriate attention to the high moral standard of Alpha Phi Alpha.

Rest if you must, but don’t you quit.

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The TORCH - December 2019  

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