TWO JEWELS & TWENTY MEN OF ALPHA
Mu Lambda is Alpha's eleventh alumni chapter, chartered October 1, 1923, in Washington D.C. The chapter was established, in part, in response to the desire of graduate brothers, many whom were initiated into Beta Chapter at Howard University, to give aid to the undergraduate brothers and continue the work of Alpha. Chartered by 22 distingushed men of Alpha which included Jewel Nathaniel Allison Murray and Jewel Robert Harold Ogle.
There has been six members who served as the General President of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. and two whom served as the Eastern Region Vice President. Mu Lambda is equally proud of our current brothers making their mark in the Washington D.C. community and beyond. Our chapter has many entrepreneurs, activists, political leaders, philanthropists, academicians, ministers and so much more. Our diverse brotherhood age range is between the ages of 25 and 98. We all work together to maximize the brotherhood of Alpha by following the Objective, Mission and AIMS of our Fraternity.
The officers elected at the first meeting were Brother Harold StrattonPresident, Brother John Lowery-Vice President, Brother Victor DalySecretary, Brother Daniel W. EdmondsTreasurer, and Brother Nathaniel Allison Murray (Jewel)-Chaplain. Mu Lambda was thus established and was on its way into history!
In this Issue
Torch Cover - March of Dimes 2023!
1 Chapter Cover Image
2 In this Issue
3 Executive Board, Committee Chairs, Charter Members, Past Presidents
4 The Presidents’ Message
5 The Vice-Presidents’ Message
6 A Thank You from Spring 23 - The Centennial Nine
8. Chapter Birthdays May - July!
10. ERC 91 - A recap from Hampton!
12. Mu Lambda is SERVICE! March of Dimes & Socks for Vets
15. Mu Lambda Bro’hood Brunch
16. Beta Chapter Recap
20. HEALTH & WELLNESS MARCH 2023
23 Mu Lambda’s Brotherhood Corner Spotlight
25. Renaissance - Mu Lambda Centennial Reminder
27. Federal Donation Info to Mu Lambda Foundation
31. A special Pound Cake Dessert Recipe
34. Chapter Brother Business Advertisements
44. Message from the Editor
45. Espirt De. Fraternite
John “Tony” Wilson
Anthony Covington Sr.
William “Tony” Hawkins
Joesph Housey, III
Wesley McClure, II
Dir. Ed. Activities
Director of Technology
Editor of the Torch
Member at Large
Risk Management Officer
Mikael E. LaRoche
Immediate Past President
Budget and Finance
Communication and Technology
DC National Pan Hellenic
Health & Wellness
Men Who Cook
Mu Lambda Chapter History
Joseph Housey, III
Nominating Vacant Programs
Social Media Chair
Brown - Duso
Merrill H. Curtis*
Victor R. Daly*
Eugene L. C. Davidson*
William L. Hansberry*
Charles H. Houston*
Joseph R. Jones*
R. Frank Jones*
J Edward Lowery*
Clarence H. Mills*
Jewel Nathaniel Allison Murray*
Norman L. McGhee* FN4
Jewel Robert Harold Ogle*
Louis H. Russell*
James N. Saunders*
Emory B. Smith*
Harold C. Stratton*
Charles H. Wesley* FN3
CHARTERED ON MONDAY OCTOBER 1, 1923
1. Harold Stratton* 1923 - 1924
2. Howard H. Long* FN2
3. Charles H. Wesley* 1926 - 1928
4. Frank Adams*
5. R. Frank Jones*
6. James B. Browning*
7. Jewel Henry Arthur Callis* FN1
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* FN5
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* 1964 - 1965
26. George H. Windsor* 1965 - 1967
27. James T. Speight* 1967 - 1969
28. Harold Sims* 1969 - 1970
29. Eddie L. Madison* 1970 - 1972
30. Wilbur Sewell* 1972 - 1974
31. Charles Walker Thomas* 1974 - 1976
32. Theodore Taylor* 1976 - 1978
33. Elmer Moore* 1978 - 1981
34. William E. Calbert* 1981 - 1983
35. Osmond Brown* 1983 - 1986
36. Vernon Gill 1986 - 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 FN6 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 - 2020
54. John “Tony” Wilson 2020 -
* Omega Chapter Brothers Footnote (FN)
The President’s Message
As we head toward the end of the official fraternal year and the start of the penultimate month of my service as your President I continue to be proud of the state of the 111th House of Alpha. During the course of the previous month I was honored to represent Mu Lambda in celebration of Brothers and the business of Alpha.
Often on our minds is the work of Alpha and how well are we doing it, such as our strong representation at the recent Eastern Region Convention, dues payments, March for Babies, etc. But during the past month I found it to be profoundly moving for me at personal level to represent the Chapter at the celebration of the 60th anniversary of the Beta Chapter 1963 initiates The 33 of Nobility. And to be the speaker at the 99th birthday celebration of our Brother Arlester Brown. And just hanging out my Mu Lambda Chapter Brothers fellowshipping during the recent Eastern Region Convention and taking a picture with one of my Alpha mentors Brother Leroy Lowery at the convention. For me great experiences that are not the “work” of Alpha but just as important in the Alpha experience that I continue to receive and am appreciative of.
As we head into our 100th Charter Day celebrations I look forward to those moments of celebration of our Brothers as well with all of you and adding to my personal Alpha experience.
Fraternally, Tony Wilson
Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Mu Lambda Chapter
A THANK YOU FROM SPRING ‘23
As many of you already know, the Mu Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. has been endeavoring to bring in the Centennial class of members for the past several months.
Through this arduous process, nine of us have gone from being total strangers to Brothers. As President of our class, I would like to thank each and every one of you for your support and guidance on this once in a lifetime journey. Special thanks must be accorded to our chapter President, Brother Tony Wilson and our Dean, Brother Karl Bruce. We do not take this solemn obligation lightly. Several of us (including myself) have long family traditions within
Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity while others are literally charting a new course for their own families.
As Mu Lambda chapter approaches its centennial year, each of us has had to ask, how we want to remember and honor the past, while paving the way for the second century of Mu Lambda men.
Our class represents a wide array of professions and experiences, and it is our most sincere hope that we will be seen as another strong link in this sacred bond of brotherhood. We have much to contribute, and even more to still learn, but it is my sincerest hope, prayer, and expectation that we will be the most dedicated Alpha men that we can be, with the support of our more experienced chapter Brothers. God Bless Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc and God Bless Mu Lambda Chapter!
Fraternally,James R. Morgan III Spring 2023 Line President
Bro. Lavert Seabron - 2nd
Bro. Arthur King - 5th
Bro. Lucius Brown - 5th
Bro. Ethan Gums - 10th
Bro. Reginald Salter - 13th
Bro. Gregory Hutchings - 13th
Bro. Lewis Barnes - 21st
Bro. Philip Jones - 25th
Bro. Kelvin McClinton - 29th
Bro. Byron L. Williams - 30th
Bro. Brent Radcliffe - 30th
Bro. LeRoy Lowery - 5th
Bro. Rodney Wallace - 7th
Bro. Chinelo Cambron - 7th
Bro. Damion Rowe - 11th
Bro. Larry Sanders - 11th
Bro. Mario Simpson - 13th
Bro. Antonio King - 15th
Bro. Derrick Thomas - 15th
Bro. Keith Montgomery - 16th
Bro. Xavier Amos -18th
Bro. Sean Perkins - 19th
Bro. Joesph Gibbs - 20th
Bro. John Johnson - 22nd
Bro. Carlos DeBose - 23rd
Bro. Zurick Smith - 23rd
Bro. Gerard Williams - 24th
Bro. Irven Washington - 1st
Bro. Eugene Cornelius - 1st
Bro. Samuel Armstrong -1st
Bro. Rudolph Scipio - 2nd
Bro. Villareal Johnson III -2nd
Bro. Jon-Michael Washington - 2nd
Bro. Albert Williams - 5th
Bro. William Turner -6th
Bro. Jerry Williamson -10th
Bro. Christopher Montgomery - 10th
Bro. Robert Richardson - 16th
Bro. Kinnard Wright -20th
Bro. Clinton Jones -20th
Bro. Sulaiman Almaroof -20th
Bro. Ameer Baker - 24th
Bro. Frederick Moss -26th
Bro. Jabari Hawkins - 27th
Bro. Omar Mbodj - 28th
Bro. Lawrence Clark - 30th
Bro. AJ Jones II - 31st
MU LAMBDA & ERC 91
We had a great time networking, bonding, and handling the business of Alpha down in Hampton VA at the 91st Eastern Regional Convention this weekend. We extend congratulations to the Epsilon Pi (Norfolk State University) and Alpha Phi Lambda (Norfolk Alumni Chapter) who won the Charles H Wesley Brotherhood Award. Congratulations to both Chapters as they represent the Eastern Region at this year’s General Convention.
One reoccurring topic of discussion during this weekend’s panels were strengthening the relationship between Alumni and College chapters. I breathed a sigh of knowing the bond between Beta and Mu Lambda Chapters is already deep and strong as ever. Now that we have the blueprint and dusted off our competitive spirit after 11 years, we will clinch title next year.
Once again special thanks to Bro James Harmon (Alumni Advisor, Mu Lambda) and Brother Ryan Hall (President, Beta) for their dedicated efforts to get us to the Regional competition.
I want to thank all Brothers involved on the Awards committee; however, special thanks goes to Brothers Mikael LaRoche, Jeffrey Taylor, and Samuel Armstrong. Your time and commitment are applauded and appreciated.
Thank you.Bro. Joseph Gibbs, Member at Large
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MU LAMBDA MARCH OF DIMES 23’
A special shoutout is given to Brother Marcus Spells who held the bar high for this year’s fundraising team (listed below ) in raising $3032.
1. Bro. Marcus Spells (3032)
2. Bro. Michael J. Brown ($1535)
3. Bro. Samuel Armstrong ($1168)
4. Bro. John Tony Wilson ($1005)
5. Bro. Jeffery Taylor ($727)
6. Bro. Malcolm Carter ($500)
Bro.Jeffery Taylor - Community Service Chair
March for Babies 2023
“Since 1980 Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. and the March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation began collaboratively implementing Project Alpha! In 2023, Brothers of Mu Lambda fervently renewed the Chapters over 20 year commitment to this component of Project Alpha by raising $9497! Brothers can be pictured below participating in the official March for babies 2023 at the nationals baseball stadium.
7. Bro. Joseph Gibbs ($175)
8. Bro. Mikael LaRoche ($171)
9. Bro. Eric Washington ($152)
10. Bro. Justice Brown-Dusso ($62)
Thank you so each and every brother who showed up in peron, and financially to ensure Mu Lambda was represented in true Alpha fashion!
MU LAMBDA IS SERVICE
I wanted to personally take a moment to thank the Mu Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Incorporated, for their generous donation in support of our veterans. Your contribution is deeply appreciated and will go a long way.
Because of donors like you, we are able to continue our service to MCVET of Baltimore, and those veterans in need. Your support is invaluable to me and veterans alike. Our
total collection for this drive was 313 pairs of socks.
Once again, thank you for your generosity and kindness. I hope we can continue to work together in making a positive difference in the lives of those we serve.
Bro. Swain C. Riley
“If you fall make sure you land on your back, because if you can look up, you can get up”
MU LAMBDA BRO’HOOD BRUNCH
Thank you Brothers for coming out to fellowship amongst the Brothers. It was a great time as always.
The next event will be the Brotherhood Cook-Out tentatively Saturday, June 24th. Mark your calendars, details forthcoming and we look forward to seeing you there. Have a Sensational Saturday and a wonderful weekend!
Enthusiastically & Fraternally, Bro. Mushala
BETA CHAPTER APRIL RECAP
On Behalf of:
Bro. James Harmon
Alpha Advisor to Beta Chapter, Bro. Mario Beatty
On Campus Advisor to Beta Chapter, Bro. Dezmond Evans
Assistant Alpha Advisor to Beta Chapter,
(BS, Computer Science) will be heading to Greece this summer to complete his CS Certification. This is in preparation for his new position at Honeywell Aerospace.
Bro. Jonathan Gaither (4-B-22)
(BS, Biology - Summa Cum Laude) will be moving to Philadelphia to attend UPenn School of Medicine on a full scholarship. He will be pursuing a combined MD/PhD dual degree.
Bro. Ryan Hall (7-B-22)
(BBA, Finance - Magna Cum Laude) will be moving to Dallas, TX as he has accepted a new position with McKinsey & Co.
Bro. Ben Chapman (8-B-22) (BFA, Theater Arts - Cum Laude)
We wanted to take this time to congratulate the undergrad Brothers of Beta Chapter on another successful year and send out our annual end of the year update and graduation announcements to everyone. Once again, the brothers on Howard University’s campus this year held the light high as they always do for this 2022-2023 season.
On the Awards level, in our district the MAAC the chapter received:
-Highest GPA Brother Bro. Lethan Hampton
-Charles H. Wesley Brotherhood Award (with Mu Lambda Chapter)
We have 11 brothers graduating this year, Of the brothers graduating:
Bro. K. Don Nelson, III (3-B-22)
Bro. Chandler Bursey-Reece (10-B-22) (BS, Computer Science - Cum Laude) Has accepted a full time Software Engineer role at GoDaddy
Bro. Pierce Hodges (11-B-22)
(BS, Biology - Summa Cum Laude)
Will be moving to NYC as he starts Touro College of Medicine’s Dual Degree program as he pursues his MS/DO (Master of Science & Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine)
Bro. Thomas Savage (12-B-22) (BS, Biology - Magna Cum Laude)
Will be interning the Summer with the National Dentist Association as he prepares to enter Howard University’s College of Dentistry in the fall.
Bro. Ronald Carter (13-B-22) (BSN, Nursing - Cum Laude)
Will be staying in the DC area as he pursues his Masters Degree at Howard University in Data Science and Analytics
Bro. Alex Ball (14-B-22) (BBA, Marketing) Will be heading to Dallas, TX after graduation to begin his new position at AT&T Telecommunications.
Bro. Nnamdi Olebara (15-B-22) (BBA, Computer Information SystemsCum Laude)Will be staying in the DC Area pursuing his MBA and has accepted an offer with Equity Now Inc as an IT Administrator.
Bro. Lethan Hampton (18-B-22) (BS, Biology - Summa Cum Laude)
Accepted into a postbacc program at MD Anderson in Houston for one year. He’s got a fellowship offer from all University of California schools to pursue research in graduate school. He’ll be Pursuing a MD/ PhD.
The accumulative GPA of the chapter is: 3.46
In addition to all of this, the chapter found the time and energy to bring in another exceptional group of 12 young men in Spring 2023. We are certain these new brothers will continue the task to develop leaders, promote brotherhood and academic excellence, while providing service and advocacy for our communities.
We wanted to thank outgoing Beta President, Bro. Ryan Hall, on the amazing job he did this year leading the chapter, especially as a neophyte president. And to wish good luck, to the new incoming Beta President, Bro. Raymir Johnson, as he takes over the presidential duties for the 2023-2024 school year.
Highlight young recent alumni Beta Brothers graduating from Graduate school
Bro. Blake West (6-B-15) graduates with his MBA from UPenn’s Wharton Buisness School
Bro. Mylo Henry (9-B-16) graduates with his MBA from Emory University
Bro. Daniel Okegbu (16-B-16) graduates with his PhD from Georgia Tech (This Completes his dual degree program, Last Year he graduated with his MBA)
Bro. Anthony DeForie (26-B-16) will be attending Georgetown University to pursue his Master’s in Real Estate.
Bro. Grant Hodges (6-B-17) graduates from UPenn School of Veterinary medicine and will begin his rotating internship at University of Tennessee School of Veterinary medicine.
Bro. Nile Hodges (7-B-17) graduates from Temple University School of Dentistry and will begin his residency at UPenn this summer.
Bro. Charles Rice (1-B-18) just received scholarship offers from Tulane University Law School and University of Pittsburgh Law School
Bro. Jonathan Willard (3-B-18) is currently in a 1 year research fellowship in orthopedic surgery at LSU Health Center. He’s set to graduate from HU Med with his MD in 2025.
Bro. Phil Jones (8-B-18) Recently accepted a new role as manager of basketball operations and player development with the NBA G-League Team, Greensboro Swarm.
Bro. Junious Whitaker (9-B-19) graduates from Howard University with his Masters in History and begins his Doctorate in African Studies.
Bro. Jon Logan (3-B-20) has been accepted to NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts’s Film program to pursue his MFA and will begin his program in the fall.
“IN FACT, I AM THE COLLEGE OF FRIENDSHIP; THE UNIVERSITY OF BROTHERLY LOVE; THE SCHOOL FOR THE BETTER MAKING OF MEN”
BRO. CARTER ON THE VOICE OF DOMINOS
Congratulations to Mu Lambda Brother Malcolm Carter, (Beta 1987), who was featured in the 2023 Issue 1 of The Voice of Domino’s Franchisees. In the article Brother Malcolm Carter President of South Marlboro Pizza and Marlboro Pizza shared his journey and keys to success of building his business to one of a limited number of African American owned Domino’s franchises. Brother Carter started with Domino’s 33 years ago in 1990 after graduation from Howard University where he managed a store in District Heights MD. Brother Carter a natural, intelligent and gifted business man quickly rose through the ranks of the local Domino’s organizations being a significant contributor and learning the business.
After 11 years, in 2001, Brother Carter was presented with an opportunity to be a franchise owner and the rest is history. In 2005 Domino’s corporate organization sold Brother Carter three stores in recognition of his successful stewardship of three stores he owned since 2001. In 2017 Brother Carter expanded his business buying two stores from Team Washington, with one of the stores being the store where his Domino’s journey began in District Heights MD. Today Brother Carter has been a franchisee for 22 years, owning 8 stores with a team of 220 members supported by a staff of 8 managers.
In the article Brother Carter shared what animates him – Family. His immediate family wife Limin, daughters Jazmine, Jozslyne and Vivian, and his mom Mrs. Carter. Also his adopted family of the Brotherhood of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. From the article “I’m heavily involved with my Fraternity Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. The objective of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, is to stimulate the ambition of its members; prepare them for the greatest usefulness in the cause of humanity, freedom, and dignity of the individual; to encourage the highest and noblest form of manhood; and to aid downtrodden humanity in its efforts to achieve higher social, economic, and intellectual status”.
Well done Brother Carter.
John “Tony” Wilson, President Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.
Mu Lambda Chapter
2405 Alpha Phi Alpha Way Washington, DC 20001 email@example.com www.mulambda.org
“Be patient with yourself and the people around you”-Malcolm Carter
Health & Wellness| BROs KEEPER
STROKE AWARENESS MONTH
A stroke occurs every 40 seconds in the United States. A stroke is an artery blockage or bursting blood vessel which cuts off the brain’s blood supply. Impacted parts of the brain die very quickly without blood and oxygen, leading to a degree of brain damage and possible death.
80% of strokes are preventable by:
• Maintaining a healthy weight
• Reducing and eliminating smoking
• Getting tested for diabetes
• Checking cholesterol and triglyceride levels regularly
• Moderating alcohol consumption
ALS AWARENESS MONTH
ALS, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, is rare disease that is not well understood or familiar to most people. In America, ALS is commonly referred to as “Lou Gehrig’s disease”; named after the 1930s baseball player who developed the condition. Gehrig was renown as being the “iron man of baseball. Unfortunately, upon obtaining the disease Lou Gehrig, as with most people with ALS, died within a few years.
Currently there is no cure. Efforts are centered around improving the understanding of ALS. It is a progressive disease of the nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord. As ALS damages the nerve cells, the muscles of the body become affected.
Over 5,00 people are diagnosed with ALS annually. More than 200,000 Americans are living with ALS. ALS strikes most often between the ages 40 and 70, and the disease affects military veterans approximately twice as often as the general public.
ATHRITIS AWARENESS MONTH
Arthritis is a condition that currently affects over 53 million Americans and is expected to grow to over 67 million people by the year 2030. Arthritis is the leading cause of disability in the U.S. and has an economic impact of over $156 million in medical expenses and lost wages.
The major forms of Arthritis:
• Osteoarthritis: most common form of arthritis which results in the wearing down of the cartilage at the ends of bones; bone rubbing against bone, causing pain.
• Rheumatoid arthritis: disease that causes an inflammatory reaction in the lining of joints; causing the joint deterioration.
• Psoriatic arthritis: occurs in people who have psoriasis; affecting joints, ligaments and tendons.
Some common Arthritis misconceptions are:
• Only affects the elderly >> Arthritis can occur at any age.
• Exercise may make worse >> Exercise improves muscle strength which can take some of the pressure away from the joints.
• All joint pain is related to arthritis >> Other causes of joint pain exists, i.e., gout, bursitis, lupus and tendonitis.
• There is no treatment >> Treatment involves medication, physical therapy, and possible surgery..
THE MU LAMBDA BROS’ CORNER
Brother Jonathan F. Brown is originally from New Bern, NC and now living in Washington DC. Currently working full time as a manager of strategic engagement for a federal benefits company parttime as development coordinator for a nonprofit that provides therapeutic services for survivors of human trafficking, sexual and domestic partner violence. In 2009, Jonathan graduated with an B.S. in Psychology from North Carolina A&T State University then earned his M.S. in 2016 from California Southern University in Psychology with a focus in Industrial & Organizational Psychology.
Jonathan joined the Blue & Gold Marching Machine marching band in 2005 and then was initiated into Kappa Kappa Psi National Honorary Band Fraternity, Inc at North Carolina A&T State University in March 2007. He later became a Life Member of Kappa Kappa Psi National Honorary Band Fraternity, Inc. in 2016 and the first and current Vice President of Program for the Iota Zeta Alumni Association 2018.
Jonathan is also a proud veteran as he started his journey with 4 years in Air Force ROTC at North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University, then as an activeduty member of the United States Air Force from 2010-2016, stationed at Grand Forks AFB in North Dakota. After finishing up his time in the military, he taught as an adjunct professor at Craven
Community College & later transitioned to the full-time university area as an Advancement and Development program manager at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Jonathan also recognizes the need to support his university institution and has been a member of 2 different North Carolina A&T State University alumni associations, currently in Washington D.C. & formerly in the charter area of Greensboro, NC. While in Greensboro as a member of the Gate City chapter, he was a part of the fundraising, social and scholarship committees.
His time there was well spent as he helped spearhead scholarship logistics, interviews & donations for high school students, created fundraising initiatives such as a scholarship ball & helped plan membership drives for the alumni association. He hopes to continue this level of effort and excellence into his new home alumni chapter in Washington, DC as a current member of the scholarship committee.
FEDERAL DONATIONS TO MU LAMBDA
Brothers, it is that time of year when we begin to think in the spirit of giving and giving thanks. In that spirit, the Mu Lambda Foundation participates in two key funding programs through which federal and District of Columbia employees can share the gift of the giving.
The Combined Federal Campaign - CFC (https://www.opm.gov/combined-federal-campaign) is a resource that allows U.S. government employees to make regular payroll deductions in support of the Mu Lambda Foundation and its charitable and community service programs.
The DC One Fund (https://os.dc.gov/page/dc-one-fund-each-one-give-one) provides an opportunity for employees of the District of Columbia to do the same. All donations through these funds are tax deductible and deducted from your paycheck regularly. What could be an easier or better way to support the programs you care about?
As open season begins for 2023, you may plan your weekly, biweekly, or monthly contributions to the Mu Lambda Foundation by contributing to charity number 66770 in the CFC, and number 9556 in the DC One Fund.
Let’s make 2023 the best year yet for supporting youth and abused women in the DC area. Thank you for your continued support.Bro. Kent Benjamin
The Mu Lambda Foundation meetings are bi-monthly on the third Thursday of the month.
Next meeting is Thursday, May 11, 2023
The 2019-2023 fraternal year was dedicated to rediscovering our brotherhood. We serve the community, but we have been neglecting our bond of brotherhood.
Since Tuesday, April 21, 2020, Mu Lambda has hosted the Mu Lambda Literary Society, every week at 7:00 pm. The Mu Lambda Literary Society is a Mu Lambda initiative, where we come together as brothers and discuss the two volume Alpha history book over a period of months. It was facilitated by a different brother each week. Brothers participated via Zoom.
We started with volume 1, chapter 1 of the twenty second printing of the history book and conclude with volume 2, chapter 8. There are twenty chapters in volume 1 and eight chapters in volume 2.
It was totally voluntary. You were not required to purchase the new history book. Brother Robert L. Harris, Jr. our National Historian and author of Volume II has participated in the sessions, and all sessions are chaired by our own Bro. Ryle Bell.
Volume I Lesson
Chapter I The Origin of Alpha Phi Alpha
Chapter II The Period of Consolidation
Chapter III The First Steps in Expansion
Chapter IV Local and National Strivings
Chapter V Permanent Foundations
Chapter VI Expansion and Internal Development
Chapter VII The Leaven of Self-Examination
Chapter VIII The War Interlude
Chapter IX A Definite Program
Chapter X The Crowning Years
Chapter XI Advancement in Spite of the Depression
Chapter XII The Widening Social Program
Chapter XIII Education and War
Chapter XIV A Militant Liberalism
Chapter XV The Concept of Progress
Chapter XVI The Golden Anniversary
Chapter XVII Shaping the Future on the Basis of the Past
Chapter XVIII The Continuing Challenge
Chapter XIX New Goals for Old
Chapter XX Social Purpose and Social Action
Volume II Lesson
Chapter I Back to Basics
Chapter II Achieving Tomorrow: An Agenda for the 80’s Chapter III Strengthening Internal Capacity for Greater Service
Chapter IV Facing Our Future with a Future
Chapter V The Alpha Renaissance: Rekindling the Spirit of Leadership and Community Service
Chapter VI Vision 2000: The Light of a New Day
Chapter VII Alpha Attitude: A Forward Step… Into the Future
Chapter VIII A Solid Foundation for the New Era of Alpha
Fraternally,John Wilson, President Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Mu Lambda Chapter
I MAY PUT ON A POUND CAKE
• 3 & 1/4 cups white sugar
• 3/4 pound unsalted butter, at room temperature
• 6 extra large eggs, at room temperature
• 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
• 3 cups all-purpose flour
• 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
• 1/2 teaspoon salt
• 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
• 1 cup 1% milk
1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Grease and flour a 12-cup fluted tube pan (such as Bundt)
2. Cream sugar and butter in a large mixing bowl on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes. Add eggs, one at a time, beating for 45 seconds after each addition. Add vanilla extract and beat for 30 seconds.
3. Combine flour, baking powder, salt, and nutmeg in a medium bowl. Add 1/2 of the flour mixture to the butter mixture and mix on low speed until just blended. Add 1/2 cup milk and beat on low speed until just blended. Scrape the sides of the bowl with a spatula between each addition. Repeat with remaining flour mixture and milk.
4. Pour batter into the prepared baking pan, filling no more than 2/3 full. Smooth the top with a spoon or a spatula.
5. Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean and the cake is just starting to pull away from the sides of the pan, about 1 hour and 25 minutes.
6. Remove from the oven and allow to cool for about 15 minutes before inverting onto a plate. Allow it to cool completely before serving.
Ingredients Makes 1 drink
• 2 strawberries, hulled
• 1/2 oz. (15 ml) 1:1 simple syrup (see headnote)
• 2 oz (60 ml) bourbon
• 3/4 oz (22 ml) fresh lemon juice
• 2 dashes Angostura bitters
• 3 oz (90 ml) ginger beer
• Strawberry, to garnish
Gently muddle the strawberries with the Simple Syrup in a cocktail shaker. Add the bourbon, lemon juice, and Angostura bitters, then fill with ice and shake vigorously for 10–15 seconds. Double strain into a highball glass filled with fresh ice and top with the ginger beer. Garnish with a fresh strawberry.
A strawberry-bourbon buck created by San Diego bartender Erick Castro of Polite Provisions.
For the simple syrup, combine equal parts hot water and sugar in a resealable, airtight container and shake until all of the sugar dissolves. When refrigerated, the syrup keeps for 1 to 2 weeks.
This recipe was excerpted from ‘Spirited: Cocktails From Around the World’ by Adrienne Stillman.
Thursday, January 5 Chapter Meeting
Saturday, January 7 Alpha Wives Meeting
Wednesday, January 18 Eboard Meeting
Thursday, February 2 Chapter Meeting
Saturday, February 4 Alpha Wives Meeting
Wednesday, February 16 Eboard Meeting
Thursday, February 16 Foundation Meeting
Thursday, March 2 Chapter Meeting
Saturday, March 4 Alpha Wives Meeting
Wednesday, March 15 Eboard Meeting
Thursday, March 30 Game Night
Wednesday, April 13 -16 Eastern Region Convention
Thursday, April 6 Chapter Meeting
Saturday, April 8 Alpha Wives Meeting
Wednesday, April 19 Eboard Meeting
Thursday,April 20 Foundation Meeting
Thursday, May 4 Chapter Meeting
Saturday, May 6 Alpha Wives Meeting
Wednesday, May 17 Eboard Meeting
Thursday, June 1 Chapter Meeting
Saturday, June 3 Alpha Wives Meeting
Thursday, June 15 Foundation Meeting
Wednesday, June 21 Eboard Meeting
Monday, June 19 Juneteenth Day
July 26 - 30 97th General Convention
July 2023 Chapter Vacation
August 2023 Chapter Vacation
Thursday, September 7 Chapter Meeting
Saturday, September 9 Alpha Wives Meeting
Thursday, September 14 Foundation Meeting
Wednesday, September 20 Eboard Meeting
Saturday, September 30 Centennial Celebration
Sunday, October 1 100th Charter Day
Thursday, October 5 Chapter Meeting
Saturday, October 7 Alpha Wives Meeting
Wednesday, October 18 Eboard Meeting
Thursday, October 19 Foundation Meeting
Thursday, November 2 Chapter Meeting
Saturday, November 11 Alpha Wives Meeting
Wednesday, November 15 Eboard Meeting
Thursday, November 23 Thanksgiving Day
Thursday,December 7 Chapter Meeting
Monday, December 4 Founders’ Day
Saturday , December 9 Alpha Wives Meeting
Thursday, December 14 Foundation Meeting
Wednesday, December 20 EBoard Meeting
Sunday, December 25 Christmas
BROTHER MALCOLM CARTER 6-B-87 ALPHA PHI ALPHA FRATERNITY, INC, MU LAMBDA CHAPTER
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Get the Mu Lambda Chapter App
This official Mu Lambda Chapter App is for members of the chapter to find out about our events, chat with Chapter members, View Chapter Documents, View Chapter Directory, View our monthly magazine (The Torch) Pay Chapter Dues and much more. The ability to effectively communicate with Chapter members will help us continue to develop leaders, promote brotherhood and academic excellence while providing service and advocacy for our community.
Message from the Editor
My Brothers, Readers and Supporters.... Happy May
May flowers are here! This month I will like to shower all of our readers with continued praise for supporting Mu Lambda and our initiatives. Continue to create opportunities to expand our community service, impactful influence, and furthering of our mission and vision.
I will like to pause and give praise. As many brothers and their family members are completing their studies and discovering their future paths. I exend warm wishes to you all this May! Happy Graduation Season. Your FLOWERS are well deserved. From the Editor to you.
Fraternally,BRO. MIKAEL LAROCHE EDITOR OF THE TORCH TORCH@MULAMBDA.ORG
ALPHA QUOTE TO SERVE BY...
“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, 5th General President Bro. Mikael E. LaRoche Editor in Chief
GOODWILL 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
Esprit de Fraternite
It is that time of year again.
The fraternity’s fraternal year runs January 1st to December 31st.
Mu Lambda’s 2022-2023 fraternal year runs September 1, 2022 to June 30, 2023. The chapter does not meet during July and August.
It is now time to pay your 2022-2023 dues which will cover you from January 1, 2023 to December 31, 2023.
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. You can pay on the Mu Lambda App
4. Mail it to:
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.
if you must, but don’t you quit.