Twelve strong Kappa men chartered the New Rochelle-White Plains Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Incorporated on December 9, 1972. The charter members were James W. Alexander*, Edward E. Dickerson III*, Jefferson Dudley *, Robert D. Fullenweider*, George V. Russell*, Harvey C. Russell*, Augustus Smith*, Robert L. Staton, Joe C. Tibbs, William H. Tibbs IV, James C. Vereen*, and Ronald D. Walker.
Since its inception, the chapter has been dedicated to serving the Westchester-Rockland County communities through the theme of “Training for Leadership.” Today, the chapter’s focus remains one of assuming education, community, and social action initiatives in the communities where brothers work and live. Among its earlier credits, New Rochelle-White Plains Alumni established the Fordham University Chapter, Iota Rho of Kappa Alpha Psi, served as Big Brothers to Wiltwyck, and provided scholarship opportunities to college bound students with need, served on the Pan-Hellenic council of Westchester-Rockland, and aided in voter registration drives. The chapter still remains at the forefront with initiatives not unlike those of past years. New Rochelle-White Plains Alumni adopted Kendall Cottage at Children’s Village in Dobbs Ferry, New York, providing these young teens with computer equipment, tutoring, sporting activities, and educational and leisure excursions, as well as Christmas gifts. The chapter members sponsor an annual clothing drive, cook and feed the seniors in a local community center, conduct a toy drive for tots, maintain membership in the NAACP, support the Kappa Alpha Psi Foundation, and assist and financially support the Black Scholars Program. The chapter maintains its own 501 tax-exempt certificate to aid in our scholarship fundraising activity. Presently the chapter is supporting fifteen students at various institutions of higher learning by donating scholarship funds for them throughout their four years of matriculation.
The New Rochelle-White Plains Alumni Chapter currently has two members serving as the Province Historian and the General Counsel for the Northeastern Province of Kappa Alpha Psi. Brothers can always be counted on to attend Province Councils and Grand Chapter meetings. The New Rochelle-White Plains Alumni Chapter currently is the home of four recipients of the James M. Kidd Distinguished Service Award – Ervin R. Graves, Thomas A. Watkins, William H. Tibbs IV and André G. Early. In addition, the chapter has eight brothers who serve on a combination of national and local civic and community boards. This chapter is making a commitment to Phi Nu Pi in every field of human endeavor, always striving to live up to the standards of those brothers whose footsteps we follow.
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