Allen is a SPR 2017 initiate of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Alpha Lambda Chapter. Bro. Allen has been active civically most of his life. Originally from Southfield, Mich., Allen’s parents had him and his siblings volunteering and exposing them to the arts at a young age. After high school he moved to Frankfort, KY to attend Kentucky State University where he earned his Bachelor of Arts in mass communication and journalism and later his Master of Arts in organizational leadership from Campbellsville University. Bro. Allen now considers Louisville, KY his home, where he works for LG&E and KU Energy LLC in the area of Corporate Responsibility and Community Affairs. “It’s an honor to be a part of such a noble fraternity. I look forward to working alongside all the great brothers that have come before me and paved the way,” said Allen. “I thank all the brothers that played a part in my development and entry into the House of Alpha!” In addition to his professional accomplishments, Bro. Allen actively is involved in numerous professional and community organizations. Allen currently sits on his company’s Diversity Forum where he is a proactive instrument in helping the company in its social, economic and business aspects to ensure both its success and a more just and sustainable organization. We are confident that Bro. Allen will be great asset to our dear fraternity.
By: Mark Rorer
On October 14, 2016, the Brothers of Alpha Lambda completed one of our long standing
national programs, Project Alpha. Alpha Phi Alpha and the March of Dimes have partnered to
help young men make informed decisions about the complex issues surrounding sexuality since
1980. The event was a resounding success with 40 participants.
The event started with a welcome from Alpha Lambda president, Cecil Brookins, and was
followed by a spirited USMC boot camp session led by Staff Sgt. A. Mountz and his assistant.
After the young men caught their breath from the high-intensity activity, they were split into
four groups that rotated through four workshops.
Following the workshops, the students ate dinner and listened to an inspirational message by
Brother Norman Seawright, Assistant Chief Pilot, UPS Airlines. The highlight of the evening for
several students was the ultimate dodge ball and basketball games that included several
chapter brothers. The evening wrapped up with comments and door prizes led by Brother Mark
In addition to the 40 students, 21 brothers participated in this event tallying over 100 volunteer
hours. All of this was made possible by the engaging staff of Kammerer, led by 6th grade Vice
Principal, Carolyn Smith. The Alpha team was led by Brothers Mark Rorer and Cecil Brookins.
2016 has proven to be a politically charged year. Regardless of who you may have aligned with politically during this historic election year, you would be remised if you weren’t aware of how many organizations joined the fray to raise political awareness and enlightenment in this nation. The Alpha Lambda Chapter was definitely on the forefront of voter empowerment this year in Louisville, KY.
As early as the primary elections, Alpha Lambda was partnering with other organizations to host debates and candidate forums for local races. It could even be said that such efforts aided the increase in voter turnout in May for the targeted districts in Louisville. The Alpha Lambda Chapter didn’t stop efforts after the primary races. There was still plenty of work to be done. As many organizations in the city struggled with fresh new ideas to implement effective voter registration and education, the Alpha Lambda Chapter devised a plan to aid efforts to register and educate voters.
Instead of implementing the more traditional methods of voter registration, The Alpha Lambda Chapter decided target African American Barbershops so that we could go to the people versus wait for the people to come to us. From there, the Barbershop Blitz concept was born.
On the dates of October 1st and 8th, the Alpha Lambda Chapter deployed multiple teams of brothers to over 40 barbershops on each day. Armed with voter registration cards and voting info cards, Alpha Lambda members managed to register dozens and educate many more. These actions also served as get out the vote efforts considering how many people were already registered but somewhat apathetic towards voting in the general election. The chapter encouraged the community to not negate the important local political races.
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Each year, the Alpha Lambda Chapter participates in the annual Bowl for Kids Sake, March for Babies and Relay 4 Life. Each event, hosted by a local partner of Alpha Lambda provides the Chapter an opportunity to fundraise and volunteer to enhance event success.
The Annual Greek Bowl for Kids Sake, sponsored by Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Kentuckiana was held on Sunday, April 24th at Ken Bowl Lanes. The Bowl for Kids Sake is BBBS's largest fundraiser to collect necessary funds to provide match support for Bigs and Littles. Brothers who attended enjoyed 2 games of bowling, along with pizza and drinks. Big Brothers Charles Piphus and Kevin Cowherd also brought along their little Brothers, Keishon and Carvel. Through their fundraising efforts, Alpha Lambda raised $700 for this year's event.
The Annual March for Babies, sponsored by the March of Dimes, was held on Saturday, May 14th at Waterfront Park. This event helps to raise funds to assist March of Dimes in their effort to help babies get off to a healthy start. Brothers came out at 7 am to help with event set up and stayed after the event to break down. Through fundraising efforts and proceeds from the 2015 West Louisville 5K Fun Run, the Alpha Lambda Chapter raised over $2500.00.
The Annual Relay for Life, sponsored by the American Cancer Society, was held on Friday, June 10th at Louisville Male High School. Relay 4 Life raises funds and awareness for Cancer Research. Brothers came out and grilled food, played games, walked the track and engaged in a spirit of camaraderie with all in attendance. Special shout out to Brother Lathon Logan for being part of the Event Planning Committee.
Last month, the Alpha Lambda Chapter held its biannual chapter elections. Brothers had an opportunity to discuss their platform ideas and vision to continue forward progression of brotherhood and programming. Congratulations to the following Brothers on their election:
President - Cecil M. Brookins
Vice President - Rev. Eric T. French, Sr.
Recording Secretary - George Reed, Jr.
Treasurer - Lathon Logan
Chaplain - Manual Garr
Historian - Dr. Curtis Nelson, III
Director of Educational Activities - Ken Ellis
Associate Editor to the Sphinx - Kevin Cowherd
Membership Intake Coordinator - Charles Piphus, Jr.
The offices of Parliamentarian, Corresponding Secretary and Sergeant at Arms will be appointed by the new Chapter President. These Brothers will be installed at the conclusion of the June Chapter Meeting and formally take over leadership operations thereafter. The Brothers of Alpha Lambda are excited about their upcoming term of service!
Alpha Helps Improve Voter Turnout!
Recently, the Alpha Lambda Chapter expanded its approach for the National Program “Voteless People, Hopeless People”. This year, the Alpha Lambda Chapter implemented multiple strategic actions to help improve voter turnout in Louisville for the May 17th Kentucky Primary Election. Kentucky typically experiences low voter turnout for primary elections. Considering that this year U.S. Presidential Race has consumed all the media attention of the primary this year, the idea to focus on local politics was adopted to better engage voters and draw more people out to the polls.
On April 16th, chapter brothers joined the Jefferson County chapter of Kentuckians for the Commonwealth (KFTC) for a Voter Registration Drive. The group divided into three teams for a very specific reason. There were 3 Metro Council Districts that had races for Council Representation. It was thought it would be best to implement registration drives in those districts to help raise awareness of the local races.
On April 18th, the chapter leveraged social media to remind the public that it was the last day to register in time to vote during the primary. Links to online registration sites along with custom images were shared on the Chapter Website, Facebook, and Twitter. It is worth noting that even non-Alpha’s took the time to share and promote the posts through their own social media channels.
Ultimately, on May 10th, the Chapter co-sponsored a Candidate Debate for the Metro Council seat in District 2. The Chapter played a large role in the planning, promotion, and facilitation of this event. The good news is that voter turnout was significantly higher in that district compared to previous primary elections. The idea of increasing voter turnout by specifically focusing on promoting the awareness of the local races is a genius way to make very direct impacts to somewhat broad but targeted demographics. For example, only 1788 democratic ballots were casted in the 2012 primary in Metro District 2. This year, Metro District 2 saw 3608. Of course, there are many factors that attributed to doubling the primary turnout for this district but it is reasonable to say that the heightened awareness via debate promotion was one of them.
Within a week leading into the primary election, the chapter released its online Voters’ Guide to the public via social media. In the same spirit of the Metro Council Debate, The Louisville Voters Guide provided to help complement voter registration with voter education. The chapter’s online voters’ guide contained links for voters to find their sample ballots, polling locations, endorsements of local candidates, recordings of local debates, and candidate information.
Conclusively, the chapter also joined forces with KFTC in a “Get Out The Vote” Phone-a-thon. On May 16th, which happened to be the day before the primary election, members of Alpha Lambda spent hours in the KFTC headquarters calling hundreds of registered voters. During the phone-a-thon, chapter members reminded voters to vote and offered to schedule rides to the polls if needed. As we turn our attention toward November, Alpha Lambda is poised to remain entrenched in the efforts to increase voter awareness and participation. In short, the chapter has come a very long way from only participating in voter registration drives. If Alpha Lambda can accomplish this much for the Primary election, just imagine what can be done during the General Election this November.
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Dear Louisville Residents,
If you need help figuring out whom you are voting for this Tuesday, May 17th, the following links should help.
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Your Sample Ballot and Polling Location
If your ballot has candidates for Metro Council:
Who’s Running for Metro Council
Courier Journal Metro Council Endorsements:
District 2: Richard “Rick” Harrison
District 4: Barbara Sexton Smith
District 6: David James
District 8: S. Brandon Coan
District 14: Shane Logan Ranschaert
District 16: Scott Reed
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You may reside in a district that has a race for the House and/or Senate for the Kentucky OR the United States.
If so, check out our friends awesome Voter’s Guide
KFTC Voter’s Guide
In 2010, Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Kentuckiana partnered with "Divine Nine" Fraternities to begin the Greek Bowl for Kids Sake. As part of the overall Bowl for Kids Sake events, the Greek Bowl is specifically designed for members of the Divine Nine (this event is now open to both the fraternities and sororities) and their associates to enjoy friendly competition while raising awareness and funds to support the mission of Big Brothers, Big Sisters locally and around the world.
As an annual contributor to the event, Alpha Lambda not only wants to be the top fundraising team, but to have a team that can win the bowling competition! If you're a bowler...or a know a Brother who is....get them this information!! Team Alpha wants and needs you!!
Brothers and Friends, please go to BowlforKidsSake.com and/or visit our Alpha Phi Alpha team page (you may have to copy and paste into your web browser) at:
We hope you consider joining along with us and direct others to the site to donate and/or join our effort. For more information, contact Bro. Charles Piphus at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Below is event information for the 2016 Greek Bowl.
Sunday, April 24, 2016
Ken Bowl Lanes
7021 Southside Drive, Louisville, KY 40214
Brothers and Friends of Alpha,
On March 11, 2016 during our monthly chapter meeting, the Alpha Lambda Chapter was privileged to present the local March of Dimes with a check in the amount of $2,500.00. This check, presented to Carolyn Harper, Louisville Market Community Director, was given as part of Alpha Lambda's 2016 fundraising effort for the annual Louisville March for Babies. As one of Alpha's longstanding national and local partners, the March of Dimes mission is to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality.
For brothers who wish to continue to raise funds in addition to this amount, please join our team at www.marchforbabies.org/team/alphalambda. This is our team page where you can find information about the event as well as use social media tools to help you fundraise. In addition to fundraising efforts, Alpha Men also contribute by volunteering manpower the day of the event helping set up and break down. If you are interested in volunteering with the Alpha team, please contact Bro. Cecil Brookins at email@example.com.
Greater Louisville March for Babies
Saturday, May 14th
Big Four Lawn, Waterfront Park
7:00 AM Volunteer Set Up
9:00 AM Registration
10:00 AM Walk Begins
12:00-2:00 PM Walk Ends, Clean up and truck unload
Below is a picture of the check presentation. Pictured are:
Brother Cecil Brookins (Kentucky March of Dimes Board of Directors, A Phi A KY District MFB Coordinator), Mrs. Carolyn Harper (Louisville Market Community Director), Brother Lathon Logan (Alpha Lambda Chapter President)
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