The 3rd Annual West Louisville Fun Run & Health Fair was held Saturday, September 5, 2015. The annual event, held at the beautiful and historic Shawnee Park, drew over 100 participants from around the city. WLKY's Anna-Lysa Gayle served as Mistress of Ceremonies for the event filled with music, fun, and, of course, running. The health fair included booths set up for screenings like blood pressure and BMI. Special thanks to our event's Title Sponsor, Allen Financial Management Group.
The Fun Run's Chair, Michael Branch, had this to say: "We at Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. are seeking to uplift the West Louisville community by targeting one of the most crucial stepping stones to well-being and empowerment, which is health and fitness. Many of us are from the area and we saw the need for a healthy lifestyle push in an area like West Louisville which is full of food deserts and conspicuously devoid of fitness amenities like health clubs and gyms. Running/walking is a fundamental human movement, and also one of the most basic exercises available. One that doesn't take any extra equipment to begin participating in".
This year's event will primarily benefit an Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Local and National Partner, The March of Dimes, as well as the Alpha Lambda Education Foundation. The March of Dimes goal is to improve the health of babies and give every baby a fighting chance while the Education Foundation is a 501 c 3 non-profit organized for charitable and educational purposes.
Please check out our gallery below for a few event photos.
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On Saturday, June 13, 2015, Alpha Lambda hosted its annual Chapter Retreat at Canaan Christian Church's Family Life Center. This annual event specifically focused on Self Care, Fiscal Management and Chapter Operations. The annual Retreat serves as an opportunity for brothers to engage in varying discussions, strategically plan and work toward common resolutions to any issues of the day. Brothers engaged in thoughtful, spirited and purposeful communication to help chart an important course over the next few months.
After the retreat concluded, a survey was emailed to all participants in efforts to receive feedback on the Retreat's effectiveness. All Brothers reported that the presentations were helpful to each of them. Alpha Lambda welcomes all Men of Alpha throughout the city to join us in our earnest efforts to make positive change and impact!
On June 6, 2015 the Derby City Tea Rose Foundation, Inc. and the Pi Lambda Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. hosted their 28th annual Derby City Men Who Cook Gala at the Kentucky Center for African-American Heritage. Guests were treated to culinary dishes prepared by over forty local men who competed in the categories of Best Appetizer, Best Side Dish, Best Entrée, Best Desert, Best Professional Dish, and Best Healthy Choice.
Amateur and Professional Chefs prepared samplings of their dish for each of the 325 attendees who came to taste the finest dishes the Louisville community has to offer. The food extravaganza also hosted a Greek Row which allows the fellow NPHC fraternities to compete for a traveling trophy inscribed with the name of the annual winner in that category. With over 8 cooks represented Iota Phi Theta Fraternity took home the trophy. Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity walked away with the Best Appetizer Award which was won by Chef Bro. Cecil Brookins who prepared savory Sweet Chicken Bacon Wraps with KY Bourbon Whiskey Sauce.
Award-winning speaker and author Tish Norman served as the mistress of ceremony while guests were entertained by neo-soul sounds of the Honeychild Band. Congratulations to all the participants on another culinary job well done!!
Submitted by: Brother Cecil Brookins
Enjoy fun, family and fitness at the 3rd Annual West Louisville 5K/Fun Run!!
West Louisville’s premier family wellness event is back! The 3rd Annual West Louisville Fun Run takes place on Saturday, September 5th, 2015 at 9:00am in the scenic Shawnee Park.
The Fun Run is more than just a 5K. It is a family friendly event that promotes the importance of living active and healthy lifestyles. The Fun Run provides opportunities to gain valuable health and well-being information from healthcare practitioners who serve Louisville Metro. The Fun Run is also a great way for families to get moving, regardless of your fitness level.
Online early bird registration is underway at www.westlouisvillefunrun.com
Here’s what you need to know about registration dates and fees:
· June 1 – July 4: $15.00 Early Bird Registration
· July 5 – Race Day: $20.00 Regular Registration (On-line Registration Ends August 22)
· September 5: $20.00 On-Site Registration (8 A.M.)
5Ks not your thing, but you still want to be involved? You can sign up to volunteer by clicking on the volunteer link via the event page or contacting our volunteer coordinator, Charles Piphus, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Fun Run is hosted by the Alpha Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Greater Kentucky Chapter of March of Dimes. Visit www.westlouisvillefunrun.com for a full listing of Fun Run sponsors and partners!
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On Thursday, July 9th, 2015, the Men of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Alpha Lambda Chapter will be hosting an Awareness Seminar for anyone interested in learning more information about Alpha Phi Alpha, the Alpha Lambda Chapter and local events/programs here in Louisville. Additionally, you may visit the Fraternity's National Website or our Alpha Lambda Chapter website for more information. See attached flier. We look forward to engaging the community in important dialogue.
The academy reached out to the Alpha Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, known for it's members community leadership. Two brothers, Cecil Brookins and Michael Branch, applied and were accepted to the 8 week program.
"The Citizens Academy was an interesting and enriching experience. I've always been interested in various aspects of the law enforcement community, and my initial application to the Academy was to scratch that itch" says Academy graduate Michael Branch. " After getting into the program, I realized it was also a great way to interact with individuals you may not have otherwise interacted with. Further, you become more knowledgeable about the FBI, and the state of federal law enforcement efforts in general. We had a wonderful facilitator for the program, and participated in various topical lectures and activities including bomb squad demonstrations and FBI History."
Graduate and Alpha Brother Cecil Brookins had this to say about his experience, “The FBI Citizens Academy was a great program which I learned a great deal from. It gave me a chance to fully understand the mission and goals of the FBI while dismissing some of the rumors and falsehoods associated with agency. I can honestly say that I view the agency and its role in our community very different now and respect the level of training and education required to be part of the FBI. What I enjoyed most about the program was the candid dialogue, diversity of the class, the hands on demonstrations and reenactments, and the wealth of knowledge shared by the agents and various speakers. I’m glad to serve as a community liaison and a 2015 Graduate of Class #11. I recommend the program to all leaders in the community wanting to take an inside view of the FBI and other agencies that protect our national security ."
For more information please visit the Citizens Academy Louisville website.
The Men of Alpha Phi Alpha in Louisville are proud to recognize and salute the educational accomplishment our Brother, Walter Malone, III. Next month, Walter will officially receive his Doctorate of Education in Educational Leadership & Organizational Development from Western Kentucky University. Initiated into Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity via the Eta Rho Chapter (Western Kentucky University) in November of 2005, Brother Malone transitioned to Alpha Lambda upon his collegiate graduation. Walter has served as the Beta Mu Chapter Advisor at Kentucky State University since 2011 and as our District Webmaster since 2009. In many situations, Walter has been Alpha Lambda’s “go to” guy for poignant artistic expressions. Recently, Walter accepted the position of Area Director 2041 for the Fraternity and will officially begin his service later this month.
Walter is currently the Church Administrator at Canaan Christian Church here in Louisville. He and his wife, Racquel, celebrated their first wedding anniversary in January 2015. Walter is respected, well connected and tailored to win! Congratulations to Dr. Malone, III on this monumental accomplishment!!
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Bro. Charles V. Piphus, Jr.
Associate Editor to the Sphinx
Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Alpha Lambda Chapter
The Men of Alpha Phi Alpha in Louisville take a moment to recognize and salute the service of our beloved Brother, Shelton Poole. Initiated into Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity via the Alpha Pi Chapter (University of Louisville) in March of 1981, Brother Poole joined the Fifth Street High Rise, Inc. (bka J.O. Blanton House) Board of Directors, representing the Alpha Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated in 1983. For thirty-one (31) consecutive years, Shelton served with distinction, holding such roles as Secretary, Vice Chairman and Chairman of the Board. In 2011, Brother Poole was recognized at the annual Board of Directors Dinner for his leadership and service, which have been tremendous.
Shelton is currently an Environmental Compliance Section Manager, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. He and his wife, Enith, have been married for over twenty-six (26) years and have one daughter, McKinley, and son, Brennan. Shelton’s dedication and commitment to the Board has been greatly appreciated. Words cannot express Alpha Lambda's gratitude to Shelton for being a selfless community servant. Brother Poole’s replacement, Brother Michael Branch, was confirmed by the Chapter and Board in February 2015. Well wishes to Brother Poole in his much deserved retirement.
Brother Charles V. Piphus, Jr.
Associate Editor to the Sphinx
Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Alpha Lambda Chapter
Secretary, J.O. Blanton House Board of Directors
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