The brothers of the newly chartered Leesburg Florida Alumni Chapter (LFAC) of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. would like to welcome you to our homepage. LFAC was chartered on November 18, 2016. The immediate goals of our chapter will be strictly aligned to those of the Southern Province and HQ Kappa Alpha Psi. LFAC was started by 11 members who have achieved at the highest levels in many different fields of endeavor. One of Kappa Alpha Psi's main and most important goals is to be of service to our communities. We, the members of Leesburg Florida Alumni Chapter are here to serve.
History of the Leesburg Florida Alumni Chapter (LFAC)
Of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc.
The Grand Board of Directors of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. met on 3 June, 2016 in Columbus, Ohio. One of the items on the board’s agenda was to take action on a petition submitted by a requisite number of financial Brothers requesting the establishment of an alumni chapter of the fraternity in Leesburg, Florida.
At 10:57 a.m., the Leesburg petition was brought forward for a vote and approved by the Grand Board, thus qualifying the Leesburg petitioners to be chartered as an alumni chapter in Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. This action represented a successful culmination of the efforts of 11 serious minded and committed Brothers, who were determined to pool their collective talents to make their dream for a local chapter a reality.
The process from the first time the Leesburg Brothers formally met (October 5, 2015), to the Grand Board of Directors’ approval on June 3 appears to be a relatively short period of time. However, the real beginnings of the chapter’s history was long before that initial meeting. How long, is subject to debate. Suffice it to say that the various Brothers who ultimately came together to become charter members of the Leesburg Florida Alumni Chapter (LFAC) were being led toward one another by forces unbeknownst to any of them.
Brothers *Tommy Viner and *Stanley Fischer met at a social function in late 2013. One Brother was wearing Kappa colors (Krimson and Kream) and a Kappa pin. After acknowledging one another as Brothers, conversations ensued and continued each time they were in each other’s presence, usually at a social event. In addition, Brother *Max Parker and Brother Fischer also met at a number of social events. Both Brothers being life members of the fraternity, were drawn to each other after recognizing that each was wearing a life membership pin. The relationship was established and the idea of having an alumni chapter in Leesburg was mentioned in passing and both agreed to begin searching for other like-minded Brothers.
This idea gained significant traction with Brother Parker and Brother Fischer after their return (with their Silhouettes) from the 82nd Grand Chapter Meeting in New Orleans, LA. Both Brothers were inspired by what they experienced in New Orleans and came back with renewed determination to pursuing the idea of a chapter in Leesburg, FL
Meanwhile, Brothers *Charles Fields and Brother *Nate Sanders (current Polemarch) were establishing a relationship at one of the local barbecue restaurants in Leesburg. Both Brothers were sporting Kappa paraphernalia and after striking up a conversation and vetting each other; it became obvious that they too were kindred spirits and interested in the idea of establishing a Kappa chapter in Leesburg.
By this time, as all of the Brothers were becoming aware of each other. Things begin to speed up. Brother Sanders approached Brother Fischer in the parking lot of his church, Brother *Brian Hart and Brother Fischer were introduced to one another at an African American festival and other community members began to pass the word to other Kappas they knew in the area, about the effort. Brother* Jerome Godwin and Brother Fischer met at a local church service and agreed that the idea of forming a chapter in Leesburg was a good one.
Brother Sanders and Brother Hart were very busy during this time. Using the 2015 Kappa Alpha Psi directory; they perused the directory in an effort to identify unaffiliated Brothers who were located within the Leesburg area. Due to these efforts and their dogged determination for making the chapter a reality, they were able to identify Brothers* Purvis Hunt and *Beres Muschett and invite them to join our effort. Brother Hunt was aware that Brother *Otis William Wagstaff was in the area and encouraged him to join us and he consented. Brother Parker around this same time informed Brother* Thomas Poole Jr, about the ongoing LFAC effort.
Brother Sanders initiated the idea of having an initial meeting and a date was set to meet on October 5, 2015. Brother Parker was able to provide a meeting place and on October 15, 2016 the first meeting of the “Leesburg Organizational Committee” took place at the Leesburg Police Department where Brother Max Parker serves the community as a Captain.
This short history of LFAC would not be complete without the mention of another chance encounter that occurred in the Summer of 2013 that proved to be fortuitous to the success of LFAC to date. While attending a social function in Cocoa Beach, FL Brother Fischer was approached by a friend (from another Fraternity) who informed him that he wanted to introduce him to a member of his church who was a Kappa. Brother Fischer characterized that meeting as “probably one of the most significant meetings in his life“as a Kappa” and has proven to be an important meeting for LFAC as well. The Brother he was introduced to was Brother Earl Tildon, an Elder Watson Diggs Award recipient and, one of the stalwarts in Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. Brother Tildon has been a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. for more than 60 years and stands ready 24/7 to assist any Brother when called upon. He has been a valuable resource and consultant to our chapter. Being able to tap into his knowledge base and to be able to query him on any subject that concerns Kappa has been invaluable. He continues to this date to help us whenever we call him and even when he has information that he thinks we need; he does not hesitate to call us.
Suffice it to say much work was accomplished to get LFAC from the initial meeting in October 2015 to the date the charter was approved by the Kappa Grand Board of Directors on June 3, 2016, and the actual chartering of the chapter on November 18, 2016.