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Vice President’s Corner


Brothers of Alpha Southwest,

By the authority vested in me by the constitution and by-laws of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. and the Southwestern Region, I hereby issue the official “Convention Call” for the 71st Annual Southwestern Regional Convention. We will convene April 20-23, 2017 in New Orleans, LA at the Hyatt Regency. There, we promise to Challenge You, Inform You, and Inspire You as we focus on the theme “Alpha Impact: Year Four – Creating a Lasting Impact.”

What does this “Creating a Lasting Impact” mean for the Southwestern Region? This is a challenge to every Alpha Man to recommit himself to the true principles and precepts of our dear Fraternity – those upon which we were founded — manly deeds, scholarship and love for all mankind. This is a response to the urgency surrounding the issues facing people of color in the states of Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Texas. This is a charge to Alpha Men to be the leaders, servants and change-agents needed to transform our communities and revolutionize the Alpha Brand locally, nationally, and globally. Finally, this is a celebration of the rich legacies and contributions made by Alpha Men in their communities over the years.

At this regional convention you can expect to see Alpha ingenuity at its best through an impressive array of workshops, presentations and activities. In addition to receiving critical updates and training, you will be engaged in critical conversations in which Alpha men will be called to make an impact. If we are to be effective in “Creating a lasting Impact” we must develop stronger brothers and stronger chap­ters.

The host chapters Sigma Lambda, Beta Phi, Beta Tau, Epsilon Upsilon, Theta Phi, Rho Epsilon and Rho Iota are promising a regional convention to remember.  All brothers are encouraged to register, bring their wives, special guests, and family members to take part in the excitement. I call all brothers to serve…I call all brothers to lead…I call all brothers to make an impact. Laissez les bon temps rouler and I will see you in New Orleans!




22nd Southwestern Regional Vice-President

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