THE PRESIDENT’S CORNER
Bro. Andrew L. Dixon, III
President, Gamma Mu Lambda Chapter
Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.
I do not take the honor of speaking about Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. on the occasion of our Founders Day (December 4th , 1906) lightly. To be counted amongst the committed, motivated, accomplished and talented brothers that have historically and continue to make up the Gamma Mu Lambda Chapter as well as serving as its President is an honor indeed.
My family’s membership in this great fraternity goes back to the mid-1930s when great Uncle Henry McCullough was initiated into the Omicron chapter at the University Pittsburgh, it continued with his younger brother Roland, my father Andrew L. Dixon, Jr and my brother Chad who preceded me by a year. Alpha Phi Alpha has always been a since of pride for myself and for my family and it is a legacy of excellence that I have sworn to uphold.
I have often heard that “Tired Moments Find Me a delightful treat”. Whenever I sit amongst the brothers of this Fraternity, I appreciate how brilliant it is blend in amongst a group of like-minded men. This Founders Day period is no different, as we celebrate not only ourselves but the principles we uphold and history upon which we lean for inspiration.
The celebration of our Founders Day amounts to yet another opportunity to rededicate ourselves to the true and noble aims of the name of Alpha Phi Alpha. The value, as Brother Charles H. Wesley has stated, lies “in the extension of its ideals, when once learned by the initiates among larger numbers of the race, through the precept and the example of the Alpha Phi Alpha brotherhood.”
Every Founders Day provides with the opportunity to undertake a Leaven of Self-Examination both internally and externally. While we, as Alpha Men often say that “Goodwill is the Monarch of This House” the closing line of that poem is equally powerful: I am Alpha Phi Alpha.” Each of us is Alpha Phi Alpha and thus each of us has the opportunity to undertake the Leaven of Self-Examination.
The Gamma Mu Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha will move forward and we undertake what our 6th General President Henry A. Dickason called upon us to do in1914. “Think Alpha Phi Alpha, talk Alpha Phi Alpha, promote Alpha Phi Alpha and labor for the broad principles and of idealism for which Alpha Phi Alpha was created so that humanity shall look on us as a body worthwhile”
Happy Founders Day!