Brothers of the Southern Province,
The 2016-2017 chapter year is upon us and there are administrative matters which need the attention of all of our chapters and our membership during the fourth quarter of 2016 and throughout 2017.  All of programs and initiatives are in support of the theme of the 33rd Administration; “Rebirth, Reclaim, Recommit by leaving No Brother Behind” and implementing the vision of Grand Polemarch Thomas L. Battles, Jr., the KAPPA 6 Point Plan.

Administrative Matters

Membership Training Academy Cluster
The Membership Training Academy (MTA) Cluster will be held in Birmingham, Alabama,  Thursday, November 10 through Saturday, November 12, at the Renaissance Ross Bridge Golf Resort & Spa. Fourteen chapters are participating in the fall 2016 MTA pilot. We have a total of 70 candidates who are in the process of completing the requirements of becoming members of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.

C. Rodger Wilson Leadership Conference
The C. Rodger Wilson Leadership Conference (CRWLC), our fraternity’s annual leadership development and administrative training conference will be held in Birmingham, Alabama, Friday, November 11 through Sunday, November 13, at the Renaissance Ross Bridge Golf Resort & Spa. All chapters are required to have representation at the conference. Onsite registration for the conference is $200 per chapter and $35 per chapter member in excess of six (6). It is imperative that Chapter Officers, Chapter Advisors and members of the Chapter Advisor’s Team and Chapter MTA Coordinators be in attendance. Please be reminded that business attire is appropriate for the conference.

Appreciation Reception Honoring Grand Polemarch Thomas L. Battles, Jr.
The Appreciation Reception Honoring Grand Polemarch Thomas L. Battles, Jr. will be held on Saturday, November 12 at 9:30PM at the Renaissance Ross Bridge Golf Resort & Spa in Birmingham, Alabama. Chapters and individual brothers are encouraged to support the Grand Polemarch’s re-election campaign. Let’s show the Southern Province’s third Grand Polemarch how much we appreciate the service he has provided to the Southern Province and the excellent job he has done in leading Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc. and upholding the legacy of Dr. Oliver S. Gumbs and Dr. Ullysses McBride. Contributions will be accepted at the reception.

Chapter Certification
All chapters are required to complete Chapter Certification documentation. This information was due on October 31, 2016. If you have not completed your Chapter Certification documentation, please complete and forward forms to Southern Province Senior Province Vice Polemarch Chauncy E. Haynes at , ASAP. The form is located in the Brothers Only Section at the Southern Province’s website (

Program Documentation
Each year the fraternity attempts to document the involvement of our chapters and members throughout the communities in which we live and work. We capture this information in our Program Documentation process which each chapter is required to complete and submit prior to our C. Rodger Wilson Leadership Conference. This year we have a new process to capture this information. A survey gizmo was sent out on Monday, October 31, 2016. If you have not completed your survey, please do so, no later than November 30, 2016.

Spring MTA Planning Documents and Cluster Dates

Spring 2017 MTA Planning Documents are due by Monday, December 19, 2016 @ 12 noon.
Spring 2017 Alabama MTA (tentative April 7th and April 8th).
Spring 2017 Florida MTA (tentative April 14th and April 15th).

National Founders’ Day
National Founders’ Day will be held in Atlanta, Georgia at the Atlanta Airport Marriott Gateway Hotel, January 7, 2017. Please check the Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. website ( for the registration link.

67th Southern Province Council
The 67th Southern Province Council will be held in Jacksonville, Florida at the Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront Hotel, April 20-23, 2017. The registration package will be distributed at the C. Rodger Wilson Leadership Conference.

83rd Grand Chapter Meeting
The Southern Province will be hosting the 83rd Grand Chapter Meeting in Orlando, Florida at the Rosen Shingle Creek Hotel, July 18-22, 2017. Please check the Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. website ( for the registration link.

“Working together to sustain and elevate the legacy of the Southern Province.”

Yours in the Bond,

Bertram K. Orum
5780 Carrington Lake Parkway, Trussville AL 35173