Greetings my Brothers!!
In assuming the role of the 24th North Central Province Polemarch today, I’m humbled and excited. Humbled by the tasks that lay ahead, excited by the confidence I have in the brothers of the North Central Province to meet those challenges. Our Grand Polemarch has laid out the mission of the 33rd Administration “Rebirth, Reclaim, Recommit, by leaving No Brother Behind”. We will be fully dialed into the Grand Polemarch’s mission here in the North Central.
We have a rich and storied history in the NCP. The home of the Alpha and Omega of Kappa Alpha Psi, where so many of our Founders and early dignitaries journeyed to and made their home. Some of the challenges we face in the NCP today are not too different than those faced in the early part of the 20th century. Namely, sustaining our undergraduate chapters on the campuses of PWIs, growing their membership, and bringing to bear all the resources available to propel our undergraduate brothers through graduation, into careers, or graduate/professional school. By the time you arrive at C.R. Wilson Leadership Conference in Madison, WI October 27-28th, we will have details on operationalizing our initiatives to address these challenges.
One of the pillars we will rely on to assure excellence in our undergraduate chapters is the chapter advisors. Never before has this role been more critical to the success of our undergraduate chapters. If you are serving as an advisor or supporting an advisor team, I have a few requests. First, be sure to schedule meetings with the school administrator to establish a relationship. Secondly, develop and maintain a close relationship with the members of the undergraduate chapter and be in tune to what’s happening on the yard. We have the tools at our disposal to assure the undergraduate chapters thrive. And they must thrive and prosper.
While we will keep a keen focus on our undergraduates, let us not lose sight of our Senior Kappas that continue to anchor us here in the North Central. They have loved Kappa for a long time and are able to contribute years of experience in a multitude of areas. Make sure your chapter provides Senior Kappas with programs geared towards their interest and needs. We can’t afford to leave any brother behind.
In our province we are blessed with a dedicated and knowledgeable cadre of officers and committee chairs. Don’t hesitate to call upon any of us – we are here to serve you! Between now and our Province Council Meeting in South Bend, April 2018, I hope to visit with every chapter in the North Central Province and looking forward to fellowshipping with all the brothers.
In closing I’d leave you with this:
Let’s be our best on the yard and in the community – The roots of true Achievement lie in the will to become the best we can become.
Yours in the Bond,
Byron C. Thornton
24th North Central Province Polemarch
Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.