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111th Founder's Day Banquet

posted Nov 28, 2017, 11:34 AM by Robert Lee   [ updated Nov 28, 2017, 11:51 AM ]

The Brothers of the Zeta Pi Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. cordially invite you to our 111th Founders' Day Banquet.  We are celebrating 111 Years of Manly Deeds, Scholarship and Love for All Mankind.  

This celebration will be held at the Renton Technical College (Building H Rm 102 & 103) 3000 N.E. 4th Street Renton, WA  98056. The banquet will begin at 2:30 PM. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Brother John Nelson at president.alpha.seattle@gmail.com.

Tickets can be purchased HERE

Scholarships Available

posted Mar 29, 2016, 9:53 AM by Seattle Alphas

The Men of Zeta Pi Lambda Chapter are proud to announce  available scholarships for local high school graduates and college students. Visit our Education Foundation page for more details. 

Save The Date: Pancake Fundraiser May 21, 2016

posted Mar 16, 2016, 10:19 AM by Seattle Alphas   [ updated Mar 29, 2016, 10:00 AM ]

Save The Date: 
Pancake Fundraiser May 21, 8 am - 10 am
Renton Applebee's - 375 Grady Way

Here is your opportunity to support us as we assist local youth achieve the dream of a college education.  We rely heavily on the funding of our supporters like you.Your donation allows us to rent meeting space, provide teaching materials, and serve meals to youth in our mentoring program, additionally, your support provides for tuition assistance and banquet recognition of our scholarship recipients.

The Pancake Breakfast is a great opportunity to treat the entire family to a meal and to meet and greet Alpha men in the local area.  Purchase your tickets today and we will look forward to greeting you on November 14th!!

Get your tickets HERE

Western Region Convention Call - March 10-13, 2016

posted Dec 9, 2015, 1:19 PM by Seattle Alphas

March 10-13, 2016 | Sacramento, CA
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The Western Region Leadership Team and the host chapters, Zeta Beta Lambda and Pi Gamma chapters, are working diligently to make the 68th Western Region Convention an enjoyable and purposeful experience for the brothers, wives, and our supporters. Our convention theme is “Alpha West Legacy and Leadership 7.0, Seven Decades of Growth and Developing Young Leaders.” My brothers we are beginning the 70th year of our prodigious history as Alpha’s youngest region.

Early Bird registration (Open Now)
College Brothers $200.00
Alumni Brothers $275.00 
  • Early bird rates will expire on January 2, 2016 at 11:55 pm.
  • A payment plan with 2 installment payment are available with an expiration date of February 13, 2016.

Fall 2015 & Spring 2016 Initiates
College Brothers $175.00
Alumni Brothers $200.00

The convention dates are March 9 through March 13, 2016 in Sacramento, California at the Sheraton Grand Hotel in downtown Sacramento. The opening session of the convention begins Thursday, March 10, at 1:00 pm.

The hotel rate is $149.00 plus taxes. Be mindful that the cut-off date to reserve your hotel accommodations is February 17, 2016 3 weeks prior to the convention. This is a hard date because rates will jump to $190.00 plus taxes or more pending availability. Reserve your room now because you have 72 hours prior to arrival to cancel without penalty.

Highlights of the convention a candidate forum for the 35th General President Candidates and WRAVP candidates, Meeting with State legislators, Public Program Event, Veterans’ Breakfast, Ms. Black and Gold Pageant, Step Show, College Brother Party, Ladies’ Program, Community Health Fair, Town Hall Meeting and the Black and Gold Banquet.

As we celebrate our history and relish in the resounding contributions of our predecessors I stand to remind each of us that there is still much work left for us to do to make the 68th Western Region Convention memorable event.  Just like our   Jewels, I strongly believe that Alpha Phi Alpha is best positioned to eradicate the myriad of social ills that are suffocating the very same rights and liberties our forefathers endeavored for us to experience.
Your presence is needed in Sacramento as a part of the Western Region History to decide on the next General President and Western Region Assistant Vice President and interface with the Sacramento community. Register Now!

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Save The Date: Pancake Fundraiser November 14, 2015

posted Aug 28, 2015, 7:40 PM by Seattle Alphas   [ updated Oct 22, 2015, 9:52 AM ]

Save The Date: 
Pancake Fundraiser November 14, 2015, 8 am - 10 am
Renton Applebee's - 375 Grady Way

Here is your opportunity to support us as we assist local youth achieve the dream of a college education.  We rely heavily on the funding of our supporters like you.Your donation allows us to rent meeting space, provide teaching materials, and serve meals to youth in our mentoring program, additionally, your support provides for tuition assistance and banquet recognition of our scholarship recipients.

The Pancake Breakfast is a great opportunity to treat the entire family to a meal and to meet and greet Alpha men in the local area.  Purchase your tickets today and we will look forward to greeting you on November 14th!!

Get your tickets HERE

Save the Date: 68th Western Region Convention March 9-14, 2016

posted Aug 18, 2015, 10:13 AM by Seattle Alphas

The new dates for the 68th Western Region Convention have changed to March 9 – 14, 2016 in order to address conflicts with the May dates. Mark your calendar!
 Venue: Sheraton Grand Sacramento Hotel, Sacramento. ($149.00/night)

Nu Epsilon Lambda Golf Tourney

posted Jul 30, 2015, 9:45 AM by Seattle Alphas

Mark your calendars to attend the 9th Annual Nu Epsilon Lambda Scholarship Golf Tournament on September 15th at Sun Willows Golf Course.

Western Region Leadership Acdemy - Oct 8-10

posted Jul 30, 2015, 9:40 AM by Seattle Alphas   [ updated Sep 2, 2015, 8:40 AM ]

August 25, 2015

Greetings Brothers of the Western Region:

We are excited to announce the 7th Annual Western Region Leadership Academy Weekend and College Brothers' Retreat. The Western Region Leadership Team has planned an impactful and interactive weekend. This year's theme, "A Commitment to Purpose," challenges the brotherhood to support, empower and develop our college brothers and young alumni brothers as the Western Region future leaders in providing service and advocacy for our communities.

On Thursday - Saturday, October 8-10, 2015 we will convene in the city of Sacramento the capital of California, at the Sheraton Grand Hotel. The brothers of the Zeta Beta Lambda and Pi Gamma Chapter the reigning National Charles H. Wesley Award winners and the Western Leadership Team are preparing a welcome that will be memorable for years to come.

The supreme body of the 109th Anniversary General Convention completed the business of the Fraternity August 8, 2015 including the swearing-in of our new AVP, Brother Jaron McReynolds and Brother Russell E. Flye to his second term as WRVP. Several constitutional/by-laws amendments were adopted for ratifications by the chapters. Explanations of the changes will be provided during the leadership academy and college brother retreat weekend. We are requesting a minimum of two representative from each chapter to attend this conference as we continue to empower and equip our membership with the essential leadership skills to elevate our region by providing a purposeful direction and opportunity for all chapters, officers and brothers interested in strengthening their leadership skills.

Highlights includes keynote speakers, chapter officer development workshops, College Brothers Affairs Commission Symposium, Brotherhood Breakfast, Fraternal Luncheon, and regional officers/regional reports. The final schedule will be sent to you by September 8, 2015. Brothers are required to be on site by 12:30 PM

Friday, October 9 for the 1:00 PM Opening Session. On Thursday evening, September 8, after the 68th Western Region Convention Planning Session there will be a meet and greet reception with Sacramento community partners.

Registration can be made at http://alphawest.org/leadership-academy/ and your hotel reservation at https://www.starwoodmeeting.com/events/start.action?id=1506170102&key=29662059.

Brothers, come prepared to focus on reinforcing the region’s infrastructure and rededicating ourselves to the aims of the Fraternity. Registration is $50.00 for College brothers and $135 for Alumni. Room rates are only $135/night. There will be no onsite registration. Registration ends October 3, 2015. You can also register by visiting www.alphawest.org and register today! This weekend is one leadership weekend you do not want to miss!

Russell E. Flye                                                                                       JaRon McReynolds                                         
28th Western Region Vice President                                               Assistant Vice President

Bro. Dr. Elson Floyd, WSU President, passes

posted Jun 22, 2015, 9:18 AM by Seattle Alphas

A message from the WSU Board of Regents
Goodbye to our beloved President Elson S. Floyd, Ph.D. | March 1, 1956 - June 20, 2015
On behalf of the Washington State University Board of Regents and the entire Washington State University community, it is with profound sadness that I announce the passing of President Elson S. Floyd, Ph.D. June 20, 2015. He died in Pullman surrounded by family.

While leading WSU to unparalleled growth and success, President Floyd was privately engaged in a battle with cancer. He and his doctors were immensely optimistic throughout that battle. Though his prognosis and outlook remained positive, recently the illness took a more serious turn. Higher education has lost a giant, and the world has lost one of its kindest human beings.

Dr. Floyd’s brilliance and determination on behalf of WSU can best be understood by looking at his work. He led the completion of a $1 billion capital campaign for WSU, successfully built bipartisan support to create a new WSU medical school, and guided the university to its largest enrollment in 125 years. And that was just in the past year. The university’s accomplishments during his tenure are unprecedented, and his legacy will serve the people of Washington, the nation, and the world for generations to come.

In the interest of maintaining momentum on the university’s major initiatives, we have asked Dr. Daniel J. Bernardo, WSU provost and executive vice president, to serve as acting president. We have every confidence in his ability to lead our institution through this transition.

Honoring President Floyd’s accomplishments will undoubtedly take place in many forms. He loved WSU and the entire Coug Nation, and they loved him. Details on how and where we will gather to pay tribute to our leader, colleague, and friend will be forthcoming.

Ryan Durkan
Washington State University Board of Regents
Board of Regents, Washington State University
PO Box 641048, Pullman WA 99164-1048

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Bro. Brian Surratt to head Office of Economic Development

posted May 29, 2015, 4:49 PM by Seattle Alphas

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Today Mayor Ed Murray named Brian Surratt director of Seattle’s Office of Economic Development (OED). Surratt will replace Steve Johnson, who is stepping down after leading the department for the past six years.

“Brian has demonstrated strong leadership in support of Seattle’s workers and businesses,” said Murray. “He is a trusted advisor, and his contributions are helping businesses succeed and grow quality jobs. Seattle is a diverse, innovative, and globally connected community of businesses. We look forward to supporting an even more competitive and resilient economy that grows middle-class jobs.”

During the first 18 months of the Murray Administration, Surratt has served in the Mayor’s Office of Policy and Innovation as senior policy advisor on economic development issues. He helped guide the work of the Income Inequality Advisory Committee that developed the path to a $15 minimum wage. He also worked with regional partners to recruit and retain businesses in the city, including Juno Therapeutics. This year, Surratt was honored with a fellowship from the German Marshall Fund.

“I am honored by this opportunity to serve the Mayor and the city as director of the Office of Economic Development,” says Surratt. “Seattle is a special place that actively cultivates and attracts creative ideas and people that impact the world. Our entrepreneurs are growing the economy without sacrificing our values of shared prosperity. We want to foster an open and supportive environment for creating new jobs in robust business ventures.”

Before joining the Mayor’s Office, Surratt worked at OED for nearly a decade, including three years as deputy director. Previously, he helped launch a Portland software company, served as public affairs manager for First & Goal, Inc. and the Seattle Seahawks, along with stints at the South Downtown Foundation and with former State Representative and current State Treasurer Jim McIntire.

“The Chamber applauds Mayor Murray’s nomination of Brian Surratt as the next director of OED,” said Maud Daudon, CEO, Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce. “Brian is one of Seattle’s brightest emerging minds on economic development and understands the many challenges and opportunities facing Seattle’s business community.”

“I got to know Brian Surratt over the past year and a half during the Mayor’s Income Inequality Advisory Committee work,” said David Rolf, President, SEIU 775.  “Brian played a remarkable role in working with labor, community and business leaders to help drive a challenging process which ultimately led to Seattle’s historic adoption of a path to a $15 minimum wage.”

“I have known Brian for 15 years and he has demonstrated his support for Seattle’s manufacturing and maritime communities. I look forward to working with the Mayor and Brian in the years ahead,” said Dave Gering, Executive Director, Manufacturing Industrial Council of Seattle.

“I’ve worked with Brian for eight years and in that time I’ve found him to be a balanced and effective public servant,” said David Freiboth, Executive Secretary Treasurer, Martin Luther King County Labor Council. “He is a true innovator when it comes to developing solutions to complex problems. The prospect of working with someone with Brian’s grasp of the economic complexities of Seattle is exciting.”

“Throughout his role in Mayor Murray’s office, Brian has consistently supported the success of Seattle restaurants,” said Angela Stowell, President, Seattle Restaurant Alliance and co-owner of Ethan Stowell Restaurants.  “We hope to continue partnering with him and the Mayor to develop programs and initiatives that support, celebrate and grow Seattle’s restaurant and hospitality community.”

“Brian Surratt’s diverse range of experiences as a civic diplomat, policy wonk, corporate manager and tech entrepreneur make him an impressive choice to lead economic development for Seattle,” said Julie Pham, Vice President, Washington Technology Industry Association. “These roles, combined with his work on his mother’s restaurants and family’s cattle ranch, give Brian a unique perspective on developing and growing businesses of all sizes. WTIA looks forward to continuing our partnership with the Office of Economic Development now under Brian’s leadership to help generate new jobs across the entire region.”

Surratt joins OED on June 15 and will earn an annual salary of $132,000.

Steve Johnson started his career with the City during Mayor Norm Rice’s administration, when he helped consolidate City ownership of the Cedar River Watershed. At OED, he developed a number of innovative community and economic development programs, including the Rainier Valley Community Development Fund and partnerships with post-secondary education institutions and philanthropy to reimagine how to deliver education and training for low-income working adults.

“Steve has shown exemplary commitment to the people and City of Seattle,” said Murray. “I thank Steve for over two decades of public service, highlighted by the remaking of the Office of Economic Development. I appreciate his focus on direct service to individual businesses, strategic investments in the revitalization of our neighborhood business districts, and career advancement for working people. I wish him the best in his next chapter.”

“I’m both appreciative of the opportunity to serve in Mayor Murray’s administration and am looking forward to the next chapter in my life,” said Johnson. “The City must play an active role in economic development and I am thrilled at Brian’s appointment. He played an instrumental role in building this office and has the skills to help the Mayor achieve his vision. As for me, I intend to continue my work for the people of Seattle.”

Johnson will be stepping down to spend more time with family before pursuing other professional opportunities.

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