S: Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. - Rho Xi Lambda Chapter, Canton, Miss.
BC: The test of a man is the fight that he makes. The grit that he daily shows. The way that he stands upon his feet. And takes life's numerous bumps and blows. A coward can smile, When there's not to fear. And nothing, his progress bars. But it takes a man to stand and cheer. While the other fellow stars. It isn't the victory after all, But, the fight that a brother makes. A man when driven against the wall, takes the blows of fate. With his head held high. Bleeding, bruised, and pale!! Is the man who will win, fate defied, For he isn't afraid to fail. -Author Unknown- | The Test of a Man
FC: ALPHA PHI ALPHA FRATERNITY, INC. | Proudly serving Canton, Miss. since Oct.. 7, 2004 | Rho Xi Lambda Chapter Scrapbook - 2014-15
1: RHO XI LAMBDA - #668 Canton, Miss. President Bro. Christian Patterson Vice President Bro. Kenneth W. Miles Recording Secretary Bro. Michael A. Gater Corres. Sec. & Imm. Past Pres. Bro. Jamaal S. Holloway Financial Secretary Bro. Matthew Lampley Treasurer Bro. Kerryn DeVerteuil Chaplain Bro. Dr. Percy Anderson, Jr. Intake Coordinator Bro. Xavier Amos Hist./Assoc. Ed. of the Sphinx Bro. Brian K. Bell Dir. of Educ. Activities Bro. Kimball Hardeman Dir. of Strategic Partnerships Bro. Willis F. Finley Sergeant-at-Arms Bro. Donvasca Williams Parliamentarian Bro. Dr. Percy Anderson, Jr. Book produced by: Bro. Christian Patterson | ICE COLD CONTENTS | National & Regional Programs | A Voteless People is a Hopeless People | Go to High School, Go to College | Project Alpha | My Brother's Keeper | Strategic Alliance Partnerships | March of Dimes | American Cancer Society | Boy Scouts of America | Big Brothers, Big Sisters | Risk Management / IMDP | Additional Canton & Area Service Projects | Brotherhood | Christmas Adopt-a-Family - Pearl | Christmas Adopt-a-Family - Jackson | Christmas Adopt-a-Family - Canton | Canton Pancake Breakfast | Red Kettle Campaign | World Aids Day | Metro Jackson Heart Walk | Adopt-a-Highway America | ALS Walk | Informational, Certification & Reclamation | Alpha Goes Green Initiative | e-Recycling Drop Off | Africa Ebola Crisis Support | Walk to End Alzheimers | Mississippi Blood Services Donation | USM Panhellenic Council Retreat | Our Fathers, Brothers, and Sons | Chapter MLK Jr. Activities | 108th Founder's Day | RXL 10th Anniversary Gala | The Ultimate 06' Tailgate | Columbia, Miss. Tornado Support | Annual Thanksgiving Service Project | United Way Day of Action - Our Daily Bread | Canton Canned Food Drive | Yarber Inaugural Gala | Greek Mixer | AEL Spring Social | Saab Park Cleanup | Tornado Support | Cannon-Dozier Projects | 2015 District Convention | Chapter Honors | Boots & Brims: Party With a Purpose | Support to AKA | View Mixbook Online!
2: -- Selected as the 2015 Alpha District of Mississippi Alumni Chapter of the Year -- Selected as the 2014 Alpha Southern Region Alumni Chapter of the Year -- Selected as the 2014 National March of Dimes Alumni Chapter of the Year -- Mentored approximately 150 students through the “Go to High School, Go to College” national program -- Partnered with South Korea’s Mu Phi Lambda chapter, Bermuda’s Epsilon Theta Lambda chapter, the Bahamas' Iota Epsilon Lambda, and Cornell’s Alpha chapter for four scholarship essay contests -- Awarded approximately $1,400 in scholarships to Canton students and beyond -- Donated approximately $500 in school supplies to Canton Public School District students -- Partnered with Myrlie Evers-Williams to mentor Nichols Middle School kids through her A-TEAAM Initiative -- Emplaced 250 Nov. 4th voting reminder door hangers on doors in Canton, Yazoo City, and Tchula, Miss. -- Reminded thousands of people in Canton and beyond to vote on Nov. 4th with an LED billboard on I-55 North in Canton -- Sent care packages to Seven Brothers serving in Afghanistan with the U.S.Army -- Raised approximately $14,000 for the March of Dimes and completed one March for Babies walk *Since March 24, 2014 -- Supported three American Cancer Society programs and raised $160 for the "Making Strides Against Breast Cancer" campaign -- Conducted one Big Bros, Big Sisters “Bowl for Kids Sake” event and raised $250 for the organization -- Donated $300 in school supplies to the Boy Scouts of America --- Shipped $300 worth of critical Ebola relief medical supplies to Liberia’s Eta Epsilon Lambda chapter -- Provided Thanksgiving meals to approximately 50 senior citizens at two Canton housing complexes -- Provided tornado debris removal and critical resources support for victims in Louisville, Richland, and Columbia, Miss. | 2014-15 MAJOR ACCOMPLISHMENTS
3: 2015 DISTRICT OF MISS. ALUMNI CHAPTER & BROTHER OF THE YEAR! | We give HIM all of the honor, glory, and praise! Rho Xi Lambda was selected as the District of Miss.'s 2015 Alumni Chapter of the Year at the Miss. District Convention from Jan. 22-25 at the Univ. of Southern Miss.! Our Bro. Xavier Amos was crowned as the 2015 Alumni Brother of the Year as well! | Rho Xi Lambda | Canton, Mississippi | TWO-PEAT!!!
4: 2014 SOUTHERN REGION ALUMNI CHAPTER OF THE YEAR! | Rho Xi Lambda | Canton, Mississippi | Approximately 10 Rho Xi Lambda Brothers attended Alpha's 83rd Southern Region Convention in Chattanooga, Tenn. from March 20-23, 2014. The chapter was selected as the 2014 Southern Region Alumni Chapter of the Year and the March of Dimes Alumni Chapter of the Year as well! Overall, the Mississippi Alpha Network did very well and captured numerous regional awards!
5: 2014 ALPHA NATIONAL MARCH OF DIMES ALUMNI CHAPTER OF THE YEAR! | Rho Xi Lambda | Canton, Mississippi | Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Rho Xi Lambda Canton, Mississippi For Outstanding Service and Support 2013 March for Babies $9,216 | Wilbert Brown, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. National March of Dimes Liaison, March for Babies Chair | Gwen Carmon, March of Dimes National Director of Volunteer Diversity and Leadership Development | Rho Xi Lambda proudly accepts top honors for March of Dimes fundraising and support during the 2014 Southern Region Convention in Chattanooga, Tenn.
6: NATIONAL & REGIONAL PROGRAMS | Henry Arthur Callis | Charles Henry Chapman | The Seven Jewels
7: Eugene Kinckle Jones | Nathaniel Allison Murray | George Biddle Kelly | Robert Harold Ogle | Vertner Woodson Tandy | A Voteless People is a Hopeless People Go to High School, Go to College Project Alpha My Brother's Keeper Cannon-Dozier Project
8: OLD GOLD VICTORIES! | Rho Xi Lambda supports Bros. Tony Yarber and Tyrone Hendrix's bids for Mayor of Jackson and the city's Ward 6 Council seat!
9: (Top) The power to change things from Canton, Miss., Sanford, Fla., and to Ferguson, Mo. is in YOUR power to VOTE! Rho Xi Lambda's billboard location was on I-55 North @ the Nissan Plant in Canton, Miss., Nov. 4, 2014. (Bottom) The chapter encourages Cantonians to vote during the Canton Public Schools bond referendum decision via Facebook.
10: Rho Xi Lambda Brothers placed 250 voting reminder door hangers on doors in Canton, Yazoo City, and in Tchula, Miss.
14: Bro. Willis Finley presents a door hanger to a Canton resident before the big election on Nov. 4, 2014.
16: VOTE TO FULLY FUND EDUCATION! | Bro. Kevin F. Gilbert discusses Mississippi Common Core education standards during the 2014 Policy Symposium sponsored by the Madison County (MS) Delta Sigma Theta Alumnae chapter and the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity's Epsilon Kappa Kappa Alumni chapter on Oct. 2, 2014. The event was held at Canton's Priestly Chapel M.B. Church. In addition to Common Core standards, other panelists discussed better schools and jobs, third grade literacy rates, voter education and access to affordable health care. Congressman Bennie G. Thompson, (D-MS 2nd District) was also present as well. | Bro. Kevin Gilbert encourages voters to support Mississippi public education during the 2014 Policy Symposium sponsored by the Madison chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
17: Bro. Gilbert accepts an award of appreciation from Epsilon Kappa Kappa's David Evans. | Kevin with Rep. Bennie Thompson and Miss. NAACP President, Derrick Johnson. | Bros. Jamaal Holloway, Christian Patterson, and Kelsey Rushing were on hand to support the Bro. Gilbert, the Deltas and the Omegas.
18: ESSAY CONTEST @ CANTON HIGH SCHOOL | Rho Xi Lambda teams with the Bahamas' Iota Epsilon Lambda Chapter to award a $100 Scholarship!
19: Bro. Christian Patterson speaks to approximately 15 Canton High School seniors about effective job interview practices and employment opportunities with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Peace Corps on Feb. 18, 2015. The initiative is a part of Rho Xi Lambda's effort to spark area economic development by strengthening the work force. | Job Interview & Career Development Session @ CHS
20: READ ACROSS AMERICA | March 2, 2015 - McNeil Elementary School - Canton, Miss. | Bro. Xavier Amos pays a visit to Porsha Jones' 2nd grade class at Canton's McNeil Elementary School for the 2015 Read Across America program. The National Education Association initiative is designed to motivate children and teens to read through events, partnerships, and reading resources.
21: Xavier reads the Dr. Seuss classic "One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish" to approximately 20 2nd grade students. The kids were very receptive and energetic and a fun time was had by all!
22: READ ACROSS AMERICA | March 2, 2015 - W.A. Blair Elementary School - Dallas / Freeman Elementary School - Garland, Texas | Rho Xi Lambda's Bro. Kevin Gilbert reads to hundreds of children at W.A. Blair Elementary School in Dallas and Freeman Elementary in Garland, Texas on March 2, 2015. The initiative was a part of the National Education Association's "Read Across America" program. Kevin read the Dr. Seuss classics "Green Eggs and Ham" and "Oh the Places You'll Go." Bro. Gilbert is a proud member of NEA's Executive Committee.
23: Bro. Gilbert possesses a passion for working with children and public education. As a member of the NEA Executive Committee, he travels regularly around the country to strengthen America's public school system.
24: LINKS CULTIVATING LEADERS | Bros. Dr. Wesley F. Prater, Dr. Percy Anderson, Jr., and 2014 Brother of the Year, Xavier Amos were honored to represent Rho Xi Lambda as the sponsor for Mr. Jaylen Taylor in the "Links Cultivating Leaders program on Jan. 11, 2015 at Tougaloo College. Jaylen is a Junior at Canton High School. The LCL program is an 18-month mentorship/ leadership/ academic/ development initiative sponsored by The Links, Incorporated, Jackson, Miss. Chapter. Congratulations and Best Wishes Jaylen!
25: The Old Gold trio throws up the "Phi" following the sponsorship program at Tougaloo College.
26: Rho Xi Lambda talks to approximately 40 Woolfolk Middle School kids about the value of a good education, bullying, and respect on Dec. 3, 2014. | Service at the foothills of the Miss. Delta! | Bro. Ronald Green discusses the value of respecting others and treating people they would they would like to be treated with the kids. | The kids welcomed Rho Xi Lambda with open arms and were enthusiastic from start to finish. | YAZOO MENTORSHIP! | WOOLFOLK MIDDLE SCHOOL DEC. 3, 2014
27: Bro. Christian Patterson lists all of the required expenses needed to live and explains how not being educated can make life more of a challenge. | "A bullied individual can carry that pain for the rest of their lives. Words can hurt more than you know." -- Bro. Ronald Green | 2014 marks the second year Rho Xi Lambda has worked with students during Woolfolk's after school program.
28: Bros. Kevin Gilbert and Kelsey Rushing with Solai Wyman, the first recipient of the Gilbert-Rushing Political Science Scholarship at the University of Southern Mississippi on Nov. 8, 2014
29: $45,000 LEGACY SCHOLARSHIP ENDOWMENT - GILBERT - RUSHING POLITICAL SCIENCE SCHOLARSHIP at | The University of Southern Mississippi | On March 25, 2014, Rho Xi Lambda charter members and former Mu Xi members established the Mu Xi Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Legacy Scholarship Endowment with the University of Southern Mississippi Foundation. This $45,000 scholarship endowment will provide scholarship assistance to Mu Xi Chapter undergraduate members, which will afford them greater opportunities to attain academic excellence. Also at USM, Bros. Kelsey Rushing and Kevin Gilbert established the Gilbert-Rushing Political Science Scholarship at the University of Southern Mississippi in 2014. The first recipient was Solai Wyman and she received $500.00 to help fund her education. Southern Miss to the TOP! Rushing and Gilbert also possess a 15K endowment.
30: Bro. Christian Patterson presents a check for $100.00 to essay contest winner Olexis Haymon on Oct. 31, 2014. Contest participants were asked to write an essay entitled "Why I'm Going to College." The initiative is a portion of Rho Xi Lambda's "Go to High School, Go to College" program. Olexis is a senior at Holmes County Central High School in Lexington, Miss. Also pictured is Veronica Rand, a senior English teacher at HCCHS. | ESSAY CONTEST @ HOLMES CO. CENTRAL HS | Rho Xi Lambda teams with Bermuda's Epsilon Theta Lambda to award a $100 Scholarship!
32: The Winning Essay,! A Must Read!
33: Bro. Christian Patterson traveled to Lexington, Miss. to stress the importance of a college education with Holmes County Central High juniors and seniors on Oct. 16, 2014.
34: LET THE MENTORSHIP BEGIN!
35: @ ONE OF OUR FAVORITE CANTON SCHOOLS!
36: THE A-TEAAM INITIATIVE Kicking Off Year Two at Canton's Nichols Middle School! | Bros. Christian Patterson and Dr.Percy Anderson Jr. assist with teaching mentees about Racial Equity and Racial Healing / Courage, Integrity and Justice at Nichols Middle School in Canton, Miss. on Sept. 30, 2014. The session is a part of the Ambassadors of the Evers Academy for African-American Males program funded by the Juanita Sims-Doty Foundation, W.K. Kellogg Foundation, Foundation for the Mid South, Community Foundation of Greater Jackson, Terracon Foundation and the Medgar & Myrlie Evers Institute. The chapters mentees for 2014-15 are Adrian Wales and Ladarius Bailey.
37: TRAINING SESSION! @ the Blackburn Laboratory Middle School in Jackson, Miss. on Sept. 15, 2014! | Rho Xi Lambda is among 21 community based organizations mentoring approximately 60 Jackson and Canton kids during the 2014-15 school year.
38: A-TEAAM Expansion Press Conference Blackburn Laboratory Middle School September 9, 2014 | Bro. Christian Patterson assembles for a photo with fellow A-TEAAM volunteers following the expansion press conference. Also attending from Rho Xi Lambda was Bro. Xavier Amos. The event also was an opportunity to catch up with the chapter's former chaplain, Bro. Mayor Tony T. Yarber.
39: Presidents' Training Session The Iron Horse Grill August 18, 2014 | Bro. Christian Patterson attends the Presidents training session for the 2014-15 session of A-TEAAM activities in Canton and Jackson, Miss. Rho Xi Lambda has proudly participated in the program for almost two years at Nichols Middle School in Canton, Miss.
40: Bro. Christian Patterson is among one of the many awardees honored during the 2004 A-TEAAM / CEEN Awards & Recognition Ceremony. He was selected as "Volunteer of the Year" for commitment to the program by Rho Xi Lambda Brothers. | Bro. Dwight Luckett talks to the A-TEAAM Ambassadors about reaching their dreams by finishing high school, and going to college.
41: Bros. Dwight Luckett and Dr. Percy Anderson, Jr. | The 2013-14 A-TEAAM session all wrapped up with a final photo for the archive!
42: A-TEAAM Expansion Banquet The Capital Club Jackson, Miss. April 27, 2014 | Bro. Xavier Amos with Nathaniel Smith and Rigoberto Leon during a break in banquet activities. Xavier was one of five chapter Brothers who attended the event in support of Rho Xi Lambda's two mentees.
43: Bro. Kimball Hardeman provides advice to the A-TEAAM Ambassadors about proper dinner ettiquette and appropriate conversation techniques for fine dinning. | The attendance for the event was outstanding. Approximately 125 were on hand to listen to valuable life instruction for the kids as they wrap up their participation in the program.
44: MENTORSHIP AT JOHN HOPKINS ELEMENTARY! | Bro. Willis Finley and Alpha Kappa Alpha's Sophillia Stepney are all smiles following a reading session with John Hopkins Elementary School students in October 2014. Willis regularly delivers donuts to the teachers and assists the children with their studies as a part of his "Go to High School, Go to College" efforts in the metro area.
45: Assisting with Positive Behavior Intervention and Support! | Bro. Willis Finley helps a group of children with reading comprehension and word pronunciation exercises at John Hopkins. In 2014, he spent approximately 50 hours helping the students with their classwork.
46: SCHOOL SUPPLY DONATIONS! | School supplies sit at the ready for delivery to the city of Canton for their 2014 School Supply Drive for the 2014-15 school year. Rho Xi Lambda collected the items during the summer of 2014 to help needy families prepare their children for the upcoming year. It was one of the largest supply donations in the history of the chapter. Approximately 300 items were donated!
47: 26 packs of paper 51 Folders 82 Spiral Notebooks 15 Composition Books 19 Packs of Crayons 8 Glue Sticks 1 Pack of Notecards 9 Packs of Erasers 8 Pencil Sharpeners 9 Packs of Highlighters 10 Tubes of Glue 15 Packs of Colored Pencils 25 Packs of Pencils 7 Packs of Pens 2 Pair of Scissors 1 Pack of Mechanical Pencils 1 Pack of Mini-Markers 2 Pencil Boxes 5 Book Covers 3 Pencil Pouches | DONATIONS! | Bro. Christian Patterson drops the supplies off to Mr. Alvin Davis, Director, Canton Parks and Recreation at the city multipurpose complex. | By the Numbers!
48: Rho Xi Lambda's Bros. Kelsey Rushing, Jamaal S. Holloway and Kenneth Miles serve burgers and distribute school supplies during the city's drive on Aug. 9, 2014 at the Canton Multipurpose Complex. Greeks from the Madison County Greek Council participated as well.
49: BOWLING FOR SCHOOL SUPPLIES | Rho Xi Lambda bowls with the Madison County Greek Council for school supplies on June 20, 2014. The chapter donated $50.00 in items to assist Canton students in during the upcoming school year. | METRO 24 BOWLING - JACKSON, MISS.
50: ESSAY CONTEST @ NICHOLS MIDDLE SCHOOL | Rho Xi Lambda teams with Cornell University'sAlpha Chapter to award a $100 Scholarship!
52: ESSAY CONTEST @ YAZOO CITY HS | Rho Xi Lambda teams with South Korea's Rho Phi Lambda Chapter to award a $100 Scholarship!
54: WASHINGTON – U.S. teachers are nowhere near as diverse as their students. Almost half the students attending public schools are minorities, yet fewer than 1 in 5 of their teachers is nonwhite. New studies from the Center for American Progress and the National Education Association are calling attention to this “diversity gap” at elementary and secondary schools in the United States. The groups want more to be done to help teachers more accurately mirror the students in their classrooms. Teachers are always pushing their students to excel, said Kevin Gilbert, coordinator of teacher leadership and special projects for the Clinton Public School District in Clinton. It becomes easier for students to believe “when they can look and see someone who looks just like them, that they can relate to,” said Gilbert, a member of the NEA’s executive committee. “Nothing can help motivate our students more than to see success standing right in front of them.” There were about 3.3 million teachers in American public elementary and secondary schools in 2012, according to a study by the National Center for Education Statistics. It said 82 percent were white, 8 percent were Hispanic, 7 percent were black and about 2 percent were Asian. Students are a different story. In 1993, minority students made up 31 percent of the public school population; it was 41 percent in 2003. | BRO. KEVIN GILBERT FEATURED IN THE CLARION-LEDGER! | Teacher ranks not as diverse as their students Jesse J. Holland May 5, 2014 Almost half the students attending public schools are minorities, yet fewer than 1 in 5 of their teachers is nonwhite.
55: Bro. Kevin F. Gilbert delivers the keynote address for the Lancaster County Coordinating Council in Lancaster, Pa. on Oct. 15, 2014. Gilbert is a board member of the National Education Association's Executive Committee and a founding member Rho Xi Lambda. | The Center for American Progress’ most recent statistics show 48 percent of the students in public schools are nonwhite — 23 percent Hispanic, 16 percent black and 5 percent Asian — and that percentage is expected to continue to increase. “We project that this fall, for the first time in American history, the majority of public school students in America will be nonwhite,” Education Secretary Arne Duncan said last week. Hispanics have passed blacks as the largest minority group of teachers, just as there are more Hispanic students than African-Americans in the public school system. This tracks with the increases in the number of Hispanics in the United States, with Latinos the largest minority group in the country and the fastest-growing. Jan Alderson, a science teacher at Shawnee Mission South High School in Overland Park, Kan., saw the changes at her school. “We have very few teachers of minority background, yet we’ve gone to about 40 percent minority population,” said Alderson, who was inducted into the National Teacher Hall of Fame this past week. “It’s a beautiful blending. It’s just teachers who don’t have that cultural background, I think just that there are more issues.” Teaching used be one of the only professions African-American college graduates could aspire to and make decent money, said LaRuth Gray, scholar-in-residence at the Metropolitan Center for Research on Equity and the Transformation of Schools at New York University. But as the county integrated and other professions opened their ranks, fewer African-American students thought about becoming teachers, she said. “It’s not seen as the ideal career to have, and so therefore our youngsters, our black children, tend to move in other directions,” said Gray. It will take political will to change those numbers, advocates say. Most states already have programs and policies intended to increase the number of minority teachers, “but the yield of new teachers of color is disappointing,” the NEA report said.
56: Bro. Kimball Hardeman and students at the Canton Educational Services Center complete a photo session following a Feb. 6, 2015 Project Alpha presentation. Approximately 20 kids participated along with CESC teachers and administrators. | PROJECT ALPHA | Canton Educational Services Center
57: PROJECT ALPHA | Bros. Kimball Hardeman, Brian K. Bell, and Kenneth Miles speak to Nichols Middle School students about the consequences of teenage pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases on April 15, 2014. | NICHOLS MIDDLE SCHOOL
58: PROJECT ALPHA | Bro. Kimball Hardeman speaks to Porter Middle School students about the consequences of teenage pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases on Oct. 24, 2014. He also spoke with the Canton kids about staying away from drugs and alcohol as well. Hardeman currently serves as Rho Xi Lambda's Director of Educational Activities.
59: HUEY L. PORTER MIDDLE SCHOOL | (Spread) Bro. Hardeman and the students watch the STATS video and conduct a question and answer session.
60: DOMESTIC ABUSE WALK | Bros. Willis Finley and Xavier Amos join Joyce Sartin with the Daughters of Baca during the group's Domestic Abuse Walk on Oct. 25, 2014 at Parham Bridges Park in Jackson, Miss.
61: DOMESTIC VIOLENCE CAR MAGNET DONATION | Rho Xi Lambda donates SEVEN Domestic Violence Awareness vehicle magnets to the Canton, Miss. Fire Department on Oct. 10, 2014. October is Domestic Violence Awareness month and RXL is committed to defeating this issue which has been in the news recently. Pictured is our Bro. Brian Keith Bell along with Chief Andrew Hughes, fire chief, Canton Miss. The CFD's Jezoric Johnson (top right) is also featured placing magnets on the department's vehicles as well.
62: HOME CLEANUP ASSISTANCE | Area III Brothers and Neos provide leaf removal support to Bro. Isaac Byrd | Bro. Isaac Byrd expresses his appreciation to Area III Neos during the group's leaf removal project at his home on Feb. 14, 2015. He also talked with the men about the importance of service and giving back to the community as they move forward.
65: Area III removed more than 20 bags of leaves from Bro. Byrd's home...
66: Bro. Ronald Green at your service!
67: Bro. Kerryn DeVerteuil leads a group of Neos with leaf and debris removal.
68: JANUARY 4, 2015 | JULY 19, 1965 | Remembering Stuart . . . | Rho Xi Lambda sends thoughts and well wishes to Bro. Scott's family via Facebook on Jan. 4, 2015. Following Stuart's transition into the Omega chapter, the chapter contacted the Mu Zeta chapter at the University of North Carolina to request his family's contact information. Rho Xi Lambda then created a remembrance card and sent it to them on Feb. 3, 2015. Stuart's family received the card on Feb. 5, 2015. Approximately 150 Brothers signed the card at the 2015 District of Mississippi Convention in Hattiesburg from Jan. 22-25, 2015.
69: And His Family . . .
70: Bro. Dr. Walter Washington 24th General President 1973-1976 | Bro. Frederick H. Miller 3rd General President 1911-1912 | Bro. Christian Patterson places yellow roses on the grave of Bro. Dr. Walter Washington and his wife Carolyn on Jan. 4, 2015. The couple is buried at the Garden Memorial Park in Pocahontas, Miss. He was initiated into the fraternity's Alpha Epsilon Lambda chapter in Jackson. In addition to being Alpha Phi Alpha's 24th General President, the Hazelhurst native also served as president of Alcorn State University in Lorman from 1969-1994. He entered the Omega Chapter of Sweet Rest on Dec. 1, 1999. | Mississippi Legends: Honoring our Gen. Presidents | Brother's Keeper | Bro. Xavier Amos places yellow roses on the grave of Bro. Frederick H. Miller on Jan. 23, 2014. He is buried at the church in Mound Bayou. Bro. Miller was elected as the fraternity's third general president at the 1910 general convention in Philadelphia. He was initiated into the fraternity's Epsilon chapter at the University of Michigan in 1909. He entered the Omega Chapter of Sweet Rest on June 30, 1985.
71: BROTHER'S KEEPER | Bro. Reuben B. Myers | Bro. Kelsey Rushing presents Bro. Reuben B. Myers with a fruit basket on Thanksgiving Day in Canton. Bro. Myers has been under the weather and the chapter wanted to provide him with a gift to let him know that he's missed. | The Canton School of Arts and Sciences is named in honor of Rho Xi Lambda's Bro. Reuben B. Myers.
72: BRO. MARK ANTHONY | Bro. Mark Anthony, a friend of Rho Xi Lambda, suffered a stroke during the early part of 2014. Following his stroke, he was unable to work and didn't have disability insurance to cover his basic living expenses during his recovery. Several Rho Xi Lambda Brothers provided funds to pay Bro. Anthony's utility bills, food, and provided transportation assistance with doctor visits. Collectively, the chapter provided ??? to assist Mark during his recovery period.
73: Dominique Hosea, a graduating senior at Texas Southern University was robbed at gun point in 2014 and shot twice just outside of campus while walking to his car, two weeks prior to his graduation. The injuries were severe as Dominique fought for his life in the Intensive Care Unit of a local Houston hospital. Dominique was a well liked student on his campus and an active member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. To help us ease the stress and pain for the family, Rho Xi Lambda donated $20.00 via the national campaign to provide assistance. News story by News13 in Houston: http://abclocal.go.com/ktrk/story?section=news/local&id=9533055 | BRO. DOMINIQUE HOSEA
74: ALPHAS IN AFGHANISTAN | Rho Xi Lambda sends care packages to Seven Brothers serving with the U.S. Army in Afghanistan in May 2014! | Each package included fresh baked chocolate chip cookies, an Alpha ape, mints, boot blousers, flossers, praline pecans, and pens.
75: Bro. Lt. Col. Joseph D. Blanding Epsilon Rho Lambda Fayetteville, N.C. | Chris, 7 MAY 14 Thank you for reaching out to me. I appreciate the support. Tell everyone I said hello and we appreciate what you guys are doing. It means a lot to receive this package while deployed! LTC Joseph Blanding 330th Trans BN TF Dragon's Heart Fraternally, Joe | Bro Patterson, 20 MAY 14 I received my package today. Thanks again to you and your chapter for thinking about us. V/r COL Gregory E. Sanders 10th STB, BN Commander | Bro. Patterson, thanks again for leading this great effort. I really appreciate the support. I look forward coming home and doing the same for the brothers remaining in combat operations overseas. Support the fight!! MAJ Tyron Taylor 3BCT, 710th Support Operations Officer 10th Mountain DIV
76: Brother Patterson, 6 MAY 14 The Jewels are smiling, I truly appreciate this warm gesture. Thank you, and God Bless you all. '06 Fraternally, MAJ Larry Carlos Coppins ISAF HQ, Kabul Afghanistan Kappa Zeta Lambda - Clarksville, TN | Bro. Patterson, 19 MAY 14 I received your box today. Thank you, everything was very nice! Again, it's always good to be thought of, 06! v/r, Lamont F. Bryant MAJ (OF-3), FA/FA49 Pi Omicron Lambda, Ft Leavenworth, KS
77: Brother Patterson, 19 MAY 14 I received my box from you guys also. Thanks for this token of "brotherly love." Rho Xi Lambda is the epitome of what brotherhood is all about. I'll be sure to have someone take a picture of me opening it and send it to you. Thanks again. Fraternally, JCJr JAMES S. CUSTIS JR MAJ, LG Liaison Officer/G5 Plans (Afghanistan) 1st Sustainment Command (Theater) | Brother Patterson, 20 MAY 14 I received my care package. Thank you and the brothers of the chapter for your time and thoughtfulness. As Brother Curtis said, this is what brotherhood is all about. Fraternally, D-Harris Dwayne A. Harri$, CDFM Colonel (OF-5), GS J-8, Director United States Forces Afghanistan (USFOR-A)
78: CANNON-DOZIER PROJECT | Rho Xi Lambda helps to remember two fallen Brothers and save others through alcohol awareness. | Julius Jerome Dozier, 20, of New Albany, died May 23, 2008 at the North MS Medical Center in Tupelo. He was baptized at Zion Chapel MB Church by Pastor Caleb R. Williams on Aug. 19, 1997. He sang in the youth and senior choirs, served on the usher board and played trombone in the church wind ensemble. He graduated from New Albany High School in 2006 with academic honors. After graduating, he attended the University of Mississipi at Oxford, majoring in business marketing with a minor in real estate. He was included in the Magna Cum Laude Honor Society. While there he was a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. He leaves his father and mother, Carl and Leona Dozier of New Albany; his brother and sister, Tre’ and Whitney of the home; his grandparents, Lonzo and Threeth Howell of Myrtle and Mary Dozier of New Albany; and his great-grandmother, Emma McGill of Milwaukee, Wisc. (southreporter.com) | Adrian Jhirmaine (A.J.) Cannon, 19, of New Albany, died May 24, 2008 at North MS Medical Center in Tupelo. He joined St. Mary UM Church at an early age. He was a choir member, on the praise team, member of the U.M. Youth Organization, a musician and also served on the PPR Committee. He would have been entering his junior year at Delta State University, where his major was interdisciplinary studies. He was a member of the marching band, and concert and jazzy bands. He was also a member of the Omicron Psi Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity. Services were held at 1 p.m. on May 28 at New Albany High School auditorium. Burial was in St. Mary Cemetery. Elder W.T. Mayfield officiated. Serenity Funeral Home of New Albany was in charge of arrangements. He leaves his parents, Dennis and Catherine Cannon of New Albany; his sister, Katrina Cannon of New Albany; his grandparents, Mary Cannon and Mary Shackelford of New Albany, George (Ruby) Cannon of Hickory Flat and a special friend, Katherine Grant. (southreporter.com)
79: ALCOHOL AWARENESS @ MISSISSIPPI STATE UNIVERSITY | Starkville, Miss. - Oct. 21, 2014 | Bro. Kelsey Rushing stands with Kappa Beta and Alpha Epsilon Lambda Brothers following Cannon-Dozier project activities at Mississippi State University.
80: PROTECTING THE EAGLE QUEEN | Bro. Kelsey Rushing works with area Alphas to warn Tougaloo students about the dangers of alcohol on Oct. 20, 2014. | Brothers from Gamma Upsilon, seated at Tougaloo, Jackson's Alpha Epsilon Lambda chapter, and Canton's Rho Xi Lambda chapter talk to approximately 30 students at the Eagle Queen about the dangers of alcohol abuse on Oct. 20, 2014. The Cannon-Dozier project is in memory of Bros. A.J. Cannon and Julius Dozier. They were killed by a drunk driver in late May 2008. Cannon was a member of Delta State's Omicron Psi chapter and Dozier crossed the sands into the Nu Upsilon chapter at Ole Miss. The initiative was adopted as a regional project during Alpha's 83rd Southern Region Convention in Chattanooga from March 20-23, 2014.
81: THE CANNON-DOZIER PROJECT @ | The University of Southern Mississippi - Hattiesburg, Miss. | Bro. Kelsey Rushing returns to his alma mater to warn fellow Golden Eagles about alcohol and how it can ruin their lives and the lives of others. | Alpha Epsilon Lambda's Bro. Kevin Wilbert tells how alcohol has negatively impacted him in the past.
82: STRATEGIC ALLIANCE PARTNERSHIPS & ALPHA GOES GREEN | Henry Arthur Callis | Charles Henry Chapman | The Seven Jewels
83: Eugene Kinckle Jones | Nathaniel Allison Murray | George Biddle Kelly | Robert Harold Ogle | Vertner Woodson Tandy | March of Dimes American Cancer Society Boy Scouts of America Big Brothers Big Sisters Recycling Efforts
84: 2015 | MARCH OF DIMES FUNDRAISING! | Canton Square Canvassing | Rho Xi Lambda Brothers assemble in front of the Canton Courthouse in town square following canvassing efforts on Feb. 28, 2015. This occasion is one of three planned in support of chapter March of Dimes fundraising efforts.
85: MONEY FOR HEALTHIER BABIES!
86: Rho Xi Lambda worked hard during the Summer of 2014 to raise funds in support of the March of Dimes. The chapter teamed with the Shoe Carnival on County Line Road in North Jackson to sell hamburgers, hot dogs, nachos and other items to raise money for the March of Dimes. Rho Xi Lambda did this on three Saturdays throughout the summer of 2014. | Fundraising!
88: 2014 | MARCH OF DIMES | Jackson Metro March for Babies | Members of Rho Xi Lambda and Gamma Upsilon just prior to the start of the 2014 Jackson Metro March for Babies in Ridgeland, Miss. The event was held at the Renaissance Mall.
89: RIDGELAND, MISS. | Renaissance mall
90: Rho Xi Lambda continued its exceptional support of the March of Dimes in 2014. The chapter raised approximately $6900.00 during the March for Babies fundraising period. In addition, the participation in the walk was outstanding! Numerous Brothers were on hand as well as many others from area chapters.
92: Every Brother on the route was happy to throw up the "Phi" to represent the Oldest, Boldest, and Coldest fraternity the world has ever known!
94: ALMOST DONE!
95: Bro. Donvasca Williams with proud Alpha wife, Candace Holloway, wife of Bro. Jamaal S. Holloway.
96: Bros. Antuwan Shade, Travis Parks, Michael Gater, and Dr. Acie Whitock discuss MOD fundraising opportunities during the last mile of the walk.
97: MISSION COMPLETE
99: Rho Xi Lambda displays the March of Dimes' World Prematurity Day cover photo on its Facebook page on Nov. 17, 2014. The organization asked supporters to assist them in increasing awareness. | RXL SUPPORTS MOD'S WORLD PREMATURITY DAY!
100: AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY | "Making Strides for Breast Cancer Walk" | Rho Xi Lambda throws up the "Phi" in front of Jackson's Thalia Mara Hall before the start of the 2014 "Making Strides for Breast Cancer Walk" on Oct. 25, 2014. The chapter has been a strong supporter of the American Cancer Society since it was founded on Oct. 7, 2004.
101: Canton's Alpha chapter has been blessed with outstanding cooperation from fellow Greeks from Madison and Hinds counties in 2014. During the Making Strides walk, Rho Xi Lambda ran into friends from Delta Sigma Theta and Alpha Kappa Alpha sororities in the metro area. The chapter also reconnected with Brothers who aren't active and thinking about walking the cold sands in Canton.
103: FUNDRAISING | Rho Xi Lambda was short of the goal for 2014, but $160.00 will still help in someone's fight against breast cancer!
104: Bro. Christian Patterson provides cancer awareness and screening information to employees at Jackson's Joint Force Headquarters, Mississippi National Guard during a health fair on Oct. 17, 2014. Patterson is assigned as a Community Health Advisor with the Mid-South Division of the American Cancer Society. | CANCER KNOWLEDGE IS POWER! | Rho Xi Lambda provides critical cancer information during a Mississippi National Guard Health Fair on Oct. 17, 2014
105: (Three photo spread) Bro. Patterson stresses the importance of maintaining a healthy diet and exercise with Joint Force Headquarters personnel. He also encouraged them to study the cancer literature provided to them at his booth.
106: MAKING STRIDES AGAINST BREAST CANCER | Kickoff Luncheon - The South Warehouse, Jackson, Miss. - Aug. 21, 2014 | Bros. Christian Patterson and Kenneth Miles pause for a photo with the American Cancer Society's Tracie Wade at the 2014 Making Strides Kickoff Luncheon. Tracie is a community events specialist in charge of the Making Strides walk each October in Jackson, Miss.
108: EAGLE SCOUT RECOGNITION DINNER | Rho Xi Lambda Salutes the Scouts - Feb. 6, 2015 | Rho Xi Lambda Bros. Christian Patterson, Dr. Acie Whitlock and Kenneth Miles (appearing for Bro. Kenneth Miles was Bro. Ronald Green.) sponsor three of Madison County's newest Eagle Scouts during the Andrew Jackson Council's Eagle Scout Recognition Dinner on Feb. 6, 2015. The annual Boy Scouts of America event was held at the Jackson Hilton Hotel. Rho Xi Lambda is proud to congratulate Garrett Hansen, David Thames, and Robert Wasson for their outstanding accomplishments!
110: SCHOOL SUPPLIES FOR PACK 16! | Rho Xi Lambda Assists Canton Cub Scouts- Jan. 22, 2015 | Bros. Ronald Green and Brian K. Bell present folders, paper, pencils and other school supply items to Canton Cub Scouts on behalf of Rho Xi Lambda on Jan. 22, 2015! Overall, the chapter donated approximately $300.00 worth of supplies to Scoutmaster Bro. Terrance Kendrick and his Cubs!
111: Bros. Terrance Kendrick and Brian K. Bell smile as they discuss Bro. Kendrick's future membership in Rho Xi Lambda. The chapter has been working hard to reclaim him for duty on the Canton sands.
112: BOWL FOR KIDS SAKE! | Rho Xi Lambda assembles at the Metro 24 Bowling Alley to raise funds for the Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Mississippi's "Bowl for Kids Sake" campaign on May 25, 2014! The chapter increased its fundraising level by over 100% from 2013!
114: Rho Xi Lambda Brothers Xavier Amos, Kenneth Miles, and Kimball Hardeman present a check for $250.00 to Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Mississippi in May 2014. Accepting on behalf of the organization is Chris Burkett and William Gittins.
115: The Alpha Phi Alpha-Big Brothers Big Sisters Partnership began in the early 1990s. Now, the partnership is moving to the next level in scope, capacity and effectiveness. How? By engaging each Alpha Brother in a simple challenge: Become a friend. Every Brother has the unique potential to make a difference in the easiest and simplest way. We've found that just sharing everyday activities with a child creates experiences, connections and memories that have an extraordinary impact. But it will take the commitment of Brothers from every Alpha chapter to reach our goal. It is time to "get back more than you give"—to be a Brother to a brother. | Jacksonville | Bro. Ben Jones stands with Bailey Matthews at the Comcast Office in Jacksonville, Fla. in January 2015. Ben and his little were participating in the BB, BS of Jacksonville's "Beyond School Walls" program.
116: e-recycling drop-off | Bro. Christian Patterson collected e-recyclables from Brothers at the July 2014 General Business Meeting and drops them off at the Jackson Environmental Service Center in August 2014. Items turned in included dead batteries, broken electronics, a garbage disposal unit, coffee maker, and old wires.
118: RISK MANAGEMENT CERTIFICATION / INITIAL MEMBERSHIP DEVELOPMENT PROCESS / 2014-15 IMDP | Henry Arthur Callis | Charles Henry Chapman | The Seven Jewels | A Voteless People is a Hopeless People Go to High School, Go to College Project Alpha My Brother's Keeper Cannon-Dozier Project
119: Eugene Kinckle Jones | Nathaniel Allison Murray | George Biddle Kelly | Robert Harold Ogle | Vertner Woodson Tandy | 2015 IMDP Rho Xi Lambda RM/IMDP Data Spring 2015 Informational Seminar Reclamation
120: Antonio Patterson Chauncy Bradley Jonathan Townes Ashton Powell | ACROSS THE SANDS... | Rho Xi Lambda Welcomes! | BROTHERS | Feb. 14, 2015
121: New Area III Brothers pause for their first photo as a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. The Neos are members of Area III's Alpha Epsilon Lambda, Rho Xi Lambda, Delta Phi, and Gamma Upsilon chapters. | (Left) The new Rho Xi Lambda Brothers listen to words of advice from Bro. Dist. Director Rickey Thigpen. (Right) Bros. Antonio Patterson and Christian Patterson throw up the PHI!
124: TAKING THE FIRST STEP! | Approximately 12 aspirants attend Rho Xi Lambda's informational on Dec. 7, 2014. The request to conduct IMDP activities during the Spring of 2015 is signed, sealed, and delivered! | IMDP / Risk Management training on Jan. 10, 2015 at the University of Miss. School of Nursing in Jackson.
125: RECLAIMED IN 2014 & 2015 | Bros. Ronald Green, Jr., Dr. Mark Henderson, Demario K. Smith, Perry Paige, Terrence Kendrick, and Corky Wicks returned to the House of Alpha!
126: ADDITIONAL CANTON & OTHER SERVICE PROJECTS | Henry Arthur Callis | Charles Henry Chapman | The Seven Jewels
127: Eugene Kinckle Jones | Nathaniel Allison Murray | George Biddle Kelly | Robert Harold Ogle | Vertner Woodson Tandy | Christmas Adopt-a-Family - Pearl Christmas Adopt-a-Family - Jackson Christmas Adopt-a-Family - Canton Canton Pancake Breakfast Red Kettle Campaign World Aids Day Metro Jackson Heart Walk | Adopt-a-Highway America ALS Walk Africa Ebola Crisis Walk to End Alzheimers MS Blood Service Donation USM Panhellenic Council Retreat Our Fathers, Brothers and Sons | Columbia Tornado Support Louisville / Central, MS Tornado Support Thanksgiving Dinner Service Project Canton Canned Food Drive United Way Day of Action Saab Park Cleanup
128: Christmas Adopt-a-Family | Rho Xi Lambda Brothers provided Christmas gifts for Xavier Howard and his family on Dec. 22, 2014. When the chapter arrived at his home in Pearl, they noticed his family didn't have a Christmas tree. They left immediately and returned with a tree for the home.
129: Pearl, Mississippi | A truck bed of gifts for young Xavier as Bro. Michael Gater helps to decorate the treat provided by Rho Xi Lambda.
130: MAKING THE SEASON BRIGHTER! | Rho Xi Lambda's Bro. Willis Finley provides $250.00 in much needed groceries to an elderly Jackson man working to care for his grandchildren during Christmas. | Proverbs 19:17 Whoever is generous to the poor lends to the Lord, and he will repay him for his deed.
132: CHRISTMAS ADOPT-A-FAMILY | Rho Xi Lambda ensures that a Canton-area family's Christmas is bright! | Rho Xi Lambda members assemble for a photo with the Wilson family at their Sharon home on Dec. 21, 2014. The Brothers were there to donate toys and gifts to Erika and Akeem Wilson for the Christmas holiday. Approximately $500 items were provided by chapter members.
133: Rho Xi Lambda Brothers bring donated gifts from the chapter into the home to deliver to the family. | 2 Corinthians 9:7 7 So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a a cheerful giver.
138: PANCAKE Breakfast | City of Canton | Bros. Kelsey Rushing, Demario K. Smith, Kenneth Miles, Percy Anderson, Jr., Curtis Burroughs and Acie Whitlock, Jr. join fellow members of the Madison County Greek Community at the Canton Community Center during the city's pancake breakfast on Dec. 20, 2014.
139: Bros. Curtis Burroughs and Percy Anderson Jr. provide breakfast plates for Canton Police Chief Otha Burton and a local youth. | Bros. Burroughs and Miles play a game of Jenga as Percy looks on. | "Community Unity" | Sausage is ready!
140: RED KETTLE CAMPAIGN | Rho Xi Lambda rings the bell to raise funds during the 2014 Christmas season at the new Walmart in Canton, Miss.! | Bro. Matthew Lampley represents Rho Xi Lambda during the 2014 Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign at the Canton WalMart on Dec. 15, 2014. | Bros. Xavier Amos picks up a solo shift to support the Salvation Army!
141: Bros. Curtis Burroughs, Ronald Green, and Demario Smith ring the Salvation Army Bell during their shift at the WalMart in Canton, Miss. on Dec. 15, 2014. | Bros. Adam Smith and Michael Gater support the kettle campaign on Dec. 15, 2014.
142: Bro. Xavier Amos and Katrina Myricks pose for a photo during a World Aids Day program at Tougaloo College on Dec. 6, 2014. Myricks is the president of the Madison (Miss.) Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. The Deltas hosted the program and Rho Xi Lambda was in full support of our friends from Madison County. Bro. Kelsey Rushing also attended the event. | PROMOTING AWARENESS, FINDING A CURE!
143: Nearly 100 people attended the World Aids Day event hosted by the Clinton Alumnae, Jackson Alumnae, and Madison County Alumnae chapters of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. We learned that there are 1.1 million people living with HIV in the U.S. and off that number, 180,000 don't know they have it. African- American women are the 4th leading cases of HIV behind White men who sleep with men, Black men who sleep with men, and Hispanic men who sleep with men. But, most startling of all was the revelation that 79% of new HIV cases in Mississippi are African-American men! Abstain or use protection, people!! And, get tested, now!
144: METRO JACKSON HEART WALK | (Spread) Rho Xi Lambda's Bro. Michael Gater and Kenneth Miles team with members of Alpha Kappa Alpha to beat heart disease during the Metro Jackson Heart Walk on Nov. 15, 2014.
146: ADOPT-A-HIGHWAY AMERICA | Rho Xi Lambda ushers in a new Canton program by picking up trash near the Nissan plant on Sept. 28, 2014. The chapter would like to thank Bro. Antuwan Shade for his work to sign up Rho Xi Lambda for the Adopt-a-Highway initiative! The chapter cleaned its assigned area of approximately one mile.
148: KEEPING CANTON CLEAN!
149: Approximately 15 Brothers participated in the event which was held prior to Rho Xi Lambda's September 2014 chapter meeting. Almost 20 bags of trash were filled and placed at the chapter's sign for pickup by Mississippi Department of Transportation personnel. Rho Xi Lambda picked up trash for over an hour in the chapter's assigned area.
150: Bro. Christian Patterson represents Rho Xi Lambda during the Walk to Defeat ALS on Sept. 27, 2014 at Trustmark Park in Pearl, Miss. | 2014 WALK TO DEFEAT ALS!
152: AFRICAN EBOLA CRISIS | Rho Xi Lambda sends emergency media supplies Monrovia, Liberia's Eta Epsilon Lambda chapter on Sept. 17, 2014! | Bro. Jamaal Holloway waits for a shipping estimate at the UPS Store in Madison, Miss. on Sept. 17, 2014. Rho Xi Lambda paid $185.00 to send the items via U.S. mail to Brothers in Liberia. | Package Contents Include: -- Protective Aprons -- Gloves -- Blood Borne Pathogen Kits -- Protective Face Masks -- Protective Eyewear
153: GOING THE DISTANCE TO SERVE! Rho Xi Lambda's donations traveled 5,345 miles from Canton, Miss. to Monrovia, Liberia! Numerous chapter Brothers contributed to the effort.
154: DELIVERY NOTIFICATION
155: proud to partner with ETA EPSILON LAMBDA!
156: (Spread) Bro. Christian Patterson represents Rho Xi Lambda during the Walk to End Alzheimer's in downtown Jackson, Miss. on Sept. 13, 2014.
157: (Spread) Approximately 2,000 walkers participated in the event. The purpose of the effort was to raise money for the Alzheimers Association of Miss.
158: "ICE COLD" BLOOD DONATION | Bro. Christian Patterson donates red blood cells to save lives on Sept. 4, 2014 at the Mississippi National Guard's Joint Force Headquarters in Jackson. Patterson donated red blood cells in support of the Mississippi Blood Services' annual National Guard Blood Drive.
159: UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN MISS. | National Pan-Hellenic Council Retreat | Bro. Kelsey Rushing discusses personal and organizational goal setting with members of the Hattiesburg-area Greek community on Aug. 23, 2014.
160: Bros. Dr. John Holmes and Christian Patterson "On the Phi" following the Fathers, Brothers and Sons forum. | OUR FATHERS, BROTHERS & SONS Building Strong Family Legacies in Mississippi | Bro. Christian Patterson attended this platform on June 26, 2014 at the Jackson King Edward Hotel for nonprofits, community and faith-based leaders, educational institutions, and government, elected officials. The purpose was to develop strategies on how to improve life outcomes for African American boys and men by further examining the narratives, identifying and addressing the barriers, and seeking viable solutions.
162: Rho Xi Lambda teams with Hattiesburg Greeks to assist Columbia, Miss. residents with tornado recovery operations on Dec. 30, 2014. Canton's Coldest donated approximately 200 bottles of water and approximately 70 toiletry items to citizens clearing debris and collecting salvageable items following the deadly EF3 tornado on Dec. 23, 2014. Three people were killed during the storm in Marion County. Bro. Christian Patterson was present to distribute chapter donations and remove debris with Alphas from Hattiesburg's Mu Gamma Lambda chapter and Mu Xi seated at the University of Southern Mississippi. Approximately 25 other USM Greeks from Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., and Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. participated in cleanup efforts in the city 20 minutes west of Hattiesburg. | PICKING UP THE PIECES
165: COLUMBIA STRONG!
168: hhhh | (Two-Page Spread) Bro. Christian Patterson works to remove salvageable household items from Annie Cockrell's destroyed Louisville home on Eiland Avenue on May 31, 2014. The damage throughout Winston County was extensive. | LOUISVILLE & CENTRAL MS | Tornado Support | Rho Xi Lambda members provide debris removal and bottled water to Louisville and central Mississippi residents with lost or damaged property after tornadoes threaten the Magnolia State in late May 2014.
172: A "THANK YOU" NOTE FROM MS COCKRELL!
174: H O | 2
175: Rho Xi Lambda donates 350 bottles of water to help central Mississippi residents struggling to recover after an April 28, 2014 tornado ripped through the Rankin County area. Bros. Percy Anderson, Jr., Willis Finley, and Curtis Burroughs dropped off the water at the American Red Cross' Jackson Metro Office.
176: SUPPORTING OUR SENIORS | Rho Xi Lambda Serves Thanksgiving Dinner to approximately 50 seniors at Canton's Joe Pritchard Homes on Nov. 26, 2014 | Rho Xi Lambda serves up another great meal for Canton seniors in 2014. The chapter had more than enough for the residents and plenty left over for the Brothers to eat following the service project. | Approximately 15 Rho Xi Lambda Brothers provided support during the 2014 Thanksgiving Dinner service project at the Joe Pritchard Homes. The experience allowed for Brothers to reconnect with familiar faces in the community who appear to receive the dinner plates each year.
177: Bro. Xavier Amos helps with locating the names of seniors in need of delivery plates. (Right) Bros. Dr. Percy Anderson Jr. and Adrian Hall fix plates for delivery. | The Oldest, Boldest, and Coldest serving the community! | There are many names on the recipients list again in 2014 and Rho Xi Lambda is happy to serve them! | Bro. Amos provides a plate for a Joe Pritchard resident and wishes her a Happy Thanksgiving!
178: A happy Pritchard resident receives her meal from Bro. Burroughs. | Bro. Ronald Green prepares a large order of meals for Doherity. | Bro. Curtis Burroughs finishes up a plate as his fellow Brothers look on.
179: The last group of residents come through as Bros. Holloway and Anderson Jr. fix them a Thanksgiving meal. | (Top) Bro. Dr. Percy Anderson blesses the meal. (Right) Bros. Jones and Lampley observe operations. | Another year of exceptional service at the Joe Prichard homes completed!
180: Bro. Brian K. Bell begins to clean up as the Thanksgiving Project for 2014 comes to a close. | Another great year of service to the city of Canton! | Bro. Kelsey Rushing stands with newly reclaimed Bros. Ronald Green and Demario K. Smith. | Serving Canton's finest...
181: Bro. Ronald Green delivers a meal at the Pat Doherity homes and receives a hug in return.
182: Canton Canned Food Drive | Rho Xi Lambda donates more than 150 canned goods to Canton families in need at the Anderson Masonic Lodge on Nov. 23, 2014. | (Top) Bro. Kelsey Rushing coordinates delivery operations. (Right) Bro. Adrian Hall groups bags to maximize space in the back of a delivery truck.
183: Chapter Brothers stand before a huge collection of donated canned goods at the Anderson Masonic Lodge in Canton. | (Left) Bro. Harace Powe sorts canned goods inside the lodge. (Right) Hundreds of canned goods standby for delivery to needy families.
186: 2014 Day of Action! | Our Daily Bread Charity Cleaning Support | Bros. Brian K. Bell, Dr. Acie Whitlock, Jr. and Jamaal Holloway provide cleaning assistance to Canton's Our Daily Bread Charity on June 21, 2014. The trio worked for three hours. Rho Xi Lambda has supported this effort for the past three years.
188: SAAB AND REDBUD PARK CLEANUP SESSIONS | Rho Xi Lambda's Bro. Kelsey Rushing leads efforts in 2014 and 2015 to restore Canton's recreational facilities to impressive form! | Members of the Madison County Greek Council assemble for a photo during Saab Park cleanup and restoration operations in June 2014. The team invested several hours on multiple Saturdays in 2014 and 2015 to repaint facilities and equipment, provide basic landscaping, and remove overgrown weeds and trash to attract more residents to the park. The group was successful in their work to revitalize Saab and RedBud parks!
189: Prior to the group's work, Saab Park was in great need of repair. The picnic tables, basketball court, playground equipment, and restrooms needed a fresh coat of paint. In addition, brush took over fencing attached to the park and color was needed in regards to flowers. The Madison County Greek Council made it happen.
191: Rho Xi Lambda Brothers team with fellow members of the Madison County Greek Council to improve the landscaping at Canton's Saab and RedBud parks on March 7, 2015.
194: BROTHERHOOD | Henry Arthur Callis | Charles Henry Chapman | The Seven Jewels
195: Eugene Kinckle Jones | Nathaniel Allison Murray | George Biddle Kelly | Robert Harold Ogle | Vertner Woodson Tandy | Boots & Brims: Party With a Purpose 2015 District of Miss. Convention Chapter MLK Jr. Activities Founder's Day 10th Anniversary Gala - Bro. Larry Day The Ultimate '06 Tailgate | Bro. Mayor Tony T. Yarber Inaugural Gala AKA New Member Luncheon Greek Mixer Alpha Epsilon Lambda Spring Social 1st Family Day at the Capitol Brother of the Year
196: Rho Xi Lambda congratulates the Madison County (MS) Alumnae chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Canton's Epsilon Kappa Kappa chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., and Uplift Inc. for throwing an outstanding party benefiting High Hope Farms on Feb. 7, 2015! The event was held at the Canton Multipurpose Complex & Equine Center and was a huge success! Attending from Rho Xi Lambda were Bros. Kelsey Rushing, Kimball Hardeman, Kenneth Miles, Kevin Gilbert and Derrick Manogin. | BOOTS & BRIMS
197: HONORING MARTIN ON THE BLUFFS | Canton Alphas remember King in Vicksburg! | Bros. Percy Anderson Jr. and Adrian D. Hall travel to Vicksburg, Miss. on Jan. 19, 2015 to honor Bro. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. during the Omicron Rho Lambda chapter's MLK Scholarship Breakfast!
198: 2015 DISTRICT OF MISS. CONVENTION | Jan. 22-25, 2015 - Hattiesburg, Miss. | Rho Xi Lambda members celebrate selection as the 2015 District of Miss. Alumni Chapter of the Year during the district convention at the University of Southern Miss. This was the second year in a row that Canton's Coldest was tapped for the honor.
199: Approximately Seven Rho Xi Lambda Brothers attended the district convention in 2015. Despite not having a large portion of the chapter there, RXL made a huge impression on the district. Bro. Adrian Hall was a huge contributor to the Ms. Black and Gold Pageant and the chapter captured several district honors. In addition to Alumni Chapter of the Year, Bro. Xavier Amos captured Alumni Brother of the Year as well!
200: A Beautiful Day for a Parade . . . | MLK Jr. - 2015 - Canton, Miss. | Rho Xi Lambda Brothers raise the chapter banner before the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. parade begins at the event's staging area near the Canton Police Department. | Jan. 19, 2015
201: Canton Mayor Arnel Bolden takes time out to say thank you to Rho Xi Lambda Brothers for their service as the chapter prepares to distribute treats along the parade route.
202: Parade participants greet the crowd as they approach the intersection of Highways 51 and 22.
203: Bros. Robert Johnson and Ronald Green pass Cilantros Restaurant as they approach the square.
204: "Injustice anywhere, is a threat to justice everywhere." | (Two Page Spread) Bro. Michael Gater rides the chapter trolley along the square during the parade. Joining was his wife Ada and granddaughter, Summerlyn. Also present was Rho Xi Lambda's First Lady and Baby, Latrice and Avery Grace Patterson. Bro. Willis F. Finley arranged for RXL to have a trolley for the parade. It was an excellent upgrade and worked well as the chapter teamed with the Canton AKA's (Upsilon Upsilon Omega) to honor Bro. Dr. King.
206: "Yes, we do have more candy!"
207: Canton residents line Highway 22 as they await the arrival of parade vehicles, bands, and Greek organizations.
208: 4th ANNUAL MARTING LUTHER KING JR. BANQUET | A View from the Mountain Top | CIVIL RIGHTS Willenham Castilla | RELIGION Matthew Canada | EDUCATION Tina Clay-Manning Mathis Sheriff | GOV/POLITICS Ed Blackmon, Jr. | STONE OF HOPE Bro. Henry T. Drake
209: Rho Xi Lambda remembers the life and legacy of Bro. King during its annual MLK Jr. Banquet on Jan. 17, 2015 at the Pilgrim Rest M.B. Church in Madison, Miss. Approximately 150 attended the program. Bro. Tony T. Yarber, mayor of Jackson, was the guest speaker for the event.
210: A DRUM MAJOR FOR JUSTICE
212: 2015 BROTHER OF THE YEAR! | Bro. Dr. Acie Whitlock
213: Rho Xi Lambda attended the premiere of the movie "Selma" at the Northpark 14 movie theater in Ridgeland, Miss. and the Grandview in Madison on Jan. 11, 2014. The outing was an opportunity to salute Bro. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and enjoy an evening with the Brothers. The chapter also invited members of the Madison County Greek Council to participate as well. Bro. Michael Gater and his wife Ada are featured in the provided photos along with Alpha Kappa Alpha's Rho Lambda Omega chapter.
214: Bro. Mark S. Tillman (center), General President of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., joins Rho Xi Lambda Brothers for a photo following the Alpha Epsilon Lambda chapter's Founder's Day Program on Nov. 30, 2014. Tillman served as the guest speaker for the event held at the Pearl Street AME Church in Jackson, Miss. | FOUNDER'S DAY PROGRAM
215: Alpha Phi Alpha Founder's Day reception for Bro. Gen. President Mark S. Tillman - Jackson's Alpha Epsilon Lambda chapter did a great job organizing the Nov. 29, 2014 event at the Manship Wood Fired Kitchen! — with Percy Anderson Jr, Kelsey Rushing, Mark S. Tillman and Adrian Hall at Manship Wood Fired Kitchen, Jackson, Mississippi.
216: 10th Charter Anniversary Gala
217: Approximately 200 family members, friends and fellow Greeks assemble to celebrate Rho Xi Lambda's 10th Charter Anniversary at Jackson's King Edward Hotel on Oct. 18, 2014! Included in the group honoring the chapter was Jackson Mayor Bro. Tony Yarber and Alpha Phi Alpha's Bro. Gen. President Mark S. Tillman.
218: Bro. Dr. Acie Whitlock Jr. presents a $500.00 scholarship to Canton High School senior, Keyonda Harris!
220: Bro. Tillman accepts an award of appreciation from Rho Xi Lambda President Bro. Christian Patterson.
221: "Ladies, marry you an ALPHA MAN!"
222: As Bros. Tillman and Yarber address the audience, Founders Bro. Terry Saul and Kevin Gilbert remember the days of the "Men of Distinction" and how far the chapter has come in ten years. There were many challenges for Rho Xi Lambda to become a chapter, but it was more than worth the time and effort. Hundreds of people in Canton and beyond have received exceptional support and the chapter has been recognized over the years for those efforts. From 2006 to 2010 and 2014, Rho Xi Lambda was selected as the Alumni Chapter of the Year for the District of Mississippi. Rho Xi Lambda is currently the 2014 Southern Region Alumni Chapter of the Year. | Emcees Bro. Terrence Friday and Erin Pickens from WJTV News. They did an exceptional job!
223: (Top left) Bro. Robert Johnson and his lovely wife enjoy their meal as everyone eagerly anticipates the message from Bro. Gen. President Tillman. (Top Right) Bro. Michael Gater recognizes Rho Xi Lambda past presidents for their service to the chapter and Canton. (Bottom) Bro. President Christian Patterson and Bro. Vice President Kenneth Miles proudly display a proclamation from Canton Mayor Arnel Bolden.
224: District leaders and charter Brothers take a historic photo with Bros. Tillman and Yarber during a break in gala festivities. Rho Xi Lambda was very fortunate to have these guests attend the anniversary activities. Historically, Alpha general presidents have only visited older chapters during their charter anniversary celebrations.
225: The 10th Anniversary Gala was a huge undertaking to execute. A tremendous amount of planning and coordination occured to ensure the event was a success. Bro. Percy Anderson Jr. served as the gala chair and did a great job! Thanks to the chapter founders and all who worked so hard to put together the perfect evening of remembrance and fellowship!
228: Remembering Bro. Larry Day | Bro. Kelsey Rushing presents Larry Day Jr. a Rho Xi Lambda charter commemorative plaque in memory of his father, Bro. Larry Day Sr. Bro. Day was one of the original founding members of Rho Xi Lambda who passed away and is currently in the Omega Chapter of Sweet Rest.
231: 10 | Ready to serve for ten more!
234: Rho Xi Lambda remembers Charter Member Bro. Larry L. Day by giving his widow Mrs. Diane Day a bouquet of yellow roses and a charter plaque on the morning of Oct. 18, 2014. The presentation was during the 2014 "Women in Christ" Golf Tournament at the Country Club of Canton. Rho Xi Lambda sponsored a hole in memory of Bro. Day. Mrs. Day was unable to attend the chapter's 10th Year Anniversary Gala later in the day.
236: THE ULTIMATE '06 TAILGATE! | Rho Xi Lambda fellowships with Brothers from Jackson to Itta Bena as Jackson State and Mississippi Valley State battle on the gridiron on Oct. 11, 2014! | The Vet is set for the big game between JSU and MVSU! | Bros. Kenneth Miles, Michael Gater, Kelsey Rushing, Jermaine Powe, Christian Patterson, Xavier Amos, Dr. Acie Whitlock, Jr., Ronald Green, Adam Smith and Robert Johnson.
237: Bros. Rickey Thigpen, Christian Patterson, Dr. Anthony Newman, Kelsey Rushing, and Herman Porter get a picture in before settling in to eat.
238: FOOD, FUN, AND OLD GOLD FELLOWSHIP! | Rho Xi Lambda's Bro. Brian K. Bell served as a master chef for the joint tailgating party. He didn't disappoint!
239: Despite the warm weather and heat from the grill, great participation produced a COLD PHRONT which resulted in a great outing for everyone!
242: The Ultimate O6 tailgate party was a great success and offered the opportunity for more than 30 Alphas to reconnect and relax after months of community service in their areas. It was also an opportunity to see something rare - a Miss. Valley victory over Jackson St.
243: Mississippi Valley beat Jackson State 27 to 23. It was the first Delta Devils win over the Blue Bengals in 20 years. | 27 | 23
244: INAUGURAL GALA | The Honorable Bro. Mayor Tony T. Yarber | June 21, 2014 - Jackson Convention Complex | Rho Xi Lambda and Alpha Epsilon Lambda Brothers stand proudly with Bro. Mayor Tony T. Yarber at his inaugural gala on June 21, 2014. Bro. Yarber is the former Chaplain for RXL and one of the most prominent Brothers in the history of the chapter.
246: 107th FOUNDERS' DAY SUPPORT | Upsilon Upsilon Omega Founders' Day Program - Pleasant Gift M.B. Church - Feb. 21, 2015 | Beta Delta Omega Founders' Day Program Anderson UMC - Feb. 21, 2015
247: FIRST FAMILY TEAMWORK! | Rho Xi Lambda provides escort support to Alpha Kappa Alpha's Beta Delta Omega chapter during their new member luncheon on June 8, 2014. Congratulations to Candace Holloway, wife of RXL Immediate Past President, Bro. Jamaal S. Holloway! She's now a proud member of AKA!
248: MADISON COUNTY GREEK MIXER | Bro. Kelsey Rushing hosted the Summer 2014 Madison County Greeks Mixer on June 6, 2014 at the Majestic Burger restaurant in Ridgeland, Miss.! Kelsey leads the Madison (Miss.) County Greek Council and used the opportunity to fellowship and discuss upcoming community service projects in the city of Canton. It was a very productive meeting which resulted in strong partnerships for the remainder of 2014.
249: Alpha Epsilon Lambda Spring Social | Rho Xi Lambda enjoys an evening with our friends from Jackson on May 15, 2014