It has come to my attention that our dearly beloved 25 th Grand Polemarch has transitioned from labor to reward.
Further information is not available at this time, but will be forthcoming as soon as arrangements as well as circumstances of his death are known.
Brother Bacon was initiated at the University of California at Los Angeles, the Upsilon Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi in 1958. He served as Grand Polemarch during the years 1985-1988. His present chapter was the Las Vegas Alumni (NV) Chapter. Brother Randall C. Bacon was the 49th Laurel Wreath Wearer (2001)
As we prepare to honor this fallen warrior in the service of mankind, please know that ALL members of the fraternity are hereby instructed to be in mourning for the next 30 days, ending at the end of the day of December 15, 2012. During this mourning period, all members will drape their badges by wrapping it with black thread on the upper half. The Life Membership Pin will be draped by being placed in the center of a one inch square swatch of black cloth and attached to the lapel.
As Brother Bacon ascends to the Chapter Invisible, where his peers and all beloved brothers have gone to find rest, we take solace in the Holy Scriptures, where it is written in Rev. 14:13; “And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them.”
There’s an alarm at the gate my brothers, keep your eyes and ears open for further information pertaining to this matter.
William “Randy” Bates, Jr., Esq.
The 2013 Grand Chapter Meeting will be held in Houston, Texas. This page will be updated as more information becomes available.
The National Guide Right Commission is strongly encouraging highly qualified collegiate members and Kappa Leaguers to apply for membership to State Farm’s prestigious Youth Advisory Board for the 2011-2012 academic year. The Youth Advisory Board is made up of 30 collegiate and high school students responsible for overseeing the distribution of a 5 million dollar grant which shall assist in the design and implementation of youth service learning initiatives throughout the United States and Canada.
The “YAB” is one of the most prestigious and exciting opportunities for collegiate and Kappa Leaguers to become a part of as they are responsible for developing service based initiatives that will impact and influence youth and communities throughout North America.
In order to be eligible to apply for board membership applicants must be between the ages of 17-20, display a high level of leadership, character and commitment to service. In addition, applicants must be willing to participate in all four quarterly board meetings in Bloomington, Illinois and commit to 15 hours per month of board activities.
We are asking all Guide Right Directors and Collegiate Chapter Advisors to assist in identifying their most highly qualified students and encouraging them to apply for the Youth Advisory Board. The application and more information can be found at the State Farm site here: http://www.statefarmyab.com/apply/the-board/. The deadline for application submission is October 3rd, 2011.
For any questions please contact the L-Mani S. Viney, National Guide Right Commission Chairman at
Press Release: Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. Solicits Prayers For All Persons Affected By Hurrican Irene
Philadelphia, PA, August 26, 2011 -William “Randy” Bates, Jr., Esq., the Grand Polemarch (President and CEO) of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., announced today that all members of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity are urged to join in prayer for the victims and persons affected by the ravages of Hurricane Irene. According to Bates, “Our Province officials are alerted to assist all fraternity members and their constituents as may be required as they seek relief as a result of this catastrophic event. Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity has members in every jurisdiction that has been affected by the stonn. We will continue to monitor the situation from the Caribbean to the Northeast corridor, praying as individuals and in corporate settings. May God bless all families affected.”
It is with sadness that I share the news of the passing of our Beloved Past National President Elva Edwards on Saturday, August 13, 2011.Read More»
Philadelphia, PA, August 14, 2011 – William “Randy” Bates, Jr., Esq., the Grand Polemarch (President and CEO) of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., announced today that a mutual and amicable decision has been made to seek another Executive Director/COO. After speaking with Richard Lee Snow, who has served successfully in this capacity for more than thirteen years, it was agreed that given the new direction the 32nd Administration is going, it would be best to change the leadership in the International Headquarters Office. This decision is effective immediately.Read More»
The Grand Polemarch, William “Randy” Bates, Jr. Esq, provides some words of encouragement to brothers of the Eastern Province.
On Thursday July 28 2011, Grand Polemarch William “Randy” Bates, Jr. Esq. made his first public appearance as Grand Polemarch of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. at the Public Meeting for Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Centennial Conclave in Washington, DC. The Eastern Province supported the Grand Polemarch with nearly 140 Brothers in attendance to support the newly elected Leader. Grand Polemarch Bates delivered an encouraging message to the host fraternity and the Divine Nine. Clearly, the brothers in attendance were the largest Fraternity represented (including the host Fraternity)!
32nd ADMINISTRATION ANNOUNCES COUNCIL OF PROVINCE POLEMARCHS
Philadelphia, PA, July 2011 – William Randy Bates, Jr., Esq., the Grand Polemarch (President and CEO) of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., is proud to announce the appointment of twelve (12) Province Polemarchs (Regional Presidents/Directors) that comprise the Council of Province Polemarchs (COPP). Province Polemarchs are responsible for the overall operations of all Chapters, undergraduate and alumni, in their various jurisdictions. Kappa is represented by twelve (12) Provinces that cover all of its chapters throughout the continental United States and abroad. The Council of Province Polemarchs terms begin immediately, they are:Read More»