Alumni Chapter of the Year

Atlanta Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha earns top worldwide honor; Eta Lambda named Alumni Chapter of the Year

ATLANTA, July 17-Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., the world’s oldest intercollegiate fraternity founded by African-American men, has named its Atlanta alumni chapter (Eta Lambda) the top chapter in the world for 2017.
The fraternity bestowed the prestigious “Outstanding Alumni Chapter of the Year” award to Eta Lambda during its 94th General Convention in Baltimore, July 12-17. It is the highest award given to an alumni chapter by the organization.
The worldwide honor comes after the members of the Atlanta chapter won the state of Georgia title, then the Southern Region title. Eta Lambda, representing the Southern Region, bested the four other regional finalists from the East, Midwest, Southwest and West regions. International chapters from Africa, Asia, the Caribbean and Europe compete in the Eastern Region.

“We are honored to be recognized as National Chapter of The Year,” said John J. Funny, President of Eta Lambda. “Eta Lambda has a rich history of service within the Greater Atlanta area, and I am very proud of our members and congratulate them on this accomplishment.”

Eta Lambda’s award-winning presentation included highlights of their longstanding partnership with Atlanta Public Schools where they actively mentor young men at Brown Middle School and Booker T. Washington High School through the chapter’s signature mentoring program, “Project ExC2el.’
In May, Eta Lambda celebrated its 97th chapter anniversary with its inaugural Aureus Gala and awarded $29,500 in academic scholarships to metro Atlanta high school students, and to college chapters in the metro Atlanta area Eta Lambda mentors.
This is the seventh time Eta Lambda has been recognized as the fraternity’s National Alumni Chapter of the Year.

Brothers of the Eta Lambda at the National Convention for Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.

About Alpha Phi Alpha

Founded on December 4, 1906, at Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y., Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., has continued to supply voice and vision to the struggle of African Americans and people of color around the world. The fraternity has long stood at the forefront of the African-American community’s fight for civil rights through Alpha men such as Martin Luther King Jr., Adam Clayton Powell, Thurgood Marshall, Paul Robeson, Andrew Young, Edward Brooke and Cornel West. The fraternity, through its more than 600 college and alumni chapters, and general-organization members, serves communities in the United States, Africa, Asia, the Caribbean and Europe. Visit and follow on Twitter @apa1906network.

Eta Lambda awarding scholarships to graduating mentees in the Atlanta area.

About Eta Lambda

Eta Lambda Chapter, the mother chapter of Alpha in Atlanta, is one of the largest chapters in Alpha with more than 200 active brothers. The chapter has a legacy of leadership, service, and commitment worth remembering. Eta Lambda continues its legacy by fostering relationships with its three mentee (college) chapters: Alpha Rho (Morehouse College), Alpha Phi (Clark Atlanta University) and Zeta Mu (Georgia State University).
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Fatherhood Breakfast

Eta Lambda Chapter Honors Senior Brothers For Years Of Service To The Fraternity

The Eta Lambda Chapter recently gathered to pay tribute to its Senior Brothers (65 years old and older) for their untiring commitment and service to the Fraternity. The Fatherhood Breakfast was held on Saturday, June 3, 2017, at the Grand Hyatt Buckhead. Brother Nick F. Nelson, principle and chief marketing officer of Liquid Soul was the featured speaker. Among the Eta Lambda Chapter Brothers pictured are some of the Chapter’s Senior Brothers (The 90’s Club, 5 Senior Brothers still active) who are 90 years old and older.

Eta Lambda recognizing Senior Brothers.

Brothers gathered together for the Fraternity.

Aureus Gala

Eta Lambda Celebrates Service, Leadership, Scholarship, and Mentorship with Signature Gala

The Eta Lambda Chapter celebrated its 97th Anniversary with its inaugural Aureus Gala on May 20, 2017 at the Atlanta Airport Marriott Gateway Hotel. Nearly 300 guest attended the Black Tie affair, which also commemorated the 10ht Anniversary of the Chapter’s Mentoring Program. The event grossed over $70,000 to support the Chapter’s scholarship initiatives and mentoring program. The Chapter established awards in honor of the late Brother Ozell Sutton, who served as the 26th General President and the late Brother Maynard Holbrook Jackson Jr., who was Atlanta’s first black mayor. Noted Civil Rights Activist and Minister Rev. Dr. Joseph E. Lowery was the first recipient of the Ozell Sutton Humanitarian Award and Georgia-Pacific Foundation President Curley M. Dossman was the first recipient of the Maynard Holbrook Jackson Jr. Leadership Award. Brother Alan Wiley was recognized as the Chapter’s Brother of the Year and Brother Shamari Southwell the first recipient of the College Brother Emerging Leader Award. Celebrated actress Dawnn Lewis was the mistress of ceremonies for the evening. Brother John J. Funny chapter president, and Brother Joe Patterson, president of the Alpha Atlanta Scholarship Foundation presented $24,500 in scholarships to local area high school graduates and students from their mentee chapters (Alpha Rho, Alpha Phi and Zeta Mu).

Min. Rev. Dr. Joseph E. Lowery receiving the Ozell Sutton Humanitarian Award

Eta Lambda awarding scholarships to graduating mentees in the Atlanta area.