Chapter History

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Mu Beta Lambda Chapter History

The Mu Beta Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. had its origin in Honolulu, Hawaii.  Very much like the beginning of Alpha Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha in 1906.  Mu Beta Lambda began when a few Alpha men here in Hawaii decided to get together with their wives for social gatherings in early 1973.  These gatherings were held mostly in brothers’ homes and occasionally in an Officer’s Club.  Brother James E. Williams Jr., at one of these gatherings felt that perhaps there were enough Alphas in Hawaii who would be interested in establishing a local chapter.  The magic number necessary to establish a graduate chapter was seven (7).  So the alarm was sounded and to the surprise of many, sixteen Alpha men answered the call.

On June 18, 1974, Brother James E. Williams Jr., acting as secretary of the club, wrote to the general secretary of Alpha Phi Alpha in Chicago, Illinois asking the feasibility of forming a graduate chapter in Honolulu.  He stressed to the secretary that a number of brothers here felt that the Alpha spirit was compatible with the Aloha spirit found in the islands.  He also stressed that the light of Alpha should be beamed throughout this multi-ethic community.

On 19 February 1975, an application for admission as a chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., was submitted.  Included as part of the application were the names of the sixteen Alpha brothers who are known as the chapter members of Mu Beta Lambda Chapter.  They are as follows:

Richard L. Addison Russell L. Anderson, Robert D. Brooks
Willie J. Condry, Floyd W. Crouch Jr., John W. Edwards, Jr.
Arthur L. Fox, Willie D. Greene, Guy L. Rankins
Dan C. Matthews, Duvahn Sayles, C. Edward Singer
Travis J. L. Stephens, Wayne Walker, Stacey T. Williams
James E. Williams Jr.

On 29 April 1975, approval for an alumni chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha in Honolulu was granted.  Each chapter member had to pay an alumni grand tax of $20, initiation fees of $10, and fraternity pin for $20, and $8.50 for history book for a total of $58.50 per brother.  As soon as the national headquarters received these fees, a chapter would be granted.

On July 7, 1975, the Board of Directors of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., duly approved the establishment of Mu Beta Lambda as an alumni chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha.  Brother James E. Williams Jr was the first Chapter President of Mu Beta Lambda.

Mu Beta Lambda Chapter has not faltered on its commitment to Alpha Phi Alpha and the Honolulu community.  We have consistently left our mark to include establishing great partnerships with the local March of Dimes, Special Olympics, American Cancer Society, Army Fisher House, and the Institute for Human Services.