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After finishing college in Alabama in 1978, four young men from Palmetto, FL returned home and gathered at Mrs. Inez Ware home in Palmetto, the mother of Larry Washington. Three of these young men attended and pledged Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc. at Stillman College (Larry Washington, Nathaniel Simmons, and Charles Pompey). The other, Freddrick Williams pledged at Troy State University. While socializing at Mrs. Ware’s home, Mr. Steve Lewis, who had taught all four of the young men in the 6thgrade arrived wearing a Kappa sweater. Of course, a union or bond was formed, and discussions begin about starting an Alumni Chapter in Manatee County.

Mr. Lewis knew other Kappa’s in the Manatee-Sarasota area, so he started recruiting Brothers. While Bro. Lewis was recruiting local Brothers, Bro. Simmons and Williams took to the road and attended 29thSouthern Provincial meeting in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, the C. Roger Wilson Conference in Tallahassee, FL in 1979, and the 30th Southern Province Council meeting in Pensacola, FL in 1980. With paperwork having already been submitted for a Charter, Bro. Simmons and Williams attended the next C. Roger Wilson in Tallahassee, FL where the announcement was made that Dr. Ulysses McBride, Province Polemarch said they will be getting a Charter soon. Brothers Simmons and Williams received a standing ovation from all Brothers attending the meeting on the approval of the Charter.

Charter Members

Steve Lewis

Alpha XI 1946

Vice Polemarch
Nathaniel Simmons
Epsilon Epsilon 1976

Keeper of Records
Freddrick Williams
Beta Zeta 1976

Keeper of Exchequer
Aaron Randall, Sr.,
Gamma Psi 1974

Arthur Bryant
Gamma Theta 1958

Charter Member
Alfonso Baker
Alpha XI 1950

Charter Member
William Armstead Jr.,
Alpha XI 1955

Charter Member
Larry Washington
Epsilon Epsilon 1975

Charter Member
Everett Pearcey
Alpha XI 1951

Charter Member
Charles Pompey
Epsilon Epsilon 1976

Charter Member
Cleveland Pearcey
Gamma Theta 1962

Monthly Meetings

Chapter Meetings:
2nd Saturday of Month
Steve Lewis Community Center

Foundation Meetings:
2nd Saturday of Month
Steve Lewis Community Center

Kappa Guide Right:
3rd Sunday of Month
Steve Lewis Community Center

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