April 28, 2019

Greater Beta Alumni Reunion and Celebration Weekend Featuring the Launch of a Community Investment Fund Featuring Homesharing

During the weekend of April 26-27, 2019, “Greater” Beta alumni of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. celebrated all Spring initiates into the chapter going back to the very beginning. The event host and sponsor was Carl Belser, aka “Toochie”, and his fellow Spring 1975 initiates who joined the fraternity as a group under the name, The Chosen Few .

Founded on February 8, 1913 at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (U of I), two years after the fraternity’s start on January 5, 1911 on the campus of Indiana University (Alpha Chapter), the chapter gets its nickname, Greater Beta, due to the fact that the most grand polemarchs are alum.  However, like the Fraternity as a whole, its name is really a reflection of its focus on the principles of achievement in every endeavor as exemplified by the chapter’s first polemarch, Earl B. Dickerson, all the way to its present alum, such as international business magnate, Robert L. Johnson, co-founder of Black Entertainment Television (BET).

It’s this spirit of fraternity that the weekend really captured. Of course, the choice of venue probably helped, taking place at a three-level private mansion located at 4560 S. Michigan Avenue in the heart of Chicago’s historic Bronzeville neighborhood, which recreated the atmosphere of previous official residences of the chapter, most recently the Earl B. Dickerson Memorial Home, once located at 402 E. Armory near the center of the U of I campus.

There was an abundance of fellowshipping amongst older and younger brothers, along with the invited guests, who joined in the festivities and entertainment, featuring a fish fry with plenty of food for everyone, group photos and a party with a live DJ.

A $50,000 pledge to launch a community investment fund at the intersection of technology and real estate was announced during a business meeting of the Greater Beta Alumni Association held in conjunction with the weekend celebration that was attended by over two dozen alumni.

At the end of the presentation and request by Drew Wade, a 1990 Spring initiate, to establish the fund, Raynard Hall, a fifty-year member and 1969 initiate, made the first commitment at the $5,000 minimum level.

By purchasing a house in Chicago to be managed by DivvyTrek, a marketplace for apps like Airbnb, the project’s primary purpose will foster innovation in the neighborhoods, stimulating the local economy through jobs and the support of small business owners.

For more information on the project and how to get involved, including making a tax-deductible contribution, please complete the contact form at DivvyTrek.com/Contact .