The History of Sigma Kappa Lambda

For some years, a need for manly deeds, scholarship, love for all mankind and service was needed and several brothers in the Bloomington, IN area considered the possibility of having a chapter seated here again. After a brotherhood breakfast on December 4, 2015 at 7:30am, Brother Frank Motley and Brother Charlie Nelms pushed the brotherhood present at the table to commit to the creation of a Bloomington chapter. Over the next year, the brothers met continuously to prepare the application for an Alumni Chapter in Bloomington. Due to the major concern and substantial challenge posed by the transient nature of the City of Bloomington and surrounding areas, the pressing question ‘could a chapter survive here?’ had to be answered. While gathering the required documentation, the brothers met informally on a monthly basis as a means to stay connected, facilitate the kindling of brotherly bonds, and focus on developing and supporting events for the 70th anniversary of the founding of Indiana University’s Gamma Eta Chapter.

At the February 2017 gathering of brothers, a presentation was made to those assembled, detailing the full requirements for chapter chartering and it was there the final concurrence to start the application process was received. Since the group’s gatherings had been made known to the District and Regional leadership and the brothers’ actions had received recognition and approval, the application was expedited. The Board of Directors of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. met on October 2, 2017 and approved the chapter charter application of the brothers gathered in Bloomington, IN. On Tuesday, October 3, 2017 at 9:22pm, the brothers received notification and planning for the Chartering Ceremony began.

The Chartering Ceremony for the Sigma Kappa Lambda Chapter (#952) of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. was on February 3, 2018 at City Hall Building in Bloomington, IN. During the ceremony, Mayor John Hamilton presented a Proclamation from and the rest is history. From that day forward, the chapter began to set the foundation of our Phrozen L.E.G.A.C.Y.

The Charter Members were Brother Charlie Nelms, Brother Frank Motley, III, Dedric Raymon Dennist, Sr. and Tréon DiJuan McClendon. The initial chapter roster included chartering brothers Brandon Ballard, Paul Jackson, Maurice Johns, Michael Johnson, Mike Pechac, James Sanders, Marcus Simmons, John Stephenson, Kwan Wallace, Maurice Williams, Jr., and Samuel R. Young, II.

First Executive Board

President: Samuel R. Young, II
Vice President: Michael Johnson
Secretary: Maurice Johns
Treasurer: Paul Jackson
Chaplain: Charlie Nelms
Historian: Kristopher Minter
Intake Coordinator: Treon DiJuan McClendon
Associate Editor of the Sphinx: Frank Motley, III
Director of Educational Activities: Kwan Wallace