President's Message

Greetings Brothers,

As we start the New Year of 2019 we are ushering exciting changes and celebrating significant milestones such as the 42nd anniversary of our great Fraternity. We have certainly grown up as an organization and as men we are fully cognizant of the triumphs and hurdle that have manifested throughout our journey. At the grand age of 42, our organization has sustained a number of bruises but this has only served to strengthen our bond as Brothers. Our destiny was forged by fire and our endurance throughout many different challenges raised us from boys to men replete with a sense of service. This process also raised our social consciousness as black men and imbued us with a strong desire to empower our fellow Brothers both within and outside of our organization. As mentors we passed the torch to others and continued the work that had been left to us. Much like our beloved leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. I believe that “the ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy”.

 

As brothers of this great Fraternity, you must believe in your potential for greatness and the fact that each Brother has a role to play in realizing this greatness both on an individual basis and for the Fraternity as a whole. This love for your organization should not depend on the perspective of those outside our Brotherhood but must be nurtured within. In that same vein, when doubt circulates internally it is important for us all to come together and address that doubt and resolve it. After all, even though our heads may be bloodied at times, they remain forever unbowed. It is in this same vein that my commitment to this Fraternity remains ironclad and unshakeable. I hope that Brothers will match that level of commitment so that we can move our organization forward and bequeath our sons and future Brothers an organization they can appreciate and be proud of.

 

We have a lot of work ahead of us. The first order of business is our upcoming Conclave scheduled for March 23rd, 2019 in the great state of Michigan where our organization was founded. My administration is looking forward to engaging in this process wherein we can pass the baton on to a duly elected Board of Brothers committed to putting in the work to uplift our organization. As you are all aware, this is a process with many moving parts and it is imperative that we have full participation from all of our members. There aware many issues that the Fraternity needs to deal with in a transparent, collaborative and public forum that will exist at the Conclave. I encourage you all to register for the event, and in particular I would like to encourage our younger Brothers to take up the mantle of leadership and lead us into the future. Fresh ideas, innovation, risk taking and the brash energy of youth is essential to the continued viability and sustainability of any organization.

 

Please find information about the upcoming Conclave in the attached link below. I look forward to seeing you all on Saturday March 23rd, 2019. 

The conclave will be held at the following location (The Westin Southfield Detroit, 1500 Town Center, Southfield, MI 48075. Please click on the link below to register, and also use this password  (  #un***plun***#  ) to access site. (Brothers would know what the *** represent)

 

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/phi-delta-psi-fraternity-2019-conclave-tickets-48713126272

Fraternally Yours,

Q R. Johnson

President

Phi Delta Psi Fraternity, Inc.