History of

Richfield-Bloomington (MN)
Alumni Chapter

At the 70th Grand Chapter meeting, held in Orlando in 1991 the Richfield Alumni was named the medium size  Chapter of the year.

The Richfield-Bloomington Alumni Chapter was chartered on May 19, 1984, as the Richfield Alumni Chapter. In the fall of 1993 several young recent graduates of the gathered to discuss the possibility of an Alumni Chapter that would focus on Reclamation versus Initiation. Just like the ten Founder’s 72 years earlier they visioned a Chapter that would focus on social Action instead of social activities, a group that would be committed to serving under privileged youth and becoming difference makers in the Twin Cities metro area.

On April 23, 1983, four of those men, Larry McKenzie, John Cameron, Carlton Garner and Harold Rose met at the home of John Cameron for the purpose of developing a plan to get brothers active with grand chapter.  Amidst controversy, the group set out to find and reclaim those nomadic brothers and offer them a home. As the number of brothers increased, all of which had no previous alumni chapter affiliation responded to call, on June 22nd, 1983, the group formed T.I.R.A. (Those interested in Richfield Alumni.) In July 1983, the group submitted a petition with Grand Chapter to become an Alumni Chapter in Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.

On February 28, 1984, after months and months of planning, organizing, and waiting, the Grand board approved the petition. The Chapter members are featured below.

The Founding Alumni Chapter Members

John Cameron

Eugene Caston

Charles Ellis

Larry D. Ellis

Bobby Evans

Reginald Flake

Carlton Garner

Steven Horn

Lacy Johnson

Emmitte Lockley

Larry A. McKenzie

Cedric Mitchell

Harold D. Rose

Felton L. Smith

Donnell “Doc” Watson

In 1990, the chapter petitioned to add Bloomington to its name, thus the Richfield -Bloomington (MN) Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.

Our Objectives

  • To unite college men of culture, patriotism, and honor, in a bond of fraternity
  • To Encourage honorable Achievement in every field of human endeavor.
  • To promote spiritual, social, intellectual and moral welfare of its members
  • To assist the aims and purposes of colleges and universities
  • To inspire service in the public’s interest.

Core Values

The core values of the Richfield-Bloomington Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. are rooted in the foundational principles of the fraternity itself. Kappa Alpha Psi was founded on the principles of achievement, brotherhood, service, and scholarship. These principles have guided the fraternity and its members for over a century and continue to be central to the organization’s mission and values.

1. Achievement:

The fraternity emphasizes the importance of academic and professional achievement. Members are encouraged to strive for excellence in all their endeavors and to continuously seek personal and professional growth.

2. Brotherhood:

Kappa Alpha Psi places a strong emphasis on fostering lifelong bonds of brotherhood among its members. The fraternity promotes a supportive and inclusive environment where members can rely on one another for guidance, support, and camaraderie.

3. Service:

Service to the community is a fundamental value of Kappa Alpha Psi. The fraternity encourages its members to be actively involved in serving and uplifting their communities through volunteerism, mentorship, and leadership.

4. Scholarship:

Kappa Alpha Psi values the pursuit of knowledge and intellectual growth. The fraternity promotes academic excellence and encourages its members to be lifelong learners and critical thinkers.

History of Kappa Alpha Psi

On January 5, 1911, the Fraternity then became known as Kappa Alpha Nu, possibly as a tribute to the Black students of 1903 (the Alpha Kappa Nu Greek Society) who preceded them at Indiana University.  These men of vision decided Kappa Alpha Nu would be more than another social organization. It would be the only Greek-letter organization founded with the concept of achievement.  Kappa Alpha Nu began uniting college men of culture, patriotism and honor in a Bond of fraternity.  Primarily, under the efforts and leadership of the calm, methodical, and philosophical Elder W. Diggs and the critical, and scholarly Byron K. Armstrong, the Kappa Alpha Nu Fraternity was founded.  Through their combined labors, the fraternity’s ritual and ceremonial forms, constitution, hymn and motto were created, and insignia and emblems were fashioned.