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My Beloved Brothers & Guests,
I am honored beyond measure to have you join with us as we celebrate our inauguration as your 35th General President of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. I humbly stand on the solid foundation that has been laid by those who have held this most esteemed office over the past 110 years. I thank them for their bold and courageous visionary leadership.
I especially want to pay tribute to our living General Presidents who serve as my mentors, and to countless other brothers, as we guide our beloved fraternity onward and upward: James Williams, 25th; Charles C. Teamer, Sr., 27th; Henry Ponder, 28th; Milton C. Davis, 29th; Adrian L. Wallace, 30th; Harry E. Johnson, Sr., 31st; Darryl R. Matthews, Sr., 32nd; Herman “Skip" Mason, Jr., 33rd; and Mark S. Tillman, 34th.
I am thankful to the Brothers of the District of North Carolina – my home state – for hosting this weekend's activities. I am particularly thankful for Brother Attorney Jarvis Harris and the entire planning team for their hard work in the preparation and now the implementation of our inaugural activities. Equally as important, I am thankful to each and every one of you for carving out the time to be here. This weekend would not be the same without you.
As we gather this weekend to reflect and to celebrate, I also invite you to join me in giving thanks to our Creator. I invite Him to be a part of all that we attempt to do during this administration. It is my belief that we will continue to accomplish our Fraternity's mission on the local, regional, national and international stage by inviting Him to be with us in all that we endeavor to do. I hope to personally have a chance to fellowship with as many of you as I can while we are here in Greensboro. If I miss talking to you this weekend, I hope to see you as I travel to our regional conventions and then to our 111th Anniversary Convention, July 12-16, 2017, in Baltimore, Maryland.
Sincerely and fraternally yours,
Brother Everett B. Ward
35th General President