HRAC Newsletter  -December 1, 2014 Edition

Upcoming Events

  • 12/7/14  Adopt-a-Spot  -10:00 am @ 41st St Norfolk
  • 12/11/14  Holiday Party to Benefit Toys for Tots  -6:00 pm @ Second Street Newport News (Kiln Creek)
  • 1/10/15  Anniversary Party -7:00 pm @ Brother Jody South's House
  • 2/7/15  General Body Meeting and Elections Time & Location TBD

Quote of the Week

"Be thankful for what you have; you'll end up having more.  If you concentrate on what you don't have, you will never, ever have enough."
-Oprah Winfrey

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Good Reads

By Greg McKeown

The Organized Mind
By Daniel J. Levitin



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First Admirals Fundraiser Successful

In November, the Hampton Roads Alumni Chapter of Alpha Kappa Psi sold discounted Norfolk Admirals tickets to help raise money for the chapter.  The fundraiser turned out to be a success with the group selling a final total of 35 tickets!  For each ticket sold, the organization received a portion of the proceeds.

The game was held on the evening of Friday, November 21 at the Scope Arena in downtown Norfolk and brought out members of the alumni chapter, Iota Pi chapter brothers, and various guests.  While the Admirals lost the game to the Portland Pirates the fundraiser was a major success.  This was the first sports-related fundraiser the chapter has facilitated.

HRAC Helps Feed the Hungry for Thanksgiving

On Wednesday, November 26, brother Shelly Rossi delivered $120 worth of food donations to the YMCA to help feed the hungry for Thanksgiving.  The food donations included multiple cans of green beans, corn, cranberry sauce, tomato soup and chicken noodle soup.  This was made possible thanks to generous donations from some of our chapter members.  The chapter would like to offer a special thank you to brothers Chris Stoney, Jody South, Zach Grohler, Kim Green, Jaimie Ferns, and Shelly Rossi for contributing your time and/or money to help!

The chapter would like to provide other opportunities to help the community.  If you were unable to make a donation for this cause, there will be others in the future.  Please feel free to share your contribution

Holiday Toys for Tots Party

The HRAC will end the year with a holiday part at Second Street in the Kiln Creek area of Newport News on Thursday, December 11.  Join us at 6 pm for dinner and drinks and bring an unwrapped toy to benefit Toys for Tots!

Guests are welcome at this event as this will be the final open event.  Changes will begin in 2015.  Read below for details.  Please encourage guests to bring an unwrapped toy as well.

Anniversary Party Date Selected


Brothers, mark your calendars now for our anniversary potluck celebration.  January 2015 denotes our third year as an official alumni chapter of Alpha Kappa Psi.  Join us in celebrating on Saturday, January 10!  

This year's event will be a potluck and will be held at brother Jody South's house in Suffolk.  Look for an invite and a request for what dish you will bring in the near future.  Dig out those recipes now and start thinking of what you might want to bring!  The 2014 potluck was a great success with delicious food, games, and plenty of socializing.  With brother South's recent remodeling, we expect this year to be bigger and better!

Will you be there to celebrate?

Event Fees Coming in 2015

A change is coming in 2015!  As we continue to try to grow the alumni chapter, it is important that we all realize and respect the exclusivity of being a member of Alpha Kappa Psi.

How does this affect you?  For all social events hosted by the chapter, AKPsi brothers who wish to attend but have not paid annual dues will be charged a fee of $5 to attend.  Non-members will be charged $10.  This does include annual celebrations such as the cookout and Founders Day celebration.

How can you avoid such fees?  Become a dues paying member for 2015 and gain free access to all activities and social events!  We hope you will plan to do so.  Membership information and renewal details will be provided at a future date.


December Brotherhood Spotlight:

Zach Grohler

1.       What is your full name?  Zachary John Grohler
2.       When is your birthday?  June 1, 1990
3.       When did you join AKPsi?  Fall 2011
4.       Where did you go to school?  Christopher Newport University
5.       Do you have any siblings?  I have an older brother (Josh), and a younger sister (Jessica)
6.       What is your favorite color?  Sapphire Blue
7.       What is your guilty pleasure? Video games, Call of Duty and Clash of Clans phone game
8.       If you could have one superpower, what would it be and why?  Supergenius intellect. 
9.       What are your best three traits?  I'm honest, genuine, and caring 
10.   Do you have any unusual talents?  I can wiggle my ears.
11.   What is your favorite food(s)?  Chicken Parmesan
12.   What is your favorite tv show?  The Walking Dead
13.   If you could travel anywhere, where would you go and why?  Scotland, to see the castles and learn the culture.
14.   What is your favorite type of music?  Rock n Roll or Oldies
15.   Have you ever played any sports?  I played baseball growing up and soccer, in high school but nothing since then.
16.   Tell us an embarrassing story.  I was a wee teenager (about 13 or 14), in the car with my girlfriend Becca and her mom.  A favorite song of my Nannie and I came on, "Give me the beat boys."  Me, being a goofy kid, I started singing along, loudly, the lyrics my grandmother and I sang.  It turned out that "Gimme the beach boys and free my soul" weren't the actual words to the song, and the car went dead silent after I finished.  I haven't lived it down yet.  Every time the song comes on in their presence, they sing it back loud to me and tease me about it.

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