Belleville-O’Fallon Alumni & Hurricane Harvey Relief Efforts

Typically during Labor Day weekend we would have been reminded of the importance and power of hard work and the labor movement. Filled with reflections of a summer gone seemingly too soon, and anticipation of autumn and seasons beyond. Instead, we were consumed  with the ongoing recovery efforts from the Hurricane Harvey catastrophe.  So many of us have personal connections with someone affected in Texas and Louisiana by Harvey. And many of those connections are our Kappa brothers and their families.

Grand Polemarch Thomas L. Battles earlier this week put out a call for all Kappa to come to the aid of those in the affected areas.  The request is for Kappa to contribute at least $100,000.  The Kappa Foundation has established the iKare Hurricane Harvey Initiative. Through this initiative we make sure the assistance gets to those in need.

My request is the members Belleville-O’Fallon (IL) Alumni work in conjunctions with chapters and Brothers of the North Central Province to collectively contribute at least monies toward the $9,000 goal the Province has been tasked chapters with that goes towards the iKare Hurricane Harvey Initiative.  Frankly, I understand there is a fatigue over how many requests for financial contributions go out to our chapter and brothers. But this is an extraordinary circumstance and I’m confident that the brothers of the North Central Province are willing and able of stepping up to the plate.

The alumni members of the North Central Province Board of Directors have personally committed to a collective total of at least $800.  Additionally, the NCP Board of Directors has approved a contribution of $3,200 from the Province Exchequer. These funds will be forwarded to the iKare Hurricane Harvey Initiative.

What else can we do?

I’m asking that chapters make contributions in the amounts they see fit.  I’m also asking that acall goes out individual brothers and others of good will to make a contribution to the iKare Hurricane Harvey Initiative.

In order for us to report back to you our progress on this initiative, we have set up a special Donate button on the Belleville-O’Fallon Alumni website –  Our Keeper of Exchequer will be the transfer agent and all funds received will be forwarded to the Province’s Keeper of Exchequer so they can transfer to the iKare Hurricane Harvey Initiative of the Kappa Foundation.

Or you can donate on the iKare page –        If you chose this option, please be sure to indicate you are a member of the Belleville-O’Fallon (IL) Alumni or North Central Province before entering your payment information.

We will continue to update you with ways to support the relief efforts in the coming days.



Yours in the Bond,

Michael Stewart

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