On January 12, 2013, approximately 100 people attended the Mobile Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. 102nd year Annual Founders’ Day Banquet held at the Helena II Banquet Hall at 1570 St. Stephens Road.
The annual banquet is held to honor the founding of the fraternity at Indiana University –Bloomington, on January 5, 1911 and the formation of the Mobile Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi which was organized on December 26, 1949 and received its charter on May 27, 1950.
In addition to paying homage to its founding, the chapter also bestows honorable recognition upon the Silhouette of the Year (Wife/Sweetheart of a Member), Citizen of the Year, and Kappa Man of the Year. The individuals receiving the honors have exemplified the greatest level of achievement in their field of endeavor.
The Silhouette of the Year honor was bestowed upon Mrs. Hilda Berry Irby, wife of Isaac Irby, Sr. Mrs. Irby has provided services to the Silhouettes for over 40 years in various capacities. A retired educator, her educational career included serving as a teacher and principal at Mt. Calvary Lutheran School, and as a teacher at both Craighead Elementary and Woodstock Elementary in the Mobile County Public Schools System. She is an active member of the Delta Theta Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, the Mobile Sunlight District, and the First Missionary Baptist Church of Baltimore Street.
The Citizen of the Year honor was rendered to Mr. Joe Cothron. Mr. Cothron compiled over 49 years of service as an educator and consultant. He began his career as an elementary school teacher and culminated it as a military educator. He retired after 44 years of Federal service. He is a published author in the Education Journal. He created an Adult Career Development Center in Alaska. While serving in Korea, he initiated an education assistance program for military spouses and assisted the Republic of Korea in designing a continuing education program for soldiers. He was honored as Military Educator of the Year in 1999. In 2003, he was inducted into the International Adult Continuing Education Hall of Fame at the University of Oklahoma-Norman, Oklahoma.
The Kappa Man of the Year honor went to Mr. Wilbert Merriweather. Mr. Merriweather is a retired executive with the Target Corporation. He serves the Mobile community in the capacities of: President of the Dearborn YMCA Board of Directors, President of the Mobile Youth Council, Member of Mobile Works, and serves as a youth mentor. The Mobile Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi selected him as Citizen of the Year in 2009. He is currently serving in the capacity of Polemarch of the Mobile Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi.
The keynote address was delivered by Dr. Lemuel Taylor, Jr., a retired educator and administrator with the Mobile County Public School System and Pastor Emeritus of Highpoint Baptist Church. Dr. Taylor’s message provided a retrospective view of one’s servitude and humility to mankind. He emphasized the need for the fraternity to continue its unswerving attempt to reach out to the youth of Mobile and to continue providing them with the encouraging mentorship necessary to become productive members in the society in which they live.
The fraternity members and silhouettes attended church service on Sunday, January 13, at the Martin Luther Lutheran Church on Martin Luther King Avenue where Mr. Merriweather is a devoted member. The attendees and the church members enjoyed a delightful meal following the service in the church dining area.