|Grand Polemarch's New Year Message|
My Dear Brothers:
Today I bid you greetings as we embark on another year. We are grateful for what 2016 brought us, and we anticipate even greater things to come in 2017. We come to the beginning of a New Year for our fraternity, family, and relationships. It’s a great time to be a Kappa!
We are gearing up for our 12th Annual National Founders’ Day in Atlanta, where we will honor our Founders; those ten giants who stood firm to create our Noble Clan. Also, at our National Founders’ Day, in keeping with tradition, we will celebrate the 32nd Grand Polemarch, William “Randy” Bates, Jr., Esq. We will also place special emphasis on the Kappa Foundation that weekend. We are expecting great attendance in Atlanta and hope that you will be counted in that number.
Now, our focus leads us toward the celebration of the 83rd Grand Chapter Meeting in Orlando, Florida in July 2017. Kappa brothers from all over the globe will converge on Orlando to handle the business of Kappa. Brothers, get ready!
As you prepare your calendars for 2017, I hope you will plan to attend your Province Council and do everything you can at your local level to perpetuate the goals of the fraternity. Kappa needs you to do your part in making the communities we serve better. We need you to participate in the political activities in your communities, helping the citizens understand the important issues that will help move our constituents forward.
I wish for you and your families the best year ever. Do everything you can to make the lives around you better; you are needed in these special times we live in.
May God bless you and have a Happy New Year.
Yours in the Bond,
Thomas L. Battles, Jr.