A SHORT HISTORY OF

THE IOTA EPSILON LAMBDA chapter 

The Iota Epsilon Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. was the fifth chapter
organized outside the continental United States of America. The Iota Epsilon Lambda Chapter was
the fifth alumni chapter organized outside the continental United States of America. The charter
was originally given to a chapter in South Vietnam in 1968 and transferred to Nassau,
Bahamas on May 11th, 1977. Bro. Godfrey Pratt was the precursor who initiated and lead the
efforts to Charter a local Chapter. Other Brothers soon came onboard and finalized the work are
considered as the Founders. They are Brothers Charles Albury, Arthur Fountain, Theodore Nottage,
Patrick Taylor, Aluchifer Rolle, Rev. Maynard Turner and Godfrey Pratt.
The charter members included: Brothers Charles Albury – President; Theodore
Nottage – Vice-President; Hugh Chase – Treasurer; Aluchifer Rolle – Recording and
Corresponding Secretary; Alfred Forbes – Dean of Pledgees; Rupert Smith – Historian
/ Sergeant at Arms; Kendal Darling; Marcian Mortimer; Rev. Maynard Turner, Jr.;
Arthur Fountain; Rev. Peter Pinder; Leroy N. Thompson; Dr. Cyril Vanderpool;
William R. Walkine; Barrington C. Smith; Godfrey Pratt; the late Rev. Dr. O. A. Pratt;
Julius Cox; Luther Darville and the late Patrick Taylor.
Today the Brothers of Iota Epsilon Lambda are well-respected men of distinction in both their
personal and professional lives. Here in The Bahamas, we pride ourselves on the achievements and
contributions among our brotherhood and participate in the fight to elevate the downtrodden
members of our community.
The Chapter continues to create a social climate in which brothers can enrich themselves for
effective living and leadership upon returning home from their various college and universities.


LIFE MEMBERSHIP


There are twenty-eight brothers within the chapter with Life Membership status: Leroy
Thompson; Kevin Basden; Daniel Ferguson; Keith T. Cleare; Karl Dawkins; Fred
Munnings, Jr.; Kendrick Christie; Terrance Fountain; Ricardo P. Deveaux; Shane O. D.
Albury; Oscar L. Dorsett; Bruce P. LaFleur; André A. Moss; Warren A. Pinder; Peter W.
Rutherford; Dave M. Forbes; Algernon Cargill, Sr.; Temico Smith; L. Gerard Archer;
Dr. Frederick P. Smith; Lynden D. Maycock; Dayan M. Bourne; Dominic Archer; Don
Davis; Drexon Thompson; Dr. Steven A. Rolle; Kino Williamson and Michael H.
Wilson.


NATIONAL PROGRAMS


The Brothers of the local chapter are successfully carrying out the Fraternity’s National
Programs and Special Projects. The Chapter has risen to the challenge to assist the local community
through ongoing programs and projects. These programs include our Mentorship program “Go To
High School, Go to College” where we mentor at risk young high school men. The annual Honour’s
Day Awards Scholarship Convocation; assisting the Red Cross, Cancer Society and The Salvation

Army in their appeals; Project Alpha – The National Program on teen pregnancy from the male
prospective and A Voteless People is a Hopeless People Campaign. During the period of 1992 – 1998,
the chapter was responsible for sponsoring a Junior Achievement Company at the Simpson Penn
Center for Boys (formerly the Boys Industrial School).

INTERNATIONAL CONVENTIONS & CONFERENCES


The local chapter also had the honour of being the first international chapter to host four
historic conventions. Under the leadership of President Harry Collie, the chapter hosted the 1995
Florida Federation of Alpha Chapters District conference. In 1998, under the leadership of President
Kendrick Christie, the chapter hosted the Fraternity’s National Economic and Leadership Seminar.
In 2007, under the leadership of President Lynden Maycock, the chapter hosted for the second
time the Florida Federation of Alpha Chapters District Conference. In 2015, under the leadership of
President Dayan M. Bourne, the chapter hosted for the third time the Florida Federation of Alpha
Chapters District Conference. The chapter has also played host to the following General Presidents
– Milton C. Davis; Adrian Wallace and Herman “Skip” Mason.


INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS


During the 2000-2001 and 2007-2008 fraternal year, the Chapter experienced the highest
nationally financial Brothers on the membership roll. Forty-five Brothers were listed on the National
roll as being financially active on both the National and Local levels of the Fraternity.
The chapter is also pleased that Brothers from the local chapter accepted international
leadership roles. Brothers Leroy Thompson, Kevin Basden and Nathaniel Cooper during
the 80’s and 90’s served as Cluster Coordinator for The Bahamas.
In October 2002, The Iota Epsilon Lambda Chapter petitioned the Florida Federation of Alpha
Chapters for The Bahamas to be created as a separate Area in the District. It was approved and The
Bahamas became an Area and the Area Director was appointed to the District’s Executive Board. Bro.
Ricardo P. Deveaux was appointed the first Bahamas Area Director by Bro. Christopher
McCray – District Director of the Florida Federation of Alpha Chapters. In 2004, Bro. Deveaux was
re-appointed to the position of Area Director by Florida District Director Bro. James Crumel, Sr.
In 2008, Bro. Lynden Maycock was the second Bahamian Brother to be appointed Bahamas Area
Director. He was appointed by Florida District Director Bro. John Ellis. In 2012, Bro. Dayan
Bourne was the third Bahamian Brother to be appointed Bahamas Area Director. He was appointed
by Florida District Director Bro. Matthew Bradford. In 2016, Bro. Dayan Bourne was
reappointed as the Bahamas Area Director by Florida District Director Marlon Ivey.
At the International Level, Bro. Marc Garcia, an Attaché with the US Embassy in The
Bahamas and a member of the Iota Epsilon Lambda Chapter, was appointed to the Senior Leadership
Team of 31 st General President Harry Johnson, Sr. He was named to the newly created Senior
Committee Level position, Chairman, International Brothers Affairs. In January 2005, 32 nd General
President Darryl Matthews, Sr. appointed Bro. Ricardo P. Deveaux as Chairman of
International Brothers Affairs, becoming the first Bahamian Brother from the Iota Epsilon Lambda
Chapter to serve on the Senior Leadership Team. In January 2009, 33 rd General President
Herman Skip Mason appointed Bro. André A. Moss as Chairman of International Brothers,
becoming the second Bahamian Brother from The Bahamas to be appointed to the Senior Leadership
Team. In January 2013, 34 th General President Mark Tillman reappointed Bro. André A.

Moss as Chairman of International Brothers. In January 2017, 35 th General President Everett
Ward appointed Brother Ricardo P. Deveaux to the Standing Committee on Publications and
Bro. André A. Moss on the Standing Committee on Membership and Extension Services
representing the Southern Region. On April 23 rd , 2020, 35 th General President Everett Ward
appointed Brother Nathaniel Cooper to the position of Associate Chairman of the International A.
Charles Haston Brother’s Keeper Program.

At the Regional Level, Bro. Algernon Cargill, Sr. was appointed in 2018 as the Chairman,
Business and Economic Committee by the Southern Regional Vice-President Brother Kelsey L.
Rushing. Bro. Cargill became the first Brother from the Iota Epsilon Lambda Chapter to be
appointed to the Regional Senior Leadership Team.

NATIONAL PAN-HELLENIC COUNCIL


The Iota Epsilon Lambda Chapter has also played an integral role in fostering Inter-Greek
Relations in The Bahamas. Since the Nassau, Bahamas Pan-Hellenic Council was established in 1981
and then reorganized in 1991, Alphas have left their mark of leadership on the Council. Bro. K. Peter
Turnquest led the reorganization of the Local NPHC as its 2 nd President and Bro. Ricardo P.
Deveaux was its Charter President (4 th President) and led the Council to becoming the first
international council to be chartered by the National Pan-Hellenic Council, Inc.
The Chapter celebrates that two Brothers from the Iota Epsilon Lambda Chapter have been
inducted into the Bahamas Greek Hall of Fame for their contribution to the Fraternal movement in
The Bahamas: Bro. Ricardo P. Deveaux – 2004 Inductee and Bro. Hon. K. Peter Turnquest,
M.P. – 2017 Inductee.


On the International level for the National Pan-Hellenic Council, Inc. – Bro. Ricardo P.
Deveaux also blaze some trails for others to follow. In February 1999, he was elected to the Office of
National First Vice-President, National Pan-Hellenic Council, Inc. He was the first member from an
international council and one of the youngest persons to hold the second highest international NPHC
office.


CONTINUED LEGACY


Through the continued participation at all levels in the Fraternity, The Brothers of the Iota
Epsilon Lambda Chapter hope to assist in the further promotion of a greater awareness of the
Fraternity. It was also our desire to ensure that we are meeting the needs of our community through
our social action initiatives.
In May 2001, The Chapter celebrated with Bro. Rev. Dr. Ornan A. Pratt as the Fraternity
recognized his 50 th Year Membership. In 2006, The Chapter celebrated the Centennial of the
Fraternity by attending in great numbers the Centennial Convention in Washington, DC and in
December 2006, hosting their own celebration in true Bahamian style, a Centennial Ball.

In May 2017 Dr. Roderick L. Smothers was our 31 st Honours Day Convocation Speaker he
challenged the Brothers of IEL to establish a HBCU College Fair etc.

In July 2018, 35 th General President Everett Ward recognized the longest living and active
member of the Iota Epsilon Lambda Chapter, Senior Life Member Bro. Leroy Thompson. On April
21 st , 2018, Bro. Thompson celebrated 60 years as a FINANCIAL and ACTIVE member of Alpha Phi
Alpha Fraternity, Inc.

In March, 2019 we jointly hosted with the Ladies of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Eta Psi
Omega Chapter) two Historically Black College and Universities (HBCUs) Presidents Forum and
College Fairs (including Fisk University, Florida Memorial University, Harris-Stowe State University,
Philander Smith College and Virginia Union University) whereby millions of dollars in scholarships
were offered to Bahamian Students to pursue tertiary education one of the above mentioned HBCU’s.
Phi Mu Chapter at the University of The Bahamas was chartered on October 26, 2019
In April 2019 Dr. Michael Lomax President of United Negro College Fund was our 32 nd
Honours Day Convocation Speaker spoke on the Topic

Visit of the National President Dr. Everett B. Ward - September 2019 – Brother’s Keeper
Hurricane Dorian Relief

January 2020 – Dr. Roderick L: Smothers, Sr. President of Philander Smith College Little
Rock, Arkansas - ML King Memorial Lecturer

The Chapter now in its 43 rd Chartering year looks forward to continuing to hold the light of
Alpha.

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