A Prelude to the Centennial: Alpha Phi Alpha’s Legacy of Service in Nashville
As the Tau Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. approaches its historic Centennial Anniversary in 2025, the chapter proudly reflects on nearly a century of unwavering dedication to service and advocacy for the communities of Nashville, TN.
Founded in 1925, Tau Lambda Chapter has been a pillar of community engagement, embodying the principles of scholarship, leadership, and service set forth by Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. This year marks a significant milestone as the chapter celebrates the 40th anniversary of its Senior Citizens Luncheon, a cherished tradition that has become a hallmark of the fraternity’s commitment to uplifting the community.
Originating in 1983 at Clark Memorial United Methodist Church under the pastoral leadership of Reverend James King, the Senior Citizens Luncheon was conceived by 13 visionary individuals. What started as a modest gathering in the Fellowship Hall has since evolved into a grand event hosted at the Tau Lambda fraternity house on Ashton St. in the Bordeaux community of Nashville, TN.
This year, Tau Lambda Chapter is excited to host and serve a record number of at least 100 guests at the Senior Citizens Luncheon. The event, fully funded by the volunteer members of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., holds a special place in the hearts of the Brothers as they consider it an honor to serve the community, particularly during the holiday season.
“Tau Lambda Chapter is committed to service and community engagement. The Senior Citizen Luncheon is an embodiment of the tenets of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.”, says Ronald C. Small, President of Tau Lambda Chapter. “The Senior Citizens’ Luncheon is a prime example of our longstanding values of service and love for all mankind.”
The Senior Citizens Luncheon has become a festive occasion featuring a sumptuous meal that includes fried turkeys, ham, greens, green beans, mac & cheese, sweet potatoes, a variety of desserts, and more. The Brotherhood takes pride in cooking, preparing, and serving the guests, creating an atmosphere filled with warmth, joy, and the spirit of the season.
A highlight of the event is the spirited singing of Christmas carols, bringing an extra dose of merriment to the occasion. Attendees, adorned in their Sunday’s best, leave with not just memories but also small tokens of appreciation for their participation in this heartwarming celebration.
Beyond the joyous festivities, the Senior Citizens Luncheon provides an invaluable opportunity for the Brotherhood to fellowship amongst themselves and reinforce their mission of providing service and advocacy for the community.
The Senior Citizens Luncheon is scheduled on December 16, 2023 beginning at noon and will take place at 2016 Ashton Ave, Nashville, TN 37218.
As Tau Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. looks forward to its Centennial Anniversary in 2025, the Senior Citizens Luncheon stands as a testament to the chapter’s enduring commitment to making a positive impact on the lives of those it serves.
For more information about Tau Lambda Chapter and its upcoming Centennial Anniversary celebrations, please contact: Bro. Ronald C. Small, President, Tau Lambda Chapter at firstname.lastname@example.org.