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There Goes an Alpha Man

THERE GOES A MAN OF HIGH IMPULSE; OF PRINCELY MIEN AND GRACE. THERE GOES A MAN OF HUMBLE FAITH; A CREDIT TO HIS RACE. THERE GOES A MAN OF CONSCIENCE VAST WITH WILL TO REACH HIS GOAL. THERE GOES A MAN OF LORDLY RANK; OF HEROES' STOCK AND SOUL. THERE GOES A MAN OF NOBLE CASTE WHOM HARDSHIP CANNOT BREAK THERE GOES A MAN IN MERIT CLAD WHOM DUTY WON'T FORSAKE. THERE GOES A MAN IN CULTURED VERSE WHO HOLDS A SPORTSMAN'S CREED. THERE GOES A MAN TOO VIGILANT TO BOW TO LUST OR GREED THERE GOES A MAN WHOSE LIFE IS SPENT IN SERVICE NOT IN SCORN. THERE GOES A MAN WHOSE MAJESTY SHINES LIKE A MAY TIME MORN. THERE GOES A MAN WHO IS A FRIEND TO LOVE AND DUTY TRUTH. THERE GOES A MAN TO HELP UPLIFT THE LIVES OF WHOLESOME YOUTH. THERE GOES A MAN WITH INDUSTRY AND FAITH AT HIS COMMAND. THERE GOES THE BEST MAN IN AND OUT FOR HE IS AN ALPHA MAN.

By Peter Clarke

SECTION I. Executive Summary

In this ever-changing world of hip-hop, informality and anything goes, it is important that men of culture understand and adhere to basic rules of protocol and etiquette. Alpha Men do not simply follow the style; they establish the trend! If Alphas are to transcend all, they must be first of all. In being first, Alphas must be sure to represent basic principles of refinement and culture through understanding and implementation of basic rules of etiquette and protocol.

Merriam-Webster’s Online Dictionary defines protocol as a code prescribing strict adherence to correct etiquette and precedence. This protocol manual is developed in an effort to provide a common set of procedures for Alpha Phi Alpha Men. The manual includes official policy and procedures regarding what it means to be an Alpha Man and General Alpha Protocol. This manual is not designed to provide punitive actions for non-adherence in all instances. Please see Section IV. Enforcement.

National Pan-Hellenic Council Protocol, and General Etiquette to include all aspects of business etiquette related to the general workplace, meetings, verbal communication, telephone etiquette, cell phone etiquette, writing business letters, electronic mail and Internet behavior, dress and appearance, and table manner and included in the “Addendum to the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Protocol Manual” (under development). Other specific Alpha application is added to each business etiquette category.

On March 5, 2004, the Georgia District Director, Brother Ellis Albright, commissioned this manual. On November 15, 2005, the Southern Regional Vice- President, Brother Everett Ward, asked that the document be converted to a Southern Region Document after seeing the second draft. Bro. Willard Hall, Jr., Executive Director of Alpha Phi

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