President’s Welcome message
Welcome to the International Website of Groove Phi Groove, Social Fellowship Incorporated!
It is my honor and privilege to address you as the 12th International President. To the Fellowmen of Groove, I am here to serve you. To our Sisters of Swing Phi Swing, I am here to support you. To the visitors of this website, have a seat at our table.
I encourage you to delve into the world of Groove Phi Groove by familiarizing yourselves with our mission, our purpose, and our initiatives. We are a brotherhood of conscious men. We are husbands, fathers, sons and community leaders. We see nothing complicated about striving to empower our people. We seek to advance community life and to enhance the futures of individuals through service. Our members are humbled and feel blessed to serve others. This is the historical root of our Fellowship. No matter your religion we must remain aware of what Surah I-Baqarah verse 2:269 or Luke 12:48 states “To whom much is given, much is required”. We are required to use our blessings to bestow blessings and opportunities on others. I am asking every brother of Groove to take a moment to determine how you, individually and we collectively, can fulfill our mission and live our purpose.
Our 2019 International Conclave was an exciting event, we celebrated with our Sisters as they observed their 50th anniversary. We were duly excited and proud of our sister organization’s accomplishments and longevity. We observed and learned lessons that will prepare us for the celebration of our esteemed 60 year anniversary in 2022.
We also held our own elections, setting the stage for our fellowship to move into a new era, as a fellowship of conscious men, tasked with studying and alleviating social and economic problems concerning our communities. So, we are excited about the prospects of having a greater impact in our communities and in the world as an international organization. We are poised for Greatness! We are poised to help those left outside of human prosperity.
The vision of this administration seeks to improve the organizational and collegiate experiences of our undergraduate members; those experiences must lead to a life of continuous work in Groove and service to others beyond the undergraduate years.
Alumni brothers, “. to keep alive in the graduate interest in college life and the progressive movement emanating therefrom” – reflect on the challenges you faced throughout your maturation process into young adulthood. Please, think deeply about the burdens faced by our younger brothers in this contemporary and ever-evolving world.
Let us advance the idea of “Brothers Building Brothers” by taking a more active role in developing and guiding our undergraduate members; as they are our organization’s most valuable resource.
Administratively, I seek to advance a philosophy of “Innovation and Standardization”. This allows us to utilize innovative thought and technology to meet the challenges of tomorrow; yet remain steeped in our traditions with respect for our foundation. We will continue to invest in our Fellowship so that our members can realize more “value in membership”.
Investing in our members is essential to encourage them to embrace our traditions, initiatives, and brotherhood. This year we will continue to focus on our community service and philanthropic roots. Our organization was founded on the principles of service, honor, and integrity. We will place special emphasis on our Groove Leadership Academy mentorship initiative. We are challenged to provide support, encouragement, and wisdom to the young men participating in our programs. More than ever, the Groove Leadership Academy is necessary, to train, uplift and develop the next generation of leadership in our communities. The result of cultivating these young minds will be the creation of new leaders who are focused on making impactful contributions to society.
In our 57 years of existence, we have remained vested in active community involvement and in fostering connections with young people (and collegiate students) by providing opportunities to engage in productive activities that build character and perspective. We will make greater strides to include our younger fellowmen in the development of our programmatic initiatives.
We have a great deal of knowledge and wisdom in our elders. I challenge our elders to utilize their shared experiences in listening, teaching, molding and guiding our younger members. This will ensure that they are optimizing their potential.
We have a great deal of experience and competence in our organization, I ask that each our Fellowmen use their set of specialized skills to benefit Groove and the larger community.
I was elected to be a change agent, and to push our fellowship to greater heights. I don’t believe in reinventing the wheel, I do believe in innovating and standardizing our processes; while acknowledging and learning from existing best practices. It is my duty to take the baton and forge through the next leg of our collective journey on the road less traveled.
We are the few, but we are the chosen. In Fellowship, may we Groove on!