The Tri-State Chapter was formed in September 2008 and its members and Directors immediately came together for a very worthy cause, to assist a current student, Dionne Harrison, who was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer and was temporarily residing in NY for treatment through the Ronald McDonald Foundation. This was the first venture for the chapter and it provided the inspiration we all needed to carry on and continue our efforts towards a successful and long lived chapter.
The first meeting of Alpha Tri-State was attended by Sonia Gordon, Angella Hamilton Brown, Colleen Whyte, Sandra Miller, Maxine Chuck, Heather Miller and Beverley Picart. The meeting was held at the United Nations Mission to the Jamaican Consulate. Marie Wood-Smith, Jennifer Johnson and Annmarie Bull-Austin would soon thereafter join the association.
The chapter was launched on October 25, 2008. On November 17, 2008 the chapter stated its intent to join UJAA. On January 23, 2009 Alpha Tri-State was incorporated. Through the years meetings have been held in Queens, Bronx, Brooklyn, New Jersey, Manhattan, White Plains, and New Rochelle. Over the years the chapter has put on a number of fundraisers, such as a Cocktail Reception and Dinner Dance, outing at Rye Playland, joint boat ride with Kingston College.
In November of 2013 in an effort to rejuvenate the organization and to bring in new members the organization embarked on a re-launch effort. Io kick off this effort the Chapter held a re-launch party at the Celebs Sports Bar and Lounge.
It is our hope to continue to be a very active chapter, be responsive to real issues both in the Alpha community and beyond, and make a difference in a significant way towards promoting the values of the school we all once treasured not so many year ago.
Meetings are held quarterly at various locations, dates and time. In addition, social events and fundraisers are held periodically throughout the year based on our need to raise additional funds for current and new school projects.