August 2011 Volume 8

Atlanta President’s Message

Anthony Williams
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Since the founding of the Atlanta Chapter, we have been a beacon of light in a number of ways. The publication of the KC Times and the George Thompson Memorial Scholarship are testament to what we have achieved. As we continue to grow, we will bring to the fore other innovative ideas that will serve our alma mater well.

As a new and fledgling chapter, we went through the usual ups and downs but always moving up at the end of the day. Past administrations worked tirelessly to build the Chapter and have laid a solid foundation. I lift my hat to them. We will use that foundation as a spring board to take the Chapter to new heights. Of particular importance is a renewed membership and public relations/community outreach drive. I believe this twin attack will strengthen our association further and allow us to achieve our main objectives.

As we work collectively with the other Chapters, school administration, sponsors and countless other old boys and supporters, the Atlanta Chapter looks forward to another year with renewed enthusiasm.

Lastly, it is with deep regret we learned the passing of the late Ivan “Wally” Johnson. He was a giant among men and a true Fortis to the very end. The endless flow of tributes is a true testament to the many lives that he touched positively throughout the years. As a famous quote goes, “Good men must die, but death cannot kill their names”. I believe the memory of Mr. Johnno will live forever in the annals of our great alma mater and it will be made better because Mr. Johnno was there. For many of us who had the good fortune to benefit from Mr. Johnno’s wisdom and Fortis spirit either directly or indirectly, we say thank you.

The Atlanta Chapter joins the entire KC fraternity in extending our condolences to the family and loved ones of the late Ivan Johnson.

Anthony Williams
KCOBA Atlanta

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