Sharing The Accomplishments of My Kappa Alpha Psi Undergraduate Dean Of Probates, Kappa To The Bone, And A Trailblazer, in His Own Rights, Mr. Ricardo E Johnson Sr.
RICARDO “RICKY” EDWARD JOHNSON, SR.
’62 Alpha Rho and
’70 Epsilon Tau
Ferris State University; Grand ChapterInterviewed on 07/29/2020 as told to Mel
In high school, Chicago, Illinois, I belonged to the Omicron Club members.
I worked for the fraternity for about 20 years as a Field Secretary for many Grand Polemarchs.
MOMENTS IN TIME
In high school, I belonged to the Omicron Club full of athletes and scholars that met every Friday evening at the YWCA. All the older upperclassmen would visit the club meeting, and they were all Kappa men. When we graduated and became eligible, we pledged Kappa. There were many Kappa men in my church, the Church of the Good Shepherd in Chicago, Illinois. Our late Pastor Rev. Joseph Evans introduced me to a past Grand Polemarch, Earl B. Dickerson, and Edward G. Irvin, one of the ten founders of Kappa Alpha Psi.
Meeting them was the icing on the cake.
I worked for the fraternity for about 20 years as a Field Secretary for many Grand Polemarchs. I also participated in organizing national conventions called Conclaves, and I was in charge of hotel and convention registration for many years.
I also was in financials and worked in two regions called provinces.
I got initiated twice in North Central in 1962 and Northern Province in 1970.
Thus, later after much work, I was nominated for Kappas Service Diggs Award jointly by both of the aforementioned provinces. I also participated with the late past Northern Province Polemarchs, John D. Russell and Charles Davis, in chapter expansions.
I also had many other leadership responsibilities.
I was the organizer and one of the founders of the Grand Rapids Alumni Chapter and GRAC’s first Chapter Polemarch.
I also co-chaired a joint province meeting between the North Central and No