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Released 12/12/2003
Updated on 9/19/2004

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Gamma Gamma Lambda Chapter
Contact: Don R. Weston
Telephone: (864) 968-0776 and/or (864) 254-5619
P. O. Box 5244
Greenville, South Carolina 29607

Other participating chapters:

Clemson, SC

Gamma Gamma Lambda Community Outreach Day at Shady Oak:
Voter Education and Project Alpha Awareness

Greenville, SC, September 19, 2004. - Gamma Gamma Lambda Chapter along with Shady Oak Baptist Church, and the Urban League of the Upstate sponsored a Voter Education and Registration Day after morning services. As a part of the day's event, worshippers had an opportunity to register to vote, view and see a demonstration of the new voting machines and view other pertinent information regarding voting.

The new touch screen machines received large attention which was the intent of the project. Many Upstate counties are switching to the new machines in the coming November election. "New machines have great advantages but like anything new, many people will be intimidated by them," say Bobby Clark, President of Gamma Gamma Lambda Chapter. "We need to get as many people as possible familiar these machines before November". A map of the local voting district was also displayed which showed the many changes in the district including four complete new polling sites.

"You need to remember that many heroes died to get [our community] the right to vote", says Rev. Ronald Barton Pastor of Shady Oak, "God empowers us to take action, and we should respond." The Event was planned conjunction with the National Voter Education Week which was from on September 12 from September 19. It is a part of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity's National
"A Voteless People are a Hopeless People” project. Many thanks go to Pi Alpha (Clemson University) for contributing to the project.

In addition to the Voter Education initiative, the Brothers had a display designed to educate students and parents about the Project Alpha initiative. As a result of this effort, over 20 young men signed up to participate in this year's activity. As Rev. Barton challenged the congregation during service, we need to be committed to filling up the church that day with young men 12 to 17 years old. As a commitment to helping to do that, footage from Sunday's awareness effort will run on the church's broadcast, "Building Your Life Through the Word" on next Sunday at 7:30 am on Channel UPN-62.


Bro. Weston, Clark, & Barton (GGL) and McCullough & Jason Friday (Pi Alpha).

Brothers from GGL & Pi Alpha at both tables. Project Alpha was promoted during the day.

New touch screen ballot machine
being setup for demonstration.

County Official explains the new
ballot machine to a crowd of onlookers.

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