In the late 1980s, there was growing sentiment among local Alpha Phi Alpha members, who were desirous of supplying the Greater San Antonio community with a truly progressive voice; one where Brotherhood would be Elevated and Service would be Transcendent. Several Brothers heeded the clarion call to assemble for the purpose of cultivating an oasis of Brotherhood that was focused on advancing the work of Alpha Phi Alpha in the community while being engaged actively in Alpha’s affairs spanning the district, regional and national levels.
After much research and deliberation, consensus among Brothers grew that San Antonio could sustain an additional Alumni Chapter, which would be a model of excellence in the Fraternity. The charter application was submitted by Brother Randall Palmer III to the Committee on Membership, Standards and Extensions whose recommendation was sent to the Board of Directors for approval. The vision and purpose of the founding group in San Antonio was realized March 11, 1991 – alas, Pi Theta Lambda (Key# 0641), Alpha Phi Alpha’s newest Scion emerged.
The then National Vice-President of the Southwestern Region, Brother Adrian L. Wallace (later the 30th General President), brought the Pi Theta Lambda charter to San Antonio, Texas, and presided over the chartering ceremony, which was held at the Rivercenter Marriott.
The Sixteen (16) Charter Members of Pi Theta Lambda Chapter are as follows:
1. Farris D. Anderson, Jr.
2. Ronald L. Anderson – Charter President; former Executive Director of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.
3. George W. Darty
4. Porter C. Dillard, Jr.
5. James R. Lewis, Sr. [Omega Chapter]
6. Jerome A. Lindsay
7. Bernard T. McCutchen
8. Willie L. McDaniel
9. Walter Mathis
10. Randall P. Palmer III – 14th National Vice President of the Southwestern Region (1986-1989)
11. Thomas Riche
12. David Sanford
13. Robert Scarborough [Omega Chapter]
14. Allen D. Smith
15. Johnny W. Thomas
16. Jimmie N. Varnado
Pi Theta Lambda Chapter (ALAMO ALPHAS ©), has always been a diverse body, with its membership comprised of retired military and active duty personnel, local government and federal employees, businessmen and entrepreneurs, medical and legal professionals, educators and academics that hail from all parts of the country. Throughout Pi Theta Lambda Chapter’s 25 year history, the chapter has established strategic partnerships, and is actively engaged in a wide range of outreach activities in the community.
In 1992, members of Pi Theta Lambda Chapter founded the independent Pi Theta Lambda Educational Foundation, Inc. (PTLEF), a 501 (c) (3) charitable corporation whose mission is to raise and/or secure monies for educational and charitable purposes, as well as, serve as a vehicle for the implementation of Alpha Phi Alpha’s national programs. Since its establishment, the Foundation has tendered dozens of monetary awards designed strictly for academic expenses to local high school students in pursuit of post-secondary education and training.
As a chapter, Pi Theta Lambda, has provided Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. with leadership at the state, regional, and national levels. Past and present constituents of the ALAMO ALPHAS © have included: a past National Vice-President of the Southwestern Regional, a past Executive Director of the General Organization, two (2) past TCAC Presidents/TX District Directors, and TCAC Hall of Fame inductees.
In 2009, Pi Theta Lambda hosted the Texas Council of Alpha Chapters (TCAC) District Convention alongside Delta Rho Lambda, Epsilon Sigma, and Tau Tau. The Good Old Alpha Spirit abounds within Pi Theta Lambda Chapter as it continually strives to uphold the Light of Alpha and embodies “Alpha Exceptionalism” for the uplift of humanity, especially our Youth.