PALS Club Timeline


June: Awarded seven (7) $ 1,000 college scholarships.

Bestowed ten (10) laptops/software to marginalized minority students (8th -12th grades)


September: The PALS Club celebrates 90 years in existence

June/July: Awarded three (3) $ 1,000 scholarships. Conferred three (3) laptops to CSU Upward bound students


May: Tuskegee Airman, PAL Charles Feaster meets President Barack Obama


August: PAL Harry Johns wins Guest Conductor Competition sponsored by Xenia Kiwanis Club

July: WSU, University of Pittsburgh Students receives PALS Scholarship

May: Donation to Xenia YMCA, PAL Wil Jameson

March: PALS receives grant from Wal-Mart Foundation

February: Glory Ministries Church honors PAL Charles Feaster. Nat’l Air & Space Intelligence Center Black Awareness Honoree, PAL Charles Feaster

January: Salute to Tuskegee Airman, PAL Charles Feaster


December: PALS receives grant from Wal-Mart Foundation

October: Harry G. Johns Living Learning Center Dedication

September: PALS Honoree chosen as Xenia Community Festival Grand Marshal

July: Sponsored Buckeye Boys State attendee


October: Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity & the PALS Club Adopt-A-School – McKinley Elementary, Xenia, OH


September: The PALS celebrate 50TH Anniversary


Due to the repressive laws and common practices during that era and the resultant underprivileged status of Persons of Color in the early years when the PALS Club was organized, the professional achievements of the Charter Members were considered to be most noteworthy: These early PALS, and also PALS of succeeding generations have always assumed leading roles in helping to improve conditions for Persons of Color; and the fact that there is now practically community-wide integration is due in no small part to the efforts of PALS individually and as a group.


May: In May, 1929, one of the first enterprises of the PALS was the sponsoring of the Junior-Senior Prom for the local high school. In prior years, the American students of African descent were forbidden to dance and could only have a banquet with no other type of entertainment. School authorities and parents agreed for the Pals to sponsor the prom at which dancing was allowed. This was done under proper supervision, and thereafter this became an annual attraction for the young people of the community.


September: The PALS Club was organized in the month of September, 1928. Several preliminary meetings were held and it was determined that this organization would bring professional men of Xenia and Wilberforce together in fellowship and civic endeavor. The name "PALS" was chosen and the connotation of Promoters of Alt - Literature - Science was suggested and was readily accepted by the membership