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Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity, Westchester County, New York
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Save the Date!
Foundation Fundraiser, 2015
The Foundation will host a fundraiser, featuring a jazz concert by acclaimed saxophonist Donald Harrison, at the White Plains (NY) Performing Arts Center, Saturday, Sept. 19, 2015. Comedian Leighann Lord will also perform.
Save the date. Details, including information about tickets, invitations, program and an after-concert reception, will follow.
Foundation "Selma" Initiative
The Beta Zeta Boule' Foundation helped facilitate funding for the purchase of tickets for students in Westchester County to attend the new movie, "Selma," the highly acclaimed movie that tells the story of the Martin Luther King-led civil-rights march in Selma, Ala., in Mar., 1965.
The funding initiative permitted large numbers of students to see the movie in New Rochelle, Yonkers and White Plains.
Tri-Boule' Xmas Gala, 2014
The Beta Zeta Boule' Foundation held a ceremony in White Plains, Dec. 20, 2014, to present checks to food pantries in Westchester County and Harlem. The Foundation has supported food pantries as part of a program since 2010.
Archon Gordon Publishes Memoirs
Archon Ed Gordon, taking a stroll at his home in Rockland County last spring, 2014, with Archons Larry Dais and Maurice Cox, has just published his memoirs, Pedagogical Imagination: A Conceptual Memoir, Vol. III (Third World Press). Archon Gordon reflects on his many years of accomplishments in education, psychology and child development. Archon Gordon turns 94 June, 2015. To purchase the book and learn more about it, click MEMOIR. For more about his prominent career, click GORDON.
Archon Milestones, 2015
Several Archons of Beta Zeta will celebrate membership milestones in Beta Zeta in 2015. Archons Neil Brown, Larry Graham, Bill Lewis and Don Cornwell will celebrate a 20th anniversary in the fraternity. Archon Brown was a Past Sire Archon from 2005-07. Archon Larry Graham is a Past and Current Grammateus.
Archons Michael Smart and Douglas Dixon will mark their 15th anniversaries. Archon Smart is the current Chair of the Foundation. Archon Dixon served as Grapter from 2007-13.
The Beta Zeta Boule' Foundation resumed its College-Prep program with presentations at Yonkers high schools Dec. 5. Archon Buddy Johnson (above) leads the program. Eagle Academy college counselor Donald Ruff spoke to seniors at two high schools about the college process and gave them advice and guidelines on how to complete applications and present the best of themselves before upcoming deadlines. For more, click FOUNDATION.
The new 2014 Archons were inducted at ceremonies at the Harvard Club in New York. They include (top, from L-R) Archons Richard Buery, Derek Jones, Ron Lumbra, Damien Atkins and Val Burroughs. (Photos courtesy of Margot L. Jordan)
Beta Zeta Archons and Archousai (above) gathered for the annual Valentine's Dinner for Archousai at the Harvard Club in New York City, Feb. 8, 2014(Jordan photos)
Tri-Boule' Christmas Gala
The New York Botanical Garden was the site of the 2013 Gala. Beta Zeta Archons and Archousai hosted Archons and Archousai from Alpha Sigma and Zeta. (Photos courtesy of Margot L. Jordan)
For more Archon highlights and updates, click NOTEWORTHY.
Archon Damien Atkins was named General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of Panasonic Corp. of North America in April, 2015. He joins the company in Newark after having been Senior Vice President at AOL and Deputy General Counsel. For more, see ATKINS.
Archon Shawn Lytle was named the new president of Delaware Investments, effective, June 1, 2015. The investment firm, based in Philadelphia, is the American operation of Australia-based Macquarie Investment Management. Archon Lytle joins his new firm after having been Head of Americas for UBS Global Asset Management.
Archousa Brenda Galloway Smith is the NGO Representative to the United Nations, where she addresses issues of povery, education, gender equiality and health care. She was the guest speaker at the Town Greenburgh Celebration of Outstanding Women Mar. 25, 2015, in Greenburgh. She is married to Archon Gregory Smith.
Archon Val Burroughs, Chief Medical Officer of the East Orange General Hospital (N.J.), was recently recertified, Jan., 2015, by the National Board Quality Assurance and Utilization Physicians. The certification applies to health-care quality management and patient safety and focuses on streamlining health-care delivery and safety.
Archon Tom Wallace, a founding mentor at the Eagle Academy, received the Academy's first award for outstanding mentorship in during the summer, 2014.
Archousa Aliya LeeKong, prominent New York City chef, was featured in July, 2014, in a YouTube series celebrating female artistry in food, sponsored by Stella Artois. Click LeeKong to see the episode.
Archon Michael Smart and Archousa Jodi were the subjects of a Sunday New York Times feature about weddings and marriages, June 1, 2014. The Smarts were married in 1998 and were featured then in the newspaper's Vows section. Their marriage were also be portrayed in an HBO documentary, June 30, 2914, on marital relationships. Click Smarts to see the Times feature.
Archousa Noriko Yokio Akina was promoted to Executive Vice President at Health4Brands-Chelsea, the healthcare advertising network, in early 2014. She will be honored by the healthcare-advertising industry at a ceremony in Manhattan May 1.
Archon Shawn Lytle was selected May, 2014, to the national board of the Sustainability Accountability Standards board, the group that provides standards for corporations when they disclose sustainability programs, compliance, and initiatives. Archon Lytle joins Former Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who will serve as Chair of the Board.
Archon Ron Lumbra was elected Mar., 2014, to the Board of Trustees of the University of Vermont, where he received his BS degree. He is a Managing Director at Russell Reynolds Associates, where he is co-leader of the firm's CEO and Board Services practice.
Archon Spencer Disher was honored at a special reception in Manhattan, May 1, 2014, by the Five Points Mission, which oversees the Camp Olmsted summer program. Archon Disher has served as president of its board. Over the past four years, the Camp Olmsted program has received contributions from the Beta Zeta Boule' Foundation's Pressley Campership Program.
Archon Charles Atkins was elected Nov., 2013, to the Board of Trustees of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. He follows Archousa Gayle Atkins, his late wife, who also served on the board. Archon Atkins is now CEO of Atkins Capital Strategies, LLC, a firm he founded in 2013 after a long career at Morgan Stanley.
Archon Larry Graham was the commencement speaker at Pace University, during graduation ceremonies on campus in Pleasantville, NY, on May 24, 2014.
Archon Kevin Richards was elected in 2014 to the board of directors of the Westchester County Association, an organization that promotes business development in the county. Archon Graham is a member of the board, as well.
Archon Dale Akinla II was elected in 2014 as Second Vice Chair on the board of directors of the Westchester Community Foundation, a service organization that provides leadership in community service and philanthropic activity in the area.
For more about the Foundation's scholarship, camper-ship and food-pantry programs, fundraising and other recent activities, click BZBF.
In May, 2013, the Foundation sponsored sessions at two high schools in Yonkers, featuring college counselor Donald Ruff (above). Archons Gregory Matthews and Spencer Disher joined Archon Buddy Disher at the presentations.
In Dec., 2013, the Foundation made follow-up and second presentations at Riverside High School and Yonkers Montessori School. College counselor Donald Ruff (above, left) returned to speak to high-school students about all aspects of the college-application process. Archon Buddy Johnson (with Ruff, above right) also spoke to the students.
Campers from Camp Olmsted gather for a photo session in Manhattan, 2012 (above). The Beta Zeta Boule' Foundation sponsors camperships to make it possible for campers to spend the summer in Cornwall on Hudson, NY. For more, see FOUNDATION and CAMPERSHIPS.
Save the date!
The Foundation will host its next fundraiser Saturday, Sept. 19 at the White Plains Performing Arts Center. The event will be a jazz and comedy showcases, featuring saxophonist Donald Harrison. Details about evening will follow. The Foundation's last fundraiser, Sept., 2012, featured artists from the Metropolitan Opera of New York and was also held in White Plains.
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Officers for the 2015-2017 Biennium
Highlights from the Beta Zeta Boule' Valentine's party (above) in New York City, Feb. 7, 2015
Beta Zeta Archons, Feb., 2012, White Plains, NY
Beta Zeta Archons, Feb., 2013, New York, NY