Welcome to Beta Zeta Boule
Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity, Westchester County, New York
Foundation "Selma" Initiative
The Beta Zeta Boule' Foundation will help 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 will permit large numbers of students to see the movie in New Rochelle, Yonkers and White Plains.
Those, including Archons, friends and others, interested in making a donation should click SELMA-DONATE to make a contribution. Or you can send a check, payable to "Beta Zeta Boule' Foundation," to this address: Beta Zeta Boule' Foundation, c/o Kevin Richards, 60 Morningside Dr., Ossining, NY, 10562. Contributions are tax-deductible. All proceeds will fund ticket purchases for the movie.
Tri-Boule' Xmas Gala, 2014
Grand Sire Archon Golf Outing, Mar. 8-10
It is with pleasure that I invite you to join me for the Grand Sire Archon Cup, a golf tournament and Wealth Creation/Wealth Management seminar to be held Mar. 8- 10, 2015 at Hammock Beach Resort in Palm Coast, FL.
I look forward to fellowshipping with you at Hammock Beach.
James O. Cole
Grand Sire Archon
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 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.
Beta Zeta Delegates (L-R) Archons Kenneth Austin, Lloyd Brown II, Tracy Williams, and Dale Akinla II
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.
Beta Zeta Inducts Five New Archons, 2014
The new 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 Boule' inducted five new Archons into the fraternity Sigma Pi Phi at the Harvard Club of New Your Saturday, Feb. 8 in Manhattan. The induction ceremony was held before the annual Valentine's Dinner for Archousai.
The five new Archons (with their sponsors in parenthesis) are Richard Buery (Archon Lloyd Brown II), Damien Atkins (Archon Charles Atkins), Val Burroughs (Archon Doug Dixon), Ron Lumbra (Archon Spencer Disher), and Derek Jones (Archon Michael Smart).
For more about the new Archons and the Valentine's event, click NEWS.
After the induction, 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. (Jordan photos)
Beta Zeta Hosts
Tri-Boule' Christmas Gala, 2013
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)
Archons, Archousai and guests from throughout the region--filled with holiday spirit and festive resolve--braved wintry weather, snow and ice to attend the Tri-Boule' Christmas Gala Dec. 14, 2013 at the New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx, NY. Beta Zeta Boule' hosted the annual gala this year. Archons and guests from Zeta Boule' in Manhattan and Alpha Sigma Boule' in Brooklyn/Long Island joined Beta Zeta for the celebration.
An afternoon snowstorm and icy roads did not discourage hundreds of party-goers. The gala was held at a special-events venue on the grounds of the Botanical Garden, adorned in bright, Christmas lights and with the snowfall providing a cozy holiday setting.
Social affairs Chair Larry Dais welcomed guests before the affair. Archousa Prescilla Dixon provided the invocation before dinner. Sire Archon Dale Akinla, during the event, thanked members of the Gala Committee (including Beta Zeta Archons Spencer Disher, Winder Fisher and Dais) and greeted Sire Archons from other Boule' groups. Northeast Region Sire Archon Spencer Gibbs, present for the occasion and visiting from Rho Boule' in Pittsburgh, spoke to guests. The Dave Brown Band provided entertainment.
Christmas is for the Archousai, proclaims Sigma Pi Phi. Thanks to the efforts and diligence of Archon Dais, Archousai at the event from all three groups received holiday gifts as they departed the festivities.
Beta Zeta Archons (above) at the Tri-Boule' Christmas Gala at the New York Botanical Garden, Dec., 2013, with special guests. (Photos above, courtesy of Margot L. Jordan)
Highlights from the Tri-Boule' Christmas Gala at the New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx, NY (BZB photos)
"Still Work to Be Done"
Archons Larry Dais and Maurice Cox spent an afternoon with Archon Ed Gordon at his home in Rockland County in early April, 2014, reflecting on Archon Gordon's years of accomplishments in education, psychology and child development. Archon Gordon turned 93 in June. For more about their reflections and his career, click GORDON.
Archon Samuel C. Usher, Jr.
Archon Samuel C. Usher, Jr., 87, passed away Nov. 30, 2013. Archon Usher was married to Archousa Adine Usher and is survived by Archousa Usher and two sons, Stephen and Larry. A Hartsdale, NY, resident, he had a long, successful career in education administration. For more about Archon Usher, his biography, community service and the memorial service, click USHER.
Rachel Brown at Ginny's Supper Club
Rachel Brown, daughter of Archon Neil Brown, continues to perform at Ginny's Supper Club at the Red Rooster in Harlem. She sang with her group at Ginny's in Dec., 2014. She featured songs from her latest recording, "Building Castles." For more about her shows, her performances, and her music drawing from multiple influences, click NEWSWORTHY.
Beta Zeta Archons Attend
NE Region Conference, 2013
Beta Zeta Archons (above) joined over 300 other Archons, Archousai, and guests from throughout the Northeast for the Region's Biennial Conference in Greenwich, CT, Sept. 26-29. The 2013 theme was "Where Technology Meets Solution." Sessions focused on the progress of minorities in STEM-related fields and on private-equity investing. For more, click NEWS.
Beta Zeta's Summer Season
Archon Spencer Disher and Archousa Katherine Disher hosted the picnic gathering at their home in Westchester County, NY., June 15, 2013.To view photos from the event, click PHOTO GALLERY. Archons must log in to see photos.
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. For more, click NOTEWORTHY.
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. For more, click NOTEWORTHY.
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 Shawn Lytle was elected in Sept., 2013, to be the Chair Elect of board of directors of the National Association of Securities Professionals (NASP), the national organization that promotes growth among minorities and women in the securities, banking, brokerage, and finance professions. His term starts in 2014. He will become board Chair in 2016.
Sire 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.
Archon Gregory Smith, senior pastor of Mount Hope AME Zion Church in White Plains, NY, hosted an event, "African American Freedom Celebration," at the church March 16, 2014. The program included a Men's Day service and a Male Chorus Festival. The church was founded in 1827 after a group of Quakers in nearby Purchase, NY, liberated slaves and arranged for them to settle in the highlands of White Plains.
Archon Michael Bolden (above) was selected to be inducted into the American College of Dentists Oct. 31, 2013. It is the oldest honorary organization for dentists, founded in 1920.
Archon Thomas Wallace announced in fall, 2013, that he had retired from his post at the Metropolitan Transit Authority.
Archon Charles Atkins announced the formation (Sept., 2013) of his new firm Atkins Capital Strategies, LLC.
Archon Kevin Richards (above) was named to Southern Connecticut's "40 Under 40" list of leaders in business, government and the community, June, 2013.
Archons Archie Bankston and Don Ryder celebrate 35 years in Beta Zeta Boule' and Sigma Pi Phi fraternity in 2013. Both were inducted as founding members in July, 2013, under the sponsorship of Zeta Boule' Manhattan. For more about their careers and community contributions, see BANKSTON-RYDER.
Archon Maurice Cox's son Michael Cox received his undergraduate degree from Stanford University during commencement exercises on campus in Palo Alto, CA, June 16, 2013. Michael Cox will start a new job this fall in Hartfold, CT. Archon Spencer Disher's son Chase Disher received his undergraduate degree, also from Stanford, in June, 2014. He majored in mechanical engineering.
Archon Douglas Dixon (above) received a special service award from the National Minority Supplier Development Council at its convention in Denver, Oct., 2012. Archon Dixon served as its general counsel and corporate secretary for over 32 years. The Council has 36 regional councils in its network and over 3,500 corporate members.
Archon Ossie Lewis was the featured speaker, April, 2013, at the Caribbean Club's Scholarship Luncheon at the First Presbyterian Church in Mount Vernon.
Archon Aren LeeKong's grandmother was honored with the opening of the new Irene LeeKong Wellness and Health Institute in Brooklyn, Sept. 12, 2013. The new Institute will be mental-health clinic providing services to Brooklyn youth. Archon LeeKong helped lead the initiative to establish the new center.
Archon Gregg Walker, senior vice president at Sony Corporation of America, was honored as a Distinguished Alumnus by Washington University (St. Louis) in Nov., 2012.
Archon Gerald Adolph, a Chair of the national board of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, and other board members hosted the LDF's annual National Equal Justice Awards dinner Nov., 2013, in New York City.
Archon Karl Rodney led a black press group in meetings at the White House in early 2012 and led NYCarib News in hosting the 17th annual Multi-National Caribbean Conference in Jamaica Nov. 8-11, 2012.
The Beta Zeta Boule' Foundation announced that Carter French (above), a freshman at Howard University, was the winner of its 2013 Founders Scholarship ($2,500). A native of Mount Vernon, NY, French is majoring in business and is a graduate of the Brunswick School in Greenwich, CT.This was the Foundation's second award-winner.
In December, 2014, the Foundation resumed its College-Preparation Program with presentations to students at high schools in Yonkers, NY. The seminars help students in college admissions, college applications, and scholarship searches. Archon Buddy Johnson leads the effort.
In August, 2013, the Foundation received a $5,000 matching grant from the Grand Boule' Foundation.
For more about the Foundation's scholarship program, fund-raising, and 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.
Archons Bankston, Ryder
Celebrate 35 Years in Beta Zeta
Metropolitan Opera Artists Headline Benefit
Event co-Chairs Archons Ossie Lewis and Michael Smart (left) congratulate artists Beverly Ann Withers, Archousa Annette Lewis and Marvis Martin after the concert in White Plains, Sept. 15, 2012. The Foundation will host another fundrasier in Sept., 2015, a jazz performance, featuring saxophonist Donald Harrison, also in White Plains.
The artists (L-R, above) Beverly Ann Withers, Raymond Aparentado, Archousa Annette Lewis, Kenneth Floyd and Marvis Martin, along with accompanist David Leighton, greet the audience after the concert in White Plains, Sept. 15, 2012.
Support for Camp Olmsted
Campers from Camp Olmsted gather for a photo session in Manhattan in Aug., 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.
Beta Zeta Boule'
Westchester County, New York
For Beta Zeta history, click FOUNDERS
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Officers for the 2015-2017 Biennium
Archon Richard Gay (L) speaks to Archon Lloyd Brown II after Archon Gay's Induction, Feb. 9, Harvard Club of New York City.
Archons Richard Gay and Aren Leekong (L-R, first row) are joined by their respective sponsors (back row, L-R) Lloyd Brown II and Kenneth Austin at the Induction, Feb. 9, 2013, in Manhattan.
Beta Zeta Archons, Feb., 2012, White Plains, NY
Beta Zeta Archons, Feb., 2013, New York, NY