Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity, Westchester County, New York
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Foundation Fundraiser, 2015
Archon Gregg Walker (top, L) was the emcee for the evening of jazz and comedy Sept. 19 in White Plains and introduced the performers Leighann Lord and Donald Harrison and his band.
Before an enthusiastic crowd of Archons, Archousai and many special guests from the region, the Beta Zeta Boule' Foundation hosted a fundraiser, featuring a spirited jazz concert by saxophonist Donald Harrison at the White Plains Performing Arts Center Sept. 19, 2015. Leighann Lord opened up the evening with a comedy show that aroused the crowd and got it ready for Harrison's jazz, funk and soul show afterward. The Foundation raised over $50,000.
Proceeds will support the Foundation's programs, including college scholarships, food pantries, summer camp for youth and college advisory and preparation. Archons Doug Melancon and Gregg Walker were co-Chairs of the event. For more about the fundraiser and the evening of jazz and comedy, click FOUNDATION.
Summer Outings, 2015
Beta Zeta Boule' hosted a summer cocktail reception (above), Aug., 2015, on Martha's Vineyard, which attracted Archons and Archousai from Beta Zeta and other Member Boules', those vacationing in the area and those visiting just for the occasion.
Beta Zeta Archons used the Martha's Vineyard outing as an opportunity to invite guests to the Foundation's jazz-comedy fundraiser Sept. 19 in White Plains.
Archons, Archousai and their families (below) also enjoyed a July outing in the Hamptons, which included a pool party and an evening inner. Archons Keith Wofford and Kenneth Austin hosted.
Guests included Beta Zeta Archons, Archousai and other Archons from the NE region.
Beta Iota Boule' Sponsors
Annual Summer Executive Works
Beta Iota Boule' of Connecticut hosted its fifth annual Summer Executive Workshop Aug. 13-14, 2015, at the Harborview Hotel on Martha's Vineyard, MA. The workshop provided professional leadership and development training and includes a schedule of expert speakers, panelists and other programs.
Proceeds from fees from the sessions will be used by Beta Iota to support charitable programs in healthcare, education and the arts. From the previous workshops, Beta Iota has contributed more than $75,000 to community and arts programs.
Workshop themes included leadership, customer value and affordable heathcare. Archon Spencer Disher of Beta Zeta Boule' hosted a panel on wealth management, addressing such topics as angel investing.
Other speakers included Dmitri Stockton, CEO of GE Asset Management; Patricia Miller Zollar, a managing director at Neuberger Berman; Willie Woods, president of ICV Partners, a private-equity firm; Quinton Primo III, CEO of Capri Investment Group; Kola Olofinboba, managing partner at Fairview Capital, and D. Keith Pigues, a former dean of the business school at North Carolina Central University.
Beta Zeta Boule' regrets to announce the recent passings of Dorean Lewis, the grandmother of Archon Ossie Lewis, and Idella Spann, the mother of Archousa Annette Spann-Lewis.
Ms. Lewis, 90, died June 27. She was a resident of Ealing Park, Barbados, West Indies, and the widow of the late Sinclair Lewis. She was the mother of seven children. A Service of Thanksgiving for her life, followed by a procession of the cortege to the Church Yard for Interment, was held July 11 at the Mount Tabor Moravian Church in St. John, Barbardos.
Ms. Spann passed July 23. She was a native of Charleston, SC, and lived for the past eight years with her daughter and son-in-law in New Rochelle. A memorial service and interment will be in Charleston Aug. 22.
Archon and Archousa Lewis and the families thank you for your prayers of comfort and support.
Save the Date!
New York Tri-Boule' Xmas Gala, 2015
Zeta Boule' of Manhattan will host the annual Tri-Boule' Christmas Gala at the Lighthouse at Chelsea Piers 61, Saturday, Dec. 12. The reception at 6 pm will be followed by dinner and dancing at 7 pm.
Details regarding ticket purchases for Archons, Archousai and guests will follow.
Zeta Boule', now in its 103rd year, last hosted the Gala in Manhattan in 2012. Alpha Sigma Boule' of Long Island/ Brooklyn hosted the event last year in Garden City, LI, and will turn 50 years old next year. Beta Zeta Boule' will lead the event in 2016.
The Lighthouse at Chelsea Piers is located at 23rd Street near the West Side Highway.
For more information about the event and Zeta Boule', click ZETA.
Induction and Valentine's, 2015
New Archons Bernard Jackson, Karim Hutson, Jonathan Silver, Tyson Pratcher and Keith Brown (with sponsors in bottom photo) were inducted into the fraternity, Feb. 7, 2015, in New York City.
New Archons Jackson, Hutson, Pratcher, Brown and Silver pose for photos after the induction and greet guests at the dinner with their Archousai.
At its annual induction and Valentine's event, Beta Zeta Boule' inducted five new Archons into the fraternity Saturday, Feb 7 at the Harvard Club in New York City.
Archons Bernard Jackson, Karim Hutson, Tyson Pratcher, Keith Brown and Jonathan Silver, accompanied by their respective sponsors for the evening, became Beta Zeta's newest members.
They were later joined by their Archousai and all other Archons and Archousai for the annual Valentine's dinner party, also at the Harvard Club.
Beta Zeta Boule' Foundation hosted the dinner and used the evening as an opportunity to promote its Sept. 19 fundraiser.
For more about the new Archons, their Archousai, and the event, click NEWS. Photos from the event will also appear in the Photo Gallery.
Beta Zeta Archons and Archousai (above) after the Induction and during the Valentine's Party at the Harvard Club of New York, Feb. 7, 2015 (Margot Jordan photos)
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.
Morial, Thompson Speak to Archons
Marc Morial, president of the National Urban League, and Kenneth Thompson, Brooklyn District Attorney, were guest speakers at a special meeting and forum, hosted by Beta Zeta Boule' Mar. 13 in Manhattan. Other Archons from the region (including Alpha Sigma Boule' and Beta Boule') also attended.
Morial (above, top R) and Thompson (above, bottom L) made prepared remarks, touching a broad scope of topics affecting African-American communities in the New York area and across the nation. Morial described the Urban League's new education initiatives and reflected on his tenure as mayor of New Orleans. Thompson, who oversees a unit of over 500 prosecutors, summarized his first year in office and outlined his primary objectives "to be fair and keep Brooklyn citizens safe."
Archon Ralph Dickerson (above) hosted the panel, interviewed the guests, asked Morial and Thompson how Archons in the fraternity can assist them in their goals, and took questions from many Archons.
After the meeting, the New York Times featured Thompson in the Metropolitan Section of the Sunday edition (Mar. 13-15), as it reviewed the impact he has had in his first year in the role. To read the article, click THOMPSON.
Experts Address Education Challenges
At a special forum on education, guest speakers (L-R) Dr. Ed Gordon, Hugh Price and William Goodloe with Archon Maurice Cox presented ideas to address community challenges.
Dr. Ed Gordon, Hugh Price, and William Goodloe were guest speakers at a special Beta Zeta forum addressing eductation challenges in the African-American community, April, 2015, in New Rochelle.
The threesome, introduced to the group by Archon Maurice Cox, addressed topics and provided ideas in areas related to charter schools, teachers' accountability, after-school programs, parents' responsibilities and college preparation. They encouraged communities to create environments promoting and rewarding academic achievement and reflected on the differences in education before desegregation and in today's setting.
Gordon is a professor emeritus in psychology and education from Yale and Columbia Universities. Price was president of the National Urban League from 1994-2003. Goodloe is current CEO of Sponsors for Educational Opportunity (SEO). Gordon and Price, as a Past Sire Archon, were long-time members of Beta Zeta Boule'.
Archon Keith Wofford was appointed by Ropes & Gray, the global law firm,, as the co-office managing partner of the New York office, May, 2015. He will help lead 300 lawyers based in New York.... 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....
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....
Archon William Lewis will help oversee a new $3 million scholarship fund for family members of the nine victims in the Charleston shootings at Emanuel AME Church June 17...Archon Richard Gay was named Executive Vice President for strategy and operations atf BET Networks in June, 2015.
Lighten Leadership Luncheon May 31
The second annual Janifer Lynn Lighten Leadership Awards were presented at a luncheon, sponsored by the Boys & Girls Club of New Rochelle Sunday, May 31, 2015.
The awards were presented at the Larchmont Shore Club in Larchmont, NY, in honor of late Archousa Janifer Lighten and her community achievements in Westchester and New York State. Outstanding college-bound high-school students in the area were honored.
Archousa Lighten was the wife of Archon William Lighten of Beta Zeta Boule'. Archon Lighten and his family are Honorary Co-Chairs of the luncheon. Archon Doug and Archousa Priscilla Dixon and Archousa Monica Hyacinthe act as co-Chairs of the the Event Committee. Archousa Quay Watkins is Executive Director of the New Rochelle Boys & Girls Club.
For more about Archousa Lighten's impact on the community, click LIGHTEN.
Tri-Boule' Xmas Gala, 2014
Beta Zeta Archousai join for the annual group Christmas photo at the Tri-Boule' Gala on Long Island, Dec. 13. Other photos will follow and appear in the Photo Gallery, when they are available.
Christmas is for the Archousai.
Alpha Sigma Boule' (Brooklyn, Long Island) hosted the Tri-Boule' Xmas Gala Saturday, Dec. 13 at the Garden City Hotel in Garden City, Long Island.
The Garden City Hotel, an old venue that has been renovated and modernized in recent years, accommodated more than 250 Archons, Archousai and special guests from Alpha Sigma Boule', Zeta Boule' and Beta Zeta Boule'. Beta Zeta guests included new members who will be inducted in February.
Sire Archon Dale Akinla and Archons Winder Fisher and Larry Dais served on the organizing committee, along with Archons from Alpha Sigma and Zeta Boule'.
Archon Bert Bunyan of Alpha Sigma, Chair of the Tri-Boule' committee, greeted guests by suggesting they salute each other with "Best Evening" to each other, rather than "Good Evening," promising a festive, musical, soulful evening.
NE Region Sire Archon Gregory Spencer, present at the Gala, greeted Archons and Archousai. He also attended the Gala in 2013, when Beta Zeta hosted at the New York Botanical Garden.
Archons and Archousai from all three member Boules' took group photos during the reception. Dinner and dancing followed. True to Boule' tradition, Archousai received gifts at night's end.
Zeta Boule' will host the event in Manhattan in 2015.
Archons, Archousai and guests from Alpha Sigma, Beta Zeta and Zeta enjoy the reception (above) before the dinner-dance.
Alpha Sigma Boule' hosted the event, including the dinner-dance (above) and told guests to have a "Best Evening."
Officers for the 2015-2017 Biennium
Kenneth Austin, Sire Archon
Lloyd Brown II, Sire Archon-Elect
Dale Akinla II, Immediate Past Sire Archon
Gregg Walker Grammateus
Kevin Richards, Thesauristes
Damien Atkins, Grapter
Richard Buery, Rhetoricos
Thomas Price, Agogos
Keith Wofford, Chair
Foundation Supports Food Pantries
Archons from Beta Zeta presented checks to representatives from local food pantries at a ceremony in White Plains, Dec. 20
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 Tom Wallace, program leader, organized the event and reports that Beta Zeta has contributed a total of $34,000 to food pantries over the past four years. For more, click Foundation.
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 turned 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 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.
Saturday, December 12, 2015: Tri-Boule' Holiday Gala, hosted by Zeta Boule'
Grand Boule' in Boston, 2014
Beta Zeta Delegates (L-R) Archons Kenneth Austin, Lloyd Brown II, Tracy Williams, and Dale Akinla II
The 52nd Grand Boule' of Sigma Pi Phi fraternity was held in Boston July 19-24 with 899 Archons in attendance and 127 member Boules' represented. Beta Beta Boule' of Boston hosted week-long events, including activities, galas, and dinners for Archons, Archousai and guests. Archons, including 371 delegates, attended business sessions July 22-23.
Archon James Cole was installed as the fraternity's new Grand Sire Archon, succeeding Grand Sire Archon James Payne. Archon Wes Cole of the Pacific Region was elected Grand Sire Archon Elect. Washington, DC will be the host site for the 53rd Grand Boule' in 2016.
Archons Dale Akinla II, Lloyd Brown II, Tracy Williams III and Kenneth Austin were Beta Zeta delegates. Archons Doug Dixon and Spencer Disher also attended. For more about the 52nd Grand Boule', click Boston.
Foundation Resumes College-Prep Program
The Beta Zeta Boule' Foundation resumed its College-Prep program with presentations at Yonkers high schools in spring, 2015. 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 about the program, click FOUNDATION.
Dickerson Brothers on the Gridiron
Cameron Dickerson, no. 19 above, grandson of Archon Ralph Dickerson, catches a pass for Northwestern's Wildcats in its victory over Western Illinois during the 2014 season in Evanston, Ill. Dickerson is a red-shirt senior on the team for the fall season, 2015. His brother Garrett is a sophomore this fall on the team. Click NOTEWORTHY for more details.
Induction Highlights, 2014
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 Highlights
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)
Sire Archon Dale Akinla II (top, left) confers with Past Sire Archon Winder Fisher during the reception. Archons from Beta Zeta Boule' and Zeta Boule' at the Tri-Boule' Gala at the New York Botanical Garden (Photos courtesy of Margot L. Jordan)
For more Archon highlights and updates, click NOTEWORTHY.
Archon William Lewis will join Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates and Charleston Mayor Joseph Riley to oversee a $3 million scholarship fund for family members of the nine victims in the South Carolina shootings June 17, 2015.
Archon Richard Gay was named Executive Vice President for strategy and operations at BET Networks, June, 2015. He has previously served as Executive Vice President for strategy at Viacom-VH1.
Archon Keith Wofford was appointed by Ropes & Gray, the global law firm, as the co-office managing partner of the New York office, May, 2015. He will help lead 300 lawyers based in New York.
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.
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 and, in 2015, to the Board of Trustees of the American Folk Art Museum. He follows Archousa Gayle Atkins, his late wife, who also served on the Metropolitan Museum board. Archon Atkins is 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.
See NEWS and NOTEWORTHY for details.
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.
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Officers for the 2015-2017 Biennium
Kenneth Austin, Sire Archon
Lloyd Brown II, Sire Archon Elect
Dale Akinla II, Immediate Past Sire Archon
Gregg Walker, Grammateus
Kevin Richards, Thesauristes
Damien Atkins, Grapter
Richard Buery, Rhetoricos
Thomas Price, Agogos
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