Phi Beta Sigma contributes $500 towards Jordan Humphries Dream

1234851_10200802641868802_270480703_n(3-7-14) Brothers of the Omicron Iota Sigma Chapter presented Jordan Humphries a student at the San Diego School of Creative and Performing Arts with a $500 grant in order to move closer to his dream of attending Berklee School of Music in Boston. Jordan Humphries is an instrumental musician serving as a percussionist, drum major, and mentor for the Jackie Robinson Family YMCA Thunder Squad Drumline.

936941_1389805600.3143Jordan Humphries has been playing the drums since he was two years old. As an aspiring artists, he also loves to sing, dance, play bass guitar, and piano. His dream is to attend Berklee College of Music once he graduates from high school in 2015. His journey has begun…

Jordan Humphries has been accepted to the Berklee School of Music Summer Performance Program in Boston, Massachusetts. While attending he will be able to obtain college credits to go towards his admission in 2015 and audition for an early music scholarship. He was awarded this opportunity due to his examples of academic, leadership, and dedication to not only the Thunder Squad Drumline but also for the inspiration that he brings to the Southeast San Diego Community. Donate to Jordan’s dream at http://www.gofundme.com/69d344For more information on the Omicron Iota Sigma Chapter email us at omicroniotasigma@gmail.com or via Facebook 

Royal Blue Pre-Valentine’s Day Mixer

1548154_579899562093882_1424576716_o02/07/14- The brothers of Omicron Iota Sigma and the ladies of the Beta Nu Sigma Chapter of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority Inc. hosted the 1st Annual Royal Blue Pre-Valentine’s Day Wine Mixer at the Allure Clubhouse in Scripps Ranch.  The mixer featured musical guest Kendrick Dial with Lyrical Groove performing songs from the past and their upcoming new release. The Royal Blue mixer was the first social collaboration between Omicron Iota Sigma Chapter and Sigma Gamma Rho focused on bringing friends and members of the National Panhellenic Council’s affiliated organizations.  .

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To quote Eric Brown (Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc.) “This was a great opportunity to get out and be sociable amongst the brothers and sisters of the D-Nine” The mixer had over 50 guests in attendance listening to live music along with DJ Raysean,  and was highlighted by a variety of tapas, rich desserts including red velvet cupcakes and so much more. There was also samplings some of the wines around San Diego. Lastly four participants left with raffle baskets consisting of a designer plate, a bottle of wine, movie passes and a gift card to Flemings Steakhouse.

The mixer was a resounding success and will be back again the Friday prior to Valentine’s Day 2015 so stay tuned for more events!!!. Being a member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity is a lifetime experience. In fact, our alumni constitute 71% of our living members! The alumni chapter plays a central role in helping alumni renew old friendships, make new acquaintances, network professionally, attend to the business of the Fraternity, and serve our Community. You can follow both Chapters on Facebook the following links Omicron Iota Sigma Chapter and Beta Nu Sigma Chapter

 

 

San Diego Voice & Viewpoint Newspaper holds its 54th Annual Awards and Anniversary Gala

1602144_10203250086956613_322135342_oCourtesy of San Diego’s Voice and Viewpoint – Kicking off Black History Month in style, the San Diego Voice & Viewpoint Newspaper held its 54th Annual Awards and Anniversary Gala, Saturday, February 1st at the Market Creek Venue. With approximately 400 tickets sold, the gala was a star studded affair for the local African American community. Dignitaries, pastors, leaders, civic organizations, families and friends were present to congratulate the publication on 54 years of services to the people of San Diego. Emceed by Mr. Tayari Howard of KKSD Jazz Radio, attendees were entertained by the likes of Teye Sa Thiosanne, an African Drumming troupe, CEO’s Rhythm Section band, the San Diego MLK Community Choir, The Jackie Robinson YMCA Thunder Squad Drumline, songstress Mrs. Lila Smith and poet Ms. Leah Goodwin.

Tracy Morris of Phi Beta Sigma shared “Thanks had a great time and it was truly an honor to witness the journey of the Voice and Viewpoint over 54 years. I look forward to witnessing the next 54,” and Frank Robinson, senior vice president and public affairs manager of Union Bank said “It was a great event,” which was the sentiment shared by many attendees.

img_1056 (1)Many of the guests in attendance felt as if they were at a family reunion, some sharing stories and laughs with individuals they hadn’t seen in years. Publisher, Dr. John E. Warren, co-facilitated the evening with Mr. Howard and Managing Editor, Chida Warren-Darby. During the evening, a brief video history was shown to give attendees more insight on how the publication was formed, with stories told by one of the newspaper’s previous publishers Mr. Earl Davis, Jr.

In the spirit of celebration, the publication awarded several individuals in the community for their tireless efforts and their giving spirits. They were Pastor Miles McPherson, Senior Pastor of The Rock Church, who received the Good Shepherd & Visionary Pastor Award; Mr. Hartwell W. “Skipper” Ragsdale III who received the Small Business Partnership Award; Dr. Robert and Ardelle Matthews and Dr. Dorothy Smith, who were recipients of the Unsung Hero Award, and Ms. Kathleen Harmon and Mr. Walter Lam who were recipients of the Gerri Warren Humanitarian Award – in honor of the late Mrs. Gerri Warren who co-published the newspaper with Dr. Warren. Corporate Partnership Awards were given to SDGE and Union Bank.

In the program Dr. Warren shared with event sponsors “We wish to extend our most sincere appreciation to you for allowing us to assist you in serving our communities. Our interdependent relationships have been the core of the success that we both enjoy…” Event sponsors were Union Bank, Wells Fargo, Neighborhood House Association, Wells Fargo, Cox, Sycuan and the United Port of San Diego. Photos by Brandon Johnson. For more information on the Omicron Iota Sigma Chapter email us at omicroniotasigma@gmail.com or via Facebook 

San Diego Centennial Celebration

553796_565717726845399_870613646_n (1)San Diego Founders Celebration honoring our founders and those who traveled this road before us took place at Dave and Busters in Mission Valley. Here we honored their service and undying dedication to the ideals upon which our beloved fraternity, Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc., was founded. Honor their legacy with a new century of service unforeseen by others.

Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity was founded at Howard University in Washington, D.C., January 9, 1914, by three young African-American male students. The Founders, Honorable A. Langston Taylor, Honorable Leonard F. Morse, and Honorable Charles I. Brown, wanted to organize a Greek letter fraternity that would truly exemplify the ideals of brotherhood, scholarship, and service.

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The Founders deeply wished to create an organization that viewed itself as “a part of” the general community rather than “apart from” the general community. They believed that each potential member should be judged by his own merits, rather than his family background or affluence…without regard to race, nationality, skin tone or texture of hair. They desired for their fraternity to exist as part of an even greater brotherhood which would be devoted to the “inclusive we” rather than the “exclusive we”.

From its inception, the Founders also conceived Phi Beta Sigma as a mechanism to deliver services to the general community. Rather than gaining skills to be utilized exclusively for themselves and their immediate families, they held a deep conviction that they should return their newly acquired skills to the communities from which they had come. This deep conviction was mirrored in the Fraternity’s motto, “Culture For Service and Service For Humanity”.


The National PanHellenic Council of San Diego also celebrated our 100th Founders’ Day Celebration with a Salute to Service with attended by each affiliate organization giving greetings and bestowing commemorative plaques to each chapter President. The brothers of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc. would like to thank you all for your attendance and we appreciate each organization that attended.

Today, Phi Beta Sigma has blossomed into an international organization of leaders. No longer a single entity, members of the Fraternity have been instrumental in the establishment of the Phi Beta Sigma National Foundation, the Phi Beta Sigma Federal Credit Union and The Sigma Beta Club Foundation. Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, founded in 1920 with the assistance of Phi Beta Sigma, is the sister organization of the Fraternity.

7th Annual Blue and White Christmas

1488029_553954678021704_653261588_nThe 7th Annual Blue and White Christmas Awards breakfast taking place Saturday Dec. 14th, 2013 at the Mission Valley Sheraton (1433 Camino Del Rio S, San Diego, CA 92108) 9:00 am to Noon. Presented by The Blue Heart foundation we look to celebrate this holiday season by honoring those that serve our community while bringing educational awareness to San Diego’s foster and underprivileged youth during a festive Christmas celebration.

For the past seven years “The Blue and White Christmas” has been an opportunity to give and receive the gift of service. We invite youth and families of San Diego to partake in a morning of joy, gift giving and celebration. This year we have grown larger than ever inviting nearly 100 children and providing them with gift certificates and age appropriate gifts during this celebratory breakfast. These children and teenagers come from a variety of programs which include San Diego Adoptions, VIP Mentors, “Just in Time for Foster Youth” along with children from local foster and area group homes.

However, the primary focus of this event is to get these young people engaged and interested in attending and completing college. We do this by celebrating the accomplishments of community members along with testimonials and accomplishments of those that have successfully completed college. Collegiate students will also share their dreams regarding higher education with the hopes of inspiring those in attendance to reach for their highest potential and pursue higher educational goals. So with gifts, resources and the appreciation for education the Blue and White Christmas is always an event that lasts in the memories of our youth.

This year’s Keynote Speaker Trimaine Davis (former SDSU Basketball Player) and award recipients Kea Hagan (San Diego Urban League), Dr. Tanis Starck (San Diego State University), Tyra Hawthorne (Jackie Robinson YMCA Thundersquad) and Patrick Turner (Pat on the Back Foundation) all directly impact children’s lives on a regular basis and were recognized for the outstanding efforts. April Ray was also recognized for the Heartbeat Award for her work behind the scenes and members of Thundersquad were recognized for their academic achievements.

988871_553956751354830_2100612098_nLastly, there will be a festive lineup of entertainment as we are proud to announce the entertainment lineup performing Natasha Dunham performing “What a wonderful world” and special appearances by Miss Kristyl JL Smith, Thundersquad and Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity’s – Lambda Iota Chapter step team and strolling by Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority Inc Delta Gamma Chapter… This was a wonderful Christmas event benefiting San Diego’s Foster Youth and encouraging them to attend and complete college.

Going to College Night Fair, Tailgate and Football game

2013-11-02 21.15.35On November 2nd, 2013 San Diego’s Blue and White Family and the Pat on the Back Foundation held our first Annual Blue and White Tailgate. Tickets were provided by SDSU “Come to College Fair” with transportation by the Pat on the Back Foundation and food by the Blue and White. There were over 60 children and countless college students, parents and coaches all of which enjoyed time together enjoying the experience of a college football game and experience. We hope this is the first of many opportunities to serve our community while bonding as a family.


San Diego State University’s “Going to College Night” prior to the SDSU vs. New Mexico on November 2, 2013 at 5:00 PM featured Pre-game festivities from 2:30-4:30 p.m. in parking lot section C2. College Fair and included information on Financial Aid, Admissions, Enrollment, Athletics and Campus Life.  Entertainment includes Marching Aztecs, SDSU Cheer and Dance Teams and the Aztec Mascot. It was truly a great opportunity also providing children and parents with information on attending college.

PB&J Community Service Event

1238299_509251622492010_154271540_n9/22/2013 - Brothers of Lambda Iota spearheaded a Peanut Butter and Jelly sandwich drive to feed the homeless at the San Diego Winter Shelter in downtown San Diego.  The brothers pulled their resources together to get the help of Alumni Chapter Omicron Iota Sigma; Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc., and Alpha Pi Sigma a Sorority of San Diego State University.  The organizations worked together on producing over 270 peanut butter and jelly sandwich for the Alpha Project of San Diego.

The Alpha Projects’ mission is the empower individuals, families, and communities by providing work, recovery and support to people who are motivated to change their lives and achieve self-sufficiency.

We would like to thank the Alpha Project coordinators for allowing us the opportunity to help make a difference in the lives of the homeless and other people in need of support for their family.  The Alpha Project serves over 4,000 people daily and we are proud to show our support for our San Diego community in service capacity needed.

 

Sigmas Support “Operation Big Book Bag”

Backpack Drive 049August 24, 2013 – Brothers of the Omicron Iota Sigma Chapter joined by Frederick Howard supported the Ladies of the Beta Nu Sigma Chapter of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority Inc. in their Operation Big Book Bag school supply drive for the Encanto and Oceanside Boy’s and Girls Clubs. Brothers not only purchased binders, papers. pens and a myriad of other items to fill backpacks. We went beyond that and purchased an additional 30 backpacks to Backpack Drive 022be filled!!!

We thank the ladies of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority Inc. for the opportunity to support Operation Big Book Bag. or the 2nd year in a row Sigma Gamma Rho’s Beta Nu Sigma Chapter has donated over $2,200.00 of school supplies to the Encanto & Oceanside Boys and Girls Clubs and we are happy to have participated. We would also encourage all the Greek letter organizations to participate in next years event. This is an easy way to seed into a child’s life. For more information on Operation Big Book Bag contact Vignette Matthews at vignette.matthews@gmail.com.

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Celebrating 100 Years of Service

1229865_498275163589656_2033537143_nHosted by Joey Wells, member of Kevin Hart’s Plastic Cup Boys, featured on “House Husbands of Beverly Hills”, veteran comedian and Sigma Man, will lead a team of Sigma comedians featuring Ron G., Tony Baker, Reggie Jr on what will be a spectacular night of celebration.

This promises to be a once in a lifetime event so don’t miss out!!! We guarantee you won’t get another opportunity. The official celebration will take place at 333 LIVE located at 333 South Boylston Street, Los Angeles, CA

You may easily order tickets via Eventbrite: http://pbswestcelebration-efbevent.eventbrite.com/

7th Annual Blue and White Day at the Fair

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June 29th, 2013 

Spearheaded by Bro. Cecil Shelton the Brothers from the Omicron Iota Sigma Chapter took in the sights and sounds of the San Diego Fair during our annual Blue and White Day at the fair. Partaking in all the sights, sounds and FOOD that the San Diego Fair has to offer. 

We believe that we should use opportunities like this to strengthen our bonds as brothers, helping to add to work/life balance. As we 2013-06-29 15.56.25continue to grow we must also bond therefore being a stronger more cohesive unit. Events like this throughout the year to enrich the brotherly experience as well as invite family and friends to get to interact with the Men of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity

This year we had the opportunity to include the Pat On The Back Foundation by donating tickets which spurred the initial POTB Family and Friends day at the fair. We hope that we can continue and develop this relationship for years to come. For more on the POTB Foundation visit their site at http://www.patonthebackfoundation.com/1012360_569099476473749_236770826_n

 

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