Nu Sigma Sigma Alumni Chapter History

     

     

    The Nu Sigma Sigma Alumni Chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. was chartered on Tuesday, January 9, 2007. The chapter was founded by five (5) visionary brothers: Don Basilio, Ronald Hawkins, Duane Johnson, Orlando Lilly, and William Powell.

     

    The fore-mentioned members enlisted an additional eleven fraternity members to share in their vision which brought them to a total of sixteen (16) charter members. The additional charter members were Brothers Michael Alston, Gary Brooks, Esq., Richard James, Rev. Reginald Johnson, Jr., Dion Lawson, Ralph Paraway, Jack Peterson, Buddy Pitts, Dr. LaMont Smith, Eric Talley and Dr. Michael Zollicoffer.

     

    The Nu Sigma Sigma Alumni Chapter serves Harford County (Maryland) and the Greater Baltimore Metropolitan area. It is located in the Eastern Region of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc.

     

    In the spring of 2006, early in the month of May, fraternity member Don Basilio approached Brother Orlando Lilly, then Maryland State Area Deputy Director for Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc., about the idea of establishing a new alumni chapter for the Greater Baltimore Metropolitan area. After an extensive conversation, the two agreed that the idea was worth investigating and decided to pursue the idea further. Because of Lilly’s position as the State Deputy Director and his ongoing rapport with the fraternity’s regional leadership, it was determined that he would initiate a call with Brother Greville French, Eastern Regional Director, concerning the possibilities of moving forward with the chartering idea. An initial call was made to the Regional Director by Brother Lilly as a follow-up to the earlier conversation between Brother Basilio and himself. Regional Director French was receptive to the new chapter chartering idea and granted the two the go ahead to move forward with the chartering effort.

     

    Subsequent conversations were made between Brother Basilio with Brothers Duane Johnson and Ronald Hawkins to gage their interest in being part of the chartering effort. They too expressed a strong interest in the undertaking, and their full assistance was solicited for the cause. They soon became active parties and were later instrumental in the development of the new chartering movement.

     

    Brother Lilly later contacted Brother William Powell, a former International Director of Education and past Eastern Regional Director, about the idea and inquired if he would be interested in being a part of the effort. Brother Powell conveyed that he was very interested and elected to come on board. His knowledge of the chartering procedures was very helpful during the course of the chartering process.

     

    The five fraternity members decided that before bringing anyone else into the chapter chartering process, that the five of them would work together to execute the necessary chartering paperwork requirements for the region and national fraternity; create mission and vision statements; construct a chapter constitution; discuss the expectations of the chapter/members; develop the chapter’s programming and make recommendations for the chapter’s first leadership. The five fraternity members worked diligently over the course of a six month period, laying the ground work and foundation for the newly chartering chapter effort.

     

    They first met as a group on June 5, 2006 at the residence of Brother Johnson and subsequently held several meetings over the period of the next six months at various locations. The progress of the group was highlighted at each meeting and additional potential charter members were identified. They completed all of the cornerstone tasks and action items that were agreed upon and eventually prepared a professional chartering package that would later be presented to the Eastern Regional Director. The required national fraternity’s chartering financial obligations were submitted with a chartering package for review and approval by the Eastern Regional Director.

     

    The early meetings and agendas were organized by Brother Basilio and were later relinquished to Brother Hawkins as the group would identified him for the leadership role as the first chapter president.

     

    To further their cause, the group personally met with Eastern Regional Director Greville French in 2006 at the Sigma Maryland State Meeting held in Baltimore. They discussed their concerns regarding the chartering application requirements and displayed their continued commitment to moving forward with the application.

     

    As part of the chartering process, the members also met with other area Sigma alumni chapters (Zeta Alpha Sigma Alumni Chapter, Zeta Sigma Alumni Chapter and Epsilon Nu Sigma Alumni Chapter) to announce their intentions of chartering a new alumni chapter in the vicinity and to seek their approval. All three area Sigma alumni chapters were supportive and acknowledged their approval. The fore-mentioned members enlisted an additional eleven fraternity members to bring the total chartering members to sixteen. The additional charter members were Brothers Michael Alston, Gary Brooks, Esq., Richard James, Rev. Reginald Johnson, Jr., Dion Lawson, Ralph Paraway, Jack Peterson, Buddy Pitts, Dr. LaMont Smith, Eric Talley and Dr. Michael Zollicoffer.

     

    In December of 2006, Brother Lilly received confirmation from the Eastern Regional Director that he would approve the application for the new alumni chapter. The great news was passed to the other four members the same day.

     

    On Sunday, February 18, 2007, an Open House and Chartering Ceremony was hosted by the Nu Sigma Sigma Alumni Chapter at the Cibo Restaurant in Owings Mills, Maryland. The event was attended by approximately one hundred (100) people as they came out in support of the newly chartered chapter’s first public event. In attendance at the event was Brother Donald Jemison, International Executive Director of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity and presenter of the chapter’s charter; Brother Darryl Williams, Associate Regional Director of the Eastern Region, Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity; representatives of area Sigma and Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. chapters; and a host of family members and friends. The chapter’s first public event was a grand success.

     

    The Nu Sigma Sigma Alumni Chapter's inception was born out of a burning desire by five dynamic brothers to localize an alumni chapter that would be reflective of the fraternity’s true principles and values, along with the ever growing need for a strong local based organization that would focus on youth and community service related programming.

     

    Since then, Nu Sigma Sigma Alumni Chapter has provided on-going programming to serve the community with a special enthusiasm on youth programming. The chapter has established a male youth group that it mentors, the Sigma Beta Club, and continues to provide vital community service programming to uphold the fraternity’s motto, “Culture for Service and Service for Humanity.”