Scholars Program:

Each year Beta Pi Boule accepts applications for its Scholars Program. Qualified students from Harrisburg, Steelton and the surrounding area are eligible to receive one of several scholarship awards up to $2,000. Once earned, additional funding / stipends may be granted for up to three additional years.

To express interest in applying, contact us at betapibouleevents@gmail.comTo contribute, contact us at betapibouleinfo@gmail.com

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December 1, 2018

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Who We Are

The Harrisburg, Pennsylvania affiliate of Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity, Beta Pi Boulé, was founded in 1983, and has over 20 members. Beta Pi Boulé has a Social Action focus to reach out to individuals, primarily students, to help them obtain quality education and employment.

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Overview

The Harrisburg, Pennsylvania affiliate of Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity, Beta Pi Boulé, was founded in 1983, and has over 20 members. Beta Pi Boulé has a Social Action focus to reach out to individuals, primarily students, to help them obtain quality education and employment.

We have established five Social Action Initiatives to aid us in achieving this goal:

Mentoring and presentations at local high schools,Mentoring and presentations at local colleges and a School of Medicine,Scholarship Awards,Partnerships with the Thurgood Marshall and William Gates Scholars Programs, andPresentations at the Harrisburg Camp Curtain Achievers Program.
The major concentration with each of these initiatives is on those areas that are crucial to academic and personal growth; including the Development of Life Enrichment Skills, Healthy Lifestyle choices, Attainment of 21st Century Technology Skills, Establishment and Maintenance of Values and Ethics that Do Not Impede Academic Achievement.

For more information about Beta Pi Boulé, please contact us at betapibouleinfo@gmail.com

About

History

At the dawn of the twentieth century black men of distinction had long functioned in various leadership posts, especially in the churches and benevolent association movement. Some, notably Frederick Douglass among them, had even served in high government posts. But by and large they lived lives separate from those of the black masses and the white professionals. In 1904 a small group in Philadelphia set out to create an organization that would provide a vehicle for men of standing and like tastes to come together to know the best of one another.

At the dawn of the twentieth century black men of distinction had long functioned in various leadership posts, especially in the churches and benevolent association movement. Some, notably Frederick Douglass among them, had even served in high government posts. But by and large they lived lives separate from those of the black masses and the white professionals. In 1904 a small group in Philadelphia set out to create an organization that would provide a vehicle for men of standing and like tastes to come together to know the best of one another.

Henry McKee Minton was the leading figure in the discussions about organizing a group for such purposes. Henry Minton was born in Columbia, South Carolina, on Christmas Day in 1871. He went to school at the Academy at Howard University and, eventually, Phillips Exeter Academy, from which he graduated in 1891. Minton studied law for a year and then went to pharmacy school at the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy, from which he graduated in 1895. Minton then received the M. D. degree from Jefferson Medical College in 1906.

Minton also spent considerable time contemplating the isolation in which accomplished black men lived and worked. He began to talk with other black professionals – Dr. Algernon B. Jackson (b. 21 May 1878) being chief among them – about their shared conditions and about his ideas for forming an organization that would bring them together in fellowship. Minton thought that black learned and professional men should have an organization that “should be a fraternity in the true sense of the word; one whose chief thought should not be to visit the sick and bury the dead, but to bind men of like qualities, tastes and attainments into a close and sacred union that they might know the best of one another.” Members would not be “selected on the basis of brains alone – but in addition to congeniality, culture and good fellowship; that they shall have behind them [at initiation] a record of accomplishment, not merely be men of promise and good education.” His fraternity would contain the “best of Skull and Bones of Yale and of Phi Beta Kappa.”

After months of conversation with Jackson and some discussions with Edwin C. Howard, M.D. (b. 21 October 1846) and Richard J. Warrick, D.D.S. (b. 29 December 1880), both physicians, the four men met together at Howard’s home on May 15, 1904. The men agreed that they would meet again in two weeks and recruited two other physicians, Robert J. Abele (b. 2 June 1875) and Eugene T. Hinson (b. 20 November 1873), to join their group.

In the first constitution the group proclaimed that:
Whereas it seems wise and good that men of ambition, refinement and self-respect should seek the society of each other, both for the mutual benefit and to be an example of the higher type of manhood,
Be it Resolved that a society be organized for the purpose of binding men of like qualities into a close, sacred, fraternal union, that they may know the best of one another, and that each in this life may to his full ability aid the other, and by concerted action bring about those things that seem best for all that cannot be accomplished by individual effort.

For more information regarding the history of the Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity, please visit: www.sigmapiphi.org

About

Officers

Michael W. Harris
Sire Archon

Carl Freeman
Grammateus

Gene M. Gordon
Grapter

Reizdan B. Moore
Thesauristes

James "Tony" Lynch
Agogos

Kyle S. Jones
Rhetoricos

Curtis K. Redding
Data Manager

Tyrone A. Powell
Chair, Membership Council

Archons

Nathan D. Baxter
Bishop | Retired

John O. Campbell
Administrative VP & Manager

Carl Freeman
Manufacturing Director

Gene M. Gordon
Chaplin

Michael W. Harris
Managing Director

Schaun D. Henry
Attorney, McNees Wallace & Nurick

Renardo Hicks
Attorney

Kyle S. Jones
Senior Portfolio Strategist

George Love
In Memoriam 2014

Walter Lowery
Bank Administrator | Retired

James "Tony" Lynch
District Sales Manager

Gregory Merriweather
Regional Operations Manager

Reizdan B. Moore
Attorney

Tyrone Powell
Attorney, the Pennsylvania Senate

David Pugh
Insurance Executive

Curtis K. Redding
Chief Advisor

Harlon L. Robinson
Health Care Executive | Retired

Robert Scott
Medical School Professor | Retired

Donald Spigner
In Memoriam 2015

Leonard Washington
Chief Executive Officer | Retired

James Williams
Consultant - Organizational Development

About

Archousai

“Archousai is a Greek term that means “officials.” Designated women were selected by their peers to serve as “officials/archousai” in charge of supervising the religious celebration of Thesmophoria along with the priestess of the cult. The festival of the Thesmophoria took place in the Athenian month Pyanepsion (approximately October) and was reserved for women only. In ancient Greece, on this and other such occasions, the women assembled in the traditional way to celebrate their womanhood and fertility”. – From Penn State University

We place great importance on family and regard our wives as full-fledged partners in the program of cultural uplift. While there is no formal organization of a women’s auxiliary, each wife is called an Archousa and collectively, wives are known as Archousai.

Scholars Program

About The Program

Each year Beta Pi Boulé accepts applications for college scholarships worth up to $8,000 over 4 years. The Scholars Program provides scholarship support to selected students graduating from high schools in central Pennsylvania. Scholars who are selected must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of a 3.0 or higher. They also must be an active participant in their school through extra-curricular activities and/or volunteer in their community.

Once earned, awards may be granted for up to three additional years or until completion of a Bachelor’s degree (whichever occurs first), provided students continue to meet eligibility criteria and participate in an annual Scholars Program event and/or ongoing communication.

Eligibility

Eligible students for this scholarship program must:

Be an African-American male.Have earned at least a 3.0 grade average or equivalent in high school.Have submitted a Scholars Program Application including the following: (a. The Recommendation Form signed by a school counselor. b. An Official Transcript. c. A Letter of Reference.)Be engaged in community service and/or extracurricular activities.Plan to enroll in full-time undergraduate study at an accredited college or university for the entire current academic year,Be accepted for admission to an accredited college or university.Agree to participate in an annual Scholars Program event and/or ongoing communication with the Boulé.

Application Guidelines

Applications will be accepted from December 1st to April 1st of each school year.

Complete the Student Application Form including a short essayAttach the Recommendation Form signed by a school counselor

Apply Today

The Application window, December thru April, has closed.To express interest in applying, contact us at betapibouleevents@gmail.comTo contribute, contact us at betapibouleinfo@gmail.com

We would like to kindly thank our Scholarship Sponsors

The Hershey Company

McCormick Family Foundation

Centric Ban

Harsco Corporation

M&T Bank Charitable Foundation

Stahl Sheaffer Engineering

BETA PI BOULÉ, INC.

Board Officers

Tyrone A. Powell | President
James E. Williams, Jr. | Vice-President
James Lynch | Secretary
Reizdan Moore | Treasurer

Purpose

This is a non-profit corporation organized for charitable purposes. The affairs of the corporation shall be conducted at all times in such manner as to maintain the charitable character and status, and to qualify for tax exempt status pursuant to Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code (or corresponding section of any future Federal tax code).

The corporation’s purpose shall include, but not be limited to performing charitable and fraternal activities consistent with the charter authorized by the national Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity, Incorporated. The corporation shall have the purposes and powers stated in its Articles of Incorporation, as amended, and such other powers as are now or may be granted to a nonprofit corporation organized under the laws of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Our Vision

In order to remain the pre-eminent fraternity for African American men of achievement, Beta Pi Boulé of Sigma Pi Phi will increase its aid to the Greater Harrisburg Community by encouraging Archons to become better informed and to take appropriate action on major public policy issues. Furthermore, Beta Pi Boulé will support and provide social action programs that benefit society at large and African American males in particular.

Social Action Committee

James Lynch | Scholarship Chair
Nathan D. Baxter | Partnerships Chair

Harlon L. Robinson
Robert A. Scott
James E. Williams, Jr.
Tyrone A. Powell
Rowland Harrison
Reizdan B. Moore
Michael W. Harris

Social Action Initiatives

We are confident that you will partner with us in this important undertaking. We, with your participation, will be able to reverse this epidemic by providing the necessary support that is critical to academic achievement. We recognize that the awarding of scholarships, independent of other supports, will not accomplish our goals.

We have established five Social Action Initiatives that provide career specific mentors, workshops, and other resources, to ensure individual academic achievement. They include:

Mentoring and presentations at local high schools,Mentoring and presentations at local colleges and a School of Medicine,Scholarship Awards,Partnership with the Thurgood Marshall and William Gates Scholars Programs, andPresentations at the Harrisburg Camp Curtain Achievers Program.

The Thurgood Marshall College Fund

The Thurgood Marshall Scholarship Fund was established in 1987 to carry on Justice Thurgood Marshall’s legacy of ensuring equal access to higher education by supporting exceptional scholars attending America’s public historically black colleges and universities as well as six law schools which historically taught black students. This contrasts with the United Negro College Fund which was directed toward private colleges. The Fund was renamed the Thurgood Marshall College Fund in 2006. The fund has since expanded to include medical schools.

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Guided by the belief that every life has equal value, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation works to help all people lead healthy, productive lives. In developing countries, it focuses on improving people’s health and giving them the chance to lift themselves out of hunger and extreme poverty. In the United States, it seeks to ensure that all people—especially those with the fewest resources—have access to the opportunities they need to succeed in school and life. Based in Seattle, Washington, the foundation is led by CEO Jeff Raikes and Co-chair William H. Gates Sr., under the direction of Bill and Melinda Gates and Warren Buffett.

The Camp Curtin YMCA Teen Achievers

The Camp Curtin Teen Achievers program is designed for students in seventh through twelfth grades. We offer college tours and sessions to introduce students to the career world and to help them along the path to college. The program is open to all students but is primarily designed to provide community role models to minority students.

Highlights Over the Years

Jumping Silos: MBC Members & Service On Other PBA Committees & Entities - 4/20/16

In Memoriam (Archon Spigner) - 12/7/15

A Love Supreme Indeed - 7/20/15

Beta Pi Welcomes Two New Archons - 7/20/15

Beta Pi Boulé Awards Scholarships As Funding Goal Is Achieved - 6/10/15

Member Boulé Celebrates 30th Anniversary - 5/6/14

Former National Cathedral Dean Elected Bishop of Central Pennsylvania - 2/7/14

Dr. Robert Scott Receives Unsung Hero Award - 2/6/14

The Boulé Journal At Its Centennial Year! - 2/5/14

VOLUNTEER

Volunteers continue to help us make a positive impact in the lives of low-income African American males, working-class Black families, and committed and talented volunteers are essential to our success.

To receive more information, email us at betapibouleinfo@gmail.com, call 717.312.7996, or fill out the contact form.

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Submission Deadline - April 1, 2019

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