Bigger Better Business Program

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Alpha Beta Sigma Chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Completed several events throughout the year to promote the Bigger and Better Business Program. The events included the following:

1. Recognizing Our Bigger and Better Business Program during the Annual Orchid Ball and had Business Owners to stand and be recognized so that we might support them moving forward.

2. Project S.E.E.D. (Sigma Economic Empowerment Development) is a Bigger and Better Business Program. The program was developed to help the membership focus on two important areas: Financial Management and Homeownership. It also provided useful information in the area of financial management and home ownership that will benefit the membership, their families, and the communities in which Sigma Brothers live.

Topics Covered

  • 401(k) plans and other tax differed plans
  • Building your financial portfolio on $25 a month
  • Tax return preparation
  • First-time homebuyers seminar
  • Refinancing advice

3. Project Business Development. Invited Black Owned Businesses to lead discussions on how to start a business and to maintain it. We had 5 different businesses to showcase their businesses.

4. Our Chapter Partnered with Brentwood Business Development Association on upcoming workshops for minority owned businesses. Businesses will showcase their businesses, including products and services.

BBDA Spotlight

Businesses Highlighted included the following:

  • Building up the Kingdom - Kathy Matthews
  • Events Planner - Faye Brown
  • Fidelity Capital - John Eley
  • Great Gifts Home Décor 7 More - Edith Bryant Hayes
  • Malaleuca (The Wellness Company) - Andrea Lewis
  • NTI Career Institute - Tyrone Bush
  • Silpada Designs - Michelle Neal
  • Soulstice Holistic Culinary Chef - Shirley Kelly
  • Special Rates Travel - Barbara Eley
  • T-Turner Group L.L.C. Real Estate Company - Broker Tyrone Turner

6. Identified minority owned business in the Houston Metro Area that we acknowledged each quarter with a plaque. We also visited their respective business to make the presentations and many visited the Fraternity House during our meetings.

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Westberry- Engram Foundation

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The Westberry –Engram Sigma Educational Foundation, Inc, the non-profit arm of Alpha Beta Sigma Chapter, Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. is a 501 (c) (3) corporation with a mission to provide social, literary events, leadership training, charitable activities, educational development and scholarships for the benefit of adults and youths throughout greater Houston area and the State of Texas. We encourage young students who have distinguished themselves in school to be prepared to take the next step in preparation for successful and long term careers. We will continue to inspire them to set their goals high and challenge themselves to never give up on their educational and career futures.

The Westberry-Engram Sigma Educational Foundation is located at 3247 Elgin Street, Houston Texas 77004.

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VA Hospital Visits

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Detail your services

The Alpha Beta Sigma Chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. has a long held tradition, approaching 50 years, of visiting the Veterans Administration Hospital as a group. It initially began as a way to assist veterans in wheelchairs from their rooms to the chapel for services, which the brothers continue still as required. Now, the chapter as well Beta Club members attend church and participate on program during the services.

The service is typically highlighted with The President of the Chapter bringing greetings and Brother Goldman Butler singing a solo. Afterwards, we contribute by providing morning refreshments for family members and veterans.

Thanksgiving Food Drive

For nearly twenty years, the Alpha Beta Sigma Chapter has set a community standard by giving away turkeys and serving a full diner to needy families on Thanksgiving.

The past year was extra special as we were able to give 170 families turkeys and a complete Thanksgiving meal, enough so that they could feed their entire family. Over 65 brothers participated and donated all the turkeys, hams, and side dishes. This event requires a minimum of 200 hours of service to be a success and brothers of Alpha Beta Sigma Chapter never dissapoint.

This is what being a Sigma is all about, service to our community. Our relationships in the community continues to grow and our charitable foundation, the Westberry-Engram Sigma Foundation, secured additional funds from a local bank to be involved in this most needed service to our community.

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Christmas Anna Dupree

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Every winter around Christmas, the brothers of Alpha Beta Sigma come together to visit and spend time with our adopted retirement/nursing home. This is a nearly 20 year service commitment that Alpha Beta Sigma Chapter has had the pleasure to partake in. The brothers dig deep into their pockets and give from the heart so that those whose families are unable to visit as frequent in their later years of life can have a bit of Christmas joy.

We have a special program for them that consists of Christmas music (live and DJ), special blessings from the Chapter Chaplan and a visit from “Sigma Claus”. We provide our honored guests with a meal cooked by the brothers and provide each with a gift bag that with timely gifts. Our Sigma Beta Club members assist with this event and their participation is really appreciated by the brothers and the seniors that we serve.

What a blessing to be able to sing Christmas songs with them and lend an ear at this special time of year.

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Sigma Beta Club

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History

In 1950 Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity became the first Greek organization to develop a youth auxiliary group. Under the direction of Dr. Parlette L. Moore the Sigma Beta Club was founded. Brother Moore was concerned about our changing needs in our communities and recognized the important role that Sigma men could play in the lives of our youth.

The Sigma Beta Clubs’ four major principles of focus are on Culture, Athletics, Social & Educational needs. The Sigma Beta Club offers a unique opportunity to develop values, leadership skills and social/cultural awareness in our youth during their developmental years. Sigma Beta Club programs are geared to meet the needs of its members, but at the same time provide them with a well-rounded outlook that is needed to cope with today’s society. Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. is confident that investing in our youth today will produce the effective leaders of tomorrow. Sigma Beta Club programs are geared to meet the needs of its members, while at the same time providing them with a well rounded outlook that is needed to cope with today’s society.

Sigma Beta Club of Houston

Motto: Next Generation of Leaders, Accepting the Responsibility, Loving the Challenge

The Sigma Beta Club of Houston, under the guidance of the Alpha Beta Sigma Chapter, continues to uphold the principles of Dr. Parlette L. Moore by playing a pivotal role in the outcome of youth in the Houston area. The Sigma Beta Club of Houston gives its members a chance to meet with college and professional men on a regular basis, therefore, exposing the membership to various viewpoints of educational advancements. Many service projects are coordinated with our big brothers of Alpha Beta Sigma and include community clean-ups, feeding the elderly, March of Dimes, AIDS Walk, etc. The Sigma Beta Club also introduces its members to the national programs of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc.

Located in the 4th largest city in America and blocks away from Texas Southern University and the University of Houston, the Sigma Beta Club of Houston has the resources, facilities and guidance to help mold the Next Generation of Leaders.

If you are a young man between the ages of 12-18 and interested in joining the Sigma Beta Club of Houston, please email sigmabetaclub@sigmasofhouston.com

Mission & History

The History of Phi Beta Sigma

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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.

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”.

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.

Alpha Beta Sigma Chapter

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Alpha Beta Sigma Chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Incorporated was chartered in 1934 by Brother Dr. C. L. Barnes, Brother Dr. A. E. Bowie, Brother Dr. C. T. Ewell, Brother George Simon, Brother C. L. Wilson and Brother F. G. Frye. Alpha Beta Sigma is one of the oldest Sigma chapters in the Gulf Coast Region and was one of the first alumni chapters of all fraternities chartered in Houston Texas. To this day, it remains the only Houston Sigma Chapter.

Alpha Beta Sigma has consistently been one of the largest chapters in all of the fraternity and has on numerous occasions had membership to exceed 125 active members. The chapter has significant prominence on the National level of the Fraternity and boasts several Past National Officers including: three International Presidents, two 2nd National Vice Presidents, an International Director of Social Action and Bigger and Better Business and an International Director of Collegiate Affairs. Four Brothers from Alpha Beta Sigma Chapter have been inducted into the National Distinguished Service Chapter (the highest honor in Phi Beta Sigma).

Alpha Beta Sigma Chapter has shown leadership on the Regional and State levels and have had several Regional Directors as well as other Regional and State officers. Additionally, the chapter’s membership has included College Presidents, Deans, National U.S. Government officials, the 1st Mayor of Prairie View, Texas, Medical Doctors, Business Executives, noted Entertainers and other professionals. We strictly adhere to the National Programs, Bigger and Better Business, Social Action and Education as well as the implementation of several community service programs that benefit the Greater Houston Area.

Mission Statement

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The brothers of Phi Beta Sigma are the Fraternity’s most valuable resource and strength. They are the primary means by which the Phi Beta Sigma objectives will be achieved. In order to accomplish the Fraternity’s objectives, it is essential that systems are instituted that effectively embody “Culture For Service and Service For Humanity” and promote brotherhood, scholarship and service.

To optimize Phi Beta Sigma’s effectiveness, the Fraternity will:

  • Strengthen and serve proactively the brotherhood, as a supportive resource that positively impacts the Fraternity’s growth and financial solvency.
  • Reaffirm and maintain a strong commitment to brotherhood, scholarship and service.
  • Ensure that the Fraternity programs are focused and committed to serving humanity.
  • Create an environment that respects the dignity and worth of each brother.
  • Exhibit integrity and ethical behavior in conducting the Fraternity’s business. serving as a model for all Greek-letter organizations.
  • Maintain and improve the Fraternity’s technological literacy, in order to better service its members and the community at large.
  • Foster and nurture our constitutional bond with Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.
  • Encourage a closer and mutually beneficial working relationship with fellow Greek-letter organizations, other community service organizations, businesses and government.
  • Select leaders who are committed and have demonstrated their ability to lead.

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