by Richard Taylor
From Honorable Jonathan A. Mason
Greetings Sigma Brothers and Congratulations on 101 Years of "Culture for Service a nd Service to Humanity!"
2014 was an amazing year for Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity! As your 34th International President, I never imagined what incredible he ights our organization would achieve in the 100th year of our existence. I thank God for His phenomenal blessings and each member of this great Brotherhood for your support and encouragement throughout the year.
Thanks to your commitment, the year of 2014 represents a series of record-breaking accomplishments. Here are just a few milestones the organization experienced:
- Celebrated our Centennial Founders Day simultaneously in 7 cities nationwide.
- Inducted renown actor, singer and Civil Rights Icon Harry Belafonte
- Achieved record-breaking, world-wide media exposure throughout the year
- Achieved the largest financial membership in the history o f the fraternity
- Achieved the highest registration to any event in the history of the fraternity
- Unveiled the Phi Beta Sigma Memorial Monument at the birthplace of Sigma
- Unveiled the Sigma History Museum
- Established a historic partnership with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
- Developed a national initiative that's on the pulse of the nation: I Am My Brother's Keeper( in association with President Barack Obama's My Brother's Keeper
- Generated the highest revenue in the history of the fraternity
- Deposited over $5,000,000 of revenue in the City of Washington, DC in July
- Endowed a $500,000 scholarship to Howard University
- Elevated the fraternity's exposure and participation in the Congressional Black Caucus' Annual Legislative Conference as a sponsor, moderators and facilitators
- Sponsored REAL TALK, a major brain-trust symposium featuring some of the nation's top thought-leaders on the topic of securing the future of boys and young men of color
- Participated with significant presence in the official burial of the late, Brother Dr. Alaine Leroy Locke, the nation's first African American Rhodes Scholar
- Renovated our house at 145 Kennedy Street, NW, Washington, DC
- Implemented the fraternity's Education initiatives Adopt-A-School and Sigma Read-In internationally to Oaks Field Primary School in Nassau, Bahamas
- Sponsored the ACTION NOW! Prayer Vigil and Youth Summit and an Adopt-A Business
- Relief Fund in Ferguson, MO in response to the grand jury decision in the Michael Brown case
To God be the Glory for the things He has done!
As we welcome 2015, the next century of service, we focus on I Am My Brother's Keeper, our call to action. When Phi Beta Sigma is called upon, it's important that our response is ACTION NOW! On today and throughout the month of January, we must mobilize all Sigma Chapters and Brothers to give generously during our International Giving Month. A minimum donation of $5, $10 or $15 will have a significant impact on the future of our boys and young men of color. It will greatly assist in the restoration of a business that was destroyed during civil unrest. It can also aid in securing a promising future for those pursuing higher education. I'm calling on each of you to make a donation now to The National Sigma Beta Club Foundation, our Adopt-A-Business Relief Fund and/or the Howard University Scholarship Endowment. Please encourage your friends, families and colleagues to support our giving efforts as well. Together, we can transform lives, which transforms communities. Every day there's a Sigma Brother proclaiming I Am My Brother's Keeper. With each proclamation, I hear in loud refrain, "Phi Beta is the life." I pledge to continue this claim and transformation, for this is the manifestation of the Founders' vision.
Welcome to the next 100 years!