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ANNUAL 20 REPORT 20

PHI BETA SIGMA FRATERNITY, INC. Upsilon Sigma Chapter Great Lakes Region Chicago, Illinois "A Proud Past, A Preserved Present , and A Bright Future"


PANDEMIC 20 YEAR 20

PHI BETA SIGMA FRATERNITY, INC. Upsilon Sigma Chapter Great Lakes Region Chicago, Illinois

"Our Cause Speeds On"


PHI BETA SIGMA FRATERNITY, INC. UPSILON SIGMA CHAPTER GREAT LAKES REGION CHICAGO, IL

2020 CHAPTER REPORT


Copyright 2021 by Upsilon Sigma Alumni Chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. Edited by: Bro. Dr. Jessie E. Kilgore, Jr., Mrs. Karen Gay Cover and Page Designs: Bro. Dr. Jessie E. Kilgore, Jr. Contributors: The Hon. Bro. Justice Carl Walker, President; Bro. Mike Jarard, Esq, Vice-President; Hon. Bro. Clarence Johnson, Financial Secretary; Bro. Obeddie Hawkins, Treasurer; Bro. Dr. Jessie Kilgore, 2nd Vice-President; Bro. Ronald Branch, Corresponding Secretary; Bro. Dr. Basil Muhammad, Recording Secretary; Bro. Garrett Smith, Parliamentarian; Bro. Charles Bracey, Esq., Chapter Legal Council; Bro. Rev. Mitchell Johnson, JD, Chaplain; Bro. Bryant Hedrick; Bro. Dwayne Cecil; Bro. Wayne Johnson; Bro. Herman Jackson; Bro. Gavin Armour; Bro. Reggie Wynne; Bro. Maddox Moore. All rights reserved. No part of this book may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording, scanning, or otherwise without the prior written permission of the publisher except for the use of brief quotations in a book review. Printed in the United States of America First Printing: 2021 ISBN: 978-0-578-86388-7 Upsilon Sigma Alumni Chapter 4941 S. Martin Luther King Blvd Chicago, IL. 60615 www.upsilonsigmapbs.org Facebook: www.facebook.com/upsilonsigma

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Chicago, IL

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President's Message

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Vice President's Message

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Leadership

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Lifetime Achievement

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Fraternity History

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Standards Self-Assessment Tool

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Chapter Demographics

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Membership Growth & Retention

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Chapter Roster

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Program Implementation Assessments (PIA)

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Chapter Operations

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Risk Management

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Social Action Committee

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Bigger & Better Business Committee

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Education Committee

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Sigma Beta Club

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Sigma Zeta Relations

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Social Media Committee

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Newsletter Committee

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Carnation Ball Committee

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MIP Committee

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Collegiate Affairs Committee

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Entertainment Committee

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National Pan-Hellenic Council

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Brother's On The Move

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Chapter Events

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Omega Chapter

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Officially, the City of Chicago, is the most populous city in the State of Illinois and the third most populous city in the United States. With an estimated population of 2,693,976 in 2019, it is also the most populous city in the Midwestern United States. Chicago is the county seat of Cook County, the second most populous county in the U.S., while a small portion of the city's O'Hare Airport also extends into DuPage County. Chicago is the principal city of the Chicago metropolitan area, defined as either the U.S. Census Bureau's Metropolitan Statistical Area (9.4 million people) or the Combined Statistical Area (almost 10 million residents), often called Chicagoland. It constitutes the third most populous urban area in the United States after New York City and Los Angeles. Located on the shores of freshwater Lake Michigan, Chicago was incorporated as a city in 1837 near a portage between the Great Lakes and the Mississippi River watershed and grew rapidly in the mid-19th century. After the Great Chicago Fire of 1871, which destroyed several square miles and left more than 100,000 homeless, the city rebuilt. The construction boom accelerated population growth throughout the following decades, and by 1900, less than 30 years after the great fire, Chicago was the fifth-largest city in the world. Chicago made noted contributions to urban planning and zoning standards, including new construction styles, the development of the City Beautiful Movement, and the steel-framed skyscraper. Chicago is an international hub for finance, culture, commerce, industry, education, technology, telecommunications, and transportation. It is the site of the creation of the first standardized futures contracts, issued by the Chicago Board of Trade, which today is part of the largest and most diverse derivatives market in the world, generating 20% of all volume in commodities and financial futures alone. O'Hare International Airport is routinely ranked among the world's top six busiest airports according to tracked data by the Airports Council International. The region also has the largest number of federal highways and is the nation's railroad hub. The Chicago area has one of the highest gross domestic products (GDP) in the world, generating $689 billion in 2018. The economy of Chicago is diverse, with no single industry employing more than 14% of the workforce. It is home to several Fortune 500 companies, including Allstate, Boeing, Caterpillar, Exelon, Kraft Heinz, McDonald's, Mondelez International, Sears, United Airlines Holdings, US Foods, and Walgreens. Chicago's 58 million tourist visitors in 2018 set a new record and Chicago has been voted the best large city in the U.S. for four years in a row by Condé Nast Traveler. The city was ranked first in the 2018 Time Out City Life Index, a global urban quality of life survey of 15,000 people in 32 cities. Landmarks in the city include Millennium Park, Navy Pier, the Magnificent Mile, the Art Institute of Chicago, Museum Campus, the Willis (Sears) Tower, Grant Park, the Museum of Science and Industry, and Lincoln Park Zoo. Chicago is also home to the Barack Obama Presidential Center being built in Hyde Park on the city's South Side. Chicago's culture includes the visual arts, literature, film, theatre, comedy (especially improvisational comedy), food, and music, particularly jazz, blues, soul, hip-hop, gospel, and electronic dance music including house music. Of the area's many colleges and universities, the University of Chicago, Northwestern University, and the University of Illinois at Chicago are classified as "highest research" doctoral universities. Chicago has professional sports teams in each of the major professional leagues, including two Major League Baseball teams.

CHICAGO IS.... Chicago is home to... Chicago is is a foodie destination... 2,716,450 residents More than 7,300 restaurants 50 wards 7 AAA Diamond-rated restaurants 77 community areas 26 Michelin-starred restaurants 100 neighborhoods 40 James Beard Award-winning 8 major league sports teams, including restaurants, and host of the annual two MLB teams James Beard Awards United States President Barack 54 Bib Gourmand winners Obama 144 dog-friendly restaurants

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Chicago is is a biking city... Chicago has the second-highest percentage of commuters riding their bikes to work Bicycle commute times in the region average only 23 minutes 303 miles of bike lanes 19 miles of lakefront bicycle paths along Lake Michigan 303 miles of bike lanes

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On behalf of the Men of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. Upsilon Sigma Chapter, I bring greetings as our chapter celebrates 93 years of service and continues in the tradition of the men who laid the foundation for our fraternity and chapter. More than 107 years ago, our revered founders, A. Langston Taylor, Charles I. Brown, and Leonard F. Morris, founded our fraternity with a focus on the ideas of Brotherhood, Scholarship and Service. As a chapter, we have maintained those ideas. I appreciate the voice of the Hon. Bro. Clarence Johnson who keeps us anchored in the rich history of our fraternity and chapter. Our executive team and chapter members joined my vision to increase our presence in every facet of service to youth, to our community and to humanity. I send a heartfelt “thank you” to each of my chapter brothers for giving their heart, mind, body and soul to the success and growth of our chapter. We began 2020 with less than 40 brothers and ended the year with well over 100 financial members. We started the year with a visit to the Cook County, Illinois Juvenile Detention Center where we provided encouragement for the young men who are being held in custody on a variety of criminal charges. Approximately 70% of the young men were Black. The young men were engaged and asked so many questions that we needed more than 2 hours. After the question/answer period, we started games of spades. We continued to remind them that they can be successful. The young men enjoyed the event and so did we. Our chapter fully engaged with the Illinois One Sigma Committee to plan the Fraternity’s 2020 Founders’ Day celebration featuring our own International President, the Hon. Michael Crystal. Upsilon continued the enthusiasm with the co-planning of the Sigma/Zeta Joint Founders’ Day Dinner. We are proud to have conducted two Membership Intake Processes to add 12 new brothers to our chapter, and they are phenomenal workers who love our great fraternity. We are also elated to have built working relationships with local Sigma and Zeta Chapters and we demonstrated strong and unwavering support for our brothers during times of bereavement and joy. One of our greatest achievements was the increase in our social media presence. We have a superb website and Facebook page. Despite the difficulties surrounding the impact of COVID-19, Upsilon Sigma Chapter engaged in extensive service. We maintained an active Sigma Beta Club that met regularly and engaged in service. We also supported the March of Dimes, the Sickle Cell Foundation, and the American Cancer Society. The chapter hosted many webinars such as “Historical Conversation with the Hon. Bro. Clarence D. Johnson, DSC 165” as part of his birthday celebration, “Ask the Lawyers”, “Ask the Doctor”, “Wealth Building”, and “Understanding the Judicial Process.” We engaged in many live programs to support the local community which included the Sigma House Block clean up, giveaways of personal protection equipment, programs to support small business, Thanksgiving turkey giveaways, a toy drive, coat drive, food giveaways with the Chicago Food Depository, a voter registration drive with Rainbow Push, and a blood drive in conjunction with the Community Blood Center. I am so proud of our chapter's work and progress. I joined Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity more than 35 years ago at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. As I reflect, aside from giving my life to Christ as a teenager, joining Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity is amongst the best "decisions" I have ever made. Yes, ours is a true brotherhood. Sincerely,

Hon. Bro. Judge Carl Anthony Walker, DSC 165 President, Upsilon Sigma Chapter

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From the age of 5, as I was escorted by my father, a member of Upsilon Sigma Chapter, into my first classroom, only to be greeted by my first teacher, a Finer Woman of Zeta Phi Beta, all I could dream of was becoming a member of this wondrous band. Those dreams were vast and unrefined. However, I was sure that one day I would become part of the organization whose motto is “Culture for Service and Service for Humanity”. On May 3, 2003, that dream came true. Captain Quest of S.S. BLUE D.I.C.E. was born into Sigmadom. For more than seventeen years, living life as a Sigma man and upholding my vow for service has been an evolving journey. Thanks to the brothers of Upsilon Sigma Chapter, my dream is now refined. Brothers, you have shown this past year that YOU ALL live to educate and serve as exemplified in over 30 events that we have hosted, promoted, and/or supported. This great chapter embodies a brotherhood that truly lives by the adage: “I Am My Brothers Keeper”. The last few years in this chapter have been both an education and privilege to work next to such a dedicated group of brothers. I want to thank every member serving, officers leading, and brothers holding Sigma in their heart for making my childhood dream come true, the dream of endlessly effectuating change in the community. In 2020, despite COVID-19, every committee has hosted events and provided a great service to the community. It is this dedication that makes our chapter the precious jewel that it is. No task is too great. No community member is beyond reach of our service. We have grown from a village of 40 to a city of over 100 financial brothers leading the region in membership and in community outreach as well. I am ever so proud of our brothers, not just for their efforts, but their results. For me, a testimony of our brothers’ impact on this community was during our Coat and Christmas Toy Drive. On this day, after brothers had donated hundreds of toys and coats, a young girl who received one of the last toys also gave her toy away to another kid who had nothing. Brothers, your spirit for humanity has been infectious on me and clearly to all others with whom you have come in contact. Brothers, our since of purpose is commendable and like no other organization in the world. We have marched together this year educating, mentoring, serving, feeding, clothing, marketing, and funding our community. In this upcoming year, nothing would be more fulfilling than thundering back along the lines, serving next to each and every one of you. It has been with great pleasure that I have serve as Vice President of such a selfless chapter. Brothers, “OUR CAUSE SPEEDS ON”.

Sincerely,

Bro. Attorney Mike Jarard Vice-President, Upsilon Sigma Chapter

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Hon. Bro. Justice Carl Anthony Walker President

Bro. Ronald Branch Corresponding Secretary

Bro. Michael Jarard, Esq. Vice-President

Bro. Dr. Basil Muhammad Assistant Recording Secretary

Bro. Dr. Jessie E. Kilgore, Jr. 2nd Vice-President & Director of Design & Technology

Bro. Garrett Smith Parliamentarian

Hon. Bro. Clarence D. Johnson Financial Secretary

Bro. Charles Bracey, Esq. Chapter Legal Counsel

Bro. Obeddie Hawkins Treasurer

Bro. Rev. Mitchell Johnson, JD Chaplain

Past International President

Distinguished Service Chapter

Bro. Arthur W. Mitchell Bro. George W. Lawrence Bro. Maurice Moore

Hon. Justice Carl Anthony Walker, CPA

Hon. Bro. Hugh Fisher Lewis Hon. Bro. Ephriam Persons Hon. Bro. Maurice Moore Hon. Bro. George W. Lawrence Hon. Bro. Andrew Childress Hon. Bro. Chester Riley Hon. Bro. Howard Felder Hon. Bro. Clarence D. Johnson Hon. Bro. Justice Carl Anthony Waker, CPA

Past Regional Directors

Past Regional Legal Counsel

Bro. John Tardiff Bro. Chester Riley Hon. Bro. Clarence D. Johnson

Hon. Bro. Justice Carl Anthony Walker, CPA Bro. Randy Crumpton, Esq.

Past International Treasurer Bro. Ephriam Persons

Past International Auditor

Other Prominent Members of Upsilon Sigma Chapter Hon. Justice Charles E. Freeman, First Black to Serve on the Illinois Supreme Court Hon. Mayor Harold Washington, First Black Mayor of the City of Chicago

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Bro. Dr. Edward Hubbard Hon. Bro. Clarence D. Johnson Bro. Rutherford Wilson

Bro. Larry Copeland Bro. Eric Daniels Bro. Dr. Michael Miller Bro. Walter Tolson Bro. Alfred Williams

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NATIONAL HISTORY 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.

CHAPTER HISTORY Upsilon Sigma Chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. was chartered September 11, 1927 by Brothers: Summer Colum, MD, Austin Gray, MD, Milton Johnson, MD, William M. Jones, George W. Lawrence, JD, Hugh Fisher Lewis, U.C. McClerkins, George W. Prince and John E. Smith. Upsilon Sigma Chapter immediately flourished and became a driving force of the African American community in Chicago. In the beginning, the chapter met at a funeral establishment on South Indiana. The chapter's annual Drikel Ball on the Thursday immediately following Thanksgiving opened the social calendar for the formal event in Chicago. In 1949, a program was started to buy a fraternity house in Chicago. The tireless effort of brothers in the chapter resulted in the purchase of "The Sigma House" at 4941 S. Dr. Martin Luther King Drive. Upsilon Sigma has been the mother chapter of the Great Lakes Region. Brothers Chester Riley and Clarence Johnson, both past Regional Directors of the Great Lakes Region, chartered or reclaimed more than 61 chapters during their respective administrations.

Respectfully Submitted: Bro. Michael Jarard, Esq., Vice President

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Name of Chapter: City/Community: Chapter Address: Chapter President: Telephone: Email:

Upsilon Sigma Chapter Chicago, Illinois 4941 South Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive, Chicago, IL. 60615 Hon. Justice Carl Anthony Walker (312) 254-9914 Info@upsilonsigmapbs.org

Chapter Level Status: Chapter Members:

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Chapters in Marginal Status will be placed on performance review until performance is brought up to a minimum of Bronze Status. *Chapters are evaluated and compete for awards per chapter size (Bronze 0-35, Silver 36-55, Gold 56-75, Diamond 76100, Founders 100+) -All Reports Will Be Submitted ElectronicallyPrior to submitting, chapter will confirm that all information presented in report is accurate and true. Any falsification in this report will result in chapter suspension. Each Regional Director will review and approve his chapter's report and forward to National Headquarters for processing. Any chapter that does not submit report to Regional Director during the required period will be suspended.

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Upsilon Sigma Chapter is extremely diverse and members range in age from 25 years old to the mid-90s. Dr. Howard Felder (DSC 114), our oldest member made his transition during 2020. As of December 31, 2020, our oldest member is Dr. Edward Hubbard. We have three active members who have served the fraternity for more than 60 years (Dr. Edward Hubbard, Hon. Bro. Clarence D. Johnson – DSC 126, and Bro. Rutherford Wilson). We have two surviving members of the Distinguished Service Chapter (Hon. Bro. Clarence D. Johnson and Hon. Bro. Judge Carl Walker). 99% of our members have bachelor’s degrees. We have more than 10 members with law degrees, more than 10 members with PhD’s, more than 10 members in law enforcement, a host of ministers, educators, and other professionals.

Respectfully Submitted: Hon. Bro. Justice Carl Walker

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Upsilon Sigma Chapter has been keenly focused and very intentional in our implementation of our membership growth and retention policy. This is evidenced by our explosive growth during FY 2020. Our Retention, Recruitment and Reclamation program has focused on retaining current members, recruiting new members and reclaiming former members. To meet our goals, we engaged in the following: Maximizing Event Participation - When hosting social events associated with any of our 3 core programs, we have gone through great lengths to ensure maximum participation. This has included the use of social media (Facebook, GroupMe, Email and Text Blasts) as well as personal phone calls. These outreach efforts took place on a 10 day out, 7 day out, 3 day out and day prior basis. This has resulted in brothers not only being able to interact with each other socially but to do so, in many cases, for a worthy cause. We also make a point to provide updates of chapter, state, regional and national activities of Phi Beta Sigma. Pastoral Care - We have been very intentional in our efforts to support and uplift brothers during these trying times. From birthdays, to wedding and fraternity anniversaries, to support during a loss, Upsilon Sigma shows concern and interest in non-Sigma activities of members. Additionally, we make an effort to recognize the achievements of our brothers during chapter meetings, committee meetings and via call of support. Additionally, some of the pastoral care initiatives are also supported through many programs such as Ask A Doctor, MENtal Health programming, etc. We also monitor lack of engagement monthly to ascertain the wellness of members. Repast - Prior to the Covid Lockdown, we held repasts at the Sigma House (our chapter home) after each meeting. The repasts are handled by brothers on a rotating basis. We cater in full meals and use the time after our meetings to enjoy our brotherhood and unwind.

Respectfully Submitted: Hon. Bro. Justice Carl Walker Bro. Dr. Jessie E. Kilgore, Jr.

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FIRST NAME Ronald Gavin Gregory Raymond Dwayne Frederick Charles Ronald Larry Shawn Mario Kevin Johnny Dwayne Kempes Nicholas Keith Larry Desholion Eric John Tyrone Tracey Aaron Darryl R. Everett Howard Patrice Anthony Justice Charles Maurice Ricky Anthony Stanley Craig Obeddie Paul Bryant Timothy Charles Elgin Ronald Larry Edward Alphonso Herman Michael Clarence Daniel Eddie Jeffrey Jordan Lamarr Mitchell Shelby Wayne De'juane Edison Edward Judge Preston

LAST NAME Alexander Armour Baker Barney Betts Blohm Bracey Branch Brookins Brown Caple Catching Cavers Cecil Chambers Chambers Copeland Curtis Daniels Dawson Dowdell Drew Dunlap Earl Edwards Felder Foster Frazier Freeman Gillespie Granderson Hall Hamilton Harris Hawkins Hayward Hedrick Higgins Holley Holt Holt Horne Hubbard Ingram Jackson Jarard Johnson Johnson Johnson Johnson Johnson Johnson Johnson Johnson Johnson Jones Jones Jones Jones

FIRST NAME

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Robert Timmy Naieem Jessie Lionel Merlin Augie Trevell Tyrone Todd William Antonio Lee Bernard Howard Michael Willie Maddix Christopher Basil Fidel Rickey Gerald Shamsu Keith Christo Levi Martell Michael Blake Richard Marcus Brendan Garrick William Lloyd Arthur Delroy Walter Judge Carl Melvin Eric Ryan Thomas Jeffrey Joseph Tyrone Alfred Derrick Larry Marquis Rickey Arthur Dennis Rutherford Lester Reginald Ryan

LAST NAME Jones Jones Karriem Kilgore Kimble King Lewis Lewis Lewis Lindberg Little Mannings Mcdonald Mclaurin Mcnair Miller Mooney Moore Morris Muhammad Okeke Owens Pauling Raheem Reed Rias Richardson Richardson Rivers Searcy Sharrieff Shepard Shiller Smith Smith Strong Sutton Taylor Tolson Walker Warfield Warner Warner Warner West West White Williams Williams Williams Williams Williams Wilson Wilson Wilson Wright Wynne Wynne

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Chapter operations are excellent and still improving. The entire chapter meets every month on the second Saturday at 5:00 p.m. Our president along with our Executive Committee, Chaplain Core and Wellness Committee have focused on the engagement of all brothers. Chapter Budget Upsilon Sigma has a written budget which is developed on an annual basis to reflect changes in economic conditions and chapter membership. Revenue is primarily derived from our annual Carnation Ball & Crescent Moon Awards Gala, the receipt of chapter dues, member donations, and other fundraising activities. A monthly report is given by both the Financial Secretary and the Treasurer.

Chapter has current and written bylaws Upsilon Sigma has a written constitution governing our structure and operation.

Chapter Committee Meetings Each committee has set meeting dates every month. We also have a consolidated committee meeting one to three times per month as needed.

Respectfully Submitted: Hon. Bro. Justice Carl Walker

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Members Personal Property Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. and Upsilon Sigma Chapter assume no liability or responsibility for any loss or damage to any personal property of members, even if used in conjunction with fraternity activities. Each member is required to have insurance or to be self-insured for damage to his property. Abusive Behavior Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. and Upsilon Sigma Chapter have high expectations for the conduct and behavior of members. No member shall engage in abusive behavior against anyone, whether member or someone attempting to become a member. Alcohol and Drugs The possession, sale, use or consumption of ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES, while on chapter premises or during a fraternity event, in any situation sponsored or endorsed by the chapter, or at any event an observer would associate with the fraternity, must be in compliance with any and all applicable laws of the state, province, county, city and institution of higher education, and must comply with either the Bring Your Own Beverage (BYOB) or Third Party Vendor Guidelines. No alcoholic beverages may be purchased through or with neither chapter funds nor the purchase of the same for members or guests are undertaken or coordinated by any member in the name of or on behalf of the chapter. The purchase or use of a bulk quantity or common source(s) of alcoholic beverage, for example, kegs or cases, is prohibited. OPEN PARTIES, meaning those with unrestricted access by non-members of the fraternity, without specific invitation, where alcohol is present, are forbidden. No members, collectively or individually, shall purchase for, serve to, or sell alcoholic beverages to any minor (i.e., those under the legal drinking age). The possession, sale, or use of any ILLEGAL DRUGS or CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES while on chapter premises or during a fraternity event or at any event that an observer would associate with the fraternity is strictly prohibited. No chapter may co-sponsor an event with an alcohol distributor or tavern (tavern defined as an establishment generating more than half of annual gross sales from alcohol) at which alcohol is given away, sold or otherwise provided to those present. This includes any event held in, at, or on the property of a tavern as defined above for purposes of fundraising. However, a chapter may rent or use a room or area in a tavern as defined above for a closed event held within the provisions of this policy, including the use of a third party vendor and guest list. An event at which alcohol is present may be conducted or co-sponsored with a charitable organization if the event is held within the provisions of this policy. No chapter may co-sponsor, co-finance, attend or participate in a function at which alcohol is purchased by any of the host chapters, groups, or organizations. All recruitment or membership intake activities associated with any chapter will be non- alcoholic. No recruitment or membership intake activities associated with any chapter may be held at or in conjunction with a tavern or alcohol distributor as defined in this policy. No member or pledge, associate/new member or novice shall permit, tolerate, encourage or participate in “drinking games”. The definition of drinking games includes but is not limited to the consumption of shots of alcohol, liquor or alcoholic beverages, the practice of consuming shots equating to one’s age, “beer pong”, “Beirut”, “flip cup”, “century club”, “dares” or any other activity involving the consumption of alcohol which involves duress or encouragement related to the consumption of alcohol. No alcohol shall be present at any pledge/associate member/new member/novice program, activity or ritual of the chapter. This includes but is not limited to activities associated with “bid night”, “big brother/big sister night” and initiation. 2020 Annual Report UPSILON SIGMA CHAPTER Chicago, IL

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Hazing Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc., Upsilon Sigma Chapter does not condone hazing of any kind. “…Hazing is a broad term encompassing any action or activity which does not contribute to the positive development of a person; which inflicts or intends to cause physical or mental harm or anxieties; which may demean, degrade or disgrace any person regardless of location, intent or consent of participants…any action or situation which intentionally or unintentionally endangers student for admission into or affiliation with any student organization.” According to the policy of our National Organization, "No chapter, colony, student or alumnus shall conduct nor condone hazing activities. Hazing activities are defined as: “Any action taken or situation created, intentionally, whether on or off fraternity premises, to produce mental or physical discomfort, embarrassment, harassment, or ridicule. Such activities may include but are not limited to the following: use of alcohol; paddling in any form; creation of excessive fatigue; physical and psychological shocks; quests, treasure hunts, scavenger hunts, road trips or any other such activities carried on outside or inside of the confines of the chapter house; wearing of public apparel which is conspicuous and not normally in good taste; engaging in public stunts and buffoonery; morally degrading or humiliating games and activities; and any other activities which are not consistent with academic achievement, fraternal law, ritual or policy or the regulations and policies of the educational institution or applicable state law.” As a certified members of Phi Beta Sigma, we are privileged to recruit and train new members of our great brotherhood and aid in providing them with a positive fraternal experience. However, with this privilege comes great responsibility. Certified members have to be able to provide guidance, attend chapter meetings, executive board meetings, and council meetings. In addition, members have a duty to report hazing.

Respectfully Submitted: Hon. Bro. Justice Carl Walker

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S CIAL ACTION

Despite 2020 being a challenging year due to COVID-19 restrictions, Upsilon Sigma prevailed and conducted several social action projects throughout the year. This was achieved through each Brother’s dedication to upholding the motto of the Fraternity, “Culture for Service and Service for Humanity”. The following list gives a clear overview of the dedication and acts of selflessness that were displayed throughout 2020:

2021 Goals Increase social awareness Provide additional support to the homeless population Heighten political awareness Improve participation in the core national social action programs (i.e., March of Dimes, etc.) Strengthen community partnerships

Respectfully Submitted: Bro. Paul Hayward, Chairman Bro. Bryant Hedrick, Co-Chairman Bro. Obeddie Hawkins, Co-Chairman

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BBB 2021 Goals Spotlight small businesses Provide educational opportunities for community businesses in the areas of finance, management and growth. Increase Black Spend initiatives Reinstitute VITA Program Implement Project S.E.E.D.

During the 2020 year, the Bigger and Better Business Committee hosted several events. We primarily focused on two projects - the BOB (Black Owned Business Initiative) and the Black Spend Initiative. BOB We supported three BOB's, Barney's New Life Health Foods, Inc. (owned by a member of Phi Beta Sigma), A-Shocks and Crockett Cookies. In less than 10 combined hours between the three events, we spent $1,921.04 and 55 chapter members participated. Additionally, at two of the events, Crockett Cookies and Barney's New Life Health Foods, we also had tables set up for our census and voter registration drives. On one of the occasions, Lakesia Collins, Illinois House of Representatives 9th District, was the keynote speaker. Black Spend Initiative Black Spend Initiative is a program launched by the International Headquarters to promote, patronize, and capture what we spend in support of the small businesses in our community. From July 2020 - December, Upsilon Chapter members spent a total $18,219.28. Below is a list of black businesses we have patronized:

Barney's New Life Health, Inc.

Crockett's Cookies, Inc. Respectfully Submitted: Bro. Dwayne Cecil - Chairman

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EDUCATI N

During 2020, the Education Committee planned several activities for schools, including a tutoring program. Our tutoring program partnered with TutorMate. TutorMate is the nation’s preeminent online volunteer tutoring program, helping tens of thousands of first grade students in low income communities learn to read. Fifteen brothers signed up to participate in this initiative. The commitment was to engage in one 30-minute online tutoring session each week for 10 weeks with 2nd grade students, the target population. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all schools were forced to close and move to online instruction. Due to the amount of screen time in which students were engaged, the addition of more online work was viewed by many schools and educators as overkill that would likely lead to student exhaustion with the online environment. Now that schools are in the process of opening, we will move forward with this activity and others during the 2021 year. Because the amount of student learning loss is expected to be significant, especially in urban areas, this program will be more important than ever before.

2021 Goals Participate in TutorMate Online Literacy Program Adopt one Chicago area school for the 2021-2022 school year Sponsor one field trip for adopted school Conduct a school supply drive for the start of the 2021-2022 school year Host an online applying for college workshop

2019 1,302

Respectfully Submitted: Bro. Dr. Jessie Kilgore, Jr., Chairman Bro. Wayne Johnson, Co-Chairman

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At the beginning of the year, the Sigma Beta Club consisted of nine young men and eventually grew to 19 members by September. Despite the pandemic, Upsilon Sigma consistently held a Sigma Beta Club meeting every 3rd Saturday of the month at 11:00 a.m. The Sigma Betas even conducted a social action project in August which consisted of cleaning the campus grounds of Grace Missionary Baptist Church in Markham, IL. More social action programs were scheduled until the National Sigma Beta Club Foundation ordered all face-to-face interactions with the Sigma Beta Club to cease due to COVID-19.

2021 Goals Sigma Beta Club Virtual Induction in Q1 Strengthen partnership with parents Highlighting and enriching the talents of each Sigma Beta Softball Game against the Sigma brothers in August Basketball Game among the Sigma Betas in October Establish Sigma Beta Club Graduation gifts Monthly Games Nights Conduct fundraisers to raise $1,000 Implement Rise & Thunder curriculum in monthly meetings Develop Sigma Beta Club Scholarships

During the monthly Zoom meetings, the young men were introduced to several topics from guest speakers who discussed Black Lives Matter, social justice, interacting with police, voter registration, healthy choices, financial responsibility and time management. The Sigma Betas have also enjoyed leisure fun with a Fortnite Tournament, Game Night, Trivia Night and they participated in the National Sigma Beta Club Foundation Holiday Party. In recognition of the Sigma Beta’s dedication and loyalty during the pandemic, Upsilon Sigma surprised each young man with a $100 gift card for Christmas. Here is the breakdown of the Sigma Beta Club

Church Campus Clean-up on August 22, 2020

Respectfully Submitted: Bro. Obeddie Hawkins, Chairman Bro. Herman Jackson, Co-Chairman

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The Sigma Zeta Relations Committee of Upsilon Sigma is organized to partner and support our Zeta Sister Chapters in the Chicagoland area. We believe that our efforts will build lasting and significant relationships with our constitutionally bound sorority sisters. Our Committee has assigned all team members to their appropriate Zeta chapters with which we partner, build relationships, support their events and initiatives, and garner support for our events and activities. We have participated in the following events:

2021 Goals Continue to solidify our relationships with our appropriate Zeta chapters. Attend and support upcoming (virtually if needed) Zeta events. Continue to build and train our team.

Members of the Sigma Zeta Relations Committee Bro. Ron Branch, Chairperson Bro. Obeddie Hawkins Bro. Bryan Hedrick Bro. Mike Jarard Bro. Larry Horne Bro. Lester Wright Bro. Garrick Smith Bro. Jeff Johnson Bro. Mario Caple Bro. Jordan Johnson Bro. Mitchell Johnson Bro. Charles Bracey Bro. Brother Devon Bro. Desholion Curtis Bro. William Smith

Respectfully Submitted: Bro. Ron Branch, Chairman

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Upsilon Sigma, in 2020 has been very active on social media. This is clearly illustrated with the 10% increase in Total Page Likes YOY along with a Total Page Followers growth of 11%. Similarly, the chapter’s Facebook Page has seen a wider and consistent reach compared to 2019. This has been achieved through a concerted effort to not only advertise chapter events but through posting more relevant and compelling material. For example, the chapter established Blue Monday where a member of Phi Beta Sigma or Zeta Phi Beta Sorority are highlighted. Another successful engagement campaign was the chapter’s 12 Days of Christmas where for 12 days, a different Chicagoland Zeta Chapter was asked to post about their respective chapter. A Soror from that chapter was randomly selected to receive a gift from Upsilon Sigma.

MEDIA 2021 Goals Increase Total Page Likes by 10%

1,307 LIKES

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Increase Total Page Followers by 10% Create an Instagram handle Develop a YouTube Channel Implement more relevant videos on all social media platforms

1,452 LIKES

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Become the premiere social media repository for the Chicagoland area

2019 1,302 Followers

2020 1,449 Followers

Respectfully Submitted: Bro. Obeddie Hawkins, Chairman Bro. Dr. Jesse E. Kilgore, Jr., Chairman Bro. Gavin Armour, Co-Chairman

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The Upsilon Sigma Newsletter Committee was formed in the latter part of 2020. The first Upsilon Sigma Quarterly Newsletter will launch March 2021. The newsletter will feature articles and updates of interest to Upsilon Sigma Chapter and to all Brothers worldwide. The first newsletter will include sections spotlighting the upcoming Conclave, chapter programming, and committee updates including future programs. The newsletter will provide opportunities for our Regional Director, State Director, and other chapters to provide information and announcements beneficial to all brother and chapters in the Great Lakes Region. Given the Upsilon Sigma Chapter’s incredible membership growth, it is vitally important to formally introduce brothers who joined the Fraternity and Chapter in 2020. This is especially important due to the pandemic limiting face to face gatherings. We will expand upon this idea in future editions by including headshots and a brief bio of all the brothers in the chapter. The newsletter will include a Good & Welfare section highlighting chapter members' personal and professional achievements, weddings/engagements, and upcoming birthdays.

2021 Goals Produce a quarterly newsletter Provide compelling stories that highlight our chapter, members and Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. as a whole. Educate readers in a variety of occupations and careers. One on One interviews with longstanding members of the fraternity.

Respectively Submitted: Bro. Wayne Johnson - Chairman Bro. Dr. Jessie E. Kilgore, Jr. - Co-Chairman

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For nearly 60 years, Upsilon Sigma Chapter has celebrated its annual Carnation Ball. In 2009, Judge Carl Walker introduced the Crescent Moon Awards to pay tribute to women of African descent. The Carnation Ball & Crescent Moon Awards Gala is the chapter’s signature event. In 2019 there were more than 500 people in attendance. We received an acknowledgment from the Office of the International President, Bro. Michael E. Cristal; Great Lakes Regional Director, Bro. David A. Turner; Illinois State Director, Bro. Marcus S. Morgan; City of Chicago Mayor, Lori E. Lightfoot; Cook County Board President, Toni Preckwinkle; and Chicago City Councilman, Bro. Walter Burnett. In addition, the State of Illinois Governor, J.B. Pritzker issued a Proclamation. Due to ongoing concern surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, we were unable to host the Carnation Ball & Crescent Moon Awards Gala in 2020, but in addition to paying their usual National, Regional, and Chapter dues, many brothers paid a Carnation Ball Assessment to restore the chapter’s revenue. The 2021 Carnation Ball & Crescent Moon Awards Gala is scheduled for November 6, 2021. We salute our chapter brothers for their work, and we are proud to have honored more than 150 women with the prestigious Crescent Moon Award in the following areas:

2021 Goals Issue more than $5,000 in scholarships Continue to pay tribute to women

Judiciary Medicine Dentistry Education Entertainment Broadcast Media Ministry

Informational Services Technology Community Service Community Leadership Youth Development Political Leadership Entrepreneurship

Counseling Pastoral Leadership Juvenile Justice Legal Leadership Legal Excellence Law Enforcement

Business Nursing Science Sorority Leadership Lifetime Achievement Criminal Justice Reform

Increase attendance to 600 Honor chapter brothers Continue high profile attendance

Respectively Submitted: Hon. Bro. Clarence Johnson, Chairman

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Membership Intake is the lifeblood of any chapter. As such, Upsilon Sigma Chapter takes the responsibility to bring in new members as one of its most important functions. During the 2020 year, Upsilon Sigma Chapter welcomed two new ships to our brotherhood, the S.S. Envision Line and the S. S. Journey. Due to Covid, virtually all activities were conducted online. Both ships completed all required modules and assessments. Each ship also completed a required social action project.

2021 Goals Complete Fall and Spring Intake Supply continuing Sigma education to new brothers

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ENVISION

Increase the number of MIP Certified Brothers Engage in projects beyond the traditional

1. Captain - Charles Bracey (Quiet Storm) 2. Lionel Kimble (GURU) 3. Larry Horne (ENCORE) 4. LaMarr I. Johnson (CONSPIRACY)

5. Arthur D. Sutton (QUERY) 6. Kempes Chambers (RULE) 7. Brendan Shiller (GUARDIAN) 8. Anchor - Bryant Hedrick (ENFORCER)

1. Captain – Jordan Johnson (Brother Trail Blazer) 2. Desholion Curtis (Brother MAESTRO) 3. Mario Caple (Brother Pastor) 4. Anchor William Smith (Brother Quarter master)

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Upsilon Sigma has been assigned a chapter that will charter, in 2021, at Benedictine University in Lisle, IL. The Brothers of Upsilon Sigma are eagerly awaiting this new chapter and look forward to introducing them to this wondrous band. Therefore, Upsilon Sigma is internally preparing so when the time comes, we’re fully ready to advise the next generation of leaders.

2021 Goals Partner with the State Director to complete the charter for Benedictine University. Educate collegiate brothers on Robert's Rules of Order. Train collegiate brothers on the use of BluePrint. Emphasize the importance of risk management

Respectively Submitted: Bro. Atty. Mike Jarard, Collegiate Affairs Advisor Bro. Obeddie Hawkins, Collegiate Affairs Advisor

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The Upsilon Sigma House, located at 4941 S. Martin Luther King Drive, has throughout its history served as a place for entertainment, meetings, and other events. The chapter acquired the bar in the basement from the production company that created the film, A Raisin In The Sun, staring Sidney Poitier and Ruby Dee. In keeping with this tradition, the Entertainment Committee will endeavor to fully utilize the Upsilon Sigma House as well as other available venues in furtherance of our mission. To this end, we are planning the events as outlined below:

2021 ACTIVITIES Sigma Blue - A Night of Blues & Jazz Sigma Men Fish (Fishing during the day, Fish Fry at Night) Real Bro's Cook! (BBQ at the Sigma House) Movie Night Greek Games Night Brother's Sports Outing (attend a baseball or basketball game) Sigma Jersey Night Bowling outing

Respectively Submitted: Bro. Bryant Hedrick, Chairman

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Upsilon Sigma Chapter remains active with the National Pan-Hellenic Council, Inc. of Chicago. Sigma Bro. Malcolm Whiteside served as the chair for 2020 and has been re-elected for 2021! Our own Hon. Bro. Justice Carl Walker swore in Bro. Whiteside along with other officers.

Respectively Submitted: Bro. Maddox Moore, Chairman

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Justice Carl Anthony Walker was sworn in as a Justice of the First District Illinois Appellate Court after serving for 12 years as a Cook County judge. Justice Walker was appointed to his new position by the Illinois Supreme Court. He is a native Chicagoan who grew up in Englewood. Justice Walker is a prime example of how hard work and determination can allow someone to reach goals.

Hon. Brother Justice Carl Walker - A Brother On The Move Congratulations to Bro. Michael Jarard on recently being named one of the Top 40 Under 40 Criminal Defense Lawyers in Illinois as well as being named one of the Top 100 Criminal Defense Lawyers in the nation! Jarard’s greatest recognition has been through his extensive trial experience in the criminal state and federal courts. Throughout Jarard’s 14 + year history, he has first chaired hundreds of trials and adversarial hearings, both civil and criminal. Jarard has a ninety-five percent success rate on misdemeanor and felony trials while never losing a jury trial in his practice.

Brother Michael Jarard - A Brother On The Move Congratulations to Bro. Ronald Branch in his new role as Senior Human Resources Manager for Zenith American Solutions. Bro. Branch has an extensive background in Human Resources Leadership and has strategically moved throughout several industries (e.g., insurance, consumer products, engineering, higher education, financial services, etc.) over the past several years. In his current role, Bro. Branch supports multiple sites in the Midwest in executing their people initiatives, providing great internal customer support, and driving Human Resources functional excellence and process improvement.

Brother Ronald Branch - A Brother On The Move Bro. Dr. Jessie E. Kilgore, Jr. is a lifelong educator that has dedicated his life to improving the lives of children. To that end, Bro. Dr. Kilgore founded an online teacher training program in Michigan to certify teachers across the State of Michigan. As a result of his success in Michigan, Bro. Dr. Kilgore's company, #T.E.A.C.H. (Training Educators And Creating Hope) has been approved to certify educators in two additional states, North Carolina and Indiana. Bro. Dr. Kilgore has also submitted an application for approval to the State of Arizona and will soon submit to several additional states including South Carolina, Nevada, Florida, Texas and Alabama.

Brother Dr. Jessie E. Kilgore, Jr. - A Brother On The Move

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Remembering Our Friends and Brothers The Hon. Bro. Dr. Felder became a member of Iota Alpha Chapter in 1950 and was most recently a member of Upsilon Sigma Chapter. He was a life member, and in 1995 was inductee #114 into the Distinguished Service Chapter, the Fraternity’s highest honor. He was a member in good standing for seven decades, and has now entered our Omega Chapter, making him a member of five chapters of the fraternity.

Bro. Randy Crumpton, Esq., joined through the Epsilon Pi Chapter at Southern Illinois University in 1986 and was most recently a member of Upsilon Sigma Chapter. He was an entertainment lawyer and served at the chairman of the Black prospective division of the Chicago International Film Festival. In 1990, Bro. Crumpton assisted Bro. Judge Carl Walker and Bro. Wayne Johnson with the founding of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity’s Zeta Zeta Sigma Chapter of Eastern Iowa.

Bro. Arthur "Pete" Wilson became a member of Beta Chapter in Marshall, Texas, and was most recently a member of Upsilon Sigma Chapter. He was an investigator for the State of Illinois Office of the Inspector General, and previously worked for the Illinois Department of Housing Services. He also served as the President and CEO of The Wilson Group.

Hon. Bro. Justice Charles Freeman became a member of Lambda Chapter at Virginia Union University in 1954 and was most recently a member of Upsilon Sigma Chapter Hon. Bro. Justice Freeman became the first African American to administer the oath of office to a mayor in the City of Chicago when in 1983 he swore in our very own Hon. Bro. Harold Washington, the city’s first black mayor. Justice Freeman was elected to the Illinois Supreme Court on Nov. 6, 1990, as the first African American to serve on the Court. In 1997, he was selected Chief Justice, again making history. He retired from the Court in 2018. 2020 Annual Report UPSILON SIGMA CHAPTER Chicago, IL

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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. This deep conviction was mirrored in the Fraternity’s motto, “Culture For Service and Service For Humanity”. The Upsilon Sigma Chapter of the Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity was chartered September 11, 1927 by Brothers; Summer Colum, MD, Austin Gray, MD, Milton Johnson, MD, William M. Jones, George W. Lawrence, JD, Hugh Fisher Lewis, U.C. McClerkins, George W. Prince and John E. Smith. Upsilon Sigma Chapter immediately flourished and became a driving force in the African American community in Chicago. Upsilon Sigma has been the mother chapter of the Great Lakes Region. During the administration of brothers Chester Riley and Clarence Johnson, Both Directors of the Great Lakes Region (1974-1980) more than 61 chapters of the Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity were chartered or reclaimed thought the region. In spite of the Covid-19 pandemic, Upsilon Sigma was still able to flourish. From increasing our membership, to conducting high level programming, our cause speeds on. We look forward to the 2021 year and beyond and will work to ensure that Upsilon Sigma Chapter remains a driving force in the greater Chicago area and the state of Illinois.

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