Members of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Incorporated and Phi Beta Sigma fraternity Incorporated host the San Francisco Bay Area Sigma Zeta Council annual Founders’ Day Celebration entitled “Going Back to Basics” at the scenic Stonebrae Country Club in Hayward California. Photo by Graig Brooks – Vizions Photography.
The San Francisco Bay Area Sigma / Zeta Council hosted their Annual Founders’ Day celebration entitled “Going Back to Basics.” Hosted at the Stonebrae Country Club in Hayward, 200 members of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. and Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. gathered at the scenic site to celebrate a legacy of brotherhood and sisterhood together.
An inspirational keynote address was delivered by Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.’s Pacific Regional Director Natalie Dillard Brannon. Brannon discussed the organizations’ history and the uniqueness of the Zetas and Sigmas being constitutionally bound together. “We are the only fraternity and sorority that are officially connected to one another” said Brannon.”
“For 98 years (Zetas) and 104 years (Sigmas), we have seen the world as siblings which creates a special bond – a brotherhood and a sisterhood that cannot be broken. This also speaks to the mission of the founders in that they wanted to ensure that My brothers have my back and my sisters have my back.”
Brannan stressed the importance of staying on task, putting in the work in the community and staying in the fight. “If not us, then who?” she said.
The scholarship fundraiser included collegiate achievement awards. Samuel Akinwande of Pi Delta Chapter, CSU Chico received the Richard Hogg Award presented by Jarrett Davis and Thomani Geter received the Angela Bukle Award presented by Northern California State Director, Zakkiyyah Nazee.
The graduate service awards were presented to Jamal Mohamed, Theta Gamma Sigma Chapter, Sacramento by Patrick McFall and Jonelle Campbell, Epsilon Phi Zeta Chapter, Oakland by Pam White. “We work hard to fulfill our organization’s mission of service,” she said.
Anthony Rodgers of Alpha Nu Sigma Chapter, Oakland received the Stella I. Bronson Award presented by Michael Clark. Northern California State Director, Cedric Soso was also presented a special recognition award. “I do the work that I do because I love Sigma,” he said.
Event coordinator, Rhonda Jacobs of Xi Zeta Zeta Chapter, San Jose ensured the program ran smoothly and everyone had a great time. “It’s great to celebrate the legacy of our founders and honor those who have made an extraordinary difference in the community and impacted lives of others.”
Phi Beta Sigma’s Mark Armstrong, 33rd Western Regional Director and Benjamin Kelso, Southern California State Director were also in attendance along with Zeta Phi Beta’s Shamar Walker, Southern California State Director.
A live auction was held by Kendric Nalls, raising over $3000 on several gift baskets. Toward the end of the event all members gathered to lock arms and form a circle as they sang their traditional theme songs. Other attendees included Clarine Cook, Jacob’s Godmother, Zeola Slaughter, Melissa (Missy) Jackson, Katherine House, Marvin Clark and William Riley.