Atlanta custom embroidery clothing store, Zeus’ Closet, and its online sister website most widely known for elaborate fraternity and sorority apparel, S4G.com, have announced a partnership with local non-profit, Without Sole, to collect shoes for the needy.
About a year ago, Without Sole was started by 23 year-old Oluwatoyin Salami, a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, and 24 year-old Evan Eskridge, a member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity. Without Sole is a 30-day cause marketing campaign targeting influencers between the ages of 18-30 to collect thousands of shoes to benefit International Charity Soles4Souls®. Shoes collected will benefit thousands of people across the globe to help them attend school and provide footwear to those in need.
In year one, Without Sole successfully collected over 5,500 shoes. This campaign will challenge the city of Atlanta to collect 12K shoes between October 1-30 in various sites around the city. The latest addition to the list of sites is the Greek clothing store, Zeus’ Closet. Located at 1339 Marietta Blvd, in Atlanta. Shoes may be dropped off during the store’s hours of 11am until 7pm Tuesday through Saturday.
Tisean Simmons, customer service manager at stuff4GREEKS.com and Zeus’ Closet says that he was, “Inspired. When Oluwatoyin came to me with this idea, I instantly wanted to get involved and join the movement. The two of them stayed in contact and came up with a great idea to get the local Greek Fraternity and Sorority chapters involved.
Each Atlanta area Fraternity and Sorority chapter willing to participate will collect as many shoes as possible for the remainder of October. Zeus’ Closet has agreed to provide a shiny piece of custom hardware to the winning chapter. The winning chapter will be announced at the SneakerBall – the Without Sole wrap-up event on November 2nd. The Sneaker Ball will be held at 1200 Foster Street, Atlanta Ga 30318. This is an event where attendees are encouraged to be expressive with their attire, but sneakers are required. For more about the Sneaker Ball, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Once in a while, honor falls upon the right man at the right time.
For Richmond County’s Elijah Peterson, that perfect alignment was a rainy February night in Salisbury when many came from near and far to witness Livingstone College pay tribute to Peterson by inducting him into the college’s Hall of Fame.
A 1956 graduate of Livingstone College, Peterson is a former educator, child’s advocate, community leader and political activist. For the past 16 years, he has served as chairman of the board for Richmond County Community Support, which serves Richmond, Montgomery and Moore counties.
Peterson was among 14 distinguished recipients being honored at the 12th annual Celebration of Livingstone College Leaders Banquet under the theme, “Share Your Love,” benefiting the United Negro College Fund.
The tribute “recognizes successful leaders for their undying commitment and dedication to others,” said Jimmy Jenkins Sr., Livingstone College president. “This award is being bestowed upon individuals who have given tirelessly of themselves as they serve their communities and/or professions, and have demonstrated the qualities of a servant leader.”
Peterson’s recognition drew a large crowd of supporters to the Event Center in Salisbury including Richmond County Sheriff James Clemmons Jr., former school board chairman Bruce Stanback, and a team of Peterson’s students from Charles Drew High School in Madison, where he taught 52 years ago.
Carrie Peterson, his wife of 54 years; their three daughters, Clairice, Valerice and Laurice; and his brother, Robert; as well as other family members and friends were there to witness this special occasion in Peterson’s life. He was the only recipient to receive a standing ovation.
Prior to the event, Peterson was the guest of honor at a reception at a local hotel, where he was showered with kind and loving words.
The honoree gives credit to his parents, Mary and Pearlie Peterson, for instilling in him a moral obligation to serve others. “They also modeled their behavior in accordance with the belief that real servants finish their tasks, fulfill their responsibilities, keep their promises and complete their commitments,” he said. “They don’t leave a job half done, they don’t quit when they get discouraged. They are trustworthy and dependable.”
He also credits Livingstone College, where he entered as a freshman at age 16, for providing the foundation for his educational and professional life. After graduating from Livingstone College with a bachelor’s in mathematics, Peterson continued his education at North Carolina A&T State University, where he earned a Master of Science degree in 1961, and a Master of Arts degree in chemistry in 1965.
He was awarded a special certification in physics by the University of North Carolina in 1962 and was one of the first to be selected for certification to teach modern physics. This curriculum was designed to prepare students to understand research being performed by the NASA Space Program.
Every year during his 13 years of teaching physics, Peterson was invited to attend seminars in order to receive updates on the successes and failures of each space launch.
As an educator, Peterson served as a teacher and principal. He taught math, chemistry and physics in three different high schools including Peabody in Troy, Booker T. Washington in Reidsville and Charles Drew.
For 26 years, he served as principal of five different schools including Cameron Morrison State Training School for Boys in Hoffman and Samarkand Manor for Girls in Eagle Springs.
The accolades bestowed upon Peterson are as long as his distinguished career. Highlighting the list are Principal of the Year in 1986 and North Carolina Citizen of the Year in 2012 by Omega Psi Phi Fraternity; although he is a member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity.
Additionally, many of his awards came through service appointments. In 1976, North Carolina Governor James B. Hunt appointed Peterson to his Advocacy Council on Children and Youth, where he served for 26 years. In 1989, Gov. Jim Martin appointed him chairman of the same and he held that position for eight years.
At that time, the Daily Journal wrote, “Pete Peterson believes in people and he believes in children. We commend Governor Martin for appointing him as North Carolina’s top child advocate.”
Under his leadership, Richmond County Community Support Center has funded services in excess of $8 million.
“We are elated that you are receiving honors befitting the great work that you have done in our community and communities throughout North Carolina,” wrote the executive board and staff of Richmond County Community Support Center to Peterson. “We, too … honor you and give you the highest recognition to all that you have accomplished.”
He has also served as chairperson of the Eighth Congressional District of the N.C. Democratic Party; state chairman of the Black Leadership Caucus; on the board of trustees for Montgomery Community College; is a life member of the NAACP; and trustee board chairman for Mt. Zion United Church of Christ.
In his unselfish and humble nature, Peterson did not accept full credit for his accomplishments. “I am extraordinarily grateful for all the encouragement and support I have received from the wide range of individuals I interacted with while carrying out my life’s work. In the words of the English poet, John Donne, ‘No man is an island.’”
I hope you, your family, and friends are all safe in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. In the wake of this disaster, I am reminded not only of how resilient we are as New Yorkers, but also of how important your support is of AIDS Walk New York and GMHC.
Thanks to friends like you, GMHC is able to stay open and provide critical services to people with HIV/AIDS in the most dire of circumstances. We were open last Monday until the storm hit – feeding people from as far as Brooklyn and the Bronx who walked to GMHC to receive the only meal they could rely on. It was so sad, yet heartwarming, to hear someone say:
“If you weren’t open today, I would have eaten nothing but peanut butter. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for staying open.”
We were open on Wednesday at 7:30 am, right after the storm – not only to begin serving meals, but to provide crisis services and help coordinate medications for people whose pharmacies were impacted by power outages and flooding. With so many people in the area without power, our staff has been pitching in to help wherever we can.
It truly has been a team effort, and GMHC has been empowered by you, and everyone else who participates in AIDS Walk New York.
The people we serve have nowhere else to go. They rely on us – and you – for help. Cabril, it is because of you that we are able to help the thousands of people with HIV/AIDS who need useveryday – even during a hurricane.
Marjorie J. Hill, Ph.D.
Chief Executive Officer
I also want to let you know that the 2013 AIDS Walk New York, our largest fundraiser, will be held on Sunday, May 19. We will notify you when registration opens next month, so you can continue your vital support of GMHC’s non-stop, life-saving services for people living with HIV/AIDS.
First, I hope everyone is safe and out of harms way. Hurricane Sandy affected many of us in the Tri-State area and I would like to encourage you all, if you haven't already done so to please donate or volunteer to help those in need. Remember every little bit helps. If you would like to donate any of the following items, the Office of Student Life and Leadership Development is accepting them in NAC 1/210.
-D Batteries for flashlights
-toothbrushes and toothpaste
-New packages of socks and underwear
-Non-perishable food that doesn't need to be cooked. For example, granola bars, fruit cups, etc.
This is also a friendly reminder that tomorrow, November 5th we will have our next IGC meeting in room 1/209 at 12:30pm. We kindly ask that each organization types a list of all of their active members for the 2012-2013 academic year by Friday, November 9,2012.
Thank you and stay safe!!
PROJECT VOTE Chapters are encouraged to continuously register and educate citizens to participate in the democratic process. We will work jointly with Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. to make a positive impact in our communities by registering new voters. The priorities of Project Vote are voter registration, voter education, voter participation and getting out the vote.
Blacks constitute between 10 and 19 percent of all eligible voters. What a powerful force if properly harnessed. In 2004, only 38 percent of eligible Black voters registered. Every Sigma Brother should show proof to his chapter that he is registered to vote. Check friends and family members to ensure their registration as well.
VOTER REGISTRATION EVENTS
1. Check with your local registrar on rules and requirements.
2. Obtain registration materials.
3. Contact shopping centers regarding permission/requirements.
4. Investigate local sources of funding.
5. Involve local politicians or celebrities.
6. Pick a convenient date.
7. Advertise to the public
8. Have a back-up plan for date, Brothers, site, etc.
9. Make it a learning experience
10. Involve Sigma Beta Club members.
11. Coordinate with Zetas.
12. Collaborate with local groups.
13. Make it fun.
1. Contact all candidates: Do not endorse any candidate (remember Sigma is non-partisan).
2. Contact all political parties: Utilize their resources, materials, and expertise.
3. Organize a meet the candidates forum or a discussion of vital issues workshop.
4. Have a breakfast at your Fraternity house or local church. Invite other organizations.
5. Check local funding sources. Local non-partisan organizations.
6. Involve Sigma Beta Clubs: Excellent learning opportunity.
7. Follow-up and follow through. Registration, education and demonstrations are for naught without the vote.
8. Establish a reminder phone bank. Organized car pools. Have knock-on door patrols.
9. Get them to the polls on time!
DOCUMENT THE EXPERIENCE…SUBMIT YOUR ELECTRONIC PIA FORM!
Meaningful and lasting changes can best be brought about through the political process. If men of Sigma are to fulfill our mission of “Service to Humanity” in the political arena, and become positive agents of change, we must:
1. Stay informed (Keep up with current events).
2. Join political organizations.
3. Donate time, money, services.
4. Develop a proposed platform for candidates which deals with pressing community problems and concerns.
5. Run for office.
6. Screen and select candidates for the public.
7. Promote and encourage positive exposure for candidates.
8. Volunteer as campaign workers.
9. Obtain list of committees in Congress, State Legislatures, County Governments, and City Councils.
10. Get names, telephone numbers, fax numbers, email addresses and addresses of Chairpersons.
11. Write, call or visit officials to voice opinions, obtain advice, and get clarification.
12. Lobby and meet with elected and appointed officials to develop meaningful dialogue on and solutions to community concerns.
13. Attend legislative sessions/hearings (a great field trip for the chapter and Sigma Beta Clubs).
14. Hold elected officials accountable. Expose and/or oppose candidates and public officials who have not been true to their platforms or who have not performed adequately.
15. Send letters to the editors of newspapers and periodicals.
16. Share knowledge and information (with local groups, national organizations within Sigma).
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Have you been inactive for three years or more?
Do you want to get active again?
In the month of October 2010, if you have been inactive since 2007 you are eligible to become active for both 2010 and 2011 at a discounted fee. This covers both 2010 and 2011 calendar years for regional and national dues as well as the reinstatement fee.
This is a one time offer and is only good for the month of October 2010. Make sure to contact your State Director for more information about chapters in your area. Simply complete the Transfer Reinstatement Form (PBS-8) below. The monies and materials must be postmarked by October 31, 2010 and sent to our International Headquarters.
Attend the Conference Call on Monday, October 11th as well to find out more. Information on joining the call is listed below.
Now’s the time to come back to the Blue!