Charlotte, North Carolina is a vibrant city strategically positioned in close proximity to some of the nation's major markets. A small textile and milltown for much of the 20th century, Charlotte has emerged in recent years as one of the preeminent banking cities in the nation. Teeming with endless possibilities the brothers of the Beta Rho Sigma alumni chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Incorporated are a direct reflection of this vibrant city. A dynamic amalgamation of brothers from all over the country with Incredible gifts and talents. Doctors, lawyers, educators scientists, entrepreneurs, clergy and even pro athletes are members of this chapter. What makes Beta Rho Sigma so dynamic is the selfless commitment to being the best in upholding the high ideas of brotherhood, scholarship and service. Beta Rho Sigma chapter men are quick to acknowledge that much of its success comes from recognizing that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.
The chapter boasts an impressive list of regional and national officers. The former International executive director, the former national editor-in-chief of the Crescent Magazine and the current Southeastern Regional Director all hall for Beta Rho Sigma. Growth and retention have been the two main focus areas for the chapter chapter. Leadership has been very proactive in identify ways for undergraduate members to flow right into the graduate chapter. Some of these efforts have included conscripting undergraduate brothers to partner with graduate brothers on many of the chapter’s initiatives; whether that be working with our auxillary group the Sigma Beta Club or acting as a liaison on our Communications committee between Collegiates and Alumni brothers. Our research has proven that early engagement is critical in helping undergraduates transition to the alumni level. Arguably the most important part of our success can be directly attributed to a successful Sigma Beta Club. Brother Dr. Parlett Moore established the Sigma Beta Club in 1950. He saw a need that was just as important then as it is now; perhaps even more so. African-American boys need strong influential and inspirational mentors. Beta Rho Sigma brothers are providing that mentorship to more than 50 young African-American males in over 12 Charlotte Mecklenburg middle and high schools. Parents, many of whom are single mothers, have commented that they have seen a stark Improvement in their sons’ behavior and grades as a result of their participation in the Sigma Beta Club. Those accomplishments are proudly rewarded with certificates of achievements and recognition for all their hard work. Our philosophy is really very simple: if not us then who, if not now then when.
As we look to the future one thing is for certain; the Beta Rho Sigma chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Incorporated will continue to be a viable resource for impacting Charlotte and the surrounding communities. Along with our community partners we welcome the opportunity to serve. After all ‘Culture for Service and Service for Humanity’ is more than just our motto: it's our way of life.
BRO. KEVIN RICHARDSON
BETA RHO SIGMA ALUMNI CHAPTER