Tampa – During their state conference in Fort Pierce, the International First Vice President of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Incorporated, recognized the Tampa Alumni Chapter (Gamma Eta Sigma) as one of the top growing chapters of the organization. Bro. Michael Cristal awarded the Tampa Alumni Chapter with the Founder’s Level award, for reaching more than 100 members in 2014, one of only 18 chapters internationally. The Tampa Alumni Chapter has 103 financial members on record.

Tampa Chapter First Vice President and membership chair Daniel Smith said, “In December of 2013 the membership committee established a goal to reach 100-plus financial members in the year of our founding.” He added, “We thought what better way to pay homage to our founders by not only exemplifying the principles they established, but reaching founders level status as well. To see that vision become a reality is definitely a humbling experience and is a perfect example of anything you put your mind to and work diligently to achieve, can happen.”

Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity was founded at Howard University in Washington, D.C., January 9, 1914, by three 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 Gamma Eta Sigma Chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. was chartered in November of 1946.

The chapter has been involved with the various community conscious organizations, such as the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and the National Urban League. Also, the chapter was responsible for the chartering of the two collegiate chapters, at the University of Tampa (Alpha Beta Gamma) and the University of South Florida (Zeta Xi). Annual chapter projects include the Community Easter Egg Hunt, Thanksgiving Food Drive, Christmas Toy Drive, Bigger & Better Business Reception and the scholarship ball, Blue Tie Affair.

Phi Beta Sigma celebrated 101 years as a fraternity in 2015 and will celebrate 70 years as a chapter in 2016. Gamma Eta Sigma will continue to uphold the principles of Brotherhood, Scholarship and Service.

For More information contact Rod Carter at rodcarter@tampasigmas.com or call 813 310-8134.