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Archon John Gibbons
August 20, 1956 – May 2, 2023
Christmas Gala 2022
Archon Ronald D. Johnson
January 6, 1959 – January 15, 2022
Archon Lee Hines with Youth from MLK Family Services Center during Fall 2021 Basketball Hall of Fame Enshrinement Weekend
Archons Jeff Johnson, Henry Thomas, Jocelin Cesar, Willie Hill, and Sire Archon Michael Weekes at Beta Tau Boule’s Golf Classic (2021)
Archons of Beta Sigma Boulé with 2021 Howard L. Edmonds Scholars and 2020 Boule Scholar Mohan Setty-Charity
2021 Howard L. Edmonds Scholarship Awards Ceremony
Guest speaker Dr. Robert E. Johnson, President of Western New England University, at Beta Sigma Boule’s 2021 Howard L. Edmonds Scholarship Awards Ceremony
Sire Archon Michael Weekes, John Doleva (President & CEO of Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame), and Sire Archon-Elect Frederick George at announcement of Basketball Hall of Fame Class of 2021
Julio Manteigna and Basketball Hall of Famers Dikembe Mutombo (2015), Spencer Haywood (2015), and Yolanda Griffith (2021)
2019 Christmas Is for the Archousai
2019 Fall Foliage & Cider Run, Amherst A Better Chance, Supported by Archons Michael Weekes and David Williams
Springfield area students board bus for 2019 HBCU College Fair in NYC
Beta Sigma Boulé partnered with MLK Jr. Family Services to send area students to the 2019 HBCU College Fair in NYC
Archons of Beta Sigma Boulé and Alpha Psi Boulé (Hartford, CT) with Grand Sire Archon Gregory Vincent and Grand Social Action Chair Archon Jerlando Jackson at Basketball Hall of Fame Education and Leadership Luncheon, 2019 Enshrinement Weekend
Golden Anniversaries in 2018
Couples Left to Right: Joyce & Lee Hines (Apr 6); Beverly & Willie Hill (Aug 17); Barbara & Jesse Lanier (Nov 2); Carol & Bruce Cutting (Dec 21)
2018 Christmas Is for the Archousai
Beta Sigma Boulé
Beta Sigma Boulé helped sponsor approximately 45 students for the MLK Jr. Family Services Bus Trip to the 2018 HBCU College Fair in NYC. The results: 69 on-the-spot admission acceptances among the 14 high school seniors on the trip, with one student receiving 13 acceptances.
Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity’s Grand Sire Archon Gregory Vincent and Springfield College’s President Mary-Beth Cooper received personalized jerseys from the Harlem Globetrotters’ Louis “Sweet Lou” Dunbar, Director of Player Personnel/Former Coach/Player at the 2018 Education & Leadership Luncheon
Archons with Grant Hill, 2018 Education & Leadership Luncheon Speaker and Basketball Hall of Fame Inductee
2018 Full Court Press – Prep for Success
Basketball Hall of Famer Teresa Edwards (enshrined in 2011) conducted dribbling and passing drills.
2018 Full Court Press – Prep for Success
Basketball Hall of Famer Grant Hill (enshrined in 2018) provided area youth with tips to improve their basketball skills.
2018 Full Court Press – Prep for Success
Over 100 area students participated in this enshrinement weekend activity and gained advice from Basketball Hall of Famers on how to improve their game in life and how to win on the basketball court.
Archons of Beta Sigma Boulé with its first-ever Boulé Scholar Khadir Zachery at 2018 W.E.B. Du Bois Public Policy Program
Beta Sigma’s 2017 scholarship recipients, with Archon David Williams (Scholarship Committee Chairman), Grand Sire Archon-Elect Gregory Vincent, and Sire Archon Vincent Jackson
Archon Timothy Sneed (far right) at 2017 Education & Leadership Luncheon with students from Baystate Academy Public Charter School, where he is Executive Director
Sire Archon Vincent Jackson and Immediate Past Sire Archon Brooks Fitch at the 2017 Education & Leadership Luncheon which featured Basketball Hall of Famers (left to right) Mannie Jackson (enshrined in 2017), Artis Gilmore (2011), Ann Meyers (1993), Spencer Haywood (2015), and Rebecca Lobo (2017)
Archons Fred George, Willie Hill, and Lee Hines each have a different reaction to a point being made by Archon Michael Weekes at the 2017 W.E.B. Du Bois Public Policy Program
We Are Our Brothers’ Keeper
Beta Sigma Boulé hosted a private Welcome Reception in 2017 for black leaders who were new to the Springfield community. The new leaders, seated 2nd from left to right: LaRue Pierce, Marcus McCollough, L. A. Love, Anthony Hayes; and on back row, in center, H. Timothy Ewing.
Beta Sigma Boulé, a proud 2017 Phi Beta Kappa sponsor of A Better Chance Amherst’s “ABC Fall Foliage Walk & Run,” was represented by Archons David Williams and Michael Weekes (both board members of ABC Amherst) and Archon Lee Hines, Amherst resident and community leader.
Grand Sire Archon Wesley Coleman and Sire Archon Brooks Fitch welcome youth at the 2017 “Full Court Press – Prep for Success” event, a youth basketball and mentoring clinic developed by Jr. NBA and The National Basketball Retired Players Association to help students improve their basketball and life skills.
Archons of Beta Sigma Boule with Grand Sire Archon-Elect Gregory J. Vincent (4th from right) keynote speaker at 2017 W.E.B. Du Bois Public Policy Program
A day of mentoring at the 2017 Brothers United to Inspire Lifestyle Development ( B.U.I.L.D.) Summit
Archon George A. Sheehy
2017 Legacy Award Recipient
2016 Christmas Is for the Archousai Beta Sigma Boulé
Inspired youth at the 2016 W.E.B. Du Bois
Public Policy Program
Archon Willie Hill (far right) headlined the 2016 W.E.B. Du Bois Public Policy Program, with support from notable jazz musicians (left to right) Earl MacDonald, piano; Nat Reeves, bass; Billy Arnold, drums
Archon Willie Hill, keynote lecturer and jazz saxophonist, 2016 W.E.B. Du Bois Public Policy Program
Archons of Beta Sigma Boulé, Alpha Psi Boulé (Hartford, CT), and Beta Iota Boulé (Farmington Valley, CT) with 2016 Scholarship Recipients
2016 Beta Sigma Boulé Archons Legrand Hines, Chairman of Membership Council; Vincent Jackson, Sire Archon-Elect; Michael Weekes, Chairman of Social Action Committee; H. Brooks Fitch, Sire Archon; Jeffrey Johnson, Thesauristes; and David Williams, Chairman of Scholarship Committee
Basketball Hall of Famers and Archons at 2016 Education & Leadership Luncheon: Hall of Famers Lenny Wilkins (left), Shaquille O’Neal (center), and Earl “The Pearl” Monroe (2nd from right); Executive Secretary-Grand Grammateus Archon Samuel Bacote III, Grand Sire Archon Wesley Coleman, Beta Sigma Boulé Sire Archon H. Brooks Fitch, and Beta Sigma Boulé Archon John Gibbons
Shaquille O’Neal, 2016 Inductee into the Basketball Hall of Fame, receives t-shirt from representatives from Phoenix Charter Academy of Springfield at the Inaugural Education & Leadership Luncheon
Selfie time at the Education & Leadership Luncheon during Enshrinement Weekend for the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame
(From left to right): Archon V. Van Johnson III, Chair of the 2015 W.E.B. Du Bois Public Policy Program; keynote speaker Archon John W. Franklin, Senior Manager in the Office of the Deputy Director at the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture;
and Sire Archon H. Brooks Fitch
Tim Cardillo, General Manager of Balise Lexus, receives a 2015 Appreciation Award from Sire Archon H. Brooks Fitch for his company’s annual sponsorship and support of the W.E.B. Du Bois Public Policy Program.
Archon John W. Franklin (center) with 2015 scholarship recipients Ethan Bakula and Pierrce Holmes, along with past scholarship winners Devin Clarke (2013) and Evan Gooden (2011).
Archon William Alexander Darity, Sr.
January 15, 1924 – November 29, 2015
(Photo taken at the W.E.B. Du Bois Public Policy Program, May 2015)
Archon Ronn Johnson and Archousai Donna Johnson were recipients of the 2015 William Pynchon Award — an annual presentation by the Advertising Club of Western Massachusetts—for their community service and creation of The Brianna Fund for Children with Physical Disabilities. Archon G. Bruce Cutting and Archousai Carol Moore Cutting were present to help celebrate the Johnson’s on their well- deserved award. (Nov. 2015)
Archousai Carol Moore Cutting (2nd from left) and Dora Robinson (3rd from right) were recipients of the inaugural “100 Women of Color Award” (Sept. 2015) for their volunteerism in the community and for being positive role models for young women. Archon G. Bruce Cutting (far left), Alysia L. Cutting (3rd from left), Archon Frank Robinson (2nd from right), along with promoter June Archer (far right) celebrated with the recipients.
Archon Henry Thomas III, President & CEO of the Springfield Urban League, receives the 24th Annual Ubora Award (Sept. 2015), presented by the Springfield Museums to individuals who have demonstrated a commitment to the Greater Springfield area and exhibited excellence in the fields of community service, education, science, humanities or the arts. The Swahili word ubora means “excellence.”
Christmas Is for the Archousai (2015), “A Night of Smooth Grooves,” Archon Joe A. Smith III and Archousa Thamar Esperance-Smith, flanked by Archon Tim Sneed (left) and Archon Jesse Lanier (right)