“Culture for Service, Service for Humanity” is the motto of a new alumni fellowship in Davidson County.
The Davidson County Tau Epsilon Sigma Alumni Chapter was created by a group of men from Piedmont, who were once members of the Phi Beta Sigma fraternity when they were undergraduates at the university.
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According to Kevin Maxwell, secretary of the Tau Epsilon Sigma chapter of Davidson County, the fellowship was created to promote education; providing services to the community and establishing partnerships with churches, schools and other local organizations to foster social programs and have a positive impact.
“We saw that Davidson County was an untapped area, especially Lexington and Thomasville. The fundamental purpose of fellowship is scholarship, fellowship and service, so we want to help underrepresented communities, ”said Maxell.
The organization, which started with just 10 members, has grown to 22 members since its inception in July. Membership includes professionals from all fields, including physicians, pastors, engineers, and educators. The group meets in Lexington or Thomasville and strives to host programs or events once a month.
Recently, they gave 35 families Thanksgiving dinners and distributed over 100 coats to the community on New Years Day. The New Fellowship has also held joint events with the Lexington Alumnae Chapter of the Delta Sigma Theta Sisterhood, which has was created in 1985 and other fraternities in the Piedmont region.
Maxwell said that in addition to community events, the Davidson County Tau Epsilon Sigma Alumni Section also encourages education.
“We have a mentoring room called the Sigma Beta Club where we actually go to schools, and we mentor our young men and walk with them from college to graduation and hopefully to in college, ”Maxwell said.
The organization also helps support local entrepreneurs and small business owners through its Bigger, Better Business program and hosting events to increase awareness among local businesses.
The new fraternity will hold its official charter program in Lexington on Saturday January 8th.
Maxwell said the fraternity is looking to recruit men in the area who may be interested in joining the organization. He said members don’t necessarily have to be former fraternity members at the university, but that an important requirement is to have advanced education or a degree.
“Our hope is that the young men see that there are these wonderful opportunities for them to make a difference in Davidson County. Even after you go to college and come back to work in the area, you can still have that feeling of brotherhood and giving back. We are really excited and looking forward to working with the community as a whole, ”said Maxwell.
For more information on the Davidson County Tau Epsilon Sigma Alumni Chapter, visit www.tauepsilonsigma1914pbs.com.
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