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shield.gif (11437 bytes) Durham (NC) Alumni
Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc

Training for Leadership Since 1921




Thirteenth Annual Beautillion A Major Success

Summer 1997   

    The Durham (NC) Alumni Chapter recently celebrated the Thirteenth Annual Beautillion Militaire Leadership Training and Scholarship Program.  This year's event was highlighted by our guest speaker, Brother Henry Foster, past Surgeon General nominee.

    The Event was held at the Durham Hilton, which has been a mainstay for the event for the past several years.  The event was kicked off by our Master of Ceremony, James Tabron (Alpha Iota - 1964).  The Welcome was given by Polemarch Willie F. Boyd (Beta Rho - 1966).  Boyd took the time to welcome all the dignitaries who came out to join the chapter on this special occasion.

    Elvert Dorsey (Durham Alumni - 1985), Chairman of the Beuatillion Committee, gave the Statement of the Occasion, followed by the Chapter Chaplain, Randall Rodgers (Alpha Kappa - 1961), delivering the Invocation.

    After dinner was served, Brother Charles D. Johnson, Sr. (Xi - 1950), a past professor of medicine at the prestigious Duke University, introduced the speaker.  Foster and Johnson are fellow medical dignitaries, and not only have a professional relationship, but a personal relationship as well.  Brother Foster gave a very inspirational speech about the importance of education.  He reflected on his own experiences in his personal and professional life, and added further experience as Surgeon General nominee.  His speech was inspiring for both Beaus and Brothers.

    The 1997 Beautillion class was extremely successful in their endeavors.  The Beaus were: Martin Bynum, Michael Alexander, Jamel Holloway, Ezekiel Roman, Royce Toby, Iajhi Hampden, Keyon Covington, Lamont, Ruffin, Derek Mayo, and Nayati Harris, all from area high schools.

    The superlatives were presented to Lamont Ruffin, who was named Mr. Beautillion, and James Tabron, who was given the Chairman's Award for his tireless service to the Beautillion Committee.  Brother Tabron ironically, will chair the Beautillion Committee next year.

    Polemarch Willie Boyd presented a life time achievement Award to Brother Dorsie Jones for his dedicated service to the Beautillion Program for the past thirteen years.

    Over $10,000 was given out this year in scholarships.  Brother Dorsey thanked the Beautillion Committee and stated it was now time for him to move on after many years at the helm.  He thanked the Chapter for the support over the years and added that he couldn't think of a better person to chair the Committee than Brother Tabron.