Thirteenth Annual Beautillion
A Major Success
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
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