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posted: 1/14/2013 1:43 PM

Service sorority, fraternity to celebrate Founders Day

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Submitted by Zeta Phi Beta and Sigma Phi Zeta

Nu Lambda Sigma Chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc., and Sigma Phi Zeta Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc., will celebrate Founders Day from noon to 3 p.m. on Saturday Jan. 19 at the Saddle Ridge in the Ramada, 200 North Green Bay Road in Waukegan.

The theme for the occasion is "Celebrating the Birth of Excellence."

A long history of service and volunteerism continues to be prevalent among the members of the fraternity and the sorority. The organizations are unique historically because they are constitutionally bound. Through this joint observance of Founders Day, the two groups continue to demonstrate the sisterly and brotherly love that embrace a genuine and deep regard for the well-being and success of others.

The program's focus will be on volunteerism that will inspire continuous positive actions in the community that foster the ideals of service, charity, scholarship, cultural activities and promote legislation for social and civic change. During the program, members from each chapter will highlight their volunteer efforts and upcoming service events.

Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc., was founded Jan. 9, 1914, on the campus of Howard University in Washington, D.C., by three African-American male students.

Phi Beta Sigma consists of college and professional men dedicated to enhancing great minds and promoting systematic fellowship, justice, equal rights and service to America's communities. The fraternity has a membership of over 150,000 with over 650 chapters throughout the continental United States, Switzerland, Europe, the Caribbean Islands, and Africa.

Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc., was organized at Howard University in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 16, 1920, as a result of encouragement given to the five founders by members of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc. It was the idea of the founders that the sorority would reach college women in all parts of the country who were sorority-minded and desired to follow the ideas of finer womanhood, scholarship, service, and sisterly love. More than 600 collegiate and graduate chapters are divided into nine regions in the United States, Nassau, Bahamas, Africa and Germany.

Tickets are $30 and the public is invited to attend. Please RSVP by Jan. 14 to (224) 698-ZETA (9382) or email

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