Rufus Glasper Elected to ACF Board of Directors

Archon Rufus Glasper
Phoenix’s Gamma Mu Boule Archon Rufus Glasper was elected to the Board of Directors for Arizona Community Foundation (ACF) during the Board’s annual meeting held in March. Started 37 years ago, ACF is a non-profit organization that strives to improve the quality of life in Arizona by promoting and facilitating effective philanthropy. The Arizona Community Foundation harness the collective generosity of thousands of Arizonans, steward their gifts with an eye toward permanence and growth, and from the investment earnings on the endowment, award millions of dollars in grants and scholarships every year. Archon Glasper currently serves as Chancellor of the Maricopa County Community College District, one of the nation’s largest multi-college community college systems. He was held that position since being appointed in September 2003 after holding administrative and executive positions with the College District for the previous 17 years. Prior to being named Chancellor in 2003, Archon Glasper served as the Executive Vice Chancellor for Human Resources and Administration. He is a Certified Public Accountant, a Certified Global Management Accountant and a Certified Government Financial Manager. In addition to serving on the Board of ACF, Archon Glasper is a member of Greater Phoenix Leadership and serves on the boards of the Greater Phoenix Economic Council, Valley of the Sun United Way, O’Connor House, Arizona Commerce Authority and Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine and Health Sciences. He holds a Master’s Degree in School Business Administration from Northern Illinois University, and earned his Doctorate of Philosophy Degree in Higher Education Finance from the University of Arizona.

Article contributed by Archon Ahmed Collins

Holton Cuba Trip

Archon Holton

My Archousa and I just returned from a long awaited trip to Cuba. As you know, President Obama has initiated a process to normalize relationships with Cuba. That being the case, things are changing in Cuba with the rate of change expected to increase in the near term. I wanted to let each of you know it was was a wonderful trip and encourage you to consider a visit. Furthermore, I would recommend you plan to visit sooner than later so that you too can get an idea of what Cuba is like before the the dramatic change that is sure to come. I will tell you, regardless of the deterioration of cuban infrastructure due to many years of isolation, it is a charming place with a rich history and friendly people. We loved it and suspect you will as well.

See video below of our transportation from our hotel to a local Palidar for dinner. Also, for a gallery of photos click here.

GMES Golf Tournament Photo Gallery

The second annual fundraiser golf tournament at the beautiful Sunridge Canyon Golf Club has turned out to be a huge success. Thanks to the golf committee and members of Gamma Mu Educational Services, Inc. for all their work to provide all with a fun-filled golf experience. We appreciate all of the sponsors and people of the Phoenix metro area for their continued support.

See photo gallery courtesy of Archon Ahmed Collins here.

Hard Truths: Law Enforcement and Race

Archon Myles Lynk

Following up to the discussion at the 4/17/2015 Gamma Mu Boulé general meeting, see below for the documents discussed.

FBI Director James B. Comey’s speech at Georgetown Univ. on Feb. 12, 2015, entitled, "Hard Truths: Law Enforcement and Race,” in which he calls for a clear-sighted and thoughtful evaluation of police doctrines and policies that lead to tensions with minority communities. View document here.

The March 2015 Interim Report of the President's Task Force on 21st Century Policing, which includes a variety of specific recommendations to help police departments re-evaluate aggressive police tactics, the use of lethal force and their relationships with the communities they serve. View document here.

Arizona Gives Day

Archon Karl Gentles
Just imagine this impact that each of you can make today, April 7th - Arizona Gives Day - in the life of a child in need. Perhaps today you will be inspired to give according to your passion. Individuals, families, and small business can give back today. Just this one day, when we stop and think about those who do not have it as good as others. We invite you to do so. Today is the day to fulfill your passion for children and education. Make your donation today to Back to School Clothing Drive on Arizona Gives Day.

To donate here.

For more information click here.

2014 8th Annual Living History Program Video


Thanks to Archon Glasper, Archon Holton, Mrs. Viviana Morales, Mrs. Kimberly Scott , Mrs., Sarah Shimchick , Archon LaStrape and Dr Westenberg. Please enjoy the edited 2014 8th annual Living History Program below.


Archon Leverett

2015 Living History Program

Archon Ray LaStrape
Greetings Archons and Archousai,

I want to thank all of you who came out and supported the 2015 Living History Program on Saturday, February 28th. We have received a lot of positive feedback from the community and many stated it was one of the best to date.

I want to personally thank the 2015 Living History Program (LHP) Executive Committee and the Archons who volunteered their time to mentor and guide the young adults through the process. Your hard work definitely increased the overall quality of the presentations this year.

For those of you who missed it…

The theme again this year was “The Art of Jurisprudence”.

The 2015 Honorees were:

  • Judge Carol Berry
  • Jalila Jefferson-Bullock, Esq.
  • Judge Steven P. Logan
  • Lillian Johnson, Esq.
  • Yvette Kinsey, Esq.

As you know, the program is designed to inspire and expose our youth to prominent African-American community leaders who have made a significant difference in their field of endeavor. I am confident we achieved those goals.

Our young adults, with guidance from the mentors, put in a lot of hard work to make the 2015 Living History Program a success. They did an outstanding job and I think all in attendance would agree there were some future LHP honorees on the stage presenting.

Again, thanks for your support!


Archon Ray LaStrape, Sr.
2015 Living History Program

Music Single "Snow Day" Released

A music single with music composed by Archon Holton has been released and is now available on both iTunes and Amazon. The single, Snow Day, is a collaboration between Archon Holton (music) and longtime friend, Matt Feeney, (lyrics). The single, which combines jazz with folk/bluegrass, was recorded at Ghost Note Studios in Phoenix, AZ. The song was published under the name of the performing group, feeney/winthrop, and is available for immediate download.

The song features...

Matt Feeney, lead vocal
Luke Holton, piano
Larry Winthrop, guitar
Kathleen Feeney, background vocal
Pat Winthrop, background vocal
Kregg Barentine, saxophone

Download from iTunes here.

Download from Amazon here.

Save the Date!

Snow Day and other music will be performed at the 2015 St. Joseph the Worker Benefit Concert Saturday, April 25, 2015. Doors open at 6:00pm. Please mark your calendar and plan to attend to show your support for St. Joseph the Worker.

Purchase tickets for the event here.

Learn more about St. Joseph Worker and the work this organization performs for our community here.

Download the event flyer here.

Helios Elects Vada O. Manager to its Board of Directors

Archon Vada Manager

Phoenix, AZ (February 3, 2015)

Helios Education Foundation announced today the expansion of its Board of Directors with the election of Vada O. Manager, an internationally-recognized global business and brand strategist. With the addition of Mr. Manager, the Foundation’s Board of Directors now consists of 10 members who each possess a strong passion for education and the visionary belief that every individual in Arizona and Florida should have the opportunity to pursue and complete a postsecondary education.

The Foundation’s endowment is approaching $700 million and since 2004, the organization has invested over $155 million in strategic education initiatives in Arizona and Florida that have provided over 8,000 college scholarships, supported the college-going aspirations of more than 135,000 students and trained over 16,000 educators.

“We are fortunate to have someone of Vada’s talent, strategic business expertise and global experience on Helios’ Board of Directors, and we look forward to the wealth of knowledge he will contribute to the work of the Foundation,” said Helios’ Founding Chairman, Vince Roig. “But most importantly, Vada brings an incredible amount of passion to this work of ensuring that every student achieves a postsecondary education, and it’s that passion that endures and will ensure that Helios continues to change lives through education in perpetuity.”

Mr. Manager began his career at the age of 20 as an appointed member of the Arizona Board of Regents while still attending Arizona State University. Before forming the Manager Global Consulting Group in 2009, Mr. Manager served as Senior Director of Global Issues Management for NIKE, Inc., with direct and indirect management responsibilities for NIKE’s global sourcing procedures, brand/marketing communications, litigation support and athlete, product and corporate issues management.

Mr. Manager also provided consultation to several of the company's key initiatives for online commerce and new business acquisitions such as the Starter and Converse brands. During his 12-year tenure, NIKE’s revenues grew from $6 billion to $18 billion.

ASU gala honors unsung changemakers

From left to right: ASU alumnus Vada O. Manager was honored as the 2014 Architect of the Year at the Center for the Study of Race and Democracy's inaugural Architects of Change Gold and Silver Gala on Dec. 6; Ruben Gallego, newly elected representative for the 7th Congressional District of Arizona; Sparky the Sun Devil; City of Phoenix District 8 councilwoman Kate Gallego; and professor Matthew C. Whitaker, founding director of the center. Photo by: Ashley Lowery Photography

More than 400 community members joined Arizona State University’s Center for the Study of Race and Democracy at Talking Stick Resort on Dec. 6 to celebrate the service and accomplishments of eight unsung heroes working for positive social change. The inaugural Architects of Change Gold and Silver Gala also raised funds to support the work of the center, which promotes unity across cultural and racial boundaries, and more citizen involvement in participatory democracy. READ MORE....

To view an event photo gallery click here.

Dental Care for our Vets provided by Archon Collins

Archon Ahmed Collins
Archon Collins honored our veterans for the second year this past Veterans Day by providing free dental work for vets. Veterans were able to choose one of the following services: cleaning, filling or extraction. Services were provided at the Desert Dentistry locations displayed below.

4206 East Chandler Blvd, #20 Phoenix 480-706-4600
6231 South Central Avenue Phoenix 602-268-2273
6226 North 27th Avenue Phoenix 602-242-0060
15033 West Bell Road Surprise 623-537-9100
409 West Main Street Payson 928-472-8400

View Channel 3 video below where Archon Collins discusses the program.

If you have trouble viewing the video above please click here to view the video on the Channel 3 site.

Exclusive Evening of Wine, hors d'oeuvres and World Class Jazz

The Barry Harris Trio concert hosted by Don and Yvonne Bland turned out to be a truly magical experience. The opportunity to listen to world class jazz artist in such an intimate setting made for a special evening. The evening featured Barry Harris – piano, Peter Washington – bass, Lewis Nash – drums.

To truly appreciate the jazz lovers listening experience check out the video here. Enjoy!