About the Chapter
The Beta Gamma Chapter of Sigma Tau Gamma at Youngstown State University in Youngstown, Ohio began in 1959 with 24 Founding Fathers. The chapter has initiated over 400 members since its inception.
The founding of Beta Gamma Chapter came of desire; a desire to get something more out of college than academic knowledge. College is a time of growth for many young men, and the Founding Fathers chose to come together and share this growth through the bond of Sigma Tau Gamma. Founder Rajah James came to Youngstown State, hoping to join a fraternity, and decided that he was not a good fit for any of them.
During the beginning of the second term, Founder Mike Ray, Youngstown State, and James were serving on a committee together, and James brought up to Ray the topic of fraternities. James was interested in joining the local chapter of a well-known national fraternity whose numbers had recently dropped. James’ reasoning was that since they had a low membership, he could join and then bring the chapter more in line with his vision of the ideal fraternity. Ray suggested that James speaks with the Student Activities office on campus. Leaving the meeting, James thought nothing of what Ray had said. Directly in front of him next to the stairs, he saw a table with a young man representing Sigma Tau Gamma Fraternity.
The next months were hard. One of the biggest stumbling blocks was membership retention. As the group of three gathered, they grew almost immediately to eight. The number held at eight for several months; however, the group kept diligently working and gathering numbers.
On May 20, 2000, 21 refounding fathers of the Beta Gamma Chapter were initiated into the brotherhood of Sigma Tau Gamma.
A Chapter Fund is a restricted account from the Sigma Tau Gamma Foundation. In this case, the restriction is that the funds and earnings on the investment of the funds may be used only for a particular chapter, meaning that if you donate to your chapter’s fund, it may only be used for your chapter.
Chapter Funds may be used to:
- Award scholarships based on academic and leadership criteria
- Technology grants for purchase and upgrade of chapter computer technology
- Educational facility grants to the selected chapter
- Leadership education grants for participation in institutes, seminars, and conventions.
The Foundation manages the fund. This management includes fund accounting, investing, and preparing required reports for the Internal Revenue Service. The policy of the Foundation Board of Trustees is to involve chapter alumni association leaders in the creation of criteria, formation of program priorities and selection of grant recipients.
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