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January 23, 2020
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2020 GMES Open Letter

Lee R. Topps

January 10, 2020

To:  Our Sponsors and Supporters

Thanks to your continued generous support, Gamma Mu Educational Services, Inc. is proud to announce the awarding and distribution of $75,000 in grants and donations for the 2020 plan year.   

The mission of Gamma Mu Educational Services, Inc. (GMES) is to provide and support programs that focus on the positive development of young people with a special emphasis on boys and young men.  Collectively these programs are designed to empower them with knowledge, skills, and experiences needed to build confidence and foster personal and professional achievement in the class room and community.  Your past support of GMES and our golf tournament fundraiser has positively impacted the lives of over 800 boys and young men who have participated in GMES supported programsover the years.  Thank you for your continued support of this mission.

The following organizations were recipients of funding grants for the 2020 year.

African American Men of Arizona State University (AAMASU)

The mission of AAMASU is to engage in early outreach initiatives to prepare African American males for university entrance, retention and graduation.  This is accomplished through peer support, cultural awareness programs and increased exposure of students to educational and professional relationships outside of the university to enhance the collegiate experience.

Omega Youth Leadership Academy (OYLA)

OYLA is an organization that primarily focuses on the development of young males 5th–12th grades.   OYLA is a comprehensive community based youth development program designed to effectively empower and educate males of color to realize their academic and personal potential. Programming involves a measurable out of school academic enrichment curriculum that takes place through bi-monthly culturally competent interactive seminars and workshops including youth designed community service-learning projects.

Kappa LeagueGuide Right Program

Programs designed to aid young men of high school age to grow and develop their leadership talents in every phase of life; home, school, community and career. “Guide Right”  specific areas of  focus include fostering curiosity and comprehension in Science, Technology, Engineering & Math (STEM); assisting Kappa League participants with resources and tools for academic excellence; teaching responsibilities of manhood and fostering appreciation of history, culture and community engagement.

Project Alpha

A leadership development and mentoring program targeting young men.  Program participants meet monthly for interactive sessions focused on skill building, problem solving, conflict management and social skills.  Participants also engage in cultural awareness activities and civic improvement projects inthe local communities.    

In addition to these organizational funding grants, GMES continues to sponsor the “Provost Speakers Series” program at Grand Canyon University and the “Arizona Living History Program”.  Both these programs include both funding and the active participation of GMES/Boule members, all of whom are accomplished successful business and professional leaders.  The men and women of GMES provided over 600 hours of volunteer service time in 2019.

Entering into our eighth year of service we are proud of what we have accomplished with your help.

  • Over 800 boys and young men have participated in structured GMES supported development programs.
  • Disbursed over $300,000 in grants to partner organizations.
  • Made over $40,000 in donations to other community organizations supporting youth programs
  • Over 2,500 volunteer hours by GMES members
  • Earned the Guidestar GOLD seal of Transparency

We sincerely appreciate your support and look forward to having you join us for our 2020 fund raising golf tournament.  Please save the date of Saturday, May 2, 2020, for our fundraising golf outing at Grayhawk Golf Club.

Sincere Gratitude,

Lee R. Topps, Chairman,

Gamma Mu Educational Services, Inc.

George Logan Celebration of Life

Services were held for George Logan on Dec 23, 2019 at the First Institutional Baptish Church. You can view the Program booklet here. The Celebration of Life video appears below. 

Life remembered: Joe McDonald, former Sun Devil football coach and Desert Vista principal

Joe McDonald

Joe McDonald drove two of his grandchildren to school every day. He went to dance recitals. Basketball games. 

His daughter, Chanda McDonald Bryant, said that's the kind of grandparent — and parent — her father was: Someone who believed they could do anything. Always involved. Always positive.

"He really did believe and empower us that we could do anything," she said. "And truly believed it that we had it within us to be the best to achieve whatever we wanted to do." 

McDonald died on Nov. 16. He was 77.

Read full article courtesy of AZCentral.

Former Surprise judge, U.S. Air Force airman George Logan dies at age 76

Former presiding Surprise Judge George Logan has died. He was 76. 

Logan presided over the Surprise Municipal Court from 2006 to 2013. He oversaw court staff and operations and provided orders of protection and other legal services. 

Logan grew up in Elizabeth, New Jersey, and attended college at Rutgers University.

While he was a student, he was president of the school's NAACP chapter. He attended the March on Washington in 1963, joining more than 200,000 people to hear Martin Luther King, Jr. deliver his "I Have a Dream" speech. 

According to his family, Logan helped register African Americans to vote in Mississippi during Freedom Summer in 1964. 

Read full article courtesy of AZCentral.

4th House On The Hill

James Lipscomb

Hello Friends,

I am pleased to advise you that I have formed a publishing company, Fourth House On The Hill, LLC and published two books, I Got Shoes and Evergreen- Inspirational Words. These books are the first to be published with the net proceeds being donated to Center of Hope (Haiti), Inc., an orphanage and school Nancy and I co-founded with others to educate the poorest of the poor children in Hinche, Haiti.

I Got Shoes is a memoir of the first 25 years of my life with an homage to the African American people that resided in Coeymans, NY during the first half of the 20th century. I was born in the fourth house on the hill in Coeymans. Evergreen-Inspirational Words is a collection of thoughts that I have shared with people over the years focussed on living a better life in an egalitarian society. To gain the broadest possible exposure for the books and support for Center of Hope (Haiti), Inc., I ask that you share these publications with family and friends and on your social media outlets. Both of the books can be found on the following websites and media outlets:

I Got Shoes  

EVERGREEN – Inspirational Words : 

I'm Running For Congress

Archons,

Today I’m announcing that I will be running for Congress in 2020 to serve Arizona’s 6thCongressional District.

My life has been about giving back to my community, and now I want to direct my focus and energy to doing even more for Arizona in Congress.

I’ve been getting things done on education and economic development in Arizona for years, and those are two things not talked about in DC often enough.

Arizonans showed us in 2018 that they’re ready for a leader who reflects our changing population and values, and that’s why I believe I’m the right leader at the right time to represent this District.

As the leader of Back to School Clothing Drive, I’ve helped make a difference in the lives of more than 250,000 elementary public school children by supporting their basic needs to help them achieve success in school.

As a member of the Greater Phoenix Economic Council and later the USAA leadership teams, I played a role in the USAA corporate announcement and expansion, one of the largest job creation projects in the past two decades. That project resulted in the creation of 3,000 jobs and the development of the one million plus square foot corporate campus in the northwest section of the district.

Growing up in an Air Force family, I traveled the world and lived in many different places throughout my youth. That experience allowed me to build a foundation in being able to relate to people from different backgrounds, and that’s what I think we need more of in our leadership today. I believe in doing what’s right above adhering to political ideology.

There is too much focus in Washington on fighting and not enough focus on results that improve local Arizona schools and expand opportunities for everyday people and those who have or want to start a small business. We need to replace the Washington inaction with some common sense and Arizona problem solving. The bottom line is we need a member of Congress who will tirelessly fight for the people of this district.

My campaign will focus on protecting Arizonan families’ ability to have a good life, fighting against policies designed to only benefit special interests, improving the education system and creating new pathways for people to enter the job market and the economy.

If you’re with me, please join my campaign today.

Sincerely,

Karl

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/karlgentlesforcongress

Twitter: @KarlGentles

Website: www.gentlesforcongress.com

Archon Holton "Now & Then" CD Released

Archon Holton has released a new music CD titled "Now & Then". It includes eight original compositions and two covers. The CD title contrasts Archon Holton's current music compositions (Now) with his early days (Then) as a musician in St. Louis, MO where he led a R&B/Funk band called Nightwind. 

The CD was recorded and produced at Snoring Dog Recording studio here in Phoenix, AZ.

You can download and/or stream the CD to your music library Spotify, Apple iTunes or Amazon.

You can also preview all 10 CD songs using the streaming player below.

Archon and Archousa Umphrey Scholarship Foundation

Gregory L. Umphrey

Archon and  Archousa  Umphrey have started a foundation to provide scholarships to medical students from African-American / Black, Latinx, and Native American backgrounds to cover the significant cost of attending medical school.  Today was the launch day of the foundation website and the start of something great for minorities in medicine.  Please support and support the  organization web site located here.

More about ElevateMeD:

ElevateMeD, is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization managed by a Board of Directors that was developed out of the need to elevate medicine to an ideal where the physician workforce racially and ethnically represents the community served.  The cost of medical education in the United States has become prohibitive, distracting bright students from seeking a career in medicine. Medical students from racial and ethnic backgrounds traditionally underrepresented in medicine are facing unprecedented levels of indebtedness, stifling their future career choices.  The ElevateMeD Scholars program will provide significant financial assistance to medical students while providing them access to mentorship, leadership training, and financial management education. ElevateMeD Scholars will become the next generation of physician leaders, well poised to continue the cycle of philanthropy and dedication to community.  The first set of scholars will be selected in 2020.