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September 25, 2018
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Gamma Mu Boule Tribute to US Senator John McCain

The members of Gamma Mu Boule of Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity join with our fellow Arizonans and our fellow Americans, to celebrate the life and mourn the death, of Senator John Sidney McCain, III.  We do so not because we agreed with all the positions he took and the votes he cast on issues of importance to Black and African-Americans during his almost 36 years representing the State of Arizona in the U.S. House or Representatives and the United States Senate.  We do so because of his extraordinary example of leadership and bipartisanship, and his spirit of fairness and respect for all, including his political adversaries.  We honor him because despite our differences on policy issues, he respected differing opinions and allowed those differences to be heard. Over the years, despite our differences, McCain invited input from Gamma Mu Boule members, and called members his friends.

In his life, John McCain illustrated the principle that Americans can disagree politically without becoming enemies personally.  In fact, he spent many of his years forging relationships in Congress across the aisle of partisan politics that exemplified his vision and belief in a better America.  His collaboration with the late Senator Edward Kennedy and others, his close friendship with Senator Joseph Lieberman, gives us a lesson in leadership.  He achieved significant legislation such as the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 2002 (the “McCain-Feingold Act”).  We honor him for his efforts and for his courage, and willingness, especially now, to speak truth to power.     

Even after his passing Senator McCain, a Republican, and his family continue to teach this lesson to all Americans, by inviting former Vice President Joseph Biden, a Democrat, to give the eulogy at his memorial service in Phoenix, and by inviting his political adversaries former President George W. Bush, a Republican, and former President Barack Obama, a Democrat, to deliver eulogies at his memorial service in Washington, DC.        

While some issues important to members of the Boule including civil rights might not have been at the top of Senator McCain’s agenda, he had the ability, rare among politicians, to admit when he had made a mistake.  His vote against the federal King holiday in 1983, and later repudiation and full support for its passage in Arizona, serves as an example of one such time.  During the 2008 presidential campaign Senator McCain famously defended his then adversary Senator Barack Obama at a Republican rally from those who said Senator Obama was a Muslim. Those positions, while may not have been politically expedient, showed us his character and dedication to doing what’s right. 

Senator McCain will be remembered for his heroic sacrifices as a U.S. naval aviator and prisoner-of-war in Vietnam, and for his efforts to normalize relations with a country and people who held him captive for so long.  In many ways, those efforts and the wrongs he sought to right, to do what is right, his civility and putting country first over his personal needs or desires. Senator McCain will be remembered for standing up for what he believed in and for his love and honorable service to our country. He will be remembered as the conscious of America throughout the world throughout which he was received with the highest respect for his principled leadership and belief that all have the inalienable right to freedom and the pursuit of happiness.

We thank Senator John McCain for his service and join the nation in mourning the loss of this outstanding man and extend our heartfelt condolences to his family.

Sigma Pi Phi, Gamma Mu Boule

Phoenix, AZ

WATCH: Biggest threat to democracy isn’t Trump but ‘indifference,’ Obama says

URBANA, Ill. (AP) — Former President Barack Obama issued a scorching critique of his successor Friday, blasting President Donald Trump’s pattern of pressuring the Justice Department, his policies and reminding voters that the economic recovery — one of Trump’s favorite talking points — began on his watch.

Former President Barack Obama spoke from Illinois today. The event was streamed by the University of Illinois. Watch his remarks below.

Archon Murdock Opens "Murdock Auto Negotiators"

John Murdock

I am excited to announce the opening of my new company “Murdock Auto Negotiators!”  We negotiate the purchase price of new or preowned vehicles on behalf of buyers.  Murdock Auto Negotiators is licensed by the Arizona Department of Transportation as a vehicle dealer Broker.  We are bonded and insured.

Isn’t it time that car buyers have someone on their side when purchasing a vehicle?  Our years of experience enable us to help clients purchase vehicles for prices that are as close to dealer invoice as possible.  We save clients time, money, and hassle.  You no longer have to suffer through the agony associated with negotiating with retail vehicle dealers.  A couple of quick points:

• On average we save each client close to $4,000.  These savings more than cover our reasonable “Flat Fee.”  Remaining savings go directly to clients.
• We take zero commissions or payments from retail vehicle dealerships and advocate for clients 100% with no conflicts of interest.
• We negotiate terms on every level including retail price, add-ons, vehicle options and warranty pricing.
• When clients arrive at the dealership all of the negotiating is done.  They simply sign and drive away.

For more information visit us online at or call us at 480-545-2277.  We are the “Car Buyers Friend” and can eliminate the “Hassle!”

Thank you Archons!

John Murdock     

Coalition of Blacks Against Breast Cancer (CBBC) :: Save the Date 10/13/2018

Marion K. Kelly
Please plan to attend this event where CBBC will provide an update of its outreach and we will honor survivors and those who have lost their fight against breast cancer. It is through our sponsors and partners that we are able to continue to educate the communities of African descent of the impact that breast cancer. Breast Cancer mortality has gone up in 2016 and while the numbers are not quite in for 2017 it appears to be following that trend.
Please do not hesitate to reach out to Archousa Michele Halyard-Robinson or me directly for any questions you have regarding CBBC and/or this event. Thank you in advance for your consideration.
October 13, 2018
6 - 9 PM
AE England Building on ASU Downtown Campus
424 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85004
Tickets are $50.
Register at
Download event flyer here.

Archon Jackson Great Clips 30th Year Celebration

Bill Jackson

(Updated with acknowledgement from Grand Grammateus Bacote)

Archon Jackson,

While I was looking through the Summer 2018 Boulé Journal, I see you are up to “good” again when I read with such pride of your recognition as a franchisee.  Please continue to keep up the excellent work you do in your field and upholding the tenets of our fraternity.  In today’s social climate, your commitment to entrepreneurship, community and leadership is ever more important and, as usual, you remain one of our more photogenic Archons.  


Archon Samuel Bacote

Grand Grammateus-Executive Secretary

(Original Post)

My Great Clips staff just celebrated my 30 years as a Franchisee a couple of days ago with a large dinner, etc.  There were approx. 80 or so of my staff, friends and family members attending. 

Towards the end of the celebration, they surprised me by playing the attached video. The first 2 comments on the video is the National President of Great Clips, Inc., Rhoda Olsen and the Chairman of the Board., Ray Barton.  Just wanted to identify who they were.  The others are corporate members and my family.

Don’t know if you knew this but I am one of the original Great Clips Franchisees (1988).  Also the only Black Franchisee.  (Of 320 Franchisees and 3,000 and some salons in the USA and Canada)

Bill Jackson