New Davidson County fraternity focuses on community service and education

“Culture for Service, Service for Humanity” is the motto of a new alumni fraternity in Davidson County.

The Davidson County Tau Epsilon Sigma Alumni Chapter was started by a group of men from Piedmont, who were once members of the Phi Beta Sigma fraternity when they were undergraduates in college.

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According to Kevin Maxwell, Davidson County Tau Epsilon Sigma Chapter Secretary, the fraternity was created to promote education; provide community service and partner with local churches, schools and other organizations to foster social programs and have a positive impact.

“We saw Davidson County was an untapped area, especially Lexington and Thomasville. The fundamental purpose of the fellowship is scholarship, fellowship and service, so we want to help underrepresented communities,” Maxell said.

Brother Kevin Maxwell, Davidson County Tau Epsilon Sigma Alumni Chapter Secretary

The organization, which started with just 10 members, has grown to 22 members since its inception in July. Membership includes professionals from all fields, including doctors, pastors, engineers, and educators. The group meets in Lexington or Thomasville and tries to organize programs or events once a month.

Recently, they treated 35 families to Thanksgiving dinners and distributed more than 100 coats to the community on New Year’s Day.

A member of the Davidson County Tau Epsilon Sigma Alumni Chapter, we handed out Thanksgiving food boxes.

Maxwell said that in addition to community events, the Davidson County Tau Epsilon Sigma Alumni Chapter also promotes education.

“We have a mentorship room called the Sigma Beta Club where we actually go into schools, and we mentor our young men and walk with them from college through graduation and hopefully through to university,” Maxwell said.

The organization also helps support local entrepreneurs and small business owners through its Bigger, Better Business program and by hosting events to raise awareness of local businesses.

The new fraternity will hold its official charter program in Lexington on Saturday, January 8.

Davidson County Tau Epsilon Sigma Alumni chapter members hand out candy at a trunk or treat event.

Maxwell said the fraternity is looking to recruit local men who might be interested in joining the organization. He said members don’t have to be former fraternity members in college, but an important requirement is to have a college education or degree.

“Our hope is that the young men will see that there are wonderful opportunities for them to make a difference in Davidson County. Even after going to college and coming back to work in the area, you can still have that feeling of brotherhood and giving back. We’re really excited and looking forward to working with the community as a whole,” Maxwell said.

For more information about the Davidson County Tau Epsilon Sigma Alumni Chapter, visit www.tauepsilonsigma1914pbs.com.

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Jill E. Washington