Conclave and the office of Executive Director

In the entire history of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc., the office of Executive Director (whether “National” or “International”), has submitted to an interview only once to answer the many questions that members of the fraternity may have. I submitted to such an interview in 1982, after the near bankruptcy of the fraternity, following the excesses of the Charleston Conclave. The interview explained to the members the many mistakes that had been made and the deficiencies that needed to be corrected to prevent such mistakes in the future. The fact that I would boldly write the members of the fraternity without the expressed approval of the General Board did not make me the apple of the General Board’s eyes.

Regrettably, since then, most of the lack of structure in the Conclave has placed the membership of the fraternity in peril because the Conclave has put in place no real policies, practices and programs. Many of the members of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. – who the Founders entrusted the fraternity with, through the Conclave – have done nothing else other than to sit on their behinds and allow themselves to be fast-talked by Past Presidents, the current President and the General Board who were elected to represent the members interests and desires (not to promote their individual agendas). Many of the members of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. have come to Conclave after Conclave and been delegated to instead of actualizing their role as a delegate and delegating to the assembly of the Conclave what they want to be done. As a result, the office of Executive Director can be terminated two weeks prior to a Conclave and the General Board can sell your fraternity’s headquarters with no actual meaningful input from you; the membership who actually owns the building. The General Board can also determine what the Conclave agenda will be with no actual meaningful input from you; the membership who actually determines what the credentials, rules and agenda should be and can be during a Conclave.

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