Chapter History

The Theta Tau Sigma chapter was charted on August 15, 1983 in the Fairfax area of Northern Virginia. The seven men who pioneered this feat were:

  • Malcolm O. Ames
  • Ambrose W. Bailey
  • Charles Bowen
  • James E. Gibson
  • Carlton L. Jeter
  • Curtis O. Porter
  • Caesar A. Roy, III

These seven young men were all from or lived in the northern Virginia area at the time and felt that a chapter was very much needed in the local Virginia area since the closest chapter in Virginia was located in Richmond.

The chapter sponsored many car washes to raise money for scholarships during the early years of its existence. The very first informational meeting for new members was held at the Holiday Inn in Dumfries, VA off the I-95 exit. No line developed from this informational meeting, however, a few years later the very first initiates were inducted: Bro. Dr. Ralph W. Brooks and Bro. Rev. Preston Jordan, both of Manassas, VA.

In 1984, the very first Blue and White Scholarship Ball was held at the Crystal City Marriott Hotel in Arlington, VA. The scholarship recipient was Mr. Nathaniel Bostick, a student from Northern Virginia Community College “Annandale Campus”. Today, Nate is an electrical engineer in northern Virginia.

In 1989, Theta Tau Sigma chartered Rho Tau Chapter at GMU with 7 young men. This provided a tremendous boost after four years of tireless work that at times seemed like a fruitless effort. The young students were an impressive bunch of guys, student leaders and good students; they had the entire university talking about Phi Beta Sigma. The chapter started work immediately on forming an undergraduate chapter of sorors at the the University but would have to wait, due to the governing structure of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, until an alumni chapter of Zeta in northern Virginia could be formed.

The alumni chapter had made serveral attempts to support the formation of a Zeta grad chapter in the area but with little success. Theta Tau Sigma could get them to meet but we couldn’t get them organize. One day while in the office of Bro. Michael A. Ferby, Soror Cheryl Lucas Hepburn from Virginia State asked about trying to charter a chapter of Zetas in Fredericksburg with her mother but she was not having any success. She had recently moved to Fairfax so Bro. Ferby suggested that she charter a chapter in Fairfax instead. Bro. Ferby supplied her with a list of Zetas living in the metropolitan area to contact about chartering a chapter. Four months later the sorority granted her a charter to form Omicron Theta Zeta Chapter in Fairfax. Soror Cheryl Lucas Hepburn became the first Basilieus of the chapter and within fours months her job relocated her out of the area. Zeta Omicron Chapter of Zeta at GMU was chartered within two years of the alumni chapter with many of the young ladies recruited by Sigmas on the campus.

During our existence, we have mourned the loss of two brothers to the Omega Chapter: Bro. Rev. Dr. Clarence Robinson and Bro. Troy Jackson. The Hon. Bro. Robert B. Greaux has served as Eastern Regional Director, Vice Regional Director, and Director of Social Action. Bro. Michael A. Ferby has served as Eastern Region Director of Education and Eastern Region Director of Publicity.