Welcome to the
Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity
22nd Northeast Regional Boulé Biennial Conference
Gamma Theta Boulé invites you to join us at the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Golf Resort, Spa and Marina in Cambridge, MD
September 28 - October 1, 2017
A Grand Welcome
Fellow Archons, Archousai and Guests:
On behalf of the Archons and Archousai of Gamma Theta Boulé, I bring you greetings and invite you to attend the 22nd Northeast Regional meeting. This event will be held from Thursday, September 28th through Sunday, October 1, 2017, at the Hyatt Chesapeake Bay Golf Resort, Spa and Marina in Cambridge, Maryland. We are excited to host this event in Cambridge, located on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, the home of Gamma Theta Boulé. This area, also known as the Delmarva Peninsula is a "Cradle of Emancipation" and the birthplace of both Harriett Tubman and Frederick Douglass.
The Eastern Shore of Maryland provides us an unparalleled opportunity to examine our corridor to freedom as we explore strategic pathways to move forward. The Hyatt is a beautiful resort which has its own golf course, tennis courts, spa, and nature trails and is an environmental paradise that sits on the Choptank River.
I look forward to us gathering together in Cambridge, Maryland in September and enjoying rich camaraderie as we get to know the best of one another.
Roland E. Finger
Gamma Theta Boulé
History, Culture & Fun
Welcome to the 22 nd Biennial of the Northeast Regional of Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity, Inc. The Archons and Archousai of Gamma Theta Boulé are excited to have you join us in the celebration of the “Cradle of Emancipation.”
Our meeting will highlight the lives of two individuals who made singular contributions to the advancement of all African-Americans. Born just miles apart here on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, Frederick Douglass and Harriet Tubman escaped their conditions of slavery. Ms Tubman returned to Maryland countless times in the ensuing years to lead others seeking freedom from slavery along the Underground Railroad. A new National Park and Visitors Center located 10 minutes from our conference site in Cambridge, Maryland is dedicated to honoring the contributions to freedom by Ms Tubman. Her visage soon will appear on the $20 bill of U.S. currency becoming the first woman and the first person of African descent to have that distinction. Frederick Douglass fled bondage to become the great Abolitionist, social reformer, orator and writer that inspired our nation to bring an end to the insidious practice of slavery.
We gather in Cambridge at the magnificent Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Golf, Spa and Resort. The hotel is set in the bucolic countryside beside the Choptank River. Here you will experience the ambiance of the relaxed and formal community that is vastly different from the life in our major urban centers of Baltimore and Washington, DC, each of which is located just 90 miles away. The Eastern Shore is where those on the “western shore” come to relax, sail the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries, hunt the many wetland, marshes and wooded preserves, tour historic sites, shop and otherwise unwind from the hectic urban life they experience. Plan to arrive early and stay late to enjoy the spa, golf or tennis at the wonderful facilities of the Hyatt, shop at the nearby outlets or enjoy the local casinos. You also are invited to tour the Tubman National Park and Visitors Center and the close by Blackwater Wildlife Preserve. Or, you and the family might simply enjoy time at the hotel’s beach. The time is yours to take a pause in your busy life before the conference begins.
Our welcome of you to life on the Eastern Shore will begin with a crab and oyster feast on Friday evening. Come prepared to pick crabs and eat the other delicious delicacies the land and waters of “the ‘shore” have to offer. Dress casually for this feast (a coat and tie will impede your enjoyment of the picnic atmosphere) as we gather under the stars in the outdoor pavilion along the Choptank River.
Gamma Theta Boulé as your host member boulé looks forward to you coming to enjoy yourself and learn more of this unique area in our region. We truly will be in a space and place where “…we can get to know the best of each other…”
Archon Edward E. Henry Jr.
Archon David B. Mitchell
2017 NER Conference Co-Chairs
Are You Ready?
Get ready to visit the Cradle of Emancipation.