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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
Sire Archon
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.


For questions OR registration assistance please contact
the registration team at Designer Events, Inc. at (267) 603-8672
or by online form using the button below.

Event Schedule

Thursday | Sept. 28th

1:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Conference Sign-In / Registration - Welcome Services
King Ababco, Main Floor

1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Hospitality Suite
Windjammer, Main Floor

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Northeast Regional Executive Dinner (Invitation Only)
Dress: Business Attire
Skipjack, Main Floor

7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Dessert Reception
Dress: Casual Chic Attire
Liv Again Art Bar / Gallery - 317 High Street, Cambridge. MD Transportation Provided, first bus departing at 6:45

Friday | Sept. 29th

6:30 AM
Morning Fitness Activities
Fitness Center & Walking Trail

7:00 AM - 7:45 AM
Golfers' Continental Breakfast
Eagle's Nest in the River Marsh Clubhouse

9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Conference Sign-In / Registration - Welcome Services
King Ababco, Main Floor

8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Golf Tournament (Shotgun Start 8:00 AM)
River Marsh Golf Course

12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Golf Luncheon and Presentation of the UMES - PGA Golf Program
Cutter, Main Floor

10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad State Park & Visitor Center Tours
Bus Departs Every 30 Minutes. Please Sign Up For Transportation at Registration

10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Area Historical Self Tours
Harriet Tubman: American Hero - View
The Birthplace of Frederick Douglass - View
San Domingo’s Rosenwald School - View
Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge - View

On Your Own Excursions
Fishing - View
Shopping - View
Casino - View
Spa - View

1:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Tori Soudan Shoe Collection - "Ladies" Lounge
Windjammer, Main Floor

1:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Vendor Marketplace
DebiFashion - Fashions, Accessories & Specialty Gifts
Bathsheba Pearls - Jewelry
Tori Soudan Shoe Collection - Shoes
Bags Plaza - Handbags
Coats by Jan - Jackets & Coats
Krimson Ties - Men's Ties
T’Desserts - Desserts
Encore Hair Boutique - Natural Stone Jewelry
Chriscerrines Accessories - Hat Millinery
Skipjack, Main Floor

3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
HBCU Interactive Presentation
Dress: Business Attire
Cutter, Main Floor

4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
Thomas Jefferson University Reception for NER Sire Archon Joseph Meade
Jackson-Minton Scholarship
Dress: Business Attire
Schooner, Main Floor

6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Welcome Reception
Dress: Casual Attire
Manor Lawn

Chair Conference Committee, Sire Archon Gamma Theta, Grand & Northeast Region
Manor Lawn

9:30 PM - 11:30 PM
Hospitality Suite
Clipper, Main Floor

Saturday | Sept. 30th

6:30 AM
Morning Fitness Activities
Fitness Center & Walking Trail

7:00 AM - 7:50 AM
Chesapeake Ballroom, First Floor

8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Opening Session & Public Forum
Finding Our North Star "The purpose of life, is to lead a life of purpose."
Dress: Business Attire
Chesapeake, First Floor

Keynote Speaker:
Dr. Clara Small
Professor Emeritus of History, Salisbury University

Panel Discussion featuring:
+ Archon C. James Trotman, Ed.D.
Professor Emeritus of English/Founding Director, Frederick Douglass Institute

+ Dr. Deborah Tulani Salahu-Din (Eastern Shore native)
Museum Specialist Curatorial Affairs, Smithsonian Institute National Museum of African American History and Culture

+ Dr. Creston Long
Director, Edward H. Nabb Research Center for Delmarva History and Culture

+ Dr. Earl Richardson
President Emeritus & Distinguished Professor & Research Associate, Morgan State University

10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tori Soudan Shoe Collection - "Ladies" Lounge
Windjammer, Main Floor

10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Vendor Marketplace
DebiFashion - Fashions, Accessories & Specialty Gifts
Bathsheba Pearls - Jewelry
Tori Soudan Shoe Collection - Shoes
Bags Plaza - Handbags
Coats by Jan - Jackets & Coats
Krimson Ties - Men's Ties
T’Desserts - Desserts
Encore Hair Boutique - Natural Stone Jewelry
Chriscerrines Accessories - Hat Millinery
Skipjack, Main Floor

10:30 AM - 2:00 PM
Northeast Regional Business Meeting
Choptank Ballroom, First Floor

11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
Archousai Luncheon
Dress: Business Attire
Chesapeake Ballroom, First Floor

11:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Hall of Emancipation and Culture + Art Exhibition
The Hall of Emancipation and Culture is an exhibit space that will provide conference attendees the opportunity to view Eastern Shore African American heroes and sheroes of historical and cultural significance. These individuals with determination and courage led the struggle for the freedom of African Americans on the shore and beyond. Harriet Tubman and Frederick Douglass are highlighted as two of many who were dedicated to improving the lives of others in the face of great adversity. Representatives of various organizations will staff the exhibits and be available to share and discuss information. Conference attendees will also have the opportunity to view the artisan work of the Eastern Shore. (see below)
Chesapeake Ballroom Prefunction Area, First Floor

Artist Exhibition & Vendors

The Old Country Preacher
Kennieth Jones

Steal Away
Patrick Henry

GI I am an American
Michael Morris

Marsh Hope
Diane Mitchell

Jar with Adinkra Symbol
Ernie Satchell


Harriet Tubman MuseumHarriet Tubman Underground Visitors CenterTalbot Historical SocietyFrederick Douglass Honor SocietyThe Nabb Research Center of Salisbury UniversityVelda Henry Quilt Collection

We celebrate the lives of formerly enslaved people and free women and men of color through an array of vibrant media reflective of the diversity of life on the "Shore. We are academicians, watermen, farmers, visionaries and people of great faith and endurance.. Local artist reflect that diverse life in their works on display in the Hall of Emancipation and Culture. Come browse through this visual history!

2:15 PM - 3:15 PM
AXA Financial Planning Presentation
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Chesapeake A, First Floor

3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Corporate Board Boot Camp
For Archons and Archousai who are interested in learning about the interview process for Corporate Board Searches
Chesapeake A, First Floor

4:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Officer’s Breakout Sessions and Committee Workshops
Sire Archon Workshop - Galleon A & B, Main Floor
Grammateus Workshop - Galleon C, Main Floor
Thesauristes Workshop - Cutter A, Main Floor
Data Manager Workshop - Cutter B, Main Floor
Grapter Workshop - Schooner A, Main Floor
Social Action Workshop - Schooner B, Main Floor

Dress: Black Tie / Formal Attire

7:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Cocktail Reception
Chesapeake Ballroom Prefunction Area, First Floor

7:30 PM
Doors Open
Chesapeake Ballroom, First Floor

11:00 PM - 12:30 AM
Hospitality Suite
Clipper, Main Floor

Sunday | Oct. 1st

8:00 AM - 8:50 AM
Continental Breakfast
Chesapeake Ballroom Prefunction Area, First Floor

9:00 AM - 10:15 AM
Memorial Service
Officiated by Archon Lewis N. Watson, Gamma Theta Boule'
Dress: Church Attire
Chesapeake Ballroom, First Floor

10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Vendor Marketplace
DebiFashion - Fashions, Accessories & Specialty Gifts
Bathsheba Pearls - Jewelry
Tori Soudan Shoe Collection - Shoes
Bags Plaza - Handbags
Coats by Jan - Jackets & Coats
Krimson Ties - Men's Ties
T’Desserts - Desserts
Encore Hair Boutique - Natural Stone Jewelry
Chriscerrines Accessories - Hat Millinery
Skipjack, Main Floor

10:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Farewell Brunch
Chesapeake Ballroom, First Floor

Around Town

Area Historical Self Tours

Harriet Tubman: American Hero

Experience her story at more than 30 sites along the scenic, self-guided driving tour known as the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway, which winds for 125 miles through Dorchester and Caroline Counties on Maryland’s Eastern Shore.

Find out more about exploring Underground Railroad history on Maryland’s Eastern Shore at the Tubman Byway website.

Birthplace of Frederick Douglass

Honor Frederick Douglass here in his birthplace, Talbot County, Maryland, and learn more about where his experiences in his youth -both positive and negative- helped form his character, intellect and determination.

The Frederick Douglass Honor Society is dedicated to developing programs that continue the Douglass legacy of human rights, education, personal growth, and involvement of citizens.

San Domingo's Rosenwald School

San Domingo School, also known as Sharptown Colored School and Prince Hall Masons Unity Lodge No. 73, is a historic Rosenwald School building located at Sharptown, Wicomico County, Maryland. It was built in 1919, and is one of four surviving Rosenwald schools in Wicomico County. It remained in use as a school until 1961. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2007.

Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge

Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge is home to an incredible amount of plant and animal diversity in its three major habitats – forest, marsh and shallow water.

The refuge has been referred to as the "Everglades of the North," and has been called one of the "Last Great Places" by the Nature Conservancy.

Edward H. Nabb Research Center

The Edward H. Nabb Research Center for Delmarva History and Culture at Salisbury University is a humanities research laboratory for university students that also fulfills the historical resource needs of a variety of community researchers. Founded in 1982, it was endowed in 1998 by Edward H. Nabb, an attorney and philanthropist from Cambridge, Maryland and renamed in his honor.

On Your Own Excursions

Fishing & Crabbing

Fishing is permitted from the Hyatt Resort River Marsh Marina on the curved pier only. Visit the Quarterdeck Marina store for fishing poles and bait or bring your own. Additional supplies, souvenirs, and sundries are available.

There are also several opportunities off-property for fishing and can be found by clicking here.

Nearby Shopping

Local shops are wonderful for those who are interested in the arts and antiques.

Queenstown Premium Outlets, a wonderful outlet mall located on Maryland's scenic Eastern Shore, which many of you will pass on Rt 50 as you drive to Cambridge, offers savings at 65 designer and name brand outlet stores including St. John, Kate Spade, Coach, Ralph Lauren, Nike and many more.

Win Big At The Casino

The closest casino to Cambridge is in Harrington, DE. It is 45.6 miles away and the directions can be found here.

Housing over 1,700 slots, all of your favorite table games, Delaware’s #1 Poker Room and a state-of-the-art simulcast parlor, Harrington Raceway & Casino is the epicenter for 24/7 gaming in Delaware.

Visit Historic St. Michaels, MD

40 minutes from Cambridge, the historic town of St Michaels dates back to the mid-1600s when it served as a trading post for area tobacco farmers and trappers.

In 1778 a British land agent, James Braddock, purchased 20 acres and deeded 58 lots. This created St. Mary's Square, the historic center of St. Michaels.

Additional Things To Do

For things to do, please visit Historical sites in Dorchester County that relate to slavery and emancipation abound.

The link provided will give you additional information for on-your-own excursions.

Resort & Travel

Resort Hotel Rooms are


If you need to book the sleeping rooms right now, the near-by hotels are as follows (both are within a mile of us)…

Holiday Inn Express Cambridge
(410) 221-9900

Comfort Inn & Suites Cambridge
(410) 901-0926

or call:

(410) 901-1234

Complete individual call in reservations by
Friday, September 8, 2017

Reservations may be called in directly to the Reservations Department
at (410) 901-1234.

Please reference group name: “Gamma Theta Boulé” when making arrangements.

Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay
Golf Resort, Spa and Marina

100 Heron Blvd. at Route 50
Cambridge, Maryland, USA, 21613

An extraordinary experience awaits you at Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Golf Resort, Spa and Marina. Beautifully situated on the banks of the Choptank River, our 342 acre resort in Cambridge, Maryland is ideal for family vacations, weekend getaways, and business retreats. Stay with us and discover the unparalleled services and amenities of this Chesapeake Bay resort, the most distinctive retreat on the Eastern Shore.


What Makes a Seamless Stay?

Beautiful Rooms With Seafaring Décor

Discover 400 guestrooms, including pet friendly rooms and suites, with plush Hyatt Grand Beds®, flat screen TVs and spa-like marble bathrooms.

Life, Vitality, & Nourishment

Relax, refresh and recharge with a visit to Sago Spa and Salon or make a splash in our temperature controlled indoor or outdoor pools.

Hit The Links

Play 18 holes at River Marsh Golf Club, our championship course designed by Keith Foster to accommodate all levels of players.

Regional Provisions

Enjoy outstanding regional specialties for breakfast, lunch and dinner, including fresh seafood in a family-friendly atmosphere with water views.

Indoor & Outdoor Meeting Space

Host an event to remember in over 37,000 sq. ft. of function space, including a 11,250-square-foot ballroom and outdoor terraces.

Transportation Options To Resort

Room Rates

Single Room Rate - $ 199.00

Water View Room - $239.00

Resort View Balcony - $239.00

Water View Balcony - $259.00

Regency Club Balcony - $279.00

Petite Suite - $319.00


Room rates are quoted exclusive of applicable state and local taxes

(Currently 13.5%).

Resort Fee: $15.00 per room per day.

The resort fee will include self-parking privileges (Valet parking is available for an additional $10), in-room high speed Wi-Fi internet, 2 bottles of water per day, access to 24 hour fitness center, intra-resort shuttle, daily newspaper upon request at check-in, local and 800 calls, incoming and outgoing faxes, in room coffee and tea, in room safe.

Local Airports


If you are flying in, the closest airport is the Salisbury/Ocean City Airport (39.2 miles) served by American Airlines. This airport offers rental cars and additional transportation by taxi can be found at


The next closest airport is Baltimore/Washington Airport (78.6 miles). In addition to rental cars, the Bayrunner Shuttle Service provides daily roundtrip service to the Cambridge Hyatt. Please see

(90.4 miles +)

(117 miles +)

+ Requires car rentals to get to the Hyatt resort.

Resort Parking

Self Parking:
Complimentary parking included with Resort Fee
Valet Parking:
Overnight valet parking for guest paying Resort Fee: +$10Overnight valet parking for guests not paying Resort Fee: +$25
+ Fees are subject to seasonal change

** There are no height restrictions and RV parking is available at the resort

About Us

Gamma Theta Boulé

Salisbury, MD • December 1, 1984


It was the late Archon Claud C. Marion who laid the groundwork for the establishment of Gamma Theta Boulé and served as its first Sire Archon. Grand Grammateus Butler Henderson and Immediate Past Grand Sire Archon Robert Franklin, who had been named chairman of the Growth and Expansion Committee, presided at the initiation ceremony inducting fifteen charter members.

Community Impact

Social Action programs are cornerstone of Gamma Theta Boulé's activities and have been established and expanded to meet the growing needs of the community. Members of Gamma Theta partner with and supports the following community activities:

HALO Center of Hope – An emergency shelter for women and mothers with childrenFeeding Ministry – Urban Ministries and The Salisbury Christian ShelterAmerican Red CrossCoastal HospiceEastern Shore Mission of Mercy Dental ClinicMentoring in Princess Anne, Salisbury and Mardela SpringsEpiscopal Diocese of Easton Agape Ministry – Working with children of incarcerated parent(s)
Boulé Scholars Program

Of note is the O. William Hull Boulé Scholars Program, named after the late Archon O. William Hull, a major financial contributor and a charter member Established in 2012. The purpose is to encourage students to become responsible leaders and develop their academic potential. Gamma Theta mentors seventeen young men in grades 6-12 at Mardela Middle and High School in Wicomico County. Our scholars participate in study skills and career workshops as well presentations by Gamma Theta Archons.

In addition the students have gone on several educational field trips, the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia, PA; the Delmarva Discovery Center in Pocomoke, MD; the Reginald F. Lewis museum in Baltimore, MD ; and the Air and Space museum in Washington, DC. This year four of our scholars will be graduating from high school and all four have been accepted to four years colleges and/or universities.

The late O. William Hull, whom our Boulé Scholars Program is named after, with members of the Boulé Scholars Program.

Gamma Theta Archons and Archousai participating in Urban Ministries feeding Program at Grace United Methodist Church

Gamma Theta being recognized for the Boulé Scholars program by the Wicomico County Board of Education.

Gamma Theta Boulé Officers

Roland E. Finger
Sire Archon

Ronnie E. Holden
Sire Archon-Elect

David B. Mitchell
Immediate Past Sire Archon

Henry M. Brooks

Vernon F. Rivers

Eddie Boyd Jr.

Lorenzo L. Hughes

Glenwood C. Brooks Jr.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q | Who can register?

Registration is open to the following Archons with the following statuses:
ActiveVoluntary InactiveEmeritus

Q | Who can attend as a Guest?

Archons must first register before registering guests in the following categories:

Archousai (wives)Single DaughtersUnmarried Sons under the age of 35Widowed MothersFemale Guests/Significant Others of unmarried or widowed Archons.Unmarried widows of deceased Archons and eligible children

Q | What is the proper attire?

The dress code for Archousai (and female guests) complements the dress code of Archons (with emphasis upon traditional attire). At black-tie events, Archousai (and female guests) are encouraged to wear evening gowns.

Business attire is required for Business Meetings (Jacket and Tie)Casual comfortable attire is required for the Crab Feast on FridayFormal attire is required for the 22nd Northeast Regional Gala on SaturdayDressy Sunday attire is appropriate for the Memorial Service

Q | What is the Cancellation / Refund Policy?

A $75 processing fee (per transaction) will be assessed for each cancellation. NO refunds will be granted for cancellation requests received after September 1, 2017.

Requests can be submitted via email or in writing to:
Gamma Theta Boulé
Eddie Boyd, Jr.
[email protected]

1015 North Delano Avenue
Salisbury, MD 21801

Q | My Archousa can’t attend the entire Northeast Regional Boulé, can I just buy a ticket to an individual event?

There are no tickets for individual Northeast Regional Boulé agenda events. A full registration fee applies to each guest type for the Northeast Regional Boulé.

Q | My Archousa decided to attend after I submitted my Archon registration. How can she register?

Archousa may register separately if she did not register at the same time the Archon did. Simply use the registration type of "Archousa" in the first drop-down field and submit a new registration using the online registration form. Note: This will create a separate registration from the previously registered Archon.

Q | How do I register?

Use the online registration form to submit yours and your guests' registration needs. Be sure to include any dietary needs and make your selections to the events you and your guests will be attending during the weekend. For more instructions about registration click here.

Registration & Fees

No On-site Registration

Registration TypeFee
Early - Mar 17 - Apr 30$395
Regular - May 1 - Jun 30$425
Late - Jul 1 - Sep 6$475
Last Chance - Sep 7 - 18$525


Registering your Guest: Once you have filled in all of the form's Attendee Information for your registration entry, click the "Save Attendee" button at the bottom of the form and you will see a "Almost Done" pop-up window that will let you add your Spouse or Guest using the "Add Attendee" button or continue on to payment billing to complete your registration.

Participants in Golf activities will need to make the appropriate selections on the registration form and pay the associated $175 golf fees during the registration process. Fees include continental breakfast, greens fees & lunch. Golf club rentals are available on-site.

Your registration WILL NOT BE FINALIZED until you complete the payment requirements for registration and any paid activities. Thank You.

Also, don't forget to book your room accommodations
as well under the "Resort & Travel" page.

For questions, registration assistance or if you need to make changes to your registration, please contact the registration team at Designer Events, Inc. at (267) 603-8672 or by online form using the button below.

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