…..written Brother Chris Wilson (Lambda Lambda Sigma), edited by Brother Brandon Brown
The Sigma Beta Clubs of Chi Sigma (Northern New Jersey), Lambda Lambda Sigma (Trenton) and Kappa Upsilon Sigma (Willingboro) organized White House tour on Saturday, March 15th. Tour logistics were handled by Brother Greg Lorjuste, Principal Deputy Director of Scheduling for at The White House. The Clubs, totaling 70, gathered near the White House grounds for the Secret Service led tour.
The Agents led the group through the East Wing of the Executive Mansion, detailing the rebuilding phases, and historic tidbits about former presidents, previous events and visitors. The majority of the tour was held in the East Room, the White House’s largest room. It is normally used for receptions, press conferences, ceremonies, concerts and banquets. By chance, Brother Dotson, one of the Secret Service Agents, was stationed at the East Room tour stop and provided a detail presentation to the group. After the presentation, club members had a lengthy question and answer session just a few feet away from the famous Lansdowne “George Washington” portrait, painted in 1797.
After the tour, the Clubs took a group picture in front of the White House then went to International Headquarters for lunch, which was provided by the Fraternity. Joining the Clubs were Brother Daryl Anderson, International Executive Director, Brother Brandon Brown, Regional SBC Coordinator, Brother Dr. Gerald Weatherspoon, Regional Director of Education and Brother James Reeves, Regional Director of Social Action. Before the Clubs left, they were greeted by Honorable Brother Peter Adams, Esq., Past International President.
On the ride home a few club members were asked to comment on the White House tour experience. Brandon Jenkins (5th Grade), said “The best part of the White House was looking at all of the rooms, sites and décor.” Corey Washington (11th Grade) added “the tour of the White House has inspired me to pursue a career in Secret Service, so I can protect the President and enforce National Security.”
(photos by Brothers Darryl Curtis and Carthell Myers)