The mission of the Philadelphia Club Frontiers International is to improve the quality of life within our communities by promoting Advancement Through Service as the basis for enhancing the educational and social opportunities for African American youth in our community.
Philadelphia Club Frontiers International seeks to play a leadership role in the communities we serve by utilizing the diverse backgrounds and talents of our members to create impactful opportunities to empower our children to maximize their individual talents and fuel their quest for excellence in every endeavor.
Philadelphia Club Frontiers International is committed to promoting Advancement Through Service by adhering to the following precepts: Faith, Family, Personal Integrity, and Transparency.
ABOUT PHILADELPHIA CLUB FRONTIERS
THE PHILADELPHIA CLUB FRONTIERS INTERNATIONAL was established in 1942 and is the second oldest club in the organization. It is a 501©3 providing volunteer service to children and youth throughout the Delaware Valley.
The club has had programs supporting healthy lifestyles and the fight against hypertension, vitiligo, sickle cell, and homelessness. It has sponsored health fairs, career fairs and business seminars and has participated in the “adopt a school program”.
The club’s major current activities include the annual granting of scholarships to student entering higher education, a Spring Health and Education Event which includes free dental screening, and book give away, and a Christmas Shopping Spree and luncheon. The club also supports other volunteer community organizations.
Our goal is to expose and develop the youths in our community educationally, economically, and socially hoping they will be able to improve their quality of life and increase the opportunity for them to participate and succeed in a complex and rapidly changing world.
These programs are dependent upon the financial contribution of the members and local donors. Donations are received through direct donations to the club or through United Way Donor Number 50410.
NATIONAL ORGANIZATION FOUNDER & HISTORY
Frontiers of America was founded in Columbus, Ohio, November 10, 1936 by Nimrod B. Allen and a few other men who had concerns about the condition of African Americans and the exclusion of African American Men from membership in service organizations like the Lions or Kiwanis. They were all in agreement about the creation of an organizations devoted to the service of those less fortunate in the community. The organization was incorporated in Ohio on December 24, 1938 and its motto became “ Advancement Through Service.
Frontiers of America became Frontiers International in 1962 when a charter was granted to a club in British Guyana. Currently there are ten districts extending from the Pacific to the Atlantic, within the United States and clubs in the Bahamas and West Indies.
FRONTIERS INTERNATIONAL Inc. is a non-profit , non-sectarian, service organization. Members are called “Yokefellows” and now include men and women from all segments of the community: medical professionals, legal professionals, government service professionals, educators, business owners, and religious leaders. Nationally the club provides countless hours of service and dollars to those less fortunate.
2023-2024 Club Officers
He earned his B.S. Degree in Finance from LaSalle University, J.D., from Nova Southeastern University, Shepard Broad Law. In 2010, he received his LL.M. in Taxation and an Estate Planning Certificate from Temple University - James Beasley School of Law.
Before venturing back into private practice, Mr. Houston served as Trust Counsel for Reliance Trust Company of Delaware. In that capacity, I was responsible for providing legal advice that primarily focused on: (a) evaluating trust agreements to determine if the company satisfied the requirements to serve as a successor trustee, (b) generating receipt, release and refunding agreements, (c) drafting non-judicial settlement agreements, (d) creating preferred trust provisions for inclusion in trust agreements where the company was appointed as the initial trustee and (e) providing practical legal advice to other trust officers and senior level managers that was consistent with Delaware Trust Law. Several of these documents are still used throughout the company.
Maurice has worked with local nonprofit organizations, and community-based developers, helping them to structure their deals, coordinate their development teams, and get their important projects completed. Over the past eleven years, Maurice has worked effectively with developers, architects, contractors, accountants, and financial institutions to create high-quality, affordable housing units, neighborhood commercial corridors while revitalizing historically disinvested communities. After the enactment of Sarbanes-Oxley, Mr. Houston created a six-hour course, including a corresponding manual, designed to assist community-based exempt organizations with board governance matters.
Shortly after his graduation from Nova Southeastern University – Sheppard Board Law Center, Mr. Houston obtained a position as Legislative Counsel with Congresswoman Shelia Jackson Lee. In this capacity, he prepared Analyzed the Constitution’s impeachment clauses during House Judiciary Committee hearings to determine a legal basis for removal of the President as outlined in the Starr Report. Drafted talking points for committee hearings and coordinated media schedule during impeachment trial. Developed initial censure language that was incorporated into the final version of the Democratic Censure Resolution that was offered as an alternative to the Articles of Impeachment. Arranged a symposium on Impeachment that featured leading scholars in the areas of Constitutional law, American history and Criminal law.
Mr. Houston has an expertise in real estate acquisition and development; negotiating and drafting complex commercial contracts; exempt organizations governance and estate planning and administration.
Dr. Gregory Stephens majored in chemistry at the University of Pennsylvania in 1978 through 1980. He sub-matriculated into the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine in 1980 and earned a Doctorate degree in Dental Medicine in 1984. Dr. Stephens enjoys all aspects of dentistry and enjoys practicing dentistry in a relaxing environment. Outside of dentistry, Dr. Stephens enjoys volunteering in the Philadelphia community. He has served on the volunteer board of managers at the West Philadelphia YMCA for 20 years and held various board positions including Board Chair from 2007 through 2010. He has also held various positions with the Philadelphia Club of Frontiers International from 2001 through the present, and he is currently an executive board member holding the position of Financial Secretary. In addition, he has been involved with Blazers Cycling Club from 2008 through the present, as well as a volunteer Spinning Instructor. For the West Philadelphia YMCA, he not only has been a volunteer for several years, he was awarded in 2019 the prestige “Volunteer of the Year” award from the YMCA.
Jim was an External Affairs Director for Verizon Pennsylvania, Inc. In that positive position he was responsible for representing for Verizon Pennsylvania, Inc., in Philadelphia and has more than forty-five years’ experience in all facets of telecommunications. Jim began his career with AT&T and following a series of assignments, was transferred to Bell of Pennsylvania. Jim moved to the External Affairs Department as Community Relations Director and assumed his current position in 1993 and the rest is history.
E. Steven Collins did an incredible job as master of Ceremonies for the recognition dinner for Jim. “He accomplished what he set out to do seamlessly, “Pay Jim Justice” and move on to his love of the Philadelphia Phillies and the upcoming game. The Rev. Sandy Reed, a former colleague of Jim’s at Bell Atlantic, said grace before a delicious buffet dinner at his honoring celebration.
Jim has been universally recognized by state Senator Shirley Kitchen, state Senator Venessa Williams, Shirley Gregory, representing U.S. Representative Bob Brady, and the unelected, elected official, Donald “Ducky” Birts. Honors bestowed upon Jim include, but not limited to: The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania House of Representative Citation by state Representative Rep Louise Williams Bishop, The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania House of Representative Citation by state Rep. James R. Roebuck, Jr., the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Citation by state Representative Kenyatta Johnson, The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania House of Representative Office of the Speaker Citation --- House Resolution No. 167) by Samuel H. Smith, speaker. In addition, Jim received a Citation from the Office of Philadelphia Mayor Michael A. Nutter, a City Council City of Philadelphia Citation presented by Councilwomen and Majority Leader Marian B. Tasco and he received special remarks by Councilwomen-at-Large Blondell Reynolds-Brown. Several members of the Verizon organization such as Allen Lewis and Gale Givens, president who spoke of his selfless service.
Jim has been recognized by so many it is hard to keep up with the names and the awards. The entire Philadelphia region of elected officials have payed tribute to Jim such as, The Congressional Record, the House of Representatives “Congratulations to Jim Reed of Philadelphia for a Life of Accomplishment” by U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah. This document is filed in every library in the United States. In addition, Fattah provided Jim a pair of House of Representatives Cufflinks. Jim has also been recognized by The Philadelphia Fire Department for his “Commitment of Dedication and Service,” signed by Fire Commissioner Ayers. He has received a Citation by state Senator Vincent J. Hughes (Appropriations Chair). Senator Hughes in his speech brought attention that Jim had been a contemporary of his father and was instrumental in starting the Annual Golf Classic, which raised over $1million for scholarships. Jim is recalled by many as the “The go-to- man” who has given more than checks, but wisdom and guidance and described as one who never says no.
Jim’s son, Kevin Parrish, eloquently has praised his father for molding him and helping others. Representatives from the community recognizing and honoring Jim are as follows: John Chin of the Philadelphia Chinatown Development Corporation, and Sharmain Matlock-Turner of the Urban Affairs Coalition. Lastly and most notably, Jim’s dedication to the Philadelphia Club Frontiers International organization which gives out thousands of dollars towards scholarships and the 644th Engineering Battalion, General Cornelius O. Baker Scholarship which Jim chaired.