Lee service-oriented club celebrates 50th birthday
by JOYANNA WEBER, Banner Staff Writer
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UPSILON FOUNDING MEMBER Duran Palmertree shakes hands with state Rep. Kevin Brooks. Brooks made a presentation Tuesday to Palmertree, current club president Ethan Martin and club members in celebration of the club’s 50th anniversary. The club’s actual anniversary was Wednesday.  Banner Photo, JOYANNA WEBER
UPSILON FOUNDING MEMBER Duran Palmertree shakes hands with state Rep. Kevin Brooks. Brooks made a presentation Tuesday to Palmertree, current club president Ethan Martin and club members in celebration of the club’s 50th anniversary. The club’s actual anniversary was Wednesday. Banner Photo, JOYANNA WEBER
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Lee University’s oldest service-oriented Greek club celebrated it 50th Anniversary Tuesday with a presentation by state Rep. Kevin Brooks.

Brooks became an honorary member of the club postgraduation.

The actual anniversary of the club was Wednesday.

During the ceremony, club founder Duran Palmertree spoke about its founding in 1962. James Hubbard, Dale Huff and Duane Lambert were other founding members. He said many people have benefited from the foundation that was laid by that original group.

“To be able to say you have been a part of this great organization is something that you are going to be able to be proud of for a lot of years,” past alumni president Dan Boling said to the current members.

The group recently selected its 100th group of new members. There are more than 800 men who have been a part of the service organization. Women have also joined the club as little sisters and sweethearts.

“These 50 years have been incredible. There’s an enormous amount of leadership in the young men and women have gone on to do great things, but the 50 years begins right here,” past alumni president David Blair said.

The club seeks to instill in its members a desire to live by the club scripture, I Cor. 10:31, “Whether therefore ye eat, drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God (KJV).” The motto of the club is “Be ready to assist any other brother who has a need.”

Several Bradley County community leaders were once a part of Upsilon, including Aaron Weatherford, Bill George, Bill Winters, Dan Glasscock and others.

Since its inception, the club has participated in the Love Atlanta Run, built the Upsilon clock tower and sponsored the annual “Sadie Hawkins” event. The group is working on a project to commemorate its 50th anniversary with an arch on campus.