The Chessmen Club was founded in 1958 by William (Bill) Logan and Andrew (Andy) Rodez to engage and provide services to the youth and Black community.  Today the Chessmen Club is still thriving and carrying on that mission, with a membership that is dedicated to service and helping the community.  Amongst our active members today, we collectively:

  • Serve as active members at 28 different non-profit organizations
  • Hold 21 Board level positions across these 28-non-profit organization
  • Serve as active members, concurrently, in at least 4 non-profit organizations

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President Emeritus

William (Bill) Logan

Bill Logan is a founder of the Chessmen Club of the North Shore, Inc.  Bill was born and raised in Evanston, attending Foster elementary, Haven middle school and Evanston Township High School (ETHS).  While at Evanston he earned a football scholarship to Western Illinois University.  Bill has been a pioneer his entire life being the 1st Black football player at ETHS, 1st Black Senior class Vice-President and 1st Black police Sergeant, Lieutenant, Captain, Deputy Chief and Chief of Police in Evanston and a founding member of the Fellowship of African American Men (FAAM) youth basketball organization and the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Officers (NOBLE).

Bill career has been dedicated to service, having served in the United States Air Force during the Korean War, followed by joining the Evanston Police Departments where he served for 30 years.  In 1960, Bill had the honor to be assigned as Dr. Martin Luther King's bodyguards when Dr. King came to Evanston.  Throughout Bill's career he has won numerous awards, written several publications and has been an active member in various non-profit organizations such as, Evanston Community Foundation, Rotary of Evanston, Evanston Community Development Corporation, etc., and has and continues to sit on several boards.

Bill has a BA in Public Administration from Northeastern Illinois and is a graduate of the FBI National Academy, Police Management School at Northwestern University Traffic Institute, the Juvenile Officers Institute at the University of Minnesota, and the Police Community Relations School at Michigan State University.


Executive Board

PRESIDENT George Dotson George is the President of the Chessmen Club.  George was born and raised in Evanston and has lived in Evanston for 69 years.  George attended Foster Elementary, Skiles Junior High and ETHS, before attending George Williams college. George worked for City of Evanston for 40 years. During this span, George served as a Teacher’s Assistant in the Special Education Department for District 65 at Haven, Chute and King Lab.  He was also the Head Residential Counselor for Boys and Girls Hope of America (Catholic Charities), Psychological Technician for Orchard Hospital Adolescence Division, ETHS Basketball Coach for Special Olympic Games and the Illinois Representative for National Hershey’s Track & Field Program. George continues to be an active member in the community serving on the Family Focus Advisory Board, being a Founding member of Fellowship of African American Men (FAAM) youth basketball, Founding member of Project SOAR and is the recipient of numerous public service awards.

PRESIDENT
George Dotson

George is the President of the Chessmen Club.  George was born and raised in Evanston and has lived in Evanston for 69 years.  George attended Foster Elementary, Skiles Junior High and ETHS, before attending George Williams college.

George worked for City of Evanston for 40 years. During this span, George served as a Teacher’s Assistant in the Special Education Department for District 65 at Haven, Chute and King Lab.  He was also the Head Residential Counselor for Boys and Girls Hope of America (Catholic Charities), Psychological Technician for Orchard Hospital Adolescence Division, ETHS Basketball Coach for Special Olympic Games and the Illinois Representative for National Hershey’s Track & Field Program.

George continues to be an active member in the community serving on the Family Focus Advisory Board, being a Founding member of Fellowship of African American Men (FAAM) youth basketball, Founding member of Project SOAR and is the recipient of numerous public service awards.

VICE PRESIDENT Open  

VICE PRESIDENT
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TREASURER Peter Braithwaite Peter Braithwaite is currently the Treasurer of the Chessmen Club. The youngest of five and the son of Jamaican immigrants, he attended Dewey, Nichols, and Evanston Township High School. He graduated from the University of Kansas with a Bachelor’s in Psychology with a focus in African-American Studies and Human Development.   Peter has worked with a variety of community and youth groups on strategic planning, program development, and fundraising for more than 15 years. He served as a Case Manager at Association House of Chicago, Director of the Evanston “I Have a Dream Project," and interim Youth Director at the McGaw YMCA. More recently, he has worked in medical sales and is currently an independent sales consultant.

TREASURER
Peter Braithwaite

Peter Braithwaite is currently the Treasurer of the Chessmen Club. The youngest of five and the son of Jamaican immigrants, he attended Dewey, Nichols, and Evanston Township High School. He graduated from the University of Kansas with a Bachelor’s in Psychology with a focus in African-American Studies and Human Development.
 
Peter has worked with a variety of community and youth groups on strategic planning, program development, and fundraising for more than 15 years. He served as a Case Manager at Association House of Chicago, Director of the Evanston “I Have a Dream Project," and interim Youth Director at the McGaw YMCA. More recently, he has worked in medical sales and is currently an independent sales consultant.

 
PR/COMMUNICATIONS Keith Terry Keith Terry is the Director of PR and Communications for the Chessmen Club.  Keith is the Founder and CEO of Terry Performance Group, Inc. with over 25+ years in Marketing at top tier pharmaceutical companies.  Mr. Terry has a B.S. in Bacteriology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Chicago's Booth School of Business. Mr. Terry is also a Certified High Performance Leadership Coach.  Mr. Terry is on the board of the Evanston Community Foundation, Root-2-Fruit, Evanston Hospital Community Advisory Board, Evanston’s Public Safety Civil Service Commission, and Kappa Alpha Psi.

PR/COMMUNICATIONS
Keith Terry

Keith Terry is the Director of PR and Communications for the Chessmen Club.  Keith is the Founder and CEO of Terry Performance Group, Inc. with over 25+ years in Marketing at top tier pharmaceutical companies. 

Mr. Terry has a B.S. in Bacteriology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Chicago's Booth School of Business. Mr. Terry is also a Certified High Performance Leadership Coach. 

Mr. Terry is on the board of the Evanston Community Foundation, Root-2-Fruit, Evanston Hospital Community Advisory Board, Evanston’s Public Safety Civil Service Commission, and Kappa Alpha Psi.

SOCIAL PROGRAMS Marty Long  

SOCIAL PROGRAMS
Marty Long

 

SECRETARY Bryant Wallace Bryant Wallace is the Secretary of the Chessmen Club.  Bryant is the Founder and CEO of WallScott Solutions. Bryant is actively engaged in the Evanston Community, engaging in several STEM programs as well as coaching at FAAM and the Jr. Wildcats Football program. Bryant has a BA degree from the University of Northern Iowa.

SECRETARY
Bryant Wallace

Bryant Wallace is the Secretary of the Chessmen Club.  Bryant is the Founder and CEO of WallScott Solutions.

Bryant is actively engaged in the Evanston Community, engaging in several STEM programs as well as coaching at FAAM and the Jr. Wildcats Football program.

Bryant has a BA degree from the University of Northern Iowa.


Membership

Gessel Berry Jr.   Adrian Brewington
Dudley Brown
Ray Coleman     Harvey Echols


 

Carl Hampton
Fred Hunter
Bill Logan
 

Tommy Jenkins
Bennie Jones             Jabari Porter
 

Robert Reece
Scott Rochelle
Markham Thomas   Andre Wallace
 


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The Chessmen Club of the North Shore, Inc. is a 501 (c) (3) not-for-profit organization.  For IRS purposes, all gifts are tax-deductible.