Published on April 4th, 2014 | by Kappa Sigma Endowment Fund0
Cary E. Vaughn: A Lifetime of Service
“Kappa Sigma has provided me with the perfect platform to build relationships, to serve others, to leave a legacy, and to demonstrate authentic leadership,” says Cary E. Vaughn (Epsilon-Psi, Lambuth University, 1991). As the President and CEO of Love Worth Finding Ministries, Brother Vaughn leads a worldwide radio, TV and internet ministry connected with roughly 11,000 television outlets, and nearly 2,500 radio syndicates around the globe. Brother Vaughn has made a career out of helping others, and giving back has remained a common theme throughout his life.
As an undergraduate, Vaughn served the Epsilon-Psi Chapter as Grand Master, and was awarded a Scholarship/Leadership Award by Kappa Sigma’s Endowment Fund for his dedication to the Order, and to his academic studies. After graduation, Brother Vaughn continued to serve Kappa Sigma as an alumnus volunteer and received the coveted John G. Tower Distinguished Alumni Award for his work as Alumnus Advisor of the Epsilon-Psi Chapter in late 1999. He was also named “Outstanding First Year Volunteer of the Year” by Kappa Sigma in 2000. In that same year, Cary was awarded Alumnus of the Year by his University, due to his efforts around campus, and with the local Epsilon-Psi Chapter. More recently, Brother Vaughn has served the West Tennessee District as Assistant District Grand Master and was elected president of the West Tennessee Kappa Sigma Alumni Chapter in 2013.
In early 2014, Brother Vaughn and his wife, Lalania, became the namesakes of the second floor entrance and foyer of the International Headquarters, after making a $25,000 pledge to the Endowment Fund. “Kappa Sigma has opened so many doors for me, and has given me so many opportunities, that I feel a responsibility to give back to the Order in a meaningful way,” shares Vaughn when asked about his recent gift to the Kappa Sigma Endowment Fund. Nearly 22 years after Brother Vaughn himself was awarded a Scholarship/Leadership Award, he is proud to be able to contribute back to the program, and help other deserving brothers achieve the increasingly-pricey goal of a higher education. “The SLA program has helped thousands of brothers across the United States and I’m excited to be able to support such a worthy initiative,” adds Brother Vaughn.
Service to his family, to his fraternity, and to his community remain Brother Vaughn’s top priorities. In addition to serving Kappa Sigma, Vaughn also serves as a member of Rotary International where he has been an active leader of the organization since 2005. In 2015, he will assume the role of District Governor, representing all of Memphis, Shelby County and North Mississippi. The development opportunities and life lessons Brother Vaughn picked up as an undergraduate at Lambuth University (now The University of Memphis – Lambuth Campus) have been invaluable as he has forged a legacy of service within Kappa Sigma and other civic and service-oriented organizations. Vaughn is also on the Board of Trustees for Jackson State Community College and is a member of the Board of Directors for the Memphis YMCA.
When asked what Kappa Sigma has meant to him, Brother Vaughn has a few simple, yet powerful words to share: “Education, Enlistment, Empowerment, and Effective Leadership…Kappa Sigma!”
By Chrys V. Nikopoulos (UNC Charlotte, Kappa-Omega, 2007)