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    Dr. Robert Scott – youngest to lead Dr. Robert Scott – youngest to lead

    Dr. Robert Scott – youngest to lead

Dr. Robert Scott – youngest to lead

Article written By Author Bridjes O’Neil of the St. Louis American In 1999, Rev. Robert C. Scott [8th District Representative of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc] senior pastor at Central Baptist Church, 2842 Washington Blvd., became the youngest person in the church’s lengthy history to assume the pastoral role. This was, he said, a “divine move.” Before he accepted the invitation, Central Baptist had gone almost three years without a pastor following the death of Rev. Ronald Packnett in 1996. Packnett had served for 11 years and had been socially and politically active in St. Louis. During this transitional period, Central Baptist was led by Interim Pastor Rev. Ralph Jackson….Read More

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    Gamma Upsilon Chapter hosts Senior Dinner Gamma Upsilon Chapter hosts Senior Dinner

    Gamma Upsilon Chapter hosts Senior Dinner

Gamma Upsilon Chapter hosts Senior Dinner

Gamma Upsilon Chapter host ‘Senior Citizen Appreciation’ Dinner Wichita, KS – The men of Gamma Upsilon Chapter hosted its annual salute to the senior citizens in our community with an appreciation banquet held on the 16th of December. The event took place at the Madison Avenue Apartment Club House at 1:30 PM, with Brother Larry Burks serving as Master of Ceremony. One hundred fifty seniors were in attendance as we served a holiday meal catered by Josee Bradley. The men of the chapter served plated meals to each attendee; young men in our mentoring group, GOLD (Gentlemen of Leadership and Distinction) also assisted with seating and follow-up dining needs. Chapter Basileus, Dana McElrath welcomed our guest, thanking them for laying the foundation that this generation continues to build upon. Brothers Wendell Smith, George Shaver, and William Hunter were members of that distinguished group that we honored today. There was a special African styled verbal story telling by Ms Jean Pouncil-Burton, founder of Wichita’s Grio Group. She recanted the story of Mary Bethune and the founding of Bethune-Cookman College. Santa Claus, in the person of Joseph Patrick Jr., made a much anticipated appearance, giving gifts that the chapter purchased for our guests. After Brother McElrath gave his closing comments, one of our seniors spoke on behalf of all who attended that they sincerely appreciated this event sponsored by the chapter.

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    Tau Kappa Chapter Encourages Teens Tau Kappa Chapter Encourages Teens

    Tau Kappa Chapter Encourages Teens

Tau Kappa Chapter Encourages Teens

TAU KAPPA Encourages Teens to attend College Omaha, NE – The Tau Kappa chapter of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc. took part in the Halloween for Teens at the F Street Community Center in Lincoln, Nebraska. Halloween for Teens is a way to give teenagers an alternative option for something to do instead of running the streets. Brother Nick Banks and Brother Jerry Vaughn-Taylor kicked off the event with a sit down to talk to the teens about the importance of college and why the teens should be planning on attending college. Brother Banks and Brother Vaughn-Taylor shared their own experiences and journeys through college. Afterwards the teens were able to take the floor and ask questions about college. “” The teens then were able to split up and take part in one of the many activities that were offered throughout the center. Activities included lunch, gym games, a pumpkin carving contest and a Halloween costume contest in which the Brothers took the place as Judge for the contest. “It was good to have young black men that are doing something with themselves by coming out and sharing the importance of education, especially to our young black kids.” exclaimed Jerry Taylor, Assistant Director of the F Street Community Center. “Our kids need more role models like the ones of Omega Psi Phi. We are definitely looking forward to working with these young men again in the future.” The center expressed interest in partnering with the Tau Kappa chapter in order to make Halloween for Teens an annual event to help have the teens of Lincoln have something to look forward to during Halloween.

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    Eta Alpha Chapter Achievement Week Eta Alpha Chapter Achievement Week

    Eta Alpha Chapter Achievement Week

Eta Alpha Chapter Achievement Week

On November 25, 2012, the Eta Alpha Chapter of Omega Psi Phi, Inc., held it’s Founders Day event at The Thomas D. Parker Theater on the Lincoln University, Jefferson City campus. Brother Rod Stewart was the keynote speaker. In his keynote address, he stated, “Omega has a rich heritage to be protected, celebrated and embraced.” (Photo #1 Brother Rod Stewart) Scholarships in the amount of $800 each were awarded to three high school seniors: Mr. Q’Juan Curtis (Jefferson City High School), Ms. Taylor Rush (Jefferson City High School) and Mr. DeShan Stokes (Waynesville High School). (Photo #2 Ms. Taylor Rush and Brother Ken Ferguson) (Photo #3 DeShan Stokes and Brother Ken Ferguson) During this event, Brother Glenn Bonner was presented with the Citizen of the Year award for his outstanding community service. His service includes Eta Alpha Chapter and NAACP voters’ registration drives, Cole County Sheriff’s Posse, Missouri Association of Realtors Professional Standards, raising funds for muscular dystrophy, and volunteer work in the Jefferson City Correctional Center. (Photo #4 Brother Glenn Bonner and Brother Joe Simmons, Basileus) Brother Charles Jackson was presented the Omega Man of the Year award for his loyalty and commitment to the Eta Alpha Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. Brother Jackson has served as Chapter Chaplain for over twenty years. The award was accepted by Brother Randy Halsey on behalf of Brother Charles Jackson. (Photo #4 Brother Randy Halsey and Brother Joe Simmons, Basileus)

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    Epsilon Delta Chapter Breast Cancer Awareness Epsilon Delta Chapter Breast Cancer Awareness

    Epsilon Delta Chapter Breast Cancer Awareness

Epsilon Delta Chapter Breast Cancer Awareness

Columbia, MO – The Men of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. Epsilon Delta Chapter in Columbia, MO hosted their annual Breast Cancer Awareness Event in October. The Epsilon Delta Chapter had a guest speaker from the Susan G. Komen Foundation speak about breast cancer, its causes, and preventive measures that can be taken to minimize the risk of the disease. Pink ParaQord bracelets were sold and donated and all the proceeds went to the Susan G. Komen Foundation.

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    Gamma Upsilon Chapter Voters Drive Gamma Upsilon Chapter Voters Drive

    Gamma Upsilon Chapter Voters Drive

Gamma Upsilon Chapter Voters Drive

Wichita, KS -During the eve of the 2012 Presidential election season, the members of Gamma Upsilon volunteered at a local pre-voting station located at St. Mark United Methodist Church in Wichita, KS. The Chapter’s mission was to man the phones and assist voters with questions regarding voting issues. Gamma Upsilon was also tasked with providing potential voters with transportation to and from the polls. The Chapter assisted people like Roy Crawford who had not voted in several years because of medical issues and non-viable transportation. After receiving a call from Mr. Crawford’s sister, brothers of Omega Psi Phi borrowed a van with a lift, and picked Mr. Crawford up at his apartment, then took him to the polling site. Mr. Craw-ford said that he’d given up the idea of voting several years ago and was very disgusted, however this year he really wanted to vote. Mr. Crawford informed us that he’d had a stroke and was unable to get out. “I was kind of worried,” Mr. Crawford said. “My sister called me and said I was going to vote to-day, so I got real thrilled about that!” The sacrifices made by our forefathers that enabled our right to vote rang clear as we too were thrilled at the opportunity to provide assistance to Mr. Crawford. It is our duty to vote, and if any-one needed help getting to the polls, we were willing to provide that assistance.

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    Delta Gamma Gamma Project Bridge Builder Delta Gamma Gamma Project Bridge Builder

    Delta Gamma Gamma Project Bridge Builder

Delta Gamma Gamma Project Bridge Builder

Lincoln, NE – Project Bridge Builders is the Youth mentoring program of the Delta Gamma Gamma Chapter. The focus of the program is to provide tangible role models to the young men of Lincoln, Nebraska.  Monthly workshops are conducted to aid the participants in developing their talents with a heightened focus on the cardinal principles of the fraternity; Manhood, Scholarship, Perseverance and Uplift.   Participants reiterate the belief statement at each event to build the confidence of these young men. Workshop content centers on the key characteristics of a man.  Life skills such as accountability for one’s actions and respect of others are emphasized in the workshop forum.  Rig-orous scholastic standards were set forth at the beginning of the academic year.   One workshop titled “A Day in the Life Of..” was an excellent opportunity for successful brothers of Omega to share some of the obstacles they have had to overcome in their pursuit to excellence.   The brothers of Omega provide a hands on approach to Uplift.  In addition to workshops, these young men are required to participate in service projects orga-nized by the brothers of Delta Gamma Gamma.

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    Chi Phi Chapter Paint-A-Thon 2012 Chi Phi Chapter Paint-A-Thon 2012

    Chi Phi Chapter Paint-A-Thon 2012

Chi Phi Chapter Paint-A-Thon 2012

Denver, Co — Chi Phi Chapter was founded, December of 1927 in Denver, Colorado.  It is a chapter steeped in the rich history of Omega and her tradi-tions. For more than 20 years of recent history, Chi Phi Chapter has conducted an annual community service project called The Paint-A-Thon.  It has been held with the steadfast regularity of a birthday. This year was no different except that there was even greater joy shared by those privileged to participate. On Saturday, August 4, 2012, the brothers of Chi Phi Chapter, the sophisticat-ed ladies of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, friends and family gathered at the homes of two Denver senior citizens who were selected to be this year’s beneficiaries of the true friendship of Omega. At 7 am we gathered at the first home. Brothers greeted each other in the ways peculiar to Omega and opened with a prayer. As people continued to arrive we went through the area to be painted, distributed brushes, scrapers, rollers, etc.  All of the equipment was provided by the brotherhood.. With a looming dead-line and based on the size of the job, it seemed impossible to complete the painting task on time. However, volunteers realized that this is a blessing that’s been more than 20 years in the offering.  The Paint A Thon Volunteers and men of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. started singing and tackling the very job that seemed impossible and made it possible. Brothers, their family members, and friends worked diligently until the task was complete. The houses were beautiful in the end. But there is nothing more brilliant than the smile on a senior’s face when they come out and see the [...]

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    Eta Alpha Achievement Week Celebration Eta Alpha Achievement Week Celebration

    Eta Alpha Achievement Week Celebration

Eta Alpha Achievement Week Celebration

On November 25, 2012, the Eta Alpha Chapter of Omega Psi Phi, Inc., held it’s Founders Day event at The Thomas D. Parker Theater on the Lincoln University, Jefferson City campus. Brother Rod Stewart was the keynote speaker. In his keynote address, he stated, “Omega has a rich heritage to be protected, celebrated and embraced.” Scholarships in the amount of $800 each were awarded to three high school seniors: Mr. Q’Juan Curtis (Jefferson City High School), Ms. Taylor Rush (Jefferson City High School) and Mr. DeShan Stokes (Waynesville High School). During this event, Brother Glenn Bonner was presented with the Citizen of the Year award for his outstanding community service. His service includes Eta Alpha Chapter and NAACP voters’ reg-stration drives, Cole County Sheriff’s Posse, Missouri Association of Realtors Professional Standards, raising funds for muscular dystrophy, and volunteer work in the Jefferson City Correctional Center. Brother Charles Jackson was presented the Omega Man of the Year award for his loyalty and commitment to the Eta Alpha Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. Brother Jackson has served as Chapter Chaplain for over twenty years. The award was accepted by Brother Randy Halsey on behalf of Brother Charles Jackson.

By |November 25th, 2012|News|0 Comments
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    Omegas and the Ballot Omegas and the Ballot

    Omegas and the Ballot

Omegas and the Ballot

In 1984, our fraternity brother, the Reverend Jesse L. Jackson made a valiant run for the office of president of the United States through the Democratic Party. The interesting synthesis of him being a minister of the gospel running for a political office creates an interesting tension. Yet it allowed for a prophetic vision to become part of the political arena, that has been the genius of the Black church in particular and black life in general. Omega men rallied to his aid and provided great support through donations, registrations, canvassing, and spiritual uplift. Even though Reverend Jackson did not win the nomination, it sparked a vision of hope and possibility that has allowed for us to have an African American President in Barack H. Obama. Reverend Jackson watered seeds and watch those seeds germinate. President Obama was able to appreciate the harvest and reap the benefit. Had there been no Reverend Jackson, there would have been no President Obama. However, had there been no Whitney Young, Martin Luther King, A.  Philip Randolph, Shirley Chilsom, Ralph Bunche, Mary McCloud Bethune, and other heroes, there would have been no way that Rever-end Jackson would have made the impression he did in 1984. In fact, his speech is still considered to be one of the most inspirational speeches ever given at any political convention in recent memory. And the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity has been in the midst of those re-markable shifts since 1911. Omegas and the Ballot Fast forward to 2012, where the economic climate is dragging along and the political climate is tumultuous, at best and very insolently racist at worst. It is going to be crucial for all brothers of Omega to link up [...]

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