by Pat Kinney. Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier. WATERLOO | A group of college-educated African-American men in Waterloo has let their deeds do their talking for a decade. The men of Eta Gamma Gamma chapter of Omega Psi Phi fraternity have held blood drives, supported cancer and diabetes awareness walks, registered voters, helped build Habitat for Humanity houses and set up play equipment next to the Boys and Girls Club. They’ve mentored young boys, taking a group of them to a screening of the Jackie Robinson biopic “42,” for example. They’ve raised money for college scholarships. The fraternity is firmly rooted in history and heritage. Omega Psi Phi member Carter G. Woodson of the University of Chicago established Negro Achievement Week in the mid-1920s. It evolved into what is now Black History Month. The Waterloo chapter marks its 10th anniversary this year. It has been featured in the fraternity’s national magazine, the Oracle. “We place a great emphasis on service,” said fraternity member Rudy Jones, community development director for the city of Waterloo and pastor of Saviour Missionary Baptist Church. “The fraternity offers and excellent opportunity to remember history, and also to provide a great service to the community,” said Waterloo City Council member and mayor pro tem Quentin Hart, a fraternity member with bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Minnesota State University and the University of Northern Iowa. Read more here
Article written By Author Bridjes O’Neil of the St. Louis American Lynn Beckwith Jr., E. Desmond Lee Endowed Professor of Urban Education at the University of Missouri-St. Louis (UMSL) in conjunction with St. Louis Public Schools (SLPS), said learning is a lifelong process. Teaching is a lifelong process for Beckwith as well, with 2013 marking his 52nd year in education. On Friday, September 13, he will receive the St. Louis American Foundation’s 2013 Lifetime Achiever in Education award at the Salute to Excellence in Education Scholarship and Awards Gala at the America’s Center Ballroom. He served for 31 years in SLPS as a teacher, assistant principal, principal, director of federal programs and executive director of state and federal programs. He subsequently served for eight years as superintendent of schools in the School District of University City…..Read More
St. Louis, MO – On June 7, 2013, the Brothers of Upsilon Omega Chapter presented and honored 4 high school scholarship recipients at the Rhapsody in Black XVIII Scholarship Concert Fundraiser. The recipients and the Bro. William Ray Brown, PhD, 32nd Eighth District Representative in photo.
Congratulations to Brother Clark Frost, who is currently a member of Eta Alpha Chapter on 47 years in the beloved fold. Brother Frost was a member of ‘The Immortals’, the charter line (1966) at Iota Sigma Chapter at Central Missouri State University. His continued service and dedication to Omega is truly worthy of emulation. Here’s to another 47 years.
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.
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.
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)
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.
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.
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.