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 [...]
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.
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 [...]
Brothers of the Eighth District, we are extremely blessed that the Supreme Basileus of the Universe has allowed our great fraternity to experience 100 years of existence. Personally, I am blessed to be a servant of the greatest district in all of Omega: the Eighth District. I am proud of my connection and the Omega men who have made an indelible impression upon me during my short time in this great fraternity of ours. This district has produced great leaders. The Eighth District has been associated with some great men who have had a significant impact upon Omega and the communities in which they live. Historically, when I think about the men who have serve as Grand Basileus from our district—James McMorries, Clarence F. Holmes, George Vaughn, and Lloyd Jordan; the various brothers who have served on the International level; those who served on the district level as Represen-tatives and other district officers; and down to local chapters officers and brothers who engaged in service to community, I am eminently proud to be counted among the faithful in service to God and Omega. As we make the transition from the season of Thanksgiving to Advent (the anticipation of the coming of Christ), I thought about the link between what God did for humanity and what we do in our communities. It would behoove us to gain an apprecia-tion for the idea of ―consecrated usefulness‖ as we move about this season in the celebration of Christmas. God sent Jesus Christ on a mission to redeem humanity. As Brothers of Omega, we should be on a mission to reclaim and redeem our communities from violence, apathy, and ignorance. Nevertheless, the idea of consecrated usefulness ultimately means that [...]