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A Brief History of The Eta Lambda Lambda Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc.
As I embark on this journey through the annals of history, I find myself standing at the threshold of a remarkable story—a story that encapsulates the spirit of brotherhood, service, and dedication to the ideals of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity. This story belongs to none other than the illustrious Eta Lambda Lambda Chapter, and it is my privilege to document its journey.
The tale begins in the vibrant city of Dallas, Texas, during the fall of the year 2000. At the helm of this endeavor was a visionary Omega man, Brother Anthony Whitaker, whose dream was to establish a Graduate Chapter in the southern region of the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. Brother Whitaker, having pledged in the spring of 1989 at Theta Theta Chapter of East Texas State University, possessed the fervor and the vision to bring his dream to fruition.
The seeds of this chapter were sown during convivial gatherings at Brown and Haynes Barbeque Restaurant, an establishment owned by Brother Nathaniel Haynes. This locale became a hub for Omega men, a place where ideas were exchanged, and the need for a Graduate Chapter in the southern sector of Dallas became apparent. Brother Haynes, a distinguished Omega brother who pledged in the spring of 1981 at Paul Quinn College, graciously welcomed his fraternity brothers every Friday evening after the restaurant closed, fostering a sense of unity and purpose.
Slowly but surely, a group of like-minded Omega men began to form, driven by a shared vision. These initial meetings were unofficial, yet they were the crucible for the chapter's formation. The first official gathering occurred at Lancaster High School around May of 2001, courtesy of Brother Gregory Williams, an Assistant Football and Head Boys Track Coach who pledged at East Texas State University in the spring of 1986. The athletic locker room at the high school served as the backdrop for these early discussions.
Key decisions were made during these formative meetings. The organization was christened the "Brothers of Omega," and Brother Robert Jackson, Sr. assumed the role of President. Weekly meetings were held, and the bond among the brothers grew stronger. The primary goal was to reclaim brothers who had been improperly initiated into the fraternity, nurturing them into viable Omega Men. The motto that emerged was succinct yet profound: "1. Service. 2. Refer back to number 1." It was a testament to their unwavering commitment to serving Omega and the community at large.
In August of 2001, the brothers had the opportunity to meet with the then-current District Representative, Brother Jerry Rutherford. This encounter gave Brother Rutherford a glimpse of the extraordinary service efforts this group undertook. They had already participated in Diabetes Walks and had organized community events like "Community Fun and Family Day." Brother Rutherford posed a critical question: Where would this body be in five years if they were granted a Charter? The resounding response from each brother was, "Working for Omega!" It was a commitment that would shape their future.
On November 12, 2001, the Eta Lambda Lambda Chapter was officially chartered. This milestone was made possible through the recommendation of Brother Jerry Rutherford to the Supreme Council of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. The charter ceremony itself was a momentous occasion, held in Desoto, Texas, and marked the beginning of a new chapter in the chapter's history.
Brother Joseph E. Davis, Jr., who had pledged in the spring of 1989 at the Alpha Zeta chapter from Arkansas State University, assumed the role of the first Chapter Basileus. This period also witnessed the crossing of the Charter line, aptly named the "Genesis Line," comprising four brothers with unique backgrounds and experiences. These brothers came from diverse professions, ranging from teachers and coaches to firefighters, police officers, doctors, lawyers, and entrepreneurs. Yet, what united them all were two fundamental aspects: an unwavering love for Omega and a burning desire to provide service to their community.
Since its inception as Chapter #910, Eta Lambda Lambda has made its mark through a plethora of social and service events. These include Men's Health Programs, the Charles R. Drew Blood Drive, and their signature event, "Jazz on the Q-Note." Notably, their Scholarship Fundraiser has helped numerous individuals pursue their college education, impacting the lives of those they serve.
As I conclude this account of Eta Lambda Lambda Chapter's rich history, I am humbled by the dedication, unity, and unwavering commitment that has defined this chapter. The legacy of service and brotherhood continues to flourish, and I do not doubt that the remarkable journey of this extraordinary chapter will inspire future generations.
In documenting this history, I am reminded of the words of Brother Jerry Rutherford, who asked that critical question years ago: "Where will this Body be in 5 years?" The answer, etched in the annals of time, resounds loud and clear: "Working for Omega!"
With deep respect and admiration for the Eta Lambda Lambda Chapter, I am honored to record this incredible journey for posterity.
Our Current Executive Council
Bro. Raymond Reid:
Bro. Patrick Bonner:
Bro. Jamal Davis:
Keeper Of Finance
Bro. Ernest Burton Jr.
Keeper of Records and Seals
Bro. Raymond Strain:
Bro. Jonathan Pettiway: Keeper of Peace
Bro. Michael Muhammad:
Immediate Past Basileus
Bro. Dion Martin:
Editor to the Oracle
The Reclamation Proclamation
Our objective is to Relaim 100 Brothers into Active, Financial, and committed service to the Chapter, Community & our Cause.
Brotherhood is more than just knowing someone's name. It's a Bond, a shared Experience, an Expectation of Excellence. Brotherhood is the cry for men to stand up, be counted, and strive to make a difference.
Service is how we build Friendship-Fraternity-Family. We don't do it because we HAVE to, We do it because we GET to. Service not only blesses others; it gives us a chance to know each other as Brothers first and FRIENDS Forever!
Friendship is indeed ESSENTIAL to the Soul. We don't need an excuse to hang OWT with the Bruhs. The value of our Fraternity is not in numbers BUT IN MEN THOROUGHLY IMMERSED! 8vs80