The Brothers of the Xi Lambda Lambda Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. and Pilgrim Baptist Church will be hosting a Charles Drew Blood Drive on Thursday, June 30, 2011 at 5:00PM - 9:30PM. Donate blood with the Rockland Ques and Pilgrim Baptist Church and hit a HOME RUN for patients. Each donor will receive two (2) tickets* to see the New York Mets at Citi Field in August 2011**.
* Tickets will be mailed - when we receive them from the New York Mets.
** The game date is at the discretion of the New York Mets organization
Date: Thursday, June 30, 2011
Time: 5:00PM - 9:30PM
Location: Pilgrim Baptist Church - 80 North Franklin Street, Nyack, NY
Contact: www.nybloodcenter.org or Bro. Richard Clarke at 917.882.7241
Columbia University, friends and colleagues will celebrate Bro. Dr. Edmund Gordon's 90th birthday with a day of events, luncheon and panel discussions of his work on June 17, 2011 at Teacher's College on the campus of Columbia University. The event, "On His Shoulders We Stand", will feature a book signing, highlighting the publication of Dr. Gordon's three volume memoir , "On Pedagogical Imagination: A Conceptual Memoir".
Friends, former students and colleagues are invited. For more details and for those interested in attending, contact the Celebration Committee (Susan Shurtleff) at firstname.lastname@example.org. The Committee has requested that those who wish should make a gift donation to CEJJES Institute in his honor (www.cejjesinstitute.org). David Rollock and Ezekiel Dixon-Roman are co-chairs of the event.
The Xi Lambda Lambda Chapter scholarship award ($250.00) was offered to each of four Rockland County high schools (Nyack, Spring Valley, Ramapo and North Rockland). The awardees were chosen by the respective guidance offices of their high schools as follows:
Clodalain Lolo (North Rockland) - Awards Night (Wednesday, May 18, 2011)
Tre Beaman (Nyack) - Awards Night (Thursday, June 2, 2011)
Christopher Turner (Ramapo) - Awards Night (Thursday, June 16, 2011)
Guillermo Monterroso (Spring Valley) - Awards Night (Monday, June 13, 2011)
The Xi Lambda Lambda Chapter will participate in the "Awards Night" of the various schools if there is an opportunity to speak wherein we will briefly describe our fraternity and present a certificate. The actual award checks will be presented during the ROAD Annual Recognition Luncheon on Saturday, June 4, 2011 at Finkelstein Memorial Library.
In addition, the Chapter will recognize the achievement of graduating high school senior children of Chapter Brothers Byron Hurlock and Alfonso Morrell with the presentation of a $250.00 "Book Award". The awardees are:
Please join us on Saturday, June 4, 2011, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM for our ROAD mentoring program at Finklestein Memorial Library. The annual luncheon will feature two guest speakers: Malik Kirkland, a New York City police detective; and Clyde Cole, Director of Resident Learning for New Leaders for New Schools, a non-profit that trains principals in 12 urban school districts across the U.S.
Finklestein Memorial Library
24 Chestnut Street
Spring Valley, NY 10977
For more information, please contact: Mr. Carl Jenkins @ 914.584.7264 or Mr. Dennis McGloster @ 845.323.2548.
Bro. Floyd Long and Bro. Carl Jenkins participated in the Best of the 757 Football Combine at Christopher Newport University in Newport News, Virginia on Saturday, May 21, 2011. The Best of the 757 series tested athletes in Nike SPARQ style combine events including the 40-yard dash, vertical leap, agility shuffle and powerball toss) followed by a series of drills led by some of the area's top high school coaches from the Tidewater Virginia's top programs.
On May 14, 2011, the brothers of Xi Lambda Lambda Chapter cleaned-up a one-mile stretch of Route 59 in Spring Valley, New York that begins with Finkelstein Memorial Library and terminates near the Pathmark.
Date: May 28, 2011 (Saturday)
Time: 7:00PM to 12:00AM (Midnight)
Location: American Legion Post 1447
221 Saddle River Road
Monsey, NY 10952
$40.00 in advance / $45.00 at the door
Open Bar 7:00PM to 8:00PM & Open Buffet Dinner
Cherry Hill, NJ - May 3, 2011, The Xi Lambda Lambda Chapter would like to congratulate our Basileus - Bro. T. Ed McBride, who was named the Corridor 5 - Basileus of the Year at the 63rd Second District conference. The chapter would also like to acknowledge and congratulate our Corridor Representative, Bro. Kevin Woodhouse - for being honored as the Corridor Representative of the Year. In addition, the Xi Lambda Lambda Chapter would like to acknowledge Bro. Steve Schmidt as a Stand-in for founder, Frank Coleman, the Alpha Upsilon Chapter as the Achievement Week winner, the Sigma Beta Beta Chapter for Chapter of the Year, and to see the Talent Hunt contestants from Alpha Upsilon, Psi Lambda Lambda and Xi Phi Chapters take 1st Place in their respective categories. We would also like to acknowledge and thank, Brianna Martin and Meagan Washington for representing Xi Lambda Lambda Chapter at the 63rd 2nd District Conference Talent Hunt competition on Saturday, April 30, 2011.
The Xi Lambda Lambda Chapter was the first recipient of the Rudolph W. Powell Creativity Award for Retention at the 63rd Second District conference. The purpose of the award is to recognize those chapters that have created "substantive programs" that have a practical importance, value or effect upon the individual financial members of the chapter or their family members. Initiated in January 2008, the Xi Lambda Lambda Book Award is held in honor of the Fraternity's mandated program of scholarship. All chapter brothers that have been financial with the chapter for the current and previous year, and have a child that is graduating from high school will be granted with a $250 book award. The award may be used for a four-year college, community college, technical or vocational school. This scholarship program is intended to promote academic excellence among family members of Xi Lambda Lambda Chapter. In the near future, the Xi Lambda Lambda Chapter will conduct an annual scholarship luncheon to provide financial assistance to deserving seniors from each of the local high schools in Rockland County, New York. Students will be selected for their academic achievement and extracurricular activities.
Please join us on Saturday, May 7, 2011, 3:00PM - 6:00PM for our ROAD mentoring program at the CEJJIS Institute. The brothers of the Xi Lambda Lambda Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. will be working in collaboration with the CEJJIS Institute and the National Sorority of Phi Delta Kappa - Epsilon Chi Chapter for their Poetry and Reading Festival (A Coretta Scott King Book Club Event).
The CEJJES Institute
1003 Route 45, Pomona, New York
Free Admission - Donations Appreciated!
Spoken Word, Readings, Music, Book Giveaway & Refreshments
On Friday evening March 25, 2011, the men of the Xi Lambda Lambda Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. hosted the annual Talent Hunt Program at the Nyack Center located in Nyack, NY. There were eleven extremely talented participants, eight solo artists who spoke so eloquently or sang their hearts out or musicians who mesmerized the audience by showing their mastery on the saxophone and electric guitar. The three visual artists showcased a wide range of expression with clever drawings to ceramic sculptures. With well over 100 people in attendance, they were treated to a magnificent display of young talent which made the judges job of selecting just one a difficult task. However, in the end - the judges select Ms. Brianna Martin the overall winner, a vocalist whose rendition of R. Kelly's "I Believe I Can Fly" was outstanding. She is a junior at Ramapo High School in Spring Valley, NY with hopes of attending Syracuse University in the Fall of 2012. In addition, Meagan Washington, a sophomore at the Academy of Mt. Saint Ursula, was the winner for visual arts. These ladies will be representing Xi Lambda Lambda Chapter at the 63rd 2nd District Conference in Cherry Hill, NJ on Saturday, April 30, 2011.
We would also like to give special recognition to all of our talented young people from throughout Rockland County, NY. They all took the stage with a level of confidence that far exceeded their young ages. They provided the audience with a level of showmanship and poise that left all in attendance beaming with community pride. The list of performers were:
Brianna Martin (Singer)
Meagan Washington (Visual artist)
Jaenique Hurlock (Dramatic reading)
Hernz Laguerre (Dramatic reading)
Pascale Jean-Giles (Singer)
Caleb "Skip" Caming (Guitar player)
Bryant Jackson (Saxophone player)
Casey Jacobs (Singer)
Michaelle Vilsa (Singer)
Kenard Grey (Visual artist)
Jodelyne Courtney Gray (Visual artist)
We would like to also thank the judges whose personal experience in the creative arts field proved invaluable as they made a final determination on the participants.
On March 19, 2011, the brothers of Xi Lambda Lambda chapter held a ROAD mentoring session at the YMCA that was attended by 12 mentees. Brothers McGloster, McGlesh, Dinkins, Long and Jenkins exercised (weight lifting and cardiovascular) and played basketball with the young men. A few of the mentees exercised in the pool.
On Friday, February 25, 2011, Xi Lambda Lambda Chapter hosted our Charles R. Drew Blood Drive at Pilgrim Baptist Church in Nyack, NY. On this weather challenged day (winds of up to 50 mph), we managed to collect a total of 23 pints of blood and expand the Bone Marrow Registry by 15 names. This was our most successful Blood Drive to date and puts our total amount of blood collected, at over 50 pints.
On Sunday, February 20, 2011, the chapter sponsored its Annual Jazz Brunch at Casa Mia Manor House located at 577 Route 303 in Blauvelt, NY. The time of the event was 2pm until 6pm.
The music was performed by Chip Shelton and his Peacetime Band. All that were in attendance agreed that the venue was beautiful, the service was great and the food was outstanding and plentiful.
This year's auction was the most successful of all our previous auctions. Mainly in part that there was no cost outlay by the chapter. The prizes that were raffled off included a poster by David Hammons, a night stay at the Pearl River Hilton, lunch at the Woodcliff Lake Hilton, a body massage at the Fountain Spa, a Gary Goldburg consultation and cigar, a financial book Best Business Estate, a $50 gift certificate at Off the Hook, dinner with the Gordon's at CEJJES, and two New York Knicks tickets. Bro. Gerald Inman, entertaining way of getting the audience involved netted the chapter $1050 in raffle sales.
All proceeds from this event support the Rockland Omega Community Development Foundation (ROCDEF) scholarships and other community service projects. The brunch was established in 2007 to raise money for college scholarships and to invest in community service projects. ROCDEF looks for opportunities in the community to fund grassroots and hands-on projects such as Rockland Omega AcaDemy (ROAD), which works with teenager boys, and encourages self-esteem, good study habits, the pursuit of higher education and being civic-minded. The Foundation is recognized as a 501c3 organization.
On February 19, 2011, The ROAD mentoring program sponsored a Black History Month program at Finkelstein library. Twenty-six mentees were in attendance. The program opened with a prayer. Brother Carl Jenkins presented a slide show of Omega Men starting with the Founders combined with other notable members of Omega. The program continued with the mentees reading their essays on the topic of "An African American Male that influenced them in their life". Assemblywomen Ellen Jaffe presented 4 of the mentees with state assembly proclamations. County Legislature Bro. Toney Earl addressed the young men with a speech on African American History. The guest speaker for the program was retired-NBA player Rafael Addison who provided the mentees with talk on life issues.
The Xi Lambda Lambda Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. was chartered in Pomona, New York (Rockland County) on September 25, 2003 by a group of graduate and professional men. They had a vision of organizing a chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc which would serve the growing county and community. In February 2003, through perseverance, brothers instrumental in founding the new chapter were Dennis McGloster (Beta Alpha Alpha, 2001); Melvyn Davis (Beta Alpha Alpha, 1990); Edmund Gordon (Alpha, 1940); Hannibal Holmes (Beta Alpha Alpha, 1986); Bryon Hurlock (Xi Phi, 1984); Gerald Inman (Chi Delta, 1974); Michael Johnson (Beta Alpha Alpha, 1999); T. Ed McBride (Xi Phi, 1992); Michael Peterson (Beta Delta Delta, 1989); Chris Sampson (Beta Alpha Alpha, 1990); David Smith (Zeta, 1963); David Smith, Jr. (Omicron Sigma, 1991); and Herbert Thomas (Phi Upsilon, 1975).
The Supreme Council assigned the chapter name "Xi Lambda Lambda" on November 21, 2003. The first official meeting of Xi Lambda Lambda Chapter was held at the Louis Kurtz Civic Center in Spring Valley, NY.
Rockland Omega Community DEvelopment Foundation, Inc. (ROCDEF)
The Rockland Omega Community DEvelopment Foundation (ROCDEF) is a New York 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation that was formed as a financial tax-exempt entity to generate funds for Xi Lambda Lambda chapter programs. Funds generated will be used to provide college scholarships to high school seniors in and around Rockland County, NY. A portion of these funds will be used to support various programs of Xi Lambda Lambda such as supplemental educational programs that include, but are not limited to, tutoring, mentoring, educational and cultural trips and seminars.
Rockland Omega AcaDemy (ROAD) Mentoring Program
In March of 2007, the brothers of the Xi Lambda Lambda chapter established the Rockland Omega AcaDemy (ROAD) mentoring program for African American / Latino young men in grades 5th - 11th. The program encompasses public speaking, financial literacy classes, study skills, etiquette training and a host of other skills - we feel will help the young men prosper and thrive in this challenging world. The program is funded in part through grants by our tax-exempt financial arm, the Rockland Omega Community DEvelopment Foundation, Inc. a 501(c)(3) corporation.