Saturday, January 1, 2011

Xi Lambda Lambda Chapter History

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.