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An unincorporated association of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.
Bro. Melvin T. Hargrett, Ed.D., Basileus
Omega's First Graduate Chapter - Established August 17, 1920
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Brothers gather at Operation PUSH to assist chapter brother Rev. Jesse Jackson, Sr. in a diaper and KN-95 face mask give-away

Linder / Hanna
Iota Chapter Golden Bridge Builders: RESPECT!
Left: Bro. Donald Linder (Sigma Omega '64) / Right: Bro Clarence Hanna (Iota '57)



2020 Omega Man of The Year

Iota's Achievement Week Committee chairman Bro. Rick Williams (left) and Basileus Bro. Melvin Hargrett, EdD (right) present the Omega Man of the Year Award to Bro. Michael Meeks, Iota's Voter Registration, Education, and Mobilization Chairman.

Achievement Week 2020

Iota's Achievement Week Committee co-chairman Bro. Rick Williams, presenting the Citizen of the Year award to Michele Howard, Senior Scholarship Manager, Chicago Public Schools (below left)

Iota's Basileus Bro. Melvin Hargrett, EdD (left), and Achievement Week Committee co-chairman Bro. Melvin Slater (right), presenting the Citizen of the Year award to Kenneth Hill, President & CEO of the Chicago Pre-College Science and Engineering Program (below right)


Thursday October 1, 2020


Iota Chapter teams with event sponsor Inspiring Others To Achieve Foundation to provide much needed school supplies to the students at Countee Cullen Elementary School located in the Roseland - Pullman Neighborhood on the Far Southside of Chicago


For the now third straight year, and despite a global pandemic due to CoViD-19, the Iota Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. has awarded at least ten thousand dollars ($10,000.00) to deserving graduating seniors attending any high school in Chicago.

The chapter was unable to conduct this year's premier fundraiser, The Taste of Omega, but looked inward and asked each member to dig deeper to continue our legacy of UPLIFT and SCHOLARSHIP.

In honor and celebration of the Iota Chapter's 100 Year Centennial, five outstanding young black men representing: Martin Luther King JrLindblom and Whitney Young high schools here in Chicago, were selected to each receive the two-thousand dollar ($2,000.00) cash awards to help them on their journey to higher education.

Pictured in front row are 4 of 5 scholarship awardees standing between Melvin Hargrett, EdD, Basileus (l) & Melvin M. Slater, Sr., Scholarship Committee Chairman (r)
(L-R rear) Bros. Rick Williams, Andre Garner, Rev. Leverette Bryant, Lee Jones, Greg Jackson, Bruce Montgomery, Rickey Shannon




Another scholarship this year was the,
Brother's Scholarship Award"
given to assist in years there are any qualified, graduating seniors that are also the children of any members of Iota Chapter.

The single recipient this year is graduating from South Shore International College Prep HS  receiving a two-thousand dollar ($2,000.00) cash award.

Jeton & Bro. "Rev Lev" poses with daughter Alexia; Basileus Melvin Hargrett (2nf from r) poses with Bryant family & chapter members R. Wright, F. Robinson & E. Evans


Chapter Reporter Bro. Eric Wiley (l) and VREM chair Bro. Michael Meeks (r) register voters at the 71st & Jeffery Fresh Market

Thursday September 17, 2020

Brothers (l-r): Iota@100 Chair Bruce Montgomery, Social Action Chair Eric Davis, VREM Chair Michael Meeks, along with Bros. John Bradley, Reggie Smith, Eddie Morrow, Sly Hughes and Andre Harris participate in another voter registration drive at Fresh Market on 71st & Jeffery in the South Shore Neighborhood.


OMEGA 1,000 FOR $1,000
A message from the Grand Basileus, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. (edited for length)

"Omega’s genesis at Howard uniquely shaped our foundation & position as the premier organization for Black men. Holding distinction as the first Divine 9 fraternity founded at an HBCU, Omega holds a long tradition of support for the growth & sustainability of HBCUs. Considering this, I'm proud to formally announce: Omega 1000 for 1000 to assist our HBCUs. A thousand (1000) Brothers are asked to donate a thousand dollars ($1,000) combining for $1 million, all in support of our HBCUs."

Until May 31, 2021 donate in one lump sum or multiple sums throughout the year. Visit OLMF to make your tax-deductable donation by clicking here: OLMF, enter amount, and note in the description: Omega 1000 for 1000 or HBCU Initiative; or by mailing a check to:

Omega Life Membership Foundation, Inc.
PO Box 92882 Washington, DC 20090

"The current climate in America left many of our institutions in precarious financial positions. Before the Covid-19 pandemic, schools were already challenged with limited enrollment and critical infrastructure needs. The ongoing pandemic has only served to exacerbate those issues; particularly with inequities in federal support and uncertainty on when children will be able to safely resume in-person learning."

"Our HBCUs were born to provide an education to our community when few schools welcomed us. Over the past 150+ years, not only have HBCUs been the epicenters of quality education and civil organizing, they’ve grown to be the cultural and social centerpiece of our communities today. To this worthy cause, I am asking support of all Omega men, their families, companies & foundations to ensure the future of our schools."

David Marion, PhD, 41st Grand Basileus



February 8, 2020

Iota Chapter is Omega's first graduate Chapter founded on August 17, 1920... and the Brothers in Iota will be celebrating the chapter's 100 Year Centennial throughout 2020.

To help commemorate the Centennial, several monthly events had been planned during the year leading up to the cancelled Centennial Weekend activities this past August.

The photos show attendees at the first: Past Basileus Breakfast - which is one of two events held for past Iota Chapter Basilei (Presidents) to meet for breakfast.

l-r: Dennis Anderson (2009-11); Fulton Nolen (1974-75); Melvin Hargrett (current Basileus); Rick Williams (2016-19); Andre Garner (2007-09); Melvin Slater (1997-99); Kenny Coles (1995-97); Greg Jackson (2011-13); George Henton - seated (2015-16).

In the first photo seated to the right of Bro. Henton is Bro. Ed Junkins, a past winner in the Annual Taste of Omega competition and our breakfast host... and owner of The Good Life Soul Food Cafe located 11142 S. Halsted Street in the Morgan Park/ Mount Vernon community.

February 29, 2020

Once safe to do so, Brothers from Iota Chapter as well as from any of the Chicago-area chapters are invited and encouraged to come out to enjoy a meal, while having a rich learning experience of Omega in Chicago over the decades from past Iota Chapter Basilei.

An interesting note is that the oldest-known past Basileus of the chapter is Bro. Byron Legardy (1966-67) and he is still an active member of the chapter and recognized as a Golden Bridge Builder! Bro. Fulton Nolen is also recognized as a Golden Bridge Builder with Bro. Bruce Montgomery scheduled for installation at his 50 Year Anniversary in 2021.

Seated: Ron Fowler (1972-73); Row 2 (l-r): Ron Wright (2003-05; Dennis Anderson (2009-11); Dwayne Digby (1982-83); Rick Williams (2016-19); Melvin Slater (1997-99); Fulton Nolen (1974-75); Bruce Montgomery, Centennial Committee Chairman; Row 3 (l-r): Melvin Hargrett (current Basileus); Kenny Coles (1995-97); Angelo Chavers (1973-74); Andre Garner (2007-09).

In the first photo standing in the rear on the left with the black cap is Bro. H. John Ball, first Basileus of Chi Lambda Lambda Chapter in Matteson, IL from 2005-07. He is currently the Tenth District Rules Committee Chairman.



Upcoming Member Birthdays & Wedding Anniversaries
Member Birthdays & Wedding Anniversaries

Celebrating 2021 Centennial
Undergraduate Chapters

Nu Chapter - Pennsylvania State University
Xi Chapter - University of Minnesota
Omicron Chapter - Columbia University
Rho Chapter - Johnson C. Smith University
Sigma Chapter -Michigan State University
Phi Chapter - University of Michigan
Chi Chapter - Yale University
Psi Chapter - Morehouse College

Celebrating 2021 Centennial
Graduate Chapters

Pi Omega Chapter - Baltimore, MD
Upsilon Omega Chapter - St. Louis, MO

Participate in a "BOMBing Run "
... Buy From OMEGA OWNED Or BLACK OWNED Businesses!
Make sure to download the BUY OMEGA app from THE APP STORE (iPhone) or GOOGLE PLAY (Android) to track your purchases! 




2020 Iota Scholarship Winners
A. Gray $2K - Lindblom HS
W. McClendan $2K - Whitney Young HS
L. Cutts $2K -  M.L. King HS
C. Dunson $2K -  Whitney Young HS
C. Young $2K -  Whitney Young HS
2020-21 High School Essay Contest Winners

Mr. K. Muhammad Jones HS
Mr. C. Cooper -  South Shore HS
Mr. J. Matthews -  Lindblom HS

2020 Brother's Award Scholarship
A. Bryant $2K
S Shore International College Prep HS


Golden Bridge Builders
Class of  April 2021 
Bro. Richard C. Keller, Jr. - Iota '71
Bro.  Bruce E. Montgomery - Iota '71
Ms. Michele Howard
Mr. Kenneth Hill



Bro. Michael Meeks



The chapter is initiating a book club-type "Read & Discuss" forum called Oracle Sessions.

Sessions will be held periodically on Wednesday evening. To be respectful of time, each session will review a single issue of The Oracle and last up to ONE HOUR. The discussion will cover the entirety of the issue, in an effort to bring focus to fraternal education & brotherhood building. Every session is moderated. DIscussions on any particular issue may extend into upcoming discussions depending on topics being discussed in the issue. Sessions may be repeated due to circumstance or by request.

Login credentials to all sessions will be provided to each chapter member through an email invitation. Participation is optional, but encouraged.Brothers are asked to read the issue before the issue is discussed in order to have a more robust discussion about the information in the issue.

Check the Queversaries & Events calenda
r below for Oracle Session dates, issue to be discussed and thumbnail descriptions of the issue.

IOTA CHAPTER'S Oracle Zoom Sessions are open to all  FRATERNITY Brothers. Email login requests to:


Iota Chapter Ques

Next Chapter Meeting:

(Tentatively) Friday July 9th - 7pm
ZOOM Teleconference

VISITING BROTHERS wanting to attend the Iota Chapter Zoom Meeting must first contact the Basileus to receive login credentials.
Send an email to:

We usually meet the 2nd Friday of each month from 7pm until 9pm. Brothers are encouraged to attend chapter meetings to get informed, get involved, 
become financial and to enjoy fellowship before and after the meetings. Iota Chapter is one of 4 graduate and 2 undergraduate chapters within the city of Chicago. Links to each chapter's websites (if available) are below. We hope your chapter of choice is Iota, but every Brother is encouraged to choose a chapter home and become financial! As a member of the Fraternity you took an oath, and you have a responsibility as a member to be financial... and only financial membership has it's privileges! Remember...
"excuses are tools of the incompetent, used to build bridges to nowhere and monuments of nothingness"

...or get financial with any chapter of the Chicago Ques

Sigma Omega Chapter
Established October 1, 1923
Bro. Jesse L. Mathews III, Basileus
Rho Gamma Gamma Chapter
Established March 1, 1987
Bro.  Ted Tines, Basileus
Rho Mu Mu Chapter
Established September 6, 2011
Bro. Eric Gilkey, Basileus


Sigma Epsilon Chapter
Roosevelt College
Established April 29, 1948
Relocated to Barber-Scotia College on December 7, 1968

Epsilon Eta Chapter
Chicago State University

Established February 18, 1975
Bro. Jamal Davis, Basileus
Kappa Mu Chapter
University of Illinois at Chicago

Established March 1983

Additional graduate chapters of the Fraternity in the Metro Area. Brothers are encouraged to make contact if their location is more convenient:

Rho Tau - Gurnee
Established 1961
Bro. William C. King, Basileus

Chi Lambda Lambda - Matteson
Established December 7, 2004

Bro. James McGee, Basileus
Nu Pi - Joliet
Established March 9, 1974
Bro. Kevin Iverson, Basileus

Theta Kappa Kappa - Evanston
Established 2010
Bro. Hank Allen, Basileus
Mu Xi - Glen Ellyn
Established March 11, 1977
Bro. Ernest Woods

Omicron Mu Mu - Lansing
Established September 6, 2011
Bro. Rickey Washington, Basileus



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