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Omega's First Graduate Chapter - Established August 11, 1920




Iota Chapter Scholarship Committee Donates To Oglesby
Scholarship Committee Chair Bro. Melvin M. Slater, Sr. and members of the Scholarship Committee during a school supply donation event held at Oglesby Elemantary School on Wednesday October 27th. Oglesby is located on Chicago's southside at 76th & Green in the 17th Ward. 


Iota Chapter Golden Bridge Builders Mentoring Initiative
Chicago - June 12, 2021 - St. Ethelreda School is one of the largest African-American elementry schools in the Chicago Archdioces and has been serving the Auburn-Gresham community for more than 90 years.

Left photo (l-r) : Bro. Melvin Hargrett, Basileus; Bro. Reggie Smith; Golden Bridge Builders Bro. Donald Linder (Sigma Omega '64) and Bro Fulton Nolen (Iota '68); Bro. Michael Meeks
Right photo: The Brothers meet with graduating mentees from the Class of 2021


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)



Pictured above are the 5 scholarship recipients holding a representation of the total of the $2,000 gifted to each of them. Standing around them l-r: Bro. Melvin M. Slater, Sr., Scholarship Committee Chairman; Bro. Rev. Leverette Bryant, KRS; Bro. Eric Wiley, Chapter Reporter; Bro. Andre Garner, Economic Development Committee Chairman; Bro. Michael Meeks, VREM Chairman; Bro. Byron Legardy, Scholarship Committee; Bro. Reggie Smith, Scholarship Committee; Unknown; Bro. Ron Wright, Scholarship Committee; Bro. Rick Williams, Immediate Past Basileus and IL State Rep; Bro. Bruce Montgomery; Bro. Melvin Hargrett, Basileus

The chapter was once again 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 SCHOLARSHIPFor the now fourth straight year, and despite the continuing 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.

(l-r above) K. Magee, Jr - Lindblom; R. Wright - Chicago Ag; Z. Franklin - Douglass; A. Addo - Payton; T. Moore - Young

Five outstanding young black men representing: Chicago High School for Agricultural SciencesFrederick Douglass Academy High SchoolLindblom Math and Science AcademyWalter Payton College Preparatory High School and Whitney Young Magnet High School were selected to each receive the two-thousand dollar ($2,000.00) cash awards to help them on their journey to higher education.

June 17, 2021 - DuSable Museum of African-American History


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


[Chicago - June 26, 2021] The Sisters of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. - Chicago Alumni Chapter, in conjunction with the Brothers of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. - Iota Chapter, co-sponsored an "Emergency Go Bag Giveaway."
 The event was held at the Volunteers of American facility located at 6002 S. Halsted St. in the Englewood community.

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! 




Upcoming Birthdays / Anniversaries
Member Birthdays & Anniversaries

2022 Iota Chapter  2K Scholarship Recipients
Mr. J. Spaulding - ML King HS
Mr. T. Spaulding - Wendell Phillips HS
Mr. I. Isaac -  Von Steuben HS
Mr. G. Flowers -  Sarah E. Goode HS
Mr. D. Jamerson -  Lindblom HS
2021  High School Essay Contest Winners

1st Place - Mr. C. Spearman - Morgan Park HS
2nd Place - Mr. S. Thomas -  Bogan HS
3rd Place - Mr. A. Nicholson -  Mount Carmel HS

Golden Bridge Builders
Class of  2021 
Bro. Richard C. Keller, Jr. - Iota '71
Bro.  Bruce E. Montgomery - Iota '71
Bro. Cameron Barnes


Bro. Melvin M. Slater, Sr.



The chapter initiated 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 a following session 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.

The next session is scheduled for:

Discussion is a continuation on the May 1924 edition of The Oracle

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


Iota Chapter Ques

Next Chapter Meeting
Friday October 14th - 7pm

First Timothy Missionary Baptist Church
5533 S. Wentworth Ave.
Chicago, IL 60621

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 1 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

Epsilon Eta Chapter
Chicago State University
Established February 18, 1975
Bro. Jamal Davis, Basileus

Sigma Epsilon Chapter
Roosevelt University

Established April 29, 1948
Relocated to Barber-Scotia College on December 7, 1968
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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