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Chamber Hosts Ribbon Cutting for Local Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Chapter
Chamber Hosts Ribbon Cutting for Local Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Chapter

WARNER ROBINS, GA- The Robins Regional Chamber of Commerce welcomed the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity with a Ribbon Cutting ceremony at the Chamber offices recently.

Founded by the late Bishop Edgar Amos Love, Dr. Oscar James Cooper, Professor Frank Coleman, and Dr. Ernest Everett Just, the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. began its mission of service to mankind on November 17, 1911 at Howard University in Washington, D.C.  It has the distinction of being the first international fraternal organization to be founded on the campus of a historically black college. The fraternity adopted Manhood, Scholarship, Perseverance, and Uplift as its Cardinal Principles to serve mankind.

“The Omega Psi Phi Fraternity is a brotherhood of college educated professional men serving in the civilian sector and on the military front,” said Samuel F. Henderson, Basileus of the local Omega Gamma Gamma Chapter. “We’ve had a presence in the Middle Georgia region since 1988, and we are excited to be a part of the Robins Regional Chamber.”

Henderson said that much of what their organization does involves partnerships with local business.  “We provide scholarships for local high school students and often perform community work such as cleaning up the highway,” he says.  “Other venues of service include feeding the hungry, Habitat for Humanity, visiting the elderly and shut in, Assault of Illiteracy, mentoring, blood drives and voter registration, to name a few.”

Mayor Chuck Shaheen also offered encouraging words.  “I grew up in this community with many of these fine men,” he said.  “I am so proud to see them come together to serve our community…because it’s not just a partner with the Chamber, but also the city.”

Today, the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.  has over 700 chapters throughout the United States, Bermuda, Bahamas, Virgin Islands, Korea, Japan, Liberia, Germany, and Kuwait. There are many notable Omega men who have been recognized as leaders in the arts, sciences, academics, athletics, business, civil rights, education, and government at the local, national, and international levels. Omega continues to flourish, largely because of the ideals set forth by its founders more than 100 years ago.  For more information contact Bill Richardson at 478.396.5984.

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