Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Incorporated - 100 Years of Service to the Nation and 71 Years Serving the Alamo City.
San Antonio, TX. (November 17, 2011) – Today, Mayor Julian Castro issued a proclamation proclaiming, “Omega Psi Phi Achievement Week and 100 Year Anniversary” in honor of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity’s Centennial celebration.
For 100 years, the upstanding members of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity have dedicated themselves to developing young men into future leaders, improving their communities and championing the cause of equality throughout our nation AND THE Alamo City. Through its principles of Manhood, Scholarship, Perseverance and Uplift, Omega Psi Phi continues to have a profound impact on campuses and communities throughout the city of San Antonio, including critical efforts to promote strong fathers and mentoring in the African American community.
The Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Incorporated was founded on November 17, 1911 on the campus of Howard University in Washington, D.C. The organization has been committed to the betterment of the community through its scholarship and social action programs and other initiatives. The Omega Psi Phi Fraternity has initiated over 130,000 men into its ranks, including Reverend Jesse L. Jackson, Sr., Congressman James Clyburn and current San Antonio Independent School District Board of Trustees President James Howard. San Antonio is home to 1 undergraduate chapter, Alpha Delta Lambda at University of Texas at San Antonio and 1 graduate chapter, Psi Alpha Chapter.
In 1940 eight young professional men who had become members of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Incorporated during their college years, decided that the time was right to form a Graduate Chapter here in the City of San Antonio. After compiling all of the necessary information and paperwork and complying with the National Body's Guidelines the Local Chapter was chartered by the Supreme Council of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Incorporated on November 1, 1940 and given the name of Psi Alpha. Brother Doctor W. C. Hurd was the first Basileus. The Charter members were: Brothers W. C. Hurd, S. D. Kane, Dr. M. L. Preacher, Paul Chretien, Ernest M. Foxx, Valmo Bellinger, Dr. Richard Kidd, and G. P. Inge.
The chapter was established as a lifetime membership chapter - a newly created tier of commitment within the fraternity. A lifetime member demonstrated the pinnacle of commitment and dedication to the fraternity; pledging his life to being an active member of Omega Psi Phi, exhibiting its ideals and principles in all aspects of his life. A lifetime membership chapter would radiate a degree of passion, experience and vision that would be unique in the fraternity.
Since its beginning in 1940 Psi Alpha's members and programs have steadily grown. Over the past sixty years plus it has awarded scholarships to many promising college-bound students, brought over 300 men of the highest ideals and strongest character into the folds of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. and has established itself as an instrumental organization in the community service of Bexar and surrounding counties.
Today from 1:30 PM TO 3:30 PM Psi Alpha sponsored 100 Turkeys for 100 Years of Service which will give 100 turkeys to SAISD families selected by Communities in Schools based on their need. The event was held at their Fraternity House located at 1135 Virginia Blvd, SATX 78202. In addition 45 additional turkeys were given throughout the neighborhood.