Zeta Omega Chapter of Omega Psi Phi will host the fraternity’s Fourth District meeting Thursday, May 1, through Sunday, May 4 at the Wyndham Hotel in downtown Cleveland. The theme of the conference: "For Community, For Family, For Omega.... Inspiring a new generation through Visionary Leadership."
On Friday, May 2, the fraternity will visit Mary B. Martin Elementary School, 8200 Brookline Avenue and present a noon time program based on the doctrines of the Fatherhood Initiative. The men of Omega will speak candidly to boys who do not have a father, or father-figure. The fraternity members will encourage the boys to persevere and become responsible young men.
The Omega men will also have lunch with the boys and engage in one-on-one discussions. The Fatherhood Initiative is an international service project adopted by the fraternity. Participants in the Mary B. Martin Elementary School Fatherhood Initiative will include lawyers, bankers, clergy, business leaders, and sports figures.
During the District meeting, fraternity members will attend a variety of workshops, business and educational symposiums, planning sessions and ancillary events. It is estimated that 1000 fraternity members from various chapters within the fourth district of Ohio and West Virginia, are expected to come to Cleveland. Zeta Omega Chapter of Cleveland has the largest membership in the Fourth District with 212 active members.
Scheduled events include:
- Mary B. Martin Elementary School – Fatherhood Initiative - Friday at noon
- Fourth District Calvin H. Thomas Talent Hunt competition Friday at 6:00 p.m. (Wyndham Hotel)
- Fourth District Kevin Cherry March Down competition Friday at 8:00 p.m. (Wyndham Hotel)
- Dell Robinson, Commissioner of the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference to keynote the undergraduate luncheon Saturday at noon. (Wyndham Hotel)
- Christopher M. Cooper, Esq. Grand Counselor for Omega to keynote the Founder’s Banquet Saturday at 6:30 p.m.
Founded in 1911, on the campus of Howard University in Washington, D.C., Omega Psi Phi became the first African-American fraternity founded on a historically black college campus. Since its inception, it has grown to a membership of more than 200,000 men worldwide. The fraternity’s membership is comprised of college and university presidents; leaders in science, medicine, government, politics, the military, business and civil rights; including famous artists, entertainers, and athletes. Worldwide, the fraternity’s programs emphasize social action, education, and health care.
The Fourth District is led by Christopher K. Welch, administrator at Sinclair Community College in Dayton; the president of Zeta Omega Chapter is Lamar T. Cole, Assistant Vice President, Business Banking at Huntington Bank in Cleveland; Rufus D. Heard, Senior Vice President of Healthcare & Nonprofit Banking at RBS Citizens, and Mr. Heard serves as the district marshal. For more information visit the fraternity’s website at www.zetaomega.com