Greetings to the 1st District Brotherhood. The 75th First District Conference is scheduled for May 4-6, 2012, in New Haven, CT. 1st District Marshal, Brother Kevin Walton and host Epsilon Iota Iota Chapter are working around the clock to ensure a productive and enjoyable event. This year’s conference will include Plenary sessions, Undergraduate Luncheon, Founders Banquet, Life Membership Breakfast, Memorial Service, and golf outing. Also scheduled will be 1st District Programs for Achievement Week, Scholarship, and Talent Hunt. Vendors will be on site. Please note that there are activities and events that support this conference being family-friendly. The Omni Hotel at Yale is located in downtown New Haven, CT, with shopping, restaurants, and entertainment venues in convenient location. Now is the time to do our part. Conference registration forms and hotel information are now available (75th Registration Form). Chapters and Brothers are encouraged to apply early and often. The 75th First District Conference is a historic event. Together lets make it one for the ages!
"Friendship is Essential to the Soul"
Edward T. Arrington
First District Representative
On Friday evening, November 17, 1911, three Howard University undergraduate students, with the assistance of their faculty adviser, gave birth to the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity. This event occurred in the office of biology Professor Ernest E. Just, the faculty adviser, in the Science Hall (now known as Thirkield Hall). The three liberal arts students were Edgar A. Love, Oscar J. Cooper and Frank Coleman.
From the initials of the Greek phrase meaning "friendship is essential to the soul," the name Omega Psi Phi was derived. The phrase was selected as the motto. Manhood, scholarship, perseverance and uplift were adopted as cardinal principles. A decision was made regarding the design for the pin and emblem, and thus ended the first meeting of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity.
The next meeting was conducted on November 23, 1911. Edgar Love became the first Grand Basileus (National President). Cooper and Coleman were selected Grand keeper of the Records (National Secretary) and Grand keeper of Seals (National Treasurer), respectively. Eleven Howard University undergraduate men were selected as charter members.
Alpha Chapter was organized with fourteen charter members on December 15, 1911. Love, Cooper and Coleman were elected the chapter's first Basileus, Keeper of Records, and Keeper of Seals, respectively.