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Omega Psi Phi Fraternity’s Plainfield Graduate Chapter Receives Highest Honors…Again!

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Grand Keeper of Records and Seal, Kenneth Rodgers (center left) presents Basileus Leon Smith (center right) with the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity International Large Graduate Chapter of the Year Award
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The Omicron Chi Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.
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Brother Bruce Evans donates bloods as Omicron Chi held its annual Dr. Charles Drew Blood Drive in May at St. Marks Episcopal Church in Plainfield
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Brother Marcell Pickens reads to attentive children at Omicron Chi's 2nd Annual National Summer Reading Day at the Plainfield Library Park in July
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Members of Omicron Chi Chapter after hosting its first "Take Back The Night" rally at Plainfield City Hall as part of Sexual Assault Awareness Month Credits: Marcell Pickens, Jr./Omicron Chi Chapter
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PLAINFIELD, NJ - The Omicron Chi Chapter has once again been recognized for its continued excellence in providing community service in the City of Plainfield, Union County, and greater Central New Jersey areas. On August 2 – 6th, 2017, the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. held its 2017 International Leadership Conference in Cincinnati, OH.  During its Scholarship & Achievement Awards Luncheon (August 5th), the Omicron Chi Chapter received the fraternity’s highest and most prestigious honor of being  named the 2016 International Large Graduate Chapter of the Year.  Large Chapters are those with greater than 50 members.  This year’s honors marks the second year in a row that Omicron Chi has received major International recognition.  Last year, they were honored as the 2015 International Small Graduate Chapter of the Year.  Omicron Chi Basileus (President) Leon Smith states “to be recognized on an International level by such an esteemed and distinguished organization in consecutive years is unprecedented.  We are truly honored and humbled to be acknowledged for the work that we do in our community”.

For over 60 years, our focused has been to lead our communities and families via the vision of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc.’s Founders and our Cardinal Principles: Manhood, Scholarship, Perseverance, and Uplift. It is our goal to create positive relationships with each other that will result in our ability to create positive change in society.  Omicron Chi’s community service initiatives include:  Omega Leadership Institute Mentoring Program (middle/high school and community college divisions), Fatherhood Initiative, Domestic Violence Awareness, Sexual Assault Awareness (including a “Take Back The Night rally), monthly “Feed The Less Fortunate” program, Assault On Illiteracy Program, Dr. Charles Drew Blood Drive, National Summer Reading Day, Prostate Cancer Awareness, Talent Hunt program, voter registration & education drives, widow visitation program, college scholarships & educational stipends, high school essay contest, food/clothing/toiletry/book/toy drives, and more.  In 2015, Omicron Chi received both a 2015 White House Service Award and a White House Community Service Award for its steadfast community efforts.

The Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., is an international non­profit social and civic service organization that has over 750 chapters with 100,000 members in 14 countries worldwide. It’s the first international fraternal organization founded on the campus of a historically black college; Howard University, on November 17, 1911.

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