The Sigma Beta Beta Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. has been in existence since 1983. The chapter was chartered on April 24, 1983 with 22 original charter members. Bro. Otis O. Hill, Ed.D. was elected the chapter’s first Basileus. Our first official chapter meeting was held on May 17, 1983 at the Harold T. Walker Memorial Park in Lakeview, New York.
The Original Chapter Officers
Bro. Otis O. Hill, Ed.D. – Basileus
Bro. Walter Kershaw – Vice Basileus (Omega chapter)
Bro. William Davis – Keeper of Records & Seal (Omega chapter)
Bro. Marvin Butler – Keeper of Finance (Omega chapter)
Bro. Everett Gaul – Chaplain (Omega chapter)
Bro. Leon Mullen, M.D. – Chapter Reporter
Bro. Vernon Campbell – Parliamentarian
Bro. Thomas Curry – Assistant Keeper of Records & Seal (Omega chapter)
Bro. Donald McIntosh – Assistant Keeper of Finance
The Charter Members were:
Bro. Marvin Butler (Omega chapter), Bro. Otis O. Hill, Ed.D., Bro. Alphonse Campbell (Omega chapter), Bro. Robert L. Hylton, Ph.D., Bro. Vernon Campbell, Bro. Raymond Johnson, Bro. Thomas Curry (Omega chapter), Bro. Walter Kershaw (Omega chapter), Bro. William Davis, Ph.D. (Omega chapter), Bro. Donald McIntosh, Bro. Lumell Dawson, Bro. Leon Mullen, M.D., Bro. Frank B. Drayton, Bro. Willie Partee, Bro. Collen Dupree, Bro. Donald Reape, Bro. Erv Francis, Bro. DeForrest Taylor (Omega chapter), Bro. Everette Gaul (Omega chapter), Bro. Henry Smith, Bro. Harry Good, Ph.D., Bro. David Wilson
Over the years we have had 14 Basili:
1. Bro. Otis O. Hill, Ed.D.
2. Bro. William Davis, Ph.D. (Omega chapter)
3. Bro. Leon Mullin, M.D.
4. Bro. Henry Aikens (Omega chapter)
5. Bro. Lionel Lyons
6. Bro. Gerald Vance
7. Bro. William Burwell
8. Bro. William R. Smith, Ph.D.
9. Bro. Rodgers Lewis, Ed.D.
10. Bro. David Moses
11. Bro. Robert L. Hylton, Ph.D.
12. Bro Bernard Eyssalenne
13. William Cherry (immediate past Basileus)
14. Eric Harley
Bro. William R. Smith, Ph.D., was the District’s Chaplain for two terms.
Our first Scholarship Dance was held at the Elks Club in Hempstead, New York on October 27, 1984. Our first Intake (Pledge period) consisted of two men, John Steele and Frederick Brewington, Esq.
Over the years, Sigma Beta Beta chapter, has held steadfast to our cardinal principles of Manhood, Scholarship, Perseverance & Uplift. Our talent hunt winners have done very well in the District and National competitions. One of our winners won the District competition four years in a row and the National competition twice. Since our inception, we have given out over $70,000 dollars in scholarships to deserving students in Nassau County. The chapter has also been very visible in the community with our senior citizens luncheon, voter registration, food baskets to the needy, and Christmas toy drives.