Thursday, June 16, 2011

Pre-Father’s Day “Daddy & Me” Reading Program

 Harlem, New York – On Saturday, June 11, 2011, the Corridor Five of the Second District hosted a Pre-Father’s Day “Daddy & Me” Reading Program at the Harlem PAL Center located on 441 Manhattan Avenue. This kick-off event was held during National Father’s Week in New York City. On this day 30 Omega men from across the 18 chapters of Corridor Five came together to read donated books to children who traveled as far as Long Island and Rockland County to participate in this event in Harlem. The event was held in partnership with the Police Athletic League (PAL), a well-known youth organization, and the target audience was children from pre-Kindergarten to fifth grade. The program consisted of individual book readings, a gift-wrapped presentation of books to the PAL Staff for its library, two artistic performances, an arts and crafts corner, and three educational raffle drawings. At the end of the program, the children got to keep the books that were read to them by their fathers, male guardians and Omega men. A total of 52 books were received by individual children on this day. The featured performer was Paul McIntosh, a noted poet, youth advocate, and author who brought down the house with his stirring medley of Langston Hughes’s works such as Mother to Son, A Dream Deferred, and Dream Boogie.”

The event was chaired by Bro. Dominick Boyce, Second District’s Fatherhood & Mentoring Representative and a Deputy Corridor Five Representative in New York.

The purpose of the event was to create a new community partnership that would promote fatherhood and mentorship and exhibit the positive impact that Fathers and male role models can have in the life of children. Further, the Fraternity wanted to offer a free opportunity for fathers/guardians and/or male role models from the Fraternity to bond with children from the surrounding community. Brothers were invited to bring their children too. The impetus for this event was the Fraternity’s partnership with President Barack Obama’s White House Fatherhood & Mentoring Initiative and the Fraternity’s adoption of an International Fatherhood & Mentoring Initiative at the 76th Grand Conclave in Raleigh, North Carolina. Corridor Five would be the first and lead Corridor to sponsor an event under our Fraternity’s International Initiative. Our thanks go out to he Brothers of Corridor Five under the capable leadership of Brother Kevin J. Woodhouse for another honorable project that has impacted lives in a positive manner.

Friday, May 27, 2011

Omega Psi Phi Fraternity named Chapter of the Year

Grand Basileus Andrew Ray, Basileus Eric Harley, VB Henry Mack, 
District Rep Kenny Rodgers, and Bro. Sherman Charles
(Reported by the Community Journal Vol. 18 No.2 pg. 22)
The local Westbury chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity was recently awarded Chapter of the Year for the Second District. This prestigious award is presented for the chapter's outstanding community service. The members key initiatives include its Blood drive initiative, voter registration drive, youth mentoring program, scholarship fundraising and for their support of local military families.

"The brothers of Omega Psi Phi are committed to our social action and service as well as being a beacons of light in the community. We look forward to continuing to provide support to Long Island for years to come" said Eric Harley, Chapter Basileus (President).

Omega Psi Phi was founded Nov. 17, 1911 on the campus of Howard University by three undergraduate students – Edgar A. Love, Oscar J. Cooper and Frank Coleman with the assistance of faculty advisor, Ernest E. Just.

The Fraternity will celebrate its 100th anniversary July 27-31 in Washington D.C. More than 25,000 fraternity members are expected to attend the celebration. “As we close our first century of service, Omega continues to stand firm on the principles of manhood, scholarship, perseverance and uplift,” Harley said.

Omega was forged by the friendship shared by its founders. The fraternity’s mission is to uplift the downtrodden of society and serve as a powerful influence in the lives of African-Americans. Each of the founders had very distinguished careers in their chosen fields: Edgar A. Love became a Methodist bishop; Oscar Cooper practiced medicine in Philadelphia for over 50 years; Frank Coleman became the chairman of the Department of Physics at Howard University and Dr. Ernest E. Just became a world-renowned biologist and a recipient of the first prestigious NAACP Spingarn Medal.

Noteworthy Omegas include: Charles R. Drew, Langston Hughes, Benjamin E. Mays, Percy Julian, Ronald McNair, Charles Bolden Jesse Jackson, and Congressman James Clyburn. Approximately 120,000 men have been initiated into Omega Psi Phi since its founding.

For more information contact:
Walter Oden 516-965-6835

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

63rd Second District Conference - Cherry Hill, NJ

Cherry Hill, NJ - May 3, 2011, Corridor 5 would like to congratulate Corridor Representative, Bro. Kevin J. Woodhouse on being selected as the District Corridor Representative of the Year. Also, we congratulate Bro. Steve Schmidt for being a Stand-in for founder, Frank Coleman. Bro. T. Ed McBride, Jr. was named Corridor 5 Basileus of the Year, and Basileus Eric Harley and the brothers of Sigma Beta Beta were named small Chapter of the Year at the 63rd Second District Conference.

Other awards taken home by Corridor 5 were for outstanding Achievement Week program (Alpha Upsilon Chapter) and the Rudolph W. Powell Creativity Award for Retention (Xi Lambda Lambda Chapter).

Our Talent Hunt contestants from Alpha Upsilon, Psi Lambda Lambda and Xi Phi Chapters all took 1st Place in their respective categories.

Grand Basileus Andrew Ray, Corridor Rep Kevin Woodhouse
and District Rep Kenny Rodgers

Basileus Eric Harley (Chapter of theYear), Basileus T. Ed McBride, Jr (Basileus of the Year),
Kevin Woodhouse (Corridor Rep of the Year) and Steve Schmidt (Founder Frank Coleman Standin)

Brothers of Corridor 5

Let's all celebrate at the Corridor 5 Centennial Cookout on Saturday, August 13, 2011.