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During the Supreme Council Meeting in Washington, DC on September 26, 2008, the 31st 2nd District Representative James “Scrappy” Jordan made the motion to charter Theta Mu Mu Chapter in Baltimore County, MD. This motion received a unanimous vote by the Supreme Council.  This led to the birth of Theta Mu Mu Chapter.  The official charter was presented to the chapter’s charter members during the 2009 2nd District Winter Council meeting hosted by Tau Lambda Lambda. The first official meeting was held on October 2, 2008.
The following Brothers are the charter members of Theta Mu Mu Chapter #935 of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.:
Name Year Initiated Chapter Initiated
Lawrence Williams Spring 1997 Pi Omega
Malcolm Day Spring 1992 Pi
Jeffrey Givens Fall 1987 Omega Lambda
Satchell Doyle Spring 2006 Pi Omega
Dwayne Johnson Spring 2002 Pi Omega
Eric West Spring 2001 Pi Omega
Aaron Smalls Fall 2001 Upsilon Lambda
Robert Smith Spring 1987 Eta Lambda
Evan Murray Spring 1990 Eta Gamma
Joe Conyers Fall 2003 Pi Omega
Antwon Farrior Spring 1995 Beta Kappa Kappa
Ubong Udobot Spring 1999 Mu Omega
David Patterson Spring 1990 Delta Beta
Nick Mosby Fall 2003 Pi Omega
Goslyn Robinson Spring 1986 Nu Zeta
Wayne Eley Fall 2004 Gamma Pi
Eurmon Hervey Spring 2005 Rho Alpha Alpha
Anthony Leonard Spring 1991 Tau Psi
Tyrell Byers Fall 1996 Pi Epsilon
Edwin Johnson Spring 1992 Pi
Keith Winslow Fall 2004 Pi Omega
Ronald Machen Spring 1991 Alpha Mu
Kendrick Pittman Fall 1990 Nu Psi
Ryan Fuqua Spring 1995 Psi Iota
Jonathan Oatis Fall 1998 Nu Psi
Charles Smith Spring 2000 Delta Beta
Shaun Gavin Fall 2003 Pi Omega
Quinton Kinlock Spring 2006 Pi Omega
William Bristol Spring 2006 Pi Omega
Edward Hill Spring 1987 Zeta Psi
Oliver I. Askew Fall 2004 Pi Omega
Marvin Smith Fall 2003 Pi Omega
Paul Perry II Fall 2007 Pi Omega
Jerome B. Myers Fall 2003 Pi Omega
Michael Sellman Spring 2008 Pi Omega
Keith Winslow Fall 2004 Pi Omega
Neal Conway Spring 2006 Pi Omega
Marcus Blake Fall 2005 Pi
Warren V. Chambers Spring 2001 Pi Omega
Albert J. Walker Spring 2006 Pi Omega
Lenny Rice Fall 2003 Pi Omega
Quinton Handy Spring 2001 Pi Omega

THE DISCUSSION

The foundation of the chapter started with a discussion between Bro. Evan Murray 9-Eta Gamma-90 and Bro. Eric West 7-Pi Omega-2001.  The discussion was held on October 30, 2007.  During that meeting Brother Murray and Brother West talked in great detail about starting a chapter in the Baltimore County area. The Brothers talked about how the Baltimore metro area was not being served by one graduate chapter of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. Both Brother Murray and West discussed that this area is one of constant growth and transition; it is difficult for the fraternity to meet its goals in all areas of the city and surrounding counties. Of particular interest and growth is that of the Baltimore County area. The demographic Figures from the U.S. Census Bureau show the percentage of new black residents migrating to the county over the last decade has been more than 80 percent. This growth of black residents moving to Baltimore County over the last 10 years has convinced financial and non-financial members of our organization to turn their attention to Baltimore County and make their participation as part of the social fiber of the community their top priority. There was not an active chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. in the Baltimore County area. This of course is no fault of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. There has never been an application for chartering a chapter in the area.

THE PLANNING

Before the first official meeting occurred there were several chapter charter planning meetings. On December 2, 2007, in the house of Brother Evan Murray, Brothers James Pierce, Edwin Johnson, Eric West, Evan Murray, Robert Smith, Jeff Givens, Lawrence Williams and Derek Green discussed the following:

  • Why does Baltimore need a New Chapter?
  • District Representative/IHQ
  • Reclamation
  • Real Estate
  • Social Actions
  • Grants/Fund Raising
  • Life Membership

Simple steps that the Brothers agreed to follow were to identify an area of Service Need in the Baltimore Metro Area that is not presently being honestly served by members of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.  The brothers agreed that this area had to be where a significant amount of Brothers actually reside and/or work within reasonable vicinity.  Second, the Brothers discussed the idea for a new chapter in the area with strong representative Brothers.  Brother Murray strongly suggested that the Brothers should build the idea around service and reclamation of previously non-financial Brothers. Third, the brothers at the meeting agreed to identify approximately 10-15 Brothers who have similar convictions in starting a new chapter in that area of need.  Next, the Brothers agreed to meet regularly like a chapter to discuss the issues of formation. It was mentioned that these Brothers suggested starting some form of service project in the area of need to demonstrate the need for the chapter. Finally, the Brothers thought that in the Future Brothers should attend the following:

  • Monthly meeting attendance
  • District Council meeting attendance
  • Go to Atlantic City for the 2nd District Conference
  • Go to the Conclave

THE SERVICE AREA

Simple steps that the Brothers agreed to follow were to identify an area of Service Need in the Baltimore Metro Area that is not presently being honestly served by members of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.  The brothers agreed that this area had to be where a significant amount of Brothers actually reside and/or work within reasonable vicinity.  Second, the Brothers discussed the idea for a new chapter in the area with strong representative Brothers.  Brother Murray strongly suggested that the Brothers should build the idea around service and reclamation of previously non-financial Brothers. Third, the brothers at the meeting agreed to identify approximately 10-15 Brothers who have similar convictions in starting a new chapter in that area of need.  Next, the Brothers agreed to meet regularly like a chapter to discuss the issues of formation. It was mentioned that these Brothers suggested starting some form of service project in the area of need to demonstrate the need for the chapter. Finally, the Brothers thought that in the Future Brothers should attend the following:

  • Monthly meeting attendance
  • District Council meeting attendance
  • Go to Atlantic City for the 2nd District Conference
  • Go to the Conclave

On January 13, 2008 the same Brothers came together to talk about a Social Action project (Jewel House clean up project), and the Brothers were encouraged to identify 10 possible reclaimable Brothers who might be ready to be active in a new graduate chapter.  This future meeting would be held at Morgan State University,

THE INVITATION

At the April 12, 2008 meeting this was the first time that Brothers who were not planning the chapter were invited to participate and learn about the requirements and the direction that the Brothers on the planning committee had for the birthing of Theta Mu Mu.  At the meeting the following was discussed:

  • Why does Baltimore need a New Chapter?
  • IHQ Constitution/ By-Laws about forming a chapter
  • Application (Form 51) to charter a chapter
  • To charter a chapter the group discussed that we needed the following:
    • 25 Brothers
    • Active during 07-08 SY
    • $250.00 IHQ Dues, $200.00 Housing Assessment, $5.00 Late Fees, and $3.00 Reinstatement. Total= $458.00
    • Passport pictures (Shirt, Tie, and Jacket)
    • Money Orders
    • Insurance
    • College Endowment Fund
    • Ritual Kit
    • $500.00
  • Our next Date and time to meet (6.11.2008)
  • Nomination of Officers
  • Social Action Program
  • Support of Undergraduates: IE, UL, DB and Pi.

THE FIRST ADMINISTRATION

At the 6.11.2008 meeting at Milford Mill Academy in Baltimore Co., MD the first unofficial meeting took place.  During the meeting the Chapter Charter Application was presented to the Brothers.  Brothers had opportunity to submit fees to participate in the formation of the chapter.  At the meeting the following Brothers were nominated for proposed chapter officer positions:

Basileus:                                                       David Patterson

Vice Basileus:                                              Evan Murray

Keeper of Records and Seal:                    Eric West

Keeper of Finance:                                     Dwayne Johnson

Chaplin:                                                        Edwin T. Johnson

The other positions would be filled after the chapter would receive the chapter Charter.

THE PERSERVERANCE & CHARTER

During the 75th Grand Conclave in Birmingham, AL Brother Robert Smith, who attended that Conclave, presented the 31st 2nd District Representative Brother James “Scrappy” Jordan form 51 and all of the appropriate paper work to request a Chapter Charter.  The Grand Council did not approve the chartering of any chapters.  The Brothers had to wait for the next Grand Council meeting to ensure that the motion would be made to charter a new chapter.

On the 26th of September 2008 Theta Mu Mu was chartered.  Since the formation of the chapter it has galvanized many Brothers who have not been active for years. The members of the chapter have made it a priority to reach out and reclaim Brothers, build the family unit, and help develop Brothers to be productive citizens.  The members of the chapter have volunteered their services with numerous civic and charitable organizations.  Since the inception of the chapter Theta Mu Mu has engaged in an array of services, activities and honors.

The Theta Mu Mu chapter prides itself on being a change agent and building the bonds among Brothers.  “This is Not Your Daddy’s Grad Chapter.”