Eta Omega Chapter, the birth chapter of Omega in the state of Georgia and established in 1919, hosted a crowd of more than 180 participants including distinguish former Grand Basilei, 30th Grand Basileus Bro. Edward Braynon, Jr and 33rd Grand Basileus Moses C. Norman, 150 Omega brothers, family members and friends of deceased Metro Atlanta Graduate Chapters members of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity at the annual Formal Memorial Service. The worship and memorial services were held at the International Headquarters, 3951, Snapfinger Parkway, Decatur, Georgia, on Sunday, March 13th. Bro. Bobby Joe Saucer, D. Min, Eta Omega member, was the speaker for the worship service.
The Formal Memorial Service was conducted by Bro. Roi Johnson, a former Delta Mu Mu Chapter Chaplain (Chaplain reading), Bro. Eric Pickney, Delta Mu Mu’s current Chaplain (Basileus / Keeper of Records and Seal readings), and Bro. Vincent Smith, Eta Omega’s Chaplain (Basileus reading).
Bro. Saucer, former Dean of Morehouse School of Religion at ITC, author of “Our Help in Ages Past” and recognized for “Outstanding Leadership in Religion” at the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Centennial Celebration in 2011, delivered a thought provoking message “A Divine Inquiry and a Pathetic Response” from the Old Testament scripture proclaiming the Cain and Able story emphasizing the attitude and sacrifices of one brother to another brother and brotherhood unity. “We are the keepers of the secrets of the brothers and the Fraternity”, said Bro. Saucer.
The Eta Omega Archives and History Committee, chaired Bro Webster Wallace, chairman, and Bro. Rod Prince, co-chairman, provided an enlightening display of Eta Omega Chapter’s history and artifacts inside the auditorium to inform those that attended the services of the legacy of the chapter’s founders, community and social events, and highlights of several accomplishments during almost ninety-seven years of friendship and brotherhood.
Bro. Dominic Thurston, Eta Omega’s Basileus, and Bro. Vincent Smith, Eta Omega’s Chaplain, coordinated the services with nine other Metro Atlanta graduate chapters. The graduate chapters in the Metro Atlanta area are Eta Omega, Tau, Kappa Alpha Alpha, Chi Gamma Gamma, Phi Kappa Kappa, Beta Lambda Lambda, Theta Lambda Lambda, Delta Mu Mu, Mu Mu Mu, Tau Mu Mu, and Zeta Mu Nu. The annual joint Memorial Service is hosted by a different graduate chapter each year.
Scholars Café and staff, owned and managed by Bro. Mike Murrell of Eta Omega Chapter, catered a delicious dinner after the memorial service.