In the early spring of 1968, Brothers Clifford Dudley, James Jones, Edgar Mills and Joseph Smith discussed the logical idea of establishing a graduate chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity in Pompano to stimulate the community with the spirit of manhood, scholarship, perseverance, and uplift.
A survey was made for other brothers in the city to participate in the framework of establishing a fraternity in the community. The very capable Brothers who were unified and determined in the pleasurable task of assisting in this endeavor to help Omega work: Brothers Robert Bailey, Felix Evans, William Howard, Jimmy Lamar, Kenneth McDonald, Calvin Taylor and Ola Williams. After many conversations and discussions with the community leaders, a favorable reaction was received for the need of a fraternity to improve the cultural aspects of the community.
To obtain the necessary information to get a charter, Brother Clifford Dudley accepted the responsibility to communicate with National Headquarters. On April 5, 1968, Brother Dudley wrote for an application. After receiving the form, all Brothers were contacted to meet at Brother Dudley’s home on June 8, 1968, for the first organized meeting of the brothers to handle information that was of paramount importance to all. The purpose of this meeting was to ascertain from each brother on his status with National Headquarters and to complete the application for a charter.
The application was forwarded to the District Representative, Brother McMillian, June 17, 1968, for approval. It was approved and forwarded to the National Headquarters in Washington, D.C. After the application was re-examined very thoroughly by the National Headquarters, Brother McMillian was asked to investigate the availability of another graduate chapter in the South Florida area.
After many meetings with the State Representative, Brother Bridwell, and the First Vice District Representative, Brother Braynon, the Brothers of Pompano justified why a chapter was needed in the community and it could propagate the principle on which Omega Psi Phi was founded.
On June 11, 1969, the Supreme Council of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity established Eta Nu Chapter to the Brothers of Pompano Beach, Florida. The following officers were elected on June 21, 1969.
Basileus Brother Clifford Dudley
Vice Basileus Brother William Howard
Keeper of Records and Seal Brother James Jones
Keeper of Finance Brother Joseph Smith
Dean of Pledgees Brother Jimmy Lamar
Dean of Pledgees Brother Calvin Taylor
Parliamentarian Brother Kenneth McDonald
Chaplain Brother Edgar Mills
Keeper of Peace Brother Felix Evans
On September 20, 1969, two energetic Brothers Richard Baker and John H. Smith affiliated with the chapter. The adding of the two brothers to the roster gave Eta Nu Membership of thirteen (13) brothers.
The brothers were elated to have set the precedence in being the first Greek Letter organization established in the Pompano Beach Community. The Eta Nu Chapter appreciated the kindness and generosity of Brother Bridwell and Brother Braynon in helping to make the Chapter possible. We consider ourselves fortunate to have had outstanding Omega men in the area.
During the seventies, Eta Nu forged ahead to establish itself as an important part of the Pompano Beach community. With hard work and genuine desire to help, Eta Nu soon gained a reputation as an outstanding public servant. In these early years, the Brothers met at each other homes for frat meetings. In 1977, under the leadership of then Basileus Jimmy Jones, Eta Nu established their own Frat House, which soon became a popular meeting place for social gatherings.
Eta Nu initiated twenty-three (23) new members in the 70’s on three different lines (see line History). Probably the biggest highlight of this period was a visit from Grand Basileus Brother Garnett. He congratulated Eta Nu on the fine work they were doing for the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity.
The Eighties brought about growth, change and even grater community appreciation for the Eta Nu Chapter. We continued to build on our reputation by greater emphasis on Social Action and the promotion of local talent through our Talent Hunt Program.
At one point, Eta Nu won or place in the top three in the state Talent Hunt competition for five (5) consecutive years. Also, with Brother Melvin Davis as social action chairman and the support of the brotherhood, Eta Nu established itself as the premier social servant for the state of Florida. Through over thirty different social action programs a year, Eta Nu was now an important asset to the Pompano and Broward community.
During the 80’s Eta Nu initiated thirty-nine (39) new members on five (5) different lines (see line history) and in 1989 reached a membership high of 54 financial brothers. The highlight of the Eighties came in 1989 under the leadership of then Basileus Harry Harrell when Eta Nu hosted the Florida State Meeting. At the Meeting, Eta Nu was awarded the Talent Hunt winner, Social Action Chapter of the Year, Reclamation Chapter of the Year, and our biggest honor of the eighties, Chapter of the Year! It was a fitting honor in Eta Nu’s Twentieth year of existence.
During the 90’s Eta Nu continued to flourish through operating under the same principles on which our great fraternity was founded: Manhood, Scholarship, Perseverance and Uplift. Under the leadership of Social Action Chairman, Brother Melvin Davis who has been the chair person since 1986 the Eta Nu chapter continues to strive towards uplifting those less fortunate than themselves. Listed Below are some of the programs that Brother Davis and his committee have implemented:
Adoption Party- Manage to place over 40 foster children with parents
Annual March in Martin Luther King Parade
Black History Exhibit-Displayed every February in over 15 sites, which includes; churches, schools, and the Department of Juvenile Justice.
Black History Library
Easter Egg Hunt
Feeding the Homeless- six (6) times a year
Local Softball Team
Raising funds for Diabetes
Senior Citizen Project
Sickle Cell Anemia
Toys for Tots
In 1990 we were awarded the Urban League’s “Thurgood Marshall” award for outstanding community service. In 1991 and 1994 we received the graduate chapter of the year for the state. In 1998 and 1999 we received District Social Action Chapter of the year. Under the leadership on Brother Samuel G. Clear, III we also received the State Scholarship award in 1998. Thanks to loyal hard-working brothers the Eta Nu chapter has been at the forefront of the community at large and has impacted the fraternity on a National, District, State and Local level.
During the 90’s Eta Nu initiated twelve (12) new members on three different lines (see line history). Our chapter founder, Brother Joseph A. Smith received his 50-year pin at the 70th Grand Conclave in New Orleans, Louisiana in July of 1998. Additionally, chapter founder Brother James Jones currently has over 45 years of service to Omega. Brother James Jones receive a 40-year award for his service to Omega at the 68th Grand Conclave in Cleveland, Ohio in July of 1994. Furthermore, there are several chapter brothers who have received awards for 35,30 and 25 years of service to Omega.
On June 11, 1999 Eta Nu celebrates thirty years of existence under the leadership of then Basileus Phil Patton. As we prepare for the twenty-first century, Eta Nu has some great things in store for the new millennium. At the Seventh District Meeting held in Mobile, Alabama in April 1999, it was officially announced that Eta Nu would be the host chapter for the District Conference in 2001. Brother Harry Harrell was selected as the District Marshall for the District Conference in 2001. This is just a confirmation that Eta Nu is still operating under the same principles of which our beloved fraternity was founded: Manhood, Scholarship, Perseverance and Uplift.
Bruce "Terry" Brown