Eta Nu’s Exhilarating 3 Days of Excellence

by Bro. Sylvester Robinson

ON THURSDAY June 8, 2023, the Eta Nu Chapter of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. held its annual Talent Hunt Program, one of the fraternity’s mandated observances. Parents, community partners, friends, and chapter members converged at the E. Pat Larkins Complex to celebrate and observe the extraordinarily, talented contestants, many of whom attend Dillard High’s School of the Performing Arts: Va ‘Kiel Harris (Piano Solo),  Manasseh Etienne (Violin Solo), and Isaac Delva (Piano Solo). A fourth contestant, Talia Mitchell, performed also. We were treated with a guest performance by past talent contest winner,  Florida State University graduate, and aspiring opera singer Anielya Wells-Miller, who sang “ O mio babbino Cato, a composition of Giacomo Puccini from the opera Gianni Schicchi. Additionally, she has been accepted into an immersive 5 week young artist program in 2023 with the Festival of International Opera in Urbania, Italy.  See her contact info below to donate.

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Talent Hunt Judges were Randy Corinthian, Michael Littlejohn and Kenneth Howard, all professional music experts in their chosen fields of study. The Talent winner, Manasseh Etienne, will represent Eta Nu at the Florida Statewide Organization Talent Hunt Program chaired by Eta Nu’s very own Antonio Womack. Vakeill Harris finished second while Talia Mitchell was the third place recipient…

Brother James L. Jones is Honored for 70 Years of Service

by Bro. Sylvester Robinson

On Saturday June, 10, 2023, in celebration of Eta Nu chapter’s 54th Charter Anniversary, a formal meeting of Eta Nu, with Basileus Bruce “Terry“ Brown presiding, was convened specifically to honor our last surviving charter founder, former Blanche Ely High School principal, Broward educator, philanthropist and champion of student achievement, Brother James L. Jones, who on this very auspicious occasion, celebrated his 70th year as a member of our illustrious fraternity.

The formal meeting was arguably, numerically the most highly attended formal meeting in Eta Nu history. Gracing us with his presence was Grand Basileus Ricky Lawrence Lewis, who traveled all the way from Los Angeles, Grand Keeper of Finance Johnnie Smith, and Florida Statewide Organization State Representative Darren Toston – all of who rendered congratulatory remarks, in addition to Brother Jones being pinned by Grand Basileus Lewis. Former Grand Basileus Dr. Dorsey C. Miller was scheduled to attend in person, but a medical setback prevented that inevitability. However, Dr. Miller was able to offer congratulatory remarks via phone.

Brother Jones is a 1953 initiate of Omega via the Omicron Epsilon Chapter at Bethune-Cookman College in Daytona Beach, Florida. He has been an active, financial member for 70 years. I’m assured that I speak for all of Omegadom when I say: “Brother Jimmy, we thank you for your service and we love you.”

Eta Nu Achievement Week

by Bro. Sylvester Robinson

To celebrate Omega’s founding, chapters around the country and internationally hold weekly activities highlighting achievements of individual brothers and collective accomplishments with the intended purpose of enhancing the quality of life of citizens and cities in which they reside and serve. Eta Nu began its Achievement Week activities with a virtual book club discussion of a novel titled White Lies, the mid-term elections and other current events impacting our world. On Sunday, November 13, 2022,  the chapter held its formal Achievement Week program at the Mt. Hermon AME Church Family Life Center to honor, recognize and  acknowledge the myriad contributions of the chapter and individual brothers during the past fiscal year. Hosted by Master of Ceremony Brother Rufus Curry, the program began with a salute to Eta Nu brothers who had served honorably  in the military, appropriate and especially relevant since veterans were being honored around the country and the chapter’s representation was impressive. The following Eta Nu brothers served : Army – Founders James L. Jones and Joseph A. Smith, John Wimberly, Lennox George, Moses Barnes, Anthony Reyes, Rodney Hankins, Jr., Kenneth Pace, Rufus Curry, Phillip Reese, Jerry Dinkins, David Gayle, Ken Riley, and Eric Rucker; Air Force – Larry Leverett, Melvin Brooks, Carlos Sampson  and Feirmon Johnson; USMC – James St. Louis; and USCG – James Stuart. Awards were presented in the following categories: Citizen of the Year – Desorae Giles-Smith; Superior Service Award- Aaron Whitfield; Brigadier General Charles Young Award- Carlos Sampson; Lifetime Achievement Award- Lennox George; and Omega Man of the Year- Harrison Jones. Our visionary Basileus Bruce Terry Brown acknowledged the tireless efforts of newly inducted members from 3 distinct lines, fraternally unprecedented, during his tenure naming the 2021 line “12 Righteous Sons of Thunder” most outstanding…