Greetings Brothers and Guests,
Welcome to the online home of the Omicron Chi Chapter (The Mighty OX) of Omega
Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. Our chapter which serves Plainfield, N.J. and surrounding
areas, is a proud member of the Mighty Second District. We are humbly known as
“The Home of 28th Grand Basileus”, in honor of our most profound and significant
initiate, the Honorable James S. Avery, Sr. (Omega Chapter). His legacy of leader-
ship and community involvement is engrained into the very fabric of our phenomenal
We are charged to be leaders in our community and to actively engage the citizens of
Central New Jersey. Through our numerous signature social action programs, the Men
of Omicron Chi Chapter are making tremendous, transformative impact in the lives of
the people we serve. In June 2015, we were bestowed the distinct honor of receiving
a White House Service Award in recognition of our scholarship program, our commitment
to community service and advancing support of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity’s partnership with President Obama's Father-
hood Mentoring Initiative.
This Chapter has been recognized at the District and International levels for outstanding service, including "back to back" honors as International Graduate Chapter of the Year in 2015 and 2016. We have a rich history and I invite you to learn more about Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Incorporated and Omicron Chi Chapter as you navigate through each section of our website. I also encourage you to visit us from time to time and participate in our community and fundraising events throughout the year.
For our fraternity Brothers visiting or new to the area, we extend a warm Omega welcome! We encourage you to come and visit and consider The Mighty OX as your new Omega home!
On behalf of the Brothers of Omicron Chi, thank you for visiting our website and may God continue to bless you and your family in all of your endeavors. Long live The Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc!
Yours in Friendship,
Leon M. Smith, II
Omicron Chi Chapter
Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.
Life Member #6331
PROSTATE AWARENESS MONTH - SEPTEMBER 2017
Quick Stats about Prostate Cancer:
It’s the most common form of cancer in men
1 in 7 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime
2.8 million men live with prostate cancer
30,000 men die from prostate cancer each year
1 in 5 African American men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime
African-American men are over 1.57-times as likely as the general population to develop prostate cancer, but over 2.14 times as likely to die from prostate cancer.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that men with a brother, father, or son who has been diagnosed with prostate cancer are 2- to 3-times more likely to develop prostate cancer.
If detected early, it can be treated
What is the Prostate?
The prostate is a gland in a man's reproductive system. It makes and stores seminal fluid, a milky fluid that nourishes sperm. This fluid is released to form part of semen. To work properly, the prostate needs male hormones (androgens). The main male hormone is testosterone, which is made mainly by the testicles. The prostate is about the size of a walnut. It is located below the bladder and in front of the rectum. It surrounds the upper part of the urethra, the tube that empties urine from the bladder. If the prostate grows too large, the flow of urine can be slowed or stopped. When cancer develops in the prostate, a malignant tumor forms and can lead to a number of serious health problems.
- Eat healthy – and choose a low-fat diet
- Eat plenty of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains
- Maintain a healthy weight
- Stay physically active
- Don’t use tobacco
- Get regular checkups
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OMICRON CHI CHAPTER COOK-OUT 2017
INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATIONS 2017
Omicron Chi Basileus Leon Smith (left), Plainfield Mayor Adrian Mapp (c) and KRS Robby West celebrate the 4th of July Parade in downtown Plainfield
2016 International Graduate Chapter Of The Year - Omicron Chi Chapter
2015 Graduate Chapter Of The Year - Omicron Chi Chapter
Congratulations To Omicron Chi Chapter
2016 2nd District Graduate Chapter and
Social Action Chapter of the Year (Large Chapter)
Omicron Chi Annual High School Scholarship Program
Each year Omega Psi Fraternity, Inc. awards scholarships to deserving and aspiring students nationally. Omicron Chi Chapter of Plainfield, NJ provides scholarship opportunities to outstanding High School Graduating Seniors at the local level throughout Union, Middlesex and Somerset Counties. Other social action initiatives include, Feed the Less Fortunate at the Plainfield YMCA, Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration and Assault on Illiteracy, Dr. Charles S. Drew Sickle Cell Blood Drive, South Second Street Mentoring Programs, Talent Hunt Program, Domestic Violence Awareness, Omega Leadership Institute, and Christmas Toys for Tots. Our mandate is to serve the needs of the greater Plainfield community wherever and whenever we are able.
Omega Leadership Institute
The mission of the Omega Leadership Institute is to support the development of the next generation of African American male leaders for the public, private non-profit and entrepreneurial sectors who will in turn have transformational impact on our communities. Omega Leadership Institute motivates, enables and inspires African American male teens to develop their individual potential and sustain a legacy of positive change in our communities.
2018 Student Essay Contest
Omega Spotlight - Brother Donald Van Blake
Omicron Chi's Donald Van Blake was born August 9, 1921, in Plainfield, NJ at Muhlenberg Hospital to Henry and Harriet Ellen Van Blake. he attended Plainfield public schools including Bryant, Evergreen and graduated from Plainfield High School. Bro. Van Blake, a Buffalo Soldier, originally was a member of the U.S. 10th Cavalry Regiment of the United States Army. During WWII, he was part of the "Red Bull Express" a trucking unit providing logistical supplies from northern Africa to northern Europe including France and Italy. This was unit was mostly operated by African Americans.
Upon discharge in 1945, Bro. Van Blake attended Hampton Institute -- now Hampton University -- on the G.I. Bill. He studied building trades at Hampton. It was also at Hampton he was initiated into Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Incorporated, Gamma Epsilon Chapter. After graduating, he returned to Plainfield and became a teacher. On April 7, 1955, Bro. Van Blake, along with eleven other Omega men, chartered Omicron Chi (OX) Chapter in Plainfield, NJ. Bro Van Blake is the last surviving charter member of the Mighty OX.
In 1976, Donald van Blake took up tennis. He was motivated by the lack of minorities in this sport. He was able to get tennis programs in the public schools and taught tennis himself for many years. He also helped to form the Plainfield Tennis Council. The Plainfield Tennis Complex was renamed in his honor. Click here to see IHQ paying reverence to this great Omega Man.
Omicron Chi History - Basileus' Legacy
| H. Baldwin, B. Ward, J.Ruffin, L. Smith, P. Ramseur, M. Lucky, D. Fields, J. Key
Welcome to the Omicron Chi Reclamation Committee web link. This page is designed for members
who would like to
reestablish ties with Omicron Chi Chapter serving Plainfield, New Jersey
and its surrounding communities.
This page is exclusively reserved for members of the fraternity and not prospective members.
In sum, this is for Men of Omega and not those seeking entrance into Omega.
"Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brothers to dwell together in unity."
Psalms 133: 1