CHI LAMBDA LAMBDA
The Gold Standard
WHO IS...CHI LAMBDA LAMBDA
MANY CELEBRATED YEARS OF
MANHOOD, SCHOLORSHIP, PERSEVERANCE, AND UPLIFT
On July 22, 2004 three brothers, Bro. John Ball, Bro. Terry Chambers and Bro. Thomas Vaughn met at the home of Bro. Thomas Vaughn to discuss plans to organize a chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity in the South Suburbs. The rationale for this chapter was the lack of Omega presence in the South Suburbs and several hundred un-financial Omega Men residing in the area. Our first information breakfast meeting was held at the Old Country Buffet in Lansing, IL on August 28, 2004. Approximately 15 enthusiastic brothers attended this meeting. On September 25, 2004, we met again at the Old Country Buffet to complete the necessary paperwork and collect funds to submit a Charter Petition to International Headquarters. Approximately 17 brothers attended the meeting. Bro. Terry Chambers and Bro. John Ball forwarded the paperwork and funds to the International Headquarters on October 20, 2004.
On October 30, 2004, they met again to give a status report on the Petition for a Charter. They also discussed other agenda items: Housing, Founders Day and Temporary Committee Assignments. There were 15 brothers present at the meeting. On December 4, 2004, they met to provide information on our Charter Petition, fourteen brothers were present at this meeting.
On December 7, 2004, The Supreme Council approved the Petition for a chapter in Matteson, Illinois. The name assigned to the chapter was Chi Lambda Lambda. The first official meeting was held on Saturday, January 15, 2005, at the Palmer Lake Industrial Park, Hazel Crest, Headquarters of Valley Kingdom Ministries International. The brothers passed a proposed budget, elected officers for the year 2004-2005, discussed hosting a formal Charter ceremony, and unanimously voted to recognize Bro. Thomas Vaughn as an Honorary *Charter Member.
On January 29, 2005, Chi Lambda Lambda hosted a formal Charter Ceremony held at VKMI Headquarters. There were approximately seventy brothers in attendance representing all the local chapters. Among the special guests were past District Representatives, area Chapter Baseli and Officers, District Officers, State Representatives and Committee Chairmen. The 37TH Grand Basileus, Bro. George H. Grace gave a very serious but inspiring talk regarding the duties and responsibilities of chapter officers and members prior to formally swearing in the newly elected officers. The Tenth District Representative, Bro. Kurmmell W. Knox presented the Charter to the Basileus, Bro. John Ball.
In 2011, while preparing for the 100th year celebration, Bro. Sean Long won a national contest to design the cover of the Centennial Oracle. This design received thousands of votes from Omega men all over the country for it’s thoughtful and inspirational look at one hundred years of Omega Psi Phi.
Over the years the brothers of Chi Lambda Lambda have initiated 42 brothers into the Fraternity, hosted the 80th Tenth District Convention (2017), a member serving as a District State Representative and a member serving as the current 38th Tenth District Representative.