Xi Iota Iota History

The History Xi Iota Iota

The first meeting of this organization was held in August 1991 and monthly thereafter with the following members; Jarrett A. Thomas, Willie A Terrell Jr., Wendell L. Boyce, Charles P. Edmonson, Thomas McCloria, William K. Dungey, Frederick D. Jackson, Harold J. Martin, Lloyd Lewis, Sr., Kenneth L. Williams. The meeting was held at the home of the various members with a meeting agenda, discussions, and food and fellowship before departing. Officers were elected at the October meeting to move the organization forward in a more systematic manner. A savings account for the organization was established in the City of Piqua at Bank One, NA.

Manhood, scholarships, perseverance, and uplift will be our guide in developing activities for the new organization. The purpose for establishing this organization of men of similar ideals, hopes and aspirations for themselves and for the combined communities of Troy, Piqua and Sidney Ohio. There exists an overwhelming need for male role models for young Afro-American men in these cities. Unemployment in these cities was at an all-time high. The degenerating family and low self-esteem continues to increase not only in these cities, but throughout the country. Many discussions have been held on how this organization can uplift the various communities in which the organization resides.

When the chapter was chartered on December 7th, 1991. The chapter began to support the communities by providing scholarship to youth and engaging in community service work. Projects included such things as adopting schools, conducting voter registration drives, renting skating rinks to host skating parties for the handicapped and talent searches to display the arts for disadvantaged students.

The Xi Iota Iota Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity has won numerous awards, regionally in Ohio and West Virginia, such as Man of the Year, Founder’s Award, Superior Service Award, Citizens of the Year, Colonel Young Military Award, Social Action Chapter of the Year

The Chapter has awarded over eighty scholarship to students in Sidney, Piqua, Troy and Lima, Ohio. Of those students that were awarded scholarships several have went on to become doctors, lawyers, educators, entrepreneurs and most importantly members of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity.