Florida Senate - 2011                            (NP)    SR 1074
       By Senators Hill and Siplin
       1-00235-11                                            20111074__
    1                          Senate Resolution                        
    2         A resolution recognizing and commending Omega Psi Phi
    3         Fraternity, Inc., for its invaluable community service
    4         to the people of the State of Florida.
    6         WHEREAS, on November 17, 1911, three Howard University
    7  undergraduate students, assisted by their faculty advisor, met
    8  and conceived the idea of founding Omega Psi Phi Fraternity,
    9  Inc., based on the cardinal principles of “manhood, scholarship,
   10  perseverance, and uplift,” and
   11         WHEREAS, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., was the first
   12  fraternity founded at a Historically Black College or
   13  University, and, since its inception, has initiated more than
   14  100,000 members in 700 chapters in 44 states, the District of
   15  Columbia, Europe, Asia, Africa, the Bahamas, the Virgin Islands,
   16  and Panama, and
   17         WHEREAS, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., is committed to
   18  rendering community service that makes a difference in quality
   19  of life, and has made invaluable contributions toward improving
   20  the educational, civic, and social lives of the people it has
   21  touched in Florida and throughout the world, and
   22         WHEREAS, Dr. Andrew R. Ray presently leads Omega Psi Phi
   23  Fraternity, Inc., serving as the Fraternity’s 39th Grand
   24  Basileus; Brother Keith Jackson, of Snellville, Georgia, is the
   25  National Representative for District 7, which includes Florida,
   26  Georgia, Alabama, and Mississippi; and Brother Anthony Brown of
   27  Miami, Florida, is the National Representative for the State of
   28  Florida, and
   29         WHEREAS, other distinguished Floridians who are Brothers of
   30  Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., include former United States
   31  Congressman Kendrick Meek, State Senator Anthony C. “Tony” Hill,
   32  Sr., State Senator Gary Siplin, State Representative Darryl
   33  Rouson, Florida Secretary of Juvenile Justice and former State
   34  Representative Frank Peterman, Jr., Miami-Dade School Board
   35  Member and former State Representative Wilbert “Tee” Holloway,
   36  and Tallahassee Mayor John Marks, NOW, THEREFORE,
   38  Be It Resolved by the Senate of the State of Florida:
   40         That the Florida Senate commends Omega Psi Phi Fraternity,
   41  Inc., for its invaluable community service to the people of
   42  Florida and recognizes March 19, 2011, as “Omega Psi Phi
   43  Fraternity Day” in the State of Florida.
   44         BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that a copy of this resolution, with
   45  the Seal of the Senate affixed, be presented to Dr. Andrew R.
   46  Ray, Grand Basileus of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., as a
   47  tangible token of the sentiments of the Florida Senate.