A local fraternity that focuses on helping children recently held its 10th annual fund-raiser and elected new officers.
Xi Lambda Lambda chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity fund-raisers have included art auctions to summer dances to jazz brunches. The October fund-raiser was held at the Hudson Water Club in West Haverstraw.
The members use proceeds for college scholarships to minority boys and for a mentoring program, Rockland Omega AcaDemy. Known as ROAD, the program is geared toward African American and Hispanic boys in grades six through 12. The program endeavors to teach young men computer skills, etiquette, public speaking, and other vital life skills, said Dennis McGloster, a leader in the group.
The group also tries to get young people jobs and internships with companies, including those in New York City, and visits children in the hospital during the Christmas season.
McGloster said the Rockland chapter’s new officers, effective Nov. 1, are Tony Dinkins-Basileus as president, Floyd Long-Vice Basileus, as vice-president, Michael Johnson, as keeper of records and seals/secretary. McGloster will serve as chapter reporter/editor.
Group officers with two years remaining on their terms include Nyron McLeish as keeper of finance/treasurer, The Rev. Iraneus Watson as chaplain and Gerald Inman as keeper of peace.