On February 22, 2022, the Brothers of Lambda Xi, located in the Republic of Korea, hosted a virtualpresentation and cake cutting ceremony on Zoom to celebrate their 45th Anniversary. Basileus Desmond Smith and Brothers of Lambda Xi’s Fall 21 line led the short celebration with a prayer, a reading of the chapter history, and remarks from Brothers in various locations in the United States and overseas.
This year, Lambda Xi’s Chapter Anniversary was marked by a unique day in history. It was referred to as “2’s Day,” meaning the second day of the week, the second month of the year, the twenty second day of the month, and the year ending in 2s (Tuesday, February 22, 2022).
The year 1977 proved to be an exciting one for international chapter development because Lambda Xi was charted at the Eighth United States Army Headquarters, Yongsan, South Korea. This brotherly expansion under Grand Basileus Edward J. Braynon was a celebration for the Fraternity and especially for the Korean Peninsula. While Lambda Xi’s application was initiated through the Third District Representative, Brother B.T. Garnett on October 20, 1974, it was not officially chartered until February 22, 1977. The eleven charter members consisted of Leroy C. Bell, Peter J. Baker, Curtis A. Baylor, Marshal F. Atkins, James H. Campbell, Thurman R. Hampton, James H. Jackson, Thomas G. Joiner, Henry L. Gibson, William J. Bryant, and Roosevelt Adams.
The Lambda Xi Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. was the first fraternal organization to be activated on the Korean Peninsula. Throughout the past 45 years, several Brothers and family members of the United States Military, civilians, and contractors have enjoyed living in the Republic of Korea known as “the Land of the Morning Calm.” Today, Lambda Xi continues to give back to the community by supporting local orphanages, youth events, the annual Talent Hunt Program, and scholarships for college bound high school seniors.
Recently, the Brothers of Lambda Xi Chapter were recognized by the 13th International District and the International Headquarters of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. as one of the top small chapters with the most reclaimed Brothers during the 2020-2021 Omega Year. In addition, Lambda Xi’s 2020-2021 Talent Hunt Winner Ms. Jennifer Chung from Daegu High School was selected to represent the 13th International District at the 2021 Moses C. Norman Leadership Conference heldvirtually in Tampa, Florida. Due to the COVID pandemic, the event was cancelled.
In the spirit of friendship, fellowship, and brotherhood, the Lambda Xi Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. will continue to promote the enhancement of the quality of life for its members. As pillars of the community, the Brothers of Lambda Xi serve throughout the Republic of Korea and abroad as philanthropist, mentors, and role models, thereby demonstrating positive character traits focused on improving the community through social action involvement.