Always Remember. . . . . . Omega Gamma Delta
Our Board of Directors is pleased to announce the formation of our fourth and fifth ‘Men’s Fraternity’ Chapters to groups of alumni in the Tampa Bay, FL, Franklin Square, NY and Totowa, NJ areas. Our new ‘Men’s Fraternity’ concept has been well received and additional charters are in the works for Suffolk County, NY and Cape Cod, MA. For information on the requirements to petition for a charter email admin@OmegaGammaDeltaFraternity.com.
Brother Mike Fiumara, Beta Chi ’70 (top) and Brother John Walsh, Beta Chi ’77 receive charters for two new Chapters in Daytona Beach, FL and Dallas, TX respectively. Presented to these Brothers by Corporate President Mike D’Apolito, Beta Gamma ’66, these are the first two Charters issued for Omega’s new direction of a ‘Mens Fraternity’.
Wow! What a rousing success. With over 100 people attending the Northern New Jersey Chapters Reunion. An outstanding time Omega style was had by all. Brothers who hadn’t seen each other in decades united with grins and hugs. First, very inspirational words from Brothers Randy George, Beta ’69, James Wassel, Beta ’65, and Jerry Nardella, Alpha Sigma Psi ’66 kicked off the night. Then a night of revelry pursued with food galore, DJ music and of course – the beer and memories flowed all night! The evening was topped off with a boisterous rendition of the Omega Song that rocked the building.
Brother Jerry Nardella presents a plague to Reunion Chairman Bill Park, Alpha Sigma Psi ’68, for a job well done.
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I was a member of the Alpha Mu Chapter in Jamaica High School class of 1933. I will be 93 years old this year and I still recollect many fond memories of my youth in Omega. I was chairman of the dance committee for several years. I remember we rented out two ballrooms in the Garden City Hotel, hired two bands and had several hundred people attend. It was so packed we had to set up bars in the hallway to accommodate all the revelers. It was a night to remember. Another time we rented the Starlight Room in the Hotel Aster in New York City. Our dances were so successful we were able to rent a clubhouse over a florist shop on 212th Street in Queens Village where we held all our meetings. I was also a member of the swimming team at Jamaica High 1932-33.
I toured Europe at the expense of the Government as a US Army Lt. Colonel [1944-45] from Omaha Beach in Normandy to the Elbe River where we met up with the Russians.
I lived in Glen Cove, N.Y.[1946-1980] then St. Augustine, Fl [1980-2000] and moved to Southern California in 2001. I would like to contact old members of the Alpha Mu Chapter or any Brothers in Southern California. Please contact me email@example.com.
I will always fondly remember Omega Gamma Delta. Best wishes to all.
Bro. Bill Wolf ’33
Brother Eric Ostrander, Beta’91 Hawthorne N.J
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Beta Pi Chapter raised over $1,000 to benefit the ‘Wounded Warriors Project’ on January 7th at the VFW Hall in Pompton Lakes, NJ. With over 100 people in attendance and DJ music for entertainment a good time was had by all. This is the 4th year Beta Pi has held this successful dance. Congratulations Beta Pi, keep up the good work.
Fraternally Yours in Omega Gamma Delta,
Brother Louis Scott Piazza
91 year old Omega Brother, Dr. James Houston, Beta Chapter ’28 shares his Omega memories at Omega’s 100th Anniversary Celebration June 22, 2002.
Born June 9, 1911. Initiated May 2, 1928. Passed September 14, 2007. Exalted Chapter from May 7, 1981 . William Paterson University. Columbia University, PhD. Professor and Chairman of Department of Psychology, William Paterson University.
Mike D’Apolito, Beta Gamma ’66 – President
George DeJager, Beta ’60 – Secretary
Ralph Iervolino, Beta Chi ’74 – Treasurer
Joe Zabatta, Alpha Psi ’54
James Robertson, Alpha Chi ’51
Kenny Smith, Tau Zeta ‘81
Michael Fiumara, Beta Chi ‘70
Ben Montante, Alpha Psi ’87
Chris DiPasquale, Beta Pi ’ 88
Bill Parks, Alpha Sigma Psi ‘68
Tony Torcasso, Beta Chi ’78
Tom Galvin, Alpha Phi ‘83
From Left-right: Brothers Frank Dixon, Joe Mauro, Phil, and Brother John Walsh, Delta Beta President.
Our new chapter, Delta Beta, marched in the Columbus Day Parade in Dallas in October. In an effort to get our name out there the Brothers raised our banner high and marched proudly. When out of the blue came a 75 year old man with a big smile on his face and his arm outstretched enthusiastically reaching to give someone the grip. That man was Brother Phil Popick. Brother Phil was initiated into Beta Gamma Chapter in 1954. A stand out on campus, Brother Phil was Vice President of the Student Body and Captain of the Football Team. Quickly Brother Frank Dixon ran to his car and then presented Phil with an Omega T-shirt – which he immediately put on. Since their chance meeting Brother Phil has embraced his old fraternity and now is an active member of Delta Beta.
Glancing through the Omega records we noticed that an older alumni Brother lives in Port Orange Florida. So we asked our local Omega Ambassador Bro. Mike Fiumara, Beta Chi ‘70 if he would like to go visit him. In which he responded “hell yea.” Brother Karl Jones, Jr. was born August 25, 1920 in the Bay Ridge Section of Brooklyn. He moved to Valley Stream NY in 1924 and became a Charter Member of Alpha Psi Chapter in 1938. He served in the U.S. Army Signal Corps during WW II 1942-1945 in Africa and Italy. He retired after 33 years as a Supervisor from Nassau Medical Center and moved to Florida in 1990. During the visit Bro. Karl surprised Bro. Mike with an Omega paddle that he has had in his possession for over 74 years. Bro. Karl was nice enough to donate the paddle to the Omega archives.
On the 45th anniversary of his death while serving his country in Vietnam, Brother Bill Dutches was honored by the renaming of Kingston Avenue in Hawthorne, NJ.
Honoring Bill were the Mayor, the State Senator for Hawthorne, and the American Legion color guard, honor guard, & Bugler. The Marine Corps honor guard also took part in the ceremony. Despite the fact that the event was held at 2:00 in the afternoon on a working day, 15 Omegamen were there to remember Brother Bill and honor his sacrifice.
Brother Jim Brogan, Bill’s closest friend, who flew in from Thailand to be there gave a moving speech about Bill, his life and his service. Brother George de Jager also spoke about his friendship with Bill that evolved from their relationship as brothers in Omega. Brother de Jager ended his talk by recalling several phrases the Omega Benediction:
“Be always ready to help a brother, let no shame come upon our order through any act of ours…… Bill never, ever brought any shame on our order, his family, or the Marines; and he certainly helped his brother marines by giving his life so that they might live.”
Erling Raymond (Erl) Landsnaes, is an alumnus of Gamma Chapter at Erasmus High School in Brooklyn, Class of 1926. He was born on July 4, 1908. Following Erasmus, Erl attended Fordham University and Fordham Law School while working part-time in the ball bearing industry. Following law school he became a Special Agent with the FBI and served in that position through World War II, part of that time chasing German spies dropped by submarines on Long Island. Following the war, he became a salesman for the Bearings Specialty Company, moving to California for the firm in 1957, and continuing there until retirement.
Erl’s younger brother, Ralph, joined Gamma Chapter before he did in the 1920s, graduated from Dickinson College and spent a lifetime in the motion picture industry. Like Erl, he also proved the value of “good genes” by surviving until the age of 95 in 2005.
Says Brother Landsnaes of life “I don’t regret any of it. You can’t regret things. Or for that matter forget things.” Erl still remembers his involvement in Omega Gamma Delta in Brooklyn and proudly wears his Omega cap.
Whenever you watch footballs Superbowl on TV, you see the top teams competing for the “Vince Lombardi Trophy,” the highest honor in professional football. It is named for an Omegaman Brother Vincent Thomas Lombardi. Brother Lombardi attended St. Francis Prep in Brooklyn, where he was a standout on the football team and became a Charter Member of Omega’s Alpha Pi II Chapter on January 23,1933. Lombardi was legendary for his coaching philosophy and his motivational skills. Many of his speeches continue to be frequently quoted and he is remembered for his unequivocal commitment to winning. His most famous maxim is “Winning isn’t everything; it’s the only thing.”
A meeting of the Exalted Chapter was held June 22nd previous to the annual corporation meeting. Exalted Chapter Brothers present were:
George deJager, Beta ’60 – EC President
Charles Kettles, Alpha Psi ’53
Jerry Nardella, Alpha Sigma Psi ’66
Jim Robertson, Alpha Phi ’51
Bill Lowe, Beta Pi ’75
George Statler, Beta Chi/ Beta Sigma ’75
Randy George, Beta ’69
Dana Collella, Beta Pi ’77
Chris DiPasquale, Beta Pi 88
Mike D’Apolito, Beta Gamma ’66
The Exalted Chapter was created by resolution of the Grand Council, April 3, 1926. The Grand Council elected its original members and stated that thereafter the Exalted Chapter be self-electing.
Being elected to the Exalted Chapter of Omega Gamma Delta serves as the highest recognition that can be earned by an Omegaman for service to his fraternity. Selection and election is made by the living members of the Exalted Chapter. Members meet annually and are elected for life.
Exalted brothers also serve on the Corporate Board of Directors of the National Fraternity ‘ the highest legal authority within our order. Since its establishment, only a select group of 73 brothers have received this honor.
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