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Always Remember. . . . . . Omega Gamma Delta
2013 Annual Meeting Announcement
This year, we have been
invited by our brothers from New Jersey to hold our Annual Corporation
Meeting at the “The Do Good House” located at 195 Union Blvd., Totowa, NJ
07511-0731 on Saturday, June 22nd 2013 at 7:00
The purpose of this
meeting will be the election of two members to the Board of Directors and Three
Alternates to the Board, plus other listed agenda items. If you cannot attend
this meeting, please send your dues and return your Proxy
Vote authorizing the Corporate Secretary, Bro. George de Jager to cast your vote
in behalf of the Fraternity.
If you did not received annual dues forms and proxy please email me at George@OmegaGammaDeltaFraternity,com.
eligible to vote and to be an Omega alumnus member in “Good Standing” with the
Corporation send your personal check for $10 payable to: Omega Gamma Delta
Fraternity, Inc. to George de Jager at 2451 Tamarindo Drive, The Villages, FL 32162 for this year’s
dues. At this time we also encourage your continued financial support of our
website, and beginning this year Omega’s College Development Fund.
ALL payments must be in the form of a CHECK or
MONEY ORDER, and must be made payable to OMEGA GAMMA DELTA FRATERNITY,
INC. or they will be returned. Please enclose one check or money order per proxy. To be eligible to
vote, or have your proxy counted at the meeting on June 22nd your payments and ballots must be received by
the Corporate Secretary no later than Friday, June 16, 2013. For those brothers who wish to pay in
person at the meeting, dues payments will only be collected after the meeting
therefore you will not have voting privileges during the meeting.
brothers who wish to continue to support
or join our Alumni Chapter in 2013-14, please send a check or money order
for $15 made out to “Omega Gamma Delta, Alumni Chapter” directly to Joe
Giordano, Chapter Treasurer, at: 4 Huntington Rd. Huntington NY
We hope you are
planning to attend both the annual meeting and picnic. We want to extend a
special ‘thanks’ to those brothers who brought along another brother to last
years meeting. Dress code for the annual meeting will be a sports jacket or,
Omega black and gold shirts.
We look forward to
seeing as many brothers as possible at the annual meeting so that you can take
part in our discussions on the future of our Fraternity.
2012-13 ALUMNI CHAPTER OFFICERS
President - Vinny Cosentino, Chi Beta Chi '87,
Vice President - Andy Canicatti, Alpha Psi '88
Secretary - Chris Castillo, Beta Chi '87
Treasurer - Joe Giordano, Delta Psi '77
Chi Beta Brothers Aide Project Mail Call
July, 2012. Chi Beta Brothers Micah Williams, Sam Lyles, Rasheen Dixon, and Andrew Kendall who attend Georgia State University had a great day packing boxes for our troops overseas. Omega is there in grand fashion to help our soldiers that are fighting to protect our freedom!
ANNUAL CORPORATION MEETING AND 110 YEAR ANNIVERSARY PICNIC A HUGE SUCCESS
The Annual Business Meeting of Omega Gamma Delta Fraternity, Inc. that was held on Friday, June 22 and the 110th Anniversary Picnic held on June 23rd at Eisenhower Park was a tremendous success. The two day event was attended by over 150 brothers strong. Among other items on the agenda at the business meeting, a motion was carried to form a committee which will be headed by Brother Dennis Kleinman, Alpha Psi '68 to raise funds for our "Brother in Need" program which will assist brothers or the family of brothers who are in dire need. It was brought to the attention of the board that Brother Michael Zabatta, Delta Psi '80 has been battling multiple sclerosis since 2008 and an impromptu fund raising effort will be made at the BBQ the next day. Attending were several senior members including Brothers Charlie Kettles-Alpha Psi '53, Jimmy Robertson-Alpha Chi '51, Frank Churchill-Beta Gamma '53, George deJager-Beta '60 Tom Dapolito-Beta Gamma '63, Jerry Nardella-Alpha Sigma Psi, '66, Bob Dakake-Delta Phi '66, Mike D'Apolito-Beta Gamma '66, Frank Riccardi-Alpha Sigma Psi '66, Dennis Kleinman, Alpha Psi '68, Randy George-Beta '69 and Robert Hirth-Tau Zeta '69. Brothers traveled from as far as Texas, Florida, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Maryland, Washington DC, and Vermont to attend the event.
Brother Charlie Kettles, Alpha Psi '53 receives Lifetime Achievemant Plaque from Brother Mike D'Apolito, Beta Gamma '66 Corporate President, for his over 50 years of service to Omega.
Shown here with Corporate President Brother Mike D'Apolito-Beta Gamma '66 (L) is Brother Joe Torcasso, Beta Chi '80 (center) who generously donated his half of the 50/50 dawing to Brother Michael Zabatta (R), MS is a disease that has no cure and affects over 400,000 people in the US. Medications can cost up to $40,000 a year. To donate to Brother Zabatta please send a check to 77 Burgess Drive, Warwick, RI 02886.
2012-2013 BOARD OF DIRECTORS
OMEGA GAMMA DELTA FRATERNITY, INC.
Joe Zabatta, Alpha Psi '54 - Chairman
Mike D'Apolito, Beta Gamma '66 - President
George DeJager, Beta '60 - Secretary
Bill Lowe, Beta Pi, '75 - Vice President
Ralph Iervolino, Beta Chi '74 - Treasurer
James Robertson, Alpha Chi '51
George Statler, Beta Chi/Beta Sigma '75
Randy George, Beta '69
Ben Montante, Alpha Psi '87
Joe Giordano, Delta Psi '77
Michael Fiumara, Beta Chi '70
Vinny Cosentino, Chi Beta Chi '87
MEET BROTHER KARL JONES, JR.
ALPHA PSI '38
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 Museum. Thanks Bro. Karl!!
Omega Charters Second College Age Chapter
We are pleased to announce the formal chartering of our second college age chapter in Atlanta, Georgia. The founding father of our new Chi Beta Chapter is Mr. Sam Lyles, a sophomore student at Georgia State University. Sam has recruited a core group of eleven students whom I am confident will uphold the principles and honor the history of our great Fraternity. The chartering ceremony and initiation took place on Februrary 4th in Atlanta, Georgia.
Corporate President Mike D'Apolito, Beta Gamma '66 presents Sam Lyles, Chi Beta '12 the Charter at Atlanta, Georgia. Bro. Sam attends Georgia State University.
Brothers participating at the ceremony with Sam Lyles, Chapter Founder are (LtoR) Paul Smith, Chi Alpha '11, George DeJager, Beta '60, Mike D'Apolito, Beta Gamma '66, Cameron Spencer, Chi Alpha '11, Tom Galvin, Alpha Phi '83, George Parks, Beta Chi '86, Pat McGowan, Chi Alpha '11 and Brandon Hanson, Chi Alpha '11.
First College Age Chapter
On July 20, 2011 our first college age chapter was chartered in Ocala, FL. The formal initiation and chartering ceremony took place at The Villages in Wildwood. Five alumni brothers conducted the initiation ceremony of our new Chi Alpha Chapter which was founded by Pat McGowan.
Corporate President Mike D'Apolito, Beta Gamma '66 presents Pat McGowan, Chi Alpha '11 the Charter at Ocala, Florida. Pat attends the College of Central Florida.
Alumni Brothers participating at the ceremony with Patrick McGowan, Chapter Founder are (LtoR) Mark Quering, Beta Chi '72, George DeJager, Beta '60, Mike D'Apolito, Beta Gamma '66, Michael Fiumara, Beta Chi '70 and Dan Upbin, Beta Sigma '90.
New Jersey Alumni Group Organizes
The Brothers stepping forward to lead the New Jersey Chapter of the Alumni Association take their Oaths of Office.
They are (Left to Right) Bro.’s Nedswick (Secretary), Nardella (1st VP), George (President), Baumgaertel (2nd VP), and Lowe (Treasurer).
Brother Bill Dutches is Honored
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.”
Northern NJ Chapters Reunion
A Night To Remember
Wow! What a rousing success. With over 100 people attending the Northern
New Jersey Chapters Reunion on July 31st. 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.
(All pictures are posted - Go to Archives-Pics and scroll down to NJ Reunion)
Be Ever Ready to Help A Brother
Many thanks to Brothers Bill Lowe, Rob Conway and Dana Collela who organized a benefit held at St Anthony's Church in Butler, New Jersey and raised over $40,000 for the family of Brother Walter Boback. Brother Boback passed away after a long battle with Lieukemia.
Meet Bro. Bill Wolf
Alpha Mu Chapter 1933
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 accomodate 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 at
I will always fondly remember Omega Gamma Delta. Best wishes to all.
Bro. Bill Wolf '33
Meet Brother Erl Landsnaes
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 demonstrated that in this picture.
OMEGA 2013 ANNUAL PICNIC
Omega's Annual Picnic will be held on Sunday June 23rd, 12:00PM at Eisenhower Park in East Meadow, NY.
Parking Field # 4, Picnic Area E – Scarlet Oak
The cost is $25 per Brother (must be paid before June 15th).
After June 15th $30 per Brother at the door
Family Members are FREE
Three ways to pay.
1. Send a check payable to Omega Gamma Delta Fraternity to Brother Ralph Iervolino, Corporate Treasurer at :
33594 Herring View Dr.
Lewes, DE 19958.
2. Pay via our on-line store - follow the link on the Omega website.
3. Pay via PayPal to
Be sure to include your name, chapter, year of induction and how many family members will be attending (if any).
Brother Eric Ostrander, Beta'91 Hawthorne N.J.
Chapter Treasurer, Wrestling and Soccer
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The Brother Vince Lombardi Trophy
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 philosphy 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."
"I'll Be Home for Christmas"
The song, "I'll Be Home for Christmas" was written by OMEGA BROTHER Kim Gannon. Recorded in 1943 by Bing Crosby it earned Crosby his fifth gold record. "I'll Be Home for Christmas" has since gone on to become a Christmas standard. The song is sung from the point of view of an overseas soldier during WWII, writing a letter to his family. In the message, he tells the family that he will be coming home, and to prepare the holiday for him including requests for "snow", "mistletoe", and "presents on the tree". The song ends on a melancholy note, with the soldier saying "I'll be home for Christmas, if only in my dreams." The song touched the hearts of Americans, both soldiers and civilians, who were in the midst of World War II. "I'll Be Home for Christmas" became the most requested song at Christmas U.S.O. shows. In December 1965, astronauts Frank Borman and Jim Lovell while on Gemini 7 requested "I'll Be Home for Christmas" be played for them by the NASA ground crew. "I'll Be Home for Christmas" was also recorded by Perry Como , Frank Sinatra , Elvis Presley, Dean Martin, The Beach Boys, Jimmy Buffet, Kelly Clarkson and over 75 other artists.
Beta Pi Chapter Holds
Wounded Warriors Banquet
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.
NEW JERSEY STATE CHAMPIONS
Beta Pi Chapter President Brother Jack Baumgaertel # 54 wins Most Valuable Player trophy as Pompton Lakes wins New Jersey State Football Championship at Giant Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ.
A Note From active Brother Cameron Spencer, Chi Alpha College Chapter, Ocala Florida
BRo. sean Carey Safely returns
BRo. sean Carey has safely returned from AFGHANISTAN thank you brother sean for your service.
2011 ALUMNI CHAPTER PICNIC
Our 2011 on September 17th at Eisenhower Park was great success. We would like to thank everyone for coming out. We probably had just over 100 brothers come thru out the day.
(All pictures are posted go to Archives-Pictures and then scroll down to Omega Picnic 2011)
Brother Ciapi's Cookbook
Taste and Tales of Sicilian Cookery by Brother Thomas Ciapi, Beta Chi '73. This back to Queens cookbook is a Sicilian story of four generations of the Ciapi family with recipes, tales, and pictures from the neighborhood influenced by the great and proud Italian American Culture. Available through Amazon.com and http://www.facebook.com/l/f9d8bu7IZA3zhG1MuWsj-F8pSUg/www.thomasciapi.com.
A Note From Brother Scott Piazza
Dear Sirs & Brothers,
My memories of Omega will always be held fondly in my heart. The years gone by have made me reminiscent. I am proud to always remember my active years (1981 - 1985) with the Beta Psi chapter and was honored to be the chapter's president in 1983 & 1984.
My fraternal life is something I have always cherished. Life has, bitter sweetly, brought me far from those times and those brothers and away from one of the most formative alliances I had in my life. When I remember those things that were important to me growing up, it is my active years within Omega that I regard the most.
I was doing research about my cousin, Philip Devito (Omega 1976), and I came upon the listing of all of us at Beta Psi. While the later years are a little off, here and there, everyone is accounted for that I know of. Just seeing all of those names made me smile.
I just wanted you, the current keepers of the faith, to know what Omega has meant to me. If there is any way to get back in touch with anyone from Beta Psi, or any of the surrounding chapters, I would really like to rekindle those connections. If I can ever be of any service to the brotherhood again, please do me the honor of contacting me.
My colors may be faded, my ring was sadly stolen, but I will always be black & gold.
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.
Can You Identify this Omega Brother?
Sports Illustrated Magazine - Oct. 14, 1976, World Series Game 5. Caption says "Fan runs on field after game winning HR and grabs Chrs Chambliss."
Found in an 1914 Omega publication.
A Note From Brother Sean Carey
Thanks to all brothers who have sent me boxes, it is much appreciated. I also would like to let you all know Bro Dylan Sylverstri is now serving his second tour in Afganistan.
And also thanks for sending me an OGD shirt.
Brother Sean Carey - PFC US ARMY
Beta Pi Chapter
Class of '09