Beta Alpha Alpha Chapter
A Brief History

During the Spring and Summer of 1978, nine Brothers rich in the history and spirit of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., felt the calling to create a new chapter of their illustrious fraternity.

They envisioned a chapter that would be centrally located in the City of White Plains, NY, the geographic and governmental center of Westchester County. The chapter would be established as a lifetime membership chapter . Life members represent the pinnacle of commitment and dedication to the fraternity; pledging their life to being an active member of Omega, exhibiting her ideals and principles in his all aspects of life. A life membership chapter would radiate a degree of passion, experience and vision that would be unique in the fraternity.

Those nine Brothers dedicated themselves to establishing a lifetime membership chapter and from their labor Beta Alpha Alpha Chapter (BAA) earned its charter on September 18, 1978. The founding members were: Thad Conyers, Willie Faulkner, Dr, William Griffin, Harry Jefferson, Jr., Dr. Alphonso Patterson, Fernell Patterson, Jacques Weaver, Archie Williams, Jr. and William Wimbush. Today, life members comprise nearly half of the chapter's membership.

Since its beginning in 1978, Beta Alpha Alpha's members and programs have grown. BAA established the not-for-profit Beta Alpha Alpha Foundation, Inc. in 1992, which at its annual Scholarship Breakfast, awards thousands of dollars in college scholarships to graduating male African-American and Latino high school students. Over the past thirty-six years, the chapter and the foundation have awarded scholarships to over 160 promising college-bound students. The chapter has also delivered or supported youth programs, voter registration drives, senior citizen projects, health fairs, talent hunts, achievement recognition programs and other activities that provide uplift to our community.

Beta Alpha Alpha's contributions have been numerous and far-reaching. Its future represents continued opportunities to creatively address the needs of the community, positively impact the lives of those it serves.

 

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