Dear Friends of Omega:

Welcome to the Lambda Upsilon Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc. website. In February of 1951,

Lambda Upsilon Chapter was founded and chartered in Paterson, New Jersey by Charles Butler: 

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Basileus, Ansel Payne: Keeper of Records and Seals, George Riley: Keeper of Finance, Charles Deal: Dean of Pledges, Julius Threet :Keeper of Peace, Edward Hardy: Historian, Julius Glover: Chaplain, Raymond Quarterman, Edward Oden and Lewis

Our website is designed to increase our collaboration and interaction with our members and the general public. This website is intended to serve as a vehicle for informing, explaining and clarifying the actions, roles and responsibilities of our chapter, raising awareness about our Fraternity and its mission, and – most importantly – giving us an opportunity to hear from you.

Thank you for your support and we look forward to seeing you at our future events.


Bro. John Zellars, Jr.
Lambda Upsilon Basileus


Joint Position Statement Against Hazing

Council of Presidents
National Pan-Hellenic Council, Inc.
September 13, 2000

The organizations of the National Pan-Hellenic Council, Inc. (NPHC) are committed to nurturing the ideals of sisterhood and fraternalism in an atmosphere of responsibility and respect. We are also committed to upholding the dignity and self-respect of all persons seeking membership therein. Hazing is antithetical to this commitment and is prohibited by the rules of each NPHC organization. In 1990, the member organizations of the NPHC jointly agreed to disband pledging as a form of admission. At the dawn of a new millennium, we the members of the National Pan-Hellenic Council do hereby reaffirm our unequivocal opposition to hazing and those who seek to perpetuate it.

WHEREAS the National Pan-Hellenic Council, Inc. (NPHC) is comprised of local councils drawn from the ranks of 1.5 million college and professional members of the nine historically African-American fraternities and sororities, namely: Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc., Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. and Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Inc. and the Council of Presidents of these member organizations who come together on issues that promote the common purposes and general good for which these organizations exist; and

WHEREAS these NPHC organizations, operating through chapters located in the United States, the Caribbean, Europe, Africa and Asia, are proud of their commitment since 1906 to scholarship, community service, leadership and the promotion of sisterhood and brotherhood in an atmosphere of respect and responsibility; and

WHEREAS these NPHC organizations are likewise committed to promoting the self-respect and dignity of all persons seeking membership in the respective organizations; and

WHEREAS hazing is antithetical to this commitment and is strictly prohibited by the constitution, policies and procedures of each NPHC organization; and

WHEREAS “pledging” has been officially abolished as a process for membership and pledge “lines” have similarly been abolished; and all members and prospective members are prohibited from engaging in hazing, pledge or pre-pledge “lines”; and

WHEREAS in 1990 the NPHC organizations issued a joint statement announcing the elimination of pledging and each has instituted within its respective organization a revised membership development and intake process; and

WHEREAS each NPHC organization has instituted strong policies against hazing and has taken steps to reinforce and strengthen its stand against prohibited conduct; and

WHEREAS as we begin this new century and a renewed commitment to the fundamental principles of brotherhood, sisterhood, human dignity and mutual respect, the NPHC organizations desire to make their commitment against hazing abundantly clear and fully intend for every member, prospective member, parent, university and the general public to be aware of the individual and collective position of the organizations against hazing; and

WHEREAS these NPHC organizations further desire to make known their respective commitment to hold any person who engages in hazing individually and personally liable to the victim and to answer to the law and the organization; and will hold such persons to respond in monetary damages, civil and criminal penalties and severe disciplinary action by the organization, including expulsion; and

WHEREAS the definition of hazing has been held to include any action taken or situation created that involves or results in abusive, physical contact or mutual harassment of a prospective Fraternity or Sorority member; and that any such action is considered hazing, whether it occurs on or off the Fraternity or Sorority premises, campus or place where chapters or prospective members meet; and that hazing has also been described to include any action that results in excessive mutual or physical discomfort, embarrassment or harassment; that such activities include, but are not limited to, paddling, creation of excessive fatigue, physical or psychological shock, morally degrading or humiliating activities, late work sessions that interfere with scholastic activities and any other activities inconsistent with fraternal law and regulations and policies of the affiliated educational institution and federal, state or local law; and

WHEREAS such illegal conduct is inimical to the principles for which each organization stands and fails to foster respect for fellow members or preserve human dignity;

BE IT RESOLVED AND RESTATED WITH EMPHASIS ANEW that hazing, pledging, pledge “lines”, pre-pledge “lines” or post-intake hazing are strictly prohibited by these NPHC organizations; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, RESTATED AND MADE KNOWN that these NPHC organizations are committed to eradicate the scourge of hazing; and to that end.

That the intake process has been recodified by each organization, which permits the conduct of intake only when specifically authorized by the officer placed in charge of the process and only at such times, places and in the presence of persons specifically authorized and certified to conduct the intake process;

That prospective members and the parents of collegiate applicants are advised that hazing is not a requirement for membership, nor is it tolerated;

That members and prospective members must attest that they are fully aware of the organization’s policy against hazing and will not engage in prohibited conduct and that the organization will fully cooperate with law enforcement authorities and with university officials in the investigation and prosecution of hazing or other illegal activity;

That members and applicants for membership are also put on written notice that they will be held responsible to the organization for violation of policies against hazing and the organization will pursue full remedies allowed by law to obtain indemnification for damages caused by the actions of the members or applicants who participated in illegal, unauthorized or prohibited conduct despite notice to refrain from such conduct;

That each organization shall enforce severe penalties, including expulsion, for proven violations of its policies against hazing and impose sanctions against a chapter involved and cooperate with the university in implementing sanctions by the university;

That members and applicants for membership shall be required to immediately notify the national office of the Fraternity or Sorority, the local chapter advisor, university officials and law enforcement officials of any observed hazing incident or improper activity believed to be in violation of the policy against hazing, without fear of reprisal and their application for membership will not be affected by so doing; and, indeed, failure to report known violations may disqualify a candidate for membership; and, finally,

That these NPHC organizations shall continue to encourage their members to participate in activities which promote high scholastic achievement, sisterhood, brotherhood, loyalty and leadership; and shall continue to affirm sound values and the worth of every member working together to accomplish organizational goals and serve the community.



Lambda Upsilon History

Lambda Upsilon Chapter of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. was chartered February 13,1951.

The Founding Brothers were:
Charles Butler: Basileus
Ansel Payne: KRS
George Riley: KF
Charles Deal: Dean of Pledges
Julius Threet: Keeper of Peace
Edward Hardy: Historian
Julius Glover: Chaplain
Raymond Quaterman
Edward Oden
Lewis Alexander

The following are the “Lines” that have been pledged at Lambda Upsilon:

First Five: SPR 1952
Sam Hughes
Theodore Hinton
Johnnie Blackwood
William Kline
James Hendricks

Obstinate One: SPR 1954
Larry Colbert

Treacherous Two: SPR 1956
James Carter
Paul Barnes

Terrible Two: SPR 1957
Norman Chase
Charles Sanford

Tough Two: SPR 1958
Richard Amos
Charles Sanford

Mighty Nine: SPR 1960
Arthur Eason
Donald Allen
Frank Napier
Henry Clyburn
H. Eversette Irving
Willie P. Smith
Morris Freeman
Thomas C. Harris
R.J. Cornish Jr.

Tenacious Two: SPR 1965
James Thomas
Kenneth Alston

Fumbling Five: SPR 1970
Adam Richberg
Roy Rhodes
Nat Oliver
Reginald Brown
Vreeland Williams

Doomsday Dozen: FALL 1970
Randolph Alexander
Dwight Blackmon
John Cline
Charles Jackson
Monte Suber
Edward Warrick
Larry Witherspoon
Russell Bragdon
Thorton Smith
Alphonso Robinson
Thomas Crawford
Stanley Rogers

Fearless 10: SPR 1987
Gil Benson
T.K. Wells
Jeff Cum
James Joyner
Chuck Cornish
Mike Richardson
Harry Cornish
Donald Davis
Kenny Davis
Barry Rosser

Deadly Seven: SPR 1989
Glen Bell
Lynwood Turner
John Zellers
Kemper McDowell
Marty Johnson
Walter Johnson
William McCallum

Enthusiastic 8: SPR 1989 (WPU Charter Line)
Edward Drummond
Horace Perkins
Lorin Ellis
Anthony Smith
Glen Holt
Ricardo Datts
Lance Wakefield
Garvin Hadden

Awesome Twosome: SPR 1992
Hannibal Howell
Ryan Singleton

Unknown One: SPR 1995
Charles Ross

Undeniable Latin One: FALL 1995
Felix Gil

Fluctuating Four: SPR 1996
Charles Brown
Jason Hawes
Donald Showell
Todd Pipken

Never Again Ten: SPR 2001
Benny Benson
Moses McKenzie
Dwayne Roberts
Eddie Hill
Ronald Lathan
Todd Harris
Ronald Thomas
Andrew Beckford
Bennie Lee
Claude Wilson

Unconquerable Four: FALL 2004
Corwin Belfield
Lawrence Hart
John Chestnut
Steve Price

The Rebirth: FALL 2010
Jerome Morgan
Henry Dixon
Reggie Foxworth
Jason Hall
Jayson Cornish

It Couldn’t be Done: SPR 2012
Akmed Taylor-Kamara
Terrence Love
Micheal Smith
Taameir Drew
Jason Jennings

Cardiac Arrest: SPR 2014
Michael Newell
Tommie Patterson
Vincent Arrington

xxxxxxxxxxxxxx: FALL 2014
Markeece Preston
Jarel Lowery


  • John Zellars – Basileus
  • Jason Hall – Vice Basileus
  • Michael Smith – Keeper of Records and Seal
  • Gerald Glisson – Keeper of Peace
  • Todd Harris – Keeper of Finance
  • Immediate Past Basileus – Chris Irving


Our Omega Chapter Brothers

Bro. Charles S. Butler*
Bro. Ansil Payne, Jr.*
Bro. George C. Riley*
Bro. Charles Deal*
Bro. Juius S. Threet, Jr.*
Bro. Edward E. Hardy*
Bro. Julius Glover*
Bro. Raymond Quarterman*
Bro. Lewis Alexander*
Bro. Edwin M. Oden*
Bro. Herman E. Irving
Bro. Harry L. Cornish, Esq.
Bro. H. Charles Cornish
Bro. T.K. Wells
Bro. Benny Gerald Benson Jr.
Bro. Winford Morgan
Bro. Rev. Dr Frank Napier Jr.
Bro. Larry L. Witherspoon
Bro. Richard Odom
Bro. Norman Chase
Bro. Paul Duncan
Bro. Samuel Hughes
Bro. Theodore H. Hinton, Esq.
Bro. Johnnie Blackwood
Bro. James D. Carter
Bro. Frederick D. McWilliams
Bro. Charles B. Sanford
Bro. Charles E. Jackson
Bro. Alfonso E. Robinson
Bro. Hannibal Howell


Lambda Upsilon Chapter Meeting Place

Formal Meeting held every first Saturday of the Month
Meeting time 7:00 pm

Refreshment will be served

Please confirm via email your attendance

Bragg Funeral Home – Paterson NJ
256 Rosa Parks Blvd.
Paterson, NJ 07501

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The New Millennium 2010,
What is your Legacy?

 As the millennium comes to an end so does another chapter in Omega’s history. When the history books are written they will tell the stories of thousands of people. They will write about the good and the bad, the young and the old, builders and destroyers, the blind and the visionaries, and the givers and takers. They will tell stories of great men like Dr. Martin Luther King and El Malik Shabaaz who chose to father a nation. And my father Fred Harris Jr. an African American, Korean War veteran, and Paterson, New Jersey Dry Cleaner who choose to father a family.

One point of interest that all readers of this history will have is, what was their legacy? What part of the road map of success did they carve for their followers? I could fill this booklet with those things that will be written about those things that will be forgotten. Our most Honorable founders, Edgar Amos Love, Oscar James Cooper, Frank Coleman and Earnest Everett Just left four cardinal principals; that of Manhood, Scholarship, Perseverance and Uplift meant to live your life by, carved in that road map.

As we stand on what is the Omega and Alpha of the current and the next millennium, we need to ask each other as an individual, a chapter, a district and a fraternity. WHAT WILL BE YOUR LEGACY? What will you bequest future generations? This meeting will not be adjourned until history says we handed down some tangible building tools to our offspring. We the brothers of Lambda Upsilon Chapter are ready to break new ground on that road to success. Come join us and bring all your heavy equipment.

Brother Darryl Harris


Interested in Joining

Omega Psi Phi Fraternity selects men whose records demonstrate that they possess mental capacity, strong character and an earnest desire to equip themselves for service to humanity.  The Fraternity seeks to develop conscientious, eager, enthusiastic, and active members who will carry on our traditions, ideals, and service in years ahead.

To become a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, you must:

Possess the qualities of Manhood, Scholarship, Perseverance and Uplift
Display the qualities of leadership.
Have an overall 2.5 grade point average (4 point system) or its equivalent from a college or university recognized by the    fraternity, be certified as a full time student and be at least a second semester freshman (if an undergraduate).
Have earned at least a bachelors degree from an approved college or university (graduate).
Show evidence of school or community involvement. (Examples, Church, social organizations, NAACP, UNCF, Masonic Order, etc.).
Participate in an official Information Session conducted by the Regional Intake Team only after receiving an invitation.
Request that an official transcript bearing College/University seals be mailed directly from the Registrar to the Chairman of the Regional Intake Team.
Pay only dues and fees identified at the Informational Session.
Submit a medical examination, pass a record check, pass an interview, and pass an examination regarding the history of the Fraternity.
Have three (3) letters of recommendation submitted.


Bro. John Zellars
Lambda Upsilon Chapter
Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.
P.O. Box 3023
Paterson, NJ 07509-3023



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