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Freeport, TX


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Rho Xi
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Mightyrhoxi77.org
P. O. Box 2043
Freeport, TX 77542
mathiscl@aol.com

Bro. Christopher Mathis
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mathiscl1911@gmail.com
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Christopher Mathis
Frank Watson
Jordal Gipson
Michael Evans
Raymond Waddy
Anthony Edwards

About Rho Xi

RHO XI CHAPTER HISTORY {1977 – 2018}

I. Birth of Rho Xi  

Rho Xi chapter was born August 31, 1977, at the Shrimp Hut Restaurant, in Surfside Tx.  Brother Samuel W. Prince, Ninth District Representative and Brother John Captain, South Texas State Representative presented Seven Mighty Omega Men with a charter for service to the Brazoria County Area south of Houston, Texas.

 

The application for the Graduate Chapter Charter was made to the Supreme Council of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. through the Ninth District Representative, Brother Samuel Prince, on June 10, 1977 in Freeport, Texas.  Brother Samuel R. Shepard, was Acting National Executive Secretary of the fraternity at the time of the chapter Charter.

 

Brother Prince made the following comments regarding the chapter charter application, “I recommend chartering of this chapter.  Most of these Omega Men, I am acquainted with and I feel that they will produce a chapter that Omega will be proud of. This city is located 60 miles south of Houston on the Gulf of Mexico, an industrial city, sea port and boating resort, with Dow Chemical Company one of the major industries.   They are all young men and dedicated to the cause.”

 

Charter Members of Rho Xi Chapter

Name                                                   Date of Initiation        Chapter

Clifford L. Ward (Omega Chapter)      May 1939                    Ohio State University

James Doss                                          December 1962           Rho Gamma, Stillman College

Louis Moore, Jr.                                  December 1968            Theta, Wiley College

Thomas J. Green Jr.                            December 1968           Tau Epsilon, Texas Southern University

Winston Lucas                                    May 1970                     Phi Gamma, North Texas State University

Frank Lynch                                        May 1975                    Zeta Eta, Paul Quinn College

Donald L. George                                May 1975                    Theta, Wiley College

 

* Donald W. Thomas, Jr. was not financial at the time of the approved charter, but later became a financial member of Rho Xi within months after the charter was approved.

 

II. Building the Foundation “ The Early Years”

The First Chapter Administrators of Rho Xi Chapter

Basileus………………………………….……….         James Doss

Vice-Basileus…………………………….………         Donald W. Thomas (replaced by Louis Moore)

Keeper of Records And Seal……………………       Thomas Green Jr.

Keeper of Finance……………………………….        Winston Lucas

Keeper of Peace…………………………………         Clifford Ward

Chaplin………………………………………….          Frank Lynch

Editor to the Oracle…………………………….         Clifford L. Ward

 

Rho Xi Membership increased in the early years with the addition of Terry Gordon (Sigma Sigma/Phi Beta, Texas College/Jarvis Christian College), Joseph Bonner (Phi Beta Jarvis Christian College) and Donald Thomas (Rho Theta, Prairie View College).  

 

Our early members were all outstanding black men in the community with successful professions. Most meet as employees at the Dow Chemical Company in Freeport, Texas. In addition they sought out fraternal friendship through the recognition of  the shield, greek letters, and other forms of fraternal identification. After meeting these new friends they encouraged them to join Rho Xi Chapter.

Rho Xi's initiated its "First Line" in 1979.  Members of that line consisted of the following three brothers: Kenneth McMillian, (Omega Chapter) Jerry Robinson and David Tyler. These brothers immediately served the chapter in various capacities and were an essential element of growth in the early years.

 

III. Timeline of Superior Service and Accomplishment

Rho Xi Chapter has served the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. and the community in various capacities.

 

  • May 1987, Rho Xi charter member James Doss along with the Angleton Willing Workers are responsible for the re-birth of the Juneteenth Celebration in the Brazoria County Area. In the same year Bro. Terry Gordon established the Martin Luther King Celebration. These events were not organized and celebrated by the community at the time. Their efforts have created a great legacy of attendance and historical reflection with the local African-American community and the population as a whole.

 

  • March 1991, at the Annual Ninth District Meeting, Brother Terry Gordon was selected as the Ninth District Citizen of the Year.

 

  • May 1991, Rho Xi Chapter helped chartered Nu Delta Delta Chapter at Texas A&M University, College Station.  The following members were initiated through Rho Xi Chapter for membership into Nu Delta Delta: Antoin Espritt, Byron Fletcher, Randall Gibson, Robert Gonzales, Albert Hall, Paul Howard, Brian James, Gregory Pumphrey Jr., Gerald Reece, Thomas Stonum, Todd Vauhn, Kyle Wagner, Courtney Bomar, and John Miggins Jr.

 

  • August 1997, under the Chairmanship of Brother Wes Biggs, Rho Xi hosted its first Annual Golf Tournament.

 

  • Brother Wendle Van Smith, Esq., one of Rho Xi's Brightest "Pearls" , has served Omega Psi Phi Fraternity in various positions. Within the district he was elected Ninth District Counselor and First Vice District Representative. Brother Wendle Van Smith served as District Representative from 1998 to 2000. He has also been appointed to chair committees at the International Level.

 

  • May 1999, Rho Xi chapter helped reestablished Eta Mu Chapter, Sam Houston State University, Huntsville and assumed the role as Chapter Advisor.

 

  • February 2000, Rho Xi served as Host City for The Lone Star State Ques (LSSQ) Annual Meeting. Offices held in the LSSQ by members of the chapter included Kenneth McMillan as State Secretary and Melvin Henderson as President.  Rho Xi has had two South Texas State Representatives, James Doss and Robert Morgan. Brother Miron Billingsley served as the Ninth District Director of Public Relations.

 

  • May 2000, under the Chairmanship of Brother Melvin Henderson, Rho Xi started the famed Annual Memorial Day Cruising with Ques Boat Ride.  Nu Phi Chapter was invited to Co-sponsor this highly successful annual event.

 

  • April 2001, Rho Xi Chapter co-hosted with the Houston Area Coalition of Chapter the well-known 64th Ninth District Meeting.  A record number of 701 brothers registered for this meeting.

 

  • Rho Xi works diligently with the Food Bank and Blood Bank of Houston.  Brothers Joseph Washington and Kenneth Medlock have continued to "raise the bar" in their efforts to aide and assist the food and blood banks. Brother Vincent Manning has continued to keep Rho Xi involved with the Boy Scouts of America.  The chapter has sponsored and continues to sponsor scholarship annually for kids to attend summer camping programs. Brother Dr. Richard Layne, started the Texas Adopt-the-Highway program for the chapter; whereas, the chapter brothers maintained a 2 mile stretch of roadway down FM2234 between FM 288 and Almeda Drive.

 

  • The diversity of Rho Xi's talent hunt participants has been rewarded by the Ninth District Talent Hunt committee recognizing Rho Xi's talent hunt participants with two first place, one second place and one third place award.  These students represented Kashmere High in Houston, Brazosport High in Freeport and Brazoswood High in Clute were selected as winner in the four state (Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana and Texas) competition. Bro. James Doss has been instrumental in securing such talented youth through the years.

 

  • November 2003, under the Chairmanship of Brother Robert Morgan, Rho Xi participated in the fraternity first endorsed America’s Walk for Diabetes.

 

  • June 2004, under the leadership of Brother Raylon Haley, Basileus of Rho Xi, the Chapter conducted a model training workshop on the campus of Texas Southern University.  The Ninth District Keeper of Finance, Brother Shawn Brewer participated in the workshop. Brother Joseph Washington, re-established the Texas Adopt-the-Highway program for the chapter; whereas, the chapter brothers maintained a 2 mile stretch of roadway starting at highway 59 and Almeda Drive.

 

  • April 2005, Rho Xi Chapter made another shining mark on the fraternity at the 68th District Meeting in Monroe, Louisiana with the First place winning of the Talent Hunt candidate and the election of Brother Robert Morgan Jr as the new Ninth District Keeper of Records and Seal.

 

  • July 2006, the Houston Area Coalition of Chapters volunteered to host the 2007 District Meeting in Houston after Phi Iota Iota Chapter in LaPlace, Louisiana backed out due to the strained that it would caused on it membership in trying to host a District Meeting in New Orleans from the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.  Rho Xi Chapter Brother James Doss was elected by the Coalition and appointed by the Ninth District Representative, Brother Todd Clemons to serve as the District Marshal. Through Brother Doss and the Houston Coalition efforts, Houston set another record breaking number of 950 register attendees at the 70th District Meeting.Brother James Doss also served several terms as District Talent Hunt Chairman in the future.

 

  • Rho Xi Chapter has had two brothers awarded Ninth District Omega Man of the Year. Bro. Robert Morgan won this prestigious award in 2007 and Bro. Omar Sesay received it in 2009. On February 17, 2009 Rho Xi was selected as “New Group of the Year” by the Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center. After hosting successful blood drives which in turn help save over 600 lives.

 

  • Under the leadership of Bro. Rahsaan Cook (Basileus) and Bro. Omar Sesay (Vice Basileus) Rho Xi Chapter won its first Ninth District Chapter of the Year Award for service completed within the 2008-2009 fiscal year.

 

  • In 2010, Bro. Omar Sesay was appointed to South East Texas Membership Selection Process Chairman by Bro. Willie F. Hinchen 21st Ninth District Representative. He served within this position from 2010 to 2017.

 

  • In 2010, Bro. Raylon Haley was elected to serve as President of the Houston Area Coalition of Chapters.  At this time the HACOC had five graduate and five undergraduate chapters within the Greater Houston Area.

 

  • From 2010 to 2017 the following brothers served as Basileus. Bro. Phil Thomas, Bro. Freddy Blanks, and Bro. Jason Johnson. These brothers oversaw a great period of growth within Rho Xi Chapter. Rho Xi Chapter experienced a boost in chapter membership growing from approximately forty to nearly ninty financial brothers. Within these years Rho Xi Chapter went on to dominate service awards within the Ninth District (Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana). Rho Xi won six additional Ninth District Chapter of the Year Awards as well as awards for social action participation and reclamation. Within this time period the chapter adopted several new projects to uplift the community. The first Rho Xi Chapter Breakfast with Santa Program was chaired by Bro. Freddy Blanks and Bro. Christopher Mathis. This program provides breakfast and toys to approximately 200 children.

 

  • In 2014, Bro. Erick Powers was elected for the first time to serve as the Ninth District Chaplain. He was re elected to serve three consecutive terms filling the position from 2014 until 2017.

 

  • In 2014, Bro. Jeffrey Williams was elected to serve as Life Membership Foundation Region 9 Representative. He served in this position from 2014-2017.

 

  • In 2015, Bro. Rahsaan Cook was appointed to serve as the Ninth District Achievement Week Committee Chairman by Bro. Kenneth Terrell 24th Ninth District Representative.  

 

  • In 2016, Bro. Frank Watson was elected to serve as Vice President of the Houston Area Coalition of Chapters. At this time the HACOC consisted of seven graduate and five undergraduate chapters within the Greater Houston Area. Bro. Watson served from 2016 to 2018. 

 

  • In 2016, The Ninth District and South East Texas Talent Hunt Programs were named in honor of Bro. James Doss.

 

  • In 2017, Bro. Wendle Van Smith received the Ninth District Founder's Lifetime Achievement Award and was inducted into the Lone Star State Ques Hall of Fame.

 

  • In August 2017, The Rho Xi Chapter 40th Anniversary Celebration was chaired by Bro. Frank Watson. The Chapter received a proclamation for forty years of service to the fraternity from the 40th Grand Basileus Bro. Antonio F. Knox, Sr.  

 

  • In January 2018, Bro. Jeffrey Williams was elected to serve as President of the Houston Area Coalition of Chapters. He was President of the HACOC during the 81st Ninth District Meeting in Houston, Texas.

 

The Rho Xi Chapter is known for its hard work and dedication to the Brazoria County and Houston communities. With a rich history of service, and a proud legacy of accomplished members, we have contributed greatly to fraternal and community advancement. Long live the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity and the Might Rho Xi Chapter we hope to continue to live our creed and be a shining light in the community for years to come.

 

IV. Positions of Service Within the Fraternity and Awards

A. International

International Chairman Grand Tribunal: Bro. Wendle Van Smith (1994–1998)

International Supreme Council Member: Bro. Wendle Van Smith (1998-2000)

International Chairman of the Constitution and Bylaws Committee: Bro. Wendle Van Smith (2002–2006)

International Talent Hunt Committee Member: Bro. James Doss (Various Years)

International Achievement Week Committee Member: Bro. Rahsaan Cook  (2015 - Present)

International Economic Development & Marketing Committee : Bro. Alex Herman (2013-Present) /  Bro. Frank Watson ( 2016 - Present)

 

B. Ninth District (Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Arkansas)

 

Awards:

9th District Chapter of the Year (7): (08-2009), (2009-2010), (2010-2011), (2011-2012), (2012-2013), (2014-2015), (2016-2017)

 

9th District Social Action Chapter of the Year (3): (2008-2009), (2010-2011) & (2016-2017)

 

9th District Reclamation Chapter of the Year (1): (2008-2009)

 

Ninth District Talent Hunt: Named in honor of Bro. James Doss (Omega Chapter)

 

Omega Man of the Year (2): Bro. Robert Morgan (2006) & Bro. Omar Sesay (2010)

 

Citizen of the Year (1): Bro. Terry Gordon (1991)

 

State Representative of the Year (2): Bro. James Doss (Omega Chapter) & Bro. Robert Morgan

 

Membership Selection Process Chairman of the Year (1): Bro. Omar Sesay (2012)

 

Brotherhood Award (1): Bro. Rahsaan Cook (2017)

 

Ninth District Founders Lifetime Achievement Award (1): Wendle Van Smith (2017)


 

District Elected, Appointed, and Chairman Positions:

District Representative: Bro. Wendle Van Smith (1998-2000)

 

1st Vice District Representative: Bro. Wendle Van Smith (1995-1998)

 

District Keeper of Records and Seal: Bro. Robert Morgan (2005-2008)

 

District Counselor: Bro. Wendle Van Smith (1986-1995)

 

District Chaplin: Bro. Erick Powers (2013-2016)

 

District Marshall: Bro. James Doss (2007-2008)

 

District Public Relations Director: Bro. Miron Billingsley (1999-2000)

 

District Talent Hunt Chairman:  Bro. James Doss (Omega Chapter) (Various Years)

 

Life Membership Foundation Region 9 Representative & Secretary:  Bro. Jeffrey Williams (2014-2017)

 

District Keeper of Peace: Bro. Dennis Morrison (Various Years)

 

District Constitution & By-laws Chairman: Bro. Robert Morgan (2005-2008)

 

Assistant District Marshall: Bro. Robert Morgan (2000-2005)

 

9th District Achievement Week Chairman: Bro. Rashaan Cook (2015-Present)

 

9th District Social Media Administrator: Bro. Frank Watson (2017-Present)

 

C. Texas State Representatives

Lone Star State Ques Officers:  President-Bro. Melvin Henderson (1999-2000) Secretary-Bro. Kenneth McMillan (Omega Chapter) (1999-2000)

 

Texas State Representatives-Houston Area: Bro. James Doss (Omega Chapter) (Various Years) & Bro. Robert Morgan (2000-2005)

 

Southeast Texas Membership Selection Process Chairman-Houston Area: Bro. Omar Sesay (2010-2017)

 

Lone Star State Ques Hall of Fame: Bro. Wendle Van Smith (2017)

 

D.  Houston Area Coalition of Chapters

President-Bro. Raylon Haley (2010-2014) & Jeffrey Williams (2018-2020)

 

Vice President: Bro. Frank Watson (2016-2018)

 

Secretary- Bro. Nathaniel Grace, Jr. (2010-2014)

 

Chaplin-Bro. Erick Powers (2012-2016) and Bro. Terry Gordon (2016-2017)

 

Shelly Steward Award Winners: Wendle Van Smith (1992), Robert Morgan (1999), Jeffrey Williams (2004), Raylon Haley (2009), Rahsaan Cook (2013), Omar Sesay (2014)

 

Lonzo Bryant Award Winners: Omar Sesay (2010) & Jeffery Williams (2017)

 

V. Rho Xi Lineage

Spring 1979 -

  1. Kenneth McMillan, (Omega Chapter)

  2. Jerry Robinson

  3. David Tyler

Spring 1983 - Front And Back Page

  1. Curtis Deal

  2. Mark Harkness

Spring 1990 – Three the Hard Way

  1. Ernest Cain

  2. Wes Biggs

  3. Lloyd Choice

Spring 1997 -

  1. Charles Dunn III

  2. Rodney Goodie

Fall 1997 – Three to the Heart

December 6, 1997

  1. Clyde Jackson

  2. Christopher Mathis

  3. Roosevelt Leday (Omega Chapter)

Fall 1999 – Dynamic Duo

December 4, 1999

  1. Rahsaan Cook

  2. Clarence White III

Fall 2000 - Three Degrees

December 9, 2000

  1. Willie Smith III

  2. Joseph Washington

  3. Jaffar Milledge

Spring 2003 – The Mercenary Three

March 27, 2003

  1. John Crockett

  2. Christopher Eckford

  3. Elijah Barefield III

Fall 2003 – The Ferocious Five

November 22, 2003

  1. Rodney D. Butler

  2. Jason Johnson

  3. Terrance Johnson

  4. Curtis Harris

  5. Freddy Blanks

Spring 2004 – The Trilogy

April 3, 2004

  1. Desnick McCullough

  2. Reginald Moore

  3. Jeffrey Goston

Summer 2008 – Terrible Two

June 28, 2008

  1. Nate Grace

  2. Courtney Linvel

Fall 2009- EΩSive Three

October 31, 2009

      1.  Joel McMillan

      2. Frank Watson

      3. Jakarta Edwards

Spring 2011- One Son of Perseverance

April 2, 2011

      1. Emanuel Uwajeh

Fall 2015 – Prime Nine Ωpostles

November 28, 2015

  1. Michael Evans

  2. Jordal Gipson

  3. Craig Jones

  4. Eric Woodard

  5. Kevin Wanzer

  6. Derrick McWilliams

  7. Calvin Greene II

  8. Jerome Ryans

  9. Benjamin Coleman

 

VI. Rho Xi Chapter Basilei and Vice Basilei

 

Year                            Rho Xi Basileus                                 Vice Basileus

 

1977-1978                  James Doss                        Donald W. Thomas

1978-1979                  James Doss                        Louis Moore, Jr.

1979-1980                  Louis Moore, Jr.                       Terry Gordon

1980-1981                 Terry Gordon                          Vincent Manning

1981-1982                  

1982-1983                  

1983-1984                  

1984-1985                  

1985-1986                  

1986-1987                  

1987-1988                  

1988-1989                    Winston Lucas                                        Vincent Manning

1989-1990                    Wendle Van Smith                     Vincent Manning

1990-1991                   James Doss                                             Vincent Manning

1991-1992                   James Doss                                             Vincent Manning

1992-1993                   James Doss                                             Vincent Manning

1993-1994                   James Doss                           Vincent Manning

1994-1995                   James Doss                           Vincent Manning

1995                           David Tyler                            Kenneth Medlock

1996                           Kenneth Medlock                     Thaddeus Moland replaced by James Doss

1996-1997                   James Doss                                            Robert Morgan Jr.

1997-1998                   Robert Morgan Jr.                                  Kenneth Medlock

1998-1999                   Robert Morgan Jr.                                  Kenneth Medlock

1999-2000                   Robert Morgan Jr.                      Terry Gordon

2000-2001                   Kenneth Medlock                                  Mark Norman

2001-2002                   Vincent Manning                     Raylon Haley

2002-2003                   Raylon Haley                        James Doss

2003-2004                   Raylon Haley                        James Doss

2004-2005                   Raylon Haley                                       Jeffrey Williams

2005-2006                   Jeffrey Williams                                  Miron Billingsley

2006-2007                   Jeffrey Williams                                  Rashaan Cook

2007-2008                   Jeffrey Williams                                  Rashaan Cook

2008-2009                   Rashaan Cook                                     Omar Sesay

2009-2010                   Phil Thomas                                         Omar Sesay

2010-2011                   Phil Thomas                                         Omar Sesay

2011-2012                   Phil Thomas                                         Freddy Blanks

2012-2013                   Freddy Blanks                                     Harold Mitchell

2013-2014                   Freddy Blanks                      Jason Johnson

2014-2015                   Freddy Blanks                      Jason Johnson

2015-2016                   Jason Johnson                     Christopher Mathis

2016-2017                   Jason Johnson                     Christopher Mathis

2017-2018                   Jason Johnson                     Christopher Mathis

2018-2019                   Christopher Mathis                    Frank Watson