The History of Beta Mu Mu Chapter
In November of 2006, eight thoroughly immersed members of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity discussed their vision to establish a new chapter in Clark County, Nevada. Founding Brothers Eric Adams, Elton R. Bacon, Michael Littlejohn, Nicholas Nicholson, David Lee Phillips, Paul Pradia, Dale Scott, and Wayne Williams officially petitioned the Fraternity to charter a new chapter. The Fraternity concurred and chartered Beta Mu Mu Chapter on January 26, 2007, formal charter signed and sealed on April 26th, 2007, and presented to the Chapter by the 12th District Representative, Bro. Charles Peevy to fulfill the requirements of service and dedication in the greater Las Vegas community. The Chapter’s first initiation ceremony for two members was in May 2007 at the then under renovation Moulin Rouge Casino. It also initiated three new members for Iota Iota Iota Chapter, Salt Lake City, Utah, in March 2009 after their completion of the membership selection program in Beta Mu Mu.
In the few years since its 2007 charter, Beta Mu Mu has awarded thousands of dollars in scholarships and provided thousands of hours of counseling, tutoring, and mentoring to students in Clark County secondary schools. The Chapter’s annual participation in the Fraternity’s International High School Essay Contest produced a third-place winner ($1,000), Angela Z. Hall, Cimarron-Memorial High School, at the International level for the 2010-2011 school year. As host Chapter, working with Kappa Xi, the other Las Vegas Chapter of Omega Psi Phi, Beta Mu Mu spearheaded the successful 2009 Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Leadership Conference in Las Vegas. In recognition of their contributions in organizing the Leadership Conference, Brother Michael Littlejohn, Chapter Basileus (2007-2010), became the 12th District Omega Man of the Year, and Brother Elton R. Bacon, Chapter Keeper of Records and Seal (2007-2010), received the 12th District Superior Service Award in 2010.
In previous years Beta Mu Mu participated in the Catholic Charity’s local Feed the Hungry program and annually donates hundreds of free flu shots (and offers non-free pneumonia and shingles vaccinations) provided by Walgreen’s to congregants at Desert Spring United Methodist Church. The Chapter routinely addresses health issues, especially as they pertain to African-American males, during monthly Chapter meetings. Through Beta Mu Mu’s Omega’s Pathway, the Chapter’s social action program, Brothers have volunteered as youth golf coaches, senior citizen providers, school tutors/mentors, in choir concerts, and in a local hospital. Individual member and Chapter monetary and material contributions support local and national charitable efforts, including the NAACP, UNCF, Disabled American Veterans, the Salvation Army, Vietnam Veterans of America, Safe Nest, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, the American Diabetes Association, and alumni associations. Beta Mu Mu also actively supports voter registration, especially through the efforts of the Chapter
Basileus (2010-2019), Brother Elton R. Bacon, a voter registrar.
2017 saw the Chapter expand its Omega Pathway initiatives as it annually provided Christmas toys for Angel Tree, a program that gives toys to children of incarcerated inmates in the names of the inmates. Additionally, in 2018 the Chapter adopted an underserved elementary school, Kit Carson International Academy, to give deserving families turkey dinners and Christmas gifts in conjunction with T.J. Max. The Chapter also obtained grants from the Las Vegas City Council through its Youth Neighborhood Association Partnership Program (YNAPP) to give Kit Carson students increased educational opportunities, including money management and robotics. The grant included purchase of robots for the school’s STEM program and awards for outstanding teachers identified by Kit Carson students. In 2018 the Chapter helped revive the local James B. Knighten Chapter of Tuskegee Airmen which joined forces in the STEM/robotics initiative at Kit Carson. Also, in 2018 the Chapter reestablished previous blood drive efforts through its first annual Dr. Charles Drew Blood Drive in conjunction with the American Red Cross and the local PanHellenic Council. The Dr. Charles Drew Blood Drive. included a Health Fair to provide community participants on-site health information, including mental health, and a voter registration table. Blood donors received a t-shirt with Brother Dr. Drew’s picture on the front and participating organizations on the back.
Beta Mu Mu’s successful fundraising to provide scholarships for secondary school students has occurred through its coordination with its 501c(3) partner, the Community Uplift Foundation. That coordination generated thousands of dollars during a 2013 ‘70’s party, a 2015 Scholarship Luncheon, and MasQUErade Balls in 2014-2016 and 2019. Annually since 2011, Beta Mu Mu celebrates the Fraternity’s November Achievement Week during a Sunday Founders Day Breakfast or
2011 & 2012 - Brother Dr. Charles Moody, a University of Michigan professor-emeritus
2013 – Brother Dr. Leary Adams, a local retired school principal
2014 – Brother Leon Pearson, Grand Marshal for the 80th Grand Conclave in Las Vegas
2015 – Brother W. Kelly Shannon, a former Grand Keeper of Finance
2016 – legacy Bro. Dr. Kyle Bacon, son of the Chapter Basileus
2017 – the 33 rd District Representative, Brother James Walker
2018 – Soror Tya R. Mathis-Coleman
Brothers Leon Pearson and James Walker, 33rd 12th District Representative, were guests at the 2015 Founders Day Breakfast that was a joint venture with Kappa Xi. At the 2015 Founders Day Breakfast the Chapter named Melissa L. Jock, a local high school teacher, its 2015 Citizen of the Year. Subsequently, 12th District named her its Citizen of the Year during its Founders Day Banquet at the 71st 12th District Meeting in Phoenix, AZ, in May 2016. During July 2016, the Chapter co-hosted the Fraternity’s financially successful 80th Grand Conclave, including spearheading several associated events. The District’s Keeper of Records and Seal, Bro. Ronan Hill, and Keeper of Finance, Bro. Timothy Waters, were guests at the Chapter’s 2016 Founders Day Breakfast. Bro. Ronan Hill was also a guest at the 2018 Founders Day Brunch. Beta Mu Mu lost a Brother, Harold F. Winstead, Jr., to Omega Chapter on January 13, 2016, a sad first for the Chapter. In May 2016, the Chapter initiated only its second group of Omega Men, four Neophyte Brothers. In March 2017, the Chapter initiated another Neophyte to support the Chapter’s efforts for Omega Psi Phi as it continues its excellence in upholding Omega’s principles. The Chapter lost another shining star as Bro. Donald O. Harris transitioned to Omega
Chapter on August 16, 2017.
In December 2018 Beta Mu Mu Chapter, continuing its membership efforts, added two Neophyte Brothers.