Men of Chi Rho

When We Wear the Gloves by Bro. Dr. Carver A Portlock

When we wear the gloves, a Brother has gone from our midst and sailed to golden shores. When we wear the gloves, a Friend has passed the final test and walks through purple doors. The circle has an empty place, a Voice will raise no more. The song of fellowship and love, uplift forevermore. When we wear the gloves.

When we wear the gloves, a light goes from this earthly life, the visor closed again, yet all the heavens open wide to let a new star in. When we wear the gloves, a Brother leaves the chapter rolls and moves to other worlds. For when we say our last goodbye, he walks on streets of Pearl.

Brothers who have been Initiated in CHI RHO or have made CHI RHO their Home Chapter. They may be gone but never forgotten.

Last NameFirst NameInitiatedDate
AdamsCarnellCHI RHO06/23/1967
AustinHermanCHI RHO10/16/1976
BaileyWalterCHI RHO04/22/1954
BrazierWilliamCHI RHO06/23/1967
CannonKevinCHI RHO05/16/1981
CurryThomasNu Epsilon04/17/1958
DavisBernardCHI RHO04/11/1987
GoadyHenryCHI RHO10/16/1976
GreeneAubreyCHI RHO08/11/1965
HammieDavidCHI RHO03/23/1979
HendersonDanielCHI RHO12/01/1951
JohnsonClarenceCHI RHO03/23/1979
LewisJamesCHI RHO08/11/1965
NicholsFranklinCHI RHO12/11/1924
ParteeWillieTau Pi03/23/1979
PowellWilliamChi Tau05/21/1989
RamseyCecilDelta Gamma12/13/1963
ShervingtonFrank CHI RHO05/16/1981
SmithHaroldCHI RHO10/24/1992
Smith HarrisonCHI RHO03/09/1954
WatsonJamesCHI RHO04/28/1984
WebsterMarionCHI RHO11/22/1948
WhiteCarlCHI RHO05/16/1981
WilliamsErcelleCHI RHO12/01/1950

Chi Rho Lines

Years 1965 through Current

Year InitiatedMember Name
08-11 – 1965 Aubrey Greene, James Lewis
06-23- 1967 Carnell Adams, William Brazier, William Harris, Peter Newman,
11-21- 1969 James Wallace
10-16- 1976 Herman Austin, Walter Bailey, Henry Goady
03-23- 1979 Marvin Colson, David Hammie, Clarence Johnson,
Milton Merritt, William Partee
05-16 – 1981 Michael Brevner, Vincent Brothers, Andre Buchanan, Kevin Canon, Ian Cato, William Coleman, Dana Porter, Frank Shervington, Michael Smith, Kenneth Thomas, Carl White, Earl Williams, Kevin Williams, Edward Bell
01-14- 1983 William Hawkins, Robert Howell
04-22- 1984 Howard Dowd, James Watson,
04-28- 1984 Bernard Eyssalenne
05-17- 1985 Clayton Hudson, Godfrey Maynor, Gerald Vaughan
04-11 – 1987Bernard Davis, Carl Smith
05-12 – 1989 Vincent Peacock, William Powell
05-26- 1990 Craig Bedford, William Tyson
10-24- 1992 Ray Bailey, Benjamin Kizer, Harold Smith
11-25- 1995Donald Bentley, Lee Isabell Sr, Lee Isabell Jr
11-16- 1996 Christopher Plummer
08-11- 2001 Victor Lewis
06-21- 2003 Arthur Goff, Marc Riley, Allan Woodward
03-24- 2007 Leroy Grant, Aden Smith, Michael Winfield
03-22- 2008 Jason Callahan, Donald Daal, Donte Grant, Sheldon Wallace
04-26- 2009Richard Chounoune, Jayquan McNeil, Leonard Wright
04-03- 2010Noah Andre, Bilal Brown, Benjamin Clements, Charles Obijuru
12-04- 2010Marques Cox, Julian Irving, Dallis Joyner
04-14- 2012Sheldon Armstrong, Brian Davis, Nase Reid
04-02- 2016Allen Singleton, Leonard Edwards
04-15 – 2017Mike Williams, Malik Archer
04-13- 2019Charles Green, Christopher Carter
04-05- 2020Derrick Toussaint, Roger Webb

Chi Rho Chapter History

History of Chi Rho 

Chi Rho Chapter of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Incorporated was founded to afford an opportunity for all unaffiliated Omega men of Long Island to meet. On August 11, 1965, the Chapter Charter for CHI RHO Chapter was signed by the Supreme Council of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. CHI RHO is the first chapter chartered and founded on Long Island and is known as the Pearl of Long Island. Chi Rho oversees all of Suffolk County, NY.

The ten charter members of Chi Rho Chapter were:

Frank Nichols*– Basileus
Harrison Smith* Vice Basileus
Daniel Henderson*– Keeper of Records and Seal
James Lewis*– Keeper of Finance
Charles Belfield*– Keeper of Peace
Clarence Johnson*– Chaplain
Ercelle Williams*– Editor to the Oracle
Walter Bailey*– Dean of Pledges
Aubrey Greene*
John Van Buren*
* Deceased – Omega Chapter

The officers of Chi Rho Chapter were officially installed on October 29, 1965 at the home of Bro. Harrison Smith, 58 Wright Street, North Babylon , New York . The National and District Officers that officiated were: 

George Meares*Grand Basileus
James Avery*Second District Representative
James Murray*District Keeper of Records and Seal
Rudy Powell*Past First Vice District Representative
Nathaniel Burrell*Past District Keeper of Records and Seal

The Chapter Motto is:


Since it’s inception, Chi Rho Chapter has been involved in community activities which embody the fraternity’s cardinal principles of Manhood, Scholarship, Perseverance, and Uplift.  The chapter’s signature programs are

  • The Purple and Gold Dance Masquerade
  • Men Who Cook (started in 1990)
  • Fish Fry
  • Thanksgiving Basket donations
  • Christmas Basket donations
  • XP Blood Drive
  • Fatherhood Initiative Month consisting of the Father Son outing, Father Daughter Dance and the Pride for fatherhood Breakfast
  • Domestic Violence Walk.

In May, 2005, the chapter’s anniversary year, Chi Rho Development Corporation, a not for profit 501(c) 3 organization, was incorporated to further help the Long Island Community. 

Many of our programs are designed to provide funding for mentoring and scholarships to college bound minority youth. XP also participates and upholds our Fraternity’s mandated programs yearly. Through the years, the chapter has provided more than 50 scholarships and has awarded many young people on their talents through the Talent Hunt Program. Chi Rho has supported the United Negro College Fund (UNCF) and many other charitable means.

The chapter has also sponsored other social action endeavors through support of the NAACP, voter campaign support, and recognition of other community achievers.

In 2010, Chi Rho chapter held its first Domestic Violence walk in conjunction with the Suffolk County Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and donated approximately $3000 to the Suffolk County Coalition against Domestic Violence.

In 2010 Chi Rho held its first Pride for Fatherhood Breakfast. The platform for this was in recognition of our very own chapter brother Lee Isabelle Sr. In June of 2011, Chi Rho Chapter received a signed recognition citation from President Barack Obama for our commitment to Fatherhood, through our Pride for Fatherhood Breakfast, highlighting our support of hard working fathers in the community raising their families and being positive role models in their lives. 

In 2017, XPotential, a not for profit 501©3 organization, was incorporated to further help the Suffolk County Long Island Community.

In 2018, Chi Rho’s final charter member Brother Ercelle Williams entered Omega Chapter.

In 2019, Chi Rho created a challenge coin.

Chi Rho is on Page 22 in the ORACLE – December 1965:

1965 December, Oracle