|Omega Phi Alpha|
|Founded||June 15, 1967|
Bowling Green State University
|Motto||Today's Friends, Tomorrow's Leaders, Forever in Service|
|Colors||Dark Blue Gold|
|Headquarters||PO Box 955|
East Lyme, Connecticut, 06333
Omega Phi Alpha () is an American national service sorority. It was founded in 1967 at Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio. Omega Phi Alpha, also known as OPhiA or OPA, currently has thirty active chapters in the United States.
The purpose of Omega Phi Alpha reads as follows:
In 1953, the Zeta Kappa chapter of Alpha Phi Omega, a national service fraternity, expressed interest in forming a group much like theirs to help them in their service endeavors. The brothers of Zeta Kappa formed interest groups for a new organization, and many of the attendees at these interest groups were women. The need for a female service sorority then became evident.
The two groups were to be alike in objectives--friendship, leadership, and service. A similar name--Omega Phi Alpha--was chosen for the new organization. Just as the Alpha Phi Omega chapter was limited to former Boy Scouts, the Omega Phi Alpha chapter was originally limited to former Girl Scouts and Campfire Girls. This limitation continued until 1958.
Two more Omega Phi Alpha groups were formed at Eastern Michigan University and the University of Bridgeport in 1958 and 1962, respectively. All three groups had the intention of becoming a national sorority together; however, it would be five more years before national status was reached.
In 1966, plans for a national convention, at which the three chapters could meet, were made. In the summer of 1967, the three groups met in Bowling Green for the first time and laid the foundations for what is currently Omega Phi Alpha. The Bowling Green group was given the title of Alpha chapter, University of Bridgeport became the Beta chapter, and Eastern Michigan was named the Gamma chapter.
The Alpha, Beta, and Gamma chapters continued for several years as a national sorority until women at Texas A&M University formed the Delta chapter in 1970. Currently, there are thirty-one active chapters of Omega Phi Alpha. Additionally, there are ten inactive chapters and eight alumnae chapters.
Omega Phi Alpha has a diverse, flexible service program which allows each member to contribute to the world around her. Many chapters have ongoing projects that they have worked with for years.
Six areas of service:
1. Permanent Project: The permanent project is mental health. Mental health service projects are defined as any project that improves the well being of others, and these projects are typically hands on projects such as playing with kids in an afterschool program, playing Bingo at a nursing home, or serving meals at a soup kitchen.
2. President's Project: Each year at Omega Phi Alpha National Convention, the National President of Omega Phi Alpha presents the cause she feels is worthy of being the focus of OPA service nationwide.
3. Service to the University Community: Volunteering to help at a school event, holding stress relief classes, random acts of kindness
4. Service to the Community at Large: Local park clean ups, food banks, tutoring at a local school, Humane Society volunteering
5. Service to the members of the sorority: Alumnae, internal strengthening
Through these six areas of service, active and alumnae chapters plan a variety of service projects year each to carry out and make a difference.
These are the current active chapters of Omega Phi Alpha. Generally, chapters of Omega Phi Alpha are named in Greek alphabetical order. The only exception to this is the Penn State chapter, which was founded from a local sorority named Theta Alpha Pi. This chapter was named Alpha Theta as a tribute to their founding organization.
These are the current inactive chapters of Omega Phi Alpha
Omega Phi Alpha holds one national convention every other year. The national conventions provide a forum for making sorority-wide decisions like aligning on a budget, electing national officers, or changing the national policies reflected in the constitution and by-laws. Each active chapter in good standing has two votes to use in deciding sorority issues. Active chapters who are not in good standing have only one vote. There are also alumnae delegates who represent each of OPA's four districts. For every three active votes, alumnae get one vote.
|1967||Bowling Green, Ohio hosted by Alpha chapter||June 12, 1967–June 15, 1967|||
|1968||Bridgeport, Connecticut hosted by Beta chapter||July 11, 1968–July 14, 1968|||
|1969||Ypsilanti, Michigan hosted by Gamma chapter||June 16, 1969–June 19, 1969|||
|1970||Bowling Green, Ohio hosted by Alpha chapter||1970|
|1971||Bowling Green, Ohio hosted by Alpha chapter||June 1971|||
|1972||Ypsilanti, Michigan hosted by Gamma chapter||June 30, 1972–July 2, 1972|||
|1973||College Station, Texas hosted by Delta chapter||June 1973|||
|1974||Cookeville, Tennessee hosted by Epsilon chapter||June 25, 1974–June 28, 1974|||
|1975||Bridgeport, Connecticut hosted by Beta chapter||June 18, 1975–June 22, 1975|||
|1976||College Station, Texas hosted by Delta chapter||June 17, 1976–June 20, 1976|||
|1977||Bowling Green, Ohio hosted by Alpha chapter||Happy Tenth Birthday||June 15, 1977–June 19, 1977|||
|1978||Cookeville, Tennessee hosted by Epsilon chapter||Raggedy Ann Goes South||June 21, 1978–June 25, 1978|||
|1979||Amarillo, Texas & Plainview, Texas hosted by Zeta chapter & Eta chapter||July 10, 1979–July 15, 1979|||
|1980||College Station, Texas hosted by Delta chapter||The Yellow Rose of Texas||June 18, 1980–June 22, 1980|||
|1981||Bridgeport, Connecticut hosted by Beta chapter||–June 20, 1981–|||
|1982||Cookeville, Tennessee hosted by Epsilon chapter||All of Tomorrow Depends On Today...Upon You||June 16, 1982–June 20, 1982|||
|1983||Columbus, Ohio hosted by Kappa chapter||Create!......Relate!.......Motivate!||August 3, 1983–August 7, 1983|||
|1984||College Station, Texas hosted by Delta chapter||Hit the Trail for "The Wild Wild West"||August 1, 1984–August 5, 1984|||
|1985||Murfreesboro, Tennessee hosted by Mu chapter||OPA in for A Dixieland Delight||August 6, 1985–August 10, 1985|||
|1986||Bridgeport, Connecticut hosted by Beta chapter||August 11, 1986–August 17, 1986|||
|1987||Bowling Green, Ohio hosted by Alpha chapter||20th anniversary||August 4, 1987–August 8, 1987|||
|1988||Cookeville, Tennessee hosted by Epsilon chapter||1988|
|1989||College Station, Texas hosted by Delta chapter||1989|
|1990||Atlanta, Georgia hosted by Nu chapter||1990|||
|1991||Bridgeport, Connecticut hosted by Beta chapter||Convention '91 – Barnum and Beta Circus||July 29, 1991–August 4, 1991|||
|1992||Cookeville, Tennessee hosted by Epsilon chapter||Omega Phi Alpha 25 Years of Excellence||July 29, 1992–August 2, 1992|||
|1993||Bowling Green, Ohio hosted by Alpha chapter||Celebrate Cardinal Principles||July 29, 1993–August 1, 1993|||
|1994||Auburn, Alabama hosted by Omicron chapter||Sisterhood in the Heart of Dixie||July 27, 1994–July 31, 1994|||
|1995||Atlanta, Georgia hosted by Nu chapter||1995|
|1996||Chattanooga, Tennessee hosted by Sigma chapter||1996|
|1997||Cookeville, Tennessee hosted by Epsilon chapter||1997|
|1998||College Station, Texas hosted by Delta chapter||1998|
|2000||Baton Rouge, Louisiana||2000|
|2001||San Antonio, Texas||July 18, 2001–July 22, 2001|||
|2002||Radisson Hotel & Suites, Chicago, Illinois||July 17, 2002–July 21, 2002|||
|2003||Renaissance Waverly Hotel Atlanta, Georgia||July 30, 2003–August 2, 2003|||
|2004||Nashville Marriott at Vanderbilt University Nashville, Tennessee||July 14, 2004–July 18, 2004|||
|2005||Embassy Suites Biltmore Hotel Phoenix, Arizona||Service at the Oasis||July 20, 2005–July 24, 2005|||
|2006||Hilton Hartford Hotel Hartford, Connecticut||Service in the City||July 19, 2006–July 23, 2006|||
|2007||Wyndham Jacksonville Riverwalk Jacksonville, Florida||Service is our Greatest Treasure||July 25, 2007–July 29, 2007|||
|2008||Doubletree North Denver Denver, Colorado||Rockin' in the Rockies||July 16, 2008–July 20, 2008|||
|2009||Crowne Plaza Center City Philadelphia, Pennsylvania||City of Sisterly Love||July 22, 2009–July 26, 2009|||
|2010||Drury Plaza Hotel at the Arch St. Louis, Missouri||Destination O-Phi-A||July 21, 2010–July 25, 2010|||
|2011||Holiday Inn, Charlotte, North Carolina||Queens of Service in the Queen City.||July 20, 2011–July 24, 2011|||
|2012||Radisson Hotel, Salt Lake City, Utah||Abuzz about OPhiA||July 11, 2012–July 15, 2012|||
|2013||DoubleTree Hotel, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania||Women of Steel||July 18, 2013–July 21, 2013|||
|2014||Hilton Indianapolis Downtown, Indianapolis, Indiana||Taking the Lead in Service||July 16, 2014–July 20, 2014|||
|2015||DoubleTree Hotel, Chattanooga, Tennessee||Woo, woo, Chattanooga there you are||July 15, 2015–July 19, 2015|||
|2016||Tempe Mission Palms, Phoenix, Arizona||Sunshine & Sisterhood||July 14, 2016–July 17, 2016|
|2017||Hilton Garden Inn, Perrysburg, Ohio||50th Anniversary||June 14, 2017–June 18, 2017|
|2019||Hilton Norfolk the Main, Norfolk, Virginia||July 10, 2019–July 14, 2019|
Omega Phi Alpha has eleven districts of active chapters. Each district meets at least once a year to hold a district summit, which includes service projects, workshops, and sisterhood activities. Alumnae ties were removed from districts and changed to regions at Convention 2009 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Omega Phi Alpha has four regions of alumnae. Alumnae regions are drawn on state lines and are based on population distribution of OPA alumnae. Each alumnae region sends a specific number of delegates to OPA's National Convention every year; this number is based on the number of active votes possible at that year's Convention. Alumnae representation makes up 25% of the total representation at any given Convention.