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The George E. Meares Memorial Scholarship Fund STATEMENT BY THE COMMITTEE By Brother Walter J. Ridley, chairman, in making report on committee's study and recommendations for adoption by the Supreme Council. The establishment of the Fund and the Scholarships emanates from the perception of the idea by Brother Meares' beloved widow, Mrs. Minnie Meares. Her idea was presented to the National Officers of the Fraternity, to the brothers of his chapter, Kappa Omnicrom, and to other chapters of the fraternity in Greater New York. Having received positive responses, interest and encouragement from these sources, Mrs. Meares has, herself, donated to the Fund the sum of twenty-two thousand dollars ($22,000). Along with several additional thousands of dollars contributed by chapter Brothers and others, her generous gift is deposited in the name of the Fund, and legally dedicated to a Board of Trustees to be named by the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity. As a memorial to his love, and dedication to Omega Psi Phi, to his brilliant career in social work, and social service, to his broad and encouraging spirit and, also, as a reminded and sustainer of his hopes for his young brothers in Omega and for young people everywhere, hereby are established the George E. Meares Memorial Scholarship Fund and the George E. Meares Memorial Scholarships to which the Fund dedicates its resources. We recommend the adoption... Committee: Walter J. Ridley, Chairman James S. Avery, Past Grand Basileus Mrs. Minnie J. Meares, widow of George E. Meares STATEMENT OF THE DONOR Mrs. Minnie J. Meares, widow of the late George E. Meares, Past Grand Basileus, before members of the Supreme Council "I established the George E. Meares Scholarship Fund in loving memory of my late husband whose life and work was dedicated to his Fraternity, Church, other Fraternal and Community Organizations and the Supreme Court, State of New York. George served the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity in many capacities since 1938. He gave of his time and efforts to many organizations; however, its was the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity that commanded much of his attention. "George always had a keen interest in the education of youth. He tirelessly searched out new sources of scholarship aid and through his efforts he opened new opportunities for thousands of U.S. youth. He believed in his philosophy, "What one does for himself dies with him. What he does for others lives on". "I hope to perpetuate his philosophy through the George E. Meares Memorial Scholarship Fund." In these words, Mrs. Minnie J. Meares, widow of the late George E. Meares, Past Grand Basileus, presented to the Supreme Council in its meeting of November 15, 1975, a fund consisting of $25,828.00, of which $25,000.00 are in a certificate of deposit and $828.00 in a savings account. The fund is to be administered by the fraternity as a separate entity within the Charles R. Drew Scholarship Commission. The National Officers are: Marion W. Garnett, Chicago, Illinois, Grand Basileus Edward Braynon, Miami, Florida, 1st Vice Grand Basileus Warren Lee, Austin Texas, 2nd Vice Grand Basileus C. D. Henry, Schaumberg, Illinois, Grand KRS Clifton Moore, Rumford, Rhode Island, Grand KF Melvin J. Washington, Washington D.C., Grand Counselor Ralph Long, Atlanta, Georgia, Grand Marshal Gregory A. Miller, Cincinnati, Ohio, Undergraduate Larry B. Boyd, Detroit, Michigan, Undergraduate Melvin Rice, Concord, North Carolina, Undergraduate Corneal Davis, Chicago, Illinois, Grand Chaplain James S. Avery, Scotch Plains, N.J., Past Grand Basileus Presentation of $25,000 Scholarship At Supreme Council Meeting [[image - black and white photograph of four men and a woman seated at a conference table]] [[caption]] COUNSELING WITH NEW YORK OMEGAS - Mrs. Minnie J Meares, widow of the late George E. Meares, Past Grand Basileus, in meeting with members of Kappa Omicron Chapter to discuss plans for handling funds for the scholarship fund. Left to right: Harry Denny, Jr., KRS; Richard T. Greene, president of the Carver Savings & Loan Assn.; Robert McDaniel, chairman of local scholarship committee; and John A. Johnson, Basileus. [[/caption]] [[image - black and white photograph of the same five people as in previous photo, standing in a wood-paneled room; the woman and one of the men each hold a corner of a piece of paper]] [[caption]] FUND ESTABLISHED AND INVESTED - With Brothers Johnson and Greene, Mrs. Meares views the $25,000 certificate of deposit issued in the name of the George E. Meares Memorial Scholarship Fund to be administered as part of the Omega Psi Phi Scholarship Commission. [[/caption]] OMEGA PSI PHI FRATERNITY, INC. (Founded November 17, 1911) FOUNDERS [[image - black and white headshot photograph of Prof. Frank Coleman]] [[caption]] PROF. FRANK COLEMAN Deceased [[/caption]] [[image - black and white headshot photograph of Dr. Oscar J. Cooper]] [[caption]] DR. OSCAR J. COOPER Deceased [[/caption]] [[image - black and white headshot photograph of Dr. Ernest E. Just]] [[caption]] DR. ERNEST E. JUST Deceased [[/caption]] [[image - black and white headshot photograph of Bishop Edgar A. Love]] [[caption]] BISHOP EDGAR A. LOVE 2416 Montebello Terrace, Baltimore, Md. 21214 [[/caption]] [[image - black and white headshot photograph of an unidentified man]] 305
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