It is with great sadness we announce that a founder of the XiPi Chapter, Bro Samuel C Hunter has passed away.
SAMUEL C. HUNTER, JR.
Samuel C. Hunter, Jr. passed away on December 26, 2013 at the age of 94. He was born in Crockett, Texas, to Samuel C. Hunter, Sr., and Elmira Jane (Wheeler) Hunter who preceded him in death along with his sister, Barbara Jane (Hunter) Mendes. He graduated from Colorado Springs High School in 1936 and received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration in 1940 from West Virginia State College. He continued his education, graduating the next year from the Worsham College of Mortuary Science in Chicago, Illinois.
Sam served his country during World War II in the US Army Air Force. He graduated in the class of 44-J as a 2nd Lt. B-25 pilot and cadet captain of his class. He separated from the United States Army Air Force in November 1945 with a commercial pilot license and was honorably discharged from the United States Air Force Reserve as a Captain in September, 1959. He is a DOTA (Documented Original Tuskegee Airman) and a recipient, with other DOTAs, of the Congressional Gold Medal, awarded in 2007.
Sam assisted his father and then directed the operation of Hunter Mortuary and later was a funeral director affiliated with Evergreen Funeral Home. He was also the first black real estate broker in Colorado Springs, operating Hunter & Company Real Estate firm until 2000. He pioneered multi-family housing for minorities by developing the Payne Chapel Housing program and was chairman of the board when Prince Hall Housing was implemented.
Being active in business, civic and fraternal activities, Sam received numerous awards, acknowledgements and citations. Among them were the Colorado College Diversity Award as an advocate for equality in housing and contributions to the community, business, education and civic activities of Colorado Springs and the NAACP Living Legends Award for Civil Rights Activism in the Colorado Springs community.
Sam was a past member of several organizations, including the original Head Start Board, the Colorado Springs Park & Recreation Board, the Golf Commission and the Board of Directors of the Colorado Springs Board of REALTORS. He is past president and life member of the local NAACP, past president of the local Urban League, and a former member of the Colorado Springs Urban Renewal Authority. He tutored in the reading programs for elementary school students.
He was a Past Most Worshipful Grand Master of Prince Hall Masons, Jurisdiction of Colorado & Utah; an Active 33rd degree Scottish Rite Mason and Deputy for Colorado & Utah in the Ancient & Accepted Scottish Rite of Free Masonry, Prince Hall Affiliated, Northern Jurisdiction, U.S.A. Inc.; a Noble of the Mystic Shrine, an Elk and a charter member of the Xi Pi Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity. He was a lifetime member and Trustee Emeritus of Payne Chapel A.M.E. Church.
Sam was an endeared family man and friend. He had lifelong friends from college and was an avid golfer, playing well into his 80′s with his golf buddies. He was an example to his children and grandchildren of how to live life in the moment while also anticipating the future. “Do your best so you can be all you can be” were his last words of advice. He was supportive, forgiving, loving and always present. He is still here with us in our hearts. He leaves to cherish his memory his loving wife of 63 years, Minnie Ray; children Jocelyn Bailey (Edward), Samuel C. Hunter, III, Carol Hunter; grandchildren Keisha Bailey and Kory Bailey (Megan); great grandchildren Alexander, Hunter, and Samuel Bailey; cousins David and Reginald Washington and their families; and close family friends Sidney Darden and Val Thomas.
Visitation will be at Shove Memorial Chapel on Thursday, January 2, 2014, from 4:00 – 7:00 pm, with Fraternal Services beginning at 5:30 pm.
The funeral service will be held at 11:00 am on Friday, January 3, 2014, at Shove Memorial Chapel on the campus of Colorado College, 1010 N. Nevada Ave., Colorado Springs. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the scholarship fund for the Hubert L. “Hooks” Jones (HLHJ) Chapter of Tuskegee Airmen, Inc., P.O. Box 370431, Denver CO 80237; the scholarship fund for Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., Attn: Uplift Foundation, P.O. Box 2288, Colorado Springs CO 80901; or acharity of your choice in his name.
Online condolences at www.evergreenfuneralhome.org
Published in The Gazette on Dec. 31, 2013 - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/gazette/obituary.aspx?n=samuel-c-hunter&pid=168836036#sthash.aEbYYZ66.dpuf
65th Eighth District Meeting
Colorado Springs, CO April 10th – 13th 2014
“Home of the Rocky Mountain Ques”
Host Chapter: Xi Pi Chapter
Location: The Double Tree Hotel, Colorado Springs, CO
District Marshal: Brother Brett Britton
Welcome to the 65th Eighth District Meeting. The 2014 District meeting promises to be the best ever, with various presentations, tutorials, networking events and activities for your family. This will provide all participants an opportunity to exchange ideas with brothers across the district and learn about innovative solutions covering multiple aspects of fraternity operations. If you have any questions, contact Brother Brett Britton (District Marshal) at (719)445-6642 orRockyMountainQues@gmail.com.
The Registration site for the Eighth District Meeting is now open and can be accessed by going to
The Eighth District web page (under “BROTHERS and 65thDISTRICT MEETING”). On-line registration closes March 31, 2014 at midnight. Any brother wishing to register after that will have to register on-site. Meals and rooms cannot be guaranteed for late or on site registrants. All brothers are required to register for the 2014 District Meeting and pay the appropriate fees in order to participate in any aspect of the meeting. http://omegapsiphi8d.org/login/65th-district-meeting/
AVOID the TICKET FEE -> call (719) 445-6642 to get tickets for the showboat!
The Omega Showboat docks at the newly remodeled Hotel Eleganté, 2886 S Circle Dr, Colorado Springs, CO, 80906 on Saturday evening, October 19, 2013 at 6 PM. Brothers of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Chapter located in New York City created the original Omega Showboat as a talent show for adults in the 1930s, and continued to sponsor it into the 1940s as a fundraising event with proceeds used to assist young men and women pursuing their collegiate education.
The Brothers of the Xi Pi (pronounced “zye pie”) Chapter of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity revived the Omega Showboat Talent Extravaganza in Colorado Springs in Nov. 2003 with the same noble intentions and goals as their NYC forerunners. The upcoming event on Saturday, October 19th represents the 11th annual program, and will showcase the very best talented musicians, entertainers, stage performers and diverse acts along the Front Range from Denver to Pueblo.
The Xi Pi Chapter executes its charitable activities through its Uplift Foundation, an Internal Revenue Code Section 501(C)(3) tax-exempt charity incorporated in the state of Colorado; EIN: 02-0678151. The Uplift Foundation sponsors an annual Golf Tournament in June and the Omega Showboat in the fall. Since the Omega Showboat’s inception in 2003, the Uplift Foundation has awarded over $50,000 to local graduating high school seniors pursuing college degrees.
The Men of Omega have expertly blended an evening of outstanding value and entertainment for their guests, who may be able to deduct a portion of their $35 ticket costs as a charitable donation. Every patron will receive a professionally printed souvenir journal featuring local corporate and business sponsors’ advertisements. Most importantly, supporters know that 100% of their ticket fee or sponsorship ad will be invested in the worthy cause of funding scholarships for deserving local students.
Since the inception of the Xi Pi Chapter, in Colorado Springs in 1974, we have executed a wide range of community service programs and activities, such as:
- Partnering with Memorial Health System to annually sponsor a minority health fair and the Charles R. Drew Blood Drive
- Annual Christmas and Thanksgiving projects
- Volunteers and support for the Care and Share Food Bank
- Providing maintenance to the city greens capes through the Adopt-A-Park Program (Boulder Park)
- Mentoring at risk youth
The Omega Showboat patrons are treated to a fast-paced evening of 10-12 performances of the finest entertainers in the Pikes Peak Region. A panel of entertainment professionals judges each act according to standardized criteria and awards a prize package totaling $1,600 to the top 4 performers.
This outstanding event also includes a live disc jockey, dancing and dessert immediately following the performances. Complimentary hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar is available for your enjoyment.
Audition or ticket information is available through the members of the local Chapter; the Chapter website at www.coloradospringsques.org or by calling 719-229-7606. For additional information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org . All Aboard!
The Uplift Foundation is holding their annual golf tournament on the 15th of June.
see the flyer for more details.
UPDATE: the ladies of Delta Sigma Theta, Colorado Springs Alumnae Chapter, will perform at the High School Step Show.
Come on out and see them inspire the younger teams to excellence!
Click here –> 2013-UpliftFoundationGolfClassic-Brochure-3 for the golf tournament flyer.
Xi Pi Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc
The Colorado Springs All City High School Step, Dance & Talent Competition
The Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. will sponsor an All City High School Step, Dance & Talent Competition on Saturday, April 20, 2013. The event will be held at the Colorado College Cornerstone Fine Arts Center, located at the corner of 825 N. Cascade Ave and E. Cache La Poudre Street, Colorado Springs, CO 80903. All Colorado Springs High School Dance squads, Step teams, Cheer Squads and Individual performers are invited to participate. The event is a High School Scholarship fundraiser for the Xi Pi Chapter. This event is in conjunction with our local Annual Scholarship Drive, African-American Health Fair, the Charles Drew Blood Drive, Youth Mentorship and Holiday Gift Giving programs. All proceeds from the event will support the Scholarship Fund and our community service efforts. The event will include team and individual performances to include musical instruments, poetry, spoken word, artistic dance, drama and performing arts from local high schools and community centers along the Front Range. Auditions will be conducted from 10 am – 2 pm on April 13, 2013 for individual talent. Please contact the POC for audition location. The Colorado College Fine Art Theater doors open at 4:00 and the performances began at 5:00 pm. The competition will have two categories. The Team Dance/Step competition will have 3 winners. 1st Place- $100, 2nd Place- $75, 3rd Place $50. The Talent Competition will have 3 winners. 1st Place-$100, 2nd Place $75, 3rd Place $50 dollars. Local instructors and consultants from various community organizations will judge the performances and award the prizes. For tickets and additional information, please call (719) 229-7606; email: email@example.com or Courtney Henderson at (706) 836-0033 or Michael Hayes at (719) 650-6114. Fax: 719-465-2744 or visit our website at www.coloradospringsques.org