On behalf of the planning committee, we want to thank all of the brothers who attended our first ever National Leadership Institute in Salt Lake City, Utah.  We appreciate everyone’s ideas and feedback in the execution of the weekend. We also want to thank the Beta Zeta Chapter for being our host this year.

This year’s leadership institute focus was to address the needs of our undergraduate entities. The workshops discussed topics on logistics execution, reinventing your entity, and intake certification. In addition, a representative from our newest national partner, United Way, spoke with the brothers on how they can be more engaged locally.

While the workshops prepared our brothers to move forward into the school year, the Omega Ceremony left our brothers never forgetting. The Omega Ceremony recognized our brothers who passed away since last year’s event.  This year’s event included letters from the families and chapter brothers of Victor Maldonado, David Roman, and Lawrence Ramirez, along with a news story about honorary brother Zeke Castro’s impact on his Amarillo community.

NLI 2014 was also time to congratulate our brothers and entities for their accomplishments. Here’s the list of award members:

Knights of the Round Table

Armando Camacho Beta Eta Chapter Central Region

Miguel Jimenez Alpha Psi Chapter Pacific Region

Alfredo Lopez Epsilon Chapter Southwest Region

Dylan Casares Pi Chapter East Texas Region

Luis Feliciano Alpha Upsilon Chapter East Coast

Carlos Medrano SIU Colony Midwest Region

Felipe Lopez Beta Theta Chapter Central Texas Region

Kevin Alejandres Western Oregon Colony Northwest Region

Alfredo Fernandez Alpha Chi Chapter North Texas Region

Entity of the Year: Beta Chapter

Academic Excellence Beta Zeta Chapter Fall 2013 and Spring 2014

Philanthropic Excellence Service Alpha Omicron Chapter

Most Improved Entity Alpha Omicron Chapter

Region of the Year Southwest Region

Regional Director of the Year Mikey Zaragoza

National Director of the Year Manny Diaz

Untouchable Knight Scholarship Juan Sebastian Rincon Chi Chapter

Men of Vision Scholarship Luis Valdez Alpha Eta Chapter

Carlos E. Contreras Scholarship  Robert Maloney Beta Beta Chapter

NLI Committee Appreciation Awards

Richard Villareal

Lateef Ipaye

Brian Ferbee

Bryan Garcia

Victor De Lara

Roger Ramos

Appreciation Awards 

Bryan Garcia

Lateef Ipaye

“Klash of the Knights” Regional Stroll Off

1st Place East Texas Region

2nd Place Central Texas Region

3rd place Southwest Region

At the conclusion of the National Leadership Institute, National President Jacob-Aidan Martinez announced that 2015 National Conference will be in San Antonio, TX. Tentative date is set for July 16-19th. In addition, the locations of 2017 and 2019 will be in Lubbock, TX and Portland, Oregon, respectively.

Once again we would like to thank everyone who attended NLI 2014. We hope to see you all next year in San Antonio.

Best Regards,

Lateef Ipaye

Asst. VP of Operations, Chief Marketing Officer

Omega Delta Phi Fraternity, Inc.