When it comes to a life of service to Omega, fewer resumes
are as diverse and complete than that of Bro. Darren Fails. With over twenty
years of dedicated, fraternal service, Bro. Fails has made living his creed and
honoring his oath a seamless part of his existence. A native of Jersey City, NJ, Bro.
Fails attended Public School #24 and St.
Peters Preparatory High School for Boys where he was a
member of the football and wrestling teams. He graduated from “Prep” and
matriculated at New York
University in 1984. While
at NYU, Darren majored in communications and was also a four year member of the
Violets wrestling team, serving as co-captain his junior and senior years. In
1988, Darren graduated from NYU with a Bachelor of Science Degree in
Darren was initiated into Omega through Epsilon Chapter in
1986 while a student at NYU. Darren’s attraction to Omega rings with the
straightforward no-nonsense tone that so many have grown to affectionately
associate with anything involving his name: “As a student in high school,” he
states, “I was familiar with fraternities and sororities. I always thought I
would join a fraternity once I went to college. When I got to college, my brief
research indicated Omega was the best fraternity of all the others. I realized
the Fraternity’s four cardinal principles; Manhood, Scholarship, Perseverance
and Uplift gave name and definition to the manner in which I was already
living. I was fortunate to meet some good Omega men who taught me more about
the Fraternity. My good fortune was further realized when some of those same
Omega men, seeing the potential in me, invited me to join the Fraternity.”
Since 1986 Darren has served the Fraternity in various
capacities on the chapter, district and international levels. Bro. Fails has
been both the Epsilon Chapter Keeper of Finance and Basileus. He has also
chaired and served as a member on virtually every chapter committee over the
course of his time in the Fraternity. On the District level Darren was a three
time Undergraduate Representative to the District Council and a member of the 2nd
District Constitution and Bylaws Committee prior to becoming its present
chairman. In addition to his duties as chairman, he is also a member of the
District Recommendations Committee. In the past, Darren has also served on the
International Recommendations Committee.
Over the course of his twenty-two years in the Fraternity,
Bro. Fails’ commitment toward service has been recognized repeatedly on various
levels throughout the Fraternity. In 1990 he was honored as the 2nd
District Undergraduate Omega Man of the Year. Epsilon Chapter has also shown
it’s gratitude toward Darren with various certificates of appreciation, the
most notable award coming in 2001, at its annual Achievement Week Celebration, where
Epsilon Chapter honored Darren with its first Leadership Excellence Award for
his leadership and dedication as basileus of the chapter.
Professionally Darren has worked as a fraud investigator for
the New York City Human Resources Administration Bureau of Fraud Investigation
for the past twelve years where his duties include investigating possible
instances of fraud and violations of the City’s public welfare programs.
Darren believes that every member of the Fraternity has
certain rights from and responsibilities to the Fraternity. As chairman of the
Constitution and Bylaws Committees he hopes to keep brothers informed of their
rights through the Fraternity’s Constitution and Bylaws as a means of
increasing each brother’s individual sense of responsibility to the fraternity.
It is the goal of Bro. Fails to make Omega the best it can be and through the
collective effort of every Omega man everywhere holding it up to the world as a
shining example and a beacon of hope within downtrodden society.