2nd District Names Talent Hunt Chair Emeritus

2nd District Names Talent Hunt Chair Emeritus

Rye, NY - Brother Larry Pough, a member of Theta Omicron Chapter in Rochester NY was recommended for and unanimously voted to the position of 2nd District Talent Hunt Chairman Emeritus.

Bro. Pough, the current International Talent Hunt Committee Chairman and president of the newly created International Talent Hunt Foundation is a 47-year Omega man. Bro. Pough served as the chairman of Theta Omicron Chapter Talent Hunt for 5 years. During that time, he implemented the use of performance halls as a venue for his chapter’s Talent Hunt programs and the soliciting of sponsors to increase the cash awards provided to the students. Bro. Pough served as an assistant to the District Talent Hunt Chairman, Bro. Calvin Baxter.

In 1987 Bro. Pough was appointed to the position of 2nd District Talent Hunt Chairman by D.R. Richard Johnson (Omega Chapter). He served as the 2nd District Talent Hunt Chairman for 18 years under the administrations of 9 different District Representatives.

Under Bro. Pough’s leadership, the number of students participating in the 2nd District Talent Hunt program experienced a significant growth. The instrumental and vocal categories were changed to allow classical and contemporary awards in each category, the cash awards were increased in each category, the performance venue was upgraded to performance halls (performing arts schools’ auditoriums) and the guidelines were made available on the district website to allow continuity across the district. Bro. Pough also implemented the use of parental release and consent form which allowed the fraternity to video tape the district Talent Hunt performers. The forms also provided insurance information in case of a medical emergency. Several of the guidelines created in the 2nd District were utilized to help standardize the guidelines currently provided by the International Talent Hunt Committee.

Congratulations are extended to Bro. Pough. Thank you for your service to our youth, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity and the Second District.