NORFOLK--As part of the city’s Neighbors Building Neighborhoods initiative, Norfolk hosted its fifth annual Neighborhood Expo on September 16 at Military Circle Mall. The Expo provides residents a forum to exchange ideas, spotlight neighborhoods, and be recognized for their accomplishments. It also provides opportunities for other stakeholders and businesses to share information on services and programs in a festive environment. At the recommendation of Vice-Basileus, Ron Moore, Lambda Omega became a “Movers” sponsor for the first time. This permitted chapter members to pass out flyers about an upcoming fish fry. They also shared information about the young male mentoring program that’s being rebooted.
This year’s Expo kicked off with a neighborhood parade inside the mall to celebrate neighborhood heroes. Six-year-old Julian, a CHKD hero, was the grand marshal. He was followed by the Norview High School Drum Line. Neighborhoods and exhibitors were encouraged to join the parade, bring banners, and dress as superheroes. There was also a dunking booth outside the food court to benefit CHKD. Norfolk Police Chief Larry Boone, two assistant chiefs, and a deputy city manager were featured dunking booth targets. Entertainment included face painting, appearance by the East Coast Alliance of Cosplayers superhero group, and performances by the Toe 2 Toe Dancers, Mosaic Steel Band and Maury High School cheerleaders. Bro. Earl Fraley, chairman of Norfolk’s City Planning Commission gave welcoming remarks to Expo attendees.
Loudoun County, VA — The Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., Sigma Mu Mu Chapter, is doing its part to ensure that children in need have school supplies. On August 5, 2017, Sigma Mu Mu held its 4th Annual Back-2-School Supply Drive at the Wal-Mart Supercenter in Sterling, Virginia. Patrons purchased several items in Wal-Mart, including notebooks, pens, pencils and folders. The support and generosity of the local community enabled Sigma Mu Mu to collect over 500 pounds of various items, including 27 backpacks. In addition to school supplies, cash donations were given and were used to buy more supplies. This service project was the result of a partnership between Sigma Mu Mu and Help for Other Inc., a 501(c)(3) charitable institution, to collect basic school supplies for Loudoun County elementary and middle schools. The donated supplies were delivered to Ms. Gloria Mpofu, the coordinator of the organization. She was very appreciative of the effort, energy and enthusiasm of the brothers.
Sigma Mu Mu’s participation in such a worthy cause highlights its commitment to serving the Loudoun County community. The Back-2-School Drive helped level the “academic” playing field so that the children can focus on academic success, and be better prepared for learning.
Brother Kevin Wiggs
Sigma Mu Mu Chapter
Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.
Chesapeake woman fills truck with supplies for victims of Hurricane Harvey
The Brothers of Sigma Kappa Kappa Chapter responded to the call to Uplift those affected by Hurricane Harvey. The chapter believes in good old fashion hard work. The brothers partnered with Ms. Bri’Anne S. Green, a leader in the city of Chesapeake and a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and went to work to make a difference. The location was Bethany Baptist Church under the leadership of Pastor Bro. H. Patrick Cason (Alpha Iota), Brothers Stanley Barner, Kodi Fleming, Winfield “E” Edwards, Antwan Shepherd, Mike Brown, Ricky Lawrence, Delwyn Petersen, Daryl Jones, Justin Hampton Dexter Bailey and Jax Bailey helped to collect items needed for the victims of Hurricane Harvey. The Brothers worked hard on the assembly line filling a whole tractor trailer with much needed supplies to be sent to Texas. This event was also covered by WAVY News 10 and will air Saturday, September 2, 2017 at 11:00 pm. Sigma Kappa Kappa Chapter would like to extend our prayers to all those who were affected by the storm. “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” Isaiah 41:10
Norfolk, Va.,-We (Pi Gamma Alumni) gave $3000.00 on September 2, 2017 in 30 minutes to the Pi Gamma Endowment Account at Norfolk State University (NSU) which was part of the $300,000 raised by NSU for Labor Day Weekend. The Pi Gamma Account is at $137,000 at NSU and we gave the Pi Gamma Chapter Undergraduates $4800.00 this semester from the interest gained.Pi Gamma Chapter, Third District, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. celebrated 55 years Labor Day weekend in Norfolk. Pi Gamma Chapter was chartered 1962 on the campus of Norfolk State College.
When the question is asked, “who can we run to?” It is humbling to know that the community knows they can run to Sigma Kappa Kappa Chapter for Uplift. The Brothers received calls from two families in need of emergency school supplies. One family is facing eviction and had no way to purchase much needed supplies for a young lady starting high school. The Brothers also received another call from a family in need of supplies for a young man starting the eighth grade. Both of these years are so pivotal; one beginning what could be the time period that shapes the rest of her life and the other on the last leg of his journey from a young boy maturing into a young man.The Chapter organized and partnered with the C.R.O.P. Foundation to purchase two book bags and enough school supplies to last an entire school year! Brothers Wil Bronson, Kodi Fleming, Dexter Bailey and Justin Hampton organized the funding and purchases. Brothers Delwyn Petersen, Kodi Fleming, Justin Hampton, Ricky Lawrence and Stanley Barner Jr. made the drop offs to the families. The Brothers gave both teenagers words of encouragement and Uplift. The irony is that as Brothers were trying to make a difference in the community and show this young man a positive image of black men; directly across the street was a Nu Psi Chapter Brother leading an investigation into the homicide of yet another young black male. Sadly, this is what a lot of our children have to witness and live through daily. This is why Sigma Kappa Kappa chapter has committed themselves to make a true impact on the lives of young black children. “We are either the bad choice they see, or the change the see, either way they are watching.” Brothers we ask you, how far does the sweeping hand of service and Uplift reach in your community?