All About the Mothers and Not the Benjamins

Submitted by Bro. Paul R. Green II, Alpha Iota Chapter Editor
Story by Bro. Keith Wilson, Alpha Iota Chapter Mentorship Co-Chairman
Photos: Bro. Keith Wilson, Alpha Iota Chapter Mentorship Co-Chairman
Mentorship

SUFFOLK, VA— Wednesday May 9, 2018, The Golden Fold - Suffolk in conjunction with Alpha Iota Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. had their regular session at the Taylor Bend Family YMCA of South Hampton Roads located in Chesapeake, Virginia. The Golden Fold - Suffolk

It was the Golden Fold Mother’s Day Session; the Young Leaders served their mother dinner, and handed out gifts. The Mothers of the Young Leaders were very appreciative of having the Young Leaders served them. The guest speaker for the Mother’s Day Session was our very own Young Leader Malik Harrison, his topic was My Hero. He spoke about how his mother was his Hero. He was ask to give his definition of Success his answers was to make his mother proud and happy.

The Golden Fold - Suffolk is the youth mentorship program of Alpha Iota Chapter of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., an international nonprofit social and civic service organization that has over 700 chapters with 100,000 members in 14 countries worldwide.  AI’s Golden Fold - Suffolk serves the greater community of Suffolk City Virginia by offering community service projects, field trips, college lectures, and university tours on the weekends.  The Golden Fold - Suffolk serves approximately 20 students from middle school to graduating seniors in high school in the Suffolk city community.

Alpha Iota (AI) is a graduate chapter of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., an international nonprofit social and civic service organization that has over 700 chapters with 100,000 members in 14 countries worldwide.

Since the chapter’s founding in Western Tidewater Region in Virginia in 1939, AI has supported public and community events across the region benefiting scholarship, health promotion, youth mentorship, citizenship, and social action. Alpha Iota (AI) was recently named the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Incorporated District Chapter Runner up Mentoring Award.

Alpha Iota serves Suffolk, VA and the surrounding cities of Coastal Virginia.

Conduct Yourselves Accordingly

Submitted by Bro. Paul R. Green II, Alpha Iota Chapter Editor
Story by Bro. Keith Wilson, Alpha Iota Chapter Mentorship Co-Chairman
Photos: John Cotton, Alpha Iota Basileus
Mentorship

SUFFOLK, VA— Wednesday, April 25, 2018, The Golden Fold - Suffolk in conjunction with Alpha Iota Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. had their regular session at the Taylor Bend Family YMCA of South Hampton Roads located in Chesapeake, Virginia.

This session involved Officer Chris Washington of Virginia Beach Police Force teaching our Young Leaders  to be honest citizens. Officer Washington gave the Young Leaders different scenarios police officers face with on a daily basis.  He also explains that you should be in compliance and show no defensive gesture towards cops to keep the situation at minimum. The officer explains to the Young Leaders how to present themselves if pulled over by an officer, and gave the Young Leaders a chance to be and officer called to a problem reported by another citizen. The goal of this session was to keep our Young Leaders out of the criminal justice system.

The Golden Fold - Suffolk is the youth mentorship program of Alpha Iota Chapter of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., an international nonprofit social and civic service organization that has over 700 chapters with 100,000 members in 14 countries worldwide.  AI’s Golden Fold - Suffolk serves the greater community of Suffolk City Virginia by offering community service projects, field trips, college lectures, and university tours on the weekends.  The Golden Fold - Suffolk serves approximately 20 students from middle school to graduating seniors in high school in the Suffolk city community.

Alpha Iota (AI) is a graduate chapter of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., an international nonprofit social and civic service organization that has over 700 chapters with 100,000 members in 14 countries worldwide.

Since the chapter’s founding in Western Tidewater Region in Virginia in 1939, AI has supported public and community events across the region benefiting scholarship, health promotion, youth mentorship, citizenship, and social action. Alpha Iota (AI) was recently named the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Incorporated District Chapter Runner up Mentoring Award.

Alpha Iota serves Suffolk, VA and the surrounding cities of Coastal Virginia.

Omega Day Of Caring (ODOC)

Saturday, May 5, 2018

Submitted by Bro. Paul R. Green II, Alpha Iota Chapter Editor
Story by Bro. Keith Wilson, Alpha Iota Chapter
Photos: John Cotton, Alpha Iota Basileus
Social Action Program

SUFFOLK, VA— Saturday, May 5, 2018, The Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc. Alpha Iota Chapter of Suffolk, Virginia conducted community service at the home of Brother Sylvester Jones (Omega Chapter).

The brothers of the Alpha Iota Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., gathered at the home of our Omega Chapter Bro. Sylvester Jones and perform maintenance to the residence of his surviving widow, Ms. Margaret Jones. The services rendered consisted of washing her car, mowing the lawn, weed eating and pressure washing her windows. Ms. Jones was very thankful for the brothers of Alpha Iota Chapter coming out and showing that we cared.

In addition, upon completing Ms. Jones’ tasks, the brothers assembled at our Adopt-A-Spot located on the Corner of E. Washington St. and North 5th St. to keep Suffolk beautiful. On the corner is a historic marker that reads, “Here stood the Nansemond Collegiate Institute, founded in 1890 as the Nansemond Industrial Institute by Rev. William W. Gaines to provide local black children with an education, because free public schools were closed to them. Eventually the institute offered elementary, secondary, and normal school courses of instruction. In 1927 a public school for black students was opened; competition for students and a series of disastrous fires forced the institute to close in 1939.” Alpha Iota Chapter takes pride in keeping the spot and plot presentable.

Social Action Programs are mandated by the fraternity. Chapters participate in activities that will uplift their communities. Some of the activities include: voter registration, Assault on Illiteracy; Habitat for Humanity; mentoring; and participation in fundraisers for charitable organizations.

Alpha Iota (AI) is a graduate chapter of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., an international nonprofit social and civic service organization that has over 700 chapters with 100,000 members in 14 countries worldwide.

Since the chapter’s founding in Western Tidewater Region in Virginia in 1939, AI has supported public and community events across the region benefiting scholarship, health promotion, youth mentorship, citizenship, and social action. Alpha Iota (AI) was recently named the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Incorporated District Chapter Runner up Mentoring Award.

Alpha Iota serves Suffolk, VA and the surrounding cities of Coastal Virginia.

Bro. Keithon Grigsby hard at work in his coveralls.

Bro. Keith Wilson mowing Ms. Jones’ yard.

Brothers of the Alpha Iota Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. along with Ms. Margaret Jones. (L-R) Bro. John Cotton, Bro. W. Ross Boone, Bro. Keithon Grigsby, Bro. San Antonio Crosby, Bro. Roosevelt Brown, Bro. Reginald Wright, Bro. Telly Green, Bro. Victor Archie, Bro. Stanley Pittman (Social Action Programs, Chairman) and Bro. Keith Wilson along with Ms. Margaret Jones.

Bro. San Antonio Crosby giving guidance to Bro. Keith Wilson.

Bro. Roosevelt Brown working at the Car Wash.

Bro. San Antonio Crosby preparing to load the mower as Bro. Victor Archie looks on to assist.

Nansemond Collegiate Institute Historic Marker © 2010 MarkerHistory.com

900 Men Strong Breakfast

Submitted by Bro. Paul R. Green II, Alpha Iota Chapter Editor
Story by Bro. James Blow, Alpha Iota Chapter
Photos: Calvin Oliver
Scholarship

Norfolk, VA— Saturday, April 14, 2018, the Second Calvary Baptist church, Norfolk, Virginia, hosted its Seventh Annual 900 Men Strong Breakfast., the Alpha Iota Chapter of Omega Psi Phi – Suffolk, VA was represented.

On April 14, 2018, The Second Calvary Baptist church, Norfolk, Virginia, hosted its Seventh Annual 900 Men Strong Breakfast.  The breakfast boast men from across the Hampton Roads area who serve as role models of success for young men who attended.  There was a conglomerate of law enforcement officials, local businessmen and members of Greek Letters Organizations.  This year’s keynote speaker was the current host of “The NFL Today” on CBS, Mr. James Brown.   He spoke positively to the students on overcoming adversity through both scripture and his personal life experiences.  Mr. Brown is also an ordained minister who lives in the Washington, DC metropolitan area.

The Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., an international nonprofit social and civic service organization that has over 700 chapters with 100,000 members in 14 countries worldwide.  Alpha Iota’s - Suffolk serves the greater community in the city of Suffolk, Virginia by offering community service projects.

Alpha Iota (AI) is a graduate chapter of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., an international nonprofit social and civic service organization that has over 700 chapters with 100,000 members in 14 countries worldwide.

Since the chapter’s founding in Western Tidewater Region in Virginia in 1939, AI has supported public and community events across the region benefiting scholarship, health promotion, youth mentorship, citizenship, and social action.

Alpha Iota serves Suffolk, VA and the surrounding cities of Coastal Virginia.

200 Plus Scholars Breakfast

Submitted by Bro. Paul R. Green II, Alpha Iota Chapter Editor
Story by Bro. James Blow, Alpha Iota Chapter
Photos: Calvin Oliver
Scholarship

VIRGINIA BEACH, VA— Saturday, May 12, 2018, The Golden Fold - Suffolk in conjunction with Alpha Iota Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. attended the 200 Plus Scholars Breakfast at the Virginia Beach Convention Center in Virginia Beach, VA.

It been twenty-one years of Honoring Academic Excellence of the Hampton Roads 200 Plus Scholars Breakfast. The Golden Fold - Suffolk had two of its Young Leaders that were a part of this outstanding event, Young Leader Lewis Gatling and Young Leader Lamond Johnson-Taylor. Alpha Iota Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.,  would like to congratulate these two Young men in attendance for their hard work and dedication for achieving a 3.0 or better GPA. We commend each Young Leader for achieving their goals that were set out for their  educational career. Also in attendance was Brother Stafford Brown, Jr. He represented his alummata, University of Virginia and in addition, he is a member of Alpha Iota Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.

The Golden Fold - Suffolk is the youth mentorship program of Alpha Iota Chapter of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., an international nonprofit social and civic service organization that has over 700 chapters with 100,000 members in 14 countries worldwide.  AI’s Golden Fold - Suffolk serves the greater community of Suffolk City Virginia by offering community service projects, field trips, college lectures, and university tours on the weekends.  The Golden Fold - Suffolk serves approximately 20 students from middle school to graduating seniors in high school in the Suffolk city community.

Alpha Iota (AI) is a graduate chapter of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., an international nonprofit social and civic service organization that has over 700 chapters with 100,000 members in 14 countries worldwide.

Since the chapter’s founding in Western Tidewater Region in Virginia in 1939, AI has supported public and community events across the region benefiting scholarship, health promotion, youth mentorship, citizenship, and social action. Alpha Iota (AI) was recently named the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Incorporated District Chapter Runner up Mentoring Award.

 

Alpha Iota serves Suffolk, VA and the surrounding cities of Coastal Virginia.

“The New Men For Progress” Scholarship Winners

Submitted by Bro. Paul R. Green II, Alpha Iota Chapter Editor

Story by: John Cotton, Alpha Iota Chapter Basileus

Photos: Unknow

Scholarship

Chesapeake, VA— Saturday, April 28, 2018, The New Chesapeake Men for Progress Education Foundation, Inc. hosted their 10th Anniversary Achievement and Scholarship Awards Breakfast.

On Saturday, April 28th 2018, The New Chesapeake Men for Progress Education Foundation, Inc. hosted their 10th Anniversary Achievement and Scholarship Awards Breakfast.  Their primary focus is to provide positive male role models for young Black males in the Chesapeake School system.  Dr. Whitley had three scholarship recipients under his tutelage.(left to right-Herman Saleau, Micah Dixon and Kendric Hurdle) the efforts demonstrated by these students to achieve this status are in keeping with our principles of Perseverance, Scholarship and Uplift.  Manhood is just around the corner.  The keynote speaker was Don. J. Carey, III Safety, for the Detroit Lions Football Team.  His speech provided the students with a positive outline for success in school, their chosen profession and life.

The Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., an international nonprofit social and civic service organization that has over 700 chapters with 100,000 members in 14 countries worldwide.  Alpha Iota’s - Suffolk serves the greater community in the city of Suffolk, Virginia by offering community service projects.

Alpha Iota (AI) is a graduate chapter of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., an international nonprofit social and civic service organization that has over 700 chapters with 100,000 members in 14 countries worldwide.

Since the chapter’s founding in Western Tidewater Region in Virginia in 1939, AI has supported public and community events across the region benefiting scholarship, health promotion, youth mentorship, citizenship, and social action.

Alpha Iota serves Suffolk, VA and the surrounding cities of Coastal Virginia.

Eastern Area II Koinonia Service

Psalms 133:1

Submitted by Bro. Paul R. Green II, Alpha Iota Chapter Editor

Story by Bro. Keith Wilson, Alpha Iota Chapter Mentorship Chairman

Photos: Bro. Keith Wilson

Eastern Area II Koinonia Service

SUFFOLK, VA— Sunday, April 29, 2018, The Alpha Iota Chapter of Omega Psi Phi – Suffolk, VA in conjunction with Eastern Area II, comprised of Alpha Iota, Lambda Nu, Sigma Kappa Kappa and Zeta Iota Chapter(s),of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., had its Fifth Sunday Koinonia Service at the East End Baptist Church, Suffolk, Virginia, where the Senior Pastor is Dr. Wayne D. Faison. The guest speaker for the women’s conference was Rev. Dawn Michelle Williams. The topic was A Rise and Shine coming from the book of Isaiah chapter 60: verse 1.

The Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., an international nonprofit social and civic service organization that has over 700 chapters with 100,000 members in 14 countries worldwide.  Alpha Iota’s - Suffolk serves the greater community in the city of Suffolk, Virginia by offering community service projects.   

Alpha Iota (AI) is a graduate chapter of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., an international nonprofit social and civic service organization that has over 700 chapters with 100,000 members in 14 countries worldwide.

Since the chapter’s founding in Western Tidewater Region in Virginia in 1939, AI has supported public and community events across the region benefiting scholarship, health promotion, youth mentorship, citizenship, and social action.

Alpha Iota serves Suffolk, VA and the surrounding cities of Coastal Virginia.

Brothers from Eastern Area II, Alpha Iota, Lambda Nu, Sigma Kappa Kappa and Zeta Iota Chapter(s), Koinonia Service at East End Baptist Church, Suffolk, VA.

Thru The Eyes of His Father

During the 40’s and 50’s it was hard for Blacks to get loans at White financial institutions. Often, members of Metropolitan Baptist Church would reach out to the church to address their financial needs.  To alleviate this situation, in December of 1948, the idea of forming a credit union was born.  Fifteen founders who belonged to this church pooled their resources in the amount of $226.24.  One of those founders was Rufus T. Hart, Sr. who served as longtime CEO off Metropolitan Church Federal Credit Union until his death in 2007. 

Over the course of those years, his son, Ronald O. Hart joined his father and worked at the credit union while in high school.  He received a full athletic scholarship to play football at N.C. A&T State University.  “Sugar Hart” as he was named by his peers excelled both on and off the field.  Each summer and during spring breaks, he returned home and worked with his father at the credit union.  In 1962 he became a member of Mu Psi Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity (Line Name Route 66) and has remained an active member of the fraternity for the past 55 years.  Upon graduating from A&T with a degree in biology, he returned to his hometown, taught high school students, coached football and helped his father  run the credit union.

Along the way, this Omega Man obtained a M.S. degree, taught school, spent 16 years as a member of Suffolk City Council (serving two terms as Vice Mayor) and continued to help his dad at the credit union.  At the age of 55, his father asked him to retire to continue the legacy that was started in 1948.   As his father aged, his desire to build a credit union grew stronger.  “If the credit union is to survive, we must be in a place where we can control our own destiny” he would say over and over again.  His son, kept that thought in mind.

In 2014, the long-term lease with the church expired and the wheels of progress began to turn.  A site for a new facility was secured.  Plans were drawn and a ground breaking was held.  On October 14, 2017, the Hopes and Dreams of the Founders were realized as the new Metropolitan Church Federal Credit Union opened.  Citizens from all walks of life joined in the celebration which featured members of Suffolk City Council; Constitution Officers, members and well-wishers from various states.   With more than 2,000 members serving eight churches in the Suffolk community, the credit union has assets of nine million dollars.  This state of the art facility was dedicated to the legacy and dedication of the late Rufus T. Hart, Sr. and other founders.   His son, Ronald noted at the opening “It was dad’s last wish that we have a building of our own.  I know today, he is looking down and is so proud of what the Board of Directors and staff have been able to accomplish”.   Members of Alpha Iota Chapter of Omega Psi Phi – Suffolk, VA and members of Tau Lambda Lambda Chapter of Omega Psi Phi – Southern MD joined in the celebration of this achievement.  “Thru the Eyes of His Father” the mission of People Helping People will live on.  

SPREADING HOLIDAY CHEER THE GOLDEN FOLD – SUFFOLK WAY

Suffolk, VA - Saturday, December 16, 2017, the Alpha Iota Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. Mentoring Group, The Golden Fold - Suffolk, delivered Holiday Baskets to some deserving residents of Suffolk. The Men of Omega and their mentees answered the call and blessed several families that could benefit from a little assistance. They delivered approximately ten baskets within the community. The Golden Fold - Suffolk young leaders, with the assistance of the Men of Omega and volunteers known as The Bridge Builders, were responsible for purchasing the items in the basket, wrapping the baskets and arranging each basket for distribution. This served as a great learning experience for the young men. Once these tasks were done, The Golden Fold Young Leaders, with the assistance of their advisors and mentors, personally took each basket to the members of the community. When the Suffolk Community Calls, the Alpha Iota Omega Men Answer.”

Teaming up to Fight Cancer

Suffolk, VA - Tuesday, September 19, 2017, the Brothers of Alpha Iota Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., joined forces with Sentara Obici Hospital, and the LINKS Organization to fight prostate and colorectal cancer. Hampton Roads and northeastern North Carolina are among the nation’s three colon cancer hot spots , according to the ACS. That means more people are dying from colon and rectal cancers here than in most other places in the U.S. The Brothers of Alpha Iota Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., and the women of the LINKS organization hit the streets to register people for free prostate and colorectal screenings at Sentara Obici Hospital. 115 men registered, and over 60 attended on the day of the event. The registered participants not only received free screenings, they attended education sessions facilitated by oncologists, and they were also treated to a catered dinner. We did not leave the wives and significant others out. The hospital provided bone density screenings and education sessions on breast health for the women. The brothers of Alpha Iota Chapter are looking forward to more partnerships like this with Sentara Obici Hospital. Early detection saves lives.

By Brother Paul Green