Alpha Iota Press Release: Teamwork Makes the Dream Work

Monday, March 19, 2018

Date of Release

Teamwork Makes the Dream Work

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

Mentorship

 

SUFFOLK,VA— Wednesday, March 14, 2018, The Golden Fold - Suffolk held its semiweekly session at the Taylor Bend Family YMCA of South Hampton Roads located in Chesapeake, Virginia.

The topic of discussion during this particular session was problem solving and teamwork. The Young Leaders were given the following materials: straws, scissors, duct tape and paper. They were asked to make the shield of the Golden Fold. The Young Leaders were divided up into groups and started thinking as a team. They started the construction of the shield, and some of them looked like a shield, but some of them looked like a kite. Nevertheless, the moral of this session was to have the Young Leaders performing as a team and fellowship. The mission was a completion.

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.

Old Fashion Read Aloud Family Reading Night

Monday, March 12, 2018

Date of Release

Old Fashion Read Aloud Family Reading Night

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

Story by Bro. Keith Wilson, Alpha Iota Chapter Golden Fold Co-Chairman

Alpha Iota Chapter Adopt-A-School Chairman: Bro. Paul R. Green II

Photos: Bro. Rick Green (Gamma Xi) & Keith Wilson (Alpha Iota), Golden Fold Co-Chairmen

Social Action & Mentorship

SUFFOLK,VA— Thursday, March 8, 2018, The Golden Fold - Suffolk in conjunction with Alpha Iota Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. Adopt-A-School, Mack Benn, Jr. Elementary School on Thursday, March 8, 2018, at Mack Benn, Jr. Elementary School located in Suffolk, Virginia. The Golden Fold - Suffolk mentoring group assisted Alpha Iota Chapter’s Adopt-A-School with their family reading night.

The Old Fashion Read Aloud Family Reading Night, originally scheduled for Thursday, January 18, 2018; however, due to Mother Nature supplying us with an abundance of snow, it took place Thursday, March 8, 2018.  The young leaders sat alongside elementary students and read stories to them. In turn, the students got a chance to reciprocate and read to the young leaders. This bough great joy and excitement to have the Golden Fold-Suffolk to come and be a part of the Old Fashion Read Aloud Family Reading Night. Melleasenah Rountree (Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.) is our Adopt-A-School Liaison. She coordinates all of our interactions and activities as it pertains to our Adopt-A-School.

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.

Alpha Iota and Lambda Nu Talent Hunt 2018

Friday, March 9, 2018

Date of Release

Who Wants To Be The Next Joint Alpha Iota and Lambda Nu Talent Hunt Winner?

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

Story by Bro. Paul R. Green II

AI Talent Hunt Chairman: Bro. San Antonio Crosby

Photos: Bro. Paul R. Green II

Talent Hunt

Alpha Iota and Lambda Nu Chapters 2018 Joint Talent Hunt Program

SUFFOLK,VA— Sunday, February 18, 2018, Alpha Iota and Lambda Nu Chapters held its mandated 2018 Joint Talent Hunt Program on Sunday, February 18th, 2018, at King’s Fork High School in the Black Box Theater located in Suffolk, Virginia. This venue was chosen thanks to our working relationship with the community and the principal, Bro. Dr. Ronald Leigh. The two chapters came together and lead, planned, and executed the event to highlight the talent of local and surrounding area high school students.  Under the leadership of chairmen Brothers San Antonio Crosby (Alpha Iota) and Xavier Beale, Sr. (Lambda Nu), along with committee members, they provided oversight and guidance for a successful event.

Seven talented young women and men competed for scholarships and cash prizes in the Alpha Iota and Lambda Nu Chapters of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity’s Annual Talent Hunt held at King’s Fork High School in the Black Box Theater on Sunday, February 18, 2018.

The high school competitors represented four performing arts disciplines: vocal performance, modern dance, spoken word and instrumental performance. Contestants in the 2018 competition were Dericka Bailey  (modern dance), Xavier Beale, Jr. (vocal performance), Amahri Auriel Edwards-Jones (vocal performance), Kristofer Faulk (instrumental performance),  A’lera Linton (vocal performance), Alexus Wilson (vocal performance) and Meagan Young (spoken word).

Each student exhibited his or her artistic gifts with skill, determination and excellence. All of the performers were winners for courageously demonstrating their talents in front of the audience and the three judges: Dr. Walter Clemons, Ms. Gail Hinton-Copeland and Mr. Xavier Fain.

The Alpha Iota and Lambda Nu Chapters have served the Western Tidewater community for many years of continuous service while providing scholarships to the high school students. All participants walked away with a cash prize. Third place received $75, second place took home $125 each and Meagan Young, won the grand prize and was awarded $250 for her efforts.

Meagan Young will represent Alpha Iota and Lambda Nu Chapters at the 85th Annual Third District Talent Hunt Program to be held in April in Newport News, Virginia.  She will compete against other Virginia and Washington, D.C. chapter winners. The first place winners of the Third District Meeting in Newport News will continue to our 81st Grand Conclave in New Orleans, Louisiana.

The Talent Hunt Program provides exposure, encouragement and financial assistance to talented young people participating in the performing arts. Winners are awarded recognition and may be given college scholarships.

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, 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.

Alpha Iota Press Release Carter G. Woodson Golden Fold Suffolk

Carter G. Woodson Jubilee and Youth Gala

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

Mentorship

SUFFOLK,VA— February 17, 2018, The Golden Fold - Suffolk held its second annual Carter G. Woodson Jubilee and Youth Gala on February 17th, 2018, at the Planter’s Club located in Suffolk, Virginia. The young lead, planned, and executed the event to highlight their leadership skills.  The Golden Fold - Suffolk mentors and committee members provided oversight and guidance.

The Carter G. Woodson Jubilee took place during the morning of Saturday, February 17, 2018. The young leaders opened the Jubilee with dramatic recitations of poems “See It Through” and “Invictus.” Then, one of our young leaders delivered a moving oration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s speech, "If I had Sneezed.” The event was standing room only. Next, the young men took a break. Between the morning Jubilee until later that evening. Alpha Iota The Golden Fold - Suffolk presented a semi-formal event that took place on the evening of Saturday, February 17, 2018, The Golden Gala. During that time, they donned their suits and ties, picked up theirs dates, and headed back to the Planter’s Club for the Golden Gala. The program consisted of a brief presentation and education session on African Americans who have made and continue to make history. The sustenance for the mind (education) was followed by sustenance for the body in the form of good food and sustenance for the soul in the form of laughter, fun, and dancing.

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.

FROM HISTORY TO THE HARDWOOD

THE GOLDEN FOLD-SUFFOLK (TGF)

On Saturday, January 13, 2018, The Golden Fold-Suffolk, Alpha Iota Chapter's Mentoring Group, took a day trip to Baltimore, MD and Washington, D.C. While in Baltimore, MD, the young leaders toured The National Great Blacks in Wax Museum. This museum is a wax museum in Baltimore, Maryland featuring prominent African-American historical figures. It was established in 1983, in a downtown storefront on Saratoga Street. It began with a guided tour of the museum and lessons on slavery, the slave trade, and the accomplishments of influential African Americans. After the guided portion of the tour, the young men continued their education in African American history on their own. Following the tour of the museum, the mentees were afforded a chance to attend the Capital One Arena, Washington, D.C., as The Washington Wizards hosted the Brooklyn Nets. The Wizards are an American professional basketball team based in Washington, D.C. They compete in the National Basketball Association (NBA), as a member of the league's Eastern Conference Southeast Division. The young men enjoyed the opportunity to unwind and be entertained at the game with food, folks and fun!

Submitted by Keith Wilson
Edited by R. Perez Gatlin and P. R. Green II

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

Resident of Magnolia Gardens Senior Living Facility being served by Golden Fold - Suffolk member Yosef Woods along with Alpha Iota Chapter members Stafford Brown III and Edward “Pete” Smith and Lambda Zeta Chapter member Desmond Brown.

SERVICE TO THE SENIORS OF SUFFOLK

Suffolk, VA - Thursday, November 23, 2017 - The brothers of Alpha Iota Chapter, Omega Psi Phi, Inc. came together at noon to serve Thanksgiving dinner to the residents of Magnolia Gardens Senior Living Facility, Suffolk, VA. The men of Alpha Iota Chapter, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. and their mentor group, The Golden Fold-Suffolk, partnered with The Salvation Army, Suffolk, VA to served Turkey and all the traditional fixing to over 40 senior residents of the facility. The Thanksgiving dinner with the residents of Magnolia Gardens, has been an annual event for the chapter since 2013. The wonderful residents of Magnolia were very appreciative and delighted to be served and honored. Magnolia residents are anxious to see us again next year and we won't disappoint. “ When the Suffolk, VA Community Calls, Alpha Iota Chapter Omega Men Answer! ”

Members of the Alpha Iota Chapter, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. and The Golden Fold, Suffolk after serving the seniors of Magnolia Gardens Senior Living Facility, Suffolk, VA.
Members of the Alpha Iota Chapter, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. and The Golden Fold, Suffolk after serving the seniors of Magnolia Gardens Senior Living Facility, Suffolk, VA.
Men of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. after serving the seniors of Magnolia Gardens Senior Living Facility, Suffolk, VA.
Men of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. after serving the seniors of Magnolia Gardens Senior Living Facility, Suffolk, VA.

By Paul Green

Alpha Iota Chapter Celebrates Achievement Week 2017

Suffolk, VA - Saturday, November 18, 2017, Alpha Iota Chapter capped off a highly successful year with its annual Achievement Week Banquet and Brunch at the Hilton Garden Inn Suffolk/Chesapeake. The highlight of the event was outgoing chapter basileus, Bro. Dr. Thomas A. Whitley’s final address to Alpha Iota. Bro. Dr. Whitley stressed the importance of adhering to and genuinely living the fraternity’s cardinal principles. In addition to delivering his final address as basileus, Alpha Iota honored Bro. Whitley with the chapter’s Omega Man of the Year award. Under Bro. Dr. Whitley’s leadership the chapter increased in membership, presented more scholarships to deserving students, and became even more prominent in the greater Suffolk community as it continued to address sociopolitical issues.

Alpha Iota awarded the Superior Service Award to Bro. Dr. Victor Archie. Dr. Archie is an oncologist with Sentara Obici Hospital. Dr. Archie envisioned and spearheaded Alpha Iota’s partnership with Sentara Obici Hospital to address prostate cancer among African American men in the Suffolk / Isle of Wight County area. Alpha Iota and Sentara Obici combined resources to get over 50 men screened for prostate cancer. The effort proved highly successful in raising the health awareness of those that were screened.

Bro. Keith Wilson received the COL. Charles Young award for his leadership of the Alpha Iota Golden Fold. The Golden Fold is Alpha Iota’s mentorship program focused on increasing the self-esteem, confidence, and cultural awareness young men while also promoting scholastic excellence and achievement. The Golden Fold is very active in the greater Suffolk area. The Golden Fold meets twice a month and conducts community service activities on a monthly basis. Bro. Wilson is a member of the U.S. Army Reserves.

 

(L-R) Brother Dr. Thomas Whitley Alpha Iota Omega Man of the Year and Brother Keith Wilson Alpha Iota Col. Charles Young Award
(L-R) Brother Dr. Thomas Whitley Alpha Iota Omega Man of the Year and Brother Keith Wilson Alpha Iota Col. Charles Young Award
Brother Dr. Victor Archie Alpha Iota Superior Service Award
Brother Dr. Victor Archie Alpha Iota Superior Service Award