DR’s Fourth of July Message 2018

Greetings Brothers of the Third District,
On this day, we celebrate the birth of our nation by spending time with Good Brothers, Friends, & Family at cookouts, going to parades, and watching fireworks. It’s also important to reflect on the significance of this day, when we declared Independence and stood up for the dignity and Freedom of Man. This is a day for us to relax, but it’s also a day to reflect on those brave Americans that helped shape our nation…it’s a day for us to reflect on how we can best uphold the same ideals of life, liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness that drove our founding fathers to sign the Declaration of Independence on July 4th, 1776.
As much as we each enjoy the traditions, Independence Day is, most of all, an opportunity to reflect on the true meaning of our citizenship. The Declaration of Independence makes it clear. To be American, is about much more than the place we call home. To be an Omega Man, it’s a deeply felt commitment to higher principles: liberty, equality, opportunity, and self-governance.
On the Fourth of July, we are grateful for the blessings that freedom represents and for the opportunities it affords. We are thankful for the love of our family and friends and for our rights to think, speak, and worship freely. We are also humbled in remembering the many courageous men and women who have served and sacrificed throughout our history to preserve, protect, and expand these liberties.
On behalf of the District Council, I wish you all a happy and safe Fourth of July. Enjoy your celebrations, but also remember the reason we celebrate. Let us remind ourselves that we must cherish and protect our freedom. Also, let us thank and remember those who have sacrificed to defend our liberty and our rights as human beings—our veterans and service members! That essence has permeated our land and inspired generations of Americans to explore, discover, and redefine the outer reaches of our infinite potential. It has become the foundation of the Omega Dream!
In Friendship,
Brother Kevin Brown
District Representative
(e-mail) kbomega@verizon.net

DR’s Father’s Day Message 2018

Greetings Brothers of the Third District,
In remembering the words of Langston Hughes, life is definitely not a crystal stair for Black Men in this country. However, the recent months (and years) have made it keenly aware of the numbers of Black Fathers who have been taken from their families far too soon. Whether by gun violence, police brutality or the carceral state, there are far too many families growing up without a father present in their lives.
There are clearly institutional and structural forces in this country that are removing Black men from their homes and communities. How can we curb this tide and build holistic communities? I don’t have the answers, but I do know there are groups across the country working to strengthen Black male relationships, confidence and mental health. For those interested in learning and doing more, the work of Brother Fairchild and the Fatherhood Initiative are helping to change this statistic. So, as we move forward into the latter half of 2018, I hope we can commit ourselves to learning and doing more to support Black men and youth in this country.
So, to all the Dads out there, it is my genuine hope that you know you are loved and appreciated by so many people, even if you only have an old tie as proof.
On behalf of the Third District Executive Council, I wish you all a Happy Father's Day...
In Friendship,
Brother Kevin Brown
District Representative
(e-mail) kbomega@verizon.net

DR’s Memorial Day 2018 Message

Good Brothers of the Third District,
Since 1900, more than 35 million men and women have served in World War I, World War II, Korea, Vietnam, the Persian Gulf, Afghanistan, Iraq, and unnamed military engagements. More than half a million of them gave their lives in the cause of freedom, some in battle, some in captivity (to include many of our Brothers), have paid the ultimate sacrifice to secure the blessings of liberty for our Nation and our allies around the world.
On this Memorial Day, let us pause to remember those who gave the last full measure of devotion for our Nation! Let us remember the special nobility and grace of those who donned the uniforms of our country and sacrificed their lives during times of conflict. Let us remember as we renew our commitment to honor those we have lost, every day, dedicated men and women put their lives on the line to protect all of us!
“We owe them all our deepest gratitude.”
Let’s take this moment to show our appreciation, may God bless our Fraternity, the Third District, and our Veterans!
In Friendship,
Brother Kevin Brown
District Representative
(e-mail) kbomega@verizon.net

DR’s Mother’s Day 2018 Message

Greetings Brothers of the Third District,

Why do we have such a special day as Mother’s Day? The actual observance of this day grew from a modest beginning in 1872 as a day dedicated to peace. On May 9. 1914 then President Woodrow Wilson signed a resolution of Congress commending its observance. The next year the President was authorized to declare Mother’s Day as a day of national observance, and it has been a national custom to this day.

But the honoring of motherhood is not of man, but of God. We honor mothers, not because of a Congressional resolution, but because of a divine teaching. We honor mothers, not just one day of the year, but throughout the year. In ancient times, as today, motherhood was considered a great and special blessing. God commanded through Moses, “Honor thy father and thy mother....” (Exodus 20:12). The same teaching is in the new covenant in Ephesians 6:2. 

What does it mean to honor your mother? It may include paying her a visit, giving her a gift, sending her a card, making a telephone call to her, writing her a letter, even wearing a special flower on that day to commemorate whether she is living or dead. All these things are nice. But there are much, much more things of deeper significance. To honor means to regard and treat with great respect and esteem. The very definition includes both the heart and the manifestation of the attitude in the heart. It is a disposition toward mother that demonstrates itself in deeds.

It is still true that the hand that rocks the cradle rules the world. Mothers have such tremendous burdens and responsibilities. They exert such care and concern, and often without the resources she really needs. Their hearts surely are the biggest in the world.  On behalf of the District Council, we send Mother’s Day blessings to the Mothers in your lives!

In Friendship,
Brother Kevin Brown
District Representative
(e-mail) kbomega@verizon.net

DR’s Valentine’s Day 2018 Message

Greetings my Brothers,

Valentine’s Day is a great way to acknowledge to the significant ones for all their support! I think of Valentine’s Day not as just another romantic occasion or an opportunity for build bridges, but a time to celebrate and strengthen personal and business relationships. This often overlooked occasion, can create happier and more loyal friendships!

By showing your appreciation with a Valentine’s Day card, flowers, and/or dinner, you will keep your wife, girlfriend, or partner in good spirits (as well as, out of the dog house!). We hope you celebrate it by uplifting the people that uplift you!

The District Executive Council send all of the Brotherhood warm wishes for a Happy Valentine’s Day. Thanks again for all that you are doing to uplift your communities, the Third District and Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.. Best wishes to you and yours!

In Friendship,
Brother Kevin Brown
District Representative
(e-mail) kbomega@verizon.net

DR’s Thanksgiving Day 2017 Message

Greeting my Brothers of the Third District,
As we prepare for Thanksgiving and the holidays that follow, we should pause and reflect on the many blessings that we enjoy with our loved ones, our freedoms as Americans, and the privilege of serving our great Fraternity!
Thanksgiving Day is a day for family reunions and thanking God for his infinite blessings and bountiful harvest. Marked on the fourth Thursday in the month of November every year, Thanksgiving Day is a significant festival of the United States of America, considered to be amongst the top six annual holidays of the country. Luxurious traditional meals, colorful parades, holidaying, exciting sport games, and partying are the most common customs observed on this auspicious festival. The entire country can be witnessed as a grand carnival time as this three-day occasion draws closer. Families and friends do not miss a chance to greet their loved ones the very best wishes of this day. In my case, I have much for which to be thankful.  I'd like to start by thanking you, the Brothers of the Third District!
So, at a time when we traditionally give thanks, allow me to thank you all for your hard work in helping to keep our District functioning effectively and efficiently.  I, for one, am thankful for our District Leadership.  The Executive  Council, for helping me lead and maintain good standards, order and discipline.  The Former District Representatives for always providing me with excellent mentorship and guidance.  The District Committee Chairmen, for making sure all the programs run smoothly.  The Basili for guiding their perspective Chapters to success.
On behalf of the Executive Council, please have a wonderful and safe Thanksgiving Holiday!
In Friendship,
Brother Kevin Brown
District Representative
(c) (757) 477-0470
(e-mail) kbomega@verizon.net

DR’s Veterans Day 2017 Message

Good Brothers of the Third District,
On this Veterans, Day let us remember honor, pride, and freedom our veterans brought to our country by paying respect and homage to their great sacrifices and also by sending wishes and messages that will show them how grateful and honored we are for having them in our lives and in our communities!
Putting on a uniform and leaving your family behind to serve your country creates a lifelong bond among veterans, same with our Brothers. Veterans fight for their fellow vets and measure commitment in actions, not just words. Being a veteran myself, I am also particularly mindful of the meaning of Veterans Day. We should never forget the sacrifices made by our veterans and their families. But we should especially remember them today. God bless you, and God bless the United States of America.
Let’s celebrate them by telling their stories.  Let’s help those who need it, while supporting their strength and resilience.  And let’s honor our veterans by creating new opportunities for them to contribute after their service, so they can continue making a difference in the world.
Veterans, I salute you for giving up everything, so that I can have everything. To the entire Brotherhood who served and are still serving – thank you.  Thank you for everything you’ve done for our country.  You’re among the best our nation has to offer.  God bless you and your families, and happy Veterans Day.
Yours in Omega,
Bro. Kevin Brown
District Representative
(c) (757)477-0470
(e-mail) 3rdDistrictDR@OPPF.Org