Third District Fall Council Meeting 2018 (Hosted by Sigma Mu Mu Chapter)

General Description

This year’s Third District Fall Council meeting will be held October 12th through the 13th in Herndon, Virginia where Sigma Mu Mu Chapter will be our host. View all of the information below as it pertains to how to take part in this year’s event to include dates, times, meeting information, meeting location, lodging, and general registration information. The Third District awaits the arrival of all Omega men taking part in our annual fall council meeting.

Third District Fall Council Agenda Coming Soon

Friday, October 12, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Hospitality ONLY
Hyatt Regency Dulles
2300 Dulles Corner Blvd, Herndon, VA 20171
703-713-1234

Saturday, October 13, 2018 @ 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Plenary Session
Hyatt Regency Dulles
2300 Dulles Corner Blvd, Herndon, VA 20171
703-713-1234

Lodging
Hyatt Regency Dulles
2300 Dulles Corner Blvd, Herndon, VA 20171
703-713-1234

CALL TO ACTION: 2018 Hurricane Florence

Greetings Brothers of the Third District,

The President of The United States has declared a “State of Emergency” in Virginia, Maryland, and the District of Columbia as Hurricane Florence approaches. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Weather Prediction Center forecasts as much as 20 inches of rain, if not more, for parts of North Carolina. Rain could reach as much as 10 inches elsewhere in North Carolina, Virginia, parts of Maryland and Washington, D.C. When the hurricane approaches, the height of the waves from the ocean are expected to be at least 13 feet tall in Virginia Beach and spill onto the land, repeatedly and will flood everything! This is no joke!

Florence, will be one of the strongest storms on the Eastern Seaboard in decades, is a Category 3 hurricane with winds of 115 mph. It is predicted to deliver tropical-stormforce winds by noon Thursday to North Carolina's coast, and hurricane-force winds and dangerous storm surges by late Thursday or early Friday. Tornadoes are possible Thursday in eastern North Carolina.

Be advised, even though the National Hurricane Center warned everyone that wind speeds in Florence have dropped, wind fields are still expanding, and Florence has more total energy, which will "create a significant storm surge event." Florence could bring life-threatening storm surges, up to 13 feet! Virginia is still slated to receive damaging winds and significant coastal flooding!

WE NEED EVERY BROTHER IN THE THIRD DISTRICT TO PAUSE AND CONSIDER...PLEASE GOVERN YOURSELF ACCORDINGLY!

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

DR’s Labor Day Message 2018

Greetings Brothers of the Mighty Third District,
I would like to take this time to honor the achievements of our Brothers in the workforce this Labor Day. Labor Day is not one of the traditionally festive holidays celebrated in the United States. However, it is one of the most anticipated because it means having a long holiday weekend of barbecue and pool parties with family and friends.
Though Labor Day was officially declared a national holiday on June 28, 1894, celebrations of the holiday began more than a decade before. It’s a day to honor the deep commitment each of us has to serve the children we teach, the families we heal and the communities we love. It’s a day to reflect on the values we hold dear that every Brother should have access to a good job that can support a family, with access to affordable healthcare; that every child should be able to attend a high-quality public school in their neighborhood; that college should not be a luxury for the few but should be affordable for all; and that we should be able to retire with dignity after a lifetime of hard work, without worrying that we’ll be a burden to our loved ones.
We, the working people built this country. We did it together, brick by brick, school by school, town by town. Through these collective efforts, we built the middle class, each generation did a little better than the one before, we advanced the ideals of equality and justice, and we expanded opportunity for all. Dr. King stated that, “All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence”.
The work you do builds on this foundation. Your work has value. It should be respected and honored, not just on Labor Day but every day. Each Brother contributes to the collective success of our organization. Although it may seem strange to celebrate the value of labor by taking time off from work, these leisurely pursuits have long been regarded as fitting for a holiday meant to honor the “contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.”
Thank you, Third District, for your work, your dedication and your commitment to the community and people you serve.
In Friendship,
Brother Kevin Brown
District Representative
(e-mail) kbomega@verizon.net

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