Hampton, VA – On October 1, 2018, Brother Ash Anderson, ‘78 Upsilon Delta, the self-proclaimed “Grandvendor” of our beloved fraternity, underwent his first chemotherapy treatment to fight Prostate Cancer. Enriched with strength from the Supreme Basileus of the universe, he endured the six month journey like a True Omega Man. After completing 45 days of rigorous treatments, Brother Ash stood victorious and cancer free. Known for his joking performances and the uncommon ways in which he shows love, on December 13, 2018, he delivered his greatest performance as only he could do. Wearing championship boxing attire, Brother Ash rang the cancer free bell at Riverside Hospital before a group of fraternity brothers and other well-wishers, symbolically delivering the knockout punch to cancer.
Fort Eustis, VA - On December 7, 2018, the Fort Eustis Brothers came together to recognize and celebrate Kappa Iota Iota Chapter (KII), Third District, Omega Psi Phi, Fraternity, Inc. on their 27th anniversary. The graduate chapter is located at Fort Eustis, VA and was founded on December 7, 1991 and established as the 865th chapter by the International Headquarters of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., with Twenty Charter Members. The chapter is located in the “Mighty Third District” surrounded by the city of Newport News. The mission of the chapter is to accommodate the northern portion of the peninsula to include Williamsburg, Gloucester, York County and the Fort Eustis community. Brother Brigadier General Scottie Dingle is credited with organizing the charter members. Prior to its name designation, the “Fort Eustis Ques” were laying a positive foundation throughout the “Hampton Roads” area by focusing on the Christian and cardinal principles for the fraternity and community involvement. The nickname “Service Chapter” is most descriptive and notoriously known for. Our very own Third District Representative Brother Kevin Brown, the 29th Third District Representative, is a significant member of this trend-setting chapter. This military chapter earned Small Chapter of the Year and Social Action Chapter of the Year at the 2015 District Meeting. Congratulations again to KII on your 27 years in the fraternity and may the Supreme Basileus continue to bless you on your next 100 years to come.
Newport News, Va. – On December 22, 2018, Kappa Iota Iota (KII) Chapter, Third District, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. distributed 20 baskets to families in need as part of the chapter’s Christmas Basket Giveaway Program. Brothers delivered baskets filled with food, clothes, and toys to enrich the lives of less privileged families in the Newport News community. After completing the deliveries, the brothers met for breakfast to reflect, recommit to the values of brotherhood and service, and dwell together in unity. The annual occasion allows the chapter to network with the community in downtown Newport News every Christmas Season to ensure at least 20 families receive a blessing at Christmas. Also, in keeping the principles of brotherhood and unselfish living to others alive, KII partnered with the brothers of Zeta Omicron Chapter to share in a spirited gift exchange as the brothers drew names the week before and celebrated with fun and food.
NEWPORT NEWS, VA - The Brothers of Kappa Iota Iota (KII) Chapter, Third District, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., participated in their annual Quad Chapter Achievement Week with Alpha Alpha, Zeta Omicron, and Zeta Mu Mu Chapters. A few of the major community service events the brothers were able to attend were Worship Service at Grove Church located in Portsmouth, VA, a guest appearance at Heritage High School to support their Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) program, Zero Prostate Cancer Run/Walk in Virginia Beach, VA, and Veteran’s Bingo for military veterans residing at Hampton Veterans’ Medical Center. The Quad Chapters also distributed 20 Thanksgiving baskets to families that are less fortunate in lower income areas of Hampton and Newport News. The brothers concluded the week with their annual Achievement Week Banquet where brothers from each chapter were presented with various Chapter Awards to include Omega Man of the Year, Superior Service, and Colonel Charles Young to name a few. These men of Omega continues to set the standard across the Mighty Third District and throughout this great fraternity by remaining active in their communities, promoting academic excellence, and keeping their strong faith in the Supreme Basileus.
Brother Thomas Parker
Kappa Iota Iota Chapter Editor
Kappa Iota Iota Chapter and City of Hampton Habitat for Humanity participates in Hampton’s Home Repair Blitz
On September 22, 2018, the Brothers of Kappa Iota Iota Chapter, Third District, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. participated in the 11th Hampton Home Repair Blitz in repairing homes in the Northern Phoebus Neighborhood of Hampton, VA. The Housing and Neighborhood Services Division in partnership with Habitat for Humanity’s Peninsula Greater Williamsburg and the Hampton Redevelopment & Housing Authority are always pleased with the brother’s significant contributions and willingness to take on the house with the most needed repairs. Some of the repairs to the dwelling were painting the house, replacing a glass door, painting and repairing a fence, trimming shrubs, spreading mulch, replacing gutters, and mowing the lawn. The home owner communicated appreciation throughout the day as she frequently thanked the brothers for the exceptional repairs and beautifications to her home.
Brother Thomas Parker
Chapter Editor to the Oracle
Fort Eustis, VA – During our September’s Chapter Meeting, the Brothers of Kappa Iota Iota Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Incorporated witness Brother Kevin “KB” Brown the 29th Third District Representative, present Brother Chris Jenkins Xi Psi 1973, with his 45 year pin. Brother Jenkins, an Orangeburg, SC native, completed the Army’s Ranger School as a junior at South Carolina State University. He graduated in 1976 with a degree in Professional English and was designated as a Distinguished Military Graduate, receiving his commission as a 2nd Lieutenant and branched as an Infantry Officer. While in the U. S. Army, Brother Jenkins has served Omega in various chapters holding several positions to include but not limited to Basileus, Vice Basileus, and chairing multiple committees. He is currently the Deputy Chief of Maneuver, Aviation, and Soldier Division at Fort Eustis, Virginia. Four claps for this great American for his continued service to this great nation and our beloved fraternity.
Brother Thomas Parker
Ettrick, VA - On September 8, 2018, the 3rd District of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. held its annual Undergraduate Summit on the campus of Virginia State University. The Summit was attended by various graduate and undergraduate chapters within the 3rd District. An assortment of subjects included, Officer Training/Roles and Responsibilities, Violence/Harassment Prevention, Social Media Usage, and Membership Selection Process Guidelines and Expectations. The 3rd District Representative Brother Kevin Brown covered Area Supervisor Duties and provided his vision for Washington, D.C. and the Commonwealth of Virginia.
During the September’s Chapter Meeting, the Brothers of Kappa Iota Iota, Third District, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., elected their new leadership to guide the chapter moving forward. As the new elected officials assume their duties as the next Executive Council, they have begun to implement their strategies by shaping the chapter’s vision in keeping with the District’s and IHQ’s policies and procedures. Brother Smith is a retired U. S. Army Officer with over 20 years of distinguished military service and a retired educator that served in the capacity of a teacher and a principal. Brother Burth is a retired U. S. Army Senior Non-commissioned Officer with over 20 years of distinguished military service and currently being obedient to the Supreme Basileus as an ordained elder. Brother Moton is a retired U. S. Army Senior Non-commissioned Officer with over 20 years of distinguished military service and is currently working as a Contracting Officer at Fort Eustis, VA. Brother Hodges is a retired U. S. Army Officer with over 20 years of distinguished military service and is currently working as a Lead Planner at Fort Eustis, VA. Congratulations to these brothers and their families as they prepare to take office and continue the legacy this trend-setting chapter is notorious for.
Brother Thomas Parker
Fort Eustis, VA- On June 3, 2018, the Brothers of Kappa Iota Iota (KII) Chapter hosted their Annual Colonel (Col.) Charles Young Scholarship Program at the Fort Eustis Club. Each year, the chapter recognizes deserving and aspiring graduating high school seniors in the form of scholarships to assist with their future education. The candidates were graded on several criteria to earn this scholarship to include, write an essay on “How to curb school shootings”, their cumulative grade point average, community service, being a great citizen, and overall academic excellence. The guest speaker was Brother James Dickens, an Air Force Captain currently serving as the Senior Program Manager, Department of Health and Human Services in Dallas, TX. Captain Dickens provided an influential message inspiring the award winners to study hard, persevere when times get tough, and utilize their support network that got them to this point. The Col. Young Scholarship Banquet is the vehicle used to present these scholarships in keeping with the rich military history and traditions this chapter was founded. Col. Young was a man who accomplished greatness in the face of adversity. The son of former slaves, Col. Young graduated top of his class at West Point Military Academy where he received his commission as an officer in the U. S. Army.
Fort Eustis, VA- The Brothers of Kappa Iota Iota Chapter hosted a Fatherhood Luncheon on May 5, 2018 at the Achievable Dream Middle and High School in Newport News. The luncheon is part of the chapter’s Young Men of Distinction (YMOD) Program which provides mentoring for young males as they transition from young boys to young men. The luncheon drew approximately 50 attendees, which included fathers and father figures in brothers from the chapter. Some of the topics covered under the program included but not limited to: College Campus Tours; Interacting with the Police; Proper Mannerisms, Growing into Manhood; Financial Preparation and Readiness and a host of other topics aimed at producing young men which can make significant contributions to society. The YMOD program is chaired by Brother Lloyd McKeithan and Brother Richard Howell. Under their leadership, the program has grown from approximately 15 young men to more than 50 to date.