Kappa Iota Iota QY18 Roll-up

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.

Submitted by

Brother Thomas Parker

Kappa Iota Iota Chapter Editor

Home Repair Blitz 2018

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.

Submitted by
Brother Thomas Parker
Chapter Editor to the Oracle

Brother Christopher Jenkins, 45 Years of Service

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.

 

Submitted by

Brother Thomas Parker

Kappa Iota Iota participated in the 3rd District’s Undergraduate Summit

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.

Kappa Iota Iota Chapter, Third District, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., – Executive Council for QY18-19

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.

Submitted by

Brother Thomas Parker

Chapter Editor

Kappa Iota Iota (KII) Chapter Annual Scholarship Presentation

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.

Kappa Iota Iota Chapter Fatherhood Luncheon

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.

85th Third District Health Care Forum

Third District Health Seminar

The Third District of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Incorporated held its 85th District meeting at the Marriott at City Center in Newport News, Virginia, April 12-15, 2018 under the leadership of Brother Kevin Brown, District Representative.  The district meeting was hosted by the chapters in Eastern Area III: Alpha Alpha (AA), Zeta Omicron (ZO), Kappa Iota Iota (KII), and Zeta Mu Mu.  The four-day meeting kicked off on Thursday afternoon with a free Health Seminar.  The seminar was part of a combined Social Action project for the brothers in the district that raised and donated $500 and hygiene products to The Menchville House, an emergency housing facility for homeless families, and to the Avalon Center, a domestic violence shelter for women and children.

The Health Seminar was one hour long and free to the public.  Brother Azar Allen (AA) and Brother Cameron Mix (ZMM) co-chaired the event.  The seminar consisted of a panel of three people, all members of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Incorporated, and all very versed and educated on the topics of preventative medicine and healthy diets.

The panel members were Brother Dr. Mark Innis (ZMM), Emergency Medicine Physician; Brother Charlie Hill (AA), Prostate Cancer Survivor and Enthusiast; and Brother Dr. Anthony Hayes (ZO), Primary Care Physician.  The seminar was held in a town hall format with each panelist sharing from his perspective; questions and answers came from the floor as well. Brother Dr. Mark Innis spoke from the emergency medical care perspective.  He said that when it comes to prostate checks and rectal exams, “it’s not a sexual thing, it’s just a part of the examination.  Doctors don’t look forward to that part of the examination any more than the patient does, but it is necessary.”  He also shared some programs that can help people get the medication they need at a reduced cost.  For instance, Walmart has a $4 prescription program for generic medicine.  You can perform an internet search for Walmart $4 program and find a PDF listing of the prescription medications available. He mentioned a program called Good Rx, and shared that Harris Teeter offers free antibiotics.  None of these programs are income based.

Brother Charlie Hill spoke primarily on the topic of prostate cancer.  He told when you should start getting checkups and exams, why you should do so, and the importance of also knowing your family health history and how all that plays a part in preventative medicine.  He also answered the question, “does having a positive prostate diagnosis or cancer affect your sex drive or ability to perform?”  Brother Hill answered, saying no; medicine has evolved to help with that.  In Brother Hill’s closing words, he suggested that if you have any health or medical issues that you should wear a bracelet with your medical information on it so in case of emergency, a doctor can immediately know your medical history.

Brother Dr. Anthony Hayes spoke on preventing and living with diabetes, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol. Brother Hayes said, “the number one thing we neglect is our diet.”  He told the story of a study that was done on some men in Africa that lived off the land and didn’t eat the processed food that we eat here in America, and how they did not have cancer. But when they came to the United States they would change their eating habits and would get sick with cancer.  He said the movie, “What the Health,” was a real eye-opener and addressed/made some very good points.  Dr. Hayes’s closing remarks listed some foods that we should eat and some foods that we should stay away from such as; 1. Eat fruit; 2. Eat vegetables- green leafy vegetables; 3. Plan our meals; 4. Exercise; 5. Sleep 8 hours a day; and 6. Be conscious of our portion sizes.  Some things he said to stay away from are:  1.Transfat; 2. Granola; 3. An abundance of yogurt; 4. Limit your juice intake- juice is very high in sugar; 5. stay away from simple carbs; and 6. avoid processed food.

The Health Seminar was very informative and well-received; the information was invaluable.  For this to have been the kickoff event for the 85th  Annual Third District Meeting, it not only set the tone for the weekend, but it showed, based on the members of our panel and their respective titles, that our cardinal principles of this great fraternity: manhood, scholarship, perseverance, and uplift, continue to shine through.

 

Written By: Brother Cameron Mix

Omega Psi Phi Fraternity distributes Christmas Baskets 

FORT EUSTIS, Va. - Kappa Iota Iota Chapter, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. distributed 22 baskets to families in need as part of the chapter’s Christmas Basket Giveaway Program.   Brothers assembled the baskets the night prior and delivered them to families on December 16, 2017.  The annual event allows the chapter to reconnect with those families in need located downtown Newport News, VA every Christmas season.  Brother Keenan Williams coordinated the event with the Newport News Department of Social Services to identify families with financial constraints and would benefit from the program.

Submitted by Bro. Thomas Parker

KII Chapter Editor