Kappa Iota Iota Supports Habitat for Humanity

Newport News, VA- On March 9, 2019, the brothers of Kappa Iota Iota Chapter, Third District, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc., volunteered to offer support for the Habitat for Humanity ReStore Program.  The brothers were able to put their knowledge, skills, and abilities to the task by providing customer service, furniture repair, unloading trucks, stocking store shelves, and carefully metal scrapping/recycling as well as organizing the ReStore warehouse.  This opportunity also gave the brothers an opportunity to collaborate and fellowship with Zem Temple #122 and Court #98 of AEAONMS Shriners PHA located in Hampton, VA.  This service opportunity is one that KII, the Service Chapter, takes pride in as we witness homes being restored in our cities.

Submitted by:

Brother Derrick Durham

Kappa Iota Iota Chapter: Empowering Young Men at Historic Conference

Newport News, VA – On February 2, 2019, the brothers of Kappa Iota Iota Chapter, Third District, Omega Psi Phi, Fraternity, Inc. escorted 18 high school young men during the first ever RISE! Male Empowerment Conference: The Power of HIStory!  During the seven hour conference at Heritage High School, the club members of Young Men of Distinction (YMOD) were treated to the first conference of its kind, dedicated to providing information, and resources to equip male students in grades 8-11 for emotional, social, academic, and future success.

The YMOD participants were provided with the opportunity to network with other students and positive role models from across the Hampton Roads area of Virginia.

Several community partners, including education leaders, mental health professionals, athletes, and others were on-hand to share and empower the young male students.  The conference included a diverse offering of experiences including a dynamic opening, panel discussion, breakout sessions, and the first ever RISE Cypher challenge!  This extraordinary event also included informative and interactive workshops for parents, guardians, and other caregivers on how to promote college and career readiness and how to best support youth development.

Discussion topics included positive self-identity, the influence of pop culture and media on male development, overcoming adversity, academic achievement, building and maintaining positive relationships, the power of vision and goal setting, mindset (overcoming mediocrity), personal branding, and mental health.  The empowerment conference was designed to address the needs of all males, while specifically referencing relevant issues such as academic and discipline disproportionality, violence, and mindset of male students.  The conference was also used to arm the young men with tools to combat common barriers that are counter to achieving their full potential, including:

  • unsatisfactory school attendance
  • discipline challenges, experience with law enforcement, etc.
  • at-risk for gang involvement or other negative behaviors
  • incarcerated or absent parent (male or female)
  • receive special education services
  • struggle or excel academically
  • lack of motivated (academics, student involvement, etc.)
  • leadership abilities
  • difficulty managing relationships
  • popularity or socially isolation

 

Omega’s turnout was strong as other local chapters Zeta Mu Mu and Alpha Alpha participated.  The collaborative effort reflected the true Omega spirit: KII and Zeta Mu Mu donated $750.00 to sponsor the event and to invest in local Omega mentoring efforts.  Through the efforts of Omega Psi Phi, hundreds of local young men were armed with powerful tools and resources that can help them build resiliency and self-sufficiency.

 

Submitted by:

Brother Rick Howell

A Brother’s Fight Against Cancer

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.

Celebrating Kappa Iota Iota’s 27th Anniversary

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.

KII Distributes Christmas Baskets

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.

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