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

Omega Psi Phi Fraternity donates coats for the Winter season 

FORT EUSTIS, Va. - Kappa Iota Iota Chapter, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. donated more than 20 coats and sweaters to the First Advantage’s Bank Coat Drive 2017.   Led by Brother Terry Shepard, the chapter coordinated with the credit union to help those less-fortunate that may not have to means to secure a coat for the cold winter season.   Brother Shepard has partnered with the credit union to donate coats for the last eight years.

 

Submitted by Bro. Thomas Parker

KII Chapter Editor

Omega Psi Phi Fraternity distributes Thanksgiving Baskets 

FORT EUSTIS, Va. - Kappa Iota Iota Chapter, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. distributed 20 baskets to families in need as part of the chapter’s Thanksgiving Basket Giveaway Program.   Brothers purchased the items and assembled large baskets of goods the night prior to delivering them to families on November 18, 2017.  The annual event allows the chapter to interact with the community in downtown Newport News, VA every Thanksgiving Season.  In keeping with the spirit of being thankful, the chapter shared that contagious love to those that are less fortunate.

Submitted by Bro. Thomas Parker

KII Editor

 

 

Kappa Iota Iota Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. Supports Brother Brown, Third District Representative

Brother Kevin Brown assumes duties as the Third District Representative

During the 84th Annual Third District Meeting, held in our nation’s capital of Washington, DC, the Brothers of Kappa Iota Iota Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Incorporated witnessed a great moment in history for the chapter, the Third District, and the fraternity.  Our own, Life Member, Brother Kevin “KB” Brown was elected as the 29th Third District Representative.  Brother Brown recently served as the Third District’s 1st Vice Representative, were he made tremendous strides in aiding the Third District to new heights.  Brother Brown has served in several capacities on the district and chapter levels to include Basileus, District Keeper of Records and Seal, Vice Basileus, Keeper of Records and Seal, and countless committees where he chaired and provided outstanding results to the community.  Congratulations to Brother Brown and his family as they prepare to take office and lead this trend-setting district.

 

Submitted by

Brother Thomas Parker

Kappa Iota Iota Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. Supporting A Charter Member

On May 11, 2017, the Brothers of Kappa Iota Iota Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Incorporated supported one of own, Brother Brigadier General R. Scott Dingle a KII Charter Member, as he officiated the Change of Command Ceremony for McDonald Army Community Hospital located at Fort Eustis, Virginia.  Brigadier General Dingle is a Distinguished Military Graduate of Morgan State University.  He was commissioned in 1988 as a Medical Service Corps Officer through the R.O.T.C. program.  His degrees include Master of Science in Administration from Central Michigan University, Master of Military Arts and Science from School of Advanced Military Studies and a Master of Science in National Security Strategy from the National War College.  He is currently the Commanding General, Regional Health Command-Atlantic, at Fort Belvoir, Virginia.  Four claps for this great American for his continued service to this great nation and our beloved fraternity.

Submitted by

Brother Thomas Parker

Brothers from AA, KII, ZMM and ZO chapters participate in worship services

Achievement Week 2017

“Quad-Chapter Style”

 

Brothers from AA, KII, ZMM and ZO chapters participate in worship services

 

Hampton Roads:  Brothers from Alpha Alpha, Kappa Iota Iota, Zeta Mu Mu and Zeta Omicron chapters conducted activities in support of “Achievement Week” 2017.  Events included: Founder’s Banquet, Worship Service, Frat Night, Veteran’s Administration BINGO, Habitat for Humanity cleanup, Monday Night Football and other fellowship opportunities.

During the Founder’s Banquet, each chapter presented awards for Superior Service, Citizen of the Year, Colonel Charles Young, Founder’s Award, and Omega Man of the Year.  Special guest included Brother Dr. William Harvey (President of Hampton University), who was also the recipient of a Citizen of the Year award. Brother Charlie Hill was the guest speaker for this year’s event.

This year’s Quad-Chapter Achievement Week was coordinated by chairmen from each of the four chapters: Brother Corey Olds – Alpha Alpha, Brother, Keenan Williams – Kappa Iota Iota, Brother Rasheed Jones – Zeta Mu Mu and Brother James Roseboro-Zeta Omicron.

Alpha Alpha
Zeta Omicron
Kappa Iota Iota
Zeta Mu Mu

 

 

Submitted by:

Brother Thomas Parker