NORFOLK, VA—Lambda Omega, Zeta Iota, Gamma Xi and Sigma Kappa Kappa chapters of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. celebrated the achievements of their respective members, community leaders and high school essayists at a joint banquet celebration on November 17. The annual event was held in the banquet facility of the Kroc Center Hampton Roads in Norfolk, VA. Brother Dr. Leroy Hamilton, the Provost of Norfolk State University, served as emcee. The keynote address was given by Brother Delegate Cliff Hayes of the Virginia House of Delegates representing the 77th District and a member of Sigma Kappa Kappa. The luncheon was the culminating event of a week of activities that kicked off with a joint worship service on November 11 at Grove Baptist Church in Portsmouth, VA. Fraternity members celebrated Omega Psi Phi’s 107th birthday at a rededication ceremony at Norfolk State University’s Nursing and Health Sciences Building on November 16.
Norfolk-based Lambda Omega Chapter presented its Founders Lifetime Achievement Award to Bro. Zack Rogers, and Brothers Faheem Boyd and Anthony Hood are their Superior Service recipients. The chapter recognized Delegate Jay Jones of the Virginia House of Delegates’ 89th District, as their Citizen of the Year. Bro. Renaldo D. Barber, the Basileus of Lambda Omega is their Omega Man of the Year. Zeta Iota, located in Portsmouth, selected Ron and Roxanne Peterson, as its Citizens of the Year. The couple owns a Chick-Fil-A franchise in midtown Portsmouth and support a wide number of programs in the community. Bro. Arthur C. Williams is their Omega Man of the Year. Va. Beach’s Gamma Xi Chapter recognized Bro. Judge David J. Whitted of Chesapeake’s Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court as its Citizen of the Year. The Founders Lifetime Achievement Award went to Bro. Fred Foard. Bro. John Jessup is their Omega Man of the Year and Bro. LCDR James Sandifer, (USN) received the Col. Charles Young Military Leadership Award. Chesapeake’s Sigma Kappa Kappa Chapter presented Bishop Kim Brown, pastor of Mount Lebanon—The Mount—in Chesapeake as its Citizen of the Year. Bro. Brian “Jay” Glover received the Founders Lifetime Achievement Award, and Omega Man of the Year honors went to Bro. Stanley Barner, Jr. Bro. J. T. Fisher was recognized for Superior Service.
The Joint Achievement Week (JAW) $1000 award for best essay written by a high school senior went to Jasmine Gilliam of I. C. Norcom High School in, Portsmouth. The topic was “How has social media impacted today’s youth, and what influence does it have on their future?” A $500 second place award went to Justis T. Fisher who attends Churchland High School in Portsmouth. The members of the JAW committee were Brothers Kenneth Edmond, Michael Mitchell, Michael Williams, and Stanley Barner, Jr. Bro. Renaldo Barber is the Basileus of Lambda Omega, Bro. Hank Mabry heads Zeta Iota, Gamma Xi is led by Bro. Dr. Keenan Davis and Sigma Kappa Kappa by Bro. Kodi Fleming.