Joint Happy Hour and QFL

Fairfax County, VA. 2018 has been and continues to be a great year for the Progressive Psi Alpha Alpha Fairfax County Ques.

The Psi Alpha Alpha Chapter, Third District, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. on the 9th of November 2018, in conjunction with three other local chapters (Kappa Psi, Omicron Kappa Kappa, and Pi Lambda Lambda) kicked off the 2018 Achievement Week festivities. The brothers of Psi Alpha Alpha, conducted a joint happy hour at Jolley’s Restaurant and Lounge in Alexandria, Va.  It was a great success, as over 100 people attended. Short speeches of gratitude by each chapter’s representative were given. Hors d’oeuvres and cake displaying all the participating chapter names were provided. The goal of the joint happy hour was to help energize the brothers and give a great kickoff event for all the planned activities of the week as well as have the brother’s network and discuss ideas.

The Psi Alpha Alpha Chapter followed the Joint Happy Hour with another spectacular event on 15 November. The Psi Alpha Alpha Ques attended a joint QFL event.  As usual, Psi Alpha Alpha showed up and helped make the event a great success.  The event provided another opportunity for the brothers to come together and fellowship.

There were over thirty brothers in attendance at the local Buffalo Wild Wings. Hors d’oeuvres were served while we watched the Seattle Seahawks beat the Green Bay packers in a thriller.

SUCCESS!
Moving forward, due to the great turnout, popularity, and enthusiastic reviews of the event, we recommend we continue this effort.

NFL Great Brother Ozzie Newsome OKK’s Guest of Honor

OKK Chapter Reporter Brother Roscoe Nance (Left) talks with guest of Honor Brother Ozzie Newsome during A Conversation With A Legend.

The Brothers of Omicron Kappa Kappa (OKK) Chapter of the Third District of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., celebrated Achievement Week with a star-studded luncheon at The Waterford at Fair Oaks in Fairfax, Va., on Nov. 17.

Virginia Lt. Governor Justin Fairfax makes acceptance remarks after receiving the Citizen of the Year Award.

The luncheon featured a Conversation with A Legend, guest of honor Brother Ozzie Newsome (Beta Eta Chapter, Spring ’76), General Manager and ExecutiveVice President of the Baltimore Ravens and a member of the Pro Football and College Football Halls of Fame, who talked with Chapter Reporter Brother Roscoe Nance about his experiences. The luncheon also featured Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax, the Citizen of the Year.

Brother Nance, a sportswriter at USA TODAY for 21 before he retired 11 years ago, and Brother Newsome had a wide-ranging conversation during which the College and Pro Football Hall of Famer shared with audience insight into his career as a college and professional athlete and personnel executive. Brother Newsome, the first Black general manager in NFL, detailed his journey to becoming one of the most successful and highly respected personnel executives in the league. He also discussed his experience playing for legendary coach Paul “Bear’’ Bryant at the University of Alabama, where he earned All-SEC and All-American honors and was named SEC Lineman of the Year his senior season.

Brother Newsome said he became interested in becoming an Omega after attending a Greek Show on campus. He added that being in the fraternity allowed him to become integrated into campus life rather than just being an athlete, and it also helped him academically because the Brothers were extremely dedicated to their studies.

The luncheon also included the announcement of Achievement Week Essay Contest winners, presentation of awards and the installation of Chapter officers for the 2018-19 fraternal year by Third District Representative Brother Kevin Brown.

  • Officers for 2018-19 are:
  • Brother Julian Purvis, Basileus
  • Brother Kimmel Daniel, Vice Basileus
  • Brother Mike Jones, Keeper of Records and Seal
  • Brother Sean Beck, Assistant Keeper of Records and Seal
  • Brother Mike Parker, Keeper of Finance
  • Brother Shaun Marzett, Assistant Keeper of Finance
  • Brother G. Eddie Patten, Chaplain
  • Brother Dennis Humphrey, Parliamentarian
  • Brother Roscoe Nance, Chapter ReporterNFL
  • Brother Mike Welch, Keeper of Peace

Award recipients were:

  • Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Mark Ingrao, Community Service
  • Westfield High School football coach Kyle Simmons, Sportsman
  • Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax, Citizen of the Year;
  • Brother Roscoe Nance, Founders Award
  • Brother Earl Smith, Superior Service Award
  • Brother Gordon Person, Omega Man of the Year

Essay contest winners were:

  • Sydney Brobbey, Centreville (Va.) High School, first place, $250
  • Edyson Powell, South Lakes High School (Reston, Va.), second place, $150
  • Tre Maxwell, Centreville (Va.) High School, third place, $100.

. Brother Newsome received a Distinguished Service Award for his accomplishments as a college and professional athlete and NFL  personnel executive.

The Chapter presented Scrolls of Honor to Brothers Gary Powell, Mike Parker, George Johnson and Mike Welch for their dedicated service to OKK.

OKK Foundation, Microsoft Sponsor Workshops

Seventeen elementary school students participated in two workshops on how To Get Creative With 3D in Windows 10 sponsored by the OKK Foundation and Microsoft.

RESTON, Va. – The OKK Foundation partnered with Microsoft to sponsor two pilot workshops on how To Get Creative With 3D in Windows 10 at the Microsoft Store in the Tyson’s Corner Mall on Oct. 20 for 17 students in grades 3-6 from Terraset Elementary School in Reston.

    The students interactively created art as multidimensional as the world we live in.  During the cost free two-hour sessions the students brought their imagination to life by learning the key tools and features in new Paint 3D in Windows 10. They learned teamwork and cooperation by jointly contributing to each other's art to create composite 3D drawings and explaining what their artwork represented. They also learned to create personalized emoji's, and they received giveaways from Microsoft and vouchers for refreshments at local food vendors.

The success and popularity of the topic led Microsoft and the OKK Foundation have scheduled another set of sessions for Dec. 8.

 

OKK-  Brother Sekou Owens Receives Award from LGG

Brother Sekou Owens was honored for using his barbering skills to serve the community.

Omicron Kappa Kappa (OKK) Chapter Brother Sekou Owens received a Community Service Award from Lambda Gamma Gamma Chapter of the Second District of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., for his community service and fraternal works in Prince Georges County, Md.

Brother Owens, a barber with Omega Barbering and Grooming LLC, was honored for his involvement in Cuts for the Homeless, Cuts for the Community during Central Avenue Day and Cuts for Cancer.  Brother Owens has been barbering for 30 years. He began at age 16, and he earned his apprentice license when he was 17. He became a fully licensed barber when he as 18 and Master Barber when he was 25.
Brother Owens was initiated into Omega Psi Phi through OKK Chapter in 2012.

OKK Brothers Deliver Thanksgiving Meals

RESTON, Va. – The Brothers of Omicron Kappa Kappa Chapter of the Third District of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. got into the spirit of Thanksgiving by delivering Thanksgiving meal boxes to 15 families in support of Project GiveBack on Nov. 17.

The Brothers delivered meals in Annandale, Centreville, Reston and Herndon.

Project GiveBack is a Washington, D.C.-based Food Distribution event that is held annually the weekend before Thanksgiving. Its mission is to provide a vehicle for corporate firms and professionals to give back to the communities where they work and live by coordinating programs that benefit less fortunate individuals and families with a focus on children. The organization’s intent is to uplift communities around the United States mentally, spiritually and economically.

The mission of Project GiveBack is to provide a vehicle for corporate firms and professionals to give back to the communities where they work and live in by coordinating programs that benefit less fortunate individuals and families, with a focus on children. It is the intent of the organization to uplift communities around the United States mentally, spiritually, and economically.

OKK is gold level sponsor ($1,000) of the Northern Virginia Chapter, which dates back to 2009. OKK has participated in Project GiveBack each year since 2011 with Brother Gary Powell as the facilitator. The Chapter’s participation began during Brother Powell’s first term as Basileus.

“Our vision is nothing less than providing nourishing meals to more families each year during the Thanksgiving Holiday season,’’ Brother Powell said.

 

 

 

OKK Donates Clothing To The Homeless

RESTON, Va. – Omicron Kappa Kappa (OKK) Chapter of the Third District of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. conducted its annual Clothes Drive to support the Embry Rucker Community Shelter in Reston in October.

The Brothers collected packages of new undergarments and socks for men, women and children of all ages as well as clean, gently used sweats and coats to help the homeless prepare for the impending winter weather and the frigid conditions that accompany it.

OKK Brothers Participate in Mentoring Programs

RESTON, VA. – The Brothers of Omicron Kappa Kappa (OKK) Chapter, Third District, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., continued their commitment to being a positive influence in the lives of Black male youth by participating in a pair of mentoring programs during August, the Boys Fun Camp at Heritage Christian Church in Reston and Road DAWG (Don’t Associate With Gangs) Summer Camp in Fairfax, Va.

Brother Chuck Smith, a charter member of OKK and a member of Heritage, was the facilitator for the Boys Fun Camp, a summer program for middle school students. OKK Brothers had lunch with the campers and talked with them about their life experiences. They also encouraged the campers to begin thinking about career choices and to begin developing strategies to secure college scholarships.

Road DAWG is a one-week summer camp for middle school youth who are at risk of substance abuse or gang involvement. The Brothers talked to the campers about the importance of making good choices in life and the consequences of making poor one ones, why they should choose their friends wisely and benefits of setting goals for themselves. The program is sponsored by the Fairfax County Police Department.

OKK Conducts Successful Charles R. Drew Blood Drive

RESTON, Va. – The Brothers of Omicron Kappa Kappa (OKK) Chapter, partnering with INOVA Donor Blood Services, continued its standard of excellence with its highly successful Charles R, Drew Blood Drive on July 7 in the WalMart Supercenter parking lot in Fairfax, Va.

OKK’s goals were to register 29 donors and to collect 24. The Chapter surpassed both registering 29 donors and collecting 25 units. Thirty-two donors registered, but seven were deferred for various reasons. Seven others were turned away due to time constraints.

“The Brothers of Omicron Kappa Kappa Chapter are committed to carrying out this Fraternity-mandated with a high degree of excellence,’’ says Bro. Mike Welch, Chairman of Charles R. Drew Blood Drive. We did that, and we will strive to continue in that same vein because donating blood means giving the gifts of life’’

The Brothers treated donors to grilled hamburgers with all the fixings, water, sports drinks, chips and fruit after giving blood.

The 4 Indestructible Souls of Omega

The 4 Indestructible Souls of Omega crossed the burning sands into Omega during OKK’s 2018 initiation ceremony on 1:10 p.m. on June 14.

Third District Representative Bro. Kevin Brown and First Vice District Representative Bro. Conrado Morgan conducted the initiation ceremony.

OKK’s newest brothers are:

  • Marquis Batts, an Engineer IT Staff/Communication Security Manager with Leidos INC Mission Solutions Programs who lives in Sterling. Bro. Batts is from Rocky Mount, N. C., and is a graduate of North Carolina A&T University. He and his wife Alicia have three daughters and a son. Bro. Batts was vice president of the line.
  • Shawn Beck, an officer with the Prince William County Police Department who lives in Woodbridge. Bro. Beck is from Wilmington, Del., and is a graduate of Delaware State University. He and his wife Nikki have two daughters and a son. Bro. Beck was line president for the 4 Indestructible Souls of Omega.
  • Gregory Howell, a self-employed ATM programmer who lives in Alexandria. Bro. Howell was born in Chicago and grew up in Charlotte, N. C. He is a graduate of Lindenwood (Mo.) University, where he attended on a wrestling scholarship and posted a 75-14 record. He fought professionally as a UFC Mixed Martial Artist for four years and had 17-4 record. Bro. Howell is the father of one daughter. He was Chaplain for the 4 Indestructible Souls of Omega
  • Shaun Marzett, a consultant with Mahan Consulting Group who lives in Gainesville. Bro. Marzett is from Baton Rouge, La., and is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point. He served as an Infantry officer in the United States Army, rising to the rank of captain. He received the Purple Heart after being wounded in the Iraq War. Bro. Marzett is the father of one son and one daughter. He was Secretary for the 4 Indestructible Souls of Omega.

 

 

OKK Foundation Sponsors Inaugural Parisian Nights Benefit Gala

RESTON, Va. --The OKK Foundation, Inc. provided an opportunity to visit one of the most visited cities in the world – Paris – without leaving home with its inaugural Parisian Nights benefit gala on at Hidden Creek Country Club on June 9.

More than 150 guests indulged in a culinary experience of French food and wines, live French-inspired jazz music by the Eddie Baccus, Jr. band and a DJ G-MONEY of Hot 99.5 and Z104.3. Foods included savory and sweet crepes, quiche and a baked brie.

VIP guests received a souvenir champagne glass of French champagne, souvenir caricature and a swag bag.

Proceeds of more than $5,000 benefited the OKK Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Sponsors were Thompson Hospitality (Principal Sponsor), Dev Technology Group, Inc. (Patron Sponsor) Marnie Schaar & Associates of Long & Foster Real Estate (Photographer Sponsor) and Le Pain Quotidien (Swag Bag Sponsor), we had a very fun and successful night.

The Honorable Catherine M. Hudgins, a Democratic member of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors who represents the Hunter Mill District where OKK Chapter is located, paid a surprise visit. Supervisor Hudgins presented a proclamation to the Chapter and the Foundation from Fairfax County.