Third District, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. Legislative Lobby Day with Governor Ralph Northam, Delegate Luke Torian (Omega), Delegate C.E. Cliff Hayes, Jr. (Omega and Moderator), Delegate Lamont Bagby, Delegate Jeffery M. Bourne and Delegate Sam Rasoul on Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Birthday on January 15, 2018. Brother Kevin Brown, District Representative, Brother Conrado B. Morgan, First Vice District Representative, Brother Robert Fairchild, Political Action Chairman, Brother Frank Dunn, Central Area One Supervisor, Brother Elisha Morris, Central Area Two Supervisor, Basilei Brother Hank Mabry, Zeta Iota Chapter, Brother Jeffery L. Tarpley, Upsilon Nu Chapter, Brother Jay Allen, Phi Phi Chapter, Brother Craig Spraggins, Psi Alpha Alpha Chapter, Brother Renaldo Barber, Lambda Omega Chapter and a host Brothers from around the Third District met with the Governor in his office on his first day in office and the Delegates in the Suntrust Bank Building in Richmond Virginia.
The main topics of discussion as moderated by Delegate Cliff Hayes and the other delegates listed above in the Suntrust Bank Building were education (public school funding and student discipline), criminal justice (felony threshold and juveniles condiment with adults), voting rights (restoration of rights and absentee voting), health care (access to health care and mental heath), veterans issues (educational and medical support and taxes on retirement pay) and funding for mentoring programs at the chapter level.
Delegate Luke Torian stated “please contact your Delegate’s Legislative Aide if you want to request funding for your mentorship programs at the chapter level.”
The Brothers of the Third District were recognized in the Gallery as special guest of Delegate Cliff Hayes.
Delegate Cliff Hayes and Delegate Delores L. McQuinn delivered very special announcements in the house in honor and in recognition of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Please view the speeches below.
Third District, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.
Legislative Lobby Day
Monday, January 21, 2019
Point of Contact - Brother Robert Fairchild, Chairman, Political Action/Government Affairs Committee at firstname.lastname@example.org
Hosted by Delegate C. E. Cliff Hayes, Jr.
Monday, January 21, 2019
8:30 a.m. – Meet at SunTrust Building, 4th Floor Auditorium
919 East Main Street Richmond, VA 23219
8:45 a.m. – Overview of the Virginia General Assembly with Delegate Luke Torian and Delegate Cliff Hayes
9:15 a.m. – Meet legislators and learn about their legislative priorities
10:00 a.m. – Walk over to Capitol for photos
10:15 a.m. – Group Photo with Governor Ralph Northam
10:45 a.m. – Group Photo with Lieutenant Governor Justin Fairfax
11:15 a.m. – Make way to House and Senate Galleries to watch session
12:00 p.m. – Recognition on the House and Senate Floor during the Morning Hour
2:00 p.m. – Meet-up for lunch (location TBD)
Henrico, Va, Tuesday, December 19, 2017, Upsilon Nu was recognize for their support of Team Change at their annual appreciation ceremony. Team Change is a group of African-American women working together to help children in Highland Springs affected by missing black fathers due to mass incarceration. Lisa Robinson is the creator of Team Change which mentors young students.
Upsilon Nu was recognized for two of their efforts that have been of great assistance to Team Change. One event was Upsilon Nu’s financial support and help acting as chaperones for the bus trip and tour of the National Museum of African American History and Culture. The second effort is the on-going tutoring program that is conducted weekly at Highland Springs Elementary School. Several of the children that attended the tour to the museum spoke about the event during the program and expressed their thanks.
Upsilon Nu was represented at the event by Bro. Michael Edwards. Mrs. Robinson asked Bro. Edwards to come up and address those in attendance on behalf of their Basileus Bro. Jeff Tarpley. “In my remarks I wanted to thank Team Change and all the other organizations that were present and receiving recognition for their support. I gave them a brief history of Upsilon Nu and mentioned some of the activities we have been conducting throughout the Greater Richmond Area,”stated Bro. Edwards.
On Sunday, December 17, 2017 at 2 p.m., the U.S. National Park Service and the Third District of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc. partnered up to host the 142nd Carter G. Woodson Birthday commemoration at Seaton Elementary School in Washington, D.C.
The program display prominent speakers such as Tara Morrison, Superintendent (CGW Home National Historic Site), Reverend Akil Dickens(Ebenezer AME Church), Bro. Robert Stanton (Advisor & Former Director, National Park Service), and Dr. Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham (President, ASALH). Bro. Dan Jones (GKF) and Bro. Conrado Morgan (1VDR) who gave very powerful remarks about Dr. Bro. Woodson for Our Dear Omega!
Brothers came out to support ro. Woodson’s event and make sure Omega was well represented.
Dr. Pero G. Dagbovie, University Distinguished Professor and Associate Dean of the Graduate School, Michigan State University was the keynote speaker and gave an insightful and inspiring oratorical lecture. Dr. Dagbovie’s presentation focused on what was the personal make-up of Carter G. Woodson. In doing so, Dr. Dagbovie introduced Woodson’s key family influences and events that precipitated and influenced the works and achievements and resulting legacy of Bro. Woodson.
While Bro. Carter G. Woodson is best known for his book “Mis-Education of the Negro”, he was the most prolific proponent and spokesperson for the study of Black history. He was a pre-eminent educator, historian and father of African-American history. Woodson was the second African-American to graduate from Harvard University and the first descendant of slaves to earn a PHD from Harvard University. Woodson established the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) in 1915 to promote the study and education of African-American people and their cultural achievements to enhance social, political and economic development.
The commemoration also included songs and several performances by D.C. Community Choir, Humanities in Public, and D.C. Strings Workshop.
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Third District Director of Public Relations
Assistant Editor of the Oracle
Richmond, Virginia, Wednesday, November 15, 2017, Upsilon Nu came out to support the 4th Annual Necktie program as part of the Young Gentleman of the Creek Program. This is the fourth school year for the boys mentoring program at the school. “We are very grateful for the continued support and necktie donations from the Upsilon Nu chapter. The Young Gentlemen gratefully appreciate Upsilon Nu members taking the time to assist with the necktie and bow tie tying tutorials at the ceremony. The teacher advisors for the group have some exciting activities planned for the boys, including: community service opportunities, cooking with a professional chef, field trips, reading fiction books together as a group, and we're even going fishing next April,” stated Ms. Angela Harris, the mentoring program coordinator.
The purpose of this program is for selected boys in grades 6th, 7th, and 8th to participate in a youth empowerment, mentoring, and academic support group. Full participation from December until April is required. Brother James Hunter, Upsilon Nu’s Social Action Chairman and Vice-Basileus Michael Swain led several tutoring sessions for the boys. “They get the hang of it after a few times; the bow tie seemed to be more popular than the necktie this yea,” stated Brother Swain.
The ceremony included guest speaker Lance Watson Jr., the boys shopped from hundreds of donated neckties and engaging with men in the community during necktie tying tutorials. A central component of participation for each young gentleman is to dress in professional attire two Wednesdays per month.
In previous years, neckties have been donated by Gov. Terry McAuliffe, Sen. Mark Warner, Sen. Tim Kaine and former Secretary of the Commonwealth Levar Stoney, along with many other notable male figures in the Richmond region.
Article Submitted By Bro. Michael Edwards and Bro. Michael Swain Pictures by: Bro. Michael Swain
Suffolk, VA - Thursday, November 23, 2017 - The brothers of Alpha Iota Chapter, Omega Psi Phi, Inc. came together at noon to serve Thanksgiving dinner to the residents of Magnolia Gardens Senior Living Facility, Suffolk, VA. The men of Alpha Iota Chapter, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. and their mentor group, The Golden Fold-Suffolk, partnered with The Salvation Army, Suffolk, VA to served Turkey and all the traditional fixing to over 40 senior residents of the facility. The Thanksgiving dinner with the residents of Magnolia Gardens, has been an annual event for the chapter since 2013. The wonderful residents of Magnolia were very appreciative and delighted to be served and honored. Magnolia residents are anxious to see us again next year and we won't disappoint. “ When the Suffolk, VA Community Calls, Alpha Iota Chapter Omega Men Answer! ”
By Paul Green
Over 3 weekends, The Phi Phi Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc., held food drives at 3 Kroger stores throughout the Richmond greater community (Short Pump 11895 West Broad St Richmond, VA 23233, 9480 West Broad St Richmond, VA 23294 and 10800 Iron Bridge Rd Chester, VA 23831). Our internal goal was to provide 800 Thanksgiving meals to families. Under the direction of our Committee Chair 2017, Phi Phi's 2017 Omega Man Of the Year, Brother Kenny Williams and our Thanks to Richmond, we met our goal. Through semi perishable food and monetary donations, we received $23,800.00 needed to be a blessing to 800 families of four or more (3517 people). This Service Project has tremendously grown. 3 years ago, the Chapter impacted the lives of 8 families. 2 years ago, We fed 135 families and last years 540 families. Our partners in the venture include Kroger, and Coca Cola- Consolidated Bottling Company, as they both made contributions in support of our vision.
Phi Phi Chapter
Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc.
Suffolk, VA - Monday, November 13, 2017 - The brothers of Alpha Iota Chapter, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. kicked off the 2017 Founders Week celebration with their Annual Coat Drive. The Peanut City Ques have been holding the coat drive for several years now and it has helped hundreds of citizens in Suffolk, VA stay warm. This year was no exception as the men of Omega collected 125 coats, 47 hats, 47 pairs of gloves and several pairs of shoes. Ms. Keana Johnson of the Suffolk Salvation Army stated that the branch averages over 650 people a month who are served with meals and needed shelter items. She further stated that the items donated by Alpha Iota Chapter every year are always well received. “ When the Suffolk, VA Community Calls, Alpha Iota Chapter Omega Men Answer ”
Fairfax, VA, The Bernie L. Bates Foundation and the Psi Alpha Alpha Chapter of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. are pleased to announce that in partnership with George Mason University, Fairfax, VA an endowed scholarship fund has been established.
To recognize the scholastic achievements of minority undergraduates who pursue degrees in the fields of science and engineering, the BLB Foundation, Inc. and Psi Alpha Alpha Chapter recently made a gift of $30,000 to the George Mason University Foundation, Inc., to create the Bernie L. Bates and Psi Alpha Alpha Chapter Scholarship Endowment.
The Bernie L. Bates Foundation, Inc. (BLB), a 501c(3) non-profit organization, was established exclusively for charitable and educational purposes. In partnership with the Psi Alpha Alpha (PsiAA) Chapter of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., BLB has maintained an active and visible presence in the Fairfax County community since 1995. Together, these organizations have provided more than $300,000 in scholarships and community activity support.
This latest effort seeks to encourage male, minority students with an aptitude for the sciences. This desire to promote such scholastic support emanates from the academic, fraternal, and professional success exhibited by members of Eta Delta Delta Chapter of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., an active and contributing chapter on George Mason University’s Fairfax campus.
The provision of scholastic support for undergraduates pursuing degrees in the pure sciences such as chemistry, physics, biology, math, engineering, and technology is consistent with the tenants and goals expounded by the organizations and institution noted above.
This capstone project serves as another example of the Bernie L. Bates Foundation and the Psi Alpha Alpha Chapter commitment to academic excellence and opportunity. The first scholarship recipient is expected to be selected by the fall of 2017.