Third District St. Jude “Game Day. Give Back” Program

Greeting Brothers of the Mighty Third District,
I hope all is well with you and your families. November is the month of thanksgiving and what better way to start than to give to St. Jude.
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is honored to once again partner with Omega Psi Phi Inc. for the “Game Day. Give Back” Program. Through this partnership, the fraternity has helped to raise over $101,000 over the past three years. These funds are critical for the success of St. Jude hospital as no family will ever receive a bill from St. Jude and cover treatment, travel, food and lodging.
 To make the process a little easier this year, each Social Action Committee member’s district has been registered. Listed below is the link for the Third District. There are 2 ways you can approach this: 1) you can inform your chapter to utilize the “Join our party” button, which allows each chapter to be able to create their own fundraising page which rolls up to the district total. 2) You can raise funds simply as a district using the “Donate to District” button.
  3rd District- http://fundraising.stjude.org/site/TR/GDGB/GDGB/2012164300?pg=team&fr_id=85430&team_id=216189
If you need more information on the St. Jude’s Game Day Give Back project, please contact me at jtarpley1@yahoo.com; (804) 370-2381.   Thank you for your support for this worthy cause.
The Mighty Third District has led the way for the past three years, let’s keep the streak going!!!!
Fraternally Submitted,
Brother Jeff Tarpley
Third District Social Action Committee Member
 *A Give Back Super Bowl Party can be virtual or actual.  Each Chapter can decide how it wishes to proceed with its fundraiser.

Omega Men for Homeless Men (OM4HM) Event -3rd & 2nd District Collaboration!

Washington D.C.- Lifting as we climb,  on Sunday, November 12, 2017, members of Alpha Omega and Gamma Pi Chapters of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Incorporated came together to host the Omega men for Homeless Men (OM4HM) football fellowship to lift the spirits of homeless men in the District of Columbia.

Fraternity members engaged the men in conversation and provided a hot lunch during the Washington NFL football team game. For the past 7 years, the members of Alpha Omega chapter. have provided a place for the homeless to watch every 1:00 p.m. home team game. . On this occasion, the Brothers of Gamma Pi Chapter, under the leadership of Brother Tony Lee (Basileus),  provided a hot meal during halftime of the game for 80 homeless men.

In attendance and service were 40 brothers from the two chapters, including Brother Sherman Charles, Second District Representative, Brother Walter Hill, Third district Keeper of Finance, and Brother  Norm Senior, and Third District Director of Public Relations.

The Omega Men for Homeless Men program was started by Brother Walter Hill with the support of his Alpha Omega chapter brothers in the fall of 2010. The focus of the program is to provide support in the form of information, resources, and hope to the homeless, with the ultimate objective of helping men overcome their situation. In recent years, OM4HM has partnered with MedStar Family Choice, the District of Columbia Department of Human Services, and Howard University Hospital to further achieve its objectives. . OM4HM supports the efforts of the Father McKenna Center located in the basement of the Saint Aloysius Catholic Church at 19 I St., N.W. Washington, D.C. The McKenna Center exists to meet the needs of the poor and homeless who reside in one of Washington’s poorest neighborhoods.

As always, this was a rewarding event for all involved! In addition, we were blessed to get media coverage from two local TV stations WUSA 9 and WJLA 7. The story aired during the 11pm news broadcast on both stations. We are thankful for both stations’ time and coverage of our program as we continue to garner support for all our community service activities!

 

Article prepared by:

 

Bro. C. Delray Brown

Alpha Omega Chapter Reporter

“Ques In Action News”

UVA professor takes over part of civil procedure guidebooks, joins Supreme Court committee

Congrats to Brother A. Benjamin Spencer who is a current member of Xi Iota Chapter, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. in Charlottesville, VA
UVA professor takes over part of civil procedure guidebooks, joins Supreme Court committee
A. Benjamin Spencer has always been a proceduralist’s proceduralist, magnetically drawn to the intellectual intricacies of civil procedure. Already a well-respected scholar, Spencer’s influence in the field grew significantly in the past year.
The civ-pro pro has been tapped to annually update a portion of the influential, multivolume Federal Practice and Procedure guidebooks. Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. also appointed Spencer to the Advisory Committee on Civil Rules of the Judicial Conference of the United States in May…  READ MORE

Norfolk State University’s (NSU) Homecoming Parade 2017

Norfolk Virginia–The Fraters and Sorors of the South Hampton Roads Pan Hellenic Council (SHARPC) marched in Norfolk State University’s (NSU) homecoming parade on Saturday, October 28, 2017. The Divine Nine was committed to exercising our rights to voting in the November 7, 2017 elections, and encouraged all members of the community to do so.  Chapter members were encouraged to mingle and march on behalf of one of our most hard-fought rights. We wore our finest Omega casual clothing and paraphernalia, representing the Fraternity. We carried non-partisan, professional signs encouraging all to “Go Vote!” Brother Kevin Brown, Third District Representative, Brother Conrado B. Morgan, First Vice District Representative, Brother Terry Calhoun, Chairman, Military Affairs and Brother Renaldo Barber marched in the parade.  Photos were produced by Soror Anita Pearson of Delta Sigma Theta, Sorority, Portsmouth Alumnae Chapter, and Brother Alvin Swilley, Eastern Area 1 Supervisor and District Photographer. Brother Swilley is a Gamma Xi SHARPC representative and coordinated Omega’s participation in the parade. We look forward to marching in future parades at NSU.

 

Sigma Mu Mu Pushes To Sign Up Eligible Community Members At Voter Registration Drive

Loudoun County, VA On October 11, 2017, the Omega Psi Phi, Fraternity, Inc., Sigma Mu Mu Chapter, participated in a community event where candidates running for elected office in Virginia gathered to meet with their constituents. This event was hosted by the Loudoun County Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and the NAACP Loudoun County Branch. The candidates discussed their local and national platforms, and the attendees raised important issues that conceivably could impact the community.

Mrs. Katrina Smith, Delegate Jennifer Boysko, NAACP President Phillip Thompson, Bro. Smith, Bro. Ross and Bro. Parker (left to right).

Having both candidates and potential voters in the same place created a golden opportunity for Sigma Mu Mu to provide voter registration information. By leading this effort, the Brothers assisted Loudoun County residents get prepared to head to the polls in Virginia on November 7, 2017. The Chapter is energized in its push to get everyone registered who is eligible to vote. This push is a continuation of the efforts made by the Fraternity in 2014 and 2016. The goal is to create voter enthusiasm and help the community decide on Virginia’s next leadership team. All participants at the event were very appreciative of the opportunity, afforded by Sigma Mu Mu, to learn more about the electoral process.

Omega Psi Phi continues to raise awareness of the importance of elections, and to emphasize the collective power of the people through the exercise of their vote.

Alpha Omega Chapter held its inaugural Spelling Bee at Wheatley Education Campus, 9 June 2017

Alpha Omega Chapter held its inaugural Spelling Bee at Wheatley Education Campus, 9 June 2017

WASHINGTON, DC   With an eye ultimately on sponsoring a city-wide competition in Washington, DC, Alpha Omega Chapter held its inaugural fourth and fifth grade spelling bee at Wheatley Educational Campus on 9 June 2017.  Principal Scott Cartland and his staff worked closely with Alpha Omega Spelling Bee Committee Chair Reginald A. Henry to make this event a success.

Alpha Omega Chapter has a keen interest in making sure that the young people in their community are well positioned to make the most of their educational experience, as they believe that scholarship will be the most important tool in their life skills “tool kit.” To that end, the Scholarship Committee of Alpha Omega Chapter decided to fill a void, a lack of spelling bees at the fourth and fifth grade levels in the District of Columbia School system.

Alpha Omega Chapter Scholarship Committee, through a subcommittee, the Spelling Bee Committee sought to establish a Spelling Bee for fourth and fifth graders starting with a pilot program at Wheatley Educational Campus in the 2016-2017 school-year and confirmed their participation through dialog with Wheatley Educational Campus principal, Scott Cartland. The Alpha Omega Spelling Bee Committee and Wheatley Educational Campus share mutual objectives which include a continuing commitment to prepare and challenge young students to seek and achieve excellence; and to facilitate the embrace of competition as a means to grow intellectually.

The fourth grade First place winner was Taveon Cameron, and the fifth grade First place winner was Tania Harris.  Each winner took home a Kindle, and of course a trophy.  The second place winners, Camryn Howard – fourth grade and Darius Scrivener – fifth grade each took home a trophy and a $50 gift card; while the third place winners, Le’Azia Gordon-fourth grade and Kamare’Ale McNeil-fifth grade, each took home a trophy and a $25 gift card.

In keeping with the theme “positioning students to make the most of their educational experience,” the Alpha Omega Spelling Bee Committee acquired the services of two District of Columbia High School students to facilitate the spelling bee, one as the moderator and the other as the photographer.  The moderator was Benjamin Banneker Academic High School freshman RuQuan Brown, and the photographer was Richard Wright Public Charter School graduate Shaka Williams.  Next year, Alpha Omega hopes to expand the competition to include all schools in Washington, DC’s Ward 5, and the year after that to expand the competition to include all fourth and fifth graders city-wide.

Kappa Iota Iota Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. Supports Brother Shawn Wilson

Brother Shawn Wilson KII ’14 blessed with a live donor

God is truly an on time God! On September 19, 2017, Brother Shawn Wilson KII ’14 underwent major kidney surgery. Brother Wilson has been on dialysis for over a year due to his failing organs. Once the need for a kidney went viral, Mr. Kareem Brown came forward and volunteered to test and verify if he was indeed a match. Once confirmed, Mr. Brown selflessly insisted this transfer to take place. I am so proud to say that both young men are healthy and doing well. Mr. Brown went home on September 21st, and Brother Wilson went home on September 23rd. The Brothers of Kappa Iota Iota ask that you keep the Wilson and Brown families in your thoughts and prayers as they transition through this significant emotional and self-sacrificing event.

Submitted by
Brother Thomas Parker

Kappa Iota Iota Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. Conducts Highway Clean-up

KII performs highway clean-up duties in front of Hampton University.

The Brothers of Kappa Iota Iota (KII) conducted their routine highway clean-up responsibilities on July 22, 2017 in front of Hampton University along Interstate 64, Exit 268. In coordination with the City of Hampton, KII’s efforts are to ensure the Adopted Highway area of concern remains freshly mowed and free of trash. This is simply another way that KII wants to emphasize the importance of Service; realizing that little things sometimes goes a long way.

Submitted by
Brother Thomas Parker

Upsilon Nu Day Proclaimed in Richmond, Virginia

Richmond, Virginia, Thursday October 12, 2017, office of the Mayor of Richmond, Virginia. Upsilon Nu Chapter received one of its greatest recognitions for years of community service in the greater Richmond area.

Mayor Levar M. Stoney hosted Upsilon Nu for a photo-op and Proclamation signing to express his gratitude and that of the Richmond community for Upsilon Nu’s community service.

Mayor Stoney recalled that during the National Night Out he attended and gave a speech, how impressed he was to see so many members of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity in attendance and not only supporting the event but actively engaged with many of those in attendance. “I appreciate that Mayor Lever Stoney took time out of his busy schedule to give the chapter the opportunity to meet with him to sign the Proclamation for Upsilon Nu Day October 12, 2017. Mayor Stoney was very cordial and appreciated the community service Upsilon Nu provides to the community”, stated Basileus Jeff Tarpley.

To view the Mayor’s video thanking Upsilon Nu click on link or past into Browser.

 

 

Article by Bro. Michael Edwards                                  Pictures by Bro. Jerome Jackson