Tau Rho Chapter, Third District, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc and its affiliate The Rappahannock Regional Scholarship and Uplift Foundation celebrated their 2018 Achievement Week Activities with three outstanding events; Their Achievement Week Banquet, The A.M. Banks Scholarship Fall Dance and The Student Academic Achievement Recognition Program. All three events are held annually. The banquet was on November 3rd, 2018 from 1pm to 3pm at the New Orleans Bistro, in Fredericksburg, Va. The A.M. Banks Scholarship Fall Dance was held later that night from 8pm to 12 midnight at The Fredericksburg Fraternal Order of Eagles Lodge and The Student Academic Achievement Program was held later in the week on November 7th, 2018 from 7pm to 9pm at the Old Walker-Grant School Board Office facility. Brother Meddie Brown, Tau Rho Chapter was the Committee chair and emcee for The Banquet and Student Awards program. Brother Melake Whyte II was the committee chair for the Fall Scholarship Dance. The key note address at the banquet was given by Brother, The Honorable Roderick C. Young, Federal Judge- Eastern District of VA. Tau Rho, Basileus Terry Lee presented a $500 Scholarship to Ms. Mikayla Smith of Caroline High School, winner of our 2018 Essay contest. In addition, Ms. Amber Blackett also of Caroline High School with a $100 2nd place award. The Achievement Awardees were: Bro. Pitman Rock, Superior Service Award, Bro. Thomas Parker Founders Awards, Bro. Johnny P. Johnson, Citizen of the Year Award. Brothers Parker and Johnson are Charter Members of Tau Rho 1964. The Omega Man of the Year awardee was Bro. Tracy Whitehurst. The A.M. Banks Scholarship Dance, co-hosted with our Foundation, The Rappahannock Regional Scholarship and Uplift Foundation, was very entertaining for all our Brothers and their guest. The dance raised almost $4000 towards our Annual Scholarship Funds. Finally, The Student Academic Achievement Program recognized over 80 Students from 18 different High schools in 5 counties within Tau Rho’s areas of responsibility who have maintained a 3.4 G.P.A or above. This event had over 150 parents, family members and friends in attendance.
Newport News VA: The Brothers of Mighty Tau Rho Chapter, Fredericksburg VA, Third District, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., were awarded the Third District Chapter of the Year Award (Small Chapter Category) at the 85th Third District Meeting Founders Banquet, held in Newport News, VA on April 14th. Bro Terry Lee, Tau Rho Chapter Basileus, accepted the award from Third District Representative Bro. Kevin Brown and Antonio Knox Grand Basileus.
The Brothers of Tau Rho worked hard for Omega during the Fraternal Year supporting the Fraternity’s mandated programs throughout the Greater Fredericksburg, VA community with youth mentoring, social action, health & wellness programs, scholarships, community support events and community service projects. The recognition is a token of gratitude for a job well done by the Brothers of Tau Rho Chapter. The Chapter of the Year package was prepared by Chapter KRS Bro Tracy Whitehurst with support from the entire Chapter.
In a matter of just a few past weeks, 25 Men of Omega who are also members of the Antioch Baptist Church, Fairfax Station, VA, came together and contributed a combined total of $3500 in scholarship contributions to 7 of 23 applying high school graduates at Antioch. We were one of 7 groups at Antioch that awarded scholarship contributions to the 23 graduates.
All of the graduates received at least one award, and many received multiple awards from within the awarding groups. Needless to say, the graduates and their parents/grandparents/guardians were very happy for the awards and recognition the graduates received. And we are very proud of the graduates not only for their excellence in completing high school, but also more importantly, their Christian development and maturity.
A parent of one of the awardees stated that when he saw the Omega men introduced at the presentation, that he was very impressed by the caliber of those men representing Omega Psi Phi, versus the negatives with which we’ve been labeled. I pray that we can continue to instill this impression of us upon many more people. Also, the congregation members attending the presentation were very moved by what we accomplished and the way we did it.
The Omega Men of Antioch plan to continue with these scholarship contributions in the years to come. Most of the 25 Omega Men of Antioch are members of at least 3 Third District Chapters, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., here in the Metro DC area (Pi Lambda Lambda, Tau Rho, and Psi Alpha Alpha). Submitted by Brother Spike Jones, Spring ’81, Theta Rho Chapter.
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2018 Passport To Manhood (Mentoring Program) University of Virginia – Campus Visit
Charlottesville, Virginia – On May 12, 2018 Tau Rho Chapter, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. Passport To Manhood (funded by the Rappahannock Regional Uplift and Scholarship Foundation) performed a joint mentoring effort with the Fredericksburg, Virginia Links Incorporated Linking Youth To Excellence (LYTE) for a coordinated Boys & Girls Club event at the University of Virginia (UVA) in Charlottesville Virginia.
This event was the commencement of a five year collaborative partnership between Virginia Sports Properties, a division of Out-front Media Sports, on behalf of UVA Athletics for a strategic partnership to support the Virginia Alliance of Boys & Girls Clubs. The objective is provide resources, shared values and to provide foundational principles at the core while dynamically reinforcing how eating right, keeping fit and forming positive relationships add up to a healthy lifestyle.
Tau Rho Chapter, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. 2018 Passport To Manhood (Mentoring Program) Participation In Re-enactment To Mark Peaceful March Following Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s 1968 Assassination
Fredericksburg, Virginia – On April 23, 2018 Tau Rho Chapter, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. Passport To Manhood (funded by the Rappahannock Regional Uplift and Scholarship Foundation) performed a joint mentoring effort with the Fredericksburg, Virginia Links Incorporated Linking Youth To Excellence (LYTE) for a coordinated history lesson with the re-enactment to Mark the Peaceful March fifty years after the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Junior in Memphis, Tennessee on April 4, 1968.
This event was a collaborative effort by local churches and residents and provided a mentoring opportunity to our younger generation to continue our ancestor’s legacies.
Brother’s pictured left to right are; Antonio Samuel, Mark McLaurine, (Passport To Manhood Co-Lead), and Forrest Parker (Passport To Manhood Co-Lead and Fredericksburg Branch Boys & Girls Club of the Rappahannock Region Chief Professional Officer).
Since 1964, the Tau Rho Chapter has served the greater Fredericksburg area including the Northern Neck. For additional information on upcoming events and other initiatives supporting the community visit the website at www.taurhoques.org.