ZMM: Summer Mentorship Program

“Mentoring Success”

Submitted by

Jesse Jones (Spring 14’ ZMM)

The brothers of the Zeta Mu Mu Chapter are excited to announce the successful conclusion of their summer mentoring program!  In 2016 the chapter began a relationship with the Williamsburg Redevelopment & Housing Authority and have been servicing select young men during the summertime ever since.  This summer the ZMM chapter focused on the importance of self-awareness, goal setting, character development, and the healthy expression of thoughts and feelings.  These young men were greeted weekly by brothers from various career fields and backgrounds who were able to share both experiences and valuable advice.  Military Service Men, Teachers, Counselors, Businessmen, First Responders, and Entrepreneurs all graced the hallways of the Wesly House to offer their respective contributions.  The young men involved reflected enjoyment during weekly sessions, evident by them asking excellent follow-up questions and remaining engaged for the entirety of the mentorship program.

ZMM: Scholarship Awards Banquet 2018

“Still Lifting As We Climb”

Written by Brother Jesse Jones (Spring 14’ ZMM)

On Saturday August 4, 2018 the Zeta Mu Mu Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity and the Williamsburg Area Foundation for Education and Community Outreach (WAFECO) completed their 1st Annual Scholarship Banquet in Williamsburg, Virginia.  WAFECO is the proud non-profit extension of the Zeta Mu Mu Chapter that assists with fund raising and social action efforts.  Brother Dr. Henry Ranger (Summer 16’ ZMM), President of WAFECO, expressed his joy in the accomplishment of this banquet and the significant role it plays in the growth of the Omega Psi Phi presence in the Williamsburg area at large.  During the event five college-bound seniors, currently attending high schools in the Williamsburg, James City County, and Yorktown areas, individually received a $1000.00 scholarship.  This is the largest scholarship award that the Zeta Mu Mu Chapter and WAFECO have been able to provide since their founding in March 2008.  Brother Cameron Mix (Spring 13’ ZMM), Basileus of the Zeta Mu Mu Chapter, shared that the increase in chapter membership, dedication, and overall commitment has resulted in our ability to provide more opportunities to the young people in this community.  Brother Dr. Stanley Jones (Winter 88’ GA), guest speaker and Superintendent of Danville Public Schools, offered words of encouragement and inspiration as he challenged the scholarship winners to “set achievable goals” and “align focus with commitment.”  During the event Brother Dr. Henry Ranger reported that there are already plans for future fundraisers that will hopefully assist even more students in years to come.  To qualify students were required to complete a rigorous application process that included an essay and interview.  The Zeta Mu Mu Chapter and WAFECO are proud to announce the following winners and their University of choice:  Isiah Gist (North Carolina Central University), Chase Greene (Shenandoah University), Edward Hopson (Averett University), Chase McBurnette (Radford University), and Leon Wilson Jr. (Liberty University).

85th Third District Health Care Forum

Third District Health Seminar

The Third District of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Incorporated held its 85th District meeting at the Marriott at City Center in Newport News, Virginia, April 12-15, 2018 under the leadership of Brother Kevin Brown, District Representative.  The district meeting was hosted by the chapters in Eastern Area III: Alpha Alpha (AA), Zeta Omicron (ZO), Kappa Iota Iota (KII), and Zeta Mu Mu.  The four-day meeting kicked off on Thursday afternoon with a free Health Seminar.  The seminar was part of a combined Social Action project for the brothers in the district that raised and donated $500 and hygiene products to The Menchville House, an emergency housing facility for homeless families, and to the Avalon Center, a domestic violence shelter for women and children.

The Health Seminar was one hour long and free to the public.  Brother Azar Allen (AA) and Brother Cameron Mix (ZMM) co-chaired the event.  The seminar consisted of a panel of three people, all members of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Incorporated, and all very versed and educated on the topics of preventative medicine and healthy diets.

The panel members were Brother Dr. Mark Innis (ZMM), Emergency Medicine Physician; Brother Charlie Hill (AA), Prostate Cancer Survivor and Enthusiast; and Brother Dr. Anthony Hayes (ZO), Primary Care Physician.  The seminar was held in a town hall format with each panelist sharing from his perspective; questions and answers came from the floor as well. Brother Dr. Mark Innis spoke from the emergency medical care perspective.  He said that when it comes to prostate checks and rectal exams, “it’s not a sexual thing, it’s just a part of the examination.  Doctors don’t look forward to that part of the examination any more than the patient does, but it is necessary.”  He also shared some programs that can help people get the medication they need at a reduced cost.  For instance, Walmart has a $4 prescription program for generic medicine.  You can perform an internet search for Walmart $4 program and find a PDF listing of the prescription medications available. He mentioned a program called Good Rx, and shared that Harris Teeter offers free antibiotics.  None of these programs are income based.

Brother Charlie Hill spoke primarily on the topic of prostate cancer.  He told when you should start getting checkups and exams, why you should do so, and the importance of also knowing your family health history and how all that plays a part in preventative medicine.  He also answered the question, “does having a positive prostate diagnosis or cancer affect your sex drive or ability to perform?”  Brother Hill answered, saying no; medicine has evolved to help with that.  In Brother Hill’s closing words, he suggested that if you have any health or medical issues that you should wear a bracelet with your medical information on it so in case of emergency, a doctor can immediately know your medical history.

Brother Dr. Anthony Hayes spoke on preventing and living with diabetes, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol. Brother Hayes said, “the number one thing we neglect is our diet.”  He told the story of a study that was done on some men in Africa that lived off the land and didn’t eat the processed food that we eat here in America, and how they did not have cancer. But when they came to the United States they would change their eating habits and would get sick with cancer.  He said the movie, “What the Health,” was a real eye-opener and addressed/made some very good points.  Dr. Hayes’s closing remarks listed some foods that we should eat and some foods that we should stay away from such as; 1. Eat fruit; 2. Eat vegetables- green leafy vegetables; 3. Plan our meals; 4. Exercise; 5. Sleep 8 hours a day; and 6. Be conscious of our portion sizes.  Some things he said to stay away from are:  1.Transfat; 2. Granola; 3. An abundance of yogurt; 4. Limit your juice intake- juice is very high in sugar; 5. stay away from simple carbs; and 6. avoid processed food.

The Health Seminar was very informative and well-received; the information was invaluable.  For this to have been the kickoff event for the 85th  Annual Third District Meeting, it not only set the tone for the weekend, but it showed, based on the members of our panel and their respective titles, that our cardinal principles of this great fraternity: manhood, scholarship, perseverance, and uplift, continue to shine through.

 

Written By: Brother Cameron Mix

Brothers from AA, KII, ZMM and ZO chapters participate in worship services

Achievement Week 2017

“Quad-Chapter Style”

 

Brothers from AA, KII, ZMM and ZO chapters participate in worship services

 

Hampton Roads:  Brothers from Alpha Alpha, Kappa Iota Iota, Zeta Mu Mu and Zeta Omicron chapters conducted activities in support of “Achievement Week” 2017.  Events included: Founder’s Banquet, Worship Service, Frat Night, Veteran’s Administration BINGO, Habitat for Humanity cleanup, Monday Night Football and other fellowship opportunities.

During the Founder’s Banquet, each chapter presented awards for Superior Service, Citizen of the Year, Colonel Charles Young, Founder’s Award, and Omega Man of the Year.  Special guest included Brother Dr. William Harvey (President of Hampton University), who was also the recipient of a Citizen of the Year award. Brother Charlie Hill was the guest speaker for this year’s event.

This year’s Quad-Chapter Achievement Week was coordinated by chairmen from each of the four chapters: Brother Corey Olds – Alpha Alpha, Brother, Keenan Williams – Kappa Iota Iota, Brother Rasheed Jones – Zeta Mu Mu and Brother James Roseboro-Zeta Omicron.

Alpha Alpha
Zeta Omicron
Kappa Iota Iota
Zeta Mu Mu

 

 

Submitted by:

Brother Thomas Parker