Legislative Lobby Day

Omega Psi Phi

Third District, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.

Legislative Lobby Day

Monday, January 15, 2018

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Point of Contact - Brother Robert Fairchild, Chairman, Political Action/Government Affairs Committee at rfairchi@msn.com 

Hosted by Delegate C. E. Cliff Hayes, Jr.

Monday, January 15, 2018

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)

Brothers shown in the picture above are from left to right : James R. Edwards (Lambda Omega Chapter), Rev. Dr. James Edwards, lll (Zeta Iota Chapter), Sheriff Michael Moore (Zeta Iota Chapter), unidentified sheriff aide and Rodney Smith (Zeta Iota Chapter). Brothers James R. Edwards and Rev. James Edwards, lll are not related and had not met previously to that date. Brother Rev. Dr. Edwards was made in Lambda Omega Chapter and recently moved to Zeta Iota while Brother James R. recently was reclaimed to Lambda Omega.

Zeta Iota – Community Day

Brothers of Zeta Iota Chapter joined together with the sisters of Portsmouth Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority , Inc., to hold their joint annual Community Day event. The event was held on June 30, 2018, at the I.C. Norcom High School in Portsmouth, VA, where the principal is Brother Laguna O. Foster ( Lambda Omega Chapter ).

Three hundred and eighty -three members of the community participated in the event. Brother Henry " Hank " Mabry is the chapter's basileus.

Note: Brothers shown in the picture above are from left to right : James R. Edwards (Lambda Omega Chapter), Rev. Dr. James Edwards, lll (Zeta Iota Chapter), Sheriff Michael Moore (Zeta Iota Chapter), unidentified sheriff aide and Rodney Smith (Zeta Iota Chapter). Brothers James R. Edwards and Rev. James Edwards, lll are not related and had not met previously to that date. Brother Rev. Dr. Edwards was made in Lambda Omega Chapter and recently moved to Zeta Iota while Brother James R. recently was reclaimed to Lambda Omega.

Pi Lambda Lambda’s OMEGA U Celebrated Independence Day during the Annual Dale City July 4th Parade

P_R_I_N_C_E_ _W_I_L_L_I_A_M_ _C_O_U_N_T_Y,_ _VA_— _July 4, 2018

The Omega U students and Brothers of Pi Lambda Lambda (PLL) Chapter, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., participated in the 47th annual Dale City Independence Day Parade to celebrate the 4th of July. PLL has been supporting the event over the past several years, and this marked the first year the Omega U program and students participated in the parade. The Independence Day Parade brings together various organizations and people to celebrate Independence Day and learn more about Dale City and surrounding communities.  The parade had thousands of participants and onlookers for the 47th annual Independence Parade. In addition to Pi Lambda Lambda, the parade included scouting troops, churches, politicians, performing arts groups and other groups from throughout the area.

PLL’s participation continues our continuing outreach in the region and highlights our dedication to our community.  Pi Lambda Lambda Basileus (President) thanked all those who came out to support this event while enduring the sweltering heat to support our neighbors of Dale City as we all celebrate the nation’s independence.

During the past two years, the Omega U Program has executed over 100 hours of community service, 300 hours of weekend mentoring events, 280 hours of after school mentoring, and has provided total man-hours valued over $150K to PWC schools since 2016 and more than $500K since 2009. Prince William County School district is the 2nd largest school system in the state of Virginia, and the 4th largest in the Washington Metropolitan Area. Over this period, students of Omega U executed student led INOVA Hospital Blood Drives, Feeding the Homeless, Highway Cleanup, and annual support of the National Public Lands Day at Leesylvania Park in Woodbridge, Virginia. Omega U is open to all youth male youths from 3rd grade to graduating seniors and targets students’ enrollment from low-income single parent families.

The Omega U Program mission is to serve, support, and partner with the Prince William County Public Schools by offering a “Word Class Education” with after school and weekend mentoring initiatives that includes STEM Labs and the Omega U Flight Drone Program, Pre-College Initiative (PCI), Career Readiness workshops, college field trips, and health and sports initiatives.

In 2018, Omega U became a National Society of Black Engineer Jr Chapter serving PWC partnering with Virginia State University, Virginia Tech University, Northern Virginia Community College, and George Mason University.  In July 2018, Omega U student scholars from single-parent families will attend a week-long Engineering Camp at Virginia Tech, College of Engineering. Omega U students will attend at no-cost to their family and live on campus for one week while attending engineering, physics, and science classes with hands-on labs to foster a better understanding and increased knowledge in the areas of science, technology, engineering, and math. To learn more about Omega U, please visit our website at http://www.omegaupwc.com.

Omega U is the youth mentorship program of Pi Lambda Lambda Chapter of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. This program currently serves six elementary, middle, and high schools across Prince William County. Pi Lambda Lambda (PLL) Chapter is a graduate chapter of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., an international nonprofit social and civic service organization that has more than 700 chapters with 100,000 members in 14 countries worldwide.

Since the Chapter’s founding in Dumfries, Va., in January 2004, PLL has supported public and community events across the region, benefiting scholarship, health promotion, youth mentorship, citizenship and social action. Pi Lambda Lambda (PLL) received the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Incorporated International Chapter of the Year Award in 2016 and the Third District, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Incorporated Chapter of the Year in 2017. This recognition marks the third time since the Chapter’s founding in 2004 that PLL was honored with the most prestigious international honor bestowed by the Fraternity and the fifth time being recognized by the Third District.

Pi Lambda Lambda Chapter serves Prince William County, the cities of Manassas, Manassas Park, and Stafford County.

Story by Eddie A. Stephens, Jr., Pi Lambda Lambda Chapter Editor

“Top Supporting Chapters” 3rd District St Jude Game Day Give Back

Third District - Washington, D.C. and Virginia - Supporting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Game Day. Give Back Project with a donation of $12,106.00

The Third District, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. supported the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Game Day. Give Back Project with a donation of $12,106.00  Brother Kevin Brown, Third District Representative thanked the Brothers of the Third District for their support of St. Jude. He gave a special thank you to Brother Harvey Woodson, Social Action Chairman and Brother Jeff Tarpley, Chairman, Third District’s St. Jude Game Day. Give Back Project, He also thanked all the chapters for their support to the project.

The funds donated will support the kids and families at St. Jude now.  The kids nor the families have to pay for travel, medical care, lodging or food as long as the kids are in treatment at St. Jude. St. Jude has a cure rate of 80% for childhood cancer. 40% of the kids treated at St. Jude are African Americans.

Mr. Roy Mays, St. Jude’s Representative will attend and give brief remarks at the 85th Third District Meeting on April 12-15, 2018 in Newport News, Virginia on the Third District outstanding support to St. Jude through Game Day. Give Back Project.

Last, this project falls under one of our international mandated program of Health Initiatives. Thank you all for your support.

OKK Named Reston Chamber of Commerce Volunteer of the Year

By Brother Roscoe Nance

RESTON, Va. – Omicron Kappa Kappa (OKK) Chapter has been a stalwart in community service in the Western portion of Fairfax County, Va., since it was chartered 22 years ago.

The Reston Chamber of Commerce recognized OKK and the OKK Foundation, the chapter’s charitable arm, for its community service with the Volunteer of the Year Award during its Annual Meeting and Awards for Chamber Excellence (ACE) Luncheon on June 28 at the Reston Sheraton Hotel.

OKK Basileus Gordon Person and OKK Foundation President George Johnson accepted the award.

“I was surprised,’’ says Bro. Person. “I didn’t expect us to win.’’

However, as the Master of Ceremonies read the recipient’s  list of accomplishments, Bro. Person thought to himself “We did that.’’ When the MC said, “This group of African-American men…’’ it hit home. OKK and the OKK Foundation was the choice.

Receiving the award was personally gratifying for Bro. Person, who has been a chapter officer for the past seven years.

“At times, there was no traction,’’ he says. “I think this will catapult us to greater heights.  I hope it’s something we can build on so we can bring in more displaced brothers and bring in more like minded me to serve the community. This definitely was a group effort.’’

OKK received congratulatory letters from U. S. Senators Tim Kaine (D-Va.) and Mark Warner (D-Va.). U. S. Rep. Gerry Connolly (D.-Va.), who represents Reston/Herndon in the United States Congress, recognized OKK and the other award recipients on the floor of the House of Representatives. OKK received a copy of the Congressional Record that documented the proceedings.

Fairfax County Supervisor Kathy Hudgins also presented OKK with a proclamation during the chapter’s Parisian Nights black tie gala fundraiser on June 9.

OKK joined the Reston Chamber of Commerce six years ago. The chapter and the OKK Foundation support the Chamber at all its Reston Town Center festivals, specifically The Taste of Reston and Flavors of Fall.  During that time, lead beer captain Bro. Howard Ford Jr., has led an army of OKK Brothers has manned the beer and wine pavilions and pitched in wherever a critical need arose.

Bro. Dr. Gary Powell was a volunteer with the Chamber’s 2017 membership drive Phone-A-Thon and helped convince local businesses to purchase Chamber memberships.

OKK Brothers also volunteered for a variety of  roles  at  Cornerstones’ Embry  Rucker  Shelter, the  Reston  Chamber of  Commerce and  a number of local  tutoring  programs. In addition, OKK was a leading  volunteer  force  at  local community  events, including,  Relay  for  Life – Team OKK raised $7,380 and was fourth among 33 participating teams – Reston  Community  Center  MLK  Day, Northern  Virginia  Project  Giveback and  the  Fairfax  County  Police  Department  ROAD  DAWGS Summer  Camp  for  at-risk  youth.

OKK Adopt-A- Highway Project Overwhelming Success

RESTON, Va. -- Omicron Kappa Kappa (OKK) Chapter was out in full force on April 7 for the quarterly Adopt-A-Highway Project with half of the chapter’s 32 financial Brothers participating.

The Brothers picked up litter along an approximate one-mile portion of Sunrise Valley Drive that is home restaurants, a convenience story, a hotel, office parks, a newly constructed condominium development and a number of businesses. The weather that brisk for the time of the year, but the nippy temperature didn’t chill the enthusiasm of these Men of Omega, who thoroughly enjoyed the fellowship that went along with their task.

The common bond that the Brothers – love for Omega and her cause -- motivated young and old Brothers alike to participate in the project.  The stories that the ‘50s), ‘60s) and ’70s brothers shared with the younger Brothers kept conversations flowing without pause.

Immediately following the street cleanup, the Brothers went to Amphora Diner in Herndon, Va., where the fellowship and fraternization continued during brunch and went well into afternoon.

Unknown to the Brothers, this would be the last organized chapter event for Bro. Norman Franklin (Alpha Sigma, 1967).  Bro. Franklin entered Omega Chapter 10 days later after suffering a heart attack. He is truly missed by all the Brothers of OKK.

The Brothers are elated to have the lasting memory of that brunch, and sharing laughs and stories about “the old days’’ that were told during the Adopt-A-Highway project.

OKK Scholarship Recipients Eye Medical Careers

By Bro. Roscoe Nance

A pair of high school students who aspire to become medical doctors are the recipients of the Omicron Kappa Kappa (OKK) Chapter’s scholarship for the 2017-18 school year.

Hana Lee graduated from Centreville (Va.) High School on June 8; Lee will pursue an undergraduate degree at North Carolina Central University and then enroll in medical school. Kelcey Parks Jr. graduated from George C. Marshall High in Falls Church Va., on June 13; he plans to become a pediatrician. Parks will attend Baylor University where he will study Medical Humanities with a Pre-Med focus.

Lee and Parks were chosen from among 13 applicants.

Lee carried a 3.68 cumulative grade point average and was a member of the W.E.B. DuBois Honor Society at Centreville High School. She was an outside hitter on the varsity volleyball team, and she is very active as a volunteer in her community and church.

Lee volunteered with the Special Olympics, tutored students who needed help in Math, was a teacher’s helper at area elementary schools and participated in food drives at her church. Lee is also a member of her church’s youth choir and Dance Ministry.

Parks graduated with a 3.61cumulative grade point average and was involved in numerous extracurricular activities at Marshall High. He was a member of the football team and the band; he was also treasurer of the Black Student Union, a member of Junior Achievement and Future Business Leaders of America, and he sat on the Executive Board of his chapter of Jack and Jill of America.

Parks attends First Baptist Church of Vienna, Va., where he is active in the Youth Ministry as a member of the Youth Brass Ensemble. He is also a member of the Youth Ministry.