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.
Monday, January 15, 2018
Kappa Psi Chapter Annual Toy Drive
The Kappa Psi Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. held its annual Christmas Toy Drive and Delivery. Each year Kappa Psi selects a beneficiary school or organization for the funds and toys raised for the toy drive. This year Kappa Psi partnered with the Aspire 2 Inspire (A2I) Foundation, Inc. to raise funds for the toys that were donated. Led by Bro. Tamal Burise, Kappa Psi selected River Terrace Education Campus as the beneficiary school this year. River Terrace Education Campus (hereafter referred to as River Terrace) is a city-wide school that serves the 1% of DCPS students with the most debilitating disabilities: the with the debilitating disabilities i.e. autism, mobility impairments, etc. The center offers individualized wrap-care services for the special needs students that it serves.
Brother Tamal Burise and his committee were charged with securing gifts for 120 students at River Terrace. Information on gift preferences was provided by Brother Luther “LJ” Sewel, who serves as vice principal at River Terrace. To meet this challenge, Kappa Psi partnered with the A2I Foundation to promote the toy drive and solicit tax-deductible donations from potential patrons.
The brothers of Kappa Psi, along with our families and friends came together to celebrate the holidays and assist with gift wrapping and labeling. This year’s program had an additional positive impact as Kappa Psi’s inaugural cohort of the DC Rhino’s Mentoring Program and their guardians joined the chapter in this endeavor. Our mentees, along with their parents, worked side by side with the brothers to wrap the gifts to give back to the community. After a splendid gift wrapping tutorial from Lucky Orphe, parent of 2 of the DC Rhinos, we wrapped and organized over 120 gifts in just under 2 hours!
Brother Burise and several others brothers of Kappa Psi Chapter delivered gifts to the students on December 21, 2017. The students and faculty were elated to see the brothers at their campus bearing gifts to brighten the holiday season for these students who are navigating this often cruel world with the additional burden of their various impairments. Each student was called by name to receive their personalized gift. The air was thick with excitement and gratitude.
Kappa Psi is especially proud of this year’s Toy Drive. Our impact this year was two-fold. We were able to both enhance the holidays for the River Terrace Students and show the mentees of the DC Rhinos Mentoring Program the importance and value of giving back.
Monday, January 15TH, 2018
Kappa Psi Chapter’s DC Rhinos Manhood Mentorship Event
Mentees Educated on the Prevention of Sexual Misconduct
The DC Rhinos Manhood Event on December 16th, 2017 at the Washington, DC fraternity house located at 1231 Harvard St. NW was another resounding success for Kappa Psi Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.’s DC Rhinos Mentorship Program. With support from the Aspire 2 Inspire Foundation, the Kappa Psi Chapter has developed this flagship mentoring program to positively impact the lives of young men in the DC area.
This event was guided profoundly by the spirit of our eternal shrine. The mentees were ushered into a comprehensive understanding of what it means to become good Black men. In a society that is designed to prevent their ascension into their Manhood such lessons are of paramount importance. Through a variety of exercises the mentees were bequeathed the gift of an implicit understanding of the behaviors befitting wholesome Black Men. Maximal interaction between mentees and their present examples of exceptional Black Manhood, the good brothers of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. present at the mentorship event, was facilitated by the design of leading Brother Brian Haley and his committee of Kappa Psi Chapter brothers. No topic essential to the mentees understanding of the full scope of the responsibility inherent to their burgeoning Manhood was left unexamined; financial literacy, chivalry, character, and upright, forward-looking behavior were the orders of the day.
Particular attention was paid to proper intergender behaviors. Given recent headlines and the nationwide coming into consciousness of the vast disconnect between the way women demand and deserve to be treated in and outside of the workplace, and the way that inferior men by and large choose to treat them, the brothers on the planning committee wisely planned to devote extra attention and effort to the dissemination of information regarding appropriate behaviors. The mentees participated enthusiastically in this discussion, reinforcing each other on excellent behaviors and denouncing misbehavior with vehemence and passion. One could feel attitudes shifting further towards benevolent respect of women under all circumstances even in those mentees who appeared to have come into the gathering with mainstream U.S. media influenced poor characterizations of the appropriate way of interacting with girls and women. Brothers also took special care to impart to the mentees the astronomically significant long-term impact of a college scholarship on life after university. Spiritual and emotional well-being were not excluded, and mentees were exposed to ideas about how to achieve and maintain pristine equanimity in various types of conflict.
During a concluding section called “Transformations,” Brother Haley presented the mentees with a series of useful mantra and poems for the maintenance of a positive psychology and an orientation towards achievement. The mentees were rapt by the brother’s recitations of “A Minute” by Brother Benjamin E. Mays and Edgar Guest’s “See it Through;” many took pains to transcribe copies of the poems to take home with them for further in depth study.
The futures these mentees have to look forward to are indubitably transformed for the better by the information gleaned during the proceedings. They were usefully inoculated against the wider American society’s persistent attempts to grow Black boys into something less than impeccable young Black men; this small dose of prevention will prove worth a pound of any later attempts at a cure. As the highly esteemed and venerated Frederick Douglass once said, “it is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.”
The DC Rhinos mentees have proven themselves again and again to be strong men in the making under the tutelage of the Omega men entrusted as their wardens. The manner in which the mentees quickly adopted the information they were given and began to discuss it amongst themselves, jockeying to be the one who most exhibited the greatest characteristics of Manhood as taught by the brothers, inspired great hope for the future. Long after they have departed from the day’s session these young men will carry forward these learned principles, spreading them out, expounding upon them, and living greater lives for it. In so doing they will uplift not just themselves but their race and their greater world.
The Scholarship Program is one of Omega Psi Phi’s mandated programs promote academic excellence among the undergraduate members. Graduate chapters provide financial assistance to student members and non-members in their respective communities.
The Founders of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. recognized the importance of the intellect in all matters pertaining to the advancement of humankind. As such, they made Scholarship one of the Fraternity’s four Cardinal Principles: Manhood, Scholarship, Perseverance, and Uplift.
Scholarship is no side issue – it is an integral and deep-rooted component of this organization. Every member, Chapter, and District of the Fraternity is dedicated to Scholarship. Thus, the Charles R. Drew Memorial Scholarship Commission (CRDMSC) was formed to give international recognition to future leaders of society and to foster scholastic achievement in the Fraternity.
Deadline for the Third District 2 March 2018.
The Scholarship Committee is now accepting Graduate and Undergraduate applications. The Scholarship Committee is encouraging all applicants to use this link to review the scholarship and grant guidelines for eligibility and complete an application packet to include a typed application, official transcripts and three reference letters. Deadline for applications is March 2, 2018.
2018 SCHOLARSHIP INFORMATION:
If you have any questions please feel free to contact me firstname.lastname@example.org or 571-221-5117.
Bro. Roderick Tasco
3rd District Scholarship Chair
The brothers of Omicron Kappa Kappa Chapter (OKK) celebrated Achievement Week with a series of community service projects and social activities that culminated with on Nov. 19 with chapter’s Achievement Week luncheon.
Third District Representative Bro. Kevin Brown, keynote speaker for the luncheon, delivered an inspiring message that centered on the Achievement Week theme: When World Calls, Omega Men Answer. Bro. Brown asked OKK brothers, rhetorically, if they would answer when the fraternity, their chapter and their community called. He went on to emphasize that Omega was founded on friendship, and that friendship is still the fraternity’s guiding principle. Bro. Brown admonished the brothers of OKK and their guests that friendship, true friendship, doesn’t come without cost.
Bro, Sekou Owens, outgoing chapter Keeper of Record Seal, received the OKK Omega Man of the Year Award. Other honorees were Bro. Rev. Dr. G. Eddie Patten, Founders Award, and Derrell Harris, Founders Award. Bro. Julian Purvis received an award for his work as Chairman of OKK’s 20th anniversary celebration, and outgoing Keeper of Finance Howard Ford III, who is relocating to South Carolina, was given an engraved brick in appreciation of his service to the chapter.
Carl Biggs, President, CEO and General Manager of Chemical & Engineering Services, a water treatment company based in Vienna, Va., received the Citizen of the Year Award.
Biggs was chosen his work in Haiti with the Community Coalition for Haiti (CCH) and his involvement in a number of other humanitarian projects as a board member of variety of organizations, including INOVA Health System, the John Leland Center for Theological Studies, First Portfolio Holding Corporation and Cardinal Bank and Washington First Bank.
Bro. Brown conducted the installation of officers for 2018. Officers are:
- Bro. Gordon Person Sr., Basileus
- Bro. Julian Purvis, Vice Basileus
- Bro. Mike Jones, Keeper of Records and Seal
- Bro. G. Eddie Patten, Keeper of Finance
- Bro. Steve Lewis, Chaplain
- Bro. Derryl Harris, Parliamentarian
- Bro. Roscoe Nance, Chapter Reporter
- Bro. Mike Welch, Keeper of Peace
Prior to the luncheon, OKK Chapter members worshipped at First Baptist Church in Vienna, Va., where Biggs is a deacon.
The Brothers of OKK answered their community’s call by visiting the Embry Rucker Shelter in Reston, Va., participating in Project GiveBack, an annual Thanksgiving food distribution project in Metropolitan Washington, D.C., area, and continuing the Chapter’s Adopt-A-Highway program. In addition to serving dinner at Embry Rucker, Brothers washed dishes and spent time conversing with the residents.
Other highlights of OKK’s Achievement Week celebration included participating in the Rededication Ceremony at Howard University during the fraternity’s Founders’ Day Program, participating in a Joint Happy Hour with Psi Nu, Psi Alpha and Pi Lambda Lambda Chapters and chapter members gathering at a local restaurant to watch Monday Night Football featuring the Miami Dolphins vs. the Carolina Panthers.
Brother Dr. Steven G. Johnson
Chairman, 3rd District Protocol Committee
Richmond, Virginia, Sunday, November 12, 2017, Upsilon Nu Chapter celebrated its Forty-Sixth Achievement Week Program. The Achievement Week Committee, co-chaired by Bro. Robert Lester and Bro. T.R. Darden organized a program that acknowledge not only the outstanding efforts of fiscal year 2016 - 2017 but some of the stalwart contributors of Upsilon Nu whose longevity to the Fraternity had to be recognized.
The program opened with “Lift Every Voice and Sing” all three stanzas led by Bro Wilbert Curtis. Normally only the first stanza is sung but we embrace the entire song stated Bro. Lester and Bro. Darden.
Basileus Bro. Jeff Tarpley welcomed brothers and guests to the Achievement Week program. He thanked the committee chairmen for their outstanding work and also the members of their committees who have sacrificed their time and in many cases their financial assets as well to support programs that have uplifted Richmond and the greater Richmond area stated Basileus Bro. Jeff Tarpley.
He also thanked his leadership team, Vice-Basileus Bro. Michael Swain, Keeper of Records and Seal, Bro. Jerome Jackson and Keeper of Finance Bro. Robert Brown Jr.
Upsilon Nu was awarded a proclamation “Upsilon Nu Day” in the City of Richmond, Virginia, for October 12, 2017.
Upsilon Nu presented the following awards during the Achievement Week program
Founders Award was presented to Bro. Wilbert Curtis
Omega Man of the Year was awarded to Bro. Michael Edwards
Superior Service Award was presented to Bro. Jarvis Wilson
Citizen of the Year Award was presented to Mr. Alfred Durham
National High School Essay Contest Winner Ms. Demya E. Preston
Images in Achievement
Article by Bro. Michael Edwards Pictures by Bro. Jerome Jackson
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 email@example.com
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)