DR’s Thanksgiving Day 2017 Message

Greeting my Brothers of the Third District,
As we prepare for Thanksgiving and the holidays that follow, we should pause and reflect on the many blessings that we enjoy with our loved ones, our freedoms as Americans, and the privilege of serving our great Fraternity!
Thanksgiving Day is a day for family reunions and thanking God for his infinite blessings and bountiful harvest. Marked on the fourth Thursday in the month of November every year, Thanksgiving Day is a significant festival of the United States of America, considered to be amongst the top six annual holidays of the country. Luxurious traditional meals, colorful parades, holidaying, exciting sport games, and partying are the most common customs observed on this auspicious festival. The entire country can be witnessed as a grand carnival time as this three-day occasion draws closer. Families and friends do not miss a chance to greet their loved ones the very best wishes of this day. In my case, I have much for which to be thankful.  I’d like to start by thanking you, the Brothers of the Third District!
So, at a time when we traditionally give thanks, allow me to thank you all for your hard work in helping to keep our District functioning effectively and efficiently.  I, for one, am thankful for our District Leadership.  The Executive  Council, for helping me lead and maintain good standards, order and discipline.  The Former District Representatives for always providing me with excellent mentorship and guidance.  The District Committee Chairmen, for making sure all the programs run smoothly.  The Basili for guiding their perspective Chapters to success.
On behalf of the Executive Council, please have a wonderful and safe Thanksgiving Holiday!
In Friendship,
Brother Kevin Brown
District Representative
(c) (757) 477-0470
(e-mail) kbomega@verizon.net

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.

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

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.

 

DR’s Veterans Day 2017 Message

Good Brothers of the Third District,
On this Veterans, Day let us remember honor, pride, and freedom our veterans brought to our country by paying respect and homage to their great sacrifices and also by sending wishes and messages that will show them how grateful and honored we are for having them in our lives and in our communities!
Putting on a uniform and leaving your family behind to serve your country creates a lifelong bond among veterans, same with our Brothers. Veterans fight for their fellow vets and measure commitment in actions, not just words. Being a veteran myself, I am also particularly mindful of the meaning of Veterans Day. We should never forget the sacrifices made by our veterans and their families. But we should especially remember them today. God bless you, and God bless the United States of America.
Let’s celebrate them by telling their stories.  Let’s help those who need it, while supporting their strength and resilience.  And let’s honor our veterans by creating new opportunities for them to contribute after their service, so they can continue making a difference in the world.
Veterans, I salute you for giving up everything, so that I can have everything. To the entire Brotherhood who served and are still serving – thank you.  Thank you for everything you’ve done for our country.  You’re among the best our nation has to offer.  God bless you and your families, and happy Veterans Day.
Yours in Omega,
Bro. Kevin Brown
District Representative
(c) (757)477-0470
(e-mail) 3rdDistrictDR@OPPF.Org

Omega Stars Academy Program

Richmond, Virginia Saturday October 21, 2017 Upsilon Nu Chapter and Phi Phi chapter as part of their Joint Mentoring program, took fourteen members of the Omega Stars mentoring program to the premiere of the movie “Marshall”. This outing is just part of the enrichment portion of the Omega Stars mentoring program. Brothers Jamal Hill and Patrick Patrong representing Phi Phi and Upsilon Nu respectively are the custodians of the program.

As we take the kids to movies like this, we are very much aware that this is where the work begins, because they don’t have the context of what the movie is about, we are well aware they will not get the context in their schools. So the challenge lies on us to expose them to as much as possible and at the same time educate them on what they are seeing and the impacts of what they are seeing.

“We were trying to expose the students to a lesser known part of Thurgood Marshall’s life. The story reflected on accepting challenges with the associated work required to succeed against the odds. And also to demonstrate that even though Mr. Marshall made great sacrifices to achieve some of his successes, he realized he could not do it alone” , stated Bro. Patrong. There are currently 20 males in the program, of which 14 were able to attend the movie and get a chance to hang out with the brothers. Next up the participant will be working on a social action program in November.

 

Article by Bro. Michael Edwards                                          Pictures by Bro. Patrick Patrong

Sigma Mu Mu’s Blood Drive Helps Save Lives

Loudoun County, VA — On October 15, 2017, the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc., Sigma Mu Mu Chapter,held its annual Dr. Charles R. Drew Blood Drive. The Brothers partnered with the Inova Blood Donor Services Center of Sterling,Virginia. The initial goal was to have 17 donors give blood. However a total of 26 donors signed up. Almost half of the donors were members of the community who walked in after being encouraged to volunteer by Brothers outside of the building. Inova officials appreciated and recognized the good work of Sigma Mu Mu for bringing in so many donors. This is important because donors are needed now more than ever. The demand for blood is increasing while blood donation levels are decreasing.

The Inova Blood Donor Services Center supplies lifesaving blood and blood products to 24 different hospitals in Northern Virginia and throughout the Washington metropolitan area. They also work with national and international redistribution organizations. The Inova team looks forward to and is eager to again work with Sigma Mu Mu at next year’s blood drive.

Once again, Sigma Mu Mu demonstrated its commitment to service in Loudoun County. By leading this worthy effort to raise awareness of the need for an increase in the blood supply, the Brothers helped to save live