Each One Bring One: Get Reclaimed Now!

Our service to our community can best be accomplished by the aid of talented, competent Brothers, willing to roll up their sleeves and carry out the true mission of Omega.

I hope we can count on you to reactivate your standing with the Fraternity today.

Click now to view - 3rd District Reclamation Chairman List

Greetings Brothers

We are excited to provide tools and resources for you to use to make Omega better for all of us.  Be sure to select the Reclamation Chairman link to view the list of 3rd District Chairman.  This page will be update frequently so check back often.

Overall the Reclamation and Retention Committee is focused on three main areas.

• Providing resources to the Fraternity to engage active and inactive brothers
• Establishing goals and metrics for the Chapters and Districts to maintain and
grow membership.
• Increase awareness through marketing and social media.

Make no mistake retention and reclamation is the duty of every Brother and it is going to require some effort from all of you.

Did you know that only 1 out of every 5 Brothers pay dues beyond their Initiation fees?  Many Brothers claim to love our Fraternity, still participate in social Omega activities, and "represent" Omega through paraphernalia, friendships, etc. yet are not active and financial with their local chapter.  Essentially these Brothers are pulling out all of the things that they like about Omega and abandoning the rest.  Why not take advantage of your FULL Omega?

Is this what you promised Omega when you took the Oath?
When you sought out Omega your letter of intent had a list of all of the things you would BRING to the fraternity and the value you would ADD. . .

Doesn’t Omega deserve your best?
No Brother can go back and change what their Omega has been but all of us can start today and determine what our Omega experience will be.  An organization that has survived for more than 100 years doesn’t happen by accident . . .

Are you Done Already?
I implore you, my Brothers to use the same enthusiasm exhibited to join this great fraternity to maintain and grow it.  The way to "fix" all that is wrong with Omega is to get involved.  Remember "Running from it will not save you!!"

Omega has kept its promise, will you?
We are excited to provide additional tools and resources for you to use to engage the Brotherhood and make Omega better for all of us.  We don’t have all of the ideas, so please continue to share with our committee so we can get the word out.  You have the opportunity to lay the foundation for our next 100 Century of achievement. . .

In Friendship and Fraternity,

Reginald Parker
3rd District Reclamation Chair
3rddistrictreclamation@gmail.com

Third District History and Archives Monday Pearl 2/18/19 – Zephaniah



Greetings Brothers,
Beginning in 1940, eight men thoroughly immersed in the true and dynamic Omega spirit unapologetically trained Omega's programmatic sites on social action and the fight for equality and civil rights. From 1940 to 1961, Looby, Johnson, Penn, Murray, Reynolds, Potts, Tucker, and Newton occupied the Office of Grand Basileus and each advanced through edict and example purposeful and unveiled engagement in the cause.
Zephaniah Alexander Looby was the first of these great men to manifestly articulate the Founders' notion of service. In this week's Monday Pearl, the H&A committee pulled together a few articles from the 1926, 1960, 1961, and 1973 Oracles (articles combined in the attached file) chronicling Looby's example, personal sacrifice, and lasting contribution. We hope you find a little UPLIFT therein.
Read More - Looby
F.I.E.T.T.S.
3rd District History and Archives Committee
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The Monday Pearl is provided by the Third District History and Archives Committee and is a weekly sharing of fraternity content, commentary, and research of historical value we hope Brothers will enjoy and from which Brothers will draw inspiration. Previous "Pearls" can be found at http://3rddistrictques.org/about-us/overview/monday-pearl/. The Committee encourages your feedback. Should you have reactions, comments, information, anecdotes, documents, and the like, related to any of the content we share, we'd very much like to hear from you. Please send all communication to 3dhistoryandarchives@gmail.com.

Upsilon Nu Omega Academy Mentoring

Richmond, Virginia Saturday February 2, 2019, Upsilon Nu chapter came out to support and serve as judges for the Delta’s 29th Annual Oratory Contest. The competition drew over two hundred students who participated in the competition. With the supporters and family members the gym was standing room only. Since its inception, thousands of students have competed. The theme this year was Listen: To a New Generation: Our Future Speaks.

Submitted by Bro. Michael Edwards                                     Pictures by Brother Michael Edwards

Upsilon Nu Chapter High School Support Deltas Oratory Contest


Richmond, Virginia Saturday February 2, 2019, Upsilon Nu chapter came out to support and serve as judges for the Delta’s 29th Annual Oratory Contest. The competition drew over two hundred students who participated in the competition. With the supporters and family members the gym was standing room only. Since its inception, thousands of students have competed. The theme this year was Listen: To a New Generation: Our Future Speaks.

This annual contest provided students with an opportunity to develop and receive recognition for their public speaking skills. Contestants were judged based on a set of criteria that measured their creativity, demonstration of intellectual thinking, and positive expression in an original written and oral presentation of the annual theme. Upsilon Nu has become a supporter of the annual event. It is a part of the Social Action Committees programming. Ms. Vanessa Evans, Vice President for Membership Services, worked with Brother Michael Edwards to outline the nature of the partnership. The Annual Oratorical Contest was presented to Social Action Chairman, Brother James Hunter, and his committee for approval.

It was wonderful to watch these young people as they lined up in the hallways practicing their presentations. There was a buzz throughout Franklin Military Academy, as the classrooms filled up with excited contestants. I was really impressed by the numbers of schools that attended the event and the enthusiasm shown by the contestants. “We look forward to supporting this event and extending our relationship with this effort,” stated Brother George Goldsborough.

The contestants are judged on several categories, such as Originality of the body of work, Delivery, Poise, Interpretation and Eye Contact, to name a few. “This year I was one of the judges for the 11th through 12th grade students from the various schools. I must say, the students came prepared and ready to compete. “You can tell that someone has been putting in long hours with these students; their performances were at a very high level,” stated Brother. Michael Edwards.

Submitted by Bro. Michael Edwards                                                            Pictures by Brother Michael Edwards

Third District History and Archives Monday Pearl 2/11/19 – The Tenor of Omega



Greetings Brothers,

Most of us have heard the name Roland Hayes (1887-1977). Some of us may even remember that he was one of the early elected (honorary) members of the Fraternity. A smaller number of us may be aware of Brother Hayes' talent and renown. And, an even smaller number of us have actually experienced his gift. I'm not sure how many of us are left, but I suspect a modest few are aware of the character of the man that likely qualified him for membership. This week's Monday Pearl attempts to present to some and introduce to others the Omega in Brother Hayes.

Resolute, courageous, patient, persistent, and principled was Brother Hayes. He was one of the world's greatest tenors of all time, while also personifying the tenor of Omega. As many Omegas have done over the course of history, Brother Hayes buckled the foundation of injustice, inequality, discrimination, and Jim Crowism only to see the walls it supported eventually fall. Hayes performed all over the world to diverse audiences in some of the most storied venues, including Carnegie Hall. Nevertheless, despite his acknowledged virtuosity, he was never afforded the opportunity to perform at the historic Metropolitan Opera House (the Met) due to the color of his skin. The attached article (outlined in purple) appeared in the November 19, 1938 edition of the Pittsburgh Courier and chronicles Hayes' stoic resolve to rise above the ignominies of his time. (Best viewed by downloading the file and opening it from a location on your hard drive. Viewing the file in a web browser may not work well.)

If you've never heard Brother Hayes sing, have a listen https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TFOsVxQ_SmY (best heard with a nice pair of noise-cancelling headphones or good speakers - don't sell Brother Hayes short). In 1925, Brother William Stuart Nelson described Brother Hayes' talent in this way - 

The greatness of Roland Hayes lies in the fact that through his songs, of whatever composer and in whatever tongue they may be, he bares his own soul and unfolds the story of a race. The Negro must give to the world not only his song but his soul. He has his gift to the world but to present it successfully he must speak a varied language. He must play upon the instrument that every people offers. Negro poets will sing of their own joys and sorrows but more than that they will strike the full chords of human emotion, interpreting not only racial but universal feeling. His painters and sculptors will take for their subjects the scenes and folk of their native land, but also, they will paint the blue skies of the Riviera, Italian sunsets, Neapolitan life. They will see the Jungfrau and Mount Blanc and returning carve out of marble the greatness, the bigness, and the Godlike things they have seen in the mountains.
Read More - TenorOfOmega

Make it a great week Brothers.

F.I.E.T.T.S.
3rd District History and Archives Committee
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The Monday Pearl is provided by the Third District History and Archives Committee and is a weekly sharing of fraternity content, commentary, and research of historical value we hope Brothers will enjoy and from which Brothers will draw inspiration. Previous "Pearls" can be found at http://3rddistrictques.org/about-us/overview/monday-pearl/. The Committee encourages your feedback. Should you have reactions, comments, information, anecdotes, documents, and the like, related to any of the content we share, we'd very much like to hear from you. Please send all communication to 3dhistoryandarchives@gmail.com.

CALL TO ACTION: ASALH Luncheon Volunteers Needed

Brothers,

Volunteers needed to support the ASALH Luncheon event on 2-16-19.

Brothers please serve as a volunteer at the 93rd Annual ASALH Luncheon on Sat, Feb 16, 2019 at the Washington Renaissance Hotel, 999  9th Street, NW, WDC.  Call time for volunteers is 9:30 AM for the Authors’ event at 10:00 AM and the luncheon at 12:00 noon until approx. 2:30 PMTicket not required to volunteer. 

The Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) Luncheon happens every February to celebrate the life, history and culture of African American achievement. We are in need of Brothers to volunteer for this event.

The assistance needed involves serving as host/greeters for the luncheon which includes securing the doors, crowd control, directional assistance for guests and other ways to facilitate logistics for the luncheon.
CLICK HERE TO VOLUNTEER
Location:

The Renaissance Washington, DC Hotel

999 9Th St NW
Washington, DC 20001-4427
(202) 898-900
Attire:

Brothers are requested to wear their official Omega attire (Black Suit (no stripes or other designs on the suit), White Shirt, Purple Tie, Black Shoes and Black Socks) to the luncheon.

Purchase Tickets:

Tickets begin at $115 at ASALH.ORG (click on link for further information)

https://www.eventbrite.com/o/association-for-the-study-of-african-american-life-and-history-183042017

Fraternally,

Brother Dr. Steven G. Johnson
4-08-AΩ
Chairman, 3rd District Protocol Committee
Omega Liaison for ASALH
202-754-1390
sgjohnson65@gmail.com


Brother Kevin Brown
Third District Representative
Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.

Third District History and Archives Monday Pearl 2/4/19 – Three Laws of History



Greetings Brothers,
During the 57th Grand Conclave in Atlanta, GA (1976), between the report of the Grand Keeper of Records and Seal and the election of officers, International Public Relations Committee Chairman, Leo M. Zinn, hosted a panel discussion themed, Black Activity in America."  Panelists, Jesse Hill, Jr., President of the Atlanta Life Insurance Company, Benjamin E. Mays, President Emeritus of Morehouse College, and Donald L. Hobson, Common Pleas Court Judge, reflected on the history of blacks in business, religion and education, and law and politics. The H&A Committee hopes you find the attached transcript a worthwhile read.
Read More - Three Laws of History
F.I.E.T.T.S.
3rd District History and Archives Committee
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The Monday Pearl is provided by the Third District History and Archives Committee and is a weekly sharing of fraternity content, commentary, and research of historical value we hope Brothers will enjoy and from which Brothers will draw inspiration. Previous "Pearls" can be found at http://3rddistrictques.org/about-us/overview/monday-pearl/. The Committee encourages your feedback. Should you have reactions, comments, information, anecdotes, documents, and the like, related to any of the content we share, we'd very much like to hear from you. Please send all communication to 3dhistoryandarchives@gmail.com.

CHERRY LEAVES BOARD GRATEFUL TO HAVE SERVED HIS ALMA MATER

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Dr. Byron L. Cherry Sr. (B.S. ’82) has had a life-long relationship with Norfolk State University. As a youth. As a student. As an alumnus. As a donor. As Board of Visitors Rector.

Although Cherry sounded the gavel as BOV Rector for the last time in December, ending his seven years of service, he’ll continue to support his alma mater.

As a student, Cherry learned some tough lessons, but through the guidance of his professors and participation in ROTC, he was able to get his education on track.  Norfolk State also gave him the chance to meet his wife Josephine (Benson) Cherry ’83, whom he’s been married to for 35 years. “I always give credit for what NSU did for me. Not sure if I would have been afforded the same opportunity at any other institution,” said Cherry. “I am ever grateful for faculty and administrators who saw something in me that they cared enough to mentor and to push me to do better!”

After graduating, Cherry went into the military, served for 26 years and retired at the rank of Colonel in the U.S. Army. He also went on to earn two master's degrees – from Troy State University and the National Defense University – and a Ph.D., in Organizational Leadership from Regent University. Cherry is a long-time supporter of Norfolk State. He and his wife are members of the University’s Emerald Society.

Cherry was first appointed to the Norfolk State University Board of Visitors in 2012 by then-Governor Bob McDonnell to serve out the term of Peter G. Decker Jr. McDonnell reappointed him in 2013 to a four-year term. Cherry, who was elected BOV rector in March 2016, was reappointed to a second four-year term in 2017 by then-Governor Terry McAuliffe. It was his experiences at NSU that made him want to give back to the University. “It was an unbelievable feeling. Who would have imagined that I, this kid from Norfolk, Virginia, who attended NSU would later have the opportunity to serve on the BOV and then become its Rector? God is truly good!”

As a board member, Cherry, a lifetime member of the NSU Alumni Association Inc., found that being an alumnus had its advantages. “You have an understanding of the culture and atmosphere of the University, and you want your institution to exceed and be competitive,” said Cherry. “When I look at what we did as a Board, no one person deserves any credit. We were a team, and we worked well together.” That is not to say that everything was perfect. “We were more like a family and in a family you had disputes among your brothers and sisters, but at the end of the day, we always did what was best for the family, or in this case the institution.”

With his board service behind him, Cherry hopes that people will remember this: “That I gave 100% to the institution I love and I gave my best,” he said.  “Again, I am grateful for the opportunity to serve on the board at my alma mater, and it was a good ride!”

Third District History and Archives Monday Pearl 1/28/19 – To All Thy Precepts



Greetings Brothers,
While doing some archiving, the H&A Committee came across the attached report of activities submitted by Lambda Omega Chapter to the 1955 Third District Conference. To the initiated it is much more than a report of activities; it is a conveyance of the Omega Spirit and a mosaic of the Omega value system. In this regard, the report is timelessly relevant and keenly instructive.

When reading the report you are likely to notice the several appeals to exceptionalism and proportionate disassociation with the mediocre. Lambda Omega reports on its Achievement Week speaker, the accomplished civil rights attorney and long time member of Phi Phi Chapter, Brother Oliver W. Hill. Lambda Omega's recognition of Vivian Carter Mason for outstanding civic achievement was also telling. Mrs. Carter was a staunch advocate for gender and civil rights as well as an ardent supporter of universal education. She served as an influential president of the National Council of Negro Women (NCNW) from 1953-1957. She is well-known for founding the Women's Council for Interracial Cooperation in communities such as Norfolk and Arlington, Virginia in 1945. Mason also founded the Committee of 100 Women, which allowed for underprivileged children of color in New York City to attend summer camp for free (Wikipedia). Finally, consistent with its legacy of firsts, the storied chapter reports on it being the first graduate chapter to contribute to the Century Club. Conceived by 21st Grand Basileus Grant Reynolds, the Century Club was a fundraising initiative implemented to benefit the Omega Shrine Building Fund.

Although all great stuff, perhaps the greatest of all was the chapter's prioritization of fellowship.

Read More - 1955 Lambda Omega Chapter Report

Make it a great week brothers.
F.I.E.T.T.S.
3rd District History and Archives Committee
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The Monday Pearl is provided by the Third District History and Archives Committee and is a weekly sharing of fraternity content, commentary, and research of historical value we hope Brothers will enjoy and from which Brothers will draw inspiration. Previous "Pearls" can be found at http://3rddistrictques.org/about-us/overview/monday-pearl/. The Committee encourages your feedback. Should you have reactions, comments, information, anecdotes, documents, and the like, related to any of the content we share, we'd very much like to hear from you. Please send all communication to 3dhistoryandarchives@gmail.com