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.

OKK Talent Hunt Contestants Give Stellar Performances

By Bro. Roscoe Nance

RESTON, Va. – A variety of vocal talent was on display at the 2018 Omicron Kappa Kappa Chapter Talent Hunt on March 16 at Centreville (Va.) High School.

Ana Cajayon, a senior at Centreville High who was performing publicly for the first time, won first prize and represented OKK in the Third District Talent Hunt. Cajayon performed Feeling Good Nina Simone.

Tyrus Pincham, a junior at McNamara High in Washington, D. C., claimed second place with his rendition of Jesus, You’re The Center of My Joy. Centreville High senior Ricardo Avalos placed third. Avalos, the 2017 first-place winner, performed My Way (A mi Manera) by Il Divo in Spanish.

Bro. Cornell Huddleston was Master of Ceremonies for the program.

Lambda Omega’s Fatherhood & Mentoring: (Feb – Jun 2018)

LAMBDA OMEGA CHAPTER | MALE YOUTH ACADEMY| Norfolk, VA, February—June 2018

The Lambda Omega Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Incorporated for years has conducted a fatherhood mentoring program better known as the Male Youth Academy. The MYA’s mission is to be a premier youth mentoring program by partnering with students, parents, schools, and community stakeholders to provide a unique academic and social environment that empowers and prepares youth to succeed in their academic, social, and career endeavors. Our goal is to provide young men the confidence and social tools needed to approach many of the distractions that may affect their ability to achieve their personal and academic goals.

At the beginning of the second school semester, the Lambda Omega Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Incorporated developed a partnership with the administrative team and Southside Stem Academy at Campostella located in Norfolk, Virginia. This partnership resulted in the development and implementation of a revamped Male Youth Academy mentoring program. This year the focus was placed on young men that demonstrated the potential to become young scholars, but did not have access to resources and guidance.

Through the collaboration between Lambda Omega and Gamma Xi Chapters (Virginia Beach graduate chapter), our Male Youth Academy partnered with the Golden Fold mentoring program sponsored by Gamma Xi Chapter. The Carter G. Woodson Lecture Series schedule of activities and topics included:

  1. Lesson From History
  2. Building Your Inner Hero
  3. Mentored By Millionaires
  4. A Stronger Village

These sessions were held on the fourth Tuesday during the months of February thru June, facilitated by guest speakers and business leaders from the Hampton Roads community. To augment this series, the Lambda Omega Male Youth Academy would meet on the Saturday prior to the fourth Tuesday of each month. The Male Youth Academy’s Saturday sessions served as a “lead in” to the Woodson series to prepare the participants those sessions.

Outside of the Carter G. Woodson lecture series and the Saturday sessions held at the Omegas of Norfolk fraternity house, participants from the MYA also attended the 900 Men’s Breakfast sponsored by Second Calvary Baptist Church. The scholarship and community service award event was held at the Chesapeake convention center. Brother Anthony Knight sponsored several tables for the MYA participants and chaperones.Mr. James Brown, Network Broadcaster for CBS Sports and News was the keynote speaker for the event. There were over eight hundred black males and youth in attendance.

On Thursday, June 14, the administration of the STEM academy allowed the chapter to come in and host a closing ceremony for the eighteen MYA participants at the school, inviting their parents. Each young man who participated in the program received a certificate from the chapter. “We can confidently say that a solid foundation has been re-established for the program moving forward” says MYA coordinator Bro. Jerome Bynum.

Bro. Bynum plans to continue reaching out to the young men over the summer to keep them involved. On Monday, July 2 the chapter has provided tickets to attend the Norfolk Tides baseball game with young men who participated in the spring academy session. The MYA is scheduled to resume during the spring semester.

Lambda Omega Chapter is a graduate chapter of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Incorporated, an international non-profit social and civic organization that has more than 700 chapters with more than 100,000 members in 14 countries worldwide.  Lambda Omega has a prolific tradition of supporting and collaborating with organizations on a local and national level to uplift and stimulate humanity. The chapter was chartered in Norfolk, Virginia in November of 1920 by five college graduates, under the administration of Grand Basileus Raymond G Robinson. Those five men were Elihue Burke, Walter C. Fulford, Dr. G. Hamilton Francis, Lafayette Howell, and Euric S. Peters.

DR’s Fourth of July Message 2018

Greetings Brothers of the Third District,
On this day, we celebrate the birth of our nation by spending time with Good Brothers, Friends, & Family at cookouts, going to parades, and watching fireworks. It’s also important to reflect on the significance of this day, when we declared Independence and stood up for the dignity and Freedom of Man. This is a day for us to relax, but it’s also a day to reflect on those brave Americans that helped shape our nation…it’s a day for us to reflect on how we can best uphold the same ideals of life, liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness that drove our founding fathers to sign the Declaration of Independence on July 4th, 1776.
As much as we each enjoy the traditions, Independence Day is, most of all, an opportunity to reflect on the true meaning of our citizenship. The Declaration of Independence makes it clear. To be American, is about much more than the place we call home. To be an Omega Man, it’s a deeply felt commitment to higher principles: liberty, equality, opportunity, and self-governance.
On the Fourth of July, we are grateful for the blessings that freedom represents and for the opportunities it affords. We are thankful for the love of our family and friends and for our rights to think, speak, and worship freely. We are also humbled in remembering the many courageous men and women who have served and sacrificed throughout our history to preserve, protect, and expand these liberties.
On behalf of the District Council, I wish you all a happy and safe Fourth of July. Enjoy your celebrations, but also remember the reason we celebrate. Let us remind ourselves that we must cherish and protect our freedom. Also, let us thank and remember those who have sacrificed to defend our liberty and our rights as human beings—our veterans and service members! That essence has permeated our land and inspired generations of Americans to explore, discover, and redefine the outer reaches of our infinite potential. It has become the foundation of the Omega Dream!
In Friendship,
Brother Kevin Brown
District Representative
(e-mail) kbomega@verizon.net

Delta Omega – The Male Protégé Program

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On Saturday, June 2, 2018, at the C. R. Tarrance Family Life Center in Petersburg, VA, the Male Protégé Program (TMPP) held it’s annual year-end celebration for the 2017-2018 TMPP class.  TMPP is celebrating its 17th year of mentoring young men in the Tri-Cities and surrounding areas of Central Virginia.  This year's celebration highlighted the achievements and contributions of 19 young men, who were engaged in activities through TMPP encompassing community service, academic excellence and personal growth through mentoring.

The young men came from the following area schools: Petersburg High, Matoaca High, Prince George High, Thomas Dale High, Atlee High, Dinwiddie High, Vernon Johns Middle, Life Christian Academy, Fairfield Middle and the Appomattox Regional Governor's School (ARGS).  This year also featured four graduating seniors: Cameron Irions (Matoaca High School, attending George Mason University), Stephen Patrick Jones (ARGS, attending Hampton University), Herman Jay Robinson (Matoaca High School attending Hampton University), and Michael Allen (Prince George High attending James Madison University).  Each of our seniors have been part of TMPP during their entire high school tenure and were each awarded a scholarship in the amount of $1000.00 to help offset the financial requirements of their academic pursuits.  Mr. Michael T. Bass Sr., Chairman of the Delta Omega Foundation, Inc. (DOFI) and Mr. Remus James, President of Delta Omega Chapter presented the scholarships on behalf of the DOFI.

The keynote speaker at this year’s banquet was Dr. Michael M. Shackleford, Vice President of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management at Norfolk State University.

 

Sigma Kappa Kappa Prayer Breakfast

Sigma Kappa Kappa Chapter and its affiliate the Chesapeake CROP Foundation, hosted its first annual Scholarship Prayer Breakfast on Saturday, June 16, 2018 at the JT Fisher Banquet Facility located in Chesapeake, Virginia. The Foundation honored two outstanding scholars from the City of Chesapeake Public Schools. Sigma Kappa Kappa Chapter and the Chesapeake CROP Foundation were also joined by guest Congressman Bobby Scott, who brought greetings, Delegate Bro. Cliff Hayes and Dr. Patricia King of the City of Chesapeake School Board. Bro. Dr. Melvin Cotton Jr. brought a truly uplifting message, speaking from the book of Ezekiel. But the prayer breakfast focus was to highlight and honor the accomplishments of our shinning scholars Mr. Quentin Holmes and Ms. Dariele Norman.

Quentin is a graduating senior at Oscar Smith High School with hopes of attending VA Tech or Virginia State University in the fall, majoring in electrical engineering.  This young man is graduating with a 4.1 and has excelled in his academic and personal pursuits.  As the great grandson of Tuskegee Airman William R. White, Quentin has hopes of becoming an aviator.  Wasting no time, he has already begun this path; as he is currently a pilot in training with several hours of flying already under his belt.  A member of the OSHS Air Force JROTC, the Math National Honors Society, the OSHS Chamber Orchestra, the OSHS Swim team and a green belt and junior instructor at Isla Ohana Kempo Karate studio, Quentin has distinguished himself as an exemplary student and all-around great young man.

Dariele is a graduating senior at Deep Creek High School with hopes of attending Eastern Mennonite University in the fall, majoring in nursing.  This young lady is graduating with a 4.6 GPA and has truly excelled in her academic and extra-curricular activities.  As active outside of school as she is in, she has already accomplished a great deal.  Being a recipient of the Girl Scout Silver Award, the Presidential Bronze Volunteer Award and DCHS’s Principal’s Academic Award, she has demonstrated her commitment to excellence.  Being a part of the National Honor Society, the DCHS Student Council Association, the DCHS Science & Medicine Academy, and volunteering at the Major Hilliard Library and the Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters, Dariele has demonstrated her commitment to service. She too is an exemplary student and an all-around wonderful young lady.  The foundation was able to provide each student with $1000 in scholarships each.

The Chesapeake Community Resource Opportunity Project (CROP) Foundation was established in 2016 as a 501(c)(3) non-profit, public charity, organized exclusively for charitable and educational purposes. Comprised of Omega Psi Phi men from Chesapeake’s Sigma Kappa Kappa (SKK) Chapter, the Chesapeake CROP Foundation was founded around three themes:  1) raising funds for scholarships for at risk students to assist with college expenses; 2) hunger and malnutrition relief for families; and, 3) mentoring young people to help them realize their fullest potential.  The Foundation’s mission is to create a community in which all children and young adults living in Hampton Roads have the tools to grow and thrive.  The Foundation believes that by nourishing the minds, bodies, and souls of children today, we can create stronger communities for tomorrow!

Though a relatively new organization, the CROP Foundation has set out to have an immediate impact on community of Chesapeake, Virginia.  Its activities to date have included:  provided 50 turkeys to low income families for Thanksgiving in 2016 and 2017 respectively; provided dozens of pounds of food to local food charities in 2016 and 2017 respectively; co-sponsored a Red Cross blood drive in 2016; sponsored a Community Day at Johnson Park providing food to local children in 2016; staging voter registration drives around the Hampton Roads area; and in June 2017, the CROP Foundation provided their first Scholarship of $1000.00 to Ms. Shanice Morgan of Oscar Smith High School towards her studies at Roanoke College .The Foundation’s board of directors, officers, and committee members are made up entirely of volunteers, committed to improving the lives of our children. The Foundation advocates for and supports those who need its help. Please the CROP Foundation, the men of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., from the Sigma Kappa Kappa Chapter, either through volunteering or donating, as we continue this good and honorable work.

Donate to the Chesapeake CROP Foundation:

https://www.paypal.me/chesapeakecrop

 

President and Chair of the Board of Directors

Will D. Bronson, Jr., currently serves as a Deputy Associate Administrator in the U.S. Department of Justice’s, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP).  Starting his career working as a state juvenile probation/parole officer in the City of Petersburg, VA, and then in the City of Norfolk, VA; Will went on to work for several VA state agencies as a Program Manager, to include, the VA Office of Comprehensive Services and the VA Department of Criminal Justice Services. Will founded this organization and is committed to improving the lives of youth throughout Hampton Roads, VA.

Director

C.E. “Cliff” Hayes, Jr., serves as the Information Systems Manager for the Chesapeake Sheriff’s Office. He served as a member of the Chesapeake City Council from 2004 - 2012 and was recently elected to represent the 77th House District in the VA General Assembly.  He is an ardent supporter of senior citizens rights, healthy alternatives for youth, public safety, technology, job creation/retention, and the Chesapeake City school system.

Secretary and Director

Kodi Fleming is a past Executive Director of Communities in Schools of Hampton Roads where he was responsible for leading a nonprofit organization that spans throughout the Hampton Roads area, providing wraparound services for students in elementary through high school. He has been involved in community service activities throughout his professional career and is committed to improving the lives of youth in Hampton Roads, VA.

Treasurer and Director

William Morgan currently serves as a licensed Financial Representative for Primerica, a public financial services company. In addition to his financial services expertise, William also has a strong background in working with children and families, having served as a Clinician with the Virginia Beach Department of Health Services (VADHS) and as a Family Service Specialist, also for VADHS.  William has been involved with supporting community engagement efforts for children for years and is devoted to improving the lives of children in the Hampton Roads area of Virginia.

Director

William D. Walker currently serves as a qualified mental health provider (QMHP) for Crestar Health, providing mental health services for at risk youth in the Hampton Roads, VA region.  William is also the co-owner of RBF Security Solutions.  William has been involved with child development programming for many years having previously worked as a juvenile detention specialist for the City of Chesapeake and is committed to strengthening the communities of Hampton Roads for all residents.

Pi Lambda Lambda Supports Prince William County Relay for Life event

P_R_I_N_C_E_ _W_I_L_L_I_A_M_ _C_O_U_N_T_Y,_ _VA_— _May 20, 2018 

Pi Lambda Lambda (PLL) chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. supported Relay for Life of Prince William County, VA by donating $6,220.00. This amount garnered PLL "Gold" team status as of the day of the event.  This project was conducted countywide.  PLL partners annually with the Prince William County chapter of the American Cancer Society to provide a team of support personnel, assist in soliciting donations, and individual Brothers and family members make up the team of participants during the actual relay.  This year the capstone event occurred at Stonewall Jackson High School in Manassas, Virginia. Congratulations to Pi Lambda Lambda Chapter’s Brother Raymond Bell, Basileus (President), the Executive Council, Social Action Committee chaired by Brother Keith Breland and Brother Vernon Campbell, Vice Basileus and Chairman, Relay For Life Committee, a sub-committee under Social Action.The entire PLL team performed exceptionally in their assigned roles.

Relay for Life is the signature fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. Relay is staffed and coordinated by volunteers in thousands of communities and 27 countries. Volunteers give of their time and effort because they believe it's time to act against cancer. Relay is a team fundraising event where team members take turns walking around a track or designated path. Each event is 6-24 hours in length and each team is asked to have a member on the track at all times to signify that cancer never sleeps. Cancer patients don't stop because they're tired, and for one night, neither do we. Each team sets up a themed campsite at the event and continues their fundraising efforts by collecting donations for food, goods, games, and activities. This money will count towards their overall team fundraising goal. Relay for Life is a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization and all donations are 100% tax deductible.

A special thank you to all the donors that donated online or paid by check to Relay for life.  We would like to thank Pi Lambda Lambda Chapter Brothers for their support annually.  Brother Robert Clements with $500 and Brother Joseph Boutte with $400 were our largest member donors. Grafton-Hill Inc was our largest corporate donor with $1000 donated. Over the past 10 years, Pi Lambda Lambda Chapter has donated over $130,000 to the Prince William County Relay for Life event.

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

Pi Lambda Lambda Sponsors Reclaim a Que Cigar Social

P_R_I_N_C_E_ _W_I_L_L_I_A_M_ _C_O_U_N_T_Y,_ _VA_— _May 18, 2018 

Pi Lambda Lambda (PLL) chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. sponsored an event hosted by the Reclamation & Retention (R&R) Committee Chairman Brother Craig “Smoke” Turman, and Ron Blanch co-chairmen along with committee members Ronnie Palmer, Eddie Stephens, Warren Stewart, and Damon Augustine.  The committee did a fantastic job interacting with the brothers, ensuring that all that attended had a great time.

The event at the Babylon Sports Bar in Woodbridge, Virginia, supported the R&R committee’s mission of increasing the chapter’s active participation roster by 20% by reclaiming all known members in the local area. Ultimately the intent is to increase chapter strength to 200 financial members, and to strive for retention of brothers for lifelong involvement in efforts to be in the service of our fraternity and community.

A special thank you to all brothers (well over 40) who attended the event. In addition to members of PLL, brothers from other local chapters including Psi Alpha Alpha (Fairfax Co.), Sigma Mu Mu (Loudoun Co.), and individual at-large brothers joined us for this social. We are pleased to announce that on that night four brothers made commitments to join Pi Lambda Lambda chapter.

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 and Photographs by Eddie A. Stephens, Jr., Pi Lambda Lambda Chapter Editor