Upsilon Nu Supports Adopt-A-Street

RICHMOND, Virginia, Upsilon Nu conducted it’s quarterly Adopt-A-Street clean-up program in downtown Richmond. Upsilon Nu has been conducting this program for over ten years.

The Adopt-A-Street is designed to help clean up Richmond. Individuals, organizations and businesses adopt a street, intersection, lot, park, most anywhere. The participants agree to keep the area cleared of litter for at least two years. The program is a partnership between the city of Richmond and it’s merchants, organizations and residents.  The Adopt-A-Street program creates a cleaner, more pleasant environment for everyone who lives, works and shops in the adopted areas.

The program also strengthens community ties as neighbors and merchants work together to keep Richmond clean. Many times Brothers have brought members of their families to participate in the clean-up. “It is good for our children to see these types of efforts and community give back”, says Bro. Johnson, a member of the committee. Upsilon Nu as part of it’s commitment to this program has adopted two streets, 2nd Street and West Duval Street.                      

 

Article by Bro. Michael Edwards                               Pictures by  Jerome Jackson

All About the Mothers and Not the Benjamins

Submitted by Bro. Paul R. Green II, Alpha Iota Chapter Editor
Story by Bro. Keith Wilson, Alpha Iota Chapter Mentorship Co-Chairman
Photos: Bro. Keith Wilson, Alpha Iota Chapter Mentorship Co-Chairman
Mentorship

SUFFOLK, VA— Wednesday May 9, 2018, The Golden Fold - Suffolk in conjunction with Alpha Iota Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. had their regular session at the Taylor Bend Family YMCA of South Hampton Roads located in Chesapeake, Virginia. The Golden Fold - Suffolk

It was the Golden Fold Mother’s Day Session; the Young Leaders served their mother dinner, and handed out gifts. The Mothers of the Young Leaders were very appreciative of having the Young Leaders served them. The guest speaker for the Mother’s Day Session was our very own Young Leader Malik Harrison, his topic was My Hero. He spoke about how his mother was his Hero. He was ask to give his definition of Success his answers was to make his mother proud and happy.

The Golden Fold - Suffolk is the youth mentorship program of Alpha Iota Chapter of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., an international nonprofit social and civic service organization that has over 700 chapters with 100,000 members in 14 countries worldwide.  AI’s Golden Fold - Suffolk serves the greater community of Suffolk City Virginia by offering community service projects, field trips, college lectures, and university tours on the weekends.  The Golden Fold - Suffolk serves approximately 20 students from middle school to graduating seniors in high school in the Suffolk city community.

Alpha Iota (AI) is a graduate chapter of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., an international nonprofit social and civic service organization that has over 700 chapters with 100,000 members in 14 countries worldwide.

Since the chapter’s founding in Western Tidewater Region in Virginia in 1939, AI has supported public and community events across the region benefiting scholarship, health promotion, youth mentorship, citizenship, and social action. Alpha Iota (AI) was recently named the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Incorporated District Chapter Runner up Mentoring Award.

Alpha Iota serves Suffolk, VA and the surrounding cities of Coastal Virginia.

Conduct Yourselves Accordingly

Submitted by Bro. Paul R. Green II, Alpha Iota Chapter Editor
Story by Bro. Keith Wilson, Alpha Iota Chapter Mentorship Co-Chairman
Photos: John Cotton, Alpha Iota Basileus
Mentorship

SUFFOLK, VA— Wednesday, April 25, 2018, The Golden Fold - Suffolk in conjunction with Alpha Iota Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. had their regular session at the Taylor Bend Family YMCA of South Hampton Roads located in Chesapeake, Virginia.

This session involved Officer Chris Washington of Virginia Beach Police Force teaching our Young Leaders  to be honest citizens. Officer Washington gave the Young Leaders different scenarios police officers face with on a daily basis.  He also explains that you should be in compliance and show no defensive gesture towards cops to keep the situation at minimum. The officer explains to the Young Leaders how to present themselves if pulled over by an officer, and gave the Young Leaders a chance to be and officer called to a problem reported by another citizen. The goal of this session was to keep our Young Leaders out of the criminal justice system.

The Golden Fold - Suffolk is the youth mentorship program of Alpha Iota Chapter of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., an international nonprofit social and civic service organization that has over 700 chapters with 100,000 members in 14 countries worldwide.  AI’s Golden Fold - Suffolk serves the greater community of Suffolk City Virginia by offering community service projects, field trips, college lectures, and university tours on the weekends.  The Golden Fold - Suffolk serves approximately 20 students from middle school to graduating seniors in high school in the Suffolk city community.

Alpha Iota (AI) is a graduate chapter of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., an international nonprofit social and civic service organization that has over 700 chapters with 100,000 members in 14 countries worldwide.

Since the chapter’s founding in Western Tidewater Region in Virginia in 1939, AI has supported public and community events across the region benefiting scholarship, health promotion, youth mentorship, citizenship, and social action. Alpha Iota (AI) was recently named the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Incorporated District Chapter Runner up Mentoring Award.

Alpha Iota serves Suffolk, VA and the surrounding cities of Coastal Virginia.

Omega Day Of Caring (ODOC)

Saturday, May 5, 2018

Submitted by Bro. Paul R. Green II, Alpha Iota Chapter Editor
Story by Bro. Keith Wilson, Alpha Iota Chapter
Photos: John Cotton, Alpha Iota Basileus
Social Action Program

SUFFOLK, VA— Saturday, May 5, 2018, The Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc. Alpha Iota Chapter of Suffolk, Virginia conducted community service at the home of Brother Sylvester Jones (Omega Chapter).

The brothers of the Alpha Iota Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., gathered at the home of our Omega Chapter Bro. Sylvester Jones and perform maintenance to the residence of his surviving widow, Ms. Margaret Jones. The services rendered consisted of washing her car, mowing the lawn, weed eating and pressure washing her windows. Ms. Jones was very thankful for the brothers of Alpha Iota Chapter coming out and showing that we cared.

In addition, upon completing Ms. Jones’ tasks, the brothers assembled at our Adopt-A-Spot located on the Corner of E. Washington St. and North 5th St. to keep Suffolk beautiful. On the corner is a historic marker that reads, “Here stood the Nansemond Collegiate Institute, founded in 1890 as the Nansemond Industrial Institute by Rev. William W. Gaines to provide local black children with an education, because free public schools were closed to them. Eventually the institute offered elementary, secondary, and normal school courses of instruction. In 1927 a public school for black students was opened; competition for students and a series of disastrous fires forced the institute to close in 1939.” Alpha Iota Chapter takes pride in keeping the spot and plot presentable.

Social Action Programs are mandated by the fraternity. Chapters participate in activities that will uplift their communities. Some of the activities include: voter registration, Assault on Illiteracy; Habitat for Humanity; mentoring; and participation in fundraisers for charitable organizations.

Alpha Iota (AI) is a graduate chapter of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., an international nonprofit social and civic service organization that has over 700 chapters with 100,000 members in 14 countries worldwide.

Since the chapter’s founding in Western Tidewater Region in Virginia in 1939, AI has supported public and community events across the region benefiting scholarship, health promotion, youth mentorship, citizenship, and social action. Alpha Iota (AI) was recently named the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Incorporated District Chapter Runner up Mentoring Award.

Alpha Iota serves Suffolk, VA and the surrounding cities of Coastal Virginia.

Bro. Keithon Grigsby hard at work in his coveralls.

Bro. Keith Wilson mowing Ms. Jones’ yard.

Brothers of the Alpha Iota Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. along with Ms. Margaret Jones. (L-R) Bro. John Cotton, Bro. W. Ross Boone, Bro. Keithon Grigsby, Bro. San Antonio Crosby, Bro. Roosevelt Brown, Bro. Reginald Wright, Bro. Telly Green, Bro. Victor Archie, Bro. Stanley Pittman (Social Action Programs, Chairman) and Bro. Keith Wilson along with Ms. Margaret Jones.

Bro. San Antonio Crosby giving guidance to Bro. Keith Wilson.

Bro. Roosevelt Brown working at the Car Wash.

Bro. San Antonio Crosby preparing to load the mower as Bro. Victor Archie looks on to assist.

Nansemond Collegiate Institute Historic Marker © 2010 MarkerHistory.com

900 Men Strong Breakfast

Submitted by Bro. Paul R. Green II, Alpha Iota Chapter Editor
Story by Bro. James Blow, Alpha Iota Chapter
Photos: Calvin Oliver
Scholarship

Norfolk, VA— Saturday, April 14, 2018, the Second Calvary Baptist church, Norfolk, Virginia, hosted its Seventh Annual 900 Men Strong Breakfast., the Alpha Iota Chapter of Omega Psi Phi – Suffolk, VA was represented.

On April 14, 2018, The Second Calvary Baptist church, Norfolk, Virginia, hosted its Seventh Annual 900 Men Strong Breakfast.  The breakfast boast men from across the Hampton Roads area who serve as role models of success for young men who attended.  There was a conglomerate of law enforcement officials, local businessmen and members of Greek Letters Organizations.  This year’s keynote speaker was the current host of “The NFL Today” on CBS, Mr. James Brown.   He spoke positively to the students on overcoming adversity through both scripture and his personal life experiences.  Mr. Brown is also an ordained minister who lives in the Washington, DC metropolitan area.

The Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., an international nonprofit social and civic service organization that has over 700 chapters with 100,000 members in 14 countries worldwide.  Alpha Iota’s - Suffolk serves the greater community in the city of Suffolk, Virginia by offering community service projects.

Alpha Iota (AI) is a graduate chapter of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., an international nonprofit social and civic service organization that has over 700 chapters with 100,000 members in 14 countries worldwide.

Since the chapter’s founding in Western Tidewater Region in Virginia in 1939, AI has supported public and community events across the region benefiting scholarship, health promotion, youth mentorship, citizenship, and social action.

Alpha Iota serves Suffolk, VA and the surrounding cities of Coastal Virginia.

200 Plus Scholars Breakfast

Submitted by Bro. Paul R. Green II, Alpha Iota Chapter Editor
Story by Bro. James Blow, Alpha Iota Chapter
Photos: Calvin Oliver
Scholarship

VIRGINIA BEACH, VA— Saturday, May 12, 2018, The Golden Fold - Suffolk in conjunction with Alpha Iota Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. attended the 200 Plus Scholars Breakfast at the Virginia Beach Convention Center in Virginia Beach, VA.

It been twenty-one years of Honoring Academic Excellence of the Hampton Roads 200 Plus Scholars Breakfast. The Golden Fold - Suffolk had two of its Young Leaders that were a part of this outstanding event, Young Leader Lewis Gatling and Young Leader Lamond Johnson-Taylor. Alpha Iota Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.,  would like to congratulate these two Young men in attendance for their hard work and dedication for achieving a 3.0 or better GPA. We commend each Young Leader for achieving their goals that were set out for their  educational career. Also in attendance was Brother Stafford Brown, Jr. He represented his alummata, University of Virginia and in addition, he is a member of Alpha Iota Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.

The Golden Fold - Suffolk is the youth mentorship program of Alpha Iota Chapter of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., an international nonprofit social and civic service organization that has over 700 chapters with 100,000 members in 14 countries worldwide.  AI’s Golden Fold - Suffolk serves the greater community of Suffolk City Virginia by offering community service projects, field trips, college lectures, and university tours on the weekends.  The Golden Fold - Suffolk serves approximately 20 students from middle school to graduating seniors in high school in the Suffolk city community.

Alpha Iota (AI) is a graduate chapter of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., an international nonprofit social and civic service organization that has over 700 chapters with 100,000 members in 14 countries worldwide.

Since the chapter’s founding in Western Tidewater Region in Virginia in 1939, AI has supported public and community events across the region benefiting scholarship, health promotion, youth mentorship, citizenship, and social action. Alpha Iota (AI) was recently named the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Incorporated District Chapter Runner up Mentoring Award.

 

Alpha Iota serves Suffolk, VA and the surrounding cities of Coastal Virginia.

“The New Men For Progress” Scholarship Winners

Submitted by Bro. Paul R. Green II, Alpha Iota Chapter Editor

Story by: John Cotton, Alpha Iota Chapter Basileus

Photos: Unknow

Scholarship

Chesapeake, VA— Saturday, April 28, 2018, The New Chesapeake Men for Progress Education Foundation, Inc. hosted their 10th Anniversary Achievement and Scholarship Awards Breakfast.

On Saturday, April 28th 2018, The New Chesapeake Men for Progress Education Foundation, Inc. hosted their 10th Anniversary Achievement and Scholarship Awards Breakfast.  Their primary focus is to provide positive male role models for young Black males in the Chesapeake School system.  Dr. Whitley had three scholarship recipients under his tutelage.(left to right-Herman Saleau, Micah Dixon and Kendric Hurdle) the efforts demonstrated by these students to achieve this status are in keeping with our principles of Perseverance, Scholarship and Uplift.  Manhood is just around the corner.  The keynote speaker was Don. J. Carey, III Safety, for the Detroit Lions Football Team.  His speech provided the students with a positive outline for success in school, their chosen profession and life.

The Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., an international nonprofit social and civic service organization that has over 700 chapters with 100,000 members in 14 countries worldwide.  Alpha Iota’s - Suffolk serves the greater community in the city of Suffolk, Virginia by offering community service projects.

Alpha Iota (AI) is a graduate chapter of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., an international nonprofit social and civic service organization that has over 700 chapters with 100,000 members in 14 countries worldwide.

Since the chapter’s founding in Western Tidewater Region in Virginia in 1939, AI has supported public and community events across the region benefiting scholarship, health promotion, youth mentorship, citizenship, and social action.

Alpha Iota serves Suffolk, VA and the surrounding cities of Coastal Virginia.

Eastern Area II Koinonia Service

Psalms 133:1

Submitted by Bro. Paul R. Green II, Alpha Iota Chapter Editor

Story by Bro. Keith Wilson, Alpha Iota Chapter Mentorship Chairman

Photos: Bro. Keith Wilson

Eastern Area II Koinonia Service

SUFFOLK, VA— Sunday, April 29, 2018, The Alpha Iota Chapter of Omega Psi Phi – Suffolk, VA in conjunction with Eastern Area II, comprised of Alpha Iota, Lambda Nu, Sigma Kappa Kappa and Zeta Iota Chapter(s),of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., had its Fifth Sunday Koinonia Service at the East End Baptist Church, Suffolk, Virginia, where the Senior Pastor is Dr. Wayne D. Faison. The guest speaker for the women’s conference was Rev. Dawn Michelle Williams. The topic was A Rise and Shine coming from the book of Isaiah chapter 60: verse 1.

The Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., an international nonprofit social and civic service organization that has over 700 chapters with 100,000 members in 14 countries worldwide.  Alpha Iota’s - Suffolk serves the greater community in the city of Suffolk, Virginia by offering community service projects.   

Alpha Iota (AI) is a graduate chapter of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., an international nonprofit social and civic service organization that has over 700 chapters with 100,000 members in 14 countries worldwide.

Since the chapter’s founding in Western Tidewater Region in Virginia in 1939, AI has supported public and community events across the region benefiting scholarship, health promotion, youth mentorship, citizenship, and social action.

Alpha Iota serves Suffolk, VA and the surrounding cities of Coastal Virginia.

Brothers from Eastern Area II, Alpha Iota, Lambda Nu, Sigma Kappa Kappa and Zeta Iota Chapter(s), Koinonia Service at East End Baptist Church, Suffolk, VA.

Upsilon Nu Supports Mobile Truck

RICHMOND, Virginia, Thursday, May 24, 2018, Upsilon Nu continued its partnership with Mobile Food Truck to feed members of the Churchill Hill Community. This program is conducted bi-monthly by the chapter. Upsilon Nu helps unload the food trucks, set-up food stations and assists in the distribution of food to those in the community.

This community effort normally provides several hundred families with an assortment of food items that includes canned vegetables, meats, soup, crackers and personal hygiene products. Most of those in line are women with their children and we are seeing more elderly as well, The Brothers arrived at the site at 10:30 am and normally finish at 1pm or until the food supplies are exhausted. Today we provided food for over two hundred families (200) before our donated food supplies were depleted.

The food distribution program fills a vital need for so many in the Richmond community whom are having difficult times economically. “I feel so blessed that this program exists and helps me and my family” stated one of the participants. It is just hard sometimes and food cost so much, this really is a blessing. These sentiments were held by most in attendance. Though this event is held during the middle of our work day, I am gratified to see the Brothers rearrange their work schedule where they can to come out and support he community like this,” stated chapter Basileus Jeff Tarpley. For us it is gratifying to be known and accepted by the community.

Submitted by Bro. Michael Edwards                               Pictures by Bro. Jerome Jackson

85th Third District Health Care Forum

Third District Health Seminar

The Third District of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Incorporated held its 85th District meeting at the Marriott at City Center in Newport News, Virginia, April 12-15, 2018 under the leadership of Brother Kevin Brown, District Representative.  The district meeting was hosted by the chapters in Eastern Area III: Alpha Alpha (AA), Zeta Omicron (ZO), Kappa Iota Iota (KII), and Zeta Mu Mu.  The four-day meeting kicked off on Thursday afternoon with a free Health Seminar.  The seminar was part of a combined Social Action project for the brothers in the district that raised and donated $500 and hygiene products to The Menchville House, an emergency housing facility for homeless families, and to the Avalon Center, a domestic violence shelter for women and children.

The Health Seminar was one hour long and free to the public.  Brother Azar Allen (AA) and Brother Cameron Mix (ZMM) co-chaired the event.  The seminar consisted of a panel of three people, all members of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Incorporated, and all very versed and educated on the topics of preventative medicine and healthy diets.

The panel members were Brother Dr. Mark Innis (ZMM), Emergency Medicine Physician; Brother Charlie Hill (AA), Prostate Cancer Survivor and Enthusiast; and Brother Dr. Anthony Hayes (ZO), Primary Care Physician.  The seminar was held in a town hall format with each panelist sharing from his perspective; questions and answers came from the floor as well. Brother Dr. Mark Innis spoke from the emergency medical care perspective.  He said that when it comes to prostate checks and rectal exams, “it’s not a sexual thing, it’s just a part of the examination.  Doctors don’t look forward to that part of the examination any more than the patient does, but it is necessary.”  He also shared some programs that can help people get the medication they need at a reduced cost.  For instance, Walmart has a $4 prescription program for generic medicine.  You can perform an internet search for Walmart $4 program and find a PDF listing of the prescription medications available. He mentioned a program called Good Rx, and shared that Harris Teeter offers free antibiotics.  None of these programs are income based.

Brother Charlie Hill spoke primarily on the topic of prostate cancer.  He told when you should start getting checkups and exams, why you should do so, and the importance of also knowing your family health history and how all that plays a part in preventative medicine.  He also answered the question, “does having a positive prostate diagnosis or cancer affect your sex drive or ability to perform?”  Brother Hill answered, saying no; medicine has evolved to help with that.  In Brother Hill’s closing words, he suggested that if you have any health or medical issues that you should wear a bracelet with your medical information on it so in case of emergency, a doctor can immediately know your medical history.

Brother Dr. Anthony Hayes spoke on preventing and living with diabetes, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol. Brother Hayes said, “the number one thing we neglect is our diet.”  He told the story of a study that was done on some men in Africa that lived off the land and didn’t eat the processed food that we eat here in America, and how they did not have cancer. But when they came to the United States they would change their eating habits and would get sick with cancer.  He said the movie, “What the Health,” was a real eye-opener and addressed/made some very good points.  Dr. Hayes’s closing remarks listed some foods that we should eat and some foods that we should stay away from such as; 1. Eat fruit; 2. Eat vegetables- green leafy vegetables; 3. Plan our meals; 4. Exercise; 5. Sleep 8 hours a day; and 6. Be conscious of our portion sizes.  Some things he said to stay away from are:  1.Transfat; 2. Granola; 3. An abundance of yogurt; 4. Limit your juice intake- juice is very high in sugar; 5. stay away from simple carbs; and 6. avoid processed food.

The Health Seminar was very informative and well-received; the information was invaluable.  For this to have been the kickoff event for the 85th  Annual Third District Meeting, it not only set the tone for the weekend, but it showed, based on the members of our panel and their respective titles, that our cardinal principles of this great fraternity: manhood, scholarship, perseverance, and uplift, continue to shine through.

 

Written By: Brother Cameron Mix