Tau Rho Chapter, Third District, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc and its affiliate The Rappahannock Regional Scholarship and Uplift Foundation celebrated their 2018 Achievement Week Activities with three outstanding events; Their Achievement Week Banquet, The A.M. Banks Scholarship Fall Dance and The Student Academic Achievement Recognition Program. All three events are held annually. The banquet was on November 3rd, 2018 from 1pm to 3pm at the New Orleans Bistro, in Fredericksburg, Va. The A.M. Banks Scholarship Fall Dance was held later that night from 8pm to 12 midnight at The Fredericksburg Fraternal Order of Eagles Lodge and The Student Academic Achievement Program was held later in the week on November 7th, 2018 from 7pm to 9pm at the Old Walker-Grant School Board Office facility. Brother Meddie Brown, Tau Rho Chapter was the Committee chair and emcee for The Banquet and Student Awards program. Brother Melake Whyte II was the committee chair for the Fall Scholarship Dance. The key note address at the banquet was given by Brother, The Honorable Roderick C. Young, Federal Judge- Eastern District of VA. Tau Rho, Basileus Terry Lee presented a $500 Scholarship to Ms. Mikayla Smith of Caroline High School, winner of our 2018 Essay contest. In addition, Ms. Amber Blackett also of Caroline High School with a $100 2nd place award. The Achievement Awardees were: Bro. Pitman Rock, Superior Service Award, Bro. Thomas Parker Founders Awards, Bro. Johnny P. Johnson, Citizen of the Year Award. Brothers Parker and Johnson are Charter Members of Tau Rho 1964. The Omega Man of the Year awardee was Bro. Tracy Whitehurst. The A.M. Banks Scholarship Dance, co-hosted with our Foundation, The Rappahannock Regional Scholarship and Uplift Foundation, was very entertaining for all our Brothers and their guest. The dance raised almost $4000 towards our Annual Scholarship Funds. Finally, The Student Academic Achievement Program recognized over 80 Students from 18 different High schools in 5 counties within Tau Rho’s areas of responsibility who have maintained a 3.4 G.P.A or above. This event had over 150 parents, family members and friends in attendance.
Washington D.C.- On November 10, 2018, the District of Columbia, Chapters Achievement Week program was held at the La Fontaine Bleue, Koran Ballroom. This year's theme was "Omega Men, Effecting Positive Change In Communities Worldwide". On this cool fall afternoon, the ballroom was filled with brothers from the various chapters, family , friends and honored guest. The highlight of the afternoon was listening to this year's essay contest winner, Mr. Micah Jones- Senior, McKinley Technology High School. In addition, to of having a powerful and enlightening essay on the impact of Social Media on today's youth, he is our first male winner in many years! This was a grand event due to the outstanding work of the Achievement Week Committee under the leadership of Bro. Larry A. Brown, Chairman. Thus, the Washington DC Chapters proudly present the esteemed awardees for 2018 as follows:
Essay Contest Winner Mr. Micah Jones- Senior, McKinley Technology High School Citizen of The Year Ms. Mercedes N. Kirkland-Doyle- Founder & Executive Director of the Good News Community Kitchen Col. Charles Young Military Service Award Brother Ronald Fleshman- Alpha Omega Chapter Superior Service Award Brother Elijah Anglin - Alpha Chapter Chapter Brother Kevin Poplar - Kappa Psi Chapter Brother C. Delray Brown - Alpha Omega Chapter Founders Lifetime Achievement Award Brother Patrick Perry, Sr.- Kappa Psi Chapter Brother Roderick Von Watson - Alpha Omega Chapter Omega Man of the Year Award Brother James D. Walker II - Alpha Chapter Brother Kevin Poplar- Kappa Psi Chapter Brother Courtenay Miller-Alpha Omega Chapter
As the Brothers of Psi Alpha Alpha Chapter, Third District, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., prepared for the Thanksgiving Holiday, we again committed to uplifting two important communities in Fairfax County. The two communities we support annually are South Fairfax County Senior Citizens and Soldiers at Fort Belvoir, Virginia.
For over 20 years, Psi Alpha Alpha Chapter’s Social Action Committee has provided Thanksgiving baskets in the form of gift cards to senior citizens selected by the South Fairfax County Program Director, Neighborhood and Community Services, and Fort Belvoir families selected by the Chaplaincy. This year’s project involved providing $240 in gift cards for food to Fairfax County and $300 in gift cards for food to the Fort Belvoir Chapel – for a total donation of $540.
On November 19, 2018, our Basileus, Eric Kelly, Sr., and Basileus Emeritus Marion “Barney” Barnwell made the first presentation to U.S. Army Chaplain (Major) Douglas Weaver, the Resource Manager; and to Chaplain’s Assistant Specialist Levine, Fort Belvoir, Virginia. Chaplain Weaver will ensure deserving military families receive the $300.00 in gift cards through the chaplaincy so that they, too, can enjoy a well-deserved Thanksgiving dinner.
On November 20, 2018, at the Gum Springs Community Center, Ms. Cynthia Kennedy, Program Director, Senior’s Program, Department of Neighborhood and Community Services, received our gifts. Present at the donation was Basileus Emeritus Marion “Barney” Barnwell and Brother Kenneth M. Younger, Social Action Coordinator. Mrs. Kennedy was happy to receive our support again this year and will ensure that deserving senior citizens receive our donation of $240 in gift cards for food.
The Brothers of Psi Alpha Alpha Chapter are humbled as we support those less fortunate with $540 in food gift cards for Thanksgiving. We will also be giving another $540 donation to these same organizations for Christmas.
Fort Lee, VA - On November 1, 2018, the Fort Lee Brothers came together to recognize and celebrate with Delta Omega Chapter, Third District, Omega Psi Phi, Fraternity, Inc. on their upcoming 95th anniversary. The graduate chapter is located in Petersburg, VA and was established on December 14, 1923. Always showing a strong presence on and off Fort Lee, Delta Omega has enjoyed 94 years of dedicated service to the city of Petersburg and the surrounding communities. Having been founded in 1923, the chapter has overcome many adversities to reach new heights and has earned National Graduate Chapter of the Year at the 74th Grand Conclave, and Third District Chapter of the Year at the 73rd, 76th, and 77th Annual District Meetings. Our very own Third District Representative Brother Kevin Brown, was initiated in 1989 through this prominent chapter. The Fort Lee Brother and Delta Omega encourages all to go out and vote in this year’s election as your one vote truly matters. Congratulations again Delta Omega on your 95 years in the fraternity and may the Supreme Basileus continue to bless you on your next 95 years.
Greetings Brothers, The History and Archives Committee prays this season of thanksgiving and rededication has been enjoyable and uplifting. Last week's Monday Pearl referenced the seminal moment that gave life to our beloved Omega as described in the Dreer. An excerpt from this passage reads as follows: "They believed that college men united in this way, planning for each other and living for each other, had something to give mutually that the university could not give. The university might inspire them; but this.they believed only college youth could give to each other. Age, they knew, had a message for youth; but they believed also that youth had his own message for himself. Especially did they believe that Negro youth needed their idea." In December 1945, at the 31st Grand Conclave in Washington, D.C., the Fraternity took steps to acknowledge that youth not only had a message for himself, but for the direction and future of Omega, as well. As reported in the December 1945 Oracle, then Vice Grand Basileus John H. Calhoun, Jr. proposed a national program to revitalize and bring direction to an Omega program that at the time was experiencing waning support from the members, including District and Chapter leadership. VGB Calhoun knew that the well of enthusiasm and progressive thinking capable of charting Omega's future relevancy would come from its youth. Accordingly, he challenged our young Brothers to get more involved and formally introduced the concept of the "Junior Vice-Grand Basileus" in his proposed national program. At the 31st Grand Conclave the Fraternity elected its first Second Vice Grand Basileus, Dexter Dillard Eure, a member of Theta Psi Chapter at West Virginia State College (see Oracle article attached). Nine Brothers from the Third District have served as 2VGB, as follows:
6th: J. Heyward Harrison (Pi) 1953
7th: Howard C. Davis (Alpha) 1953-1954
11th: William T. Johnson (Nu Psi) 1957-1958
22nd: Christopher R.E.L. Dixon (Alpha) 1973-1974
24th: K. Earl Ferguson (Alpha) 1976-1977
30th: Alonzo L. Carter, Jr. (Gamma Epsilon) 1986-1990
33rd: Mark E. Jackson, Sr. (Delta Theta) 1994-1996
35th: Aaron E. Price (Omicron Gamma) 1998-2000
40th: Jamin A. Powell (Zeta) 2008-2010
Read More - First Second at 31 in 45 Make it a great week Brothers! F.I.E.T.T.S. 3rd District History and Archives Committee
Greetings Brothers of the Mighty 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.
A celebration rooted in history, this American holiday began with a proclamation from George Washington in 1789. Thanksgiving recalls the humble gratitude of our ancestors for the freedom and abundance of a new world at a time when their very survival was anything but certain. We give our thanks for their courage and perseverance in building the strongest and most generous democracy the world has ever seen.
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 assisting me in maintaining 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 our programs run smoothly. The Basili for guiding their perspective Chapters to success.
Additionally, I am also thankful for the support of our families and friends throughout the year. I hope you all enjoy the spending special time with your love ones over the holiday season. Please know that I deeply appreciate your dedicated service to our Fraternity and uplifting our communities. Long-live the Third District and long-live The Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. Have a blessed and safe Thanksgiving and holiday season.
Brother Kevin Brown
29th Third District Representative
NORFOLK, VA—Lambda Omega, Zeta Iota, Gamma Xi and Sigma Kappa Kappa chapters of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. celebrated the achievements of their respective members, community leaders and high school essayists at a joint banquet celebration on November 17. The annual event was held in the banquet facility of the Kroc Center Hampton Roads in Norfolk, VA. Brother Dr. Leroy Hamilton, the Provost of Norfolk State University, served as emcee. The keynote address was given by Brother Delegate Cliff Hayes of the Virginia House of Delegates representing the 77th District and a member of Sigma Kappa Kappa. The luncheon was the culminating event of a week of activities that kicked off with a joint worship service on November 11 at Grove Baptist Church in Portsmouth, VA. Fraternity members celebrated Omega Psi Phi’s 107th birthday at a rededication ceremony at Norfolk State University’s Nursing and Health Sciences Building on November 16.
Norfolk-based Lambda Omega Chapter presented its Founders Lifetime Achievement Award to Bro. Zack Rogers, and Brothers Faheem Boyd and Anthony Hood are their Superior Service recipients. The chapter recognized Delegate Jay Jones of the Virginia House of Delegates’ 89th District, as their Citizen of the Year. Bro. Renaldo D. Barber, the Basileus of Lambda Omega is their Omega Man of the Year. Zeta Iota, located in Portsmouth, selected Ron and Roxanne Peterson, as its Citizens of the Year. The couple owns a Chick-Fil-A franchise in midtown Portsmouth and support a wide number of programs in the community. Bro. Arthur C. Williams is their Omega Man of the Year. Va. Beach’s Gamma Xi Chapter recognized Bro. Judge David J. Whitted of Chesapeake’s Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court as its Citizen of the Year. The Founders Lifetime Achievement Award went to Bro. Fred Foard. Bro. John Jessup is their Omega Man of the Year and Bro. LCDR James Sandifer, (USN) received the Col. Charles Young Military Leadership Award. Chesapeake’s Sigma Kappa Kappa Chapter presented Bishop Kim Brown, pastor of Mount Lebanon—The Mount—in Chesapeake as its Citizen of the Year. Bro. Brian “Jay” Glover received the Founders Lifetime Achievement Award, and Omega Man of the Year honors went to Bro. Stanley Barner, Jr. Bro. J. T. Fisher was recognized for Superior Service.
The Joint Achievement Week (JAW) $1000 award for best essay written by a high school senior went to Jasmine Gilliam of I. C. Norcom High School in, Portsmouth. The topic was “How has social media impacted today’s youth, and what influence does it have on their future?” A $500 second place award went to Justis T. Fisher who attends Churchland High School in Portsmouth. The members of the JAW committee were Brothers Kenneth Edmond, Michael Mitchell, Michael Williams, and Stanley Barner, Jr. Bro. Renaldo Barber is the Basileus of Lambda Omega, Bro. Hank Mabry heads Zeta Iota, Gamma Xi is led by Bro. Dr. Keenan Davis and Sigma Kappa Kappa by Bro. Kodi Fleming.
On November 17, 2018 the brothers of the Psi Alpha Alpha (PsiAA) chapter, Third District, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. in conjunction with the Bernie L. Bates Foundation gathered to celebrate our individual and collective accomplishments from the 2017 to 2018 Omega Year. The banquet was held at the elegant Waterford at Springfield where two hundred and ten brothers, family members, guests and friends were treated to an afternoon of elegance, fine dining and the acknowledgement of excellence. Brother Marvin Chisolm served as the Achievement Week Committee Chairman and coordinated an afternoon of elegance and excellence. As his last official event the PsiAA Immediate Past Basileus, Brother Craig M. Spraggins hosted the lunch banquet. The current PsiAA Basileus Brother Eric W. Kelly, Sr. closed out the banquet with words of thanks and an empationed-plea for continued financial support of the Bernie L. Bates Foundation. Brother James Cherry expertly served as the Master of Ceremonies and Brother (Major General-Retired) Barrye L. Price treated the audience with inspiring words on the Achievement Week theme: “Omega Men: Effecting Positive Change In Communities Worldwide”.
The lunch event gave all in attendance the opportunity to formally recognize and celebrate the following awardees: Omega Man of the Year, Brother Tony A. Wells; The Founders Lifetime Achievement Awardee, Brother Marion L. Barnwell; The Superior Service Awardee, Brother Hector Sheppard Jr.; the Colonel Charles Young Military Leadership Awardee, Brother Chester B. Keller and the Citizen of the year Mr. Roane Harris. Special recognition was also afforded to several brothers celebrating a fraternity service anniversary:
BROTHERS CELEBRATING A FRATERNITY SERVICE ANNIVERSARY
|65||Brother John L. Peoples, Sr.|
|60||Brother James T. George|
|50||Brother Joe D. Howze|
|35||Brother Gilbert McManus|
|35||Brother Norris Middleton|
|35||Brother James C. Smith|
|25||Brother Gene A. Hudson|
As always, we used this elegant opportunity to highlight the youth in our community. The audience was treated to a piano recital from our 2018 Talent Hunt winner Miss Kayla Anthony. As a special treat, our high school essay contest winner Miss Taveona Rosemond-Francis presented her thought-provoking and winning essay.
The Fairfax County Ques kicked off our Achievement Week activities on Election Day by supporting the Grand Basileus’ voter registration, education and mobilization call to duty by supporting the polling station at the Walt Whitman Middle school in the Mount Vernon area of Alexandria (click here). On November 9th, the chapter co-hosted the 2nd annual Northern Virginia and DC area Ques Pre-Achievement Week happy hour with the Brothers of the Kappa Psi, Omicron Kappa Kappa and Pi Lambda Lambda chapters (click here). On November 11th, we continued to fellowship by worshiping together and supporting the Mount Calvary Baptist Church’s Veterans Day Program. We also conducted our first “Reading for Success” program event of the year at the Riverside elementary school; reading one book and providing twenty-five books to every 3rd grade student (click here). After the banquet more than thirty brothers car pooled down to Howard University to participate in the annual rededication ceremony. The 2018 PsiAA Chapter Achievement Week events were a resounding success due to the effort of the committee and but more important due to the participation from the Fairfax County Ques, their families and friends.
The Psi Alpha Alpha Chapter, Third District, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. on the 6th of November 2018 participated in the mandated program of Voter Registration, Education, and Mobilization. This mission was to ensure that the community were fully engaged in the critical areas of civic responsibility by assisting at the Walt Whitman Middle School (election polls) from 3pm to 7pm. The chapter's primary objective was to increase Fairfax County minority voters and increase voter turnout effort, comply with National and District Voter Registration Education and Mobilization (VREM) guidelines plus highlight actions and voter suppression tactics and policies that adversely impact the African American or minority community. While doing this great service, it provided the brothers an opportunity to fellowship with each other and distributed bottle water and snacks as the voters entered and exited the polling place.
There were several Psi Alpha Alpha Chapter brothers who participated in making this a tremendous event a success, to include a visit from Brother Harvey L. Woodson Jr. (Chairman, Third District Social Action Committee). The Psi Alpha Alpha Chapter continue to look forward to engaging in uplifting and providing scholarship to the community regarding VREM.
Fairfax County, VA. 2018 has been and continues to be a great year for the Progressive Psi Alpha Alpha Fairfax County Ques.
The Psi Alpha Alpha Chapter, Third District, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. on the 9th of November 2018, in conjunction with three other local chapters (Kappa Psi, Omicron Kappa Kappa, and Pi Lambda Lambda) kicked off the 2018 Achievement Week festivities. The brothers of Psi Alpha Alpha, conducted a joint happy hour at Jolley’s Restaurant and Lounge in Alexandria, Va. It was a great success, as over 100 people attended. Short speeches of gratitude by each chapter’s representative were given. Hors d’oeuvres and cake displaying all the participating chapter names were provided. The goal of the joint happy hour was to help energize the brothers and give a great kickoff event for all the planned activities of the week as well as have the brother’s network and discuss ideas.
The Psi Alpha Alpha Chapter followed the Joint Happy Hour with another spectacular event on 15 November. The Psi Alpha Alpha Ques attended a joint QFL event. As usual, Psi Alpha Alpha showed up and helped make the event a great success. The event provided another opportunity for the brothers to come together and fellowship.
There were over thirty brothers in attendance at the local Buffalo Wild Wings. Hors d’oeuvres were served while we watched the Seattle Seahawks beat the Green Bay packers in a thriller.
Moving forward, due to the great turnout, popularity, and enthusiastic reviews of the event, we recommend we continue this effort.