LAMBDA OMEGA CHAPTER TALENT HUNT

On Sunday, March 18, 2018, Lambda Omega Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., Lambda Omega Scholarship, Talent Hunt and Social Action Foundation and Pi Gamma Chapter, Norfolk State University held its annual Talent Hunt Program. The event was held at Second Calvary Baptist Church. Dr. Geoffrey V. Guns is Senior Pastor.

The Omega Talent Hunt was created in the Fraternity's Sixth District (North and South Carolina) in 1945. The first district talent hunt was held in Charlotte, North Carolina on April I 9, 1946. The need for such a program was born out of the unequal opportunities afforded to some American youth to develop and give full expression to their talents. Many of the participants are money poor, but rich in talent. This program provides exposure, encouragement, and financial assistance to talented young people. Currently, some participants at the national level are awarded scholarships.

The Lambda Omega Scholarship, Talent Hunt and Social Action Foundation is committed in its search for outstanding talent in the Greater Hampton Roads area to present and expose to our audiences. We want you to enjoy these outstanding performers and express your appreciation for their hard work and dedication to excellence. The Lambda Omega Scholarship, Talent Hunt, and Social Action Foundation is a 50l(c)3 organization and all donations to the foundation are tax deductible. Pi Gamma Chapter is the undergraduate chapter chartered on the campus of Norfolk State University in 1962. These young men of Omega serve as mentors and role models in the Hampton Roads community. Their participation in numerous service projects enhances the quality of life throughout the region. The chapter is recognized nationally and internationally as one of the outstanding undergraduate chapters in the fraternity. Many brothers of Lambda Omega Chapter were initiated into the fraternity as undergraduates of Pi Gamma Chapter.

The results of the competition are as follows: First place $500.00 prize was awarded to Ava Shedd of Grassfield High School who performed her rendition of “Concerto No. 5 in minor”, 1st Movement composed by violinist Henri Vieuxtemps. Second place $400.00 was awarded to vocalist Donte' Thompson, Churchland High. Third place $300.00 prize was awarded to vocalist Jaelin Mitchell, B.T. Washington High. Fourth place $100.00 prize was awarded to trumpetist Austin Wall, Norcom. All contestants received certificates of participation.

The judges for this program were Mr. Elston S. Fitzgerald, Jr., Mrs. DeVaughn Scott-Smith, and Ms. Keara Smith. Brothers representing Pi Gamma Chapter served as ushers for this program. Bro. Jerome Bynum serves as chairman of the foundation, the Talent Hunt committee, and also presided over the program as the emcee.

The Lambda Omega Scholarship, Talent Hunt and Social Action Foundation, along with Lambda Omega Chapter, and Pi Gamma Chapter of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Incorporated, deeply appreciates the cooperation of all contestants, teachers. parents,' accompanists, and adjudicators who made this program possible. A special thanks to Ms. Anita Pearson for the photography.

TALENT HUNT CONTESTANTS: (L-R) front row: Donte Thompson, Ava Shedd; back row: Jaelin Mitchell, and Austin Wall “Music produces a kind of pleasure which human nature cannot do without." -Confucius

Music produces a kind of pleasure which human nature cannot do without." -Confucius

85th Third District Meeting: STEP SHOW COMPETITION

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3rd DISTRICT OMEGA "STEP SHOW COMPETITION"

3rd DISTRICT OMEGA "STEP SHOW COMPETITION"

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Alpha Iota Press Release: Teamwork Makes the Dream Work

Monday, March 19, 2018

Date of Release

Teamwork Makes the Dream Work

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

Mentorship

 

SUFFOLK,VA— Wednesday, March 14, 2018, The Golden Fold - Suffolk held its semiweekly session at the Taylor Bend Family YMCA of South Hampton Roads located in Chesapeake, Virginia.

The topic of discussion during this particular session was problem solving and teamwork. The Young Leaders were given the following materials: straws, scissors, duct tape and paper. They were asked to make the shield of the Golden Fold. The Young Leaders were divided up into groups and started thinking as a team. They started the construction of the shield, and some of them looked like a shield, but some of them looked like a kite. Nevertheless, the moral of this session was to have the Young Leaders performing as a team and fellowship. The mission was a completion.

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.

PLL Press Release _ Omega U Formally Begins at Dumfries Elementary School

March 18, 2018

Pi Lambda Lambda’s OMEGA U Begins Formally at Dumfries Elementary School

P_R_I_N_C_E_ _W_I_L_L_I_A_M_ _C_O_U_N_T_Y,_ _VA_— _March 13, 2018

 

Omega U welcomed its eighth Prince William County Campus school on February 27th, 2018 at Dumfries Elementary School (ES) of Dumfries Virginia. Omega U will be serving the students and community of Dumfries ES by offering after school mentoring every 2nd and 4th Tuesday of every month. Omega U serves 120 PWC students and families in the greater PWC community by offering the Pi Lambda Lambda youth academy program to 3rd grade students through graduating seniors.

Dumfries Elementary School has existed since the beginning of the 19th Century, established in 1939. Dumfries ES has a rich and long history as its original building has been added onto over the years and the historic school can still be seen from Cameron Street as you approach the building.

The Virginia General Assembly established Dumfries as the first of seven townships in Prince William County. The town received its charter on May 11, 1749- making it the oldest continuously chartered town in Virginia. Dumfries was the second leading port in Colonial America receiving tobacco from the upland. It rivaled New York, Philadelphia and Boston and was a thriving port for more than 15 years.

Director Brother Al Woods wasted no time in engaging the Omega U Students at Dumfries Elementary School on critical community issues.  On March 13, 2018, Officers Lloyd White and Michael Briscoe of the Dumfries Police Department presented a bevy of topics to the Omega U students, including eliminating domestic violence, bullying, cyber bullying, fighting at school, staying away from drugs, and knowing when and where to seek help with these issues when needed.  Both officers provided personal testimony relative to why they chose a career in law enforcement and the passion that drives them to continue to serve and protect our community.  After their presentation the students enjoyed a vibrant Q &A session with the officers over an afternoon snack.

Officer White asked the students to make a promise to him and Officer Briscoe that they will work and study hard, stay in school, and accomplish great things in their life.  Both officers, White and Briscoe, were passionate about serving their communities and inspiring others to make positive contributions and impact on society.

Omega U is the youth mentorship program of Pi Lambda Lambda Chapter of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. This program currently serves over 100 students in six elementary, middle, and high schools across Prince William County. 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 honor bestowed by the Fraternity.

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

 

Omega U Chairman Bro. Michael Frazier (Center) and Omega U Mentor Bro. Will Nelson (Left)of Pi Lambda Lambda of Omega Psi Phi Inc., participated along with a group of distinguished educators and professionals as special selected judges for Cleveland Elementary Science Fair in Washington D.C on March 16, 2018.

PLL Press Release _ Omega U Leaders Selected as Judges For Cleveland Elementary School Science Fair

March 18, 2018

P_R_I_N_C_E_ _W_I_L_L_I_A_M_ _C_O_U_N_T_Y,_ _VA_— _March 16, 2018

 

Bro. Michael Frazier and Bro. Will Nelson of Pi Lambda Lambda Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., of Dumfries Virginia served with a group of selected judges from around the Northern Virginia/DC Metropolitan area to analyze and select winners of the elaborate science fair at Cleveland Elementary School (ES) of Washington DC on March 16, 2018. The science fair included 85 individual projects and 10 team group projects from grades K thru 5 in the areas of Botany, Physics, Earth Science, Math, Chemistry, Microbiology, and Engineering. Cleveland ES students and teams gave oral presentations and demonstrations of their projects to selected judges and were critiqued on areas of presentation, question, hypothesis, procedures, conclusion, overall knowledge, and interaction with the judges while presenting their project.

Cleveland Elementary School is an award-winning school located at 8th and T Streets NW in the District of Columbia. The school has served the Shaw community for 100+ years.  Cleveland is one of the several schools in the DCPS system with a dual-language Spanish immersion program. The school has withstood segregation in its long rich history and has done a remarkable job in recognizing the changing demographics of its students–60% African-American, 31% Latino.

The selection of Brothers Frazier and Nelson is a tribute to their expertise and community recognition of their dedication to youth programs focused on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM), the basis of the Pi Lambda Lambda's Omega U program.

Omega U is the youth mentorship program of Pi Lambda Lambda Chapter of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.This program currently serves over 100 students in six elementary, middle, and high schools across Prince William County. 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 honor bestowed by the Fraternity.

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

Omega U Chairman Bro. Michael Frazier (Center) and Omega U Mentor Bro. Will Nelson (Left)of Pi Lambda Lambda of Omega Psi Phi Inc., participated along with a group of distinguished educators and professionals as special selected judges for Cleveland Elementary Science Fair in Washington D.C on March 16, 2018.
Omega U Chairman Bro. Michael Frazier (Center) and Omega U Mentor Bro. Will Nelson (Left)of Pi Lambda Lambda of Omega Psi Phi Inc., participated along with a group of distinguished educators and professionals as special selected judges for Cleveland Elementary Science Fair in Washington D.C on March 16, 2018.

 

Annual Unsung Heroes Banquet Marks 30 Years

VIRGINIA BEACH—The South Hampton Roads Pan-Hellenic Council—SHARPC—recognized the performance of members and community leaders at a banquet held on March 17 at the Holiday Inn Virginia Beach--Norfolk. This marked the thirtieth year for the event. More than 300 supporters gathered to honor selected members of the nine historically Black Greek letter organizations. This milestone program opened with past heroes being saluted as they paraded into the banquet hall. This year, Brother Nicholas Evans, Sr. and Brother James Sandifer were the Omega Men honored during this milestone event. Evans is the current Keeper of Finance of Lambda Omega Chapter in Norfolk, VA. The Lawrenceville, VA native is a graduate of James Madison University and Old Dominion University, and entered the Fraternity via Delta Delta Chapter at JMU. He is a Family Life Educational Specialist in Chesapeake, VA.  Sandifer is the assistant Keeper of Records and Seal for Gamma Xi Chapter in Virginia Beach, VA. He is a Lt. Commander in the United States Navy and entered the Fraternity via Gamma Xi in 2015. The Embry Riddle University graduate is pursuing a Masters in Theology at Liberty University.

 

Gamma Xi Talent Hunt

“The Beach Brothers” Award Talented Teens

VIRGINIA BEACH--Gamma Xi Chapter, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. in Virginia Beach, held its annual Talent Hunt at Zeiders American Dream Theatre on March 18. The event was co-hosted by Tau Lambda Chapter of Old Dominion University. Six area high school students performed, competing for $1000 in cash awards from the Gamma Xi Uplift Foundation (GXUF) and the opportunity to represent the chapters at the Third District Meeting in Newport News in April. The first place prize went to vocalist, Naomi Spence, age 17, from Grassfield High School. Chozin Johnson, 16, of Booker T. Washington High performed an original spoken word piece to earn second place. Third place went to guitarist Stephen Shedd, 16, from Grassfield High. Other contestants were: Adam Collier-Owens, Thaddeus Coffey and Kameron Gray. David Whitted is the Talent Hunt committee chairman. Turan Smith is the Basileus—president--of Gamma Xi and Darien Grant is the Basileus of Tau Lambda.

Alvin Swilley

PLL article _ Saving a Piece of History

March 16, 2018

Pi Lambda Lambda’s Supports Saving A Piece of Forgotten History - The Havre de Grace (HdG) Colored School

P_R_I_N_C_E_ _W_I_L_L_I_A_M_ _C_O_U_N_T_Y,_ _VA_— _ March 16, 2018

 

In February 2018, members of Pi Lambda Lambda Chapter, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. (PLL, Inc.) teamed with Prince William County Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. (PWCAC-DST, Inc.) to raise more than $13,000 to save the Havre de Grace (HdG) Colored School. The one-hundred-year-old historic school building was under private ownership and pending sale. The asking price was $800,000. After 2 years of negotiations, the HdG Colored School Foundation was able to convince the owners of the property to donate the building with a stipulation that the foundation payoff the exiting $153,000 mortgage. A closing date of 30 days was set, and the foundation needed an additional $70,000 to add to their existing fundraising efforts.

Brother Emmitt Fletcher (PLL 2006) and his wife Vera Fletcher, a member of PWCAC-DST, spearheaded the effort to help the Foundation preserve this valuable piece of African-American History. They sent emails and made countless phone calls to bring attention to this cause. They hosted a Gumbo & More Fundraiser that raised $2,000 in one day. In less than two weeks, Emmitt and Vera, the Brothers of PLL and the Sorors of PWCAC-DST raised more than $13,000.

More than just brick and mortar, the school symbolizes the lives and legacy of those ancestors who fiercely advocated for better educational opportunities for African-American students. Built during the days of segregation, the building tells a story of determination and perseverance of parents, teachers and concerned citizens who simply wanted to give African-American children a better chance at life.

Today, with the help of PLL, this historic landmark is now back in the hands of the community. The building will be used as a museum and cultural center and will feature Omega Brother Langston Hughes, a frequent visitor to the school and a close friend and fraternity brother of the school’s principal, the late Leon S. Roye. A Langston Hughes oratorical contest “Hold Fast to Dreams” was held to raise funds for student’s grades 6-12. The future museum and cultural center will stand as evidence of our commitment to the community and the combined efforts of our membership that exemplify greatness of our brotherhood.

The Foundation needs money to renovate the school. For more information on the HdG Colored School or to donate to this worthy cause visit www.hdgcoloredschool.net or call (703) 398-6133.

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 honor bestowed by the Fraternity.

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