By Brother Roscoe Nance
RESTON, Va. – Omicron Kappa Kappa (OKK) Chapter has been a stalwart in community service in the Western portion of Fairfax County, Va., since it was chartered 22 years ago.
The Reston Chamber of Commerce recognized OKK and the OKK Foundation, the chapter’s charitable arm, for its community service with the Volunteer of the Year Award during its Annual Meeting and Awards for Chamber Excellence (ACE) Luncheon on June 28 at the Reston Sheraton Hotel.
OKK Basileus Gordon Person and OKK Foundation President George Johnson accepted the award.
“I was surprised,’’ says Bro. Person. “I didn’t expect us to win.’’
However, as the Master of Ceremonies read the recipient’s list of accomplishments, Bro. Person thought to himself “We did that.’’ When the MC said, “This group of African-American men…’’ it hit home. OKK and the OKK Foundation was the choice.
Receiving the award was personally gratifying for Bro. Person, who has been a chapter officer for the past seven years.
“At times, there was no traction,’’ he says. “I think this will catapult us to greater heights. I hope it’s something we can build on so we can bring in more displaced brothers and bring in more like minded me to serve the community. This definitely was a group effort.’’
OKK received congratulatory letters from U. S. Senators Tim Kaine (D-Va.) and Mark Warner (D-Va.). U. S. Rep. Gerry Connolly (D.-Va.), who represents Reston/Herndon in the United States Congress, recognized OKK and the other award recipients on the floor of the House of Representatives. OKK received a copy of the Congressional Record that documented the proceedings.
Fairfax County Supervisor Kathy Hudgins also presented OKK with a proclamation during the chapter’s Parisian Nights black tie gala fundraiser on June 9.
OKK joined the Reston Chamber of Commerce six years ago. The chapter and the OKK Foundation support the Chamber at all its Reston Town Center festivals, specifically The Taste of Reston and Flavors of Fall. During that time, lead beer captain Bro. Howard Ford Jr., has led an army of OKK Brothers has manned the beer and wine pavilions and pitched in wherever a critical need arose.
Bro. Dr. Gary Powell was a volunteer with the Chamber’s 2017 membership drive Phone-A-Thon and helped convince local businesses to purchase Chamber memberships.
OKK Brothers also volunteered for a variety of roles at Cornerstones’ Embry Rucker Shelter, the Reston Chamber of Commerce and a number of local tutoring programs. In addition, OKK was a leading volunteer force at local community events, including, Relay for Life – Team OKK raised $7,380 and was fourth among 33 participating teams – Reston Community Center MLK Day, Northern Virginia Project Giveback and the Fairfax County Police Department ROAD DAWGS Summer Camp for at-risk youth.