P_R_I_N_C_E_ _W_I_L_L_I_A_M_ _C_O_U_N_T_Y,_VA_— _ November 18, 2018
Pi Lambda Lambda (PLL) chapter, Third District, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. Achievement Week 2018 was an enormous success. Brother Dr. David Marion, 41st Grand Basileus, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity provided the keynote address at this year’s Achievement Week Banquet on November 16 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Woodbridge, Virginia. Dr. Marion’s speech focused on this year’s theme, “Omega Men: Effecting Positive Change in Communities Worldwide” and was well received by the audience. In addition to the traditional awards presented, the widows of chapter brothers who have joined Omega Chapter (deceased) were recognized. The chapter Basileus (President), Eddie A. Stephens, Jr. (Lambda Epsilon ’77), presented flowers to widows who attended the banquet, Mrs. Andrea Bryson (Bro. Gene Bryson, Nu Psi ’63) and Dr. Karyn Trader-Leigh (Bro. Major General, Ret. Fredric Leigh, Eta Gamma’60). Award recipients included, Bro. Dr. George M. Hampton (Mu Psi ’49, Founders Award); Bro. Major Ahmad Andrews (Lambda Epsilon ’95, Superior Service); Bro. Lieutenant Colonel, Ret. C. Victor Herbin, III (Lambda ’95, Colonel Charles Young); Ms. Muriel Garr, Senior VP, SunTrust Bank (Citizen of the Year) and Bro. Michael W. Frazier (Psi Alpha Alpha ’02, Omega Man of the Year). This year’s first place essay award scholarship recipient was Ms. Makala Crawford, Woodbridge Senior High School. She is the daughter of Bro. & Mrs. Michael Crawford (Pi Lambda Lambda,’05). The highlight of the evening was the presentation of Dr. George M. Hampton’s 70th year anniversary award presented jointly by the Grand Basileus, Third District Representative – Bro. Kevin Brown and PLL Basileus. The evening culminated with a banquet after party, “Old School Groove” hosted by the Pi Lambda Lambda Social Committee. According to this year’s Achievement Week Chairman, Bro. Jim Almond (Theta Rho ’88) “the Brothers of Pi Lambda Lambda Chapter, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity showed up and showed out at our 2018 Achievement Week Banquet and festivities all week.”
PLL kicked off 2018 Achievement Week honoring Veterans on Sunday, November 11, 2018 at the Veterans Affairs Hospital in Washington, D.C., by providing lunch and conversations with the Veterans in the hospital. Brother George M. Parker (Tau Gamma Gamma ’91) was the event lead. We provided lunch for twenty Veterans with entertainment by DJs from radio station WKYS FM 93.9. Bro Parker read two poems dedicated to Veterans. The poems were well received, and the Veterans requested copies of them which we provided. Coins depicting each of the services were awarded each Veteran. This was the third year PLL provided lunch to Veterans at the Veterans Affairs Hospital in DC.
This was followed by a visit and social with the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 1503 in Dale City, Virginia on Monday, November 12, 2018. The post has the world largest membership - 3000 members. Brother Ron Blanch and Brother Dwight Rayford both became life members. They were both announced and approved at the event by Comrade Tim Brown, Quartermaster, VFW Post 1503. The brothers sponsored a free social hour with food and drinks, shook the veteran’s hands and said thank you for your service. Several Brothers have served and one in particular is Brother George M. Hampton, Mu Psi Chapter 1949. Brother Hampton served in the Korean War and has a school named after him in the Prince William County. Brother Hampton was in attendance at VFW Post 1503 where he has been a life member since 1969.
Other activities of the week included Social Action Committee, Reclamation & Retention Committee and Social Committee events. PLL distributed over 100 Turkeys to the Good News Community Kitchen, a hunger relief non-profit serving Northern Virginia and directly to the teachers and administrative staff at the George M. Hampton Middle School in Woodbridge, Virginia. Hampton Middle School was named in honor of Brother Hampton, Mu Psi ‘49 in 2016. Hampton Middle is also a flagship campus for the PLL Omega U Fatherhood & Mentoring Program. Omega U is active in eight schools in Prince William County, Virginia serving 154 students.
The Reclamation & Retention Committee led by Brother Craig Turman, Sr. (Omicron Pi ’05) sponsored the Thursday Night Football event. This was a huge success with over 40 brothers fraternizing. The night was sponsored by the chapter and hosted at Buffalo Wild Wings in Woodbridge, Virginia. Brothers from throughout Northern Area II, Third District attended the event.
On Saturday, November 17, 2018, Founder’s Day, the chapter sponsored a chartered motor coach to attend the Rededication Ceremony hosted by the Third District at Howard University. This annual event draws in excess of 1000 brothers from across the Fraternity, primarily chapters from the Second and Third Districts. The keynote speaker this year was Brother Mark Jackson, Grand Keeper of Records & Seal. Our own Bro. George M. Hampton was recognized as one of the oldest brothers in attendance at the rededication.
Finally, Pi Lambda Lambda finished our Achievement Week scheduled activities with church service on Sunday, November 18, 2018 by worshipping along with our families at the Ebenezer Baptist Church in Woodbridge, Virginia. The Basileus made special comments to the congregation and presented a gift to the church. After the service, the group shared lunch at a local Italian restaurant. Congratulations to Bro. Almond and the entire Achievement Week Committee for their outstanding service over the last year planning and executing this seminal event.
ACHIEVEMENT WEEK - is observed each November and is designed to recognize those individuals at the local and international levels who have contributed to community uplift. A High School Essay Contest is conducted in conjunction with Achievement Week based on a common theme established by the Fraternity.
Pi Lambda Lambda is a graduate chapter of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., an international nonprofit social and civic service organization that has over more than 700 chapters with 100,000 members in 14 countries worldwide. Omega is the only Greek letter organization whose motto and guiding principles include the word Friendship.
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. PLL has previously been named the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. International Chapter of the Year for three separate years since the Chapter’s founding. PLL is honored with this most prestigious honor bestowed by the fraternity.
Pi Lambda Lambda serves Prince William County, the City of Manassas, and Manassas Park in Virginia.