Pi Lambda Lambda’s OMEGA U March Wellness Activities

PFC Adrian Gore talked to Omega U Students at Potomac Middle School March 1, 2019

March 2019 proved to be an exciting month for Omega U students/mentees. In addition to regularly scheduled “weekly shop” activities, STEM based learning and trips of historic and educational nature, several program directors focused on wellness activities. The intent was to mentally and physically stimulate the mentees with an expected outcome of healthy and positive living.

The Omega U Program exposed students to guest speakers and past Omega U students for the month of March. The guest speakers included Private First Class Adrian Gore and Bro. Will Varick.  PFC Gore is an active duty Soldier in the United States Army and was previously an Omega U mentee.  He shared life experiences based on his time in Omega U and how it helped prepare him for his decision to enlist in the Army, serve his country and live on his own as a young adult.

Bro. Will Varick, an undergraduate at Virginia State University shared his life experiences as a college student and member of Omega Psi Phi.  He helped the mentees understand the impact of life choices and the challenges of life on a Historically Black College and University campus.  His perspective was well received, and he entertained many questions from the students.

PLL and the Omega U Program embarked on a Yoga experience on March 3rd, 2019 at Potomac Middle School with a class by Coach LaRonda. Yoga is a way of living that aims towards a healthy mind in a healthy body. Students learned basic yoga techniques that helped them understand their energies in becoming exuberant and sensing your body movements. In addition, students learned the benefits of Yoga that includes improvement in brain function, lower stress levels, increased flexibility, lower blood pressure, improved lung capacity, anxiety relief, improved sense of balance, and strength conditioning.

Finally, another highlight in March for our Omega U program was the selection of Brother Stephen Blakely, Fred Lynn Middle School as the Omega U Teacher of the Year. Brother Blakely is a 50-year member of Omega having pledged at Tau Upsilon chapter in 1969.  He is a member of Pi Lambda Lambda and serves as Omega U Director at Fred Lynn Middle School where he is also on staff as a teacher.

Omega U is the youth mentorship program of Pi Lambda Lambda Chapter of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. This program currently serves over 180 students in eighteen elementary, middle, and high schools across Prince William County. During the past three years, the Omega U Program has executed over 140 hours of community service, 400 hours of weekend mentoring events, 480 hours of after school mentoring, and has provided total man-hours valued over $200K to PWC schools since 2016 and more than $600K since 2009. Prince William County School district is the 2nd largest school system in the state of Virginia, and the 4th largest in the Washington Metropolitan Area. Over this period, students of Omega U executed student led INOVA Hospital Blood Drives, Feeding the Homeless, Highway Cleanup, annual support of the National Public Lands Day at Leesylvania State Park and Wreath Laying on Veteran’s Day at the National Military Cemetery in Quantico, Virginia. Omega U is open to all male youths from 3rd grade to graduating seniors and targets students’ enrollment from single parent families.

The Omega U Program mission is to serve, support, and partner with the Prince William County Public Schools by offering a “Word Class Education” with after school and weekend mentoring initiatives that includes STEM based programs, the Omega U Flight Drone Program, the Radio Controlled Race Car Program, Pre-College Initiative (PCI), Career Readiness workshops, college field trips, and health and sports initiatives.

In 2018, Omega U became a National Society of Black Engineer Junior Chapter serving PWC partnering with Virginia State University, Virginia Tech University, Northern Virginia Community College, and George Mason University.  In July 2018, Omega U student scholars from single-parent families attended a week-long Engineering Camp at Virginia Tech, College of Engineering. Omega U students enjoyed this experience at no-cost to their families and lived on campus for one week while attending engineering, physics, and science classes with hands-on labs to foster a better understanding and increased knowledge in the areas of science, technology, engineering, and math.

The Omega U Youth Academy Program continues to grow and foster a wonderful youth experience for students in PWC and the Northern Virginia and Metropolitan area, and is a leading youth academy program for Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.

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 15 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.  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.

Pi Lambda Lambda Supports Omega’s St. Jude Game Day Give Back Project

Pi Lambda Lambda (PLL) Chapter, Third District, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. supported the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Game Day Give Back Project with a donation of $10,604.00.  For the past several years PLL has established a monetary goal for this worthy effort.  This year’s goal was set at $10,000.  Brother Eddie A. Stephens, Jr., Chapter Basileus (President) thanked the Brothers of Pi Lambda Lambda Chapter and all donors for their support to St. Jude. He gave a special thanks to Brother Keith Breland, Social Action Chairman for his committee work on this project. He also thanked the George M. Hampton Foundation for their partnership in this campaign. Special recognition to Brothers Robert Clements, Brother Harvey Woodson, Brother George M. Hampton, Brother Greg Reid, Brother David Hardin, Brother James Rowe, Brother David Holliday, Brother Raymond Bell and Mrs. Candace Noel for their generous donations. Mrs. Ann Wheeler, Democratic Candidate, Chair, Prince William County Board of Supervisors and Mrs. Andrea Bailey, Democratic Candidate, Prince William Board of County Supervisors (Potomac District) made donations as well. Special thanks to PLL’s own Brother Conrado Morgan, 3rd District, 1st Vice District Representative, for his tireless efforts in encouraging support for this worthy cause.

The mission of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is to advance cures, and means of prevention, for pediatric catastrophic diseases through research and treatment. Consistent with the vision of their founder Danny Thomas, no child is denied treatment based on race, religion or a family's ability to pay. The funds donated will support the kids and families at St. Jude. The kids nor the families have to pay for travel, medical care, lodging or food as long as the kids are in treatment at St. Jude. Treatments invented at St. Jude have helped push the overall childhood cancer survival rate from 20% to more than 80% since it opened more than 50 years ago. More than 40% of the kids treated at St. Jude are African Americans.

All donations are tax deductible and there will be a raffle for gifts at the Dr. Moses C. Norman, Sr. Leadership Conference for Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. on July 9, 2019 in Atlantic City New Jersey for those who donated on behalf of Pi Lambda Lambda Chapter.

This project supports Omega Psi Phi Fraternity’s Social Action Program and will fall under our internationally mandated program of Health Initiatives in the future. We thank all of our patrons and donors for their support in this project and the continuing support as we do our part to give back to our community.

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 16 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.  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.

Pi Lambda Lambda Hosts 15th Annual Talent Hunt Program “Omega’s Got Talent” 2019

PLL Talent Hunt 2019 contestants with PLL members (L-R) Bro. Dr. C. Victor Herbin III (Talent Hunt Chair), Bro. Eddie A. Stephens, Jr. (Basileus, PLL), Ms. Abigail Ramirez, Mr. C. Victor Herbin, IV, Mr. Jawuan Hill, Ms. Sierra Bryant (3rd Place), Ms. My’Lei Smith (2nd Place), Ms. Kyra McCall (1st Place), Ms. Zion Fozo, Mr. Norvin West, Jr. and Bro. Drefus Lane, Sr. (President, GMHF)

On March 10, PLL hosted its annual Talent Hunt Program, “Omega’s Got Talent” at Woodbridge High School before an audience of 255 guests. This year’s returning Co-Chairmen, Brother Dr. C. Victor Herbin, III and Brother Ronnie Palmer and their committee produced another outstanding showcase of local talent. The Master of Ceremony, Brother Warren Simmons II kept the program flowing and entertained the audience with his wit between acts.

The program was well supported by members of the chapter, the community, family members of the participating students, VIPs and several visiting brothers. Attendees included several senior Prince William County School Administrators, local candidates for political office including Mrs. Andrea Bailey and Mrs. Ann Wheeler, Candidates for Prince William Board of Supervisors. Brothers in attendance included Brother Daniel Jones, Grand Keeper of Finance; Brother Robert Fairchild, Past 3rd District Representative; Brother Conrado Morgan, 1st Vice 3rd District Representative; and Brother Norm Senior, 3rd District Director of Public Relations. The top finishing performers this year were in 1st Place, Ms. Kyra McCall (dance), North Stafford High School; 2d Place, Ms. My’Lei N. Smith (vocals), Forest Park Senior High School; and 3d Place, Ms. Sierra Bryant (dance), Colgan Senior High School.

This year’s 1st Place Winner, Ms. Kyra McCall, performed an amazing ballet routine solo in the dance category. The 2nd Place Winner, Ms. My’Lei Smith performed a dynamic vocal solo. The 3rd Place Winner, Ms. Sierra Bryant also performed a beautiful modern dance routine.

According to Brother Dr. C. Victor Herbin III, PLL Talent Hunt Chairman, “Our 2019 Talent Hunt program featured 8 outstanding and talented high school students within Prince William and Stafford Counties that showcased their musical, dance, and vocal skills in grand fashion. These students were able to perform before our largest crowd to date and we awarded a total of $2,750 in cash prizes. In addition to the overall talent competition, we incentivized cash prizes for the students who sold the most tickets and advertisements for the commemorative souvenir book, which generated a great deal of excitement and energy for the contestants and the audience. It was truly impressive to witness the levels of success for each student as talented performers, unbelievably high academic achievers, and their dedicated extracurricular and community involvement. The talent, parents, audience, and of course the Chapter; truly accentuated the Talent Hunt Idea.”

Thanks go out to the excellent judges, Mr. Vaughn Ambrose, Mrs. Melinda M. Kasal, Mrs. Eudora Lyles Forrest and Brother Curtis B. Taylor, Sr. PLL also thanks Brother Dr. C. Victor Herbin III, Talent Hunt Chair, Brother Eddie A. Stephens, Jr, Basileus, PLL; the George M. Hampton Foundation; Chapter members and supporters for dedication and hard work to make the 2019 Pi Lambda Lambda Chapter Talent Hunt a success. PLL also acknowledges the continued support of the Woodbridge Senior High School for the use of school facilities.

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 15 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. 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.

Pi Lambda Lambda’s _ OMEGA U_Mentoring Pearls of Wisdom_December 20, 2018

Bro. Wilton Anderson, Potomac Senior High social studies teacher and Omega U Director mentors and provides pearls of wisdom with Omega U high school students to the Omega U middle school students from Potomac Middle on December 20th, 2018 at Potomac Senior High School in Woodbridge Virginia

Pi Lambda Lambda (PLL), Third District, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. and the Omega U Program’s Potomac Middle Omega U students were guests of Potomac Senior High School on Monday, December 20th, 2018 at Potomac Senior High. Middle school students were able to gain a wealth of knowledge from PSHS faculty and from their Omega U high school brethren on several topics that included transitioning from middle to high school, freshman class scheduling and honor courses, extracurricular activities and programs, student discipline procedures, dress code, and what to do and what not to do in order to be successful in high school through college.

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.

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.

Pi Lambda Lambda’s _ OMEGA U_Racin’ Around and Gettin It_January 5, 2019

Pi Lambda Lambda (PLL), Third District, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. and the Omega U Program participated in Project GhostRider, executed on another STEM Saturday at Potomac Middle School on January 5, 2019. Omega U students from 3rd grade to graduating seniors formed into their teams to go over techniques in racing, components of a car, and the science and math involved into racing a vehicle. Omega U Teams will compete with teams from Maryland, Washington D.C, and Virginia at the end of the school year.

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.

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.

Bro. Jeff Allen, Vice Basileus of Pi Lmaba Lambda (PLL) and Omega U Director stands with students, brothers, and mentors of PLL Omega U for Project GhostRider at Potomac Middle School on Saturday, January 5th 2019

Pi Lambda Lambda’s _ Prince William County OMEGA U_ VA State Capitol Visit

The Omega U Program and students of Potomac Senior High School of Prince William County were introduced and recognized by the 52nd Delegate Bro. Dr. Luke E. Torian and members of the House on February 22, 2019 in Richmond Virginia.

 

Pi Lambda Lambda (PLL), Third District, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. and the Omega U Program and students of Potomac Senior High visited the Virginia State Capitol on Friday February 22, 2019 to observe and learn about Virginia state politics. The Omega U Program received recognition from House floor with a brilliant introduction by Delegate Bro. Dr. Luke E. Torian.  Students were escorted by brothers of Pi Lambda Lambda from Potomac Senior High to Richmond where participants were able to watch house delegates in sessions as well as tour the Virginia State Capitol.

Omega U students were treated to meeting a living legend, Col. (ret) Porcher Taylor Jr. The Tuskegee Airmen were recognized on the floor of the Virginia House Delegates on February 22, 2019.  The Tuskegee Airmen are lobbying delegates to introduce a state holiday in the state of Virginia to recognize the Tuskegee Airmen in the month of February.

Col. (ret) Porcher Taylor Jr. enlisted in the Tuskegee Institute Reserve Officer Training Corps in 1949. Taylor was deployed in the Pacific Theater of the Korean War where he served with the 82nd Airborne Division. In 1971, Taylor became the first African American promoted to full colonel at Fort Jackson, South Carolina. Taylor is one of few living Americans who served the United States in three major wars – World War II, Koran War and Vietnam War – in both the U.S. Navy and Army. He served in the Navy for three years and the Army for twenty-five years. In 1961, Taylor received his M.S. degree in counseling from Virginia State University (VSU), where he also served as president for student affairs and as director of counseling.

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.

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.

 

Pi Lambda Lambda’s _ Prince William County Fatherhood Initiative Father and Daughter Dance 2019

Pi Lambda Lambda (PLL), Third District, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. and the Omega U Program participated in the Father & Daughter Dance on Saturday, February 23, 2019, as part of the Fatherhood Initiative (FI) and in partnership with the Prince William County (PWC) Social Services Program. Young ladies from five to fourteen dressed in elegant, colorful dresses and were escorted by their handsome fathers and father figures who were equally dressed to impress.

Omega U committee members volunteered their time serving as surrogate fathers for young girls without dads. The Brothers also supported guest registration, the coat check-in desk, and other duties as assigned. Jeffrey Allen, Vice Basileus of PLL, Bro. Ahmad Andrews, PLL KRS, Al Woods, Chaplain of PLL, and other PLL Brothers actively participated in all aspects of the dance. Other Brothers registered and brought their daughters or granddaughters to the event.

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.

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.

OKK Hosts Northern Area II Joint Memorial Service

 

RESTON, VA – The Brothers of the Mighty Third District Chapters, Northern Virginia Northern Area II united for the 2019 Joint Memorial Service on March 9 at Heritage Fellowship Church with Omicron Kappa Kappa (OKK) Chapter serving as host.

Tau Rho, Psi Nu, Psi Alpha Alpha, Pi Lambda Lambda and Sigma Mu Mu chapters also participated in the Joint Memorial Service, a mandated program that calls for all chapters to annually honor Omega Men who have entered Omega Chapter since March of the previous year.   Northern Area II Chapters, at the behest of Area II Supervisor Brother Earl Smith, decided to conduct a joint service this year. Current Northern Area II Chaplain Brother Cornelius Beidleman and Brother Steve Lewis, the Immediate Past Northern Area II Chaplain, coordinated planning for the service with support from all Chapter Chaplains.

Third District Chaplain Brother Courtenay L. Miller delivered an inspiring message to the Brothers who attended the spirit-filled program. Brother Miller’s text came from Romans 8:28 which reads, “All things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are called by his purpose”

Brother Ricardo Robinson of Pi Lambda Lambda Chapter and served as Master of Ceremony. OKK Basileus Brother Julian Purvis and Brother Biedleman conducted the formal ceremony that honored these Brothers who have entered Omega Chapter and can never be appreciated enough for their love, friendship and dedication to our beloved fraternity:

Ω Brother Walter T. Young

Ω Brother Wilson Thompson

Ω Brother Vaughn Booker

Ω Brother Herbert Carter

Ω Brother John L. Peoples Jr.

Ω Brother Norman E. Franklin

Ω Brother Fredric H. Leigh

Ω Brother Steven B. Smith

Grand Keeper of Finance Brother Daniel B. Jones Sr. attended the service representing International Headquarters.  Third District officers in attendance were Vice District Representative Brother Conrado B. Morgan, District Keeper of Records and Seal Brother Shawn Lacey and District Public Relations Director Brother Norm Senior.

Following the service, the Brothers, some 70 strong enjoyed a repast and fellowship at Amphora Diner Deluxe in Herndon, VA.

 

Pi Lambda Lambda’s OMEGA U Hosts 3rd Annual Black History Program

February 13, 2019

Pi Lambda Lambda’s OMEGA U Hosts 3rd Annual Black History Program_ P_R_I_N_C_E_ _W_I_L_L_I_A_M_ _C_O_U_N_T_Y,_ _VA_— _ February 9. 2019

Omega U hosted their 3rd annual Black History Program at Potomac Senior High School on February 9, 2019. The event guest speaker was Mr. Derrick Woods, the Mayor of Dumfries, Virginia who interacted and engaged the students with a wonderful conversation. The Mayor inspired the students with words on having a positive attitude, building a positive environment and social circle, and staying committed to success. The event hosted over 80 students in Omega U, 170 family and friends of the students, and brothers of Pi Lambda Lambda. The program featured outstanding performances from the voices of the Blue Madrigals and dance routine from the Blue Diamonds of Potomac Senior High School. In addition, the student led program recognized essay contest awards, outstanding student awards, father of the year, and citizen outreach award.

Omega U awarded $1500 to participants of Essay Contest Award which featured four winners from the 180-student based program in Prince William County Virginia. The award winners included Chase Burk, Potomac Middle School (7th grade) and Caleb McIntosh (8th grade), Dwayne Walton Jr., Forest Park High School (9th grade), and Nicholas Casis, George M. Hampton Middle School (8th grade).

Omega U is the youth mentorship program of Pi Lambda Lambda Chapter of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. This program currently serves over 180 students in eighteen elementary, middle, and high schools across Prince William County. During the past two years, the Omega U Program has executed over 100 hours of community service, 300 hours of weekend mentoring events, 280 hours of after school mentoring, and has provided total man-hours valued over $150K to PWC schools since 2016 and more than $500K since 2009. Prince William County School district is the 2nd largest school system in the state of Virginia, and the 4th largest in the Washington Metropolitan Area. Over this period, students of Omega U executed student led INOVA Hospital Blood Drives, Feeding the Homeless, Highway Cleanup, annual support of the National Public Lands Day at Leesylvania State Park and Wreath Laying on Veteran’s Day at the National Military Cemetery in Quantico, Virginia. Omega U is open to all male youths from 3rd grade to graduating seniors and targets students’ enrollment from single parent families.

The Omega U Program mission is to serve, support, and partner with the Prince William County Public Schools by offering a “Word Class Education” with after school and weekend mentoring initiatives that includes STEM based programs, the Omega U Flight Drone Program, the Radio Controlled Race Car Program, Pre-College Initiative (PCI), Career Readiness workshops, college field trips, and health and sports initiatives.

In 2018, Omega U became a National Society of Black Engineer Junior Chapter serving PWC partnering with Virginia State University, Virginia Tech University, Northern Virginia Community College, and George Mason University.  In July 2018, Omega U student scholars from single-parent families attended a week-long Engineering Camp at Virginia Tech, College of Engineering. Omega U students enjoyed this experience at no-cost to their families and lived on campus for one week while attending engineering, physics, and science classes with hands-on labs to foster a better understanding and increased knowledge in the areas of science, technology, engineering, and math.

The Omega U Youth Academy Program continues to grow and foster a wonderful youth experience for students in PWC and the Northern Virginia and Metropolitan area, and is a leading youth academy program for Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.

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 15 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.  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.

 

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Derrick R. Wood, Mayor of Dumfries, was the guest speaker for Omega U 3rd Annual Black History Program at Potomac Senior High School on February 9, 2019 in Woodbridge Virginia.

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Bro. Carl Ross, Mayor Derrick Wood, Ms. Della Burks, Outreach & Community Service Award recipient,  Bro. Al Woods, and Bro. Johnathan Thomas during the 3d Annual Black History program on February 9, 2019.

 

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Omega U 2019 Essay Contest Winners recognized during the 3d Annual Black History program on February 9, 2019.

 

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Mayor Derrick Wood, guest speaker and Mayor, Dumfries, Virginia inspires the audience during the 3d Annual Black History program on February 9, 2019.

 

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The Blue Diamonds performed for the Omega U program featuring a dance routine to “Change is Going to Come” by Sam Cook during the 3d Annual Black History program on February 9, 2019.

 

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Bro. Wilton Anderson, Dr. Marchello Delano, Omega U Father of the Year, Mayor Derrick Wood, guest speaker and Bro. Michael Frazier, Omega U Program Director during the 3d Annual Black History program on February 9, 2019.

Pi Lambda Lambda’s Celebration of Omega’s Achievement Week 2018

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.