Psi Alpha Alpha Chapter: Scholarship 2019 NCAA Final Four

On March 15, 2019, the men of Psi Alpha Alpha (PsiAA) Chapter, Third District, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. combined their staple reclamation and retention gathering with the chapter’s biggest fundraiser. Every quarter Psi Alpha Alpha hosts its Third Fridays Event as a means to reconnect and reclaim fraternity members who may not be affiliated with a chapter or have been away from the fold. The event attracted 10 potential brothers to add to the chapter’s roles with one brother becoming financial at the event. Additionally, with the 50 current chapter members and the 150 patrons in attendance made the event a tremendous success. The NCAA raffle committee changed the format of choosing the winning tickets by utilizing a wind machine to scramble the loose ticket stubs. Four patrons were chosen and graciously agreed to enter the machine to grab the winning ticket stubs. This new format was of great enjoyment to all in attendance and helped make the event a huge success.

Tickets for the NCAA Final Four Raffle went on sale in October 2018 with the last ticket sold just minutes prior to the drawing. The money raised from ticket sales routinely exceeds $20,000 with 2019 following form. Proceeds from the raffle are awarded as scholarships for college-bound high school seniors and provide financial support for activities designed to improve the community.

This year’s raffle winners are:

Grand Prize – Mr. Brandon Northington

  • Round trip airfare for two
  • Hotel accommodations for four nights
  • 2 tickets to both NCAA Final Four semi-final games
  • 2 tickets to the NCAA Final Four Championship game
  • Rental car (less taxes)
  • $400

2nd Place – Mr. Marvin Chisolm, $500

3rd Place – Ms. Giavonna Richardson, $250

4th Place – Ms. Shennah Alleyne, $150

Stay tuned for the 2020 NCAA Final Four Raffle.  The Grand Prize winner will head to Atlanta, GA!

Psi Alpha Alpha ManUP mentoring Program

On March 27, 2019, the men of Psi Alpha Alpha (PsiAA) Chapter, Third District, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. conducted their ManUP mentoring program by speaking to 25 students from Mt. Vernon High School in Fairfax Virginia about military, college, goal setting, aerospace, and pursuit of excellence. Speakers of this lecture series had various backgrounds and military experience that they used to engage, empower, educate, and exposed the students to different strategies for success. The speakers included Bro. LTC. Chester Keller, LTC. Louis P. Hawkins, Bro. MAJ Melake Whyte, MAJ Herbert Gamble. The ManUP mentoring program is a male mentoring program sponsored by the men of Psi Alpha Alpha of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc. The MANUP program partners with Mt. Vernon High School, West Potomac High School, and Gum Springs in Fairfax Virginia and has over 60 students ranging from 6th grade to graduating seniors in their program. The program consists of mentoring students thru exposure to various careers and pre-college initiatives by way of lecture series and field trips throughout the scholastic calendar year.

Bro. LTC Chester Keller spoke to students about his humble beginnings and the level of perseverance needed to excel in life. LTC Keller is a Program Manager Acquisitions officer in the United States Army. His message to the students was centered on meeting the daily challenges and pursuit of excellence in all matters with consistent effort.  LTC Keller read two poems, ‘See It Through” by author Edgar Albert Guest and “If” by Rudyard Kipling.

Aviation and Acquisition Officer LTC Louis P. Hawkins gave an empowering oration on setting goals, dreaming big, taking action, and never giving up. He gave a personal testimony and journey of being an Aviation Officer in flying helicopters for search and rescue missions. In addition, he focused on careers in the aerospace industry and the need for more diversity for African American and Latino men and women.

Maj. Herbert Gamble spoke to students about performing, image, and exposure (PIE). His focus examined the concepts of PIE and putting forth the right energy and effort to obtain goals. In addition, Maj. Gamble spoke to students about having more than 1 goal – as life often does not work out as originally planned. Maj. Gamble serves as a Program Management Acquisitions Officer for the United States Army.

Maj. Melake Whyte currently serves as a Human Resource Officer for the United States Army. He connected to the students by using his unique background of being a first-generation American. Maj. Whyte ran track collegiately at Oregon University and later joined the military. He challenged the students to not settle on being a product from their community, but to shape their community by being leaders and doers. In addition, he also urged students to not waste their talents and to live up to all their potential in all avenues they pursue.

Psi Alpha Alpha – Talent Hunt 2019

On March 16, 2019, the men of Psi Alpha Alpha (PsiAA) Chapter, Third District, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. held an extraordinary Talent Hunt program in the beautiful auditorium of Lee High School in Springfield, VA. The curtains opened and the program began at 10am in front of a supportive audience of Brothers, family, friends, and other residents of the community eager to support a great group of enthusiastic youth displaying their talents in the performing arts.  Thanks to the Men of Psi Alpha Alpha, assisted by civic student organizations like the Beautiful and Progressive Educated Sisters (BAPES) and Powerful African-American Males about Success (PAAMAS), our collective efforts resulted in another magnificent Talent Hunt Competition.

We were privileged to have 9 great performers this year with acts ranging from vocalists, percussionist, cello player, saxophonist, and instrumentation to dance.  All of the student participants performed extremely well pleasing the crowd of newly-minted fans and “wowing” the event judges.

Our Master of Ceremony was Bro. Adimu Colón.  A graduate of Hampton University, he is an accomplished content producer, television host, radio personality, executive, philanthropist and entrepreneur.  Bro. Colón is a Spring ‘93 initiate of our great Fraternity by way of the Gamma Epsilon chapter.  As a personality, he’s hosted his own #1 rated radio shows in Washington, DC, Los Angeles, and New York.  He is the former host of the Emmy Award-winning TV show Teen Summit on BET and the recipient of two NAACP Image Awards. The WPGC weekly music radio host did an outstanding job encouraging the performers while also engaging the audience by informing them of the community activities that our chapter conducts or participates in throughout the year, general facts about our Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. and our chapter as a whole.

With an extremely close competition this year, the judges had an arduous task selecting a winner.  Unfortunately, as with every year, one winner had to be selected. Out of our talented group of young performers, Ms. Sydney Pollard took the first place honors.

Sydney hails from Dumfries, VA and is a junior at Charles J. Colgan High School. Her hobbies include cooking, traveling, and of course her passion for dancing.  Dancing since she was only 8 years old, her moves have caught the attention of many famous dancers including Debbie Allen, Eartha Kitt, and Darrell Moultrie.  She attended the Debbie Allen Summer Intensive Program in Atlanta, GA and has been recently invited to attend the Summer Intensive Program again this year in Los Angeles, CA.  After graduating from high school, she hopes to attend Virginia Commonwealth University to study Dance.  Along with her hobbies, Sydney has also been a high achiever in academics maintaining a 3.5 GPA as an ‘A’ Honor Roll student.  She gracefully captivated the judges and everyone else in attendance at our program this year with her classical dance to the music of Andra Day’s song "Rise Up”.

Sydney will represent Psi Alpha Alpha in the District Talent Hunt during the 86th annual 3rd District Meeting on Saturday, April 13th in Herndon, VA.

The other participants were:

  • Jordyn Strange – Soloist (2nd place)
  • Nicholas MaCatty – Soloist (3rd place)
  • Jonathan Canamaso – Bassist
  • Caleb Wallace – Saxophonist
  • Elaine Ramson – Soloist
  • Jada Appiah – Dance
  • Chris Love – Soloist
  • Cameron Jackson – Drummer

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.

 

Psi Alpha Alpha Chapter’s “Reading For Success” Program

With great “enthusiasm,” Psi Alpha Alpha Chapter, THIRD District, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity began its fifth year of the “Reading for Success” program at Riverside Elementary School in Alexandria, Virginia.

On November 14, 2018, the Brothers, known affectionately as “The Sirs,” supported six third-grade classes with a total of 125 eager students.  The program consisted of the Kickoff and First Read Aloud session.  Again, we were welcomed by Reading Program Coordinator, Third-Grade Teachers, and especially the Third-Grade Students.

The chapter’s Bernie L. Bates Foundation, Inc., provided 125 Royal Purple and Old Gold Backpacks filled with 27 books on various subjects to encourage reading and provide the students an individual reading library.  We chose “The Last Minute” by Sasha Griffin, for the first reading session and this book was added to their library.  The book tells the story of a girl name Katy who put off completing a homework assignment until, you guessed it, the last minute.

Psi Alpha Alpha Chapter was represented by nine brothers who served as reading mentors.  Brothers Bradford Caldwell, Marvin Chisolm, James George, Joe Howze Sr., Jerome “Duke” Haggins, Jerry Hubbard Sr., Chester Keller, Frank Matthews, Richard Morris, Jeffrey Owens, and coordinating this program was the chapter’s Social Action Coordinator, Brother Kenneth M. Younger.

“The Sirs” are proud of the fact that we have donated “3,375 books” during our “Kickoff” and first reading session of this school year.  The brothers of Psi Alpha Alpha Chapter will continue to do their part to inspire these young readers and we look forward to the second of our four Read Aloud sessions in January 2019.

Psi Alpha Alpha Chapter Annual Thanksgiving Food Basket Donations

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.

PsiAA – 2018 Achievement Week and Banquet

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

Years

Name

65Brother John L. Peoples, Sr.
60Brother James T. George
50Brother Joe D. Howze
35Brother Gilbert McManus
35Brother Norris Middleton
35Brother James C. Smith
25Brother 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.

PsiAA Get Out and Vote – Voter Registration, Education, and Mobilization (VREM)

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.

Joint Happy Hour and QFL

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.

SUCCESS!
Moving forward, due to the great turnout, popularity, and enthusiastic reviews of the event, we recommend we continue this effort.

Omega Men of Antioch Baptist Church Present Scholarships

In a matter of just a few past weeks, 25 Men of Omega who are also members of the Antioch Baptist Church, Fairfax Station, VA, came together and contributed a combined total of $3500 in scholarship contributions to 7 of 23 applying high school graduates at Antioch.  We were one of 7 groups at Antioch that awarded scholarship contributions to the 23 graduates.

All of the graduates received at least one award, and many received multiple awards from within the awarding groups.  Needless to say, the graduates and their parents/grandparents/guardians were very happy for the awards and recognition the graduates received.  And we are very proud of the graduates not only for their excellence in completing high school, but also more importantly, their Christian development and maturity.

A parent of one of the awardees stated that when he saw the Omega men introduced at the presentation, that he was very impressed by the caliber of those men representing Omega Psi Phi, versus the negatives with which we’ve been labeled.  I pray that we can continue to instill this impression of us upon many more people.  Also, the congregation members attending the presentation were very moved by what we accomplished and the way we did it.

The Omega Men of Antioch plan to continue with these scholarship contributions in the years to come. Most of the 25 Omega Men of Antioch are members of at least 3 Third District Chapters, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., here in the Metro DC area (Pi Lambda Lambda, Tau Rho, and Psi Alpha Alpha).  Submitted by Brother Spike Jones, Spring ’81, Theta Rho Chapter.