Richmond, Virginia, Friday, March 1,2019. Upsilon Nu Chapter joined other groups and neighbors in the Read Across America program. The Brothers of Upsilon Nu selected Highland Springs Elementary School as the location for their participation. We have formed a relationship Highland Springs, so it became an easy choice for us from the many requests we received, stated Social Action Chairman Brother James Hunter. Next year we plan to expand our participation to several more schools as we celebrate the birthday of Dr. Seuss.
For those not familiar with the program, the National Education Association's (NEA) Read Across America is an annual reading motivation and awareness program that calls for every child in every community to celebrate reading. In cities and towns across the nation, teachers, teenagers, librarians, politicians, actors, athletes, parents, grandparents, and others develop NEA's Read Across America activities to bring reading excitement to children of all ages. Governors, mayors, and other elected officials recognize the role reading plays in their communities with proclamations and floor statements.
It is an amazing experience for me reading to the first-grade class. They were transfixed on me from the moment I sat down with my assigned book, “Pig the Winner” by Aaron Blakey. The kids were seated around me and I asked each of them to give me their name and then I introduced myself. As they introduced themselves, I thought to myself, wow, was I ever that young. I made it a point to stop during the reading and asked them questions about what I had read, the hands went up quickly and each student was heard.
Brother John Rivers, also read to a first-grade class as well. His assigned book was “Rainbow Fish”. He also thought the experience was amazing. When he finished, he had the class discuss lessons learned from the book. he read. Though the books we read were not that long, we found ourselves engaged with our classes for over an hour. The teachers were very gracious and let us continue to interact with the kids. Each student was encouraged to speak about the books and were very enthusiastic.
Third District, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.
Legislative Lobby Day
Monday, January 21, 2019
Point of Contact - Brother Robert Fairchild, Chairman, Political Action/Government Affairs Committee at email@example.com
Hosted by Delegate C. E. Cliff Hayes, Jr.
Monday, January 21, 2019
8:00 a.m. – Arrive at Pocahontas Building
(900 East Main Street, Richmond, VA 23219)
8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. – Legislative Overview
(3rd Floor, Subcommittee Room 300-B - Pocahontas Building)
9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. – Visit legislators’ offices
10:00 a.m. Make way to Capitol steps for photo.
10:30 a.m. – Group photo with Governor Ralph Northam
10:50 a.m. – Group photo with Lt. Governor Justin Fairfax
11:15 a.m. – Make way to the House Gallery in the Capitol.
12:00 p.m. – Recognition on the House Floor during the Morning Hour
1:00 p.m. – Group photo with Attorney General Mark Herring
Omega NBC Coverage
Washington, D.C. - Third District (Northern Area I and II Chapters) - Brothers of Alpha Omega, Kappa Psi, Psi Nu, Psi Alpha Alpha, Omicron Kappa Kappa, Tau Rho and Pi Lambda Lambda Chapters, Third District, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. participated in the NBC4 and Telemundo 44 Health and Fitness Expo at the Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. on January 12, 2019. The brothers were asked by Brother Kevin Brown, Third District Representative to work with the Black Greek Letter Consortium (BGLC) as requested by Brother Dr. David Marion, 41st Grand Basileus, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. Brother Kenneth Barnes, Executive Director, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. initiated contact with Dr. Camille White, Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. Jennifer Jones, BGLC Program Lead and Dr. Johni Cruse Craig, BGLC Community Engagement Counselor, trained the brothers to serve as volunteers at this event. Dr. White led the coordination alongside the Sigma Gamma Rho Program Coordinator, Jacqueline Greely to coordinate all trainings, meetings, conference calls and booth space. The booth space was #701.
Dr. White stated that the brothers of Omega came through with great support. Brother Conrado B. Morgan, First Vice District Representative, Third District was tasked by Brother Kevin Brown to take the lead for this event. Brother Morgan was successful in getting forty-five brothers from seven different chapters to sign up, volunteer at the booth and successfully engaged the entire bottom floor of the convention center.
The brothers were asked to share information about the National Institutes of Health (NIH) All of Us Research Program. They were able to inform several hundred people about precision medicine - and the rest of the organizations from the BLGC were able to do the same. The All of Us Research Program hopes to advance precision medicine by encouraging 1 million or more individuals to share their health information for medical research that could improve health for generations to come. The chapters provided gifts for kids in attendance, raffled off every hour. The kids (or parents) completed some type of exercise activity to be eligible for the raffle. The All of Us Research Program is expected to reach and do research for 1,000,000 people. 85,000 people are expected to attend the expo each year. To learn more about this valuable and impactful program, please visit www.joinallofus.org/together. Connect with Omega Phi Psi on social media for current updates and event announcements that will steadily increase across the nation. #joinallofus #bglc #omgeapsiphi
RICHMOND, Virginia, Sunday October 28, 2018, Upsilon Nu Chapter partnered with the Richmond chapter of the NAACP to be a sponsor in the “Crab and Que”, Get Out the Vote Rally and Motorcade. The event is dubbed “JJ’s Crab & Q” for the branch president, James E. “J.J.” Minor III. The purpose of the rally is to rev up interest in the Southside section of the City of Richmond to get out and vote in the November 6, 2018 election. Members of Upsilon Nu and other sponsors of the event met at the Southside Plaza to line up in the motorcade, which then preceded to several neighborhoods in Richmond. There was horn blowing and interaction as the motorcade made its way through the city. Members of the community came out of their homes and apartments and screamed and shouted words of encouragement to the steady chant from the drivers “Vote, Vote, Vote”.
The motorcade ended its parade in Church Hill where the rally was held. The scores in attendance were served crab and bbq along with hotdogs and hamburgers, music and speeches from dignitaries such as the Mayor of the City of Richmond, members of the Richmond Council, the President of the Board of Education, and the President of the Richmond NAACP. The resounding theme was Get Out and Vote and take someone with you, don’t vote alone.
“Miss Community Clovia”, Clovia Lawrence lead the motorcade a long-time partner of Upsilon Nu commended Upsilon Nu for its continued support of voter registration and active civic involvement.
Bro. Theodore Braggs Jr. the VREM Chairman/Third District Subcommittee, organized the Upsilon Nu involvement with the event. As part of his duties Bro. Braggs has organize several voter registration efforts during the year, most recently at the National Night Out event.
Submitted by Bro. Michael Edwards Pictures by Bro. Jerome Jackson
Richmond, Virginia, Friday October 12, 2018, office of the Mayor of Richmond, Virginia. Upsilon Nu Chapter received one of its greatest recognitions for a year of community service in the Richmond area.
Mayor Levar M. Stoney hosted Upsilon Nu for a photo-op and Proclamation signing to express his gratitude and that of the Richmond community for Upsilon Nu’s community service.
Mayor Stoney recalled that during the “National Night Out”, he attended and gave a speech, how impressed he was to see so many members of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. in attendance and not only supporting the event but actively engaging with many of those in attendance.
“I appreciate that Mayor Stoney took time out of his busy schedule to give the chapter the opportunity to meet with him as he signed the Proclamation for “Upsilon Nu Day October 12, 2018”. Mayor Stoney was very cordial and appreciated the community service Upsilon Nu continues to provide to the community” stated Basileus
Michael Swain. Members of the mayor’s executive team were also present to help honor Upsilon Nu at this special award ceremony. Ms. Laura M. Harrison, Senior Assistant to the Mayor's Office thanked Bro. Edwards for working with her to gather all the information required to make the event a successful affair and looked forward to continuing the relationship between Upsilon Nu chapter and the city of Richmond.
Article by Bro. Michael Edwards Pictures by Mayor’s Staff
Third District - Washington, D.C. and Virginia - Supporting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Game Day. Give Back Project with a donation of $12,106.00
The Third District, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. supported the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Game Day. Give Back Project with a donation of $12,106.00 Brother Kevin Brown, Third District Representative thanked the Brothers of the Third District for their support of St. Jude. He gave a special thank you to Brother Harvey Woodson, Social Action Chairman and Brother Jeff Tarpley, Chairman, Third District’s St. Jude Game Day. Give Back Project, He also thanked all the chapters for their support to the project.
The funds donated will support the kids and families at St. Jude now. 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. St. Jude has a cure rate of 80% for childhood cancer. 40% of the kids treated at St. Jude are African Americans.
Mr. Roy Mays, St. Jude’s Representative will attend and give brief remarks at the 85th Third District Meeting on April 12-15, 2018 in Newport News, Virginia on the Third District outstanding support to St. Jude through Game Day. Give Back Project.
Last, this project falls under one of our international mandated program of Health Initiatives. Thank you all for your support.