Upsilon Nu Welcomes Students Back to School

Richmond, Virginia, Tuesday, September 3, 2019, Upsilon Nu came out to support the Welcome Back to School event throughout the Greater Richmond area. The purpose of the First Day of School event was is to provide encouragement to the kids returning back to school. This was done in several states. In some schools we were asked to participate and wear attend in either shirt and tie, or omega casual attire. This was to provide kids with images of African Americans in professional attire and not Urban wear. Several of the schools are recipients of the book bags and school supplies donated by these organizations. “I remember going to Henderson Middle to give out backpacks for the students,” stated Brother Christian.

We received multiple opportunities to welcome young students back to school on Tuesday - September 3rd Schools asking for our assistance:
• Highland Springs Elementary School -600 Pleasant St, Highland Springs - 7:30 a.m. - requested attire = Omega Casual
• Martin Luther King. Jr. Middle School - 1000 Mosby St. Richmond, - 7:30 a.m. - requested attire = Jacket and tie
• Henderson Middle School - 7:45 a.m. - 4319 Old Brook Rd. - 7:45 a.m. - requested attire - Omega Casual

Submitted by Bro. Michael Edwards                                        Pictures by Bro. J.C. Christian

Gamma Xi Brother Marks 50th Year of Service

VIRGINIA BEACH—Gamma Xi Chapter returned from its summer hiatus in its first meeting of the Fall on September 4. The highlight of that gathering was the presentation of a 50yr pin to Bro. Amos Rawls. Bro. Dr. Keenan Davis, chapter Basileus, read the citation and pinned the Portsmouth, VA native as the activity was live-streamed to his lovely wife, Soror Alena Rawls (DST ), who waited nearby. Bro. Rawls began his vaunted service with Omega via Pi Gamma Chapter at Norfolk State University (NSU) in Norfolk, VA.

Pi Lambda Lambda’s _ Prince William County_OMEGA U_ Car Wash

Pi Lambda Lambda (PLL), Third District, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. and the Omega U Committee Students washed cars and raised over $1,000.00 on September 14, 2019 at the Hylton Boys in Girls Club in Dale City Virginia.  The event was organized by Bro. Aaron Works, Omega U Co-Chair, and Elijah Gartrell, Student and Omega U President, to raise funds to participate in the Virginia State University homecoming football game and ROTC class on October 19, 2019.  This car wash was the first activity of the Omega U 2019/2020 school calendar year for the program of over 150+ male students of Prince William County Public Schools.

Omega U is the youth mentorship program of Pi Lambda Lambda Chapter of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. This program currently serves nine elementary, middle, and high schools across Prince William County. Pi Lambda Lambda (PLL) Chapter is a graduate chapter of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., an international nonprofit social and civic service organization that has more than 700 chapters with 100,000 members in 14 countries worldwide.

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 Labs, 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 Jr Chapter serving PWC partnering with Virginia State University, Virginia Tech University, Northern Virginia Community College, and George Mason University.

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_7th Annual Community Day and 5K Run

Pi Lambda Lambda (PLL), Third District, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. partnered with Potomac Senior High School in Prince William County in support of the school’s Annual Panther 5K Run and 7th Annual Community Day on September 21, 2019.

PLL’s Health Committee supported the school’s 5K and its Community Day with free blood pressure screenings by Brother Ed McDaniels, a “Brother, You’re on My Mind” mental health station, physical therapy provided by Brother Dr. Mario Anderson, and a voter registration station led by Brother Doug Jones.  The chapter also coordinated a dental screening station by local dentist Dr. Terry Wright (whose daughter attends the school) and a Zumba cardio session with instructor Mariam Agha.

Community Day was a family-friendly event designed to increase the surrounding community’s participation with the school, and encourage school spirit.  In addition to the 5K, the school also set up school club recruiting tables, and multiple stations, to include the Army National Guard, the Prince William County Police, a dunk tank, and multiple food vendors.

More than 300 people attended Community Day and its various stations.   Brother Mario Anderson’s physical therapy station was an very popular with the students – especially members of the school’s football team, and participants from the morning’s 5K.  The overall event was a success, and Ms. Regina Nash, Potomac High School Assistant Principal, invited the chapter back for the 2020 school year’s Community Day.

Potomac Senior High School is one of the partner schools for the chapter’s mentoring program, Omega U.   Proceeds from the 5K were donated to Omega U and the Baron “Deuce” P. Braswell Run Against Teen Violence.

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’s _ Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes

Pi Lambda Lambda (PLL), Third District, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. joined with hundreds of other enthusiastic walkers on Saturday, September 21, 2019, to participate in the Annual American Diabetes Association STEP OUT: Walk to Stop Diabetes. Not only did the brothers of PLL field an energetic team of walkers, the efforts of the Brothers, their families, friends and supporters placed the chapter among the top three fundraising teams in the Metro DC area.

With one of every 10 Americans afflicted with this disease, PLL is home to numerous Brothers who battle this disease daily. The life-altering effects of Diabetes have fueled the inspired efforts of PLL Brothers to collectively engage in the fight against it. We understand this fight to be a “family affair” and realize that the ultimate victory against this disease will benefit our Brothers and our family members, as well. The imperative is real and the Brothers of Pi Lambda Lambda Chapter rose to the call. The goal of combatting the insidious and pervasive disease of Diabetes is an annual challenge that PLL is more than willing to face.

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.

Third District History and Archives Monday Pearl 10/7/19 – Doc Sykes

Greetings Brothers!

In the spirit of the season, please be uplifted by the following:

This pitching ace graduated from Howard University in 1915 and earned his DDS from Howard in 1918. A two-sport athlete, Frank Jehoy Sykes was the captain of Howard’s baseball team and never lost a collegiate game he pitched while playing professional baseball during summer breaks to help pay his tuition. Known for his famous spitball, Sykes pitched for five different Negro League teams during his career which spanned 1913-24. Named “Doc” by Negro League organizer, owner, and pitcher, Rube Foster, Sykes’ team, the New York Lincoln Stars, won the Colored World Series in 1915. In 1922, while playing with the Baltimore Black Sox, Sykes had his best season with a record of 30-6-1 and pitched a perfect game against the Bacharach Giants on September 16, 1922. While playing baseball, Sykes established a dental practice in Baltimore working during the day and pitching at night. He retired from baseball in August 1924 as the travel schedule of the Black Sox conflicted with his growing dental practice.

In 1926, Sykes moved back to his hometown, Decatur, AL, to help care for his mother. He established a practice in Decatur and became one of its standout citizens. In 1933, Sykes testified in a Morgan County Courtroom arguing his qualifications to serve as a juror in the retrial of the Scottsboro Boys. As a result of his testimony, he received death threats and, on two occasions, the KKK burned crosses on his property. Tiring of the racism in the South, Sykes moved back to Baltimore in 1938 and reestablished his dental practice where he remained for the rest of his life.

Nicknamed "Doc", Sykes was initiated into Omega through Alpha Chapter in 1914. He also was one of the original members of Pi (now Pi Omega) Chapter in Baltimore in 1921 and was fraternally active until he entered Omega Chapter in 1986.

Make it a great week Brothers. Be noble!

F.I.E.T.T.S.
3rd District History and Archives Committee
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The Monday Pearl is provided by the Third District History and Archives Committee and is a weekly sharing of fraternity content, commentary, and research of historical value we hope Brothers will enjoy and from which Brothers will draw inspiration. Previous "Pearls" can be found at http://3rddistrictques.org/about-us/overview/monday-pearl/. The Committee encourages your feedback. Should you have reactions, comments, information, anecdotes, documents, and the like, related to any of the content we share, we'd very much like to hear from you. Please send all communication to 3dhistoryandarchives@gmail.com.

Third District History and Archives Monday Pearl 9/30/19 – Men of Consequence

Greetings Brothers!

I have found that one of the best ways to appreciate history is to experience history. When researching information on the charter members of Alpha Omega chapter, my meandering delivered me to the year 1939 and the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. There, the famous contralto, Marian Anderson, blessed the nation and the world with her virtuosity. "How did the chairman of Third District History and Archives Committee end up here?" you might ask. Moreover, what does Marian Anderson have to do with Omega? Please read the attached from the March 1939 Oracle. You will undoubtedly recognize some of the names mentioned in the article. Two names, with which you may not be so familiar, are Garnet C. Wilkinson and A. Kiger Savoy, who were prominent educators and two of Alpha Omega's recorded charter members.

After reading the article, you might also enjoy this documentary on Marian Anderson (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nH4cffnJUow). At about the 16:20 mark, you'll no doubt notice another familiar name.

Marian Anderson (1897-1993)

Read More - MenofConsequence_Oracle1939_Mar

Make it a great week Brothers. Be noble!

F.I.E.T.T.S.
3rd District History and Archives Committee
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The Monday Pearl is provided by the Third District History and Archives Committee and is a weekly sharing of fraternity content, commentary, and research of historical value we hope Brothers will enjoy and from which Brothers will draw inspiration. Previous "Pearls" can be found at http://3rddistrictques.org/about-us/overview/monday-pearl/. The Committee encourages your feedback. Should you have reactions, comments, information, anecdotes, documents, and the like, related to any of the content we share, we'd very much like to hear from you. Please send all communication to 3dhistoryandarchives@gmail.com.

23rd Annual Gamma Xi Uplift Foundation Golf Tourney

VIRGINIA BEACH—The Gamma Xi Uplift Foundation (GXUF) held its 23rd annual golf tournament—the Stop the Violence Golf Tournament--on May 17, 2019.  Under a blinding sun, 72 golfers navigated the beautiful Bide-A-Wee Golf Course in Portsmouth, VA.  The winning men’s team was made up of Jason Gayle, Anthony Hinds, Ryan Duncan and Teddy Gray. Faith Ryan, Sharron Miller, Wanda Cooper and Susan Kroger comprised the top women’s team. Additional skill and door prizes were passed out during the post-tournament dinner. Proceeds from the event support the prevention of domestic violence as well as many social action projects in South Hampton Roads. Michael Mitchell chaired the tournament committee. John Jessup is the head of the Gamma Xi Uplift Foundation.