NORFOLK, VA—Lambda Omega, Zeta Iota, Gamma Xi and Sigma Kappa Kappa chapters of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. celebrated the achievements of their respective members, community leaders and high school essayists at a joint banquet celebration on November 18. The annual event was held in the banquet facility of Norfolk State University’s Scott-Dozier Hall. Les McKay of Lambda Omega served as emcee. The keynote address was given by Brad Hunter, Vice-President for Commercial Lending with TowneBank, and a member of Lambda Omega. The luncheon was the culminating event of a week of activities that kicked off with a “Power of The Vote” forum at Old Dominion University hosted by the school’s Tau Lambda Chapter and NSU’s Pi Gamma Chapter on November 13. Fraternity members celebrated Omega Psi Phi’s 106th birthday at a rededication ceremony in Portsmouth on November 17.
Norfolk-based Lambda Omega Chapter presented its Lifetime Achievement Award to Fabius Tucker, and Herb Govan was their Superior Service recipient. The chapter recognized NSU’s President, Eddie Moore, as their Citizen of the Year. Moore, who is also an Omega Man, will be retiring in December of this year. Zeta Iota, located in Portsmouth, selected Stephanie Morales, Esq, as its Citizen of the Year. Morales was recently re-elected as Portsmouth’s Commonwealth Attorney. Lloyd Jackson, Jr. was their Omega Man of the Year, and Ovelton Malone was recognized for his Superior Service. Va. Beach’s Gamma Xi Chapter recognized James L. Barber as their Omega Man of the Year. Chesapeake’s Sigma Kappa Kappa Chapter presented Bri’Anne Green as its Citizen of the Year. Omega Man of the Year honors went to Kodi Fleming, the Lifetime Achievement Award to Brian “Jay” Glover, and Superior Service to Delwyn Peterson.
The Joint Achievement Week (JAW) $1000 award for best essay written by a high school senior went to Kanijah Brickhouse of Northampton High School in Cape Charles, VA. A $500 second place award went to Miles Edmond who attends Norfolk Collegiate in Norfolk. The members of the JAW committee were Kenneth Edmond, Michael Mitchell, Michael Williams, Stanley Barner and Dr. Leroy Hamilton. Dwayne Barber is the Basileus of Lambda Omega, Hank Mabry heads Zeta Iota, Gamma Xi is led by Turan Smith, Sigma Kappa Kappa by Justin Hampton. Alphonso Dale, Jr. is the Basileus of Pi Gamma and Leon Brewington leads Tau Lambda.