December 26, 2016

Psi Alpha Alpha Chapter 36th Anniversary Celebration

The 36th Anniversary Celebration of

the Psi Alpha Alpha Chapter of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.

In the presence of charter members Willard Jasper, Ronald Lofton, Senior, Marion Barnwell, and Isaiah Barnwell, Junior, several members of the Psi Alpha Alpha chapter gathered at the Marriott in Fair Oaks, Virginia to celebrate and reflect on the chapter’s 36th anniversary. December 26 of each year marks the founding of the Psi Alpha Alpha chapter of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity’s existence in Fairfax, Va. Since that time, the chapter has done much to be proud of and is continually charting new plans to extend its outreach efforts in the community it serves.

This year, Brothers gathered at the Marriott hotel and lobby where it last hosted an Achievement Week after event cocktail hour for fraternity members, family, and friends alike. Those in attendance were treated to a smorgasbord of tasty food ranging from thin crust pizzas, southern Virginia peanuts, macaroni & cheese, chicken, and salad. Each Brother was asked to bring an artifact that has been instrumental in his walk in Omega and or one that reflects the founding of the chapter. One of the most important artifacts was that of the original charter itself guarded closely by that of Brother Isaiah Barnwell, Junior. It was properly placed on an easel where it could be prominently viewed by all throughout the event. Charter members Jasper, Lofton, Sr., Marion Barnwell, and Iasiah Barnwell, Jr., each shared reflective moments regarding the creation of Psi Alpha Alpha with those in attendance. Shortly thereafter, the Brothers shared their artifacts and their reflections since being in the folds of Omega. Every few minutes, the groups would rotate again to provide ample opportunities from each to learn from one another. Each of the artifacts were then placed on a table to be viewed and photographed for historical record keeping purposes. Lamps, sweaters, plaques, bricks, bibles, and hats were shown and were the catalysts to a wealth of knowledge that was shared.

The conclusion of the event provided an opportunity for the charter members to take a picture along with the other Brothers present. Psi Alpha Alpha chapter’s anniversary was one of great reflection and pride as we celebrated yet another year existence. It is vital that we honor and celebrate December 26th of each year to remind us of the significance of the moment in history. The chapter is honored to bestow chapter number 806 of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. as the Psi Alpha Alpha chapter of Fairfax County, Va.