PsiAA Appreciation Cookout 2019

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On July 27, 2019, the men of Psi Alpha Alpha (PsiAA) Chapter, Third District, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. hosted its annual “appreciation” cookout.  The annual cookout is held to express appreciation for the chapter’s members event sponsors, partners, family, and friend for their dedication participation and support during the year in executing the fraternity’s mandatory programs including talent hunt, essay contest and Achievement Week, to name a few, as well as local community initiatives such as the “ManUp” program, blood drive and health fair, and Reading for Success – all designed to help improve the quality of life in Fairfax County, the chapter’s service area.  The appreciation cookout allows the brothers of PsiAA to socialize among themselves, along with their families and friends.

Food and fun are the two most important consideration of each cookout.  Therefore, an array of foods, both hot and cold, was provided to satisfy all tastes and pallets – including BBQ chicken and ribs, sliced beef, greens, macaroni and cheese, baked beans, as well as light fare such as potato chips, nuts, hot dogs and hamburgers.  Beverages included bottle water, of course, and a wide assortment of juices and sodas. The men of PsiAA demonstrated their skill on the grill by grilling the burgers and hotdogs. The remaining entrées and side dishes were catered.

Attendees were at liberty to participate in any or all entertainment events such as basketball/softball batting cage, corn hole, table and card games. There were those willing to accept the challenge.

The cookout, as expected, was well attended because it allows brothers to relax and enjoy themselves in an atmosphere of brotherhood while at the same time, sharing time with their families and friends in spirit of friendship.

Inaugural Brother Dr. Moses C. Norman, Sr. International Leadership Conference 2019

On July 11, 2019, the men of Psi Alpha Alpha (PsiAA) Chapter, Third District, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. attended the Inaugural Brother Dr. Moses C. Norman, Sr. International Leadership Conference was held in Atlantic City, NJ at the Harrah’s Hotel, July 11 – 13, 2019. There was a reported 965 Brothers who were registered at the Conference.   Psi Alpha Alpha (Pisa) was well represented with 11 Brothers registered and in attendance. One of the most surprising things that happened was that the registration process was quick and painless. There was literally hardly any wait time. Registration to get your badge and credentials didn’t take longer than 2 minutes for most Brothers.

On Saturday of the Conference, Senator Kamala Harris (2020 Democratic Presidential Candidate) addressed the Brotherhood and the public that were in attendance. Kamala discussed her platform and her connections to Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.

List of Brothers that registered and attended the Leadership Conference. 

Bro. W.J. Williams, Jr. (VB) Bro. Chester Keller (KRS) Bro. Marion “Barney” Barnwell
Bro. Calvin Beidleman Bro. Cornelius Beidleman Bro. Philip Benjamin
Bro. Brad Caldwell Bro. Antonio Coleman Bro. Norris Middleton
Bro. Alcindor Rosier Bro. Ken Younger

Service Awards: 

Psi Alpha Alpha had Brothers who have reached Anniversary milestones that were acknowledged at the Leadership Conference.  The highlighted row means the Brother attended and received award at Leadership Conference.

 

Last Name M.I. First Name Years
Baylor A Curtis A. 50
Brown A Connie 45
Burnett L Peter 45
Caldwell M Bradford 45
Craig Edward L. 50
Davis Jr. E George 30
Latten C Leroy 55
Lewis H. Robert 45
Payne II P Foster 35
Ross R Danny 40
Wilkerson Jr. L Phillip 40

Psi Alpha Alpha Brothers were thoroughly immersed in traditional training classes offered to include:

  • Keeper of Records and Seal training,
  • Keeper of Finance training,
  • Membership Selection,
  • Protocol,
  • Vice Basileus,
  • Basileus training,
  • Social event success/Fundraising

Other course offerings were made available for those in attendance and Psi Alpha Alpha chapter brothers made the most of their time taking an active role in each. It was an enlightening experience.

This year’s leadership conference while stoked in business always is embodied with a great sense of friendship as the men of Omega work and socialize alongside one another. Psi Alpha Alpha Brothers in attendance prospered from the information shared and the fellowship amongst the Brothers of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Incorporated.

 

Fraternally,

Bro. Willie “W.J.” Williams, Jr.

1-2001-XZ

Vice Basileus, Psi Alpha Alpha Chapter

Top 40 Under 40 Award

 Bro. WJ Williams Jr (After receiving award)

On July 11, 2019, the men of Psi Alpha Alpha (PsiAA) Chapter, Third District, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. celebrated Bro. Willie "W.J." Williams, Jr., was awarded a "Top 40 under 40" Award by the Alexandria Chamber of Commerce at the United Way Worldwide building.  The "40 under 40" program was established in 2016 by the Chamber to recognize top men and women, age 40 and under, engaged in a variety of fields including business, technology, nonprofit management, civic life, public service, education, and the arts, who are shaping Alexandria for the future. The Chamber recognized W.J as one of these such people.

W.J. is currently a Senior Systems Engineer with OGSystems in the Alexandria area. He is also the Founder & CEO of W2W Technologies, LLC, a small company he started that is a full-service technology, design, development and support company that provides clients/organizations of various sizes with quality work to help entrepreneurs establish their brands and support their companies. W.J. has worked in the aerospace and defense industry for over 14 years, supporting the Department of Defense and the Intelligence Community in the Washington, DC Metropolitan area. He is a 2004 graduate of Clemson University and a 2007 graduate of Boston University. W.J. has earned recognition at the IMPACT Awards, National Engineers Week, and received The Modern-Day Technology Leader Award at the Black Engineer of the Year Award Conference.

In addition to his passion professionally, he is also a strong community leader with a focus on serving under-represented communities and promoting STEM awareness and engagement. He is an active member and leader in the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., Co-Founder and Board member for the Aspire 2 Inspire Foundation, and Board member for the Bernie L. Bates Foundation.

         

Bro. W.J. Williams, Jr. with his Mom                       Bro. W.J. Williams, Jr. posting for picture before the event.

  Bro. W.J. Williams, Jr. with the city of Alexandria’s mayor, Justin Wilson