Psi Alpha Alpha Committed to Service at Capital Area Food Bank

Psi Alpha Alpha Committed to Service at Capital Area Food Bank

On Saturday, December 10, 2016, the Brothers of Psi Alpha Alpha Chapter, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. gathered at the Capital Area Food Bank (CAFB) in Lorton, VA (6233 Hill Park Dr., Lorton, VA 22079) to engage in a little fellowship while working to do our share to help out those in our area who are suffering from hunger and a lack available food.

Every month, typically on the second Saturday, we gather at the CAFB to assist them in putting together food packages that are then sent out to those in need.  The locations that the Lorton Food Bank service are Annandale (the Evergreen House), Arlington (Harvey Hall, The Shelton, Hunter’s Park at Cherry Dale, Lockwood/Elmwood House, Hunter’s Woods Fellowship House) and Fairfax (United Community Ministries, Bailey’s Senior Center, Yorkville Cooperative, Lake Ann Fellowship House, Winter Hills Apartments) Virginia.

The CAFB is the largest organization in the Washington metro area that is working to solve hunger and a lack of nutrition.  Psi Alpha Alpha is one of the many community organizations that partners with them and we have been doing so for about twenty years.  The CAFB is helping 540,000 people each year to get access to good, healthy food.

Brother Barney Barnwell has been leading the efforts to work with the CAFB from the beginning.  Our Chapter always has a strong turnout and a large number of our Brothers have lent their time to this great effort.  Of all of the things that our chapter does, this is one of the most rewarding, as we know that our hard work will translate to providing a true necessity to those in our region who are most in need.

 

PsiAA’S 5K FUN RUN

Brothers,

Good evening. It was breezy today, but brothers still managed to have fun. As usual, the Immediate Past Basilieus ran his one mile and critiqued runners on their correct form. Bro. Wells tried his best to complete at least 12 laps. Bro’s Twigg, Caldwell, and Floyd were slow but steady. The Fashion Award went to Bro Immediate "Past Past” Basileus Bro Wyche, who managed to wear both Dallas Cowboys and Penn State paraphernalia. The highlight of the day was the sprint to the end that was won by Bro. Jason Foreman. In the end, fun was had by all.

Brother Kevin Williams
Chapter Reporter, Psi Alpha Alpha Chapter

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HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!

Greetings Brothers,

It’s my sincere hope and desire that all of you our surrounded by Friends and Families today to give thanks for all of the blessings we have in our lives. Recently, I’ve been reminded of however bleak a situation my appear to be, there are countless more blessings to be had. Let us be reminded of this as we gather and break bread together and focus on being a Friend as the chaplain spoke of at the chapter meeting and reiterated during his most recent email.

Enjoy your day my Brothers!!!!!!

Hail to the Redskins!!!!! 🙂

YIO,

Craig Spraggins

Achievement Week Banquet

The Brothers of Psi Alpha Alpha and Eta Delta Delta Chapters of Omega Psi Phi, Fraternity, Incorporated will host its Annual Achievement Week Banquet. The guest speaker is the Bishop Dr. Stacatto Powell, Grand Chaplain of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Incorporated. Entertainment will be provided by Brother Keith Wilson and two of our 2016 Talent Hunt participants Miss Arielle Brown and Mr Christopher Love.

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Reading for Success Concludes Year One

Reading and interacting with 3rd grade students from Riverside Elementary School is a joy each time the Brothers of Psi Alpha Alpha enter onto the school campus. On June 5, 2015, the chapter concluded its first year implementation of Reading for Success, a program designed to assist in the increase of standardized test scores in reading. Brothers read the Patchwork Quilt, authored by Valerie Flournoy and distributed copies of the book to each 3rd grade student. At the conclusion of the reading session, Brothers shared quilts passed down by their family members with Riverside students. Many were amazed as they viewed and physically touched the handcrafted materials that went into the production of the quilt. Both Psi Alpha Alpha and the Bernie L. Bates Foundation, Inc., looks forward to year two implementation with the students of Riverside Elementary School.

I Believe I Can Fly Takes Off

On July 7, 2015 Psi Alpha Alpha Chapter held its orientation for its second Youth Aviation Program entitled “I Believe I Can Fly” at the South County Center in Alexandria, VA. Five of six students who applied for the program were selected to participate.

The students are Jabari Resper (West Potomac High School), Philip Nance (Gunston Middle School), Khari Chase (Lee High School), Michael Freeman (Lee High School) and Rebekah Nance (Thomas Jefferson). The students and their parents attended the orientation that introduced the program requirements, linked them with their assigned mentors, and highlighted the students’ expectations.

The Chapter assigned two mentors (one of whom are aviators) per student; the mentors are responsible for cultivating a professional relationship with their mentee, and monitor their progress in the program. The program consists of two major goals: The immediate short-term goal is to give students the opportunity to get hands-on flight experience, classroom instructions and mentorship. The long-term goal is to expand the program to eligible participants to receive a private pilot certificate. The program utilizes classroom training with academic instructions that inspire math and science with the opportunity to practice what they learn on the flight simulators.

The objective of the program is to use flight instruction as a vehicle to mentor, tutor, and provide role models for young men and women to effect positive change in the community. The program instills discipline and leadership to its participants and teach academic and life skills; the program endeavors to make better leaders and citizens by teaching the discipline required of aviation professionals.

H.J. Aviation provides the flight instructions for the program. Mr. George London is the chief flight instructor; a retired Air Force Colonel and Test Pilot who is a well-qualified flight instructor with civilian flight certificates as a Certified Flight Instructor (CFI), Certified Flight Instructor Instruments (CFII) and Multi-Engine Instructor (MEI). The H.J. Aviation School has an eager group of five instructors/mentors consisting of pilots for major corporations and the military. The flight course includes Ground Training, Flight Orientation training and Flying Hours Training. Ground training includes ten classes:

Class 1 Airplanes and Aerodynamics
Class 2 Airplane Instruments, Engines, and Systems
Class 3 Airports, Air Traffic Control, and Airspace
Class 4 FAR's - (FAR Part 1, FAR Part 61, FAR Part 91, & NTSB 830) (FAR/AIM)
Class 5 Airplane Performance and Weight and Balance
Class 6 Aeromedical Factors and Aeronautical Decision Making
Class 7 Aviation Weather& Aviation Weather Services
Class 8 Navigation: Charts, Publications, Flight Computers
Class 9 Navigation Systems
Class 10 Cross-Country Flight Planning

Ground training is conducted on Saturday morning for 10 weeks, and the students practice what they have learned on flight simulators. Flight Orientation training requires the students to fly an airplane—including takeoff, in-flight navigation, and landing; Flight Hours training requires the students to log flight hours that will be used to meet requirements for their pilot certificates. I Believe I Can Fly Program provides costs for Ground Training, Flight Orientation, and 15 of the 40 hours minimum to obtain the students’ pilot certificate.

Safer Officers and Safer Citizens Act of 2015

From Brother Antonio F. Knox, Sr., 40th Grand Basileus:

I am writing to urge you to support S.1897, the Safer Officers and Safer Citizens Act of 2015. I know this bill has the potential to save not only my life, but also those of my family, friends, and neighbors. Senators, my entire community can benefit from this bill, which is why I cannot overstate its importance.

The bill, as drafted by the National Bar Association and supported by the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., will help to prevent some of the unnecessary confrontations that occur when unarmed citizens- both Black and white- are being detained and arrested by law enforcement officers. While some have labeled these unfortunate encounters “Blue on Black Crimes”, and point to UVA student Martese Johnson as an example, facts demonstrate that around the country many whites and Hispanics have also encounter such incidents. The death of John Geer in Fairfax is one that is noted. These senseless deaths and encounters must stop. [THESE EXAMPLES ARE FROM VIRGINIA DISCUSS LOCAL EXAMPLES]

Between 2003 and 2009, 4,813 people died while in police custody or in the process of being arrested. [1] Proportionally, African-Americans and other minorities take a heavy toll in many of these incidents. However, it should be noted that whites too experience ill consequences while being arrested and are at risk of losing their lives. In a study done in California in 2012, body cameras resulted in a 60% reduction in use of force, and an 88% decline in the number of complaints against officers.

In closing, I urge you to support this legislation and to bring the powers of your office to bear. With your help, we can end this senseless violence and death at the hand of law enforcement. Our society and our judicial community is better than this and we must work together to end this vicious cycle of violence. Our communities are begging for your assistance.

Sign the petition!

[1] Source: Bureau of Justice Statistics

Capital Area Food Bank

Capital Area Food Bank 051416A long standing partnership has existed between that
of Psi Alpha Alpha and the Capital Area Food Bank of
Lorton, Virginia for several years. Monthly, Brothers
take part in the packing of canned and dry food items
for delivery to those less fortunate throughout the
Northern Virginia Area. Fighting hunger helps diminish
under-nutrition, heart disease, and obesity and Psi
Alpha Alpha is honored to do its part in combating
these illnesses with the Capital Area Food Bank.