Achievement Week Celebration 2019

  

On November 9, 2019 the brothers of the Psi Alpha Alpha (PsiAA) chapter in conjunction with the Bernie L. Bates Foundation gathered to celebrate our individual and collective accomplishments from the 2018 to 2019 Omega Year.  The banquet was held at the elegant Waterford at Springfield where two hundred and ten brothers, family members, guests and friends were treated to an evening of elegance and fine dining.  Brother Marvin Chisolm served as the Achievement Week Committee Chairman and coordinated an evening of elegance and the acknowledgement of excellence. The current PsiAA Basileus Brother Eric W. Kelly, Sr. closed out the banquet with words of thanks and an empationed-plea for continued financial support of the Bernie L. Bates Foundation.  Brother Sheldon Schanck expertly served as the Master of Ceremonies and the Army Chief Information Officer, Brother Lieutenant General Bruce T. Crawford treated the audience with inspiring words on the Achievement Week theme: “Omega – Now is the Time for Serious Thinking and Impact”.

The dinner event gave all in attendance the opportunity to formally recognize and celebrate the following awardees:  Omega Man of the Year, Brother Calvin C. Beidleman III; the Superior Service Awardee, Brother Tony A. Wells; the Colonel Charles Young Military Leadership Awardee, Brother (Colonel) Myron B. McDaniels and the Citizen of the year Mount Vernon High School Head Football Coach, Mr. Monty Fritts.   Brother Eric Kelly (Basileus) presented two Basileus awards to Brothers James W. Cherry and Chester B. Keller. Special recognition was also afforded to several brothers celebrating a fraternity service anniversary:

 

Fifty-Five Years                               Fifty Years                               Forty-five Years

Bro. Leroy C. Latten                        Bro. Curtis A. Baylor                Bro. Peter L. Burnett

'.                                                         .Bro. Eddie Franklin                  Bro. Bradford M. Caldwell

.                                                          .Bro. Edward L. Craig                Bro. Robert H. Lewis

.                                                                                                               .Bro. Connie A. Brown

Forty Years                                     Thirty-five Years                     Thirty Years

Bro. Phillip L. Wilkerson Jr.            Bro. Foster P. Payne II              Bro. George E. Davis

Bro. Danny R. Ross

As always, we used this elegant opportunity to highlight the youth in our community.  The audience was treated to a contemporary dance performance from our 2019 Talent Hunt winner Miss Sydney Pollard and a solo song selection from Mr. Nicholas McCatty.  As a special treat, our high school essay contest winner Miss Brynna Boyd presented her thought-provoking and winning essay.

The Fairfax County Ques kicked off our Achievement Week activities on Election Day (Nov 5th) by supporting the Fraternity’s voter registration, education and mobilization call to action by supporting the polling station at the Walt Whitman Middle school in the Mount Vernon area of Alexandria.  On November 8th we conducted our first “Reading for Success” program event of the year at the Riverside elementary school; reading one book and providing twenty-five books to every 3rd grade student and later that day the chapter hosted our annual Pre-Achievement Week happy hour. The Happy Hour was a joint Northern Area II event held at Dudley's Sport and Ale.  Over 30 brothers gathered for an evening of food, fun, and fellowship. On November 14, we hosted an evening of fellowship during the Thursday night football game.   We concluded our Achievement Week activities on November 17th with brothers worshiping together and providing a donation to the Harvest Assembly Baptist Church.  After the church service, more than thirty brothers traveled to Howard University to participate in the annual rededication ceremony.  This year’s rededication was well attended and featured Brother Dr. David Marion (Grand Basileus of The Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.) was the Keynote speaker who delivered an enthusiastic, inspiring, motivating, and uplifting speech. The 2019 PsiAA Chapter Achievement Week events were a resounding success due to the effort of the committee and but more important due to the participation from the Fairfax County Ques, their families, and friends.

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.

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Vice Basileus, Psi Alpha Alpha Chapter

Third District Meeting 2019

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PsiAA Chapter Brothers and Award Winners

On April 12, 2019, the men of Psi Alpha Alpha (PsiAA) Chapter, Third District, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. met with other Third District chapters and visiting brothers, during our annual Third District meeting in Herndon, Virginia.

The Third District meeting was well attended by the Grand Officers (Grand Basileus, First vice Grand Basileus, Grand Keeper of Records and Seal, Grand Keeper of Finance, and Immediate Past Grand Basileus), IHQ leadership and staff, and brotherhood. Additionally, Grand Basileus Marion provided a very informative message outlining the current state and priorities of the fraternity.

The Third District Representative conducted a well-organized and productive meeting. He provided an informative speech regarding the state and future of the Third District. District chairmen presented the committee reports accordingly. District achievement awards were presented. Psi Alpha Alpha chapter and brothers had the honor of receiving the following awards:

  • Social Action Chapter of the Year – 3rd Place
  • Founders Lifetime Achievement – Marion Barnwell
  • Coronel Charles Young Military Leadership – Chester Keller
  • Omega Man of the Year – Mike Frazier

Other Award winners:

  • Omega Man of the Year (Undergraduate) – Elisha Howard
  • Chapter of the Year (Undergraduate) – Beta Delta Delta
  • Graduate Chapter of the Year (Small) – Tau Rho
  • Graduate Chapter of the Year (Large) – Delta Omega
  • Superior Service – Ahmad Andrews – Pi Lambda Lambda
  • Basileus of the Year – Jay Allen – Phi Phi
  • Youth Mentoring Program Chapter of the Year – Pi Lanbda Lambda

This was a first class event hosted by Sigma Mu Mu chapter. A great time was expressed by numerous brothers and they enjoyed the fellowship.

PsiAA Sweetheart Affair

On February 10, 2019, the men of Psi Alpha Alpha (PsiAA) Chapter, Third District, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., hosted our annual Sweetheart Affair on board the Spirit of Washington Cruise Lines at 600 Water St. SW, in Washington, D.C.  The Men of Psi Alpha Alpha escorted their wives and significant others aboard the vessel which embarked on the Potomac River promptly at 11:30 am.

The Spirit of Washington featured a climate-controlled dining room with a live band, DJ, dance floor, on-board photographer, exclusive buffet assortment and a cash bar.  During the 2-hour event, the band provided an array of smooth music that complimented the warm and friendly atmosphere. PsiAA Basileus, Brother Eric Kelly, welcomed party-goers with thanks and gratitude midway through the afternoon festivities. Brother Joe Briggs presented treats to everyone on-board. He also provided a raffle with an opportunity for 10 females to win. The raffle was entertaining and provided additional laughter. As part of the overall experience, each woman was given a Valentine’s Day card with that include a token of appreciation.

The cruise concluded with live music and dancing as we returned to the docks on the Potomac River.  All passengers agreed that this was a very worthwhile event, and that it should be continued annually as it was truly a remarkable and memorable event.

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PsiAA Chapter Christmas Party

The Psi Alpha Alpha Chapter (PsiAA) “Fairfax County Ques,” Third District, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. celebrated our annual chapter Christmas Party Saturday, December 15, 2018 at the home of (Bro) Wells in Woodbridge, VA.  In continuation with PsiAA tradition, the party featured fine catered cuisine, Friends and Family of the chapter, and a very welcoming holiday environment. Our Christmas party capped off a busy, yet enjoyable weekend for the Greater communities of Fairfax County, VA!

Commencing at 4pm, the party featured a top-notch catering which provided an array of fine cuisine including Cajun fried turkey, honey glazed ham, country dressing with baked chicken, collard greens, mac n cheese, sweet potato soufflé, smoked gouda fondue, seasonal fruit, cupcakes and assorted brownies.  The party opened with an opening prayer prior to dining and evening festivities.

The evening’s signature event, the Purple Elephant, began promptly at 6pm and featured more than 25 participants with gifts.  The Purple Elephant allowed a maximum of two swaps per participant the final swap going to the first participant.  Participants enjoyed the suspense of unknown gifts as each round progressed throughout the evening.  Some gifts roused an air of enthusiasm while others remained closed-hold throughout the night.  Needless to say, the Purple Elephant remains the marquee event of the PsiAA Christmas Party.

The evening ended with our continued and enduring fellowship amongst Family and Friends of PsiAA.  Our caterer continued to serve an outstanding holiday meal as music played and families departed.  We continued to uphold the family traditions of the Fairfax County Ques as we strive to serve the Fairfax County community; and look forward to a very prosperous 2019 and betterment of All.  Long Live Omega!!!!

       

       

PsiAA 38th Chapter Anniversary

       

The Psi Alpha Alpha (PsiAA) Chapter, Third District, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. brothers celebrated their 38th year chapter anniversary on December 26, 2018 at the Embassy Suites in Springfield, VA. The brothers came together for an evening filled with enthusiasm, fellowship, and rejoicing to have been blessed with yet another tremendously great year for the chapter. The chapter continues maintain its duty to operate in the true Omega spirit and excellence in honor of our great fraternity and the 13 PsiAA chapter charter members as we continue providing service to the Fairfax County community as demonstrate by the chapter receiving the Fraternity’s International and District Large Chapter of the year awards respectfully.

Basileus Eric Kelly offered the brothers a few inspirational words and thanked everyone for coming out. Additionally, the Basileus requested brothers to provide some history of the chapter along with any other information they would like to mention regarding their walk in Omega. Brothers Isiah E. Barnwell (Charter member), Curtis Baylor, Charles Latten, Alex Beard, Eric Twiggs, and Marvin Chisolm answered the call and their words word memorialized on video by the Chapter Reporter (Calvin Beidleman). The purpose for creating the videos is to provide current and future brothers the opportunity to receive scholarship, uplift, document chapter history, and better understand the aspirations of the PsiAA Charter members (Directly), as well as from other PsiAA brothers.

Finally, the celebration was well attended by numerous brothers. The brothers continued to fellowship and break bread enthusiastically together for the remainder of the evening. A great time was had by all. The brothers are grateful for another successful year filled with developing and solidifying life lasting friendships with other brothers. The PsiAA brother are eagerly looking to 2019.

 

              

PsiAA – 2018 Achievement Week Banquet

~2018 Achievement Week Psi Alpha Alpha Chapter       

On November 17, 2018 the brothers of the Psi Alpha Alpha (PsiAA) chapter, Third District, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. in conjunction with the Bernie L. Bates Foundation gathered to celebrate our individual and collective accomplishments from the 2017 to 2018 Omega Year.  The banquet was held at the elegant Waterford at Springfield where two hundred and ten brothers, family members, guests and friends were treated to an afternoon of elegance, fine dining and the acknowledgement of excellence.  Brother Marvin Chisolm served as the Achievement Week Committee Chairman and coordinated an afternoon of elegance and excellence.  As his last official event the PsiAA Immediate Past Basileus, Brother Craig M. Spraggins hosted the lunch banquet.  The current PsiAA Basileus Brother Eric W. Kelly, Sr. closed out the banquet with words of thanks and an empationed-plea for continued financial support of the Bernie L. Bates Foundation.  Brother James Cherry expertly served as the Master of Ceremonies and Brother (Major General-Retired) Barrye L. Price treated the audience with inspiring words on the Achievement Week theme: “Omega Men: Effecting Positive Change In Communities Worldwide”.

The lunch event gave all in attendance the opportunity to formally recognize and celebrate the following awardees:  Omega Man of the Year, Brother Tony A. Wells; The Founders Lifetime Achievement Awardee, Brother Marion L. Barnwell; The Superior Service Awardee, Brother Hector Sheppard Jr.; the Colonel Charles Young Military Leadership Awardee, Brother Chester B. Keller and the Citizen of the year Mr. Roane Harris.   Special recognition was also afforded to several brothers celebrating a fraternity service anniversary:

Years Name
65 Brother John L. Peoples, Sr.
60 Brother James T. George
50 Brother Joe D. Howze
35 Brother Gilbert McManus
35 Brother Norris Middleton
35 Brother James C. Smith
25 Brother Gene A. Hudson

As always, we used this elegant opportunity to highlight the youth in our community.  The audience was treated to a piano recital from our 2018 Talent Hunt winner Miss Kayla Anthony.  As a special treat, our high school essay contest winner Miss Taveona Rosemond-Francis presented her thought-provoking and winning essay.

The Fairfax County Ques kicked off our Achievement Week activities on Election Day by supporting the Grand Basileus’ voter registration, education and mobilization call to duty by supporting the polling station at the Walt Whitman Middle school in the Mount Vernon area of Alexandria (click here).  On November 9th, the chapter co-hosted the 2nd annual Northern Virginia and DC area Ques Pre-Achievement Week happy hour with the Brothers of the Kappa Psi, Omicron Kappa Kappa and Pi Lambda Lambda chapters (click here).  On November 11th, we continued to fellowship by worshiping together and supporting the Mount Calvary Baptist Church’s Veterans Day Program.  We also conducted our first “Reading for Success” program event of the year at the Riverside elementary school; reading one book and providing twenty-five books to every 3rd grade student (click here).  After the banquet more than thirty brothers car pooled down to Howard University to participate in the annual rededication ceremony.  The 2018 PsiAA Chapter Achievement Week events were a resounding success due to the effort of the committee and but more important due to the participation from the Fairfax County Ques, their families and friends.

~ PsiAA Executive Council and Third District District Representative

~2018 Achievement Week Awards 

~2018 Founders Table

~PsiAA 2017 with the International and Third District Large Chapter of the year awards

~2018 AW Superior Service winner (Bro. Hector Sheppard Jr.)

~2018 AW Omega Man of the Year winner (Bro. Tony A. Wells)

~2018 AW Keynote speaker (Bro. (MG-Ret) Barrye Price

~2018 AW High School Essay Contest winner (Miss Taveona Rosemond-Francis)

~2018 AW Founders Lifetime Achievement winner (Bro. Marion (Barney) Barnwell)

~2018 AW Col Charles D. Young Military Leadership winner (Bro. Chester B. Keller)

~2018 AW Citizen of the Year winner (Mr. Roane Harris)

~2018 AW Basileus Award winner (Bro. IPB Craig Spraggins)

PsiAA Achievement Week Joint Happy Hour and QFL

Fairfax County, VA. 2018 has been and continues to be a great year for the Progressive Psi Alpha Alpha Fairfax County Ques.

The Psi Alpha Alpha Chapter, Third District, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. on the 9th of November 2018, in conjunction with three other local chapters (Kappa Psi, Omicron Kappa Kappa, and Pi Lambda Lambda) kicked off the 2018 Achievement Week festivities. The brothers of Psi Alpha Alpha, conducted a joint happy hour at Jolley’s Restaurant and Lounge in Alexandria, Va.  It was a great success, as over 100 people attended. Short speeches of gratitude by each chapter’s representative were given. Hors d’oeuvres and cake displaying all the participating chapter names were provided. The goal of the joint happy hour was to help energize the brothers and give a great kickoff event for all the planned activities of the week as well as have the brother’s network and discuss ideas.

The Psi Alpha Alpha Chapter followed the Joint Happy Hour with another spectacular event on 15 November. The Psi Alpha Alpha Ques attended a joint QFL event.  As usual, Psi Alpha Alpha showed up and helped make the event a great success.  The event provided another opportunity for the brothers to come together and fellowship.

There were over thirty brothers in attendance at the local Buffalo Wild Wings. Hors d’oeuvres were served while we watched the Seattle Seahawks beat the Green Bay packers in a thriller.

SUCCESS!
Moving forward, due to the great turnout, popularity, and enthusiastic reviews of the event, we recommend we continue this effort.

               

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.