Diabetes Walk 2019

On September 21, 2019 the Psi Alpha Alpha Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Incorporated participated, sponsored, raised and donated $1,175. Members of other DMV chapters were also present and participated in the 5k walk. The joint members of Omega Psi Phi enjoyed a morning fulfilled fellowship and a health walk. The event started at the Washington DC Monument (2 15th St NW, Washington, DC 20024) went to Lincoln Memorial and back to the Monument. The event was from 8am to 11am. The walk was about 1 hour. The reason for the brothers participating in this worthwhile event was to raise awareness in the community about diabetes, support life-saving research, help those being discriminated against as result of being diagnosed with diabetes, as well as a morning of fellowship and healthy walk.

Total raised $241,770 with 658 participants and 91 teams. The total volunteer hours of the Psi Alpha Alpha brothers, family and friends was approximately 45 hours. Throughout the event, there were several events consisting of aerobics, stretching, and dancing just to name a few. The DJ play smooth sounds during for the participants.

Health Fair and Blood Drive 2019

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On June 29, 2019, the men of Psi Alpha Alpha (PsiAA) Chapter, Third District, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. hosted our second annual Health Fair and Blood Drive in collaboration with the Gum Springs Community Center and the Fairfax-Falls Church Community Service Board. The Psi Alpha Alpha Chapter Brothers volunteered to assist with parking, vendor setup and breakdown, security, and crowd control. This event served as the Psi Alpha Alpha Chapter’s Charles Drew Memorial Blood Drive which gave residents the opportunity to give the gift of life by donating much needed blood plasma.

The success of the blood drive was evident in the 21 units of blood collected which ultimately can save up to 126 lives. Other featured service providers in attendance (but not limited to) were the Department of Family Services (SNAP), Foster Care & Adoption, Domestic Violence Action Center (DVAC), American Diabetes Association, Community Service Board Wellness, Health Promotion, and Prevention; Unit Healthcare, Bethlehem Baptist Church (Blood Pressure checks), PsiAA Voter Registration, Mount Vernon Police Department, Mt. Vernon Hospital (Wound Healing, Inova Rehab, and Joint Replacement), and Aging, Disability, and Caregivers Resources.

On-site health screenings consisted of Dental, Blood Pressure, HIV/STD, Glucose, Cholesterol, Body Mass Index (BMI), Hearing, and Sight. The learning sessions consisted of Mental Health in the African American Community, Prostate Cancer, and CPR (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation). The Children’s Virginia Blood Donor society was also present and taking blood donations.

The Health Fair is very important to the Gum Springs community, as attendees were able to receive valuable information related to various health and community topics. The services were provided free of charge and was open to the public. The PsiAA Brothers also participated in the various health forums provided. Both medical and certified professionals discussed issues that afflict African American men, brought awareness to preventive medicine techniques, and informed the audience of mental health issues in the African American community. The presenters were well informed and well versed in the topic areas posed by the audience.

There were 30 plus PsiAA Brothers who supported this event. All the service providers and guests expressed their appreciation and look forward to participating or attending in future events.

Relay for Life 2019

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On May 4, 2019, the men of Psi Alpha Alpha (PsiAA) Chapter, Third District, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. participated in the annual Relay for Life – Vienna Town Green in Vienna Va.  Each year, millions of people help raise much-needed funds and awareness to save lives from cancer through the Relay for Life movement by: 1) celebrating cancer survivors and what they've overcome, 2) remembering those lost to the disease, and 3) honoring those who have successfully fought or are fighting cancer.

The PsiAA men raise and contributed $4,546.04 which contributed to the overall event total upwards of $50,000.00 to help the American Cancer Society continue to fund groundbreaking cancer research, free rides to chemo, free places to stay near hospitals, and a live 24/7 helpline for answers and support.

We also used this event as a joint venture to support our following efforts:

  • 5k walk as Relay for Life is an event that allows and encourages participants to walk the outlined area. Numerous laps was made by the men, family, and friends of the chapter.
  • Voter Registration table was setup to allow residents obtain information and register to vote for this coming election season.

PsiAA’s team members also took advantage of the 8 hours at the event by fellowshipping and enjoying their family and friends in this unique community setting.   At sunset, luminaries were lit to remember those that have been lost to cancer and to show those affected by cancer that they are not alone.  As part of the closing ceremony, the last lap of the relay was walked in silence.

PsiAA 5K Run/Walk and Fellowship Breakfast March 2019

The Psi Alpha Alpha Chapter, Third District, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. executed our quarterly 5k Walk/Run at Robert E. Lee High School in Springfield, Va. The 5k was created to promote a healthy lifestyle for the brothers as well their families and friends.

Several brothers, to include their family and friends came out to participate in this worthwhile activity. Everyone participated in one way or another (walking or jogging) and welcomed the opportunity to have a good time through fellowship while improving their health. In total, over 30 miles were walked or ran by those in attendance.

During the breakfast, everyone (brothers, family, and friends) enjoyed the fellowship as it gave them time to continue to develop, build, and strengthen their existing and budding new friendships. There was one brother who just came for the fellowship, which further demonstrates the love within this great chapter and how good and pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity.

PsiAA NBC4 Expo

                       

 

Washington, D.C. - Third District (Northern Area I and II Chapters) - Brothers of Alpha Omega, Kappa Psi, Psi Nu, Psi Alpha Alpha, Omicron Kappa Kappa, Tau Rho and Pi Lambda Lambda Chapters, Third District, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. participated in the NBC4 and Telemundo 44 Health and Fitness Expo at the Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. on January 12, 2019.  The brothers were asked by Brother Kevin Brown, Third District Representative to work with the Black Greek Letter Consortium (BGLC) as requested by Brother Dr. David Marion, 41st Grand Basileus, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. Brother Kenneth Barnes, Executive Director, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. initiated contact with Dr. Camille White, Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. Dr. White coordinated all meetings, conference calls and booth space. The booth space was #701. Dr. White stated that the brothers of Omega came through with great support.  Brother Conrado B. Morgan, First Vice District Representative, Third District was tasked by Brother Kevin Brown to take the lead for this event. Brother Morgan was successful in getting forty-five brothers from six different chapters to sign up, work the booth and the entire bottom floor of the convention center. The brothers were asked to inform all about #joinallofus.org. They were able to inform several hundred people about precision medicine and the rest of the organizations from the BLGC were able to do the same.  The chapters provided gifts for the kids that were raffled off every hour. The kids or parents completed some type of exercise to be eligible for the raffle. The joint All of Us Project is expected to reach and do research for 1,000,000 people. Additionally, 85,000 people are expected to attend the expo each year.

 

 

PsiAA 5K Run/Walk and Breakfast Fellowship

Jan 5 – PsiAA Brothers

On Jan 5, 2019, the Psi Alpha Alpha Chapter, Third District, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. executed our quarterly 5k Walk/Run at Robert E. Lee High School in Springfield, Va. The 5k was followed by the fellowship breakfast at Moe’s Peyton Place in Springfield, Va. This event was created to promote a healthy lifestyle for the brothers as well their families and friends.

Several brothers, to include their family and friends came out to participate, despite the inclement weather. Everyone endured the low temperatures and rain for the opportunity to have a good time through fellowship while improving their health. In total, over 30 miles were walked or ran by those participating in the event.

During the breakfast, everyone (brothers, family, and friends) enjoyed the fellowship as it gave them time to continue to develop, build, and strengthen their existing and budding new friendships. There was one brother who just came for the fellowship, which further demonstrates the love within this great chapter and how good and pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity.

 

Brothers Chisolm and Spraggins enjoying the fellowship

Brothers Cherry and Pratt enjoying the fellowship 

Brother Brad in full stride. Enjoying and Sat morning jog.

PsiAA Brothers, Friends, and Family

PsiAA Raises Money During 2018 Rock & Roll Half Marathon

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Brothers (Craig Spraggins, Calvin Beidleman, and Cornelius Beidleman) with the Representatives (Ms. Leticia Barr and Kathleen Davis) of the St Jude Research Hospital

Washington, DC. The Psi Alpha Alpha Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Incorporated participated in this year’s Rock and Roll half Marathon a 13.1 miles run. The chapter brothers volunteered and leveraged this event as a vehicle to raise money for the St Jude Research Hospital for cancer research for children.

This was a successful event as noted by not only the brother’s successful completion of the 13.1 miles run, but also the event garnered donations totaling $1,560. Along with the Psi Alpha Alpha Chapter’s contribution of $500, that brings the total to $2,060. Overall, this event raised over $ 325,000 for the St Jude foundation.

Because of the generous contributions, St Jude foundation will be able to continue their efforts to defeat childhood cancer, combat life-threatening diseases, and provide treatment to children with low – mid income and support to their families at NO COST.  Additionally, through these fundraising efforts, the St Jude Children’s Research hospital has been able to increase the childhood cancer survival rate from 20% to 80%, since it was opened over 50 years ago.

The Representatives (Ms. Leticia Barr and Kathleen Davis) of the St Jude Children’s Research Hospital voiced their appreciation to the brothers of Psi Alpha Alpha Chapter of The Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. and look forward to our continued support in the future.

Participating Psi Alpha Alpha brothers for this event: Craig Spraggins, Cornelius Beidleman, and Calvin Beidleman

From Left to Right:
Brothers (Cornelius Beidleman, Jarrhett Butler, Craig Spraggins, and Calvin Beidleman)

PSI ALPHA ALPHA’S 1ST BLOOD DRIVE FOR 2018

Arlington, VA. This year the Psi Alpha Alpha Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Incorporated co-sponsored and provided operational assistance to Washington-Lee High School. This marks the first time that the chapter collaborated with Washington- Lee’s high school student and staff in support of this worthy and impactful event. The chapter brothers volunteered and provided assistance with location setup/breakdown, registration, line control, and overall monitoring of donors. This event serves as first of the many Psi Alpha Alpha Chapter blood drives to commemorate the work and spirit of our brother, the Honorable Charles Drew.

This yearly blood drive was very important in the community, as it provided the students, staff, and any other volunteers an opportunity to donate blood via the INOVA Health System blood donation team for patients in need throughout the community. This service was provided free of charge and was open to the public.

This was a successful event as noted by the 114 donors. There were initially 118 student consent forms and 10 teachers/staff who volunteered, in addition to three walk-ups for an initial anticipated 131 participants.  The collected results consisted of 87 blood products, (61 whole blood and 26 double blood). In the end, the efforts will benefit an estimated 261 patients.

The organizer (Ms. Timica Shivers) of the Washington-Lee High School voiced her appreciation to the brothers of Psi Alpha Alpha Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. and look forward to our continued support in the future.

Participating Psi Alpha Alpha brothers for this event: Craig Spraggins, Curtis Baylor, Brad Caldwell, Ben Floyd, Antonio Coleman, and Calvin Beidleman

 

PsiAA 1st Blood Drive 2018

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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