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.
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.
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
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
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