PsiAA Reading for Success June 2019

On June 5, 2019, the men of Psi Alpha Alpha (PsiAA) Chapter, Third District, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. conducted the fourth and final “Reading for Success” program at Riverside Elementary School was conducted on June 5, 2019 and it was a huge success.  The brothers, known affectionately as “The Sirs,” once again, supported six third-grade classes with a total of 223 students.  We chose “What a Day” by Rena Korb.  The book tells the story of a young girl who volunteered at an animal shelter during a winter blizzard and how she helped calm the shelter dogs and rescued a lost dog.  Eight chapter brothers supported this effort and enjoyed the mentoring session as much as the students.  The highlight of this session was the appreciation personally expressed by the Principle Mr. Paul Basdekis.  He thanked us for our continued support and stated how important is for “The Sirs” to make a presence and impact the young readers.  With today’s book donation, the program has provided 4,044 age appropriate books to the third-grade students at Riverside Elementary School this school year.  We look forward to supporting this program in the coming school year this fall as we will enter our sixth year of supporting Riverside Elementary School.

Rebuilding Together April 2019

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PSI Alpha Alpha Omega Men 

On April 27, 2019, the men of Psi Alpha Alpha (PsiAA) Chapter, Third District, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. partnered with Rebuilding Together to revitalize a home in Alexandria, VA., for this year’s project.  The chapter brothers have invested hundreds of hours in sweat equity in similar rebuilding projects during each of the past 31 years. This year’s project continues the spirit of providing excellent community service by way of Omega men volunteering their time, talent,  physical and skilled labor to improve the homes and living conditions of low-income families (some with physical limitations) and non-profit organizations that house and serve a vulnerable population in the chapter’s community.  Individuals who enjoy the benefits of this effort over the years through the national Rebuilding Together project now have safer, healthier and more comfortable places to live.

This year’s event involved an end unit of a two-story townhouse, requiring the entire interior to be painted; walls, ceilings and all trim work. The house consists of three (3) bedrooms, one and a half (1 1/2) baths, a kitchen and a living room.  The inside stairway walls and ceiling were also painted.  Other services provided included replacement of two toilet seats, installation of two smoke/CO detectors with 10-year batteries, and replacement of dryer flexible duct.

This year’s Psi Alpha Alpha volunteers included Barney Barnwell, Jason Barnwell, Calvin Beidleman, Joe Briggs, Ken Cain, Brad Caldwell, Marvin Chisolm, Richard Garvin, Brandon Grooms, Ben Floyd, Eric Kelly, Myron McDaniels, Richard Morris, Hector Sheppard, Craig Spraggins, Tony Wells, Kevin Williams, W.J. Williams, and Ken Younger.  Other volunteers included Chris Anderson, Eric Carter, Sanford Crenshaw, PJ Drayton, Earl Higgins, Eric Holland, Jose R. Lacayo, Dante Marshall, and Delane Rouse.  Two young volunteers, Marvin Chisolm, Jr. and Eric Kelly Jr. (both related to chapter members), supported the project. Total volunteer attendance was 31.

 

Adopt A Highway April 26, 2019

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Psi Alpha Alpha Omega Men ⇑

On April 6, 2019, the men of Psi Alpha Alpha (PsiAA) Chapter, Third District, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. met to perform our first Adopt-A- Highway event of the year. Over the past several years, our chapter has collaborated with the Fairfax County Department of Transportation to help clean up litter along Alban Road in Springfield, VA.  Each year, nearly 18,000 Adopt-a-Highway volunteers collect more than 25,600 bags of waste along Virginia’s highways. The state of Virginia estimates that our assistance contributes to saving the commonwealth over $1.34 million that would have otherwise gone to clean up Virginia’s roads.

Saturday’s cleanup was extensive, as over 15 brothers with 5 civilian volunteers came out to support this important initiative. All told, we collected 25 bags of trash and debris. Based on the county’s calculation methodology of (Hours X participants), this equates to 50 work hours of community service. Additionally, this year’s April event was significant in that it coincided with Earth Day, which happens during the month of April. As the chairperson, I want to thank all that came out to support. Lastly, as a chapter, we hope that our efforts to uplift the community through the support of this important community initiative, continues to have a lasting and positive impact on our community as a whole.

PsiAA Reading for Success – March 2019

On March 13, 2019, the men of Psi Alpha Alpha (PsiAA) Chapter, Third District, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. as a part of the “Reading for Success” program at Riverside Elementary School, the brothers of Psi Alpha Alpha Chapter conducted their Third Read-Aloud session. The brothers, known affectionately as “The Sirs,” once again, supported six third-grade classes with a total of 223 students.  We chose “Joanie’s House Becomes a Home” by Donna Latham for the reading.  The book tells the story of a young girl whose family moves from San Francisco, California to Boston, Massachusetts.  The book is told from Joanie’s point of view and explains what makes a home. Thirteen chapter brothers supported this effort and made it a success.  With today’s book donation, the program has provided 3,821 age appropriate books to the third-grade students at Riverside Elementary School this school year.  We look forward to our fourth and final reading session on June 5, 2019.

       

PsiAA NCAA Scholarship Raffle 2019

On March 15, 2019, the men of Psi Alpha Alpha (PsiAA) Chapter, Third District, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. combined their staple reclamation and retention gathering with the chapter’s biggest fundraiser. Every quarter Psi Alpha Alpha hosts its Third Fridays Event as a means to reconnect and reclaim fraternity members who may not be affiliated with a chapter or have been away from the fold. The event attracted 10 potential brothers to add to the chapter’s roles with one brother becoming financial at the event. Additionally, with the 50 current chapter members and the 150 patrons in attendance made the event a tremendous success. The NCAA raffle committee changed the format of choosing the winning tickets by utilizing a wind machine to scramble the loose ticket stubs. Four patrons were chosen and graciously agreed to enter the machine to grab the winning ticket stubs. This new format was of great enjoyment to all in attendance and helped make the event a huge success.

Tickets for the NCAA Final Four Raffle went on sale in October 2018 with the last ticket sold just minutes prior to the drawing. The money raised from ticket sales routinely exceeds $20,000 with 2019 following form. Proceeds from the raffle are awarded as scholarships for college-bound high school seniors and provide financial support for activities designed to improve the community.

This year’s raffle winners are:

Grand Prize – Mr. Brandon Northington

  • Round trip airfare for two
  • Hotel accommodations for four nights
  • 2 tickets to both NCAA Final Four semi-final games
  • 2 tickets to the NCAA Final Four Championship game
  • Rental car (less taxes)
  • $400

2nd Place – Mr. Marvin Chisolm, $500

3rd Place – Ms. Giavonna Richardson, $250

4th Place – Ms. Shennah Alleyne, $150

Stay tuned for the 2020 NCAA Final Four Raffle.  The Grand Prize winner will head to Atlanta, GA!

PsiAA MAN UP Mentoring Program – March 2019

The MANUP program spoke to students about college, military, athletics, aerospace, and setting goals at Mt. Vernon High School in Fairfax Virginia on March 27, 2019.  (United States Army (L-R) | LTC Louis P. Hawkins, MAJ Melake Whyte, MAJ Herbert Gamble, Bro. LTC Chester Keller)

On March 27, 2019, the men of Psi Alpha Alpha (PsiAA) Chapter, Third District, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. conducted their MAN UP mentoring program by speaking to 25 students from Mt. Vernon High School in Fairfax Virginia about military, college, goal setting, aerospace, and pursuit of excellence. Speakers of this lecture series had various backgrounds and military experience that they used to engage, empower, educate, and exposed the students to different strategies for success. The speakers included Bro. LTC. Chester Keller, LTC. Louis P. Hawkins, Bro. MAJ Melake Whyte, MAJ Herbert Gamble. The MANUP mentoring program is a male mentoring program sponsored by the men of Psi Alpha Alpha of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc. The MANUP program partners with Mt. Vernon High School, West Potomac High School, and Gum Springs in Fairfax Virginia and has over 60 students ranging from 6th grade to graduating seniors in their program. The program consists of mentoring students thru exposure to various careers and pre-college initiatives by way of lecture series and field trips throughout the scholastic calendar year.

Bro. LTC Chester Keller spoke to students about his humble beginnings and the level of perseverance needed to excel in life. LTC Keller is a Program Manager Acquisitions officer in the United States Army. His message to the students was centered on meeting the daily challenges and pursuit of excellence in all matters with consistent effort.  LTC Keller read two poems, ‘See It Through” by author Edgar Albert Guest and “If” by Rudyard Kipling.

Aviation and Acquisition Officer LTC Louis P. Hawkins gave an empowering oration on setting goals, dreaming big, taking action, and never giving up. He gave a personal testimony and journey of being an Aviation Officer in flying helicopters for search and rescue missions. In addition, he focused on careers in the aerospace industry and the need for more diversity for African American and Latino men and women.

Maj. Herbert Gamble spoke to students about performing, image, and exposure (PIE). His focus examined the concepts of PIE and putting forth the right energy and effort to obtain goals. In addition, Maj. Gamble spoke to students about having more than 1 goal – as life often does not work out as originally planned. Maj. Gamble serves as a Program Management Acquisitions Officer for the United States Army.

Maj. Melake Whyte currently serves as a Human Resource Officer for the United States Army. He connected to the students by using his unique background of being a first-generation American. Maj. Whyte ran track collegiately at Oregon University and later joined the military. He challenged the students to not settle on being a product from their community, but to shape their community by being leaders and doers. In addition, he also urged students to not waste their talents and to live up to all their potential in all avenues they pursue.

 Bro. LTC Chester Keller

   LTC Louis P. Hawkins

 Maj. Herbert Gamble

  Maj. Melake Whyte

PsiAA Talent Hunt March 2019

On March 16, 2019, the men of Psi Alpha Alpha (PsiAA) Chapter, Third District, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. held an extraordinary Talent Hunt program in the beautiful auditorium of Lee High School in Springfield, VA. The curtains opened and the program began at 10am in front of a supportive audience of Brothers, family, friends, and other residents of the community eager to support a great group of enthusiastic youth displaying their talents in the performing arts.  Thanks to the Men of Psi Alpha Alpha, assisted by civic student organizations like the Beautiful and Progressive Educated Sisters (BAPES) and Powerful African-American Males about Success (PAAMAS), our collective efforts resulted in another magnificent Talent Hunt Competition.

We were privileged to have 9 great performers this year with acts ranging from vocalists, percussionist, cello player, saxophonist, and instrumentation to dance.  All of the student participants performed extremely well pleasing the crowd of newly-minted fans and “wowing” the event judges.

Our Master of Ceremony was Bro. Adimu Colón.  A graduate of Hampton University, he is an accomplished content producer, television host, radio personality, executive, philanthropist and entrepreneur.  Bro. Colón is a Spring ‘93 initiate of our great Fraternity by way of the Gamma Epsilon chapter.  As a personality, he’s hosted his own #1 rated radio shows in Washington, DC, Los Angeles, and New York.  He is the former host of the Emmy Award-winning TV show Teen Summit on BET and the recipient of two NAACP Image Awards. The WPGC weekly music radio host did an outstanding job encouraging the performers while also engaging the audience by informing them of the community activities that our chapter conducts or participates in throughout the year, general facts about our Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. and our chapter as a whole.

With an extremely close competition this year, the judges had an arduous task selecting a winner.  Unfortunately, as with every year, one winner had to be selected. Out of our talented group of young performers, Ms. Sydney Pollard took the first place honors.

Sydney hails from Dumfries, VA and is a junior at Charles J. Colgan High School. Her hobbies include cooking, traveling, and of course her passion for dancing.  Dancing since she was only 8 years old, her moves have caught the attention of many famous dancers including Debbie Allen, Eartha Kitt, and Darrell Moultrie.  She attended the Debbie Allen Summer Intensive Program in Atlanta, GA and has been recently invited to attend the Summer Intensive Program again this year in Los Angeles, CA.  After graduating from high school, she hopes to attend Virginia Commonwealth University to study Dance.  Along with her hobbies, Sydney has also been a high achiever in academics maintaining a 3.5 GPA as an ‘A’ Honor Roll student.  She gracefully captivated the judges and everyone else in attendance at our program this year with her classical dance to the music of Andra Day’s song "Rise Up”.

Sydney will represent Psi Alpha Alpha in the District Talent Hunt during the 86th annual 3rd District Meeting on Saturday, April 13th in Herndon, VA.

The other participants were:

  • Jordyn Strange – Soloist (2nd place)
  • Nicholas MaCatty – Soloist (3rd place)
  • Jonathan Canamaso – Bassist
  • Caleb Wallace – Saxophonist
  • Elaine Ramson – Soloist
  • Jada Appiah – Dance
  • Chris Love – Soloist
  • Cameron Jackson – Drummer

PsiAA New Hope Black History

Guest speaker, performers, and Exe. Dir. New Hope 

On February 26, 2019, the men of Psi Alpha Alpha (PsiAA) Chapter, Third District, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. participated in the New Hope Housing annual black history program hosted by Bethlehem Baptist Church in Alexandria Virginia.

Before the program began, the Bethlehem Baptist Church provided a lavish dinner consisting of a wide verity of sides (Veg. Rice, Collard greens, Toss Salad, Cornbread, etc.), main entrees (Baked/Fried/Jerk Chicken, Fish, and BBQ Ribs), and dessert (ice cream and peach cobbler).

The Psi Alpha Alpha Chapter was honored to have our very own chapter brother Lieutenant General (LTG) Bruce Crawford to be selected to be the guest speaker. LTG Crawford brought forth an enthusiastic, powerful, encouraging, and inspirational message consisting of how we should continue to preserve to reach our goals and believe in yourself while surrounding yourself with positive people. The program was very diverse as the residents of New Hope Housing displayed their unique and wonderful talents ranging from Spoken word, Singing, and creative expression (mime).

The event was while attended by numerous Psi Alpha Alpha, New Hope Housing residents, and Bethlehem members. Many attendees expressed how much they enjoyed the program and are looking forward to next year’s annual event. Pamela Mitchel provided closing remarks with expressions of gratitude to everyone (supporters, performers, and guests) for coming out to support this year’s Black History Program.

PsiAA Socks and Blessing Bag Donations

EKS Rep, and Bros. Keller, Younger, Coleman, Morris, Ringo

On January 21, 2019; the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Holiday; Psi Alpha Alpha Chapter (PsiAA), Third Distrct, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., Social Action Committee’s “Day of Service” conducted two donation events (9am at Bailey’s Crossroads community Shelter and 1pm at Kennedy Shelter) by helping those most in need in Fairfax, County, Virginia – The guests who are homeless at New Hope Housing (NHH) shelters.

As the temperature hovered around 14 degrees Fahrenheit, the committee made hypothermia donations to the two main shelters at NHH – Bailey’s Crossroads Community Shelter in Falls Church, Virginia, and Eleanor U. Kennedy Shelter in Alexandria, Virginia.

The donation consisted of 240 Thermal Socks and 30 “Blessing Bags” composed of hygienic toiletries and snack items to improve the life of those less fortunate and needing “Uplift.”  The Chapter has had a long-running relationship with NHH, and we look forward to providing additional assistance in the future.

Omega Brothers with Kennedy Shelter Rep (She is on the right front)

Kennedy Shelter Rep, Bros Coleman, Ringp, and Morris

BCS - PsiAA Group Photo

PsiAA Brothers and family with Bailey's Rep in the middle

Blessing Bag

PsiAA Reading for Success Program

Bro. Bell and Matthews successfully engaging the students

As the “Reading for Success” program enters its fifth year at Riverside Elementary School, the brothers of Psi Alpha Alpha Chapter (PsiAA), Third District, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., conducted their Second Read-Aloud session on January 16, 2019. The brothers, known affectionately as “The Sirs,” once again, supported six third-grade classes with a total of 223 students.  We chose “Buddy Ran Away” by Thea Feldman for the reading.  The book tells the story of a pet beagle named Buddy who ran away while the family was on a vacation in the mountains.  Buddy saw a rabbit, ran away, and was not able to return with the family.  After a few weeks, Buddy used his instincts and returned home on his own to a happy family.  Twelve chapter brothers supported this effort and made it a success.  With today’s book donation, the program has provided 3,598 age appropriate books to the third-grade students at Riverside Elementary School this school year.  We look forward to our third reading session on March 13, 2019.

 

Bro. Morris captivating the students

Bros Haggins and George Challenging the minds of the youth

Bros. Howze and Leverett providing stimulation and scholarship.

Bros. Caldwell and Barnwell provide uplift