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 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 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 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

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 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, 2017 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 Gum Springs Community Christmas Party

The Psi Alpha Alpha Chapter (PsiAA) “Fairfax County Ques,” Third District, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. hosted the Annual Gum Springs Christmas Party on December 15, 2018, at the Gum Springs Community Center at 8100 Fordson Road, Alexandria, VA 22306.   This yearly event invites both young and seasoned residents of the Gum Springs community of Fairfax County to come out and celebrate the holiday season.

The Christmas Party featured an array of games and events for participation by all.  Prizes and gifts included bicycles, backpacks, toys, and candy.  Light holiday-themed food and beverages were also on-hand to enlighten the holiday spirit.  Our featured guest was the one and only Santa Claus as he arrived to extend holiday greetings and pass out gifts to all!

The afternoon concluded with Santa’s departure as he continued his journey throughout Fairfax County. The Fairfax County Ques hosted yet another outstanding event for the community and departed for the Chapter Christmas Party later that evening.  Long Live Omega!!!!

PsiAA Annual Christmas Baskets Donation

As we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ in 2018, the Brothers of Psi Alpha Alpha Chapter, Third District, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. again used this season to support two important communities in Fairfax County - the Gum Springs Community Center and the Soldiers at Fort Belvoir, Virginia.

For well over 25 years, Psi Alpha Alpha Chapter’s Social Action Committee has provided Charismas baskets in the form of gift cards to deserving citizens selected by the South Fairfax County Program Director, Neighborhood and Community Services; and Fort Belvoir families selected by the Chaplaincy.

This year’s project involved providing Fairfax County $240 in gift cards for food from Psi Alpha Alpha Chapter and $250 in gift cards from Target.  We also provided $300 in gift cards for food to the Fort Belvoir Chapel – for a total donation of $790.

The Gum Springs Community Center’s donations were made on December 15, 2018, as Psi Alpha Alpha Chapter supported the center’s Christmas party.  The chapter’s donations were made by Basileus Emeritus Marion “Barney” Barnwell to Several recipients. The Target gift cards were given to the Program Director, Senior’s Program, Department of Neighborhood and Community Services, at the Gum Springs Community Center to present to deserving senior citizens of their choosing.

On December 20, 2018, our Basileus Emeritus Marion “Barney” Barnwell and Brother Kenneth Younger, Social Action Coordinator, made the second presentation to U.S. Army Chaplain (Major) Douglas Weaver, the Resource Manager, Fort Belvoir, Virginia.  Chaplain Weaver will ensure deserving military families receive the $300.00 in gift cards through the chaplaincy so that they, too, can enjoy a well-deserved Christmas dinner.

The Brothers of Psi Alpha Alpha Chapter enter this holy season enthused as we as we “uplift’ others this Christmas.

Bro. John L. Peoples Jr.

On November 30, 2018, the Psi Alpha Alpha (PsiAA) chapter honored the life and conducted the memorial service for one of its own Charter members Brother John L. Peoples Jr. was initiated into the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. at South Carolina State College (Now University) (Xi Psi Chapter) on December 11, 1953. Brother Peoples served his church, family, fraternity, and community with excellence in the true Omega spirit. The PsiAA chapter recognized brother Peoples for 65 years of service on November 17, 2018. Bro. Peoples was a proud member of 13 friends with aspirations and the perseverance that lead to great PsiAA chapter being chartered on December 26, 1980. In January 1981, he was elected to the position of the chapter’s first Keeper of Records and Seal. Bro. Peoples was a lifetime member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. Bro. Peoples’ towering legacy will endure for as long as there is a PsiAA Chapter. He was a leader, teacher, mentor, and exemplar 24/7.

Bro. Peoples was a high school teacher until he was received orders to active military duty in June 1957. He served continuously on active duty in the Army for over 26 years until he retired in November 1983 with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. Lieutenant Colonel Peoples’ awards and decorations include the Bronze Star, Meritorious Medal with Two Oak Leaf Clusters, Army Commendation Medal, Purple Heart, National Defense Service Medal, and Vietnam Service Ribbon with Two Bronze Stars, Army Reserve Ribbon, and German Air Force Gold Badge.

The passion he served with in the Army, carried over to the activities he pursued as a civilian. He worked for Scientific Applications International Corporation (SAIC) for over fifteen years. He served as the treasurer on the Howard County Executive Council with Vernon Gray. He chaired the Thunder Hill Elementary Student Improvement Team where he established communication and liaison teams between parents, grandparents, students and teachers to improve academic excellence at the elementary school level. An avid educator, he taught in the Howard County School System. He chaired the Howard County Liquor Board and was a Certified Notary Public for the State of Maryland, Howard County.

He was a loving son, husband, father, granddad, brother and friend and will be deeply missed by many. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Delores A. Peoples of Columbia, MD; four adult children, Gerald K. Peoples of San Diego, CA, Carmen P. Peoples of Severn, MD, Dr. Alden G. Peoples of Baltimore, MD and Michelle P. Simpson of Hanover, MD., a brother, Rev Henry B. Peoples (Beatrice), two sisters, Patricia Solomon and Nora B. Green, an Aunt, Rachael Allen, and a host of other relatives and friends.

Brother Peoples Viewing, Omega, and Funeral Service Details below:
Date: Friday, 30 Nov 2018
Address for viewing (6pm-9pm) and Omega service (7pm)
Howell Funeral Home
10220 Guilford Rd.
 Jessup,  MD 20794
301-604-0101
Date: Saturday, 1 December 2018
Address of funeral service
First Baptist Church of Guilford
7504 Oakland Mills Road
Columbia, MD 21046
Viewing  10AM-11AM
Service 11AM
410-792-7096