PsiAA and BLB, First Responder’s COVID-19 Catering Donation – June 2020

On June 1, 2020, the Brothers of Psi Alpha Alpha Chapter, Third District, The Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. and the Bernie L. Bates Foundation, Inc., joined forces to make a positive impact on the First Responders in Fairfax, County, Virginia who are diligently working to ensure they manage the health and care or our residents who has been impacted, as a result of COVID-19. The Chapter’s Basileus (Brother Eric Kelly, Sr.) and the Foundation’s Secretary (Brother Kenneth Younger) donated the second of five monthly contributions to Rx Catering – DC Metro. The check for $1,000.00 was presented to Ms. Cheron Burns, owner, at her office to provide an estimated 100 meals to the caregivers currently planned for the INOVA Alexandria Hospital Emergency Room, Alexandria, Virginia.

PsiAA Fighting Trim May 2020 Workout

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During the month of May 2020, the Brothers of Psi Alpha Alpha (PsiAA) chapter, Third District, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. conducted our second virtual health initiatives workout event, due to the current environment related to COVID-19 and the stay at home order and social distancing in Virginia. The event was for Brothers to continue participate and encourage each r Brothers to engage consistently in various healthy activities. The event was a tremendous success with 56-chapter Brothers participating. The activities included walk/run, biking, cardio, High Intensity Interval Training (H.I.I.T.), weight training, abs/core workout, sit-ups/crunches, push-ups, pull-ups, and water intake. The Brothers exercised great ingenuity utilizing the tools at their disposal by walking their stairs at home and the neighborhood and biking the city. Outstanding work from the great Brothers of the Psi Alpha Alpha chapter.

The Supreme Basileus tells us in Ecclesiastics 30:15, "Health and good estate of body are above all gold, and a strong body above infinite wealth."

The totals for the month were as follows:
# Brothers Submitted Activity 56 / 141 total 40% of chapter Brothers
Run/Walk - 1,868 miles
Biking - 1,004 miles
Cardio - 947 hours
H.I.I.T. - 26 hours
Weight Training - 30 hours
Abs/Core workout - 46 hours
Sit-ups/Crunches - 14,898 reps
Push-ups - 22,794 reps
Pull-ups - 686 reps
Water Intake - 110 gallons

PsiAA Third District 2020 District Meeting

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On May 23, 2020, the Brothers of Psi Alpha Alpha (PsiAA) chapter, Third District, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. attended the Third District meeting with tremendous support as demonstrated by 51 PsiAA Brothers in attendance. This year's event was to be hosted by the PsiAA chapter. However, due to the current environment related to COVID-19 and the stay at home order in Virginia the meeting was held virtually by the Third District and is known to the Brothers of PsiAA as the "The best planned District meeting that did not happened". The meeting was attended by an estimated 256 Brothers, inclusive of Grand Officers, IHQ staff, District Representatives, and District and Fraternity Brothers.

The event was conducted in a first-class manner. The 41st Grand Basileus Dr. David Marion provide a gracious and very detailed account of the current state of the fraternity. Several other Grand Officers provided greetings to the Brothers. From an IHQ perspective, Executive Director Kenneth Barnes provided details related to current status of the IHQ operations. Third District Representative Kevin Brown provided a detailed account of the District's state of affairs, followed by the remaining Executive Council members, Area Supervisors, and some committee chairman. The Third District Election Committee Chair (Bro. Larry Brown - Alpha Omega) collaborated with the District's Automation Chair (Bro. Cornelius Beidleman - Psi Alpha Alpha) to lead and conduct the First ever Third District virtual election in true Omega fashion. The election ran very smooth.

The results of the elections are as follows:
20th District Representative -  Conrado B. Morgan
First Vice District Representative - Shawn R. Lacey
Second Vice District Representative - Malcolm Fox
Keeper of Records and Seal - Craig M. Spraggins
Keeper of Finance - Jay Allen
Chaplain - Rev. Courtenay L. Miller
District Director of Public Relations - Norm Senior
District Counselor - J. Kevin McIntyre, Esq
Immediate Past District Representative - Kevin Brown

Several Achievement awards were presented as follows:

Youth Adult Program - 4th place: Psi Alpha Alpha (This was our first year submission)
District/IHQ Large Retention Chapter of the year: Psi Alpha Alpha
District Omega Man of the Year - Calvin Beidleman
District KRS - Craig Spraggins
3rd District Large Social Action Chapter of the Year- Psi Alpha Alpha
3rd District Large Chapter of the Year- Psi Alpha Alpha

Small Chapter of the Year was a tie between Tau Rho and OKK
Small chapter Social Action Chapter of the Year: Tau Rho
Youth adult program District 1st place: PLL
District Large Reclamation Chapter of the year: PLL
Undergraduate Omega Man of the Year - Elisha Howard
District Founders Lifetime Achievement - Gary Clark
Basileus of the Year - Michael Swain
COL Charles Young Leadership Award: Bro MAJ Ahmad "Cricket" Johnson
District Superior Service: Al Woods, PLL

Citizen of the Year - Rodney Robinson
Essay Contest Winner - Al-Amin Muhammad
Father of the year: PLL submission

PsiAA and BLB, First Responder’s COVID-19 Catering Donation – May 2020

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On May 15, 2020, the Brothers of Psi Alpha Alpha (PsiAA) Chapter, Third District, The Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. and the Bernie L. Bates Foundation, Inc. (BLB), collaborated to make a positive impact on the First Responders in Fairfax, County, Virginia who are diligently working to ensure they manage the health and care for our residents who has been impacted, as a result of COVID-19. The chapter and BLB presented and pledge to donation a total of $5,000.00 in five monthly installments to various hospitals and/or healthcare institutions within Fairfax county. The Chapter’s Basileus (Brother Eric Kelly, Sr.) and the Foundation’s Treasurer (Brother Jeff Owens) donated the first of five monthly contributions to Rx Catering – DC Metro. The $1,000.00 check was presented to Ms. Cheron Burns, a minority business owner, at her office to provide an estimated 100 meals to the caregivers at INOVA Lorton Hospital Emergency Room, Kaiser Woodbridge Emergency Room, and Mount Pharmacy in Fairfax County, Virginia.

Dedication Distance Run – Ahmaud Arbery

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On May 8, 2020, the Brothers of Psi Alpha Alpha (PsiAA) Chapter, Third District, The Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. participated in the Dedication Distance Run in support of social and judicial injustice towards the African American community. Ahmaud Arbery was senselessly killed while on a refreshing and leisurely jog through the city. There were several Brothers who participated by taking time from their busy schedules to perform a 2.23 mile walk/run/jog for such a worth while and worthy cause.

PsiAA Enthusiastic April Workout

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During the month of April 2020, the Brothers of Psi Alpha Alpha (PsiAA) chapter, Third District, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. conducted a virtual health initiatives event, due to the current environment related to COVID-19 and the stay at home order and social distancing in Virginia. The event was for Brothers to participate and encourage other Brothers to engage consistently in various healthy activities. The event was a tremendous success with 92-chapter Brothers participating. The activities included walk/run, biking, cardio, weight training, abs/core workout, sit-ups/crunches, push-ups, pull-ups, and water intake. The Brothers took full advantage of the tools at their disposal by walking their stairs at home and the neighborhood and biking the city. Outstanding work from the great Brothers of the Psi Alpha Alpha chapter.

"Fighting Trim", these words are especially important during this Covid-19 pandemic.   The American college of Sports Medicine states, "For all of us, young and old, regular physical activity is important for staying healthy! Compared to just sitting around most of the time, moderate-intensity physical activity is associated with better immune function. Regular physical activity can help reduce your feelings of stress and anxiety (which many of us may be feeling or felt in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic).  Furthermore, the Supreme Basileus tells us in Ecclesiastics 30:15, "Health and good estate of body are above all gold, and a strong body above infinite wealth."

The totals for the month were as follows:
# Brothers Submitted Activity 92 / 141 total 65% of chapter Brothers
Run/Walk 2,345 miles
Biking 1,082 miles
Cardio - 379 hours
Weight Training - 49 hours
Abs/Core workout - 72 hours
Sit-ups/Crunches - 14,876 reps
Push-ups - 20,138 reps
Pull-ups - 301 reps
Water Intake - 282 gallons

PsiAA NCAA Raffle 2020

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On April 19, 2020, the Brothers of Psi Alpha Alpha (PsiAA) Chapter, Third District, of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity held its primary fundraiser. This event raised over $32,000 this year. The first-place prize is normally a trip for two to the NCAA Final Four Championship basketball tournament which was to be held in 2020 at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, GA. However, due to COVID-19, this event, like most other activities throughout the world, was cancelled. In an effort to continue to garner support for the NCAA Final Four Raffle, the first-place prize was changed to a $4,000 cash, the second-place prize was $500, the third-place prize was $250, and the fourth-place prize was $150.

The NCAA Final Four Raffle drawing was held virtually on April 19, 2020 in Woodbridge, VA at 5 p.m. and was streamed via ZOOM, Facebook, and other social media platforms—a first for this chapter! Proceeds from the raffle are awarded as scholarships for college-bound high school seniors and provide financial support for our community social action programs.

This year’s raffle winners were:

Grand Prize – Mr. Cleve Davis, $4,000 ( Ashburn, VA)

2nd Place – Mrs. Evelyn Parham, $500 (Newport News, VA)

3rd Place – Mr. Horris Gibson, $250 (Charlotte, NC) a Former 1st Place Winner

4th Place – Mr. Jaquis Gaskins, $150 (Manassas, VA)

Stay tuned for the 2021 NCAA Final Four Scholarship Raffle. We are incredibly grateful for your continued support of this event.
A special thank you to the committee especially Bro. Joe Briggs, Ben Floyd ‘the Brothers who participated and all of our Patrons.

PsiAA Talent Hunt 2020

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On March 7, 2020, 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 Mount Vernon High School in Alexandria, VA. The curtains opened and the program began at 1pm 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 Brothers of Psi Alpha Alpha, assisted by family, friends, and volunteers, our collective efforts resulted in another magnificent Talent Hunt Competition.

We were privileged to have 10 great performers for PsiAA this year with acts ranging from vocalists, pianist, and instrumentation to dance.  All the student participants performed extremely well pleasing the crowd of newly minted fans and “wowing” the event judges.

Our Master of Ceremony was Brother Darren Haynes sports director for a local news organization. Brother Haynes was an excellent MC as he continued to get the audience engaged and attentive. His questions to the contestants allowed the audience to hear more information regarding reason how and why the performers do enjoy and showcase their talents.

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. Kayla Anthony took the first place honors with a tremendous piano rendition of "Prelude Op. 3 #2", followed by Mr. Sterling Tilley III (second place) pianist-"Clair De Lune" , and Nicholas MaCatty (3rd place) soloist-"You and I".

Kayla Anthony will represent Psi Alpha Alpha in the District Talent Hunt during the 87th annual Third District Meeting on Saturday, April 18th.

The other participants were:

Zaire Ross - Soloist - "Rise Up"
Lawrence Wingfield -Pianist - "Piano Medley"
Elycia Woodham – Soloist - "Safe in his Arms"
Malachi Galloway - Soloist - "Tennessee Whiskey"
Damani Jackson - Dance - "Let Go, Let God"
Danyell Williams - Soloist - "A Change is Gonna Come"
Delia Boney - Dance - "Heaven"

VREM – Black History Celebration 2020

PsiAA Brothers Embracing, Celebrating, & Uplifting African American Culture

               

On 21 February 2020, the Brothers of Psi Alpha Alpha Chapter, Third District Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc was invited to attend and participate in the annual Black History Month Celebration. This year’s theme is “Embracing, Celebrating and Educating: Our Significant African American Culture” hosted by Fairfax County and Cox. The event was held at the Fairfax County Government Center, 12000 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax, VA 22035.

The PsiAA Chapter Brothers conducted voter registration services for the quests which is essential as we are in a major election year. Fairfax County Executive Bryan Hill was the keynote speaker. During the program, there was recognition provided to historically black churches in Fairfax County and highlighted historic African American communities. Additionally, there was instruction provide on how to trace genealogy.

The reception began at 6:00pm and consisted of choirs, dancers, music, speakers, etc... A great time was had by all in attendance.

    Brothers Demory and Ringo

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    Fairfax Lt. Governor

ASALH 2020

 
PsiAA Chapter Brothers in Service at ASALH

On Saturday, February 22, 2020, the Brothers of Psi Alpha Alpha Chapter, along with other Third and Second District chapters, Executive Director, and Grand Officers of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. attended the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) 94th Annual Black History luncheon - a celebration and tribute to the legacy of the Honorable Brother Dr. Carter G. Woodson. The luncheon was held at the Washington Renaissance Hotel in Washington, DC. The theme was “African Americans and the Vote”. 

The PsiAA Brothers served in excellent and stellar fashion as greeters and host, as they do annually for this event. The Omega Psi Phi Fraternity and Life Membership foundation presented a donation to the Smithsonian for $10,000 each for a total of $20,000. The 2020 Black Heritage stamp was unveiled presenting Mrs. Gwen Ifill, one of America’s most esteemed journalist, as the 43rd honoree of this prestigious award. The event speaker was Dr. Lonnie Bunch, Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution.

The event provided several black authors and vendor the opportunity to display their artistic talents. The “Featured Author” panel discussion was exceptional as always. The panel discussion was moderated by Pero G. Dagbovie, Editor, The Journal of African American History with the panelist consisting of Karine Jean-Pierre, Author, and MSNBC Political Analyst, Martha Jones, Historian and author of Vanguard: How Black Women Broke Barriers, Won the Vote and Insisted on Equality for All, and Kaye Wise Whitehead, Associate Professor of African American Studies, Loyola University Maryland, Radio Host, Today with Dr. Kaye.