PsiAA Adopt-A-Hwy Oct 2020

On October 3, 2020, the men of Psi Alpha Alpha (PsiAA) Chapter, Third District, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. met to perform our final Adopt-A- Highway event of the 2020 Omega year. Over the past several years, our chapter has collaborated with the Fairfax County Department of Transportation to help clean up litter along Richmond Highway Corridor in East Fairfax County, 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 $1.3 M that would have otherwise gone to clean up Virginia’s roads.

As mentioned earlier, this was our last cleanup of this Omega year. As with all things associated with the current COVID environment, we as a chapter ensured the health and welfare of all participants by compliance with social distancing, practicing good protective behaviors by wearing all appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). Nineteen brothers, as well as two family members, volunteered to came out in support of this important and impactful initiative. All told, we collected fifteen bags of trash and debris. Based on the county’s calculation methodology of (Hours X participants), this equated to 42 work hours of community service. As we continue to operate in this arduous COVID environment, we as a chapter remain steadfast in our commitment to civic duty through our social action efforts

PsiAA Attend Third District Virtual Fall Council 2020

On September 25-26, 2020, the Brothers of Psi Alpha Alpha Chapter, Third District Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc attended the District's Fall Council meeting. The meeting was held virtually as we are still under the COVID-19 and social distancing environment. On Friday, September 25, 2020, brothers attended the virtual fellowship. The DJ spun the 1's and 2's as the Brothers enjoyed the music from old the new school mix. There were about 100 brothers on the Friday night virtual social. As the sun rose on Saturday, Brothers began to join the meeting. The meeting was well attended as there were approximately 355 Brothers on the Zoom meeting. Brother Conrado B. Morgan, 30th Third District Representative opened the meeting at 8:30am and provided an Omega welcome to all. The 41st Grand Basileus Dr David Marion, provided an excellent summary of the current state and future initiatives of the organization. One of these initiatives is called Black men vote. The Divine Nine fraternities are planning to collaborate on getting an additional 1 million Black men to vote in this year's election. On October 14, 2020 there will be a Town Hall held by the Divine Nine and Derrick Johnson (NAACP President) to discuss getting out the black to vote. 1st Vice Grand Basileus Brother Ricky Lewis encouraged brothers to support the 1000 for 1000 to raise $1 million dollars to support HBCUs, as requested by the 41st Grand Basileus Brother Dr. David Marion. Brother John Howard, Executive Director presented a summary of the IHQ vision and a new initiative called “Be the Bridge” webinar which will focus on Reclamation and Retention. He also reminded the Brothers about the corporate website, SEC process discussion on October 14, 2020, and the Founder’s Day Program will be held virtually.

Brother DR Conrado B. Morgan delivered his report on the state of the District. A few accomplishments included the editing of the criteria for the Omicron Gamma Chapter Student Leaders Memorial Endowment Account Agreement with University of District of Columbia (UDC) on June 15, 2020 (Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. donated $10,000); Assisted in raising $34,313 (#1 District in Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.) and $123,000 for Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. for St. Jude with the Social Action Committee on June 30, 2020, Retention-Chapters continue to retain 80% + of its current membership, and executed a District wide virtual MSP training session with 300 Brothers trained. It was motioned and approved for the Third District to donate $1,000. Other Executive Officer, Area Supervisors, and Committee Chairman reports were provided and received by the Brotherhood.

The Fall council meeting was a huge success with a lot of business being discussed and accomplished. See distributed reports for more details.

Step Out Walk for Diabetes 2020

On Sept 26, 2020 from 8am to 11am, the Psi Alpha Alpha Chapter, Third District of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Incorporated participated, sponsored, raised and donated $1,000. This year, the event was hosted virtually due to the current COVID and social distancing environment. The American Diabetes Association requested and encouraged all participants to get out and walk, run, or bike 3.4 miles. If unable to walk, run, or bike, participants were encouraged to move around / perform some activity to support and bring awareness to the efforts to fight diabetes. Brother Calvin Beidleman created and submitted video conveying the chapter's support of the Diabetes Association and encouraging everyone to teach and take one to the walk to help increase the number of supporters to fight diabetes. 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 an opportunity to fellowship with others during a healthy activity.

As of Sept 27, they raised $125,000 with 353 participants and 47 teams. Throughout the virtual event, there were several videos displayed via the American Diabetes Association's Facebook page highlighting various participants engaged and encouraging others to join the fight. This continues to be a worthwhile and worthy event.

PsiAA Food Bank Sept 2020

Brothers after a great morning of work | Social Action - Food Bank | Sept 2020

On September 12, 2020, the Brothers of Psi Alpha Alpha Chapter, Third District Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. provided their service to the community by leading the effort in participating at the Capital Area Food Bank in Lorton, Virginia. There were 8 Brother and 2 volunteers who enjoyed an early Saturday morning giving back. As the music played throughout the morning, everyone enjoyed the old / new school tunes. The event was a huge success as we were able to package 1,006 bags filled with Pork, peanut butter, veg.soup, tomato soup, cream of mushrooms soup, and Tasteeos cereal.

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

Brothers Chisolm, Morris, Kelly, Williams, presenting check to Ms. Cheron Burns with Rx Catering | Social Action - First Responder Donation | Sept 2020

On September 15, 2020, the Psi Alpha Alpha Chapter, Third District of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. and the Bernie L. Bates Foundation, Inc., have joined forces to make a positive impact on the First Responders in Fairfax, County, Virginia, as a result of COVID-19. The Chapter’s Basileus (Brother Eric Kelly, Sr.) and the Foundation’s President (Brother Richard Morris) donated the fifth of five monthly contributions to Rx Catering – DC Metro. The fifth check for $1,000.00 was presented to Ms. Cheron Burns, owner, of Rx Catering at Greenspring Continuing Care Retirement Community, Springfield, Virginia. At the same event, Rx Catering donated 125 meals to Ms. Chandra Kumar, Executive Director of the Garden Ridge Complex for the nurses, staff, and residents. Other Chapter and Foundation attendees were Brothers W.J. Williams, Jr., Marvin Chisolm, and Kenneth Younger. As this joint COVID-19 effort comes to an end, we look forward to similar support in the coming fiscal year.

Virtual Community Health Fair 2020

American Diabetes (Sharon at the bottom) Q and A with MCs Angela and James | Health Initiatives Community Health Fair | August 2020

On Saturday, August 29, 2020, the Brothers of the Psi Alpha Alpha Chapter, an unincorporated chapter of The Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.’s conducted our third annual community Health Fair. This year we partnered with the Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc-Omicron Theta Zeta chapter to expand our reach to the community we serve. As a result of the current COVID-19 environment, the health fair was hosted VIRTUALLY. Health Initiatives is a primary area of focus for both of our organizations. It is designed to provide uplift to our communities by facilitating and coordinating activities that both inform and promote good health practices. Some of our program’s components are the Charles Drew Blood Drive, support to Saint Jude’s Children Hospital, and partnership with the American Diabetes Association.

The Psi Alpha Alpha Chapter along with the Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc-Omicron Theta Zeta chapter coordinated this event to provide relevant healthy informational topics, instructions on nutrition and healthier cooking, and various forms of exercise. The event was a huge success demonstrated by the 4000 plus people being reached during and post the event. The chapters raised $500 via various business sponsors that will be used to support organization’s youth scholarships. The health fair was hosted via Zoom and shared via both the Psi Alpha Alpha and Omicron Theta Zeta chapter streamed the event via Facebook live. Raffles was conducted throughout the event to keep the participants and guest engaged. The service organizations did an outstanding job at providing our community residents, families, and friends with valuable information they can use to empower themselves and becoming more knowledgeable regarding how to achieve and maintain a healthier lifestyle. Some of these Health services included: prostate cancer, breast cancer, mental health, nutrition, healthier cooking, diabetes, line dancing, and Zumba. Additionally, another covered area was domestic violence.

We pray you found this event to be uplifting and beneficial as it relates to improving your fitness goals, knowledge, and health. Special appreciation goes out to all our partners, service provides, volunteers, sponsors, and attendees, without you this event would not have been possible. We look forward to seeing you at future events.

PsiAA-BLB I Believe I Can Fly

On Sunday, August 9, 2020, Brothers of the Psi Alpha Alpha Chapter (MANUP Mentoring Program), Third District of The Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. collaborated with Bernie L. Bates in Fairfax Virginia. They presented Mr. James D. Stewart III with a $2,000 check for continued flight lessons for the I Believe I Can Fly Program. The presentation took place at the Manassas Regional Airport just before James conducted his fly training session with the flight instructor Brad Teerlink. James current has approximately 10 plus hours of flight time. James attends Fairfax High School and is a rising senior. James began his aviation journey in the summer of 2019 as a student pilot to obtain a private pilot’s license, the first step in acquiring his commercial pilot’s license. He enjoys reading, flying, gaming, drawing, and spending time with friends/family. He is a member of the National Association of Rocketry and the Third Baptist Church Audio/Visual Ministry.

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

On Aug 12, 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 First Responders in Fairfax, County, Virginia who continue to work diligently to ensure they manage the health and care of residents who have been impacted, as a result of COVID-19. The Chapter's Basileus (Brother Eric Kelly, Sr.) and the Foundation's Vice President (Brother Jerome "Duke" Haggins) donated the fourth of five monthly contributions to Rx Catering – DC Metro. The participants presented a $1,000.00 check to the owner, Ms. Cheron Burns, at her office. It will enable Rx Catering to provide an estimated 100 meals to caregivers in various locations across Fairfax County, Virginia.

Grand Conclave 2020

On July 17 - 19, 2020, the Psi Alpha Alpha Chapter (PsiAA), Third District, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. attended the 82nd Grand Conclave. The conclave was originally scheduled for Tampa Florida. Given the current COVID-19 pandemic environment, the Fraternity leadership decided to host to FIRST ever VIRTUAL Grand Conclave. The opening prayer was delivered by Brother Dr Walter T. Richardson (current Grand Chaplain). The 41st Grand Basileus, Brother Dr. David Marion, delivered a riveting account of the state of the Fraternity and encourage the continuation of the strategic plan for the Fraternity to maintain and continue to solidify leadership position throughout the world. A few areas of notable accomplishments consist of the following:
● Virtual Graduation Ceremony for our Omega from college
● The initiative to purchase Boreholes in Africa and encouraged each district and chapter to participate
● Current support for HBCUs by an initiative called the Omega 1000 for $1000 in order to raise $1 Million for HBCUs

The other Supreme Council members presented their reports. The reports reviled tremendous success throughout the world. The Fraternity continues to be fiscally and legally sound. This year's conclave was while attended with a total of 3,446 - Graduates 3173 (317 from the Third District) and Undergraduates - 273 (19 from the Third District)

Brother Conrado B. Morgan, Third District Representative briefed and stated that the district would purchase a borehole in Ghana, Africa. During the Pre-Conclave Activities: International Youth Leadership Conference - Third District had 16 kids out of 296 kids that participated in the International Youth Leadership Conference (IYLC) on July 15, 2020.

New Grand Officers were elected with the results as follows:
Elections/Voting (New Grand Officers)

● Grand Basileus - Bro. Dr. David Marion
● 1st Vice GB - Bro. Ricky Lewis
● 2nd Vice - Bro. Caleb Love
● Grand KRS - Bro. Mark Jackson
● Grand KF - Bro. Johnnie Smith
● Grand Counsellor - Bro. Benjamin Crump
● Grand Chaplain - Bro. Rev Dr. Walter T. Richardson
● Undergraduate Representatives to the Supreme Council
○ Bro. Eleualio Abraham (8th D) - uncontested
○ Bro. Elliott Kelly, Jr. (9th D) - uncontested
○ Bro. Kenton Kelley (6th D) - uncontested

The Founder's banquet was phenomenal. The Keynote speaker was the great Brother Bishop Staccato Powell, Immediate past Grand Chaplain. He presented an astonishing message on FOCUS - Fixating On Causes Ultimately Significant. The following award were presented to the chapters and members of the Third District:

Psi Alpha Alpha Service Awards:

Colonel Charles Young Military Leadership Award - Brother Ahmad Gerard Andrews (Pi Lambda Lambda Chapter)
Founders’ Lifetime Achievement Award - Brother Gary C. Clark (Alpha Omega Chapter)

Large Chapter Retention Winner – Psi Alpha Alpha, Fairfax, VA Third District $1,000 plus plaque

Small Chapter Retention Winner – Rho Iota, Danville, VA Third District $1,000 plus plaque
3rd District Scholar of the Year - Brother Merrick O. Simms II
41st Grand Basileus Award - Brother Daniel Jones, Grand Keeper of Finance and Brother Gary C. Clark, International Protocol Chairman
Fatherhood Initiatives and Mentoring Award of $5,000 - Third District- Pi Lambda Lambda Chapter, Dumfries, Va

St. Jude and Omega the Power of Giving Fundraiser:
Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. - $123,000 with the First Place District being the Third District with $34,313

There were 420 Brother who received Fraternity Service Awards for years of service.

The Omega Memorial Service was conducted on Sunday, July 19 where all the Brothers who have gone on to Omega Chapter since the last Grand Conclave were read by Brother Craig Spraggins, District Keeper of Records and Seal for the Third District and all other DKRS’ read their District’s Brothers name. This was followed by an outstanding Devotion Service led by Grand Chaplain Reverend Walter T. Richardson, “What Did Omega Do (WDOD)?”

The Conclave was a tremendously rewarding event as always ensuring Brothers are aware of the state of the Fraternity and recognizing Chapters and Brothers for their noteworthy accomplishments and service to the world. The brothers are looking forward to the next Conclave Conference in 2022.

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

Friday, the 10th of July provided another opportunity for the Psi Alpha Alpha Chapter of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity and Bernie L. Bates Foundation to join in solidarity and demonstrate commitment to those in the front lines of the existing COVID-19 pandemic.  In concert with Rx Catering of Fairfax VA and on behalf of these organizations Chapter President Eric Kelly and Foundation President Richard Morris presented a check for $1,000 which was used to provide nourishment to hospital staff within the MedStar Medical Group.

Both organizations continue to look for opportunities to support those providing medical care to patients in DC, Virginia (inclusive of Fairfax County), and Maryland.  For the past 50 years Medstar has served the community with research, education, and medical service.  As a chapter and foundation, we remain determined to support those working on the front lines during these challenging times.  We stand committed to supporting those who working tirelessly on the front lines, making sacrifices to care for those in need of hope, love and protection from this scourge called COVID-19.