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

    Event Hall

    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.  

PsiAA Daddy Daughter Dance 2020

  
Brother Tony Wells, Co-Chair of the Psi Alpha Alpha MANUP Program (left) and Bro. Freddie Fuller (right) enjoying an evening with their daughters.

On Saturday, February 8, 2020, Psi Alpha Alpha Chapter, Third District Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. Brothers Tony Wells (PsiAA) and Freddie Fuller (PLL) participated in a phenomenal event at the Sharron Baucom Dale City Recreation Center. Brother Tony Wells, Co-Chair of the Psi Alpha Alpha MANUP Program and Brother Freddie Fuller had a memorable date night with their daughters at the Daddy Daughter Dance. Brothers Wells and Fuller spent the evening dressing up and dancing the night away. This is a superb event to celebrate our daughters as well as building and solidifying the valued relationship between fathers and daughters. 

    
Bro. Fuller was learning the latest dance moves from his daughter (left) and Bro. Wells and his daughter were posing with their tiara’s at this wonderful event. February marks a month of several father and daughter dances throughout Northern Virginia and the DC metropolitan area as part fatherhood initiative. Bro. Wells and Bro. Fuller are active participants and supporters of this annual event.

3rd District Winter Council 2020


Psi Alpha Alpha Chapter Brothers and the Third District Winter Council Meeting 2020

On February 7 - 8, 2020, the Brothers of Psi Alpha Alpha Chapter, Third District Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. attended the Third District winter council meeting in Petersburg, Virginia. There were over 220 Brothers in attendance. Friday night the Brothers gathered for an evening filled with fun, food, and fellowship. On Saturday the District Representative started the meeting promptly at 8:30am.

The District Representative along with the Third District Executive Council  provided their reports outlining the current status of the District for informational purpose to the Brothers. The area supervisors and committee chair followed with their reports. The Brothers took some time to break bread together for another moment of fellowship. Brother Elisha Howard, Second Vice District Representative, encouraged the Brother to collaborate more to solidify and reinforce the strengthen the bond between the Brothers (graduate and undergraduate) respectively. The meeting was a success.

MANUP Banquet Jan 2020

   

On January 29, 2020, the Brothers of Psi Alpha Alpha Chapter, Third District Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc MANUP Mentoring Program presented awards to the Mount Vernon High School Football team in Fairfax Virginia. There were 23 students who completed the 10 week study hall course from September thru November. The students were presented with certificates and the top 5 students received a $50 dollar gift cards courtesy of Target. The MANUP Program has over 40 students in the program and executes a bi-monthly lecture series at Mount Vernon High School throughout the school year.

“The most important thing is to try and inspire people so that they can be great in whatever they want to do.”
~Kobe Bryant

    Bro. W.J Williams Jr. (Vice Basileus), Bro. Michael Frazier, Jordan Reid (12th Grade), Bro. Cozy Bailey Jr., Bro Tony Wells

    Bro. W.J Williams Jr. (Vice Basileus), Bro. Michael Frazier, Mekhi Robinson (10th Grade), Bro. Cozy Bailey Jr, Bro. Tony Wells

    Bro. W.J Williams Jr. (Vice Basileus), Bro. Michael Frazier, Bro. Robert Overbey (11th Grade), Bro. Cozy Bailey Jr., Bro. Tony Wells

    Bro. W.J Williams Jr. (Vice Basileus), Ta’Mon Hendricks (10th Grade), Bro. Michael Frazier

PsiAA – International Undergraduate Summit 2020

Brothers of PsiAA Being Uplifted and Uplifting Brothers at the 2020 International Undergraduate Summit

    International Undergraduate Summit undergrads photo | IUGS | Jan 17, 2020

During January 16 - 18, 2020, the Brothers of Psi Alpha Alpha Chapter participate and attended the International Undergraduate Summit at the Little Rock Marriott in Little Rock, Arkansas. Some Brothers of PsiAA provided service by providing transportation for the Supreme Council. PsiAA Brother Rosier presented to the Supreme Council on Omega Charities. He also attended a board meeting of Friendship Foundation, in which he is the Vice President. On Thursday Jan 16th, the Second Vice Basileus led a reading session with Brothers at the elementary school for several grade school children. The event was a success as demonstrated by the staff expressing their appreciation for the Brother's service to the community.

The agenda was full of activities and educational session and opportunities for the undergraduates to obtain information regarding potential employment opportunities with reputable national and international organizations. Some of the training sessions included Scholarships, science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), Fatherhood Initiatives, and a Q & A with the 41st Grand Basileus.

Finally, on Saturday Jan 18th, the day started with devotional service led by the Grand Chaplain. The Ronald E. McNair Luncheon was well attended. During the luncheon, there were a few awards presented. Additionally, the keynote speaker was Brother James W. Jordan, who delivered a powerful, inspirational, and uplifting message to the Brothers.
Another successful International Undergraduate Summit that was well attended by the undergraduates and other Omega Brothers. The undergraduates did an extremely great job with executing the event and ensuring the Brother received what they needed as well as giving back to and leaving an unforgettable stamp on the community.

Reading for Success Jan 2020

Brother Gourdine providing excellent illustration during the reading session | R4S | Jan 10, 2020

On January 10, 2020, the Brothers of Psi Alpha Alpha Chapter, Third District Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc conducts its second read aloud, of the “Reading for Success” program at Riverside Elementary School in Alexandria, Virginia, we were again welcomed by the Gifted Education Center Teacher, Third-Grade Teachers, and especially the Third-Grade Students.

The Second Read Aloud follows the Kickoff and First Read Aloud session on November 8, 2019. The Brothers of Psi Alpha Alpha Chapter known affectionately as “The Sirs,” supported six third-grade classes consisting of 125 eager students. Our reputation is well known, our services appreciated, and the chapter brothers excelled during the session.

The chapter’s Bernie L. Bates Foundation, Inc., provided a new book for their individual reading library. We chose “Buddy Ran Away” by Thea Feldman, as a twenty-seventh book for their individual library. The book tells the story of a boy name Sam and his dog named Buddy who ran away while visiting the countryside. Buddy returned home after being missing for a week using instinct. The students easily related to the story since many of them had pets.

Psi Alpha Alpha Chapter was represented by thirteen brothers who served as reading mentors. Brothers Warren Bacote; Bradford Caldwell; James George; Sidney Gourdine; Brandon Grooms; Jerry Hubbard, Sr.; Frank Matthews; Clarence Miller; Danny Watson, Jr.; and coordinating this program was the chapter’s Social Action Coordinator, Brother Kenneth M. Younger.

“The Sirs” are proud of the fact that we have supported this program for the sixth school year. The brothers of Psi Alpha Alpha Chapter will continue to do their part to inspire these young readers and we look forward to the third of our four Read Aloud sessions in March 2020.

PsiAA NYE 2019

On December 31, 2019, the Brothers of Psi Alpha Alpha Chapter, Third District Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. hosted their New Year's Eve "Purple Carpet" Masquerade Ball at the Fairfax Marriott at Fair Oaks. It was a night of elegance as the men were dressed to impress in their Tuxedos and the ladies were simply gorgeous. All the guests entered the ball room via the PURPLE carpet. Once in the room, the guest was greeted by a fabulously decorated ball room. The meal consisted of surf and turf, veggies, and sides excellently prepared. The DJ was exceptional as he spun the 1's and 2's throughout the night ensuring the dance floor was always packed.

The Basileus, Eric W. Kelly, Sr. greeted the guests by sharing a few words. Afterwards, Bro. Willie J. "W.J." Williams, Jr., New Year's Eve Masquerade Ball Committee Chairman and Vice Basileus of Psi Alpha Alpha gave the orders of the day to those in attendance. There were a few vendors with various items for sale. Also, there was a photo booth allowing everyone to capture the event with unforgettable photos. Another event during the night was the 50/50 raffle where several of the guest participated in. The total of the raffle was $1,010 with the winner receiving $505.

There were over 220 people in attendance. A great time was had by all, as demonstrated by the various expressions from the guests stating what a great time they had. Additionally, there were numerous guests who expressed the desire to attend the event in 2020.

PsiAA 39th Anniversary Dec 26, 2019

On December 26, 2019, the Brothers of Psi Alpha Alpha (PsiAA) Chapter, Third District, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. celebrated our 39th Chapter anniversary at Brother Chisolm’s residence in Virginia. Brothers came together for an evening filled with enthusiasm, fellowship, and rejoicing to have been blessed with yet another tremendously successful year for the chapter. The chapter continues to maintain its duty to operate in true Omega spirit and excellence.  This is done both in honor of our illustrious fraternity and the 13 PsiAA chapter charter members who laid the groundwork as the chapter continues to provide service to the Fairfax County community. An acknowledgement highlighted when the chapter was honored with third place for Third District Large Chapter of the year award respectfully.

Basileus Eric Kelly and Vice Basileus W.J. Williams, Jr. offered Brothers a few inspirational words and thanks to all for coming out. On this occasion, Brothers in attendance were giving the opportunity to provide some history related to the chapter along with any other insights they might like to mention regarding their walk in Omega. Charter members Brothers Isiah E. Barnwell, M. Barnwell, and C. Brown expressed significant knowledge of the chapter’s history and vision of the charter members. Other Brothers Charles Latten, Charles Sias, Donald Glover, Jerry Hubbard, and Oscar Dailey answered the call and spoke as Brothers listened attentively. Some of the comments were 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 become better acquainted with chapter and Omega history while also understanding the aspirations and vision of the thirteen founding members of PsiAA Charter members and others who have walked similar paths.

The celebration was well attended as Brothers found themselves in continuous fellowship and breaking bread. It was evident that Brothers remain grateful for another successful year filled with the continued development of lifelong friendships with other men of Omega. The PsiAA Brothers continue to stand upright, ready, and eagerly await 2020. The road to 40.

PsiAA Christmas Food Basket Donation 2019

 (L-R) Basileus Emeritus Marion “Barney” Barnwell, Jacob Berenbroick, U.S. Army Chaplain (Colonel) Robert Hart, the Installation Chaplain, and Brother Kenneth Younger, Social Action Coordinator.  The Shoppers gift cards presentation | Christmas Food Basket Donation | December 19, 2019

For well over 25 years, Psi Alpha Alpha Chapter has provided Christmas baskets in the form of gift cards to deserving citizens selected by Gum Springs Community Center Director, Neighborhood and Community Services; and Fort Belvoir families selected by the Installation Chaplaincy.

This year’s project involved providing the community center $240 in gift cards for food from Shoppers Food Warehouse and the chaplaincy $300 in gift cards for food from the Fort Belvoir Commissary – for a total donation of $540.

Both donations were made on December 19, 2019, by our Basileus Emeritus Marion “Barney” Barnwell and Brother Kenneth Younger, Social Action Coordinator.  The Shoppers gift cards were presented to Jacob Berenbroick, Program Director, Department of Neighborhood and Community Services, at the Gum Springs Community Center and were won by a raffle at the senior citizens holiday luncheon held that day.

   (L-R) Basileus Emeritus Marion “Barney” Barnwell, Jacob Berenbroick, Program Director, Department of Neighborhood and Community Services, and Brother Kenneth Younger, Social Action Coordinator.  The Shoppers gift cards presentation | Christmas Food Basket Donation | December 19, 2019

The second presentation was made to U.S. Army Chaplain (Colonel) Robert Hart, the Installation Chaplain, Fort Belvoir, Virginia.  Chaplain Hart will ensure deserving military families receive the $300.00 in commissary gift cards through the chaplaincy so that they, too, can enjoy a more joyous Christmas season.

As the Brothers of Psi Alpha Alpha Chapter celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ in 2019, we are humbled as we “uplift” others this Christmas.