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.
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.
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.
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.
On June 27, 2020 the Psi Alpha Alpha Chapter, Third District of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. in cooperation with the Bernie L. Bates Foundation, Inc.—a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization held the sixth annual Scholarship and Community Recognition Awards Ceremony. Presented over the last five years as a Scholarship and Recognition Breakfast, the current COVID-19 circumstances dictated a virtual setting hosted by Brother Eric Kelly, President of the Psi Alpha Alpha Chapter, and Brother Richard Morris, President of the Bernie L. Bates Foundation, Inc.
After welcoming nearly 120 chapter and foundation members and friends the foundation/chapter combined to distribute $17,450 in 2020 Scholarship and Community Recognition awards to 18 exceptional scholars. With much fanfare and recognition scholarships were presented to students who applied through the Bernie L. Bates Foundation Scholarship Program and community recognition awards as determined by the foundation’s Board of Directors. Of special note, the fiver highest scholarships were given in the names of prominent Omega men who devoted their lives to the service of their communities and set the example as selfless servants.
Event highlights included a video compilation of the chapter’s 2020 Talent Hunt competition winners; the recognition of one jointly sponsored student, James Stewart III, an aspiring pilot at the Aviation Adventures Flight School; and efforts by the chapter and foundation to support Rx Catering, a minority owned enterprise instrumental in providing meals to local, front-line responders during this COVID-19 pandemic.
Brother, Dr. Marco Clark, founder and CEO of the Richard Wright Public Charter Schools for Journalism and Media Arts reminded students that while in college they must lead by example, recognizing who they are and ever proud of their accomplishments. Ms. Elaine Ransom, a 2019 graduate of West Potomac High School in Alexandria VA and sophomore at Spelman College in Atlanta, GA provided a powerful speech that left the attending scholars with three tactics to use in order to persevere through these unknown times; tactics such as planning, dedication of time for yourself, and flexibility. Ms. Ransom reminded attendees that their faith in God can always be counted on to keep them grounded.
Over the past fifteen years, the Bernie L. Bates Foundation and Psi Alpha Alpha Chapter have provided over $450,000 in support of the Fairfax County community; such support has included but not been limited to a Youth Aviation Program, an elementary Reading for Success Program, the local Gum Springs Community Center, New Hope Housing, the Northern Virginia Urban League, the Capital Area Food Bank, Boys & Girls Club and a myriad of other community support activities. Psi Alpha Alpha Chapter and the Bernie L. Bates Foundation are honored to have such opportunities to demonstrate support for its local community and look forward to continuing that practice though those principles consistent with Manhood, Scholarship, Perseverance, and Uplift.
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.
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
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
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.
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.