PsiAA MANUP – October 2019

 Bro. MAJ Ahmad Andrews spoke to the Mount Vernon High School football team in Fairfax County on October 30, 2019.

The MANUP mentoring program featured Bro. MAJ Ahmad Andrews on October 30, 2019 at Mount Vernon High School (MVHS). Bro. Andrews addressed 100 high school students challenging them to make positive choices, work hard, and consistently pursue academic excellence. He quoted the famous Booker T. Washington stating, “associate yourself with people of good quality, for it is better to be alone than in bad company. The individual who can do something that the world wants done will, in the end, make his way regardless of his race.”

The MANUP mentoring program is for young males and is sponsored by the Psi Alpha Alpha chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Incorporated. The MANUP program partners with Mt. Vernon High School and Gum Springs in Fairfax Virginia and has over 60 students from 6th graders to graduating seniors. The MANUP program consists of mentoring students thru exposure to various careers and pre-college initiatives through lecture series and field trips throughout the scholastic calendar year.

 Bro. MAJ Ahmad Andrews | MANUP Program | MVHS | October 2019

Bro. Andrews spoke on his personal experiences in enlisting in the United States Navy, playing collegiate football, and becoming a commission officer in the U.S Army by way of the Tuskegee University ROTC Program at Tuskegee University in Alabama. The students were inspired by his story of perseverance and hard work. They were engaged and equated his successes after a notable high school football career with their own need to strategically plan multiple routes to achieve success.

The MVHS football team is currently undefeated in their conference play and will battle T.C. Williams on Friday November 1st to becoming Division Champions.

 MANUP Program | MVHS | October 2019

 Bro. Ken Younger, Bro. Kevin Williams, Bro. MAJ Ahmad Andrews, Monty Fritts, Head Coach; Bro. Eric Kelly, Basileus, Bro. LTC Chester Keller, Bro. Tony Wells, Bro. Michael Frazier

PsiAA Back to School South County Government Center

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On August 23, 2019, the men of Psi Alpha Alpha (PsiAA) Chapter, Third District, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. Chapter’s Basileus and Social Action Committee provided and presented “Back to School Back Packs” to those South County Government Center students in need.

The chapter was assisted by the Government Center staff.  Psi Alpha Alpha Chapter was represented by Brother Eric Kelly, Sr., Basileus; Brother Barney Barnwell, Basileus Emeritus; Brother Kenneth Younger, Social Action coordinator, Brother Tony Wells, and Brother Calvin Beidleman.

Our collective effort and contribution resulted in a total community donation of over 30 back packs containing school supplies.  The brothers were delighted to do our part as the school year begins but was also struck by the need to support so many students in need.  We look forward to again participating in this program next year.

PsiAA – Back to School Gum Springs

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On August 23, 2019, Psi Alpha Alpha Chapter’s Basileus and Social Action Committee provided and presented “Back to School Back Packs” to those Gum Springs Community Center students who signed up to receive school supplies.

The chapter was assisted by Mr. Terence Trent, Director, Youth and Family Services from the center.  Psi Alpha Alpha Chapter was represented by Brother Eric Kelly, Sr., Basileus; Brother Barney Barnwell, Basileus Emeritus; and Brother Kenneth Younger, Social Action coordinator.

Our collective effort and contribution resulted in a total community donation of over 120 back packs containing school supplies.  The brothers were delighted to do our part as the school year begins but was also struck by the need to support so many student in need.  We look forward to again participating in this program next year.

PsiAA Quarterly 5k and Fellowship Aug 2019

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On August 3, 2019, the men of Psi Alpha Alpha (PsiAA) Chapter, Third District, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. hosted our quarterly 5k Walk/Run at Robert E. Lee High School in Springfield, Va. The 5k was followed by the fellowship breakfast at Delia’s Pizzeria & Grill 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, Everyone endured the heat and participated in several activities such as Flutter kicks, Push-ups, Jumping jacks, Bear crawl, high knees, and butt kicks (to name a few) and had great 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. Behold how good and pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity.

PsiAA Appreciation Cookout 2019

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On July 27, 2019, the men of Psi Alpha Alpha (PsiAA) Chapter, Third District, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. hosted its annual “appreciation” cookout.  The annual cookout is held to express appreciation for the chapter’s members event sponsors, partners, family, and friend for their dedication participation and support during the year in executing the fraternity’s mandatory programs including talent hunt, essay contest and Achievement Week, to name a few, as well as local community initiatives such as the “ManUp” program, blood drive and health fair, and Reading for Success – all designed to help improve the quality of life in Fairfax County, the chapter’s service area.  The appreciation cookout allows the brothers of PsiAA to socialize among themselves, along with their families and friends.

Food and fun are the two most important consideration of each cookout.  Therefore, an array of foods, both hot and cold, was provided to satisfy all tastes and pallets – including BBQ chicken and ribs, sliced beef, greens, macaroni and cheese, baked beans, as well as light fare such as potato chips, nuts, hot dogs and hamburgers.  Beverages included bottle water, of course, and a wide assortment of juices and sodas. The men of PsiAA demonstrated their skill on the grill by grilling the burgers and hotdogs. The remaining entrées and side dishes were catered.

Attendees were at liberty to participate in any or all entertainment events such as basketball/softball batting cage, corn hole, table and card games. There were those willing to accept the challenge.

The cookout, as expected, was well attended because it allows brothers to relax and enjoy themselves in an atmosphere of brotherhood while at the same time, sharing time with their families and friends in spirit of friendship.

Inaugural Brother Dr. Moses C. Norman, Sr. International Leadership Conference 2019

On July 11, 2019, the men of Psi Alpha Alpha (PsiAA) Chapter, Third District, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. attended the Inaugural Brother Dr. Moses C. Norman, Sr. International Leadership Conference was held in Atlantic City, NJ at the Harrah’s Hotel, July 11 – 13, 2019. There was a reported 965 Brothers who were registered at the Conference.   Psi Alpha Alpha (Pisa) was well represented with 11 Brothers registered and in attendance. One of the most surprising things that happened was that the registration process was quick and painless. There was literally hardly any wait time. Registration to get your badge and credentials didn’t take longer than 2 minutes for most Brothers.

On Saturday of the Conference, Senator Kamala Harris (2020 Democratic Presidential Candidate) addressed the Brotherhood and the public that were in attendance. Kamala discussed her platform and her connections to Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.

List of Brothers that registered and attended the Leadership Conference. 

Bro. W.J. Williams, Jr. (VB) Bro. Chester Keller (KRS) Bro. Marion “Barney” Barnwell
Bro. Calvin Beidleman Bro. Cornelius Beidleman Bro. Philip Benjamin
Bro. Brad Caldwell Bro. Antonio Coleman Bro. Norris Middleton
Bro. Alcindor Rosier Bro. Ken Younger

Service Awards: 

Psi Alpha Alpha had Brothers who have reached Anniversary milestones that were acknowledged at the Leadership Conference.  The highlighted row means the Brother attended and received award at Leadership Conference.

 

Last Name M.I. First Name Years
Baylor A Curtis A. 50
Brown A Connie 45
Burnett L Peter 45
Caldwell M Bradford 45
Craig Edward L. 50
Davis Jr. E George 30
Latten C Leroy 55
Lewis H. Robert 45
Payne II P Foster 35
Ross R Danny 40
Wilkerson Jr. L Phillip 40

Psi Alpha Alpha Brothers were thoroughly immersed in traditional training classes offered to include:

  • Keeper of Records and Seal training,
  • Keeper of Finance training,
  • Membership Selection,
  • Protocol,
  • Vice Basileus,
  • Basileus training,
  • Social event success/Fundraising

Other course offerings were made available for those in attendance and Psi Alpha Alpha chapter brothers made the most of their time taking an active role in each. It was an enlightening experience.

This year’s leadership conference while stoked in business always is embodied with a great sense of friendship as the men of Omega work and socialize alongside one another. Psi Alpha Alpha Brothers in attendance prospered from the information shared and the fellowship amongst the Brothers of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Incorporated.

 

Fraternally,

Bro. Willie “W.J.” Williams, Jr.

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Vice Basileus, Psi Alpha Alpha Chapter

Top 40 Under 40 Award

 Bro. WJ Williams Jr (After receiving award)

On July 11, 2019, the men of Psi Alpha Alpha (PsiAA) Chapter, Third District, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. celebrated Bro. Willie "W.J." Williams, Jr., was awarded a "Top 40 under 40" Award by the Alexandria Chamber of Commerce at the United Way Worldwide building.  The "40 under 40" program was established in 2016 by the Chamber to recognize top men and women, age 40 and under, engaged in a variety of fields including business, technology, nonprofit management, civic life, public service, education, and the arts, who are shaping Alexandria for the future. The Chamber recognized W.J as one of these such people.

W.J. is currently a Senior Systems Engineer with OGSystems in the Alexandria area. He is also the Founder & CEO of W2W Technologies, LLC, a small company he started that is a full-service technology, design, development and support company that provides clients/organizations of various sizes with quality work to help entrepreneurs establish their brands and support their companies. W.J. has worked in the aerospace and defense industry for over 14 years, supporting the Department of Defense and the Intelligence Community in the Washington, DC Metropolitan area. He is a 2004 graduate of Clemson University and a 2007 graduate of Boston University. W.J. has earned recognition at the IMPACT Awards, National Engineers Week, and received The Modern-Day Technology Leader Award at the Black Engineer of the Year Award Conference.

In addition to his passion professionally, he is also a strong community leader with a focus on serving under-represented communities and promoting STEM awareness and engagement. He is an active member and leader in the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., Co-Founder and Board member for the Aspire 2 Inspire Foundation, and Board member for the Bernie L. Bates Foundation.

         

Bro. W.J. Williams, Jr. with his Mom                       Bro. W.J. Williams, Jr. posting for picture before the event.

  Bro. W.J. Williams, Jr. with the city of Alexandria’s mayor, Justin Wilson

Health Fair and Blood Drive 2019

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On June 29, 2019, the men of Psi Alpha Alpha (PsiAA) Chapter, Third District, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. hosted our second annual Health Fair and Blood Drive in collaboration with the Gum Springs Community Center and the Fairfax-Falls Church Community Service Board. The Psi Alpha Alpha Chapter Brothers volunteered to assist with parking, vendor setup and breakdown, security, and crowd control. This event served as the Psi Alpha Alpha Chapter’s Charles Drew Memorial Blood Drive which gave residents the opportunity to give the gift of life by donating much needed blood plasma.

The success of the blood drive was evident in the 21 units of blood collected which ultimately can save up to 126 lives. Other featured service providers in attendance (but not limited to) were the Department of Family Services (SNAP), Foster Care & Adoption, Domestic Violence Action Center (DVAC), American Diabetes Association, Community Service Board Wellness, Health Promotion, and Prevention; Unit Healthcare, Bethlehem Baptist Church (Blood Pressure checks), PsiAA Voter Registration, Mount Vernon Police Department, Mt. Vernon Hospital (Wound Healing, Inova Rehab, and Joint Replacement), and Aging, Disability, and Caregivers Resources.

On-site health screenings consisted of Dental, Blood Pressure, HIV/STD, Glucose, Cholesterol, Body Mass Index (BMI), Hearing, and Sight. The learning sessions consisted of Mental Health in the African American Community, Prostate Cancer, and CPR (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation). The Children’s Virginia Blood Donor society was also present and taking blood donations.

The Health Fair is very important to the Gum Springs community, as attendees were able to receive valuable information related to various health and community topics. The services were provided free of charge and was open to the public. The PsiAA Brothers also participated in the various health forums provided. Both medical and certified professionals discussed issues that afflict African American men, brought awareness to preventive medicine techniques, and informed the audience of mental health issues in the African American community. The presenters were well informed and well versed in the topic areas posed by the audience.

There were 30 plus PsiAA Brothers who supported this event. All the service providers and guests expressed their appreciation and look forward to participating or attending in future events.

PsiAA Reading for Success June 2019

On June 5, 2019, the men of Psi Alpha Alpha (PsiAA) Chapter, Third District, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. conducted the fourth and final “Reading for Success” program at Riverside Elementary School was conducted on June 5, 2019 and it was a huge success.  The brothers, known affectionately as “The Sirs,” once again, supported six third-grade classes with a total of 223 students.  We chose “What a Day” by Rena Korb.  The book tells the story of a young girl who volunteered at an animal shelter during a winter blizzard and how she helped calm the shelter dogs and rescued a lost dog.  Eight chapter brothers supported this effort and enjoyed the mentoring session as much as the students.  The highlight of this session was the appreciation personally expressed by the Principle Mr. Paul Basdekis.  He thanked us for our continued support and stated how important is for “The Sirs” to make a presence and impact the young readers.  With today’s book donation, the program has provided 4,044 age appropriate books to the third-grade students at Riverside Elementary School this school year.  We look forward to supporting this program in the coming school year this fall as we will enter our sixth year of supporting Riverside Elementary School.