Bro. Richard Allison II, Basileus
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BULLETIN: Gamma Pi Chapter Earns Prestigious Second District Awards at Regional Conference
The Brothers of Gamma Pi were in the shadows of Met Life Stadium in the New Jersey Meadowlands the weekend of April 28, and they scored much better than both the Giants and Jets together.
That's because he Super Chapter walked away with three big awards at the 74th Second District Conference of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.
SERVING SENIORS AND FAMILIES AFFECTED BY FOOD INSECURITY
Gamma Pi Chapter's start to 2022 has been busy. From the successful Annual Talent Hunt to the Project ENRICH program and ongoing weekend food drives, Gamma PI Brothers have been busy just about every weekend of the still-new year.
Two more recent notable activities the chapter was involved in are the Senior Birthday Bash the chapter sponsors quarterly for the residents of the Trinity Terrace Apartments in Temple Hills, Md. on March 3 and a special communitywide recognition food drive and vaccination clinic on April 16 that Gamm Pi Chapter and its Friendship Charities Foundation, Inc. partnered on with other local organizations, like Food4Thought. In fact, the Friendship foundation received an award for its service and support (see photo at left). The service to community never stops when it comes to the Gamma Pi QUES!
As many in the Prince Georges County community know, Gamma Pi has been a leader in providing free food to families impacted by COVID since April 2020. And for many years, the Super Chapter has hosted the quarterly senior birthday bashes to help elderly residents to stay in touch with the outside world and have something to look forward to. During the past two years, the birthday events were held virtually on Zoom.
"I am proud of the work that we are doing in the local community, especially given how we have stayed the course during the ongoing pandemic" said Basileus Bro. Richard Allison II. "This is what Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. is all about and this is emblematic of just how seriously we view our mission here at Gamma Pi as one branch of this great Fraternity."
PHOTO ESSAY: Gamma Pi Helps Lead Local Food and Vaccine Giveaway on April 16
PHOTO ESSAY: Brothers Show Local Seniors a Good Time on March 3
Photos courtesy Bro. Marcus Whitfield and Bro. Jermaine Hunter
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Healthy UPLIFT: Gamma Pi Offers Monthly Webinars to Address Black Health Disparities
The Brothers of Gamma Pi Chapter place a premium on good health, and it all begins with prevention and awareness. To that end, Gamma Pi’s active and energetic Health Initiative Committee this year has continued to produce a series of monthly health webinars broadcast live on Facebook. The webinars are held on Saturday mornings.
On January 29, the chapter hosted a webinar on COVID-29 Treatments. The focus of the session was to provide updates to the community on available COVID-19 treatment options. Bro. Dr. Kevin Ford, Sr., who chairs the committee, led the way by discussing and explaining vaccines and boosters, monoclonal antibodies and oral anti-viral medications.
For American Heart Month, Gamma Pi’s health committee sponsored a webinar that shined the light on hypertension (high blood pressure), which is a leading risk factor for heart disease and stroke. As with all of the webinars, the chapter zeroed in on addressing barriers to health equity which occurs in communities disproportionately affected by cardiovascular disease. More
often than not, the affected communities are communities of color. The heart health event was held on February 26 and was part of the “Start Small. Live Big” campaign which is designed to encourage adults, particularly those age 55 and above, to get back on track with the small steps to improving their health—like scheduling their medical appointments, getting active, and eating healthy—so that people can get back to living “big.”
Visit the Gamma Pi web site to keep up with the latest schedule of health webinars. They cost you absolutely nothing and you only have to "drive" as far as your computer keyboard.
GAMMA PI ON TV NOW: The Super Chapter Spotlights Its Foundations
Tune in and follow our latest TV show episode. Our long-running show,
"Community UPLIFT," features a new segment that spotlights the work of our foundations -- Friendship Charities Foundation, Inc., and the Charles Drew Memorial Scholarship Fund. The leaders of both these organizations are appearing on the show this month with host Denise Smith and Basileus Bro. Richard Allison II to talk about their work in the local community.
To watch the show in Prince George's County and in some portions of Montgomery County, tune in to Channel 42 (Verizon FiOS) and Channel 76 (Comcast) at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. every Wednesday. The show will also be made available on the chapter's YouTube site soon.
In this current show, Bro. Lucien Cox, president of Friendship Charities, discusses the foundation's role in providing support for local food drives during COVID and for many other social action activities, Bro. Brett Blake, chairman of the Charles Drew foundation, talks about how the fund distributes tens of thousands of dollars a year in scholarship monies to support local youth in college. At the time of the taping, the organization's
March 31 scholarship deadline for the upcoming academic year had not yet arrived. Both foundations are 501 (c )3 organizations.
Sadly, the show also included an opening tribute to stalwart Gamma Pi Bro. Gordon G. Everett, Sr., who died suddenly on February 25 and was remembered in an Omega Memorial Service on March 18. Bro. Everett, a former three-term Gamma Pi Basileus and longtime leader in the Fraternity at the local, district and international levels, was well-liked and well-respected by Fraternity members across the country. Nicknamed ":Butch," he was full of wisdom and was a mentor to so many. A true Friend! Watch this tribute at the top of the show!
Gamma Pi Brothers Working Behind the Scenes for UPLIFT and Change
Bro. Tony Thompson (2nd right) with the Hon. Bro. Rep. Jim Clyburn (D-SC) , of the Leadership of the U.S. House of Representatives after a May 1 economic conference in Washington, D.C.
Bro. Dan White (left) recently helped to sponsor a team of students from Croom High School in Prince George's County to participate in a STEM event held in Washington, D.,C, on April 30.
ABOVE: Past Basilei Bros. Teddy Taylor, Esmond Marvray, Al Cornish, Maurice Calhoun and Eddie High with current Basileus Richard Allison II after a long heart-wrenching day of giving an Omega style sendoff to Bro Gordon Everett, Sr. on March 18. For more information, see the story above on our TV show.
AFTER CONTRIBUTING "BLOOD, SWEAT AND TEARS" TO OUR COMMUNITY, WE TAKE TIME TO UNWIND ...
WELCOME INTO THE FOLD, NEW OMEGA BROTHERS ...
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