Omega men are known for taking charge and going where the action is. The Brothers of Gamma Pi did just that recently by hosting other Second District chapters for an issues-focused visit to the State Legislature. The Annual “Ques in Annapolis” meeting brings together chapter members and lawmakers, giving concerned Omega men an opportunity to come face-to-face with state leaders to talk about progress in initiatives that impact citizens in the communities where Gamma Pi and other chapters serve.
More than 90 Omega men participated in the daylong program including 35th Second District Representative Bro. Sherman Charles. About one third of those in attendance were from Gamma Pi, said Legislative Co-Chair Brother Richard W. Allison II, wh organized the event. During the day, the contingent of Omegas visited both the House and Senate chambers and they got in a tour of the historic State House building.
“This event planted the seeds of a vision throughout the District. A vision where we can begin to personalize our relationships as Chapters with State Legislators in an effort to facilitate social action change,” said Bro. Allison. “A vision that will allow us to leverage our size and reach to impact positive change in our communities.“
The day’s activities also included sitting in on a live committee meeting, touring the Governor’s Mansion, and for Brothers, two especially meaningful activities: lunching at the Asbury United Methodist Church, the oldest African American church in Annapolis and one the pastorate of Brother Founder Bishop Edgar A. Love; and visiting Gamma Pi Chapter member and State Senator Bro. Ulyssess Currie.
Speaking of Bro Currie, it was announced that he and another Omega man in the legislature, Bro. Frank S. Turner, will be the namesakes for two new awards to be presented annually. They were both inaugural recipients of these new awards during the Ques in Annapolis activities. It was a great day to be an Omega man. The Founders would have been extremely proud.