Saturday, January 3, 2009

Catching Up Wth Our Citizen of the Year Award Winner: Rev. Delmon Coates

An enduring legacy of Gamma Pi chapter is its strong ties with the local Prince George’s County Community. The chapter’s annual Achievement Week observance is always highly anticipated and demonstrates the community commitment in a very real way. On Sunday, December 21, a group of Gamma Pi chapter members, led by Bro. Patrick Johnson, presented the chapter’s Citizen of the Year award to Rev. Delmon Coates of Mount Ennon Baptist Church in Clinton. Rev. Coates was unable to receive the award in person during Gamma Pi’s Achievement Week on November 15 because he was leading a mission of 50 church members to Ghana. Another member of the chapter, Bro. Marcus Davis, serves as Music Director at Mount Ennon. The citizenship plaque was presented during both the 8 a.m and 11 a.m. worship services and several Omega Psi Phi Brothers from other area chapters joined Gamma Pi's Johnson, Davis and Brother William Reese (all members of the church) in making the presentation

Gamma Pi’s successful Achievement Week has been recognized in the local media. An article about the chapter's awarding of $20,000 in college scholarhips was published in the Prince George’s Gazette on December 18 and a full-page article about Achievement Week, including a photo, was published in the November 20-26 editon of The Washington Informer (scroll down to page 13 after clicking on the URL).

Because of the strength of our community service work, Gamma Pi is a three-time Chapter of the Year winner for the five-state Second District of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., most recently in 2006. We enjoy engaging the community and we appreciate those leaders (like Rev. Coates) and organizations that partner with us on a variety of projects from helping our seniors enjoy their golden years to working with our youth on geting a good start in life.

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