Saturday, March 24, 2012

Gamma Pi Appearing on Majic 102.3's "In the Community with Sheila Stewart" on March 25

Sheila Stewart - On-Air Host
As host of the upcoming 5-state 64th Second District Conference of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. at Washington National Harbor, Gamma Pi chapter is front and center as a series of district meetings are being held across the country by the Fraternity. Members of the chapter, including Second District Representative Brother Kenneth Rodgers (highest elected leader for the District), will be interviewed about the activities and events of the April 26-29 District meeting on the public affairs talk show, "In the Community with Sheila Stewart", on Sunday, March 25. The show  airs from 6:00-6:30 a.m. on WMMJ "Majic" 102.23 FM in the Washington, D.C. market.

The interview was taped a few days ago at Radio One studios. Click here to access the station's live programming online and to hear the interview: Majic 102.3 Online  Ms. Stewart is the award-winning News and Community Affairs Director for Radio One. WMMJ is a Radio One affiliate.

Bro. Kenneth Rodgers
In addition to Brother Rodgers, who is a past three-time Basileus of the chapter, Gamma Pi's Brother Eddie High, who is serving as the lead logistical organizer of the conference, was also interviewed by Ms. Stewart. Several other members of the planning committee will also be appearing on the program. Because of the location at the exciting new Washington National Harbor and the recent Centennial Anniversary of Omega Psi Phi, this is expected to be one of the largest District Conferences in memory. About 2,000 Fraternity members and their families are expected to attend the conference from Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania. Read more about the scope and purpose of the upcoming conference here.

More information on Conference Logistics:
Registration (Omega Psi Phi members only)
Social and Community Events and Online Ticket Purchase (Public)

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Bro. Ambassador Taylor Stays on the Move in the South Pacific

Bro. Amb. Taylor greets villagers on his trip to New Ireland Province
Bro. Ambassador Teddy Taylor, a past Basileus of Gamma Pi, has been gone for more than two years on an important Foreign Service assignment to serve as U.S. Ambassador to Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands and Vanuatu. In his third year in the prestigious job, he continues to plow new ground in leading the area diplomatic corps in a part of the world that is somewhat unsettled.

Bro. Taylor's influence was recently on display as he traveled throughout the region on a weeklong tour for several public events in behalf of the U.S. State Department. The locale was New Ireland Province in Papua New Guinea, the first such tour of this province by a U.S.diplomat in quite a while.

Heading to a school dedication on the island of Tanga
During the tour, Bro. Taylor visited the open pit Gold Mine in Lihir, met with the Chamber of Commerce, Provincial Government Officicals, Women Leaders, and dedicated two schools. In the photo at right, Bro. Ambassador Taylor and his junior officer are being taken ashore in a rain storm for the school dedication on the island of Tanga, which is part of the province.

 "New Ireland is one of the Islands we (the U.S.) liberated from the Japanese during WWII. The provincal goverment has been a leader in transparent governance, they were the first province to offer free public education through grade 12 and they have just begun a very modest pension program for senior citizens,"said Brother Ambassador Taylor.

 "The governor, sir Julius Chan is one of the founding fathers of the republic of Papua New Guinea and donated some of his family land to the province to build one of the schools."

Bro. Taylor is returning to Washington for meetings this month. Send him an e-mail.

Bro. Amb. Taylor addresses the crowd


Sunday, March 4, 2012

Prince George's County's Finest Young Talent Will Be On Display THIS WEEK: Gamma Pi's Annual Talent Hunt

This young singer wowed the crowd
 It’s one thing to flip the channels between “American Idol” and “The X Factor” to see who will be the next great singer, instrumentalist or band. It’s another thing to watch these budding young artists in person. You can do just that in the coming week: see tomorrow’s stars in person when you join Gamma Pi chapter of Omega Psi Phi for the Annual Talent Hunt on Saturday, March 10, at 5 p.m. at Charles H. Flowers High School in Springdale, Maryland. Admission is FREE. Bring your family, your friends and especially your students to watch this amazing display of talent from right here in Prince George’s County!

In recent years, the Gamma Pi Annual Talent Show has brought down the house with piercing vocal renditions, classic piano performances, rhythm-inducing guitar and drum solos, Broadway-like dramatic performances and even brilliant displays of artwork evoking memories of the late great African American artist, Romare Bearden. Last year’s overall winner, Malcolm Jackson, floored the auditorium with a Lionel Hampton-like marimba solo. You can relive his stunning performance in the video below.

Bro. Leroy Barton,Jr.

Brother Leroy Barton, Jr., a longtime college-level music instructor and a professional musician, has led Gamma Pi's Talent Hunt efforts for several years. He arranges each year for Gamma Pi to get judges for the competition who are professionally and academically trained in music and the arts. Not just anybody can serve as a judge for Gamma Pi's Talent Hunt. They must be experts in the area.

In recent weeks, Brother Barton has been auditioning local county students for the upcoming program on March 10. Talent Hunt is a popular program among county students and many have showed up at the auditions looking to make it to "the big show." Everyone who has attended Gamma Pi Talent Hunt events over the years has left astonished and amazed at the type and level of talent on the program. Performances have been punctuated by standing ovations and cheers from the audience.

Talent Hunt is a mandated program of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. Read more about the purpose of Talent Hunt and other Omega Psi Phi mandated programs: Mandated Programs.

Previous Performances on Video including last year's winner: