Saturday, April 28, 2012

Highlights from Friday's Sessions - 64th Second District Conference

Bro. Kenneth Rodgers at Life Members Luncheon
Gamma Pi was the perfect host through the first two days of the 64th Second District Conference. It was evidenced by smooth-running business meetings, a steady stream of Omega men pouring in from the five-state region, a night of unforgettable social events (March Down and after-parties) and a first-class facility in the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center.

Below are just some video and photo highlights that have now become part of Gamma Pi and the Second District's illustrious history in Omega Psi Phi. There are many more outstanding highlights to come in the days and weeks ahead.

For Omega men, it was the Opening Plenary and special sessions like the the Life Members' Luncheon. Second District Representative Brother Kenneth Rodgers, a former Gamma Pi Basileus, was among those making remarks at the luncheon. Brother Benjamin Jeffers was the keynote speaker.

Ms. Mildred Mohammed (photo by Bro. Tony Kelly)
One of the most moving  public and community events of the day was a special Domestic Violence presentation by Mildred Mohammed,  the wife of now-executed "D.C. Sniper" John Mohammed. She gave a powerful look behind the scenes of her personal  and family terror trying to escape her crazed husband's clutches. Her experience is recounted in a book she has written about the experience.

The Social Scene topped it all off with a standing-room-only ovation-drawing March Down won by the March Team from Gamma Pi. Teams from Lambda Gamma Gamma, Delta Sigma Theta and two local schools also participated. Miss Black D.C. and Miss Black Maryland were among the show's judges. And the night ended with two big sold-out ballroom after parties that "rocked the house" and showed why Omega is the best at "work and play."

Here are the highlights:

Gamma Pi March Team in action (raw video)

Lambda Gamma Gamma Step Team (raw phone video):

About the Conference from Miss Black Maryland and Miss Black D.C.:

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Thursday, April 26, 2012

Omega Nation Comes to Prince George's County as the 64th Second District Conference Kicks Off

Today, Brothers from all across the five-state Second District are making their way to Washington National Harbor to begin the 64th Second District Conference,which is already the largest ever for the Second District, which covers Delaware, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Maryland. After a year of planning, Gamma Pi chapter is ready to pull back the curtain on a four-day extravaganza that creatively mixes Omega's business with an impressive lineup of social and public events throughout this weekend.

More than 600 have registered for the conference and many more are expected to sign up during on-site registration at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center that goes from today through Sunday.

Today's schedule is highlighted by a golf tournament at Andrews Air Force Base, a free jazz mixer and a public program during the evening. Information about registration is available at the Second District web site: and you can get more information about social events (as well as make online ticket purchase) at Gamma Pi's website:

Gamma Pi will be blogging from the conference. Bookmark this page to stay in touch with the "sights and sounds" from the 64th Second District Conference. We will also be posting on our Facebook page. Here is an official greeting from Gamma Pi Basileus Gordon Everett, Sr.:

Basileus Everett is interviewed by Brother Brett Blake about Gamma Pi chapter and about the conference:

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Monday, April 2, 2012

Less Than 30 Days to Go .. and the Largest Second District Conference Ever

Second District Conference Planning Committee at Work
In one month, the gleaming new Washington National Harbor will be packed with men wearing those famous colors, Royal Purple and Old Gold. They will come from Delaware, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and other parts of Maryland for the 64th Second District Conference of Omega Psi Phi.

With fewer than 30 days left, the registration numbers have already surpassed any previous District Conference and they are still counting, according to Brother Edward High, District Marshal in charge of conference logistics.

Omega men interested in registering can do so by going here: Second District web site 

Bro. Kenneth Rodgers (center) with
the Grand Basileus (left)
While Omega men will be in town for business and a robust social action agenda, they will also take the off-time to enjoy the resort venue and to mix with friends of the Fraternity with an array of social events that are now being promoted. From the highly anticipated "March Down" step show competition to evening receptions to a theater-style brunch to parties and a semi-formal to close out the four-day affair. Gamma Pi chapter, hosting the April 26-29 conference, is planning a dynamic menu of public social events. Tickets can now be purchased online for those events. The lineup:

(all events at the Gaylord – view and download the Preliminary Conference Agenda )

Thurs-Sun. April 26-29

Voter Registration Drive

Thursday, April 26, 2012
Business & Economic Symposium (with Dr. Traci Lynn, motivational speaker)
8:00-9:00 p.m.

Friday, April 27, 2012
 “Domestic Violence Hurts an Entire Family
Special Guest: Mildred Muhammad, survivor of 2002 convicted D.C. sniper
6:30-7:30 p.m.

March Down “Step” Competition*

Pan-Hellenic Dance & March Down After Party*
10:00 p.m.-2:00 a.m.

Saturday, April 28, 2012
Youth Leadership Conference
8:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Charles R. Drew Blood Drive/Bone Marrow Drive
9:00 a.m.-3:00p.m.

“Quettes” Brunch theater production  – “A Tribute to Mahalia Jackson”*
10:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m.

Talent Hunt Demonstration (winners from around the district)

Annual District Founder’s Banquet* (semi-formal)
8:00 p.m.

Omega Party
10:30 p.m.-3:00 a.m.

Sunday, April 29, 2012
Memorial and Ecumenical Worship Service
9:00-10:30 a.m.

*requires a ticket purchase