Sunday, July 28, 2013

Gamma Pi Leads a Military Celebration for the Ladies of Delta Sigma Theta During Recent Delta Centennial in Washington, D.C.

The Military Women Honored During July 10 Event
By Brother Reginald Thomas

On Wednesday, July 10, 2013,  the eve of the historic 51st National Convention of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., the Ernest E. Just Foundation, Inc., founded by Gamma Pi's own Bro Wesley Jarmon, hosted a Reception, Dinner and Dance for the Ladies of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

The theme of the evening was "Honoring Deltas that Serve".   The event was held at Capital Ballroom, Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling (JBAB) at the Officer's Club, Washington, DC.   The purpose of the event was honor the women of Delta that served  and are still serving in the military in uniform, as Department of Defense (DoD) Civilians and Contractors.  Upon learning that their was no event of this nature planned in the official Delta Convention schedule Brothers Reginald Thomas, William "Bill" Reese and Edgar Brookins, all retired military who came together to put a plan in place to honor the ladies of the military patterned after the Omega Salute to the Military in 2011.  The Brothers also reached out to active and retired military members of Delta to assist in the
planning of the event and many responded in kind.

After the receptions, the national color was posted by the Bolling JBAB Honor
WUSA 9 Newscaster and Delta J.C. Hayward (rigth) 
Guard and Colonel Michael Saunders, Vice Commander of Bolling gave welcoming
comments.  The guest speaker for the evening was Major General (Retired)
Marcelite J. Harris, United States Air Force and a member of Delta Sigma
Theta.  General Harris gave an inspirational speech of her days a Spelman
College and her participation in the 1960's sit-ins to the many
"firsts" of her career as she was first African American female promoted to the rank of
General Officer in the US Air Force.  Also, Ms. J.C. Hayward, Noon
Anchor, USA9 News and a member of Delta Sigma Theta, served as the Mistress of
Ceremonies and performed magnificently. Other senior Deltas honorees include the
Rev. Dr. Gwendolyn E. Boyd, Delta Centennial Chair. She supported the DoD as a Senior Analyst working on nuclear submarines early in her professional career.

Dr. Boyd remarked that one of her line sisters was in attendance and she was Air Force retiree as well.  A presentation from the Secretary of Defense was made by Brother Reginald Thomas to the Deltas. Various other senior military Deltas included Brigadier General (Retired) Clara Adams-Ender, the first African American and female to command Fort Belvoir, Virginia, who also gave brief remarks at the conclusion of the

Brothers Reese, Thomas and Brookins During Program 
Senior military officials from around the country came to honor the Deltas including Army four-star General Dennis Via, Commander, Army Material Command who wife is a Delta, three-star General William "Kip" Ward, whose wife is also a
Delta, and he is a member of Omega Psi Phi and previous Gamma Pi Achievement
Week Keynote Speaker, and Major General Robert E. Ferrell, Commander, U. S. Army
Communication Electronics Command.  The ladies were escorted by members of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., from the Washington D.C. area to include Gamma Pi, Lambda Gamma Gamma, Alpha Omega, and Alpha Lambda Lambda chapters.  Entertainment was provided by the Just Friends Band that is comprised of all Omegas from various chapters in the Washington, D.C. area. 

Overall everyone in attendance enjoyed themselves and it was a night the Deltas will remember for a long time to come.

Bro.Jarmon of Just Foundation
Gen. William "Kip" Ward (center) with other Military Men 

Military Men and Delta Military Women

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Keeping Omega Alive with Life Membership

7 of the 10 Genesis X Line members display their plaques
with Chapter Life Member Chair Bro. Lester Miles, M.D. (2nd left) 

Submitted by the Members of the Genesis X Line

The members of Gamma Pi's Chapter Spring 2011 Line Genesis X made a promise that we would obtain Life Memberships once we became Omega men.  Genesis X believed becoming a Life Member is not only an honor but a duty to the Fraternity.  On June 5, 2013,  the men of Genesis X became Life Members with an interesting twist -- arranging for our individual Life Membership  numbers to be assigned in the same sequential order as the makeup of our line.

The members of Genesis X have felt  as though the Fraternity has taught us so much, and for each of us,it has been a long journey but an honor to call ourselves Omega men.  Throughout the process we were led by seasoned Omega men from all over the 12 Fraternity districts.  These seasoned Omega men have taught us the importance of leaving a legacy not only to the chapter but to the Fraternity.

We the men of Genesis X, who are working hard to take a visible and active role in Gamma Pi,  believe that being "owt" is  more than hopping and throwing parties. Instead, it is friendship, service, commitment and pride in the Fraternity. Genesis X understands that as Centennial Brothers,  it is our duty to move the Fraternity to the next 100 years.
Genesis X during a 2011 service project while pursuing Omega Psi Phi

As Omega men, we must continue to value service inside and outside the Fraternity. Following the guidance of Grand Basilus Dr.  Andrew Ray as dictated in his address during the Centennial Rededication Ceremony,  we must continue to stand on the solid foundation and remain active to ensure like-minded men will represent the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity.  To do this, we,Genesis X will accept the baton passed to us and keep Omega alive. Thanks to Gamma Pi for supporting us in this effort to ensure that for each of us, Omega is a lifelong commitment.