Saturday, May 30, 2015

Que Kidz Dayz Program Introduces Local Youth to Camping and Outdoors

Photos and Story by Bro. Donald Belle

The Gamma Pi chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. recently partnered with 4-H of Prince George’s County and the Kentland Community Center to host a camping weekend at Watkins Park.  The camping weekend was conducted from May 15th to May 17th and the weekend was filled with fun and educational activities.   In true Que fashion, the brothers were first on the scene Friday evening to help setup tents, unload supplies, and welcome more than 30 kids to the campsite. For most all of them it was their first-ever camping experience.

Bro.Orlando McDowell addresses youth
Saturday morning started with a discussion on cardiovascular health.  Brothers stressed the importance of maintaining a healthy heart and taught the students how to take their pulse and calculate heart rate. The students were encouraged to engage in physical activity for at least 60 minutes each day.  After learning about heart rate and exercise the students transitioned into morning warm-ups which consisted of jogging drills, pushups, and stretches. 

Communication and trust was the theme for the next activity as the students completed a blind obstacle course.  While one student provided verbal directions, the other student blindly navigated the obstacles.  The students learned about giving clear and meaningful directions and improved their listening skills while working as a team.  After the obstacle course, students worked on a God’s Eye arts and crafts project and prepared for kickball.  Students put their newly developed communication skills to the test during the kickball game as they traded turns on offense and defense. 

After kickball, the students had a chance to cook-out with the Ques as they dined on burgers/hotdogs with healthy chips and fruit.  The students were even treated to a mini step show by some of the brothers.

The camping weekend was a huge success and a great opportunity for Gamma Pi to partner with other organizations on the most worthy of causes -- our kids. 

Check out more photos below and a YouTube feature video here   


Sunday, May 17, 2015

Gamma Pi Welcomes 12 New Men into Omega Psi Phi

While any organization wants to see itself survive far into the future through the generations, the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity,Inc. doesn't have to bring in new members. Only when it identifies quality men who fit the stringent standards of Manhood, Scholarship, Perseverance and Uplift does the Fraternity add to its rolls,  Gamma Pi chapter did that recently when it welcomed new initiates into the Fraternity. On Friday, May 8, a dozen new initiates entered the fold as part of  "The Transformers XII." The new members attended their first-ever Fraternity meeting on Saturday, May 16 and have joined Gamma Pi at an interesting time, as the chapter was just named Graduate Chapter of the Year (for large chapters) at the recent 67th Second District Conference in Teaneck, N.J. Above, the new members pose for an official photo with their Dean, Bro. Dr. Harrison Foy, DVM, and Assistant Dean Richard Allison II.  The new members from left to right (back row): Mabili Akinyele, Kevin Ford, Jr.Wilbur LucusJason Crump, Esq., Rapheal Terrell, David JacksonTyrone SmithPerryn StewartJames RileyShake AlieuKevin Spencer and Terrance Hare