Sunday, December 3, 2017

Gamma Pi Achievement Week Holds A Great Year Up to the Mirror

Brothers fellowshipping at dinner
Achievement Week may be an annual event for all of Omega Psi Phi, but for Gamma Pi Chapter, each year's observance has its own flavor. This year's Achievement Week and Founders' Day underscored the chapter's longstanding commitment to community service and highlighted just how much of a difference Gamma Pi makes in the local community.

Gamma Pi's growing influence and results in Uplifting Prince George's County were evident throughout the week's programs, from the Sunday, November 12 worship service to the Saturday, November 18 communitywide awards and recognition program. The underlying theme of it all centered on the importance of full participation and service to community as outlined by the Founders.

For Omega men everywhere, the call to action and to service is as strong as it has ever been. It's a time for Omega men to get inspired by other Omega men. No question that was the case for Gamma Pi this year as is the case every year.

It began with the Brothers' visit to Greater Bethesda Baptist Church pastored by Gamma Pi Chaplain Bro. Rev.  Brian King, on November 12.

Next, Prince George's County Executive Rushern Baker reminded Gamma Pi Brothers and Fraternity guests at the November 16 Brothers Only Dinner that the vast talents and abilities of Omega men  are contributing to community Uplift all over. He used the example of Omega men who have been called to serve Prince George's other than himself. Bro. Baker reminisced about his days as an Alpha Chapter Brother at Howard University "back in the day", recalling the Brothers during the dinner. Grand Keeper of Records & Seal Bro. Kenneth Rodgers also greeted the Brothers along with Gamma Pi's first Basileus and founding member  Bro. Tim McIntosh.

Bro. Alfonzo Powell delivers keynote at program
Gamma Pi's Brother Alfonzo Powell, having recently returned to the United States after a two-year stint in Sierra Leone, brought forth some inspiring words about service and commitment to community during the November 18 Community program in Fort Washington.

In speaking to community and chapter honorees, he said, "You were chosen because your body of work, that which has come to define you, has set you apart from those who have come to define themselves as simply, ordinary....The reason you have been set out above the rest is because you have demonstrated that you are driven by a sense, a use a vision ... that has proven to be greater than yourself."

Achievement Week award winners were Bro. Darryl Thompson (Omega Man of the Year), Bro. Gordon Everett (Founders' Award), Bro. Kevin Greenwood (Superior Service Award), Bro. Brian King (Religious Leader of the Year), Bro. Ikey Staton (Educator of the Year), community leader William Paige (Citizen of the Year) and John Morgan III (Student Athlete of the Year).  In addition, Bro. Greenwood was also named Committee Chairman of the Year.

                                        Visit our Achievement Week 2017 Photo Album

2017 Omega Man of the Year Bro. Darryl Thompson

Grand KRS Bro. Rodgers (Center) with Founders and Basileus Lee

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