Sunday, April 1, 2018

Where Is Gamma Pi's Social Action Team? Everywhere....

Gamma Pi Brothers at the MOMENTum Conference
Gamma Pi's Social Action team is continuing to chart new territory for service and Uplift  in the local community. In just the past month, Social Action, under the leadership of Brother Kevin Greenwood, has met with local domestic violence advocates, re-introduced its reformatted Que Kidz initiative in two local communities and sponsored a birthday party for seniors in Suitland and sponsored a basketball skills event in conjunction with March Madness for local youths in the underserved Columbia Road community.

Social Action Chair Bro. Greenwood with Bro. Clarke
On Saturday, March 17, Social Action members attended“Momentum: Breaking the Silence of Domestic Violence Promoting Domestic Peace”, a Men's Conference sponsored by the Prince George’s County Department of Family Services The conference was held at the Camelot by Martin’s in Upper Marlboro and was designed to create a gender specific community dialogue to educate men and youth on healthy relationships, non-violence, and to give them an opportunity to partner with other males in discussion to address domestic violence in Prince George’s County. It was the third conference Gamma Pi has participated in since 2017. The chapter is looking to make inroads at these conferences to lay the groundwork for collaborative social action in that space.

Bro. Terry Hare at March Madness 
On Saturday, March 24, the day of the largest event of the year for Gamma Pi -- the day of the annual Mardi Gras -- The Super Chapter put on two big events for youth under its Que Kidz moniker. In the morning, the Brothers joined local Fraternity member and high school basketball coach Bro. Rod Garner in holding a March Madness session on on-court fundamentals with lessons on life sprinkled in. The skills sessions dove-tailed with the televised NCAA college basketball tournament. It proved to be a fun and exciting way for kids to learn the importance of teamwork, developing life skills and understanding and practicing sportsmanship. The event was held at the Columbia Park Recreation Center in an underserved area of Prince George's County.

That evening, just hours before the Mardi Gras at National Harbor, the Social Action Committee went into another hard-hit community, Seat Pleasant, to host a Que Teenz event  that was designed to help kids learn about good character. The purpose of this session was to introduce the Que Teenz to the concept of Character Education through dialogue.

Gamma Pi Chapter finished up the latest Social Action run by hosting the Quarterly Birthday Bash for the seniors at the Windsor Crossing Apartments in Suitland, Md., bringing cake and ice cream, party favors, gifts, singing and a whole lot of love and respect to the seniors who always look forward to a visit from "The Ques" and those exciting birthday parties!

"We're just here to serve in as many ways as we can," said Bro. Greenwood, who leads the committee. "Every project is a part of our commitment to Uplift."

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