A Quarterly Insight into the Omicron Psi Omega Chapter ISSUE 2 | SUMMER 2019
ΟΨΩ Newsletter SONJA HOPKINS, PRESIDENT
Chapter Members with Mid-Atlantic Regional Director, Jennifer King Congleton, at the 2019 Leadership Seminar.
2019 Leadership Seminar The 2019 Leadership Seminar
President Tenae Howard and
breast cancer screenings on the
in Nashville, Tennessee provided
Corresponding Secretary Benita
campus of The Gaylord Opry-
an extensive menu of experiences
land Resort and Convention
from well attended certifica-
More than 1,000 members
tion trainings and workshops to
provided service to all man-
impactful service projects and
kind through the collection,
fun-filled sisterly relations activi-
preparation and packaging of
ties and fellowship.
8019 pairs of shoes for Soles-
More than 7,600 sorority mem-
4Souls and 5249 pairs of eye-
Center conference site.
In this issue 2019 Leadership Seminar Charter Day Anniversary Inspirational Corner
bers attended the 2019 Leader-
glasses in conjunction with The
Blood Drive Unity
ship Seminar. Among them were
Lions Club. Also, the Alpha
Sisterhood & Service
our very own chapter members,
Kappa Alpha Mobile Mam-
President Sonja Hopkins, Vice
mography Unit facilitated 103
Charter Day Anniversary The Anniversary Committee and the Sisterly
The Omicron Psi Omega chapter was char-
Relations Committee joined forces to plan the
tered with 15 members and became the
chapter's 34th Charter Day Anniversary celebra-
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporat-
tion. This celebration was held on June 8, 2019.
ed chapter to serve the Davidson County
Current chapter members met at Café 35 in
community. Be sure to learn more about
historic downtown Lexington. The event was full
our chapter’s history on our website at
of fun, food and fellowship.
Chapter members celebrating our charter day anniversary at Cafe 35.
Charter Members (l to r): Beverly Craven, Al Bryson, Rithia Ford and Sherri Rushing
We Care Wednesday On April 17, Omicron Psi Omega chapter hosted a We Care Wednesday Fundraising event at Applebee's in Lexington, NC. From 4pm to 8pm, Applebee’s served meals to attendees who pre-purchased tickets from chapter members. 65 vouchers were sold. Funds raised from this event go toward our community fund.
Successful turnout for We Care Wednesday event.
Inspirational Corner: Just Push Pause What a busy time this has been for Omicron Psi
Iâ€™ve been so busy that I havenâ€™t made time in my
Omega Chapter; making sure we meet our targets
schedule to come to you. Today I am making the
for the year and providing service to all man-
choice to put everything else aside and make my
kind. School is out and many of us are looking
time with You the top priority in my day. I need
forward to a slower pace and vacation.
your strength; I need your fellowship; I need
He Withdrew to a Solitary Place. (Matthew 14:13) This scripture reminds us that even Jesus knew the need and value of peaceful quiet rest. Busyness leads to a breakdown of everything. The body suffers, the mind suffers, our families suffer, and we become ineffective. If this sounds like you, just push pause and repeat this prayer: Lord, I know that you have been calling out to me, beckoning me to spend time with you. But
your tender touch; and I need to hear Your voice. My schedule is full and I need special strength to make it through this busy time. I am coming to you to be refreshed so I can carry on. If we do this everything else will be in order. Enjoy the break and Just Push Pause! Humbly Submitted, Bonnie Henderson, Chaplain
Members of Omicron Psi Omega chapter manning the booth at the 2019 Multicultural Festival.
2019 Multicultural Festival The 2019 Multicultural Festival was a day filled
The Omicron Psi Omega chapter set-up a booth
with the sights, sounds and tastes of foreign
in the African-American village. Members gladly
lands. This event offered a wonderful and educa-
distributed information about the perseverance
tional outing for the entire family and showcased
of Historically Black Colleges and Universities
cultural diversity through elaborate costumes,
(HBCUs), women's health, credit repair, and col-
musical instruments, exhibits and entertainment.
lected shoes for Soles 4 Souls.
The festival focused on five major cultural
This festival was free to the public, and attract-
areas: African-American, European, Asian, Lati-
ed thousands of people, from Davidson County
no, and Native American, with many nationalities
and surrounding cities and states.
represented within them.
Chapter member, LaWanda Turman, enjoying the festival entertainment.
Children on the main stage celebrating their heritage through traditional dance.
Local greek graduate chapters taking time during the Charles Drew Blood Drive to take a group photo.
Greek Unity: Blood Drive The Eta Beta Beta Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fra-
31 at Charles England Elementary School. This
ternity, Inc., along with the Omicron Psi Omega
event served as contribution to the Charles Drew
Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., and
Memorial Blood Drive initiative and quite a few
the Lexington Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma
people took the opportunity to give the gift of life
Theta Sorority, Inc., held a blood drive on May
by donating blood.
Sisterhood & Service On Saturday, June 1, Omicron Psi Omega chapter members continued in their quarterly efforts to keep our community clean with the Adopt-A-Highway program. Chapter members and volunteers met at the corner of Forest Hill and Old Highway 64 to remove litter to keep our community clean and beautiful.
sisters and friends,
August 25 International Day of Prayer
We are well into
the second half of
2019 and I am simply excited about all Omicron Psi Omega Chapter has accomplished in the community so far. We have hosted programs and community service activities which include Adopt-a-Highway cleanups, Applebee's Fundraisers and co-hosted a community blood drive. We also have collected 130 pairs of shoes for Shoes4Soles. Internally, we will use the rest of the year to focus on leadership development, process improvements, short/long term strategy and selfawareness. We look forward to our chapter retreat to refresh, renew and revitalize ourselves for this focus. The mission of my administration is simple: global vision, local impact and Omicron Psi Omega is prepared for the task. We look forward in using our God-given gifts to serve all mankind! Yours in service,
September 15-21 HBCU Week September 21 Big Hat Brunch October 7 Breast Cancer Awareness Day October 12 Adopt-A-Highway Clean Up
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