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may 2014

 Gazette Uplift, Educate, Empower and Promote

Psi Phi Omega Fraternity, Inc.

AIDS VACCINE DAY ~~ MAY 18TH World AIDS Vaccine Day, also known as HIV Vaccine Awareness Day, is observed annually on May 18. HIV vaccine advocates mark the day by promoting the continued urgent need for a vaccine to prevent HIV infection and AIDS. They acknowledge and thank the thousands of volunteers, community members, health professionals, supporters and scientists who are working together to find a safe and effective AIDS vaccine and urge the international community to recognize the importance of investing in new technologies as a critical element of a comprehensive response to the HIV/AIDS epidemic. The concept of World AIDS Vaccine Day is rooted in a May 18, 1997 commencement speech at Morgan State University made by thenPresident Bill Clinton. Clinton challenged the world to set new goals in the emerging age of science and technology and develop an AIDS vaccine

within the next decade stating, “Only a truly effective, preventive HIV vaccine can limit and eventually eliminate the threat of AIDS.” The first World AIDS Vaccine Day was observed on May 18, 1998 to commemorate the anniversary of Clinton’s speech, and the tradition continues today. Each year communities around the globe hold a variety of activities on World AIDS Vaccine Day to raise awareness for AIDS vaccines, educate communities about HIV prevention and research for an AIDS vaccine and bring attention to the ways in which ordinary people can be a part of the international effort to stem the pandemic. Thanks to research and new medicines, the life expectancy of a person diagnosed from AIDS has gone from a few months, to a few years, to decades. Each day we are getting closer to finding that cure. Researchers in South Australian researchers claim they have made a

significant breakthrough in tackling HIV and hepatitis C, using a new type of DNA vaccine which protects against the viruses and could possibly provide a cure in five years. This vaccine, as they propose, will significantly boost the body’s immune system while combining with white blood cells to kill off already infected cells. We are so close but we still have work to do. It is up to each of us to educate people on HIV/AIDS awareness. Only through the collective efforts of everybody can we truly eradicate this virus. We must truly be our Brothers keeper. Inside this issue:

AIDS Vaccine Day


Community Service


Fraternity Updates


Birthday Announcements


Chain of Command




Brother Spotlight


Contact Page


 Gazette IN THE COMMUNITY: We would like to say congratulations to all the Brothers out there giving back to the community. You are living proof why we proudly proclaim, “I AM MY BROTHER’S KEEPER!!”

Uplift, Educate, Empower and Promote

Psi Phi Omega Fraternity, Inc.


 Gazette Our National Conference is approaching Gentlemen. Are you ready? Are you excited? Have you taken the time out to register? The conference will be held from Friday, August 29th to Sunday, September 1st . Atlanta will host the conference this year.

This year we are working hard to make this the best conference ever. The planning committee is doing everything they can to make sure that this is not only a fun but informative experience. We need every Brother to go to the website and register. The deadline has been extended to the 20th to

allow everyone more time to get everything together. Also we are asking the Brother to purchase an ad with in the Souvenir booklet. The prices range from $5.00 to $100 and are payable via the website. Gentlemen, prepare yourselves for a conference like no other.

New facebook policy: be advised Due to recent events on Facebook, a new policy has now taken effect. From this point on, there will only be one official Facebook page per state. Individual chapter pages as well as member pages directly advertising the Fraternity will be taken down.

along with his cabinet. Any Brother violating this new policy will be subject to disciplinary actions. The Governors will be sending out information regarding posting on the state’s page.

you pledged to uplift, educate, empower, and promote your Brother; not tear him down. If you have a grievance, reach out and contact that brother directly, not via social media.

You are at all times a reprePlease be mindful and re- sentation of this Brotherhood spectful of the things you post and should conduct yourselves The state pages will be ran Brothers. When you accepted accordingly. by the Governor of the state the Oath into Brotherhood,

Bro. Brynn Listenbee ~~ May 2nd

Bro. Deontae Williams ~~ May 13th

Bro. Apostle Travis Davis ~~ May 3rd

Bro. Pastor Green ~~ May 19th

Bro. Timothy Crisler ~~ May 5th

Bro. Marcus Mayo ~~ May 23rd

Bro. Anthony Griffin ~~ May 7th

Bro. Lorenzo Cole ~~ May 25th

Bro. Ramon Milligan ~~ May 11th

I Am My Brother’s Keeper

Leadershift is coming!!


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Psi Phi Omega Fraternity, Inc.

CHAIN OF COMMAND & WHY IT’S IMPORTANT “A chain is only as strong as its weakest link.” Many of us have heard this before, but do we honestly know and understand what that means? It can apply to a variety of things but it is commonly used to refer to organizations, both social and professional. It is called the Chain of Command. This establishes the hierarchy of positions within an organization. The Chain of Command cuts down on confusion and promotes cohesiveness in an organization.

According to its proponent Henri Fayol (1841-1925), the more clear cut the chain of command, the more effective the decision making process and greater the efficiency. Although we consider ourselves a Brotherhood and a family, we still have a Chain of Command. This lets individuals know where they need to go with certain questions and issues. It also cuts down on the workload that many Brothers have. For example, if you have a question about a

community service event, then you would speak to the Community Services Director, not the 1 Vice President. That way, you get your question answered quicker and the 1 Vice President will be able to concentrate on the actual duties of his position. Below, we have broken down the hierarchy for you so that you will know whom you need to speak to when certain occasions arise. st


Fraternity Organizational Chart NATIONAL PRESIDENT | VICE PRESIDENT VICE PRESIDENT | | Region 1 Region 2 Alpha Beta

VICE PRESIDENT | Region 3 Gamma


VICE PRESIDENT | Region 4 Delta

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 BROTHER SPOTLIGHT If you would like to submit someone for the Brother Spotlight please send in their name, chapter information, and why you feel they deserve the honor of the Brother Spotlight.

Sir Josh Glover Louisiana Governor

For the month of March, we celebrate and honor our Brother, Sir Joshua Glover. Sir Glover serves as the Governor for the state of Louisiana. Passionate and vocal are just two words that can be used to describe this unique Brother. He has not taken his position lightly. Under his leadership, LA is working hard to be the best they can be. He has no problem voicing his opinion and stands up for he believes in. It is these qualities that make him an excellent leader. Continue with your good work.

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Psi Phi Omega Fraternity, Inc.

This newsletter is for us and all comments and questions are welcomed. Please feel free to use the contact information listed below and let us know what you think.

National Assistants to the President: Sir Travis Woodard:

Sir Carlton Johnson: Sir Ramon Mulligan:

National Chaplain: Sir Travis A. Davis:

National Asst. To Lead Mayor: Sir John Pryor:

National HIV/AIDS Education Coordinator: Sir Timothy Durham:

National Editor & Chief: Sir William Dixon:

National Photographer: Sir Thierry Jones:

National Event Planner: Sir Morris Stewart:

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