Sigma Mu Mu’s Que-Bucks Program Wraps up its 2018 Fall Session
Sterling, VA- The Brothers of Sigma Mu Mu Chapter in Loudoun County, VA. closed out the Fall session of their Que-Bucks Program with Sugarland Elementary School on Thursday, December 20th.
The participation level from the children of Sugarland was, and has always been, phenomenal. The Que Bucks program easily involves 400 students, and each one was super excited for the close-out day to come. Why? Because it involved prizes, and what kid does not like receiving prizes? Every child is in the running, and their chances get higher based on the discipline they maintain to read more and more.
This close-out summed up just the Fall session of the full school year program. During this session, the entire school read for nearly 9,000 hours. The program spans from Kindergarten to 5th grade. That involves 25 classrooms full of energetic kids that were eager to read as a part of the Que Bucks program. The close-out involved a presentation of which a group of chapter Brothers presented Que Buck coupons in the amounts of $10, $5, and $5 to the top three readers of each class, respectively. Each of the first place winners received another chance to win even more by having their names placed in the drawing to win an Amazon Kindle.
With reward comes great responsibility. We not only gave the children gifts, we also poured into them words of encouragement and praise. Some of these youth come from homes where they do not have access to books or someone pushing them to read, read, read. The Brothers of Sigma Mu Mu want to continue to fill that void by being the bridge builders that we know how to be. So we look forward to the Spring session and re-enforcing in the kids minds that there are no limits in life once you master reading.
Sigma Mu Mu Collects Toys and Bikes at Annual Toy Drive
Loudoun County, VA— The Brothers of Sigma Mu Mu Chapter (SMM) continue to do their part to ensure that children in need throughout Loudoun County are able to enjoy a toy or two this holiday season.
On December 8, 2018, SMM held its annual Santa’s Workshop toy drive at the Super Wal-Mart in Sterling, Virginia. Many dedicated Brothers came out layered up and ready to work. They actively engaged with patrons and encouraged them to donate toys, bikes and money for the children of less fortunate families. Due to the generosity of local community residents and other supporters over 6,000 individual toys were collected, including 21 bikes. Also, cash donations were used to buy more toys. At the conclusion of the event, the Toys for Tots team for Loudoun County, arrived to collect all of the toys. They delivered them to the local office/distribution center.
Now in its 6th year, Santa’s Workshop supports the Loudoun County Toys for Tots Campaign, which in turn supports the National Toys for Tots Foundation. The goal is to provide toys for needy children during the Christmas season. By participating in such a worthy cause, Sigma Mu Mu lifted the spirits of families, and accomplished its mission by bringing smiles to deserving children.
Loudoun County, VA - On November 4, 2017, the Brothers of Sigma Mu Mu (SMM) Chapter, in a joint effort with Operation Uplift Foundation, held their 7th Annual Achievement Week Brunch at Belmont Country Club in Ashburn, Virginia. The event highlighted the accomplishments of eight influential people in Loudoun County. These leaders are often recognized for their willingness to strive for ways of empowering and uplifting their fellow residents.
The awards presented during the event included: (1) Citizen of the Year - Mrs. Phyllis Randall, Chair, Loudoun County Board of Supervisors; (2) Educator of the Year - Ms. Shalonda Dixon, teacher at Balls Bluff Elementary; (3) Purple and Gold Community Service Award - Mrs. Lorrie Penn Hunter, Loudoun County National Pan-Hellenic Council president; (4) Colonel Charles Young Military Leadership Award - Brother Johari Hemphill; (5) Superior Service Award - Brother Reginald Parker; (6) Founders' Award - Brother William “Kip” Ward; (7) Community Partner of the Year - Walmart Supercenter at Dulles Town Crossing; and (8) Omega Man of the Year - Brother Shawn Lacey, current 3rd District Keeper of Records and Seal (KRS).
The keynote speaker for the occasion was Brother David Marion, current 1st Vice Grand Basileus of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Incorporated. During the brunch, Brother Marion engaged in a frank discussion about Manhood and its historical and future relevance within our fraternity and society.
The Achievement Week Brunch was well attended, as SMM Chapter members, their families, and friends were present. Included amongst the attendees were distinguished Omega men in leadership positions in the Fraternity: Brother Kevin Brown, current 3rd District Representative; Brother Robert C. Warren, Jr., Esq., former 3rd District Representative; and Brother Shawn Lacey, current 3rd District KRS. Several SMM Chapter members participated in the program. Brother Rev. Chad Carlton gave the invocation, Brother Shawn Lacey gave the welcoming and closing remarks, and chapter Basileus Brother Michael Bennett described the significance of the occasion to the audience. Brother Trevor Talbert introduced the keynote speaker, while Brother William “Kip” Ward gave the benediction.
Loudoun County, VA — On October 15, 2017, the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc., Sigma Mu Mu Chapter,held its annual Dr. Charles R. Drew Blood Drive. The Brothers partnered with the Inova Blood Donor
Services Center of Sterling,Virginia. The initial goal was to have 17 donors give blood. However a total of 26 donors signed up. Almost half of the donors were members of the community who walked in after beingencouraged to volunteer by Brothers outside of the building. Inova officials appreciated and recognized the good work of Sigma Mu Mu for bringing in so many donors. This is important because donors are needed
now more than ever. The demand for blood is increasing while blood donation levels are decreasing.
The Inova Blood Donor Services Center supplies lifesaving blood and blood products to 24 different hospitals in Northern Virginia and throughout the Washington metropolitan area. They also work with national and international redistribution organizations. The Inova team looks forward to and is eager to again work with Sigma Mu Mu at next year’s blood drive.
Once again, Sigma Mu Mu demonstrated its commitment to service in Loudoun County. By leading this worthy effort to raise awareness of the need for an increase in the blood supply, the Brothers helped to