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Psi Xi Chapter – Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. Holds Rites of Passage Program – “Don’t Call Me Boy!” Closing Ceremony and Luncheon

Mentors and Participants (Photo Credit: Crittenden Ward)

On Saturday, May 10, 2014, the Psi Xi Chapter of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. concluded its formal mentoring activities for 2014 with a closing ceremony and luncheon.  This affair was held at Bethel AME Church in Oxnard.  Bro. Fundi Legohn opened with a welcome and program background; Rev. Bro. Jeff Clark rendered the invocation and later the benediction; Bro. Charles K. White, Psi Xi Basileus, acknowledged special guests Bedford and Dr. Irene Pinkard; representatives from the Ventura County graduate chapters of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority; and gave special recognition to Bro. Bruce Stewart, a founding member of Psi Xi Chapter who is celebrating 50 years as a member of Omega Psi Phi. The program continued with Bro. Marvin McKenzie presenting special certificates to participants.  As they received their certificates, the participants spoke about their experiences with the program and what they liked best.

Participants were congratulated on completing the program and wished much success.  The 2014 participants were: Andrew Atkins, Nathaniel Atkins, Louis Clark, Jeremy Defoe, Albert Duff, III, Tarik Harbour, Joseph Jones, Jaden Lanier, Justice McKenzie, Isaac Richardson, Mathew Sanders, Amos Scott, Giovanni Scott, Kevin Taylor, Nicholas Twine, Iak Wright, and Kai Wright.
Psi Xi Chapter is proud to have sponsored this program for seven consecutive years.

Psi Xi Chapter began the program in 2008, as a formalization of chapter mentoring activities.  This initiative is referred to as Psi Xi Chapter’s Rites of Passage Program – “Don’t Call Me Boy!”  This program incorporates presentations by professionals in the fields of business, finance, education, health and nutrition, community involvement and other disciplines, with active participation of our participants.  Information is disseminated through weekly seminars covering subject matters that are essential to one’s personal and professional growth, and certainly part of one’s maturation from boy to man.  Included are field trips and a weekend camp-out.   These activities serve to enhance bonding and self confidence.  There has never been a charge to participate in this endeavor.  This year’s activities commenced on March 1, 2014 and concluded with the week-end camp out on May 2 – May 4, 2014.

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