Fraternity chapter honors residents for outstanding achievements, service
Kevin Turner received the highest membership honor, the Omega Man of the Year Award, from the Tau Lambda Lambda Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity during its 10th annual Achievement Week Founders’ Day awards banquet, held Nov. 15 at the Waldorf Jaycees Community Center.
“This award means a lot to me. But even more than that, I appreciate the relationships that I have with you all and the support you’ve given me during my ups and downs,” said Turner to a packed audience, as quoted in a press release.
The awards banquet honored outstanding citizens from the tri-county area as well as distinguished TLL Chapter members. The event culminates the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc.’s National Achievement Week, a mandated program consisting of a week of events with the purpose of promoting the study of African-American life and history, the release states. Inspired by fraternity member Dr. Carter G. Woodson in the 1920s, the week is used to recognize individuals at the local and national levels who have made significant contributions toward improving the quality of life for African-Americans.
“The support that I’ve received over the years,” added Turner, as quoted in the release, “has been helpful as I care for an ill mother and also with my wife and son, who are the loves of my life."
In addition to Turner, three tri-county residents also received awards — the TLL 2014 Citizen of the Year Award — for their outstanding achievements and service to Southern Maryland communities and their respective counties, the release states.
Calvert County’s Citizen of the Year Award winner was Michael Moore, a former county commissioner. He has served as assistant legislative representative of Local 610 Sheet Metal Air Rail Transportation Union and legislative representative for the Maryland Association of Counties, and is also the co-founder of the Concerned Black Men of Calvert County. Moore is a U.S. Army veteran of the Vietnam War, the release states.
Charles County’s Citizen of the Year Award winner was Monique W. Wilson. An educator, Wilson has been one of the major influencers with the TLL Purple Boot Mentoring Program for the past several years, according to the release. In addition, she helped the mentoring program compete in its first robotics competition, in which the students won the Top Programmer award.
St. Mary’s County’s Citizen of the Year Award winner was Adrienne M. Somerville, founder of the Carolyn E. Parker Foundation Inc., the release continues. Through this organization, Somerville has been able to lead a team that has served as mentors and also provided resources to those in need. One of the organization’s most recent and successful programs was the inaugural 2014 Miss Cinderella Pageant.
Each winner gave thanks and accolades to supporters and received official proclamations from their respective counties.
The event’s chair, Jeffrey Cowins, said in the release that he is continually looking to give more: “TLL Chapter has had ten amazing years of partnering with the Tri-County area to uplift our communities. We are excited to recognize worthy citizens and we will continue to make a joyful noise for Omega to all that will listen.”
Other chapter awards included the Superior Service Award, given to Quentin T. Lowe; the Founders’ Award, given to Winston E. Lewis; the Col. Charles Young Military Leadership Award, given to Sgt. Maj. John Earl Collier; and the Basileus’ Award, given to Bernard Jackson.
Winston Lewis, the outgoing Basileus (chapter president), said he was proud to receive the Founders’ Award, as it means sustained excellence. He also agreed with Cowins, stating in the release, “I’ve been on the TLL leadership team for the past 7 years and I’m looking forward to the new possibilities with the new team. Change is hard, but it can also be very rewarding and productive.”
Proceeds from the banquet will be used to support chapter community programs.