HISTORY OF KAPPA IOTA IOTA CHAPTER
On December 7, 1991, the International Headquarters of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., established its 865th chapter; Kappa Iota Iota at Fort Eustis, Virginia with Twenty Charter Members. The chapter is located in the “Mighty Third District” surrounded by the city of Newport News. The mission of the chapter was to accommodate the northern portion of the peninsula to include Williamsburg, Gloucester, York County and the Fort Eustis community. Brother Scottie Dingle is credited with organizing the charter members. Through the assistance of nearby graduate chapters Zeta Omicron and Alpha Alpha; Kappa Iota Iota was in gear.
Prior to it name designation, the “Fort Eustis Ques” were laying a positive foundation throughout the “Hampton Roads” area by focusing on the Christian and cardinal principles for the fraternity and community involvement. The nickname “Service Chapter” is most descriptive of the chapter. On February 23, 1992, District Representative Marion L. Barnwell performed the charter ceremony at the Fort Eustis Officer Club. This special event in the lives of the charter brothers was shared not only by themselves, but also by their families as well.
Kappa Iota Iota has “Soldiered” throughout the community and has participated tirelessly in various services and social activates to include voter registration, can food drives, food banks, clothes drives, and highway cleanups. The chapter also sponsored the first Kwanzaa cultural celebration at Fort Eustis, the Black History tribute to the family and it first annual Spring Gala Extravagant Scholarship Fund raiser all in one year since its name designation. These are just a few initial year accomplishments, which would not be possible, if not for the families, friends, and patrons from within the community.
On March 1, 1993, Kappa Iota Iota chapter presented to the Third District Regional Intake Committee, two potential members. Brother Robert Spain and Frederick Brown became the chapter’s first intake initiated members. The chapter has since flourished into one of the most productive and progressive chapters in the Third District. As we reflect on the past, contemplate the present and prepare for the future we must not forget what it took to get where we are not in everything that we do. This is the foundation that drives the success of Kappa Iota Iota.
Dennis L. Lumpkin, Sr
XE 78, KII Charter Member