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Tau Lambda Lambda Honors Local Citizens for Service to the Community
On Saturday, November 21st at the Greater Waldorf Jaycees Community Center in Waldorf, the
men of Tau Lambda Lambda Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc celebrated their Eleventh
Annual Achievement Week Founders’ Day (AWFD) Awards Banquet.
The awards banquet is the culmination of Omega Psi Phi’s Achievement Week, a mandated
week of events with the purpose of promoting to promote the study of African-American life and
history. Inspired by fraternity member Carter G. Woodson in the 1920s, the week is used to
recognize those individuals at the local and national levels who have made significant
contributions toward improving the quality of life for African-Americans.
This year, TLL created a legacy award in honor of charter member Glenn White who passed due
to heart attack in June 2015. He had been instrumental in the formation and development of
chapter programs throughout the tri-county region. The award was accepted on posthumously by
his wife (Gloria) and son (Glen White).
Bro. Anthony Zanfordino was honored as the 2015 Omega Man of the Year award. Zanfordino,
who received his 25 year pin earlier this year, stated that “there are two men in this chapter that I
would like to thank, Bros. Luther Clark and Winston Lewis. I look to them for the example of
high standards and what an Omega man should be.” He also spoke on the importance of the
Fraternity’s cardinal principles and how they have positively affected his life through the years
The Citizen of the Year award was given to three honorees from the Tri-county area for their
notable achievements and service to Southern Maryland.
Calvert County’s award winner was county native Pamela Cousins, a proud U.S. Air Force
Veteran.. In 2014, she was elected to one of two at-large seats on the Calvert County Board of
Education. Ms. Cousins serves as an Executive Board Member for the Boys & Girls Clubs of
Southern Md (BGCSM), as a member of the Concerned Black Women of Calvert County
(CBW), and as a member of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People
(NAACP). In 2014, she helped BGCSM and CBW raise a combined total of over $20K to bolster
youth programs and scholarships for high school seniors.
Charles County’s award winner was Vedia La’Tanya Barnett, a disabled Air Force veteran and
founder of Forever Free Books. Forever Free Books develops programs to decrease the
achievement gap of low income children through literacy events. One such event is Books, Boys,
n’Cuts, a program that supports President Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper initiative, to bring free
books, story time and African American men into Charles County barbershops to encourage
reading in African American boys. Mrs. Barnett is a member of the outreach ministry at her
church, a Girl Scout troop leader the treasurer of the Charles County Commission for Women,
member of the Waldorf Kiwanis, member of the Education Committee of Charles County
NAACP, member of the legislative committee of the People For Change Coalition and a member
of the DC-Metro Black Child Development Institute.
The St. Mary’s County awardee was Nathaniel Scroggins; a retired U.S. Navy veteran. Mr.
Scroggins has served as President of the Unified Committee for Afro-American Contributions
since 2009. They were intstrumental in 2012 to bring to St. Mary’s County the United States
Colored Troop Memorial Monument in Lexington Park, MD. A memorial dedicated to over 700
soldiers and sailors, who were sons of St. Mary’s county and served in the Civil War from 1861
to 1865. Mr. Scroggins is the current director of the Minority Outreach Coalition of St. Mary’s
Inc., 501C3 entity which continues to help aid and assist the minority community through the St.
Mary’s Health Department, Med-Star Hospital and St. Mary’s Health Connection. He has been
appointed the Minority Outreach and Technical Assistance representative for St. Mary’s County
by the Department of Mental Health and Hygiene in Baltimore, MD.
Tau Lambda Lambda Chapter awards winners: Basileus Award, Stephon Cunnigham; Superior
Service Award, Tommy Thomas; and Founders’ Award, Harrel Watts;
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