The COVID-19 environment has forced the Overflow Wine and Music Festival to pivot and take our festival virtual. Our inaugural event will be streamed online from various locations in Southern Maryland. We still have talented musicians lined up, including our headliner Marcus Johnson, but our emphasis will be placed on supporting local small businesses. Our festival will highlight some of Southern Maryland’s finest wineries, distilleries, and eateries. A brief summary of events can be found below.
For more than a century, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People has worked to ensure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate race-based discrimination. Inspired by the force and commitment of The Call of 1909, which denounced the growing oppression of people of color and mobilized thousands to work to bring this discrimination to an end, the NAACP seeks to establish a strategic direction as it embarks on developing The New Call for the 21st Century.
In the fall of 2011, the NAACP launched a process to develop its strategic direction and plan, creating a powerful vision for the future, and setting organizational goals that would focus its work for the 21st Century. These six NAACP Game Changers address the major areas of inequality currently facing minorities: Economic Stability, Education, Health, Public Safety and Criminal Justice, Voting Rights and Political Representation, and Expanding Youth and Young Adult Engagement.
The St. Mary's County Branch Charter was approved by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (National) Board of Directors on January 7th, 1946. The St. Mary’s County Branch has developed a program that aligns with the national Game Changers while addressing issues specifically faced here in St. Mary’s County.
By supporting the Overflow Wine and Music Festival, you are helping St. Mary's County NAACP to fund the following programs:
Take 800 acres of the most beautiful landscape in the mid-Atlantic and wrap them in waterways and place them on top of the best preserved English colonial archaeological site in North America and you have Historic St. Mary’s City. HSMC has been recognized as a National Historic Landmark since 1969 and is one of Southern Maryland’s leading tourism attractions.
The museum commemorates the fourth permanent English settlement in North America, Maryland’s first city and for sixty-one years, its colonial capital. St. Mary’s was the scene of many notable firsts in America’s early history.
By supporting the Overflow Wine and Music Festival, you are helping Historic St Mary’s to:
Founded in 2005, the John Lancaster & W. Cecil Short Charity Foundation has worked with parents, teachers and counselors to empower and support youths in the Southern Maryland Region. This support is provided through education, events, cultural activities and scholarships. We believe that education is the key to building bright futures, strong families and even stronger communities.
The John Lancaster and W. Cecil Short Charity Foundation is named in honor of two outstanding citizens: Mr. John Lancaster (deceased) from St Mary’s County, Maryland, and Mr. W. Cecil Short (deceased) of Charles County, Maryland. Both men are well known for their achievements in the area of education and community service, as well as their commitment to the betterment of Southern Maryland communities.
By supporting the Overflow Wine and Music Festival, you are helping JLWCS to:
Tau Lambda Lambda Chapter is a Unincorporated Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. It Is a diverse group of college educated men who have come together to form a strong union that is committed to improving the community through Education, Social Action, and Economic and Professional Development. It is also our goal to continue to seek new areas of service to benefit not only our local community but those issues with national and international implications.
OMEGA PSI PHI FRATERNITY, INC.’s MANDATED PROGRAMS
Additionally, we also support our mandated programs in realization of our Founder’s vision to promote and build the fraternity to an organization that can not only sustain itself but to also support our communities. Below are the programs in which our fraternity requires each chapter to participate in annually.
Designed to promote the study of Negro life and history, Achievement Week is observed in November of each year and is designed to seek out and give due recognition to those individuals at the local and international levels who have made a noteworthy contribution toward improving the quality of life for black Americans. A High School Essay Contest is to be held in conjunction with Achievement Week. This contest is open to all college-bound high school seniors. College scholarships are awarded to the winners, each of whom must submit an essay on a theme/topic chosen by the fraternity. This contest is a phase of the International Achievement Week observance.
The Scholarship Program is intended to promote academic excellence among the undergraduate members. Graduate chapters are expected to provide financial assistance to student members and non-members. A portion of the fraternity’s international budget is allocated to scholarships through the Charles R. Drew Scholarship Commission.
SOCIAL ACTION PROGRAMS
All levels of the fraternity are expected to facilitate, participate and coordinate activities that will uplift their communities. An international committee will coordinate the multifaceted programs of the various chapters. Some of the activities under the umbrella of social action include, but are not limited to: voter registration, education and “getting out the vote”; Assault on Illiteracy; Habitat for Humanity; volunteering time to charities and less fortunate individuals; mentoring; and participation in fundraisers for charities such as American Cancer Association, United Way, Be The Match Bone Marrow Drives, etc.
TALENT HUNT PROGRAM
This program provides exposure, encouragement and financial assistance to talented young people participating in the Performing Arts. Winners of the competition are awarded recognition for their talents. Awards may include college scholarships.
March 12th of each year has been established as Memorial Day. Chapters are expected to conduct an appropriate service to recall the memory of those members who have entered into Omega Chapter.
RECLAMATION AND RETENTION
A concerted effort at the international, district and local levels to retain active brothers and return inactive brothers to full participatory status so that they may enjoy the full benefits of Omega.
COLLEGE ENDOWMENT FUND
Each year the fraternity gives at least $50,000.00 to Historically Black College Institutions (HBCU) in furtherance of Omega’s commitment to provide philanthropic support. Chapters are assessed donations based on chapter size.
All levels of the fraternity are expected to facilitate, participate and/or coordinate activities that will uplift their communities by promoting good health practices. An international committee will coordinate and facilitate multifaceted programs of the various chapters, districts, etc. It is anticipated that all local chapters will execute the health directives at the local level. Some of the programs under the umbrella of Health Initiatives are the Charles Drew Blood Drive, AIDS/HIV Awareness, and the American Diabetes Association Partnership. This does not prevent the local chapters from performing additional health initiatives under the umbrella of the Health Initiatives mandate.
VOTER REGISTRATION, EDUCATION AND MOBILIZATION
All levels of the fraternity are expected to facilitate, participate and/or coordinate activities that will uplift their communities through the power of the vote. An international committee will coordinate and facilitate multifaceted programs of the various chapters, districts, etc. It is anticipated that all local chapters will execute the directives at the local level. This does not prevent the local chapters from performing additional voter initiatives under the umbrella of the Voter Education, Registration and Mobilization mandate.
Every district and chapter of the fraternity is required to maintain a Life Membership at Large in the NAACP. In the event that a chapter or district is not a life member of the NAACP, it must maintain a yearly membership to be in Good Standing with the fraternity. Furthermore, all members of the fraternity are strongly encouraged to become members of the NAACP.
By supporting the Overflow Wine and Music Festival, you are helping Southern MD QUES to:
Your support and contributions will enable us to meet our goals and improve conditions. Your generous donation will fund our mission.