It isn’t too typically that one can rejoice their 99th birthday, however for William H. Harris, Ph.D., closing in on the century mark is each a blessing and an opportunity for family and friends to point out how a lot they really love this big of a person. On Saturday, February 27, 2021, Dr. Harris obtained a pleasant shock from his Fraternity Brothers and Hatfield Township neighbors with a drive-by birthday recognition.
Roughly forty members of the Mu Omega Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Integrated had been led in a automobile caravan by Hatfield Township’s best from each their Police and Hearth Departments. Sirens blaring, lights flashing, and vehicles adorned with purple and gold balloons, made their strategy to Dr. Harris’ residence in a quaint Hatfield residential group. All of it went down at 11:00am, the place close by neighbors got here out to verify there wasn’t an emergency, however quickly realized that the Brothers of Omega Psi Phi had been coming to assist rejoice this momentous birthday of considered one of their Fraternity Brothers, the beloved Dr. Harris.
Planning for this occasion started three weeks prior with a dialog between Dr. Allan Thomas (former Mu Omega Basileus) and Darryl Blackwell (Director of Public Relations) who each agreed that the Chapter ought to try and make Dr. Harris’ day a bit extra particular.
Further help got here by means of Isiah Myles, Social Motion Chairman, who added this occasion to the Chapter’s “Venture Uplift” programming which seeks to convey wanted help to among the older Chapter members, particularly throughout this present Covid-19 Pandemic. The Chapter’s “QueVets” Committee (Lively/Retired Army Veterans), of which Dr. Harris is a member, had been represented nicely and American flags had been equipped by QueVets Co-Chairman, Invoice “Cabaret” Smith. Ms. Judy Benson, spouse of David Benson, represented the Quettes (Wives & Sweethearts of Omega Males), together with Dr. Harris’ beautiful spouse Phyllis who was in on the shock.
To acknowledge Dr. Harris’ grand birthday, Darryl Blackwell reached out to Philadelphia Metropolis Council, in addition to United States Congressman Dwight Evans, who each equipped congratulatory proclamations for this occasion. Brother Blackwell learn each the proclamations aloud to Dr. Harris and the gathering of Fraternity Brothers and neighbors. Mr. Aaron Bibro, Hatfield Township Supervisor, and Hatfield Police Chief William Tierney had been each gracious in arranging a police and 4 hearth truck escort that undoubtedly alerted your entire group. The Hatfield Township Board of Commissioners plans to have Dr. Harris just about attend their upcoming March assembly so as to acknowledge him with a Proclamation, says Tom Zipfel (Board President of Hatfield Township).
Dr. Harris is a WWII veteran who was honored with a Purple Coronary heart for being wounded twice in battle. Dr. Harris went to high school at West Virginia State College the place he was initiated into Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. in 1944 via Theta Psi Chapter. Dr. Harris later earned a Ph.D. at Penn State College and has since contributed to numerous organizations as an knowledgeable in organizational improvement. Dr. Harris additionally writes poetry, and in 2017 printed 90yrs of his writings in a ebook entitled “On a regular basis Sunshine, Led My Manner,” a tribute to his mom who he describes as his sunshine.
When requested what the key to his lengthy life is, Dr. Harris stated, “my mom at all times careworn for me to ask questions and to at all times present gratitude, irrespective of how small the gesture.” The Brothers of Mu Omega Chapter will proceed to reward Dr. Harris for all of his contributions to not solely the Fraternity, however to the nation itself. Hats off to you Dr. Harris and completely satisfied birthday!