Grand Master Glass visits SF
Posted: Friday, April 6, 2012 5:00 pm
Districts 3 and 5 and Paris District Free & Accepted Masons, Prince Hall Affiliate, recently had their annual grand visitation with Grand Master Arvin Glass in South Fulton.
Districts 3 and 5 cover Prince Hall-affiliated Masonic lodges in Dyersburg, Lake County, South Fulton, Sharon and Union City, while the Paris District covers lodges in Paris, Camden and Huntington.
Harry W. Hutcherson is the district deputy grand master for Districts 3 and 5 and Verdell Tharpe is the Paris District Deputy Grand Master.
Both of the district deputies were in attendance, along with Grand Master Administrative Assistant Fred Mack Williams, Grand Lecturer Tony Yates, Grand Education Director Past Master Odrequies Thompson, Districts 3 and 5 lecturer Past Master Greg Evans and other noteworthy individuals and Masons.
Since it was such a large group, the meeting had to be held at the Harvey O. Vick Community Room in South Fulton. The meeting room, located in the South Fulton Municipal Building, is named after the late Harvey Vick, who was a member and past master of Jacksonville Lodge F&AM.
Some of the items Glass discussed during the meeting were his vision and changes; the building of programs; tax forms; “building an army”; donor cards being up-to-date on all lodge members; the call for the next grand lodge, with dates, locations and fees; the date of the Lodge of Sorrow and the banquet date; non-profit status for every lodge; dispensations; a copy of the charter of every lodge to the grand lodge; updated contact information on every current member of the lodges; and upcoming dates of importance.
Those attending learned there are 147 Prince Hall Affiliate F&AM lodges in Tennessee.
After the meeting, those in attendance went, as a group, to Greater Antioch Missionary Baptist Church in Fulton, where the Rev. Jessie Johnson is pastor.
They enjoyed a catered meal with Order of the Eastern Star Tennessee Grand Worthy Matron Rubye Meeks, Past Worthy Honored Grand Worthy Matron June Jones, 7-B Honored Grand District Deputy Maria Starks, Excelsior Grand Chapter Grand Worthy Patron Cedric J. Bailey Sr., Paris District Honored Deputy Grand Worthy Matron Dorothy Clark and other OES members, honorees and their families.
After the luncheon, attendees went into a service at the church, where Jessie Kirk from Balboa Lodge No. 205 in Dyersburg was awarded the Mason of the Year; Ida Royster and Olga Hart, both members of Jacksonville Chapter No. 85 Order of the Eastern Star in South Fulton, were honored as Eastern Stars of the Year; and Beatrice Sisson Wilcox of South Fulton was honored as Citizen of the Year.
Also during the program, Districts 3 and 5 F&AM, Prince Hall Affiliate, and District 7-B Order of the Eastern Star, Prince Hall Affiliate, jointly presented $200 scholarships to De’Andres Marquise Courtney, son of Mr. and Mrs. Stacey Easley of South Fulton, and Charon F. Ingram, son of Donna Ingram and Charles Fuchea Ingram, both of Fulton.
Courtney is a student at South Fulton High School and will be attending the University of Tennessee at Martin, studying in the field of business accounting. Ingram is a student at Fulton High School and will be attending Murray (Ky.) State University, studying in the field of accounting.
Both young men have at least a 3.4 grade point average and will be graduating from their respective high schools in May.
Published in The Messenger 4.6.12