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Bright Ray #136 Back to School Bash

Bright Ray #136 collaborated with Mayor Baris Douglas and the Town of Henning City Board to provide children with school supplies. The afternoon was filled with games and refreshments. The event was held at Palmer Turner community center.  Members Attending: Worthy Matron Darneasha C. Pickett, Associate Matron Patricia Dowell, Treasurer Nolita Whiten, Secretary Demetra Pickett, Associate Conductress Kimber Finnie, Past Matron Mary Haliburton-Warder.  Each Member within Bright Ray is a Bright Ray within the Community!

Chattanooga District PHA 5th Sunday Visitation

Visited Rose of Sharon Baptist Church on Sunday, July 29th where Rev. Charles Moore is Pastor.  Bro. Charles Ragland is member of the Church and member of Lillie White Lodge #284.


Arkansas Annual Session


Left to Right: Sister Darneasha C. Pickett, Grand C.C.F.C, Sister Rubye B. Meeks, Grand Worthy Matron, Brother Johnny Carolina, Grand Worthy Patron(Arkansas), Sister Flora J. Simon, Grand Worthy Matron(Arkansas), Sister Sharon Franklin, D.D.G.M(Memphis), and Sister Demetra Pickett


Left to Right: Sister Darneasha C. Pickett, Grand C.C.F.C, Sister Sharon Franklin, D.D.G.M(Memphis), The Honorable Arvin W. Glass, Grand Master, Sister Rubye B. Meeks, Grand Worthy Matron, and Sister Demetra Pickett


2018 March Middle Tennessee Grand Visitation:

Here are a few snapshots from our Grand Visitation.  For more pics click here...



Onward Court #16 Memphis, Tennessee:

Residents at Quince Road Nursing Home in Memphis Tennessee were serenaded with holiday songs led by members of Onward Court #16 on Saturday December 16, 2017. Read more...

2017 Most Worshipful Grand Lodge


5th Sunday Visitation

July 30th, 2017 - Greater Tucker Baptist Church - Chattanooga, TN :: 5th Sunday Visitation is where each Lodge and Chapter have an opportunity to select a place a worship.


Southeast Regional Conference held in Nassau Bahamas

L to R: Sister Darneasha C. Pickett, Brother Cedric Bailey Sr., GWP, Sister Rubye B. Meeks, GWM, The Honorable Arvin W. Glass, MWGM, Sister Joyce Glass, Sister Eva N. Drain, PGWM

Official Visitation by GWP Rubye Meeks, GWP Cedric Bailey and the DDGM Sharon Franklin for Memphis.

The Chattanooga District O.E.S. Official Visitation was held March 10, 2017 at 7:00 PM
2701 N. Chamberlain Avenue Chattanooga, TN 37406




St. Alban Chapter #118 Shares Special Times with St. Claire Nursing Home

December 17, 2016 was really special. Hearts were lifted and faces lightened up when the members of Memphis Chapter St. Alban #118 along with St. Alban Lodge # 5 spent time with the residents of St. Claire Nursing Home.  Worthy Matron Sis. Shelia Snow and other members were the bearers of gifts and good cheer.  They carried blankets, t-shirts, razors and more.  Lots of food and fun and games at that special time during the holidays was appreciated. Worthy Patron Bro. Mareko Huley and members of the lodge we there in numbers for this very worthwhile outreach project.   The joint group played Bingo and other games and the morning was delightful. This is the first of many planned visits with this facility. Submitted o/b/o St. Alban #118 by S. Franklin, Memphis DDGM

Grand session 2016


Ms Grand OES Queen 2016

2nd place winner Ms Grand OES Queen, Sis Angela Scott from Ethel B Beck and her District Deputy Grand Matron Sis Cassandra Osborne 

Purple Gems 2016 Recognition

The Purple Gems (members 75 years or older) were recognized at this year's Grand Session.  Report and recognitions presented by Sis. LaTashja Mosby.

Brought in the most new members in 2016 - Tie Capitol Hill and St Marys

Recognizing Capitol Hill #133 (Nashville, Sis Ardree Studdard) and St. Mary's Chapter #5 (Worthy Matron Loretta Trice) for the Highest New Memberships for the Year.  Honored Grand Associate Matron Elizabeth Cross (on the right) presented the report and awards.


The Sister's Network with the “Gift for Life Block Walk”

The Memphis District Sunbeam Deputy Chandra McKinner along with Mt. Pleasant Sunbeams, Diamond Sunbeams and Counselors Stacey Bougard and Georgia Walters did some Community Service by assisting The Sister's Network with the “Gift for Life Block Walk”  on October 17, 2015 at Whitehaven High School.   The Sisters Network Inc. is committed to increasing local and national attention to the devastating impact that breast cancer has in the African American community. It provides cancer resources, breast cancer awareness and breast cancer information to its African American women.   It was such a joy for the Sunbeams to help fill bags, pass out literature and assist walkers when needed. Deputy Grand Matron Sharon Franklin came out to support the walk as well as the Sunbeams. We look forward to more Community service events with The Sister's Network in the future.   Memphis Sisters Network President, Mrs. Carolyn Whitney and Sunbeam Deputy McKinner are making arrangements for the Sunbeams to continue the relationship through  the “Teens 4 Pink (T4P)  Program” designed to educate Teen, girls ages 12-16, about the importance of breast health and equip them to become breast health ambassadors/leads for the women in their families. The Memphis District truly takes pride in the Memphis Sunbeam Chapters. Note:   The young ladies shown in the picture from left to right: Jacquline King, Toneisha Scott,  Dineisha Walter, Toni Walter and Tonnetta Scott.   Submitted by S. Franklin, DDGM


Snapshots at Grand Session Banquet 2015

Sunbeams Breanna Watkins & Janiyah Elise Meeks graduated from Central - The High School, Memphis, TN on May 23, 2015. Breanna will attend Murray State University and Janiyah will attend MTSU in the fall. Both are in Noah Boyd sunbeam Chapter.  Congratulations once again!!!!

Lincoln Jessimine Chapter #52 Welcomes Newly Installed Patron

It is exciting to announce that Worshipful Master of Lincoln Lodge #19, Bro. Clarence Brown has been installed as Patron for their adoptive O.E.S. Chapter.   When Past Patron Alan Holman found that he was no longer able to serve, Bro. Clarence Brown, WM graciously agreed to take on that role.  It is such a blessing when chapters and lodges work closely together.  Worthy Matron Georgia Walter and members of Chapter #52 look forward to wonderful working relationship.  Bro. Brown states that he is humbled and anxious to fulfill this position.  Associate Matron Shondra Gillard and #52 Associate Conductress, Nicole Martin, participated in Bro. Brown's installation ceremony on January 12, 2015.  Memphis Deputy Grand Matron, Sharon Franklin, commends Associate Deputy, Sis. Maranda Lester, Beautiful Star #4 WM, Sis. Erika Johnson and member Sis. Tara Harris, along with Eunice #46 WM, Sis. Nicole Brown-Sanchez and PM 291 Sis. Essie Patterson for assisting.

District Awards and Recognition Day - February 28th 2015‏

Sincere thanks to all who participated, and your attendance was remarkable.  Every presenter we invited was present and for this we are grateful.  Television personality, April Thompson, was most gracious and saxophonist, Michael Townsend, highlighted the program.  And we cannot forget the melodious voice of Sis. Wanda Crenshaw, as well as, the touching presentation by the Sunbeams.  We especially thank State Representative, Karen Camper, for her assistance.  The hard work of the committees will not be forgotten:   Sis. Carmen Moore, Sis. Monica Helton, Sis. Betty Cox, Sis. Patricia Burdette, Sis. Deborah Bobo, Bro. Edward Leak, Bro. Adrian Weaver, Deputy Maranda Lester, Sis. Cecelia Showers, Sis. Letarsha Brown and others.  The support shown by Charles F. Williams Lodge was stupendous.  It meant a lot to have present with us District Attorney Henderson, Insurance Agent Ron Willis, Chief Floyd Bonner, Pastor Gillespie join Deputy Beasley and the other men present.  The beautiful plaque the Masons presented to District Deputy Grand Matron, Sharon Franklin, was a wonderful and generous surprise and most appreciated.  It was a blessing to have Past Grand Worthy Matron Carrie T. Herron present, also.  District Deputy Acknowledgements: District Matron Sis. Cecelia Showers, Council Matron Sis. Latashja Mosby, Steadfast Award Sis. Ina Luellen, Outstanding Act Sis. Erika Johnson, O.E.S. Choir Sis. Chandra McKinner, Humanitarian Award Sis. Deanna Peppers.  Award Nominee Winners: Patron of the Year Bro. Mose Davis (Unity #233), Matron of the Year Sis. Shelia Snow (St. Alban #118), Chapter of the Year Adah #2, O.E.S. of the Year Sis. Kimberly Shropshire    (Braden #115).  Sunbeam Essay Contest Winner: Delaney Hale. Read more...

Esther, The Queen, Comes Alive in the Memphis District 2014

What can we do to make Annual Esther Day 2014 more exciting than ever? Read Article

Martha 77  Fish Fry (Chattanooga, TN)

Pictured : l-r,  Nakia Jackson, Dana Tillison,Prince Torrence PWM, Autrey Whatley WM, Tonya McClain, Gail Roberson and Beverly Jackson - Not pictured, but participated, Valencia Hambrick ,Taura Brady PWM

Rainbow Tea 9/14/2014

Sis Matilda Powell WM. Ruth#44 (Chattanooga,TN)

Grand session 2014

Newly elected matrons and patrons (Knoxville Tn.)

Grand Worthy Patron Cedric J. Bailey Sr.

Wedded to Miss Patricia Christman on Dec.29,2013

Memphis District Luncheon - March 1, 2014

Sis. Maudina Moore is a member of Evergreen Chapter #107 and has been a member of the Order of the Eastern Star for more than 40 years.   She is one of a number of Prince Hall "Pioneer" men and ladies who were acknowledged by the Memphis District at a luncheon on March 1, 2014.    Names of nearly sixty members of the O.E.S. met the criteria to receive awards.  Recipients had to be at least age 70 or have been a member of the Order for 40 or more years. Click here to access the list of members recognized who have attained Pioneers status. 

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Memphis District Annual Jubilee Day

Emancipation Proclamation Celebration was held on Wednesday, January 1, 2014 at the Mt. Zion Baptist Church, 1621 Dellwood, Memphis  TN  38127.   "Lest we forget....that on the first day of the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty-three, all persons held as slaves within any State or designated part of a State, the people whereof shall then be in rebellion against the United States, shall be then, thenceforward, and forever free...... "    President Abraham Lincoln   Music for this spiritual celebration was provided by Bro. Rodrequies Thompson and the Memphis District Masonic Choir.  Can you believe that Deputy Grand Master Charles Beasley sings in the choir??   This is truly one celebration we look forward to each year and welcome the NAACP as special guests of the Memphis District.

Memphis Exec Leadership Council Homeless Outreach Project 2013

St. Mary's Chapter # 5 Esther Day 2013 (Album 1)

St. Mary's Chapter # 5 Esther Day 2013 (Album 2)

Grand Session 2013

BLH Memorial Charter Ceremony

Mt. Pisgah Masonic Lodge #180 Annual Scholarship Banquet - April 20, 2013

Mt. Pisgah Masonic Lodge #180, PHA is doing their part to ensure that some students are able to further their education. Their Annual Scholarship Banquet was held April 20, 2013 at St. John A.M.E. Church in Memphis. A delicious meal was served and a dynamic sermon was delivered by The Right Reverend Jeffrey N. Leath who is a 33rd degree Prince Hall Mason. Award recipients included: Sis. Montee Hunt, HGDD (Memphis), Bro. James Pearson (father of Grand Secretary Gwen Ragland), Bro. Mack Reed and other community leaders. Honored Grand District Deputy Sharon Franklin graciously extended greetings on behalf of Grand Worthy Matron, Rubye B. Meeks, in her absence. This was a delightful occasion for a worthy cause.

Memphis Open House


District 9 Installation, Mt. Pleasant (Ripley, TN)


Grand Session 2012

Grand Session 2012 (2nd album)

Memphis District

GWM Rubye B. Meeks and Emmanuel Lewis at Phyllis meeting in Atlanta, GA.

Mt. Pleasant Sunbeams Chapter, Memphis

St. Mary’s Sunbeams Chapter #40


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