The Most Worshipful Prince Hall Grand Lodge, Free and Accepted Masons, State of California Inc., will convene its 164th Annual Communication in conjunction with the 136th Annual Communication of the Golden State Grand Chapter Order of the Eastern Star.
The assembly will be held on Thursday, July 12, through Thursday, July 19, at the Marriott Los Angeles Airport Hotel, 5855 West Century Blvd., in Los Angeles.
The Honorable Donald R. Ware, M.D., Most Worshipful Grand Master and Sister Meredith Y. Bell, Grand Worthy Matron, will preside over the sessions.
On Sunday, July 15, at 8 a.m., the general public is invited to attend the Annual Ann L. Powell Breakfast at the Marriott Hotel Grand Ballroom. This year’s theme is “Summer Breeze with the Stars.” During the breakfast, the annual awards in the fields of career achievement, citizenship, and the Eastern Star of the Year will be presented along with the crowning of the Grand Order of the Eastern Star Queen.
The public is also welcome to attend the annual religious program on Sunday, July 15, at 3 p.m. in the Marriott Hotel Grand Ballroom. The Rev. Dr. Ronald Bridgette will be keynote speaker and the widely acclaimed Belmont Baptist Church choir will perform.
On Saturday, July 16, at 7 p.m., the Wylde Bunch Band will be featured in a gala sports concert. The event is open to the public.
Prince Hall Masonry is the oldest fraternal organization in the world among African Americans. The Fraternity, founded in September 1784, is a mutual benefit, non-profit organization and was established on the principle of one Supreme Creator who will be the judge in the life to come.
The organization strives to teach a man the duty he owes to God, his neighbor and to himself. As an institution, it has as its foundation the basic principles of the “Fatherhood of God” and the “Brotherhood of Man.”
According to a spokesperson, “The foundation’s character is perpetuated by making ‘Good Men Better.’ Its purpose is to render service to the people of California to improve their social, cultural and economic conditions. Its measure is giving, an act of unselfish sacrifice for the benefit of others.”
The Golden State Grand Chapter Order of the Eastern Star, an affiliate of the Prince Hall Masonic Grand Lodge, and its subordinate chapters, are also committed to local and national community involvement, which include charitable donations to the City of Hope, NAACP, UNCF, Aid to Battered Women, sickle cell anemia, HIV/AIDS, blood bank and bone marrow, and breast cancer prevention groups.
In addition, the Grand Chapter has provided scholarship grants to students from our communities in excess of $250,000 for the past 20 years.
To learn more, call Perry Travis at (213) 479-0267.