Norristown Shriners and Daughters Auxiliary celebrate inaugural joint ball
Distinguished officers and members of Amen Ra Temple No.158 and Amen Ra Court No. 225 celebrated their Inaugural Joint Ball honoring Illustrious Potentate Elmer M. Evans and charter members of Amen Ra Court No. 225 on Oct. 29. The elegant ball was held at the Radisson Valley Forge Hotel in King of Prussia. The dedicated Evans was elected to the position of Illustrious Potentate in December 2015.
Illustrious Potentate Evans welcomed celebrants to the ball on behalf of the officers and members of Amen Ra Temple No. 158, Oasis of Norristown, Desert of Pennsylvania and said, “Amen Ra Temple is excited to celebrate this occasion with the Daughters of Amen Ra Court No. 225.” Thirty-three members were chartered with Illustrious Commandress Geraldine Robinson-Ervin, a past grand worthy matron (PGWM’s) of Deborah Grand Chapter, Order of Eastern Star, Inc., Prince Hall Adopted, Commonwealth of Pa., was joined by PGWMs Dt. Wanda Pryor Jones and Dt. Janice C. Harvey, who currently serves as First Lt. Commandress of Amen Ra Ct. No.225. Current Grand Worthy Matron Marva Linda Montgomery, who also serves as Second Lt. Commandress of Amen Ra Ct. No. 225, and a host of family and friends of the charter members of Amen Ra Ct. No. 225 enjoyed the celebration.
Illustrious Potentate Evans shared some of the organization’s rich history. “The order was established as an Imperial Council of Prince Hall Shriners in 1893. The Worldwide Fraternal Shrine Family has a membership of approximately 35,000 in some 227 Shrine Temples and 200 Courts, its women’s auxiliary and Imperial Court. It is thought of as a fraternal, social and charitable organization; fraternal in the sense of using passwords and symbols to remind the members to ever strive for inner self-improvement; social from the standpoint of the enjoyment of good times within its own ranks; and charitable for its unselfish giving of goods and services on both the local and national level.”
Among the numerous recipients of the organization’s community services are: the NAACP, the Legal Defense Fund, the Urban League and the United Negro College Fund. They have also awarded annual grants to several institutions of higher learning and hospitals throughout the region for medical and research projects.
Evans added, “We are a fraternal organization benevolent from its conception dedicated to charity, civil economic and educational development. Amen Ra Temple and Court share in the responsibility to uphold the vision of the Imperial Council and Court in supporting the organization’s various primary philanthropic endeavors to support humanity.”
National endeavors include their Diabetes Initiative (NDI), Shriners As Mentors (SAM), voter registration and education and support of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Amen Ra Temple completed all of the initiatives during the first quarter of 2016.
The Daughters Court provides broad support to the Norristown Community. Amen Ra Temple joined the Concerned Citizens of Norristown for the Walk Against Violence and Candlelight Vigil; provided a donation to PUSH for a CURE for myositis to support their “Easter Funday” for the youth of Norristown; sponsored two youth teams in the Norristown Recreation Basketball League; and marched in the Norristown Borough’s Fourth of July parade.
Among those joining the celebration honoring Illustrious Potentate Evans and Charter Members of Amen Ra Daughters Court were: Tanya Evans, wife of Illustrious Potentate Evans; Amen Ra Temple member Elmer K. Evans, 94; sons, Darren Evans and Colin Evans; sister and brother-in-law, Elaine K. Evans-DeVaughn and Louis L. DeVaughn; and Gregory Turner and Delilah Winder. Also in attendance were Sean R. Snead, Chief Rabban; Abraham Shaw, Assistant Rabban; Robert Carl Stallings, High Priest and Prophet; Benjamin N. Moore, Oriental Guide; Otis L. Hightower Jr., treasurer; Clifton Milligan, recorder; David Wright, 1st Ceremonial Master; Charles E. White III, 2nd Ceremonial Master; Curt Thomas, Marshall; Brian J. Warren, Captain of the Guard; Otis J. Guinyard, Outer Guard; Toby A. Bryant, assistant treasurer; Aaron A. Ervin Sr., Past Potentate, advisor to Amen Ra Court #225. Sean R. Snead served as banquet committee chairman and Charles E. White III served as ticket chairman.
Other distinguished guests were John T. Chapman, Past Potentate of Pyramid Temple No. 1 and his wife, Kelly Ann Chapman. Chapman is an elected officer of the worldwide organization and serves as the Imperial Chief Rabbanm, the third constitutional officer. Also, enjoying the event were Gary Sylvester and his wife, Florence and Daniel B. and Theresa Norfleet. Both of these men also hold elected offices in the worldwide organization.
Congratulations and very best wishes are extended to honoree, Illustrious Potentate Elmer M. Evans, Commandress Geraldine Robinson-Ervin and all who were a part of this momentous occasion.