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Apr 25, 2015 ... THE VIOCE OF PRINCE HALL. MOST WORSHIPFUL PRINCE HALL GRAND LODGE JURISDICTION OF MICHIGAN. VOLUME 1, NUMBER.1.
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Voice of Prince Hall Committee Chair, Morris Shanks

MWPH Grand Master State of Michigan Honorable Derrick G. Paige

Committee Chair Morris Shanks

Committee Member Kenyon McElway

Committee Member C Dorian Smith

Committee Member Brent C. Walker

Editor-in-Chief William Vann, III

Assistant Editor-in-Chief Tracy A. Strong

Circulation James Young

Photographers Jacqueline Butts Morris Shanks Larry D. Smith Gardell Sanford

Bro. Morris Shanks has been a member of the Prince Hall Family since 1982. A brief summary of Bro. Shanks Masonic service: Worshipful Master of King David Lodge No. 20 of Muskegon 1991, 1992, 2008, 2009 & 2010. First elected Commander-in- Chief of Homer Gaines Consistory No. 144. Past Potentate of El Karnek Temple No. 86 Past Worthy Patron of Crystal Chapter No. 33 Past Treasurer and present Secretary of King David Lodge. Right Worshipful District Deputy Grand Master for District No. 5, 1998 – 2012 Grand Photographer for the Grand Lodge, Grand Chapter and the M.C.O.D. Chairman of the Voice of Prince Hall and the Souvenir Journal Committee (GL and GC). Community Service: United States Air Force 1966 – 1970 Firefighter City of Muskegon 1974 – 2003 (1st. black Lieutenant, Captain and Battalion Chief) Sunday School Teacher, Greater Harvest Baptist Church. Life member of Muskegon NAACP, present servicing as Membership Chairman. In 2011 the Grand Master at that time, Paul Robinson had made revitalizing The Voice of Prince Hal a part of his trestle board. In the last year of his administration nobody had stepped up to chair the project. I said to GM Robinson that if no one will chair the Voice of Prince Hall then send me I’ll go. (Some of you know of the bond that Bro. Robinson and I established when he was WDDGL and I was RWDDGM after being called out by the Grand Master at Grand Session about a Joint District Meeting in Idlewild in 1999). I was able to restart the VOPH as an electronic Newsletter in April 2012. With no expertise in doing a newsletter I begin crying out in the wildness for help. With the faith that I have in God, I knew if I kept on calling somebody would hear me. Last month Brother Kenyon McElway called me and stated that he had Brother William Vann on the line and they wanted to help with the VOPH. After several three way phone calls and exchanges of email I asked Brother Vann would he be the Editor-inChief of the VOPH and he accepted. We still need Writers / Reporters and Photographers. If you are willing to work with the committee please contact Bro. Vann at [email protected] or myself at [email protected] . Remember that newsworthy articles are welcome from appendant and concordant bodies of the Prince Hall Family.

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Voice of Prince Hall Committee Member , WM. Kenyon McElway

My background is in the procedure of business operations. I find reorganizing to be mentally stimulating, rewarding and at times personally challenging. My experience, readiness and motivation to work on the progression of taking things to next stage have proven to be an vital part of setting and meeting short and long-term goals. I love to see the results of a plan come together. My experiences in the community have given me exposure to a wide range of family, civil and organization concerns both of large and small importance. My reliability and abilities to work towards improvements will contribute to what’s needed for the success of the Voice of Prince Hall. I am excited about working with this talented committee, which I will be able to utilize my skills and at the same time experience new challenges and opportunities. We look forward bringing to you communications that touch on a variety of historical, financial, operational and other general and fraternal activities. Thanks Brother Shanks for this opportunity!

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New Editor-in-Chief, William Vann, III Bro. William Vann, III is no stranger to organizations and communications; He is currently the Recording Secretary of the National Alumni Association of Alabama State University, the Historian for Iota Rho Lambda of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. and presently the chairman of Newsletter Committee for Mt. Pavan Lodge #2 F&AM. When Bro. Vann got the conformation from Bro. Shanks that that he was named the Editor in Chief of the Voice of Prince Hall he said, “I immediately thought about having the favor of God”. Bro. Vann stressed that many times other people more qualified or just as qualified can and will do the job just as good as you and that his love of writing came in college when writing was a must. However, in graduate school it finally dawned on him why it’s called “Language Arts.” Bro. Vann noted that the painting of pictures with words if done gently can have a “lion lay with a lamb.”

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Chaplain-Historian 2012,2013, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Iota Rho Lambda 32nd Degree-Illustrious Prior, Wolverine Consistory #6 Writer 2011 The Populace Now. Magazine Appointed Position 2013, Detroit Chapter #1 Royal Arch Masons Chaplain 2011 and 2013, Fundraising Chair 2011 ,2012 & 2013, Treasurer 2012, Mt. Pavan Lodge #2, PHA F&AM Outer Guard 2013, Marracci Temple #13 Ancient Egyptian Arabic Order Nobles Mystic Shrine Senior Warden 2012 and 2013, Adoniram Chapter of the Rose Croix Associate Patron 2013, #28 O.E.S Chaplain 2013, Zerubabel # 5 Heroines of Jericho

B.S 1996, Elementary Education, Alabama State University M.S 2001, Education Leadership, University of Detroit Mercy ABD 2011, Education Policy Studies, Capella University

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New Assistant Editor-in-Chief, Tracy A. Strong

Sis. Tracy A. Strong brings a wealth of experience to VOPH and a strong background in communications, organizational skills, typesetting, organizing, editing and proofreading. She holds an Associate Degree in Administrative Assistant, an Associate Degree in Computers and Typesetting, Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management, Master’s Degree in Counseling and is currently working on obtaining her Doctorate in Transformational Counseling. She is currently employed as a Mental Health/Substance Therapist. She has over 20+ years experience in creating, typesetting, proofing and editing newsletters for churches, bulletins, obituaries, family reunion souvenir journals and much more. Prince Hall Affiliations:  Associate Matron of Tyre Chapter No. 39, Order of the Eastern Star  Imperial Deputy for the Oasis of Detroit and Past Illustrious Commandress-2004 of Marracci Court No. 32, Daughters of Isis  Loyal Lady of Charity Assembly No. 38, Order of the Golden Circle  Herione of Zerubbabel Court No. 5, Heroines of Jericho Civic/Community Affiliations/Licensures:  Member of El Bethel Church and serves on the following ministries: Hospitality, Children’s-Disciples in Development, Scholarship, Women In God’s Service, Pastoral Care and Saved Obedient Sisters Prayer Partners.  President of Team for Justice-Advocates for Juveniles, Ex-Offenders and Our Community (writes/edits newsletter)  Advisory Board Member of Clear Purpose Foundation (writes/edits newsletter)  LPC—Licensed Practical Counselor  ATSA-Association for the Treatment of Sexual Offenders  CWI – Child Welfare Institute  Family Psycho-education Multifamily Group  CAADC - Certified Advanced Addictions Drug Counselor Sis. Strong stated that, “Bro. Shanks asked me to serve as the AssistantEditor-in-Chief for the VOPH, I immediately and gladly accepted. I feel truly blessed and honored. God has blessed me with many gifts and talents and I will use/share them wherever and whenever I can. “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”~Philippians 4:13

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New Photographer, Jacqueline Butts

Jacqueline Butts obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Communications / Mass Media at Wilberforce University. Prior to graduating, she interned at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in their newspaper department. Jackie has a zeal for taking photos and has exposed herself to various photo layout designs. Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might; for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave whither thou goest. Esc. 9:10

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its Lodges to them. Freemasonry is the world's largest, oldest and best-known gentleman's fraternity. Modern Freemasons use the tools, traditions and terminology of stonemasons as allegory for building temples in the hearts of men. It's said that we are a secret society. We do indeed have secrets—secrets that each individual man has to discover for and about himself. It's not for everybody. Maybe it's for you.

Mt. Pavan #2 Welcomes New Brothers On July 5, 2013 , the brothers of Mt. Pavan Lodge #2 fellowshipped at the restaurant known as “They Say.” The 5 new brothers were initiated in May 2013 and are now enjoying the rights and benefits of being a Master Mason. The new list includes: Ryan Brady, Eric Burton, David Matthews, James Marbury and Charles Walker

More information about the Feast of St. John the Evangelist from Handbook of Christian Feasts and Customs by Fr. Francis X. Weiser, SJ: This saint was highly honored throughout the whole Church from the beginning. Proof of this is, among other things, the fact that fifteen churches were dedicated to him in the ancient imperial city of Constantinople. Being the precursor of our Lord, he was accorded the same honor as the first great saints of the Christian era, although he belonged to the Old Covenant. The fact that Christ praised him so highly (Matthew 11, 11) encouraged, of course, a special veneration. Accordingly, we find a regular cycle of feasts in his honor among the early Christian churches. The question arises of why June 24, and not 25. It has often been claimed that the Church authorities wanted to "Christianize" the pagan solstice celebrations and for this reason advanced Saint John's feast as a substitute for the former pagan festival. However, the real reason why Saint John's Day falls on June 24 lies in the Roman way of counting, which proceeded backward from the calends (first day) of the succeeding month. Christmas was "the eighth day before the Kalends of January" (Octavo Kalendas Januarii). Consequently, Saint John's nativity was put on the "eighth day before the Kalends of July." However, since June has only thirty days, in our way of counting the feast falls on June 24. Article by WM. Kenyon McElway

St. John’s Day Freemasons celebrate the Feast of St. John Baptist. A curious thing for a non-sectarian group to do. Freemasonry historically acknowledges St. John the Baptist and St. John the Evangelist as its patron saints, reveres their memory, points to their exemplary lives in its ritualistic work, and dedicates

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You Would Have Them Do Unto You”. A significant part of her legacy is that her OES walk inspired many other Sisters and Brothers in how to order their steps as well.

April 13, 1898 – February 1, 2013

Live on Detroit Public TV

By Sister Darlene House, JPM

Redeemerette Chapter #54

Redeemerette Chapter #54

Continuing to let Redeemerette's good deeds of charity and work speak for us!!!

During her 114 years, the late and humbly great Sister Louisiana Hines, PM, lived an exemplary life. The lessons she learned and shared reflected an innate ability to be a shining star. Long before her OES journey began in Florida, Sister Hines learned about obedience. “My mother told me an obedient child would live a long life,” she explained. Sister Hines also, acknowledged that she grew up studying the Bible and learning to appreciate women featured in it. After the Alabama native moved to Detroit during 1940’s Great Migration period, she continued to grow with the Order. Along with her daughter, Sister Allean H. House, PM, Sister Hines was a Redeemerette Chapter #54 charter member. Leadership included outstanding fund raising skills, visionary community service support and; dedicated service as 1972 Worthy Matron. Until her death, Sister Hines continued to assist her chapter. Recent efforts included: utilizing creative skills serving on the Every Shining; Star's Birthday Celebration committee and; decorating the suggestion box. By letting God’s light shine through her, Hines inspired many people including me. I was honored to serve as her Worthy Matron and share OES-related experiences including singing songs from the official OES Songbook together during worship times.

Redeemerette Chapter #54 has kicked off their first community service project of the year on Saturday, March 9, 2013. We made an awesome impression to our public society in a live broadcasting in the studio as each member made the effort to take incoming calls for Detroit Public TV "Spring Pledge" for a total of four hours. Redeemerette helped raise $17,865.00 for the following shows:

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Rolling Stones Rock & Roll

Our next community service was the Relay for Life, held on June 15, 2013 at Marygrove College in Detroit, where we walked for the cure of cancer disease. Anyone who is interested in joining Redeemerette #54 for our next community outreach, please contact: Sis. Markeitha Bibb (313) 590-7290, Relay for Life Chairperson or Sis. Jacqueline Butts (313) 445-4566, Relay for Life Co-Chairperson for more information.

Submitted By, “If you’re here after I’m gone, tell everyone to remember the good times and keep on reaching out to others,” Sister Hines often said while I served as her Direct Care Worker. Her mother’s prophesy was fulfilled because Sister Hines Sis. Markeitha Bibb earned the rankings of oldest African American and oldest Redeemerette #54 Michigan citizen before making her transition. In addition to obedience, she credited her longevity to having a strong faith and living by the Golden Rule: “Do Unto Others As

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Immanuel Kant On television, the internet blogs, talk radio and in many other places there seems be an atmosphere of debating to see whose right or wrong. The power of perception is so great in these debates that most people choose to sit on the sidelines and watch or listen for amusement. One famous man who was an avid debater was Immanuel Kant.

Immanuel Kant was born in the town of Königsberg, East Prussia, on April 22, 1724. His family was part of a Protestant religious group of Pietists which was part of a German religious movement whose members strongly believed in religious experience and biblical study. Kant notably commended the “praiseworthy conduct” of Pietists. In 1740 Kant entered the University of Königsberg. He became interested in philosophy, mathematics, and the natural sciences. While tutoring to make a living, Kant published several articles dealing with scientific questions. One such question dealt with truth and what it is or isn’t. Immanuel Kant proposed that our ability to reason alone is not a basis for truth. Instead nature itself is not the sole basis for truth and one’s own personal experiences are always subject to ridicule. However, when all phenomena are equally applied to formulate truth, the equation is well balanced.

Like Immanuel Kant, those who have the ability to see through dogmatic practices of today in a host of places, must disagree with being disagreeable or let others debate and we ourselves sit on the sidelines for amusement.

A Message to the Negro Sanhedrin W.E.B Du Bois predicted many events that have already come to pass. In his Book, “The Souls of Black Folk” he issues several warnings of what can happen with a group of uneducated people. On the other hand Booker T. Washington had more of a Marcus Garvey approach on how to deal with “germination inhibitors” both literally and figuratively. Henceforth, another continuing argument is that of Nature vs. Nurture. To this day it seems if no one

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really knows what they are talking about. These two arguments have led me to believe that in order to reverse the polarization of the plight among Negros a common enemy must be identified for the economy of force to maximize.

Beyond substance abuse, beyond sexual perversion, beyond black male incarnation is the enemy of genetic predisposition. The two great philosophies aforementioned and nature and nurture theory must be combined in order to hit the enemy of genetic predisposition from a military operational viewpoint. Scholars such as Kohlberg (2008) have discussed the importance of biologically sound humans when it comes to people making rational and even moral decisions. And yes! In the bible several entries elude to behavioral/genetic connections. Some of the scriptures include: Exodus 20:5, 34:7, Numbers 14:18 and Deuteronomy 5:9. Battling the enemy of genetic predisposition involves a longitudinal approach which may just involve two or three steps.

One, study Greger Mendel’s Law of Genetics in an attempt to the reverse the effects of genetic predisposition. Two, continue to pass down sensitive information from one generation to other especially families of the talented 10th. Three, align steps one and two for a virtual equinox of a 3rd or 4th generation being ready to spread the seeds of the talented 10th into something W.E.B DuBois would not even believe. Exodus 34:6-7 is a foundational scripture on why the 3rd and 4th generation is important.

Out of the three Steps, Step three is the metaphysical paradigm of the equation. Why? No matter who superintends the hour (Obama, Martin Luther King Jr. Malcolm X, etc…) The people as a whole must be at their 3rd moon ready to conceive!

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In April 25, 2015 The Most Worshipful Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Michigan will celebrate its one hundredth and fiftieth year of existence, having been established on April 25, 1865. There are few organizations that can document continuous operation for 150 years. I’m sure you agree such a milestone should be observed with an appropriate celebration. The Honorable Derrick G. Paige, Most Worshipful Grand Master, has directed me to from a committee to begin planning for the occasion. Some committee members will be selected because of their elected or appointed positions in the Grand Lodge. However, to make the program successful, we will need brothers and sisters who possess particular skill sets e.g. public relations, event planning, and professional writing, and have the desire to share their time, knowledge, abilities, and ideas as a committee member. If you are interested in working on this important program please send me your contact information: name, mailing address, email address, and phone number via email to [email protected] and cc PM James Young at [email protected] by Friday August 9, 2013. Please note that if you wish to join this committee, please sign up on the MWPHGL of MI web site http://www.miphagl.org in our members only area (you must register to access this area). After you have successfully registered and have been given access, please complete the form and select the area(s) you wish to volunteer. There will be a committee kick-off meeting in September. Fraternally, The Sesquicentennial Committee PGM Paul W. Robinson, Chairman [email protected] 616-723-5974 RW Grand Historian James Young, Co-Chairman [email protected] 313-402-0234

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News From Doric Lodge No. 22 The Brothers of Doric Lodge No. 22 supports the Sarah J. Webber Media Arts Academy in its efforts to re-image today’s educational system in providing additional choices for students with curriculums in radio broadcasting and video and film programs to increase student’s awareness and abilities to possess and demonstrate strong communications skills and creativity. Webber Media Arts is located in Highland Park, MI and is beginning its first school year September 3, 2013. The Academy uses the projectbased instructional approach which uses a research-based, high-yield instructional strategy integrated throughout the core curriculum consisting of:



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Common Core State Standards (K-12)



Act College Readiness Standards (K-12)



International Baccalaureate (K-12)-pending

A Good Goodbye… An Empowerment Workshop

The Academy’s standard-based integrated media arts curriculum and projected-based learning which is infused throughout their core curriculum and specialty courses, will guide students’ learning to become intimately familiar with the media arts industry from past to present. The students, for example, will run Internet based television and radio stations which will provide hands-on opportunities.

The Heroines of Templar Crusades Eureka Guild No.1 hosted it FIRST educational community service workshop entitled “A Good Good-bye” on April 30, 2013 at the Boys & Girls Club of Southeastern Michigan, Dick & Sandy Dauch Campus. This workshop was facilitated by Sir Knight James T. Penn Jr. of Penn Funeral Home. S.K. Penn Jr. provided the community with helpful information The Radio Broadcast students will apply, evaluate, anain making sense of final arrangements and funeral cost. lyze, and create radio and broadcast journalism skills, which include news and commentary writing, PSA produc- Each attendee received a complimentary personal planning guide. This workshop was attended by 27 family, tion, podcasting, commercials, on-air interviewing, board friends and members of our PHAmily. On behalf of the operation, and music programming. Princess Captain Jacqueline Butts, Royal Advisor Willie The Television, Video & Film Production students will Butts and the members of Eureka Guild No. 1 we would acquire advance hands-on full production skills and the like to express our gratitude to those individuals who will also experience music video production, sound design, came out and participated. streaming video, and round out their technical experience Submitted By: with intensive media literacy. For more information go to www.WebberMMA.com. Members of Eureka Guild #1

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Words from WM. Kenyon McElway If we had a chance to listen to each other’s thoughts, what would we hear? Would it be?

Even though there are those that offer help, relief, and guidance on the road to help refresh my body and mind. They remind me that I must take time to pray for strength to revive my spirit. That’s the best encouragement of them all. No matter where I’ve traveled all my travels have at least two things in common, the journey and the destination.

It makes all the traveling tolerable. It’s not about winning, it’s how you travel and I’ve got to pick the kids up and take them that you reach the destination. You’ve here and there, meet with the teacher or faced the test and embraced the journey year after year, miles over miles. A surge even make the donuts. Some might be thinking I have to make doctor’s appoint- of joy fills the heart as you see the acment, attend Lodge or Chapter meeting complishments of your dedication. Your this evening, spend time with the wife or strength drives you to breathe and join in the call as MEN and a MASON, SIShusband and then get ready to do it all TERS and a STAR. In order to finish and over again…… seal the arrangement in this life, you enI think it would be a fact to say; we travel, dure all you can for one specific reason, that’s just what we do. I think I would to finish God’s plan. hear many say that I’ve done this countless times, often in my mind and hundreds of times I’ve practiced being the best I could be. The course has taken me cross-country and though traveling changes my zeal, my intentions and reasoning stays the course. I’ve stumbled a many steps, but I got right up. Every change in road brought new challenges, each offering a different combination of obstacles and circumstances. 1

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TEAM PHAmily at the 2013 Relay for Life

By: RWDDGM DeAngelo E. Hayes RWDDGM DeAngelo Hayes presenting 2013 District Lodge of the Year Award to Waterford Lodge No.31) In an effort to further motivate the Lodges and increase membership participation within District No. 2, WDDGL Brian Johnson and I implemented a District Awards & Recognition Program to recognize the contributions from members throughout the District. Each April during Annual Grand Lodge Scholarship & Awards Banquet, citations are presented which recognizes the Outstanding Lodge of the Year, Worshipful Master of the Year, District Deputy Grand Master of the Year, and Master Mason of the Year for the Michigan Jurisdiction. While the recipients for these awards are undoubtedly most deserving for their accolades, there are still many Lodges and Members within the Jurisdiction whose good works and contributions to the Order often go unrecognized. Our selection criteria for the District Awards & Recognition Program were based on the following areas: Grand Lodge Program Participation, District Participation, Lodge Participation, Community Involvement, and Ritualistic & Administrative Proficiency. After carefully evaluating each of the following areas within the District No.2 Lodges over the course of the past year the following citations were awarded: District Lodge of the Year: Waterford Lodge No.31, District Worshipful Master of the Year: WM Ken Carter (Waterford Lodge No.31), District Past Master of the Year: PM Dorian Smith (Abiff Lodge No.21), District Lodge Warden of the Year: SW Benjamin Washington (Capstone Lodge No.30), and District Master Mason of the Year: PM Marvin Newson Jr. (Waterford Lodge No.31).

Submitted by PM Karl E. D’Abreu Sr. The Relay for Life is a family-oriented event, where individuals can walk or participate symbolically for a period of 24 hours. The participants fellowship around the track, and when they are not relaying they are able to take part in other fun activities. Survivors, their families, caregivers, friends, and the community take part in this exciting event. The teams consist of individuals representing corporations, clubs, organizations, families, caregivers, friends, and survivors. It is a group of people "Fighting Back" against cancer, while raising money to one day find a cure!

Please join me in congratulating all of the 2013 District No.2 Award Recipients. As we all know Freemasonry is indeed a volunteer organization, therefore it is imperative that we continue to show our gratitude and recognize the many contributions made by our Members. I would strongly encourage each Lodge and District to implement its own Awards & Recognition Program. Whether it’s a simple thank you or appreciation certificate, a token gratitude will go a long way towards positive morale and membership retention. In Brotherly Love, PM DeAngelo E. Hayes RWDDGM District No.2 Corinthian Lodge No.38

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MWPHGL Free and Accepted Masons of Michigan Financial Series – Part I

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Your Lodge By-Laws, Article XIX- Financial Management, Section 4 states: Section 4. Upon the completion of the Master Mason’s Degree, the Candidate shall receive a Michigan Masonic Code, a Monitor and Ritual which has been adopted by the Grand Lodge as its standard work, and a copy of the Lodge By-Laws (See Par. 42, Sec. 1 of constitution)

Understanding the Cost of Making a Master Mason By: Past Master Dorian M. Smith (21) – [email protected] (email) Worshipful Deputy Grand Lecturer and Grand Lodge Budget & Finance Committee Chairman

Presumably, the cost for the Michigan Masonic Code, Monitor and Ritual have been factored into each CandiAs we all know, many of the decisions we make in our dai- date’s initiation fees. Let’s examine the cost of each: ly lives have profound financial ramifications. For many Michigan Masonic Code $ 40 years, I have studied why individual or organizational decisions have led to negative financial consequences for Monitor $ 35 themselves or others. Three prevalent causes are due to political/personal gain, lack of knowledge and underutiliRitual $ 35 zation of data. Total $110 I have decided to provide this Financial Series in an effort to provide assistance to our membership in making informed decisions regarding our financial management. It Additionally, the Grand Lodge Charges fees for each canis my hope that this series provides sound discussion and didate’s progression through the degrees: ideas that every member can benefit from. Building finan1st Degree – Works & Returns $ 2 cially healthy Lodges will provide a solid foundation from which the entire Jurisdiction of Michigan can grow. 2nd Degree – Works & Returns $ 2 3rd Degree – Works & Returns The first principle that I would like to discuss is understanding our cost structure. Without knowledge of our cost of doing business, how could we ever truly expect stellar financial results? Making financially impactful decisions HOPING the results are positive is a drastically flawed strategy.

(Looking around for a symbolic show of hands), how many of you know what it costs your Lodge to make a Master Mason? If not, how do you know that your petition and initiation fees are appropriate?

$ 2

3rd Degree – Charity Fund

$10

Total

$16

Overall, the total baseline cost to make a Master Mason is $126 ($110 + $16). Some Lodge By-Laws may also require the purchase of such items as a white leather apron, white gloves, Masonic pins, etc. These items will also need to be factored into your cost analysis, if applicable. As you can see, the cost of making a Master Mason can become quite expensive. Are

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have experienced in recent memory. As a result, it may be prudent practice to figure your Lodge’s total carrying cost into your petition and initiation fees.

Have you done the math? Does your petition and initiation fees meet or exceed these cumulative costs? If they do not, then your Lodge will find itself in a losing financial proposition every time it makes a Master Mason. If your Lodge makes multiple Master Masons within a class, the financial loss multiplies proportionately to the number of candidates in the class. The financial loss can get quite large quickly.

Another consideration of cost may be related to the total carrying cost of a brother who ultimately gets suspended for non-payment of dues. Carrying cost refers to the amount per month that the Lodge is responsible for paying to the Grand Lodge and affiliated entities (i.e. Per Capita Tax, Building Fund and Charity Fund) for essentially each member on its roll. The carrying cost for Lodges that meet at 3500 McDougall is $14.25 per member/month while it is $7.00 per member/month for those that do not meet at 3500 McDougall. If you take your Lodge’s applicable figure and multiply it by the number of months your Lodge By-Laws allows a brother to be delinquent in paying his dues at the time of suspension, then this becomes your total carrying cost.

We cannot sustain our business model of making Master Masons unprofitably. Do not hesitate to consider a change to your By-Laws, if needed, to account for your Lodge’s cost of making a Master Mason and properly preserving the operations of your Lodge. Good luck and I hope to rejoice in your financial prosperity!

For example, my lodge, Abiff Lodge #21, meets at 3500 McDougall and suspends a brother after four months of being delinquent in dues payments. Therefore, our total carrying cost is: $14.25 per member /Month x 4 Months = $57 per member

It may be prudent business thought to assume that every new member added to your rolls will find himself suspended at least once during his Masonic career if you consider the low retention rate of new membership that our Lodges

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MWPHGL of Michigan joined the Freedom March at 9 am sharp down Woodward from MLK Blvd. to Hart Plaza for a rally. The RWDGM Tyrone Hampton spoke to the Brothers saying, “it’s not just what we do in the Lodge, but what you do in a mixed setting challenging us to go back into our communities and be masons at all times.” The 2013 Freedom March Sponsored by the NAACP and the United Auto Workers (UAW) honored the 50th Anniversary of Freedom March Down Woodward the 1963 march. Several organizations, institutions, fraternities’ and individuals, including NAACP National President Ben The Most Worshipful Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Michigan F&AM gathered at the Jealous, local NAACP President Wendell Anthony, the Reverend Jesse Jackson Historical 1st Congregational Church in Detroit on Woodward Avenue to support and the Reverend Al Sharpton are among those who attended the march and celebrate the Anniversary of the 1963 march where the Rev. MLK Jr. gave down Woodward Avenue in Detroit. Other the famous “I Have a Dream” speech, in guests included comedian Dick Gregory; C.T. Vivian, a civil rights veteran, and the preparation for the Jobs and Justice March in Washington, DC August 1963. Reverend Jesse Douglas King. About 40 brothers of the Most Worshipful Prince Hall Grand Lodge were welcomed by the community at Large as they assembled to join the Freedom March down Woodward Avenue. Brothers were dressed in masonic regalia and the parade formation was led by our very own Right Worshipful Deputy Grand Master Tyrone Hampton. The Brothers of the 1

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The reverend hit home when he ended saying, “It’s about coming together … developing strategies and some solutions to many of the ills that plague our communities, and they grow out of the concerns that Dr. King had when he walked among us on these same kinds of issues.” Brothers and sisters the month of June 2013 proved to be very busy for the Most Worshipful Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Michigan; the month was centered on the raising and passing of Brothers and Sisters, continued education, planning of Lodges and Chapters, Masonic Holidays, The Detroit NAACP President Reverend fundraisers, community projects and PaWendell Anthony spoke at the event say- rades. We thank the good and faithful ing, “What we so desperately need is the servants we have in the society of the passion for the cause.” He continued to MWPHGL of Michigan. express the necessity to keep fighting. Continuing his speech, Wendell Anthony Article by WM Kenyon McElway stressed that, “we’ve not gone so far that we can’t go back and turn some things around.” He continued to say that, “we can fix some things that have gone on in our city, state, and our nation and that it’s not about an EM (emergency financial manager), voter suppression, health care, worker’s rights, and human rights. It’s about all that.”

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OCIE DRAKE, JR., D.D.S., P.C. 18161 W. 13 MILE RD. SUITE D-1 SOUTHFIELD, MI 48076

To My PHAmily,

All Brothers and Sisters born in the month of July, I would like to share my birthday with you by giving you a gift of a free Dental Screening Exam, at your convenience, throughout the month of July. I feel it is important for us to start Our New Year in good oral health, which will lead to good overall physical health and more birthdays.

Our Office Schedule is as follows: Monday 9:00 am - 1:00 pm Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm Friday 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Office Phone: (248) 646-6966 Office Fax: (248) 646-4558 Happy Birthday Bro. Dr. Ocie Drake, Jr. Mt. Pavan Lodge # 2

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TEAM PHAmily is a group that encompasses members from Lodges and Chapters throughout the Jurisdiction of Michigan. This team assists with fundraising activities that support the American Cancer Society. This year members of Team PHAmily helped to organize fundraising activities, and inform the community about the effects of cancer while participating in the 24 hour event which was held on June 15-16, 2013 at Marygrove College in Detroit, MI. This team event allowed all members of the Lodges and Chapters to unite together for a great cause. This year, SiStars Sanchez Stevens and Jackie Butts were instrumental in TEAM PHAmily’s success. A host of activities such as a Flat screen TV Raffle, Food Sales, and a 50/50 Raffle helped to raise $2.198.35; the most raised to date by the Prince Hall Family. We look forward to greater participation next year as Prince Hall Masons and Eastern Stars do great things in the community. By Jackie Butts 1

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District #2 on The Move

DeAngelo Hayes instructs MWPHGL District #2 on procedures of the lodge. He encourages those who seek to be Worshipful Master, Treasurer, or Secretary to learn about works and returns, charity and constitutional guide lines.

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