Queen Esther No.1
Tamalyn D. Smith, PM
Nathaniel W. Lawrence,Sr., PGWP
Queen Esther Chapter No. 1
Meeting: 3rd Thursday
Associate Matron Bonita L. Bell, PAGL
Conductress Mary H. Beckett
Associate Patron Leonard L. Young, PGWP
Associate Conductress Deidre Trass
Queen Esther Chapter No. 1
Order of Eastern Star, Prince Hall Affiliation
Queen Esther Chapter No. 1, OES, PHA, the first Chapter for Negro women, was founded by Sister Georgiana Henson Thomas, and was organized in her home by Brother Thornton A. Jackson on December 1, 1874. Brother Jackson was a member of Pythagoras Lodge No. 9, F&AM. He received the degree of Adoptive Rite of the Eastern Star on August 10, 1874 from Brother C.B. Chase, a deputy of Robert McCoy 33rd, the Supreme Patron of the Rite of Adoption. From its inception and until the organization of the Georgiana Thomas Grand Chapter in 1892, Queen Esther Chapter was under the complete directives of Pythagoras Lodge No. 9, F&AM.
Queen Esther Chapter No. 1 is the second Eastern Star Chapter to be organized in the entire United States of America, the first being Alpha Chapter for White Women. Sister Martha Welch served as Queen Esther’s first Worthy Matron and Brother Thornton A. Jackson as Worthy Patron.
In the year 1875, Queen Esther was presented its first badges – known as Rosettes – by its first Worthy Patron Thornton A. Jackson, F&AM. Worthy Patron Jackson wished the Chapter success and prosperity in their work and admonished the members of this great Chapter to wear the Rosettes with honor and dignity being ever mindful of the characters of the five heroines of our Order – Adah, Ruth, Esther, Martha and Electa.
Many distinguished sisters and brothers of Queen Esther have made great strides in this jurisdiction. The very first being Sister Georgiana Henson Thomas, after whom the Georgiana Thomas Grand Chapter was named; Sister Marie I. Smith from whom the Marie I. Smith Cyrene Crusaders took their name; the Phyllis S. Byrd Youth Fraternity named after PGWM Phyllis S. Byrd who after much dedication and hard work earned the title of Past International Grand Worthy Matron and Edward E. Marshall, Jr. Assembly No. 18 – Order of the Golden Circle – PHA, named in honor of our 2nd Most Worshipful Grand Master, MWPGM Edward E. Marshall, Jr. We also love to boast that as the mother chapter, we can claim four (4) Most Worshipful Grand Masters, Thomas Johnson, Edward E. Marshall, Jr., Roland D. Williams and Emory M. Levant. Fourteen (14) Grand Worthy Matrons, Georgiana Henson Thompson, Nellie E. Morgan, Georgiana Cleaves, Mary A. Parker, Emma P. Williams, Minnie Smoot, Phyllis S. Byrd, Louise Becks, Martha S. Bailey, Marion Clifford, Rosa E. Murray, Clarisse V. Strong, Jane Robinson-Levant, who served as the Centennial Grand Worthy Matron in 1992 and Dianne Marshall Streat. Twelve (12) Grand Worthy Patrons, Thornton A. Jackson, James O. Bampfield, Henry Coleman, Elais G. Evans, Royal W. Bailey, Harry Thompson, James F. Lee, Grant L. Strong, George W. Romeo, Phillip E. Blakey, Nathaniel W. Lawrence, Sr. and Leonard L. Young. Seven (7) Grand Lecturers, Rosetta Dutch, Eloise A. Thomas, Bessie E. Lee, Lillian McNeil, Loretta S. Mason, Dianne M. Streat and Patricia L. Young. Six (6) Assistant Grand Lecturers, Willa Jefferson, Rosetta B. Jones, Mary A. Romeo, Mary E. Blakey, Lula M. Campbell and Bonita L. Bell. One (1) Grand Financial Secretary, Verdell G. Gainor, (Grand Financial Secretary Emeritus). One (1) Grand Treasurer, Lettie R. Gaskins (Grand Treasurer Emeritus). One hundred twenty five (125) Worthy Matrons, twenty nine (29) Worthy Patrons, and three (3) Worthy Matrons by demit.
As we continue the legacy of our great chapter in the year of 2013, serving as our leaders are Worthy Matron Bernada A. Bassett and Worthy Patron Roland S. Venable.
We are proud of our elected and appointed Grand Chapter officers serving for the year 2013, Grand Conductress Patricia L. Young, OES Grand Lecturer Carolyn Hunter, Grand Chaplain Blanche Adams and Christian Flag Bearer Geraldine T. Bacon.
Queen Esther Chapter No. 1 is very proud to have as Brother Lodges, Pythagoras Lodge No. 9, F&AM, Social Lodge No. 1, F&AM and Fellowship Lodge No. 26, F&AM.
As members, we will continue to be mindful of the characters of the five heroines of our Order and live our lives before men that they might see our good works and glorify our Father in Heaven.