Stella L.V. Henderson
Kenneth N. Pough, PP
Redemption Chapter No. 14
Meeting: 1st Wednesday
Main Activity: Mardi Gras Brunch
Date: February 24, 2018
Time: 10 am to 2 pm
Location: The Mercy Grace Center, 337 Brightseat Rd., Unit 201, Hyattsville, MD 20785
Associate Matron Karen J.H. Robinson, PM
Conductress Donza R. Brown
Associate Patron Carlton D. Richmond, PP
Associate Conductress Renata Clinton, PM
Redemption Chapter No. 14
Order of the Eastern Star, Prince Hall Affiliation
Redemption Chapter #14, O.E.S., P.H.A. was organized on February 5, 1928, under the great leadership of our late founder and organizer, Royal Matron Margaret Key Kelson. The first meeting took place at her residence, 739 Irving Street, N.W., Wash., D.C., where R.M. Kelson gave the Chapter its name and selected its first officers. Thirty-three candidates were investigated and found eligible to become Eastern Stars. The initiation of our first candidates was held on June 5, 1928 at the Lincoln Colonade. Our first ‘Grand Visitation’ was held on November 7, 1928. We were voted to receive our Charter and By-Laws at the Grand Session held in December 1928. On February 5, 1929, we were dedicated and constituted officially as ‘Redemption Chapter #14, O.E.S. Our twin Chapter – Thrift Chapter #12 was also dedicated along with us. Margaret Key Kelson served as the Royal Matron of Redemption Chapter at this time. Her husband, William H. Kelson, served in the East with her as Royal Patron.
We are proud to acknowledge 85 Past Matrons that have graced the East of Redemption Chapter. Several of those have served multiple years. Redemption Chapter acknowledges 3 Past Matrons that demitted to our chapter: PM Maggie H. Harris 1998 (Martha #11); PM LaJuan O.G. Hunter 2001 (Electa #6), and PM Laura White 2012 (Thrift #12).
We are also proud to acknowledge 35 Past Patrons to grace the East (several of those have served multiple years); 5 Past Grand Worthy Matrons: *PGWM Carrie M. Hackley 1952; *PGWM Beatrice E. Perry 1963; *PGWM Elizabeth C. Johnson 1987; PGWM Cheryl G. Williams-Levant 1998, and PGWM Patricia A. Mabry 2003-2004; 4 Past Grand Worthy Patrons: *PGWP James W. Tyler 1952; *PGWP Roy Logan 1963, PGWP James C. Borden 2001-2002, and PGWP Quincy G. Gant, 2011-2012; 2 Past Grand Masters: *MWPGM George A. Farrar 1950 and 77th Grand Master, John Ellington, Jr., 2001-2002; 2 Past Grand Trustees: Helen V. Allen, PM, 1973- ; Patricia Mabry, PGWM, 2011-2012; 1 Grand Trustee: Patricia Morina, PM, 2012-present; 5 Past Grand Lecturers: *PGL Beatrice Perry 1952; *PGL Alice Rice 1963, PGL Thelma Williams 1987, PGL Carolyn L. Borden 1998, and *PGL Joann E. Kent 2003-2004; 2 Past Asst. Gr. Lecturers: PAGL Agnes D. Harris 2001 and PAGL Gwendolyn C. Marcus 2012; and 3 OESGL: PM Zelma Solomon 2003-2004; PP Howard Hughes 2003-2004; and PM Sharon F. Mason 2011-2012.
Many of our ‘Past Officers’ have served continuously as chairpersons/co-chairpersons, and committee members of the GTGC with devotion, awareness and pride, each working to achieve and maintain the goals of the Order of the Eastern Star. Through the years, Redemption Chapter (individually or collectively) have received various awards from the GTGC for Outstanding Worthy Matron of the Year, Outstanding Ritualistic Performances, Chapter of the Year, Most Improved, and Dedicated Services, etc.
*We pay tribute to those faithful members who have gone on before us. They diligently gave of their time, talents, expertise, and treasures to the Order of the Eastern Star.
We proudly recognize Redemption Lodge #24 as our brother lodge, with Michael R. Brown, Worshipful Master, presiding. As this is our 89th year, we are proud to have W.M. Stella L.V. Henderson and WP Kenneth N. Pough, presiding in the East. Because we are a part of the rich heritage of Redemption Chapter #14, we must forever cherish it as we journey down the pathway of a New Year. We will rededicate ourselves to the task of reflecting the beauty of our Order in our daily living.