In 1907, some members of the Jonathan Davis Consistory in Washington, DC, conceived the idea of forming a ladies auxiliary to their Consistory. They believed that the helpful and beneficial influence of women was felt in all branches of Freemasonry and there was no reason why the Scottish Rite should be an exception. The task of organizing the auxiliary was given to Grand Inspector General Andrew Laster of the Jonathan Davis Consistory.
Initially the growth of the auxiliary was disgustingly slow, especially when only two ladies and sometimes only one lady attended the meetings. In October 1907, the auxiliary received a new impetus: new members were added, the old members took on new zeal and optimism that started the auxiliary on its present course of success. Also, about that time, the new Sovereign Grand Commander, Robert L. Pendleton, 33rd Degree, who was then the Deputy for the District of Columbia, conceived the idea of conferring degrees upon the ladies of the auxiliaries. The objective was to bring the ladies into a closer relationship with the brethren of the Scottish Rite. The title, “Order of the Golden Circle, Auxiliary to Scottish Rite Freemasonry,” was selected.
A ritual was prepared and written by Illustrious Pendleton. The proposition was, of course, favorably accepted by the ladies and subsequently adopted by the Supreme Council for the Southern Jurisdiction with the understanding that all the ladies who, at that time were members of the auxiliary were to be eligible, but thereafter the membership would be limited to only those possessing a Scottish Rite relationship (the wife, widow, mother or sister of a Scottish Rite Mason who is now in good standing or was at his death is eligible for membership in the order).
On May 6, 1908, Illustrious Pendleton conferred the degrees, gave and explained the obligations, signs and motto's to the first officers of the Order of the Golden Circle, Auxiliary to the Scottish Rite of Freemasonry. The Ladies of Washington, DC, named their assembly, “The Richard Howard Gleaves Assembly No. 2, Order of the Golden Circle.” The number 1 was assigned to the “Queen Esther Assembly of Baltimore, MD, because the Scottish Rite Auxiliary of that city was the first to be organized in the jurisdiction. NOTE: The officers of every auxiliary Assembly of the Order of the Golden Circle are styled as follows: Loyal Lady Ruler, Loyal Lady Associate Ruler, Loyal Lady Priestess, Loyal Lady Guide, Loyal Lady Treasurer, Loyal Lady Secretary, Loyal Lady Herald, Loyal Lady Standard Bearer, Loyal Lady Inner Guard, and Loyal Lady Outer Guard. The first six officers shall be elected and the remainder appointed by the elected Loyal Lady Ruler.
After the officers had received their degrees, notices were sent to the remaining members of the former auxiliary and on Tuesday, May 12, 1908, the other ladies received the beautiful and impressive degrees in brief ceremonies that proved to be of benefit only to those who will heed their admonitions. These initial assemblies were plants of slow but steady growth. They were comprised of a number of ladies who seemed to be of one family circle. A code of By-Laws was adopted in June 1908, making the assemblies beneficial after a year’s membership and limiting the benefits to seek dues. They agreed to do charity work in hospitals and to relieve suffering humanity as best they could in a simple way, such as carrying fruits, flowers, magazines, etc., to the sick, who had no friends to provide for them, and to care for the elderly and those who were otherwise uncared for.
THE DOVE: The Dove, as defined by Collier’s Encyclopedia, “…is a name loosely applied to any of a large number of birds of the pigeon family. Although there is no technical distinction between pigeons and doves, the species known as doves are mostly small to medium-sized and characterized by soft, dull hues, such as browns, grays and the neutral one known as dove color. Doves usually have low cooing voices, and their apparently amiable dispositions have made them symbols of peace and affection.”
In the Order of the Golden Circle, the Dove within the golden circle signifies “the hope that peace shall reign always within our precincts.” The Dove has many references in the Bible that we can remember: Doves were sent out during the flood, from Noah’s Ark, based on the fact that the first Dove never returned and the second dove came back with its feet still wet and bedraggled, Noah was reluctant yet to leave the Ark. But the third Dove returned with an olive branch in its beak, signifying the peace and tranquility that prevailed over the earth. This third Dove was the divine messenger of peace and hovered over the retreating waters like a celestial harbinger of safety. Thus, an arch or distant horizon floating on the surface of the ocean attended by a Dove with an olive branch in its beak and encircled by a rainbow, form a striking and expressive symbol which needs no explanation. If freemasonry has allowed the Dove to occupy a high position among its hallowed symbols, the reasons for such an approbation (benediction) are fully competent to justify the proceedings.
The Dove was an agent at the creation, at the deluge, or flood, and at the baptism of our Lord Jesus the Christ. When the heavens opened and a brightness shone about, as our Lord Jesus came out of the water after being baptized by John the Baptist, the Dove alights on His shoulders and a voice from the Heavens declared, “This is my Beloved Son in Whom I am Well Pleased.”
|Amelia J. Lewis #253||Betty Gash||4th Sunday, 7PM||35 Booker Street Asheville, NC|
|GW Carver #172||Kim Peterson||2nd Saturday, 9AM||324 N. Holland Street Gastonia, NC|
|Zack Alexander #35||Maria Taylor-Perry||2nd Wednesday, 730PM||2101 Newland Road Charlotte, NC|
|Joseph P. Evans #280||Janie H. Jones||4th Saturday, 730PM||517 S. Center Street Statesville, NC|
|King Solomon #64||Vanessa Lylerly||2nd Saturday, 3:30PM||1025 East 14th Street Winston Salem, NC|
|Jon G Lewis #326||Ethel W. Wilson||2nd Tuesday, 7PM||512 Cotton Grove Road Lexington, NC|
|Unifour #361||Maraget Carson||4th Thursday, 7PM||300 Center Street Morganton, NC|
|University #218||Pearlie L. Lewis||4th Sunday, 4PM||2312 S. Alston Avenue Durham, NC|
|Greensboro #106||Sherrie Moore||4th Wednesday, 8PM||1101 East Market Street Greensboro, NC|
|Henderson #195||Aretha Renee Best||3rd Sunday, 4PM||1204 W. Andrew Avenue Henderson, NC|
|Reidsville #224||Beverly Winstead||4th Thursday, 7PM||610 Vance Street Reidsville, NC|
|Roanoke-Chowan #276||Marilyn Garner||3rd Saturday, 2PM||924 Main Street Rich Square, NC|
|HB Shaw #337||Verginald Drumright||1st Thursday, 730PM||302 Lawson Chapel Church Rd Roxboro, NC|
|Boyer #219||Julia Mitchell||1st Sunday, 3PM||513 S. Blount Street Raleigh, NC|
|James T. Diggs #308||Michele Parmley||4th Monday, 730PM||1022 Rosenwald St., Burlington, NC|
|Allen-Mingo #325||Jackie Smith||2nd Monday, 7PM||1212 Daisy Street Elizabethtown, NC|
|GW Allen #324||Brenda Thompson||1st Sunday, 6PM||309 Humber Street Sanford, NC|
|Cape Fear #263||James T. Fryar||3rd Sunday, 4PM||Libson Street Clinton, NC|
|Carpenters #164||Annie Hicks-Hager||1st Saturday, 1PM||20321 Old Lumberton Road Maxton, NC|
|Edward Evans #196||Vera Stukes||2nd Wednesday, 8PM||820 Cumberland St., Fayetteville, NC|
|JW Moore #57||Grace McArthur||1st Tuesday, 730PM||418 Lexington Street Rocky Mount, NC|
|CA Whitehead #188||Louise Hobbs||2nd Monday, 7PM||304 S. Slocumb Street Goldsboro, NC|
|Alexander #228||Tina Sheppard Jones||2nd Sunday, 5PM||313 E. Gordon Street Kinston, NC|
|Chowan Valley #268||Linda Peele||2nd Saturday, 10AM||101 S. Murphy Street Winton, NC|
|JW Hood #155||Mary Sharpe||4th Wednesday, 5PM||1200 Herrington Road Elizabeth City, NC|
|Lewis-Mingo #316||Essie Walker||4th Thursday, 7:30PM||3 Kerr Street Jacksonville, NC|
|W.W. Lawrence #30||Shirla Sewell-Fisher||3rd Saturday, 12PM||1036 Queen Street New Bern, NC|
|Roanoke #248||Audrey Blount||3rd Saturday, 2PM||304 ML King Drive Williamston, NC|
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