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The record of the past is relevant only as we possess such maturity to educate ourselves with the acknowledgement that it teaches us from both the bitter and the sweet. It is a record of accomplishments, dreams, and deeds which bear the mark of Divine Providence.  We must become enlightened through it, as the true story can only be seen by an open heart. 

Dorothy Riley

This Chapter is named in honor of Princess Dorothy Riley.  She is a source of wisdom and guideance.  We look to her as an exceptional example of a "Shining Star."  We pray that our efforts as Eastern Stars within this Chapter will reflect her unending devotion to this Great organization. 

International F. & A. M. Masons & OES History

International F & A.M. Masons and Order of the Eastern Star, is a world-wide fraternity. Organized in 1950 by the late Dr. William V. Banks; a very prominent Attorney and a Mason with very high ideals. His dream became a reality at the birth of this new Masonic Organization.

 

This fraternal organization was incorporated and chartered in August of 1950 in Detroit, Michigan. This Charter empowered International Masons to practice Freemasonry, and operate as a Masonic Order, throughout the United States, its possessions and territories. This American issued charter empowers, International Masons to the same rights as those charters issued directly from the Grand Lodge of England or the Grand Orient of France. Dr. Banks and his host of friends established a National Jurisdiction. Through their diligent efforts the same year, three States were incorporated: Ohio, New York and Illinois.

 

Youth Chapters were added with authority vested similar to that in the adult constitution. The purpose, to provide an apprentice work-shop for the young children and adolescents in the charitable work of the Masonic Body. To inculcate certain moral principles, as exemplified by the Holy Bible and other moral sciences, which is highly regarded by our Masonic Order.

 

International Masons, was founded upon those Christian principles that denied no person the right to fraternalism, regardless of race, color or creed. The cardinal principles of this organization are to appeal to its membership in such a manner as to:

1. Promote better understanding and coordination.

2. To improve such fields of thought which tend to ensure sound judgment.

3. To install in the minds of youth the necessity of intellectual progress.

4. To regard all that tends to develop character and wholesome personality traits.

5. To establish only such assets or liabilities which are within the financial range of the membership.

 

International Free & Accepted Modern Masons, Inc., and Order of Eastern Star, extends from coast to coast; from the Great Lakes to the Gulf of Mexico, on the Bahamas Islands and Alaska. There are approximately 350,000 members enrolled, with an additional count of youth courts.

 

Other institutions of Freemasonry across the nation, swell with pride at the great progress our Organization has achieved in this century. A large measurer of credits must be given to the well known reputation that Freemasonry enjoy throughout our nation and around the world.

 

Our purchase and employment of the first black owned Broadcasting Facilities of radio and television stations, along with the Universal Barber College, the international School of Cosmetology, also the Industrial College puts us in the position to render unbridled service far beyond that of any other Order. These medians of service, coupled with other modern services, such as monetary benefits and those of prestige, and enjoyment, brings Freemasonry to a new level and where no one can doubt that International Free & Accepted Modern Masons, Inc., and Order of Eastern Star, render services not duplicated by any other Organization.

 

Because of our beliefs in the Bible and Christian principles, we teach charity service to all mankind and we try to induce an ethical way of life which brings about those improvements necessary to the construction of good, clean respected citizenship. Under the administration of our present leader, Supreme President and Chief Executive Officer, Illustrious, George Mathews, who took office in 1986, International Free & Accepted Modern Masons, Inc., and Order of Eastern Star, has reached a higher plateau and has grown to be one of the largest Fraternal Orders in the world. Dr. Mathews, has implemented higher goals for the Officers and Members: Improved leadership, not only by teaching, but by demonstration. Extending a helping hand to the needs in our communities, by showing Christianity and Charitable deeds. Broadening our Scholarship Fund to enable the Youth to own business' or have the skills to work in top ranking positions and take part of in our government with strong voices, full of honesty. Having a helping hand in teaching people to have Respect, Dignity, and most of all Love for themselves and mankind.

 

Dr. Mathews has created ways and means of financially supporting other National Organizations, and private sectors with the same concepts as our own. "LOVE, CARE and SHARE".

Worthy Matron

I have been a member of the International Free & Accepted Modern Masons Inc, and Order of the Eastern Star since May 3, 2002.  I was initiated into Princess of Bathsheba Chapter #149, where I served as Worthy Matron.

April 2004 brought about the renaissance of Dorothy Riley Chapter #189.  I received the overwhelming honor of being named Worthy Matron.

Princess Dorothy Riley gave an edict "Don't let my name die, don't let
me down".  Her heartfelt request ignited a spark in the members of the
Chapter to commit ourselves to the development and growth of the
Chapter.

I would like to thank the members of Dorothy Riley Chapter #189 for
placing their trust in my ability of guide the Chapter.  It is my vision
to lead the Chapter with integrity, honesty, trust and fraternal love
for the brotherhood and sisterhood of the International Free & Accepted
Modern Masons Inc, Order of the Eastern Star.

Fraternally yours,
Sister Margo A. Maxwell, Worthy Matron

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Sister Margo Maxwell, Worthy Matron (above)
Bro. Richard M. Jones, Sr., Worthy Patron (below)

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Worthy Patron
 
Brother Richard M Jones, Sr. is a member in good standing of Mark No. 5 Detroit, MI, which is the Father Lodge of International F. & A. M. Masons & Order of the Eastern Star, Inc., and currently serves as their Financial and Recording Secretary.
 
Apart from his activities in his local lodge, Brother Jones is Treasurer for Districit No. 1 Council, a member of the financial of the District Grand Lodge, Grand Publist and Recording Secretary of the M.W. Ralph Bunche Grand Lodge, and Assistant Convention Coordinator for the Midwest National District.  He is also a member of John Kennedy No. 18 Royal Arch Masons, is chairperson of the Memorial Committee for the Turner S. Hartfield Grand Royal Arch Chapter, and has been featured as a lecturer.
 
Associate Matron
 

I began my journey as an Eastern Star on May 17, 2002.  I was initiated into Nannie Borrough #14 of Baldwin, Michigan at Ferris State University in Big Rapids, Michigan.  I served as Secretary for the chapter until June 2003, at which time I transferred to Princess of Bathsheba #149 of Detroit, Michigan.  I held the position of Associate Conductress until my transfer to Dorothy Riley #189 of Detroit, Michigan in April 2004. 

 

I am currently serving as the Associate Matron for the Chapter.  Being an Eastern Star has taught me many things that I carry along life’s twisted path as daily lessons and instructions.  The fraternal bond we share as sisters and brothers of International Free & Accepted Modern Masons, Inc & Order of the Eastern Star is beyond compare.  We assist each other in times of need as well as the community.  I look forward to the restructuring of this Chapter as well as the growth.  We are here to represent the beauty of this great organization and the “Stars” of Dorothy Riley #189 will do nothing less.

 

Sister Lynnetta R. Smith

Associate Matron  

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