HISTORY OF THE GIRLS ASSEMBLY, STATE OF OHIO
Girls Assembly, a
youth organization sponsored by Amaranth Grand Chapter, Order of the Eastern
Star, Prince Hall Affiliated can bear no better title than “the Glory of
Womanhood”. Girls Assembly, so
dear to the hearts of the members, was organized in 1952 under the dynamic
leadership of Mrs. Hattie B. Alexander, then the Grand Worthy Matron.
In line with other
organizations dedicated to the development of character in youth, the urgency
of sponsoring such a group was felt, thus the machinery was set into operation
for its organization. Because of
her ability and familiarity in working with youth groups, the services of Mrs.
Florence Brown Wesley of No. 87, Kenton, was requested to assist with the
formulation of plans and to coordinate the total program.
As Co-Chairman, Mrs. Dorothy Brown, of No. 85 and Mrs. Louise Terrell
of Xenia, No. 2 were appointed and at the Grand Convocation in 1951, this
committee was commissioned to begin a Grand Body at the 1952 Convocation.
From its early
inception, Girls Assembly attracted those Girls who were determined to
maintain high standards and to live up to their motto, “SEEKING HIGHER GOALS”.
The reason for this may be attributed to the fact that membership was
restricted to daughters of Masonic families and their close friends.
Ages ranged from 12 to 18 years, however, the greatest concentration
was between 15 and 17 years. Currently,
membership is open without Masonic affiliation.
In 1991, under the
administration of Mrs. Natalie Hunt, Grand Worthy Matron, the age for
membership was changed to 10 through 18, with the focus directed at a younger
age in today’s changing times to better prepare the young ladies for finer
Girls Assembly continues to be a fine organization, celebrating 52 years of existence.