Resolution J109-2013

Commending The National Eastern Jurisdiction of the International Free and Accepted Modern Masons, Inc. and Order of the Eastern Star upon the occasion of hosting their Annual Convention on February 2, 2013

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  • Jan 15, 2013: ADOPTED
  • Jan 15, 2013: REPORTED TO CALENDAR FOR CONSIDERATION
  • Jan 10, 2013: REFERRED TO FINANCE

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LEGISLATIVE  RESOLUTION  commending The National Eastern Jurisdiction of
the International Free and Accepted Modern Masons, Inc. and Order of the
Eastern Star upon the occasion of hosting  their  Annual  Convention  on
February 2, 2013

WHEREAS,  It  is  the  sense  of this Legislative Body to pay tribute to
those  renowned  fraternal  organizations  that  devote  their   energy,
resources  and thoughtful care to improving the quality and character of
life in their communities; and
  WHEREAS, Attendant to such concern, and in full accord with its  long-
standing  traditions,  this  Legislative Body is justly proud to commend
The National Eastern Jurisdiction of the International Free and Accepted
Modern Masons and Order of the Eastern Star upon the occasion of hosting
their Annual Convention on Saturday, February 2,  2013,  at  the  Albany
Hotel in Albany, New York; and
  WHEREAS,  The Free and Accepted Masons are the oldest fraternal organ-
ization in the world dating back some 3,000 years; in its  distinguished
history  it has continuously been a great influence throughout countless
communities by providing leadership, a principled  way  of  life  deeply
rooted in a system of values, social benevolence, emphasis on individual
excellence and serving as a stabilizing force in the community; and
  WHEREAS,  The  International Free and Accepted Modern Masons, Inc. and
Order of the Eastern Star is a worldwide fraternity that  was  organized
in 1950, by the late Dr. William V. Banks, a very prominent Attorney and
a Mason with very high ideals; and
  WHEREAS,  This  illustrious  Jurisdiction also received its charter in
1950, and Dr. Banks' dream became a reality with the birth of  this  new
Masonic Organization; and
  WHEREAS,  In 1955, the Mary Magdalene Grand Chapter was established in
the city of Rochester, New York, by Sister Ruby Allen; and
  WHEREAS, In June 1973, Sister Effie Grant of New York City was elected
Grand Matron; under her leadership, the Associate Matron's Council,  the
Order  of  the  Eastern Star Executive Board and Eastern Star Day in New
York, were established; and
  WHEREAS, Since its establishment, the  purpose  of  the  International
Free  and Accepted Modern Masons, Inc. and Order of the Eastern Star has
been to provide moral, financial, benevolent, and charitable  leadership
to serve throughout the ages; and
  WHEREAS, 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; and
  WHEREAS,  Today,  International  Free and Accepted Modern Masons, Inc.
and Order of the Eastern Star include New York, Massachusetts, Connecti-
cut, Delaware, and New Jersey; and
  WHEREAS, International Free and Accepted Modern Masons, Inc. and Order
of the Eastern Star extends from coast to coast; from the Great Lakes to
the Gulf of Mexico, on the Bahamas Islands and Alaska; and
  WHEREAS, There are more than 3,500 lodges and chapters with a  member-
ship  of  400,000  families  represented;  furthermore, its youth courts
consist of over 2,000 members; and
  WHEREAS, Youth Chapters were added with authority  vested  similar  to
that  in the adult constitution; the purpose -- to provide an apprentice
workshop for the young children and adolescents in the  charitable  work
of  the Masonic Body; to inculcate certain moral principles, as exempli-

fied by the Holy  Bible  and  other  moral  sciences,  which  is  highly
regarded by the Masonic Order; and
  WHEREAS, The cardinal principles of this organization are to appeal to
its  membership in such a manner as to: promote better understanding and
coordination; to improve such fields of thought  which  tend  to  ensure
sound judgment; to install in the minds of youth the necessity of intel-
lectual  progress;  to  regard  all  that tends to develop character and
wholesome personality traits; and  to  establish  only  such  assets  or
liabilities which are within the financial range of the membership; and
  WHEREAS,  Other  institutions  of  Freemasonry across the nation swell
with pride at the great progress International Free and Accepted  Modern
Masons,  Inc. and Order of the Eastern Star has achieved in the 20th and
21st centuries; and
  WHEREAS, International Free and Accepted Modem Masons, Inc. and  Order
of  the  Eastern Star's 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  them in the position to render unbridled
service far beyond that of any other Order at that time; and
  WHEREAS, 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  and  Accepted  Modern  Masons,  Inc. and Order of the Eastern Star
render services not duplicated by any other Organization; and
  WHEREAS, Organizations of singular distinction such  as  the  Interna-
tional  Free  and  Accepted Modern Masons, Inc. and Order of the Eastern
Star, provide a model for enhancing the quality of life in the community
and, as such, merit the grateful praise of the community of the State of
New York; now, therefore, be it
  RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause  in  its  deliberations  to
commend  The National Eastern Jurisdiction of the International Free and
Accepted Modern Masons, Inc. and Order of  the  Eastern  Star  upon  the
occasion  of hosting their Annual Convention on February 2, 2013; and be
it further
  RESOLVED, That copies of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted  to  National  Eastern  Jurisdiction  Grand  Master,  Emory   D.
Faucette;  National  Eastern  Jurisdiction  Grand Matron, Sister Carolyn
Sistrunck; and Supreme President, James O. Dogan of The National Eastern
Jurisdiction of the International Free and Accepted Modern Masons,  Inc.
and Order of the Eastern Star.

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