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Desert of Michigan and Canada Newsletter February 2022

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MESSAGE FROM THE DEPUTIES

The arrival of a new year is often filled with complicated emotions. You are excited for all there is to look

forward to in the coming year, yet you may still feel disappointed about things that did not come to fruition in

the previous year.

Also, considering many are still processing feelings from the ongoing pandemic, it may seem difficult for

some to move forward. While everything continues to change (or not change as much as you had hoped) as

the pandemic continues, we look forward to us coming together as a Desert and as a family. We are made

up of many personalities but somehow, we must stay focus on helping each other and our communities.

As you deal with the pressure to move forward and reach big accomplishments, find peace and comfort in

knowing that you survived a lot in the past year. Despite the unpredictability of it all, you still managed to get

through it in a way that made sense for you.

Now, it is time to say goodbye to 2021 and thank it for the lessons it brought, then welcome 2022 and all the

potential it holds.

This issue includes the Desert calendar for the year. It is hoped this information will assist you in

planning other events as well as planning your own journey throughout the domain.

Thank you for all you do, and we look forward to many of the activities planned this year.

HPIP Gerald B. Williams

Gerald B. Williams

Imperial Deputy of the Desert of Michigan and Canada

Rosalannd E. Daley

PC Rosalannd E. Daley

Imperial Deputy for the Desert of Michigan and Canada

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Greetings from the Office of the Imperial Inside Spy,

It continues to be an honor to serve as the Imperial Inside Spy for the Imperial Court and represent the Desert

of Michigan. As we press through these unprecedented times of this pandemic, be encouraged to stay on

the path of being your quintessential self-- for authentic self-discovery takes courage. As women of this

illustrious organization, always remember the tenets that we live by and our journey for a steadied, honest,

and upright life.

To date, I have started a nonprofit organization called Kindness Matters Most, whose mission is to improve

the quality of poor, distressed, or underprivileged men, women, and children by providing resources to build

a stronger urban community and enhance the lives of underserved individuals and families. One of our

upcoming service activities includes a Book Blast for school-aged students in recognition of literacy month.

Let us continue fighting the good fight against Covid-19 by being diligent in following the safety guidelines

outlined by our city and state and getting vaccinated. Let us not forget to pray for each other often and always

find a way to be of service to others. We have started to move towards normalcy and serving our community

again with these precautions. Please continue to check on our elders, and I look forward to seeing you in

person soon.

Yours in Service,

Dt. Arlana Miller-Brown

Dt. Arlana Miller-Brown (32)

Imperial Inside Spy

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Team Miller-Brown Youth Fitness Day

Team Miller-Brown hosted its first Youth Fitness Day to fight childhood obesity on August 7, 2021.

Participants engaged in multiple fitness circuits and received information on healthy food choices.

Once all fitness stations were completed the children were able to enjoy a video gaming bus and

horseback rides. T-shirts, gift bags and snacks were provided for all attendees. The City of Detroit

Mobile Vaccination Clinic was also on site to service the community.

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Masonic Angels

Masonic Angels is a treasured community event for the Prince Hall family and Team Miller-

Brown was there to support. Treat bags were donated to Masonic Angels to distribute to Metro

Detroit children for Halloween.

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Coats for Kids

During the 2021 holiday season Team Miller-Brown partnered

with PHA Coats 4 Kids and adopted a classroom at Joy

Preparatory Academy. Each student in the class was given a new

warm hat and coat to start the Michigan winter season.

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“A Merry Little Christmas”

Kindness Matters Most hosted its first Christmas party for children

at the Floyd B. Simmons Center in Inkster. Fifty-two children were

surprised with a gift bag for Christmas filled with toys and other

trinkets sure to please. Parents were also provided with a gift of

appreciation to brighten their holiday season.

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Trust in the Lord with all thine heart and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all

thy ways acknowledge him and he shall direct thy path. Proverb 3:5-6

Fraternally submitted,

Roderick D. Anderson

Most Worshipful Grand Master

Most Worshipful Prince Hall Grand Lodge

Free and Accepted Masons

Jurisdiction of Michigan

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CONGRATULATIONS TO MWGM RODERICK D. ANDERSON

PIP Edward B. Darnell received a special dispensation to bestow upon Noble

Roderick D. Anderson the Honorary Past Potentate Degree at a special meeting of

Marracci Temple #13 Past Potentate Council. We applaud his efforts and his

support of Shrinedom.

WE ALSO CONGRATULATE OUR IMPERIAL DEPUTY OF THE DESERT

OF MICHIGAN AND CANADA GERALD B. WILLIAMS

Noble Williams received the degree of Honorary Past Imperial Potentate

in honor for years of service and leadership to Shrinedom.

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PP James Franklin

Imperial Advisor of the Desert of Mchigan

The Michigan Prince Hall Shriner Foundation announces the election of Past Potentate

James B. Franklin III, as the newly elected president of the Foundation.

P.P. Franklin is active in various masonic organizations and

currently serves as Deputy Imperial Advisor, Desert of Michigan,

and Past Potentate (1994) and Recorder, Oman Temple #72,

AEAONMS; and Past Master (1993), John W, Stevenson #56,

Prince Hall Affiliation.

Franklin has over thirty-five years experiences in business

development, governmental service, and non-profit organizations

operations. He recently retired from the Flint and Genesee Economic

Alliance. In addition, his professional career has included positions

with University of Michigan-Flint, Genesee Bank (now Chase); State

Representative Floyd Clack, Michigan House of Representative (12

years); Honorable Mayor Woodrow Stanley, City of Flint, and 16 years

with the Michigan Minority Supplier Development Council.

Franklin strongly believes in providing leadership and community

service. He was elected and served 12 years on the Beecher Board of Education. He has

served as Chairman of the Metropolitan Housing Development Corporation, a 501 C-3 nonprofit

for over 25 years. In addition, his past leadership consist of Chief Negotiator and

Monitoring Chairman, Flint Community Coalition for Fair Banking Practices; Past District

Chairman, Executive Board Member and Urban Chairman, Tall Pine Council, Boy Scouts

of America.; Past President, Flint Pan-Hellenic Council; Past Chairman, GCCAA Advisory

Board; Past President, Rotary Club of Flint; Urban Officer, Michigan Community Action

Agency Association Board of Directors; Life member of the NAACP; and Past Polemarch

and Keeper of Exchequer, Flint Alumni Chapter, Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, and a member

of the Metropolitan Baptist Church.

Deputy Imperial Advisor PP Franklin is married to Jeanine Conner. They have two grown

children, James IV and Jenae.

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OMAN TEMPLE No. 72

A.E.A.O.N.M.S. – P.H.A.

3517 N. Saginaw St.

Flint, Michigan 48505

I am honored to be elected the 63rd Illustrious Potentate of Oman

Temple No.72. I am humbled by the faith the Temple Nobility has

placed in me. It is my promise to the Nobility, to fulfill my duties

to the best of my abilities. I will not let them down. All across the

Desert of Michigan and the Domain, politically, socially and

economically our Temples and the communities within which they

reside face some serious challenges. Together we will meet these

challenges and contribute toward turning them into opportunities

for growth and achievement. My primary goal for 2022 is to work

with the Oman Temple Nobility and the Oman Court, on one

accord, to the benefit of the Temple, the Court and the Community.

Further, it is also a goal to collaborate and support Temples and

Courts within the Desert of Michigan and around the Domain. Our

collective support of each other will be a facilitating factor in the

attainment of our goals. As we pursue these goals let us be guided

by the ideals of our order and stand upon the shoulders of those

who came before us. We will build upon their accomplishments to

achieve what we will, through working together collaboratively as Nobles of the Mystic Shrine.

Let us remember the words of the 44 th President of The United States Barack Obama, in a May 29,

2007, speech at University of Iowa, promoting health care alternatives.

“Never forget that we have it within our power to shape history in this country. It is not in our

character to sit idly by as victims of fate or circumstance, for we are a people of action and

innovation, forever pushing the boundaries of what’s possible.”

I’m excited about the possibilities of what we can accomplish, what we will accomplish, as Nobles

of the Mystic Shrine. We too have it within our power to contribute to each other and the

communities within which our Temples and Courts reside.

Illustrious Potentate Lawrence Wells

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Happy New Year Desert of Michigan & Canada,

To say that I am honored, excited and humbled to have

been elected as the 91 st Illustrious Commandress of

Marracci Court No. 32 would be an understatement.

I take GREAT pride in leading this Court with the

assistance of the Past Commandresses, Honorary Past

Commandresses, Imperial Officers, Divan Members

and Members. I will serve Marracci Court #32 “Desert

Diamonds” to the fullest, as well as collectively with

Marracci Temple #13.

COVID is very much amongst us, so in these tiring times, let us remember

the true meaning of our obligations. Most importantly, let us not forget

our charitable obligations. Just think, if we can help somebody as we pass

along, then our living will not be in vain.

Yours in the Faith,

Jeanette Woodard-Raine

Dt. Jeanette Woodard-Raine

91st Illustrious Commandress

Desert Auditor & Desert Marshall

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Abu Talib Court #194 ~ Oasis of Toronto, ON

A glimpse into our world. Our city was named by the Iroquois,

meaning Beautiful or Sparkling Water.

Abu Talib Court #194 has been associated with Michigan for a

very long time. On July 24, 1982, Abu Talib Court #194 was

created “Under Dispensation” in the Desert of New York and

Canada with 20 chartered members. Four of the chartered

members remain today. Under the guidance of Dt. Mildred

Storey, Court members from New York City, Albany, Buffalo,

New York and Daughters Lola Barber and Rose I Wright and

Imperial Commandress Dorothy Jenkins Scott of Marracci #32

were in attendance for the Creation.

We received our official Charter from Imperial Commandress, Dt. Idee Dodson

accompanied by Dt. Phyllis McKoy, Deputy Imperial Commandress on September 10,

1983. I was installed as the first Illustrious Commandress followed by Commandresses

who were committed to fulfill the objectives of Isisdom. In the past 39 years our members

continue to make personal contributions in time and support to our benevolent programs,

Tools for Schools and Health awareness through annual educational seminars to benefit

our community in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA).

In November 2004 under the leadership and support of Imperial Commandress, Dt.

Ernestine H. Buck, Abu Talib Court #194 became the first Court in the newly proclaimed

Desert of Ontario (Canada).

Our growth has been a reflection on the commitment and talents of our daughters to keep

our court engaged in volunteered local community service. PersonalIy, I continue to

volunteer in the Thanksgiving and Christmas Food Drive with the Dovercourt Boys and

Girls Club supporting families. Several daughters have served as appointed Imperial

Court Deputies and involved in the Imperial Court programs.

We are small in number and happy to be part of the Desert of Michigan & Ontario

(Canada). We are grateful to our members for their good work reflecting acts of kindness,

assisting and mentoring seniors and support to local community programs.

As we look to the future, we will support each other and navigate in a New Year in a New

Desert.

Joan I Downes

Dt. Joan I Downes, HPIC

Illustrious Commandress

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Dt. Patricia Poole-Crawley

Imperial Deputy for Oasis of Toronto, Desert of Michigan and Canada

Abu Talib Court #194~Oasis of Toronto, ON

TOOLS for SCHOOLS

Abu Talib Court No. 194 continues its established

Gloria Brown-Ramsey, Tools for Schools program.

The Court has supported four specific public elementary schools

situated in economically challenged neighbourhoods in the City of

Toronto. It cannot be emphasized enough that all school supplies

have been generated through the selfless generosity and

commitment of our Daughters.

Stilecroft P.S.

12/16/2021

HPIC Poole-Crawley

In December 2021, mittens, gloves, toques, hats, scarves and a

variety of school supplies were donated by Daughters to Stilecroft

P.S. These items and a cash gift card from the Court were presented to the principal, Ms. Karen

Barnes by HPIC Patricia Poole-Crawley, Deputy for the Oasis. Covid-19 precautions prevented more

Daughters from mingling with children as in the past.

The Court’s Tools for Schools program was established in 2007 and every year since, under

successive Illustrious Commandresses, Abu Talib Court furnished schools with pencils, crayons,

workbooks, backpacks, insulated lunch bags, pens, rulers, construction paper, and erasers. Ryerson,

Woburn, Waterfront and Stilecroft public schools have received contributions. Close relationships

were developed with the students and their teachers. We look forward to making our annual visits

and have begun gathering donated items for the fall 2022 school year.

Waterfront P.S.

PC Dorothy Crowley, PC Andrea Crowley,

Deputy for the Desert Poole-Crawley HPIC

with Principal Barnes & her Assistant

2013

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HPIC Joan Downes,

PC Loretta Trotman

PC Patricia Poole-Crawley

& students of Woburn P.S.

in Toronto ON

November 10, 2014.

PC Dorothy Crowley

PC Andrea Crowley

& students

Waterfront P.S.

in Toronto ON

October 29, 2014

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Principal Karen Barnes, PC

Andrea Crowley, IC Linda Harper,

PC Poole-Crawley @

Waterfront P.S. 2017

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PC Poole-Crawley, PC Downes

@ Woburn P.S. 2015

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IC Harper, PC Dorothy Crowley, PC

Andrea Crowley, students with Principal

Karen Barnes @ Waterfront P.S. 2016.

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Last year we had two exciting events. The Marracci Court #32 Commandress Ball honoring PC Samilka

Miller and the Noble Desert Ball honoring the Illustrious Potentates of Michigan and Canada. The

souvenir journals from these events are wonderful!! You may view both of them by going to

www.desertmipha.org.

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Al-Ashraf Temple N0. 167

A Year of Service

Al-Ashraf Temple No. 167 was chartered August 21, 1947 in Jackson, Michigan and our community service

activities for 2021 were centered there. One of our new Nobles, Erick Heard has strong ties there and

brought several activities to the Temple in which we were privileged to participate. Despite the Covid-19

pandemic, the needs of the community remain the same.

The Temple partnered with Dungytreei Heritage Foundation and Oasis of Love Full Gospel Church to assist

in distributing food provided monthly by the South Michigan Food Bank to assist needy families. The

Dungytreei Foundation was formed to honor the memory Dr. Wilbur and Cleomae Dungy, who were

stalwarts of the Jackson community, and were the parents of four (4) children, including Tony Dungy, Hall

of Fame Football Coach. Our lovely Daughters from Al-Ashraf Court No. 106 assisted us.

Pictured: Noble Erick Heard, Deputy of the Desert Rosalind Daly, Illustrious Potentate Byron

Christopher Williams, Deputy of the Oasis Claudia Yates, Illustrious Commandress

Georgina Clark, PP Angela Jones, and Noble Stafford Watts

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Al-Ashraf partnered with Marracci Temple No. 13

to assist in a bike drive in Detroit.

This Temple continued its Annual Sock

Drive under the leadership of Deputy of

the Oasis Michael Lipscomb. This year,

more than 300 pairs of socks, a new

record, were distributed to John George

Home in Jackson Michigan.

Al-Ashraf ended the year by providing toys, clothing and

a Christmas meal for two families in Ypsilanti.

Al-Ashraf Temple No. 167 remains

committed to community service, especially

under the current conditions facing us all.

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Congratulations to the Nobles of Marracci

Temple #13 on their Adopt A Family project.

They brought smiles and joy to a deserving

family during the Holiday Season.

Special thanks to the Nobles of the

Pandemic 10 for organizing this event.

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Greetings!

We're encouraging adults to sign up on Eventbrite for the 'Author Event" for Feb. 5',

2022, 1:00 - 2:30 PM. HBCU will be discussed at the presentation, too!

The books are 1/family. There is a limited number for now. If there are additional books

beyond what has been ordered, names will be placed on a list.

Adults, please sign in on Eventbrite link for counting the purpose.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/story-time-with-author-latoya-turner-tickets-244607235827

We're looking forward to seeing you at this virtual event!

Thanks!

Al Ashraf Temple #167, Al Ashraf Ct. #106 Event Team

Ypsilanti District Library

Ros Daley

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To:

Imperial Officers, Illustrious Potentates, Illustrious Commandresses, Nobles, and Daughters of

the Great Desert of Michigan and Canada

Greetings,

This communication is to inform you of the upcoming rescheduled Desert Conference.

The virtual conference is scheduled for Saturday, March 19, 2022. We will start at 10:00 am with a Joint

meeting followed by separate meetings for Desert Temples and Courts.

There is no registration fee for this conference.

EVENT: Michigan Desert Conference – Annual Meeting Desert Temples and Courts

DATE: Saturday, March 19, 2022

ATTIRE: Business Casual

TIME: 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM – Joint Meeting

11:00 AM – 1:00 PM – Desert of Temples and Courts (Separate Meetings)

Following is ZOOM meeting information for the joint meeting starting at 10:00 AM. Reports for Temples

and Courts will be sent separately to each of you. The Desert of Courts ZOOM information will be sent

to all Daughters of Michigan in a separate communication. Daughters please use that link to log on to

your meeting after the joint meeting.

Topic: Desert Conference March 19, 2022, Joint Meeting

Time: 10:00 AM Eastern Time (the US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89039269659?pwd=eDRxdzBzejJiSXZhRFkrUWtmeHp5QT09

Meeting ID: 890 3926 9659

Passcode: 420875

One tap mobile

+13126266799,89039269659#,,,,*420875# US (Chicago)

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Dial by your location

+1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)

+1 647 374 4685 Canada

Meeting ID: 890 3926 9659

Passcode: 420875

We look forward to your presence as we move our Deserts forward!

HPIP Gerald Williams – Imperial Deputy of the Desert of Michigan and Canada

PC Rosalannd Daley – Imperial Deputy for the Desert of Michigan and Canada

10:00 AM – 11:00 AM Joint Meeting

Roll Call

Financial Business

Announcements and Updates

Any outstanding joint items deemed necessary by the Deputy of/for the Desert

of Michigan and Canada.

The following Zoom link is to be used by Daughters only for their Desert of Court Meetings after our

joint session. Nobles will remain on the joint session zoom link

Join Daughters Zoom Meeting

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88062923200?pwd=cHFRQmh3K2twWkZweCtyTWhLUnhodz09

Meeting ID: 880 6292 3200

Passcode: 129211

11:00 AM – 1:00 PM Separate Meetings – Desert of Temples and Desert of Courts

The Desert of Michigan Temples and Courts should be prepared to complete the

following at their separate meeting:

• Officer and Committee Reports

• Financial Reports

• Financial Audit

• Elections of Desert Temple and Court Officers

Any outstanding items deemed necessary by the Deputy of/for the Desert of Michigan and Canada.

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MID WEST SHRINE COALITION

ILLINOIS, INDIANA, IOWA, KANSAS, KENTUCKY

MINNESOTA MICHIGAN, NEBRASKA, OHIO, WISCONSIN

Greetings,

“MID YEAR CONFERENCE 2022”

APRIL 2–3, 2022

Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center

400 Renaissance Drive, Detroit, Michigan

The Midwest Shrine Coalition Mid-Year Meeting will be held at the Detroit Marriott at

the Renaissance Center, 400 Renaissance Drive, Detroit, Michigan, on Sunday,

April 3, 2022, at 9:00 am, as in previous years, this will be overlapping with the Midwest

Regional Conference.

When making your departure plans, please note the General Meeting will conclude by

noon. The Hotel Rate is $139.00 per night, Single/Double plus 15% tax. To make your

reservations, please call (877) 901-6632 or visit the following URL Link

https://book.passkey.com/go/MidwestRegionalConference. Reference “Midwest

Regional Conference” when placing your reservation to ensure the negotiated rate is

applied. The hotel reservation deadline is 5:00 PM on Wednesday, March 9, 2022.

Any reservations made after the deadline will be at the hotel’s then-prevailing rate.

One (1) night stay will be charged to your credit card for all reservations made.

Parking is available at Center Garage, adjacent to the hotel, at a cost of $27.00 each

day. The hotel reservation deadline is Wednesday, March 9, 2022, at 5:00 PM.

The Annual Dues are $10, and the registration fee is $40.00 for a total of $50. Lunch is

included in the registration fee. We are requesting that Nobles register in advance so we may

have an accurate count for the luncheon.

We are also requesting that the Deputies of the Desert disseminate this letter along with the

accompanying registration form to each Temple in his respective Desert; this is essential to the

success of the meeting. Thanks in advance for your assistance.

PP Johnny A Taylor, #70 Recorder MWSC

HPIP William D. Baldwin, #165

President of the MWSC

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ILLINOIS, INDIANA, IOWA, KANSAS, KENTUCKY, MINNESOTA, MICHIGAN, NEBRASKA, OHIO, WISCONSIN

“MIDYEAR CONFERENCE 2022”

APRIL 2–3, 2022

Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center

400 Renaissance Drive, Detroit, Michigan

MWSC Registration:

You must register separately for the Shrine Coalition Meeting.

Go to Eventbrite: https://mwsc2022springmeeting.eventbrite.com

Advance registration end on MARCH 15, 2022

If you are unable to attend the Midyear Meeting please send in your $10 Annual Dues, the

Midwest Shrine Coalition earnestly solicits your continued support. Thanks for your

cooperation in this matter.

Please send the Annual Dues and attached registration form with appropriate fee to

the Financial Recorder Noble Kevin Russell at 205 Skyline Drive, Radcliff, KY

40160.

NAME_________________________________________________

ADDRESS

CITY, STATE & ZIP

TEMPLE

No.

Registration Fee: $50.00 (Includes Dues & Lunch)

Total Paid: $___________________

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Please support the Prince Hall Family Businesses.

Your support will be greatly appreciated.

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2022 CALENDAR OF EVENTS ~DESERT OF MICHIGAN & CANADA

MONTH OF FEBRUARY

DATE EVENT HOUSE SPONSORING

MEETING/EVENT

5 th Mini-School of Instruction OES

5 th Grand Family Meeting w/Grand Lodge of MI (MI-

MWPHGL

PHA Heads of Houses invited)

Joint EA Degree with Grand Lodge of Michigan

5 th A Date with an Author Oman Court and Temple

12 th Administrative/Ritualistic Workshop MWPHGL

19 th Sip-N-See Marracci Court

19 th Red & White Charity Ball HRAM & HOJ

12 th Marracci Temple Smoke with the Potentate Marracci Temple

12 th El Hassa Temple Potentate Breakfast Cleveland, OH

13 th Out the Gate Raffle & Super Bowl Board Game Oman Temple

17 th St. Patrick’s Day (Pot of Gold Raffle) Oman Court

19 th #194 Zoom

19 th Marracci Court Sip and See Marracci Court

26 th Alla Baba Temple Potentate Breakfast Columbus

TBA Black History Program OES / HOJ

TBA Wear RED ~ Heart Health Month OES

TBA Superbowl Basket of Cheer Raffle Mirza Temple

TBA Big Brother/Sister Bowl-A-Thon Oman Court

TBA Basket of Cheers Oman Court

MONTH OF MARCH

DATE EVENT HOUSE SPONSORING

MEETING/EVENT

1 st – 31 st Literacy Month - Read a Book OES

4 th -6 th Golconda Temple 65 th Annal Charity Ball New Jersey

12 th Joint FC Degree with Grand Lodge of Michigan Bay City

12 th Desert Conference Detroit

17 th St. Patrick’s Day (Pot of Gold Raffle) Oman Court

20 th St. Patrick's Day Parade (MI-PHA invited)

31 st Midwest Regional Conference ~ Detroit, MI MWPHGL & OES

TBA Children Hospital Visit Mirza Temple

TBA Pack a Purse/Desert Conference Oman Court

TBA House of Oman Outing Oman Court

TBA Barbecue Fundraiser Oman Temple

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MONTH OF APRIL

DATE EVENT HOUSE SPONSORING

MEETING/EVENT

1 st -3 rd Midwest Regional Conference MWPHGL & OES

1 st Mecca Temple Charity Ball Toledo, OH

3 rd Midwest Shrine Coalition Detroit

8 th Opening Day Outing Marracci Court

9 th Marracci Temple Potentate Ball Marracci Temple

10 th Palm Sunday HOJ

16 th Levi Wooten Easter Egg Hunt House of Marracci

22 nd -24 th Imperial Commandress Testimonial - Chicago Daughters

23 rd Grand Convocation HRAM

24 th -26 th 154 th Annual Grand Communications – Grand

MWPHGL

Rapids, MI

30 th Queen of the Nile ~ Stefan's Banquet Hall Al Ashraf Court #106

TBA Easter Egg Hunt Oman Court

TBA Mother’s/Father’s Day Raffle Begins Oman Court

MONTH OF MAY

DATE EVENT HOUSE SPONSORING

MEETING/EVENT

7 th Spring School of Instruction OES

14 th Oman Temple Potentate Breakfast Oman Temple

15 th Thanksgiving Day Service and Feast Daughters

TBA Conference of Grand Masters, Grand Matrons &

Masons/OES

Grand Patrons - National

29 th -31 st United Supreme Council (Philadelphia) AASR

30 th Memorial Day

TBA Mother’s Day Raffle Mirza Temple

TBA Easter Egg Hunt Oman Court

TBA Mother’s/Father’s Day Raffle Oman Court

TBA MS Walk House of Marracci

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MONTH OF JUNE

DATE EVENT HOUSE SPONSORING

MEETING/EVENT

3 rd -5 th Gala Day/Jubilee Day Desert of Cleveland, OH

10 th -11 th Midwest Invitational Rodeo Mounted Patrol

11 th Grand Youth Fraternity Grand Session OES

12 th Esther Day OES

19 th Juneteenth All Houses

24 th -25 th Marracci Temple 65 th Potentate Ball Marracci Temple

25 th Breast Cancer Walk House of Marracci

25 th -26 th Mini School & St. John’s Day Celebration OES/MASONS

TBA Family Cookout Mirza Temple

TBA Basket of Cheer Raffle Oman Temple

TBA Food Sales Fundraiser Oman Temple

MONTH OF JULY

DATE EVENT HOUSE SPONSORING

MEETING/EVENT

4 th Independence Day

7 th House of Marracci Kick-Off House of Marracci

9 th Potentate Breakfast Al Ashraf Temple

9 th Unity Golf Outing MWPHGL

TBA Zerubbabel Day HRAM

17 th Oman Temple Anniversary Oman Temple

15 th -17 th Most Worshipful Grand Master Testimonial

17 th Grand Youth Fraternity Luncheon

23 rd MCOD Picnic OES Youth AASR

29 th -31 st 133rd Annual Grand Session (Sheraton Metro

OES

Detroit)

TBA Casino Trip Oman Court

TBA House of Oman Meeting Oman Court

TBA Community Service Al Ashraf

MONTH OF AUGUST

DATE EVENT HOUSE SPONSORING

MEETING/EVENT

6 th Youth Fitness Team Miller Brown

7 th Imperial Session Kick-Off Celebration Desert of Michigan

15 th 19 th Imperial Session St. Louis, MO

26 th -27 th Al Asir Temple Annual Potentate Seafood Boil Al Asir Temple

TBA Back-To-School Giveaway-Imperial Session Mirza Temple

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MONTH OF SEPTEMBER

DATE EVENT HOUSE SPONSORING

MEETING/EVENT

10 th JDRF Walk

18 th Prince Hall Americanism Day-Grand Rapids, MI MWPHGL

24 th Grand Lodge of Michigan Cornerstone Ceremony

24 th St. Jude Hospital Walk Mirza Temple

TBA Back to School Drive Oman Court

TBA Desert Explosion Desert of Michigan

MONTH OF OCTOBER

DATE EVENT HOUSE SPONSORING

MEETING/EVENT

6 th -9 th Oman Temple #72 and Oman Court #132 Charity

Oman Temple and Court

Ball

8 th Grand Court HOJ Grand Convocation HOJ

15 th Fall Desert Conference Oasis of Toronto

30 th Marracci Past Potentate Dinner Marracci Temple

30 th Masonic Angels House of Marracci

TBA Sweetest Day Cabaret Mirza Temple

TBA Halloween Candy Giveaway Mirza Temple

TBA Collecting Thanksgiving Goods Oman Court

MONTH OF NOVEMBER

DATE EVENT HOUSE SPONSORING

MEETING/EVENT

5 th -6 th Michigan Council Of Deliberation Detroit, MI

11 th VFW National Home Donation Marracci Court

11 th -13 th Marracci Commandress Ball Marracci Court

19 th Thanksgiving Basket Giveaway Mirza Temple

19 th Annual Prayer Breakfast MWPHGL

25 th -26 th Amer Temple Ball Dayton, OH

TBA Night at the Theater Mirza Temple

TBA Adopt-A-Veteran Oman

MONTH OF DECEMBER

DATE EVENT HOUSE SPONSORING

MEETING/EVENT

17 th Public Installation MWPHGL

18 th Christmas Oman Temple

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3. Send your articles, events, community services, picture(s), and your business advertisement, etc.

as soon as they occur. Your articles should include the following: 1) Who 2) What 3) When 4)

Where 5) Why 6) Time 7) Location and 8) Contact Person(s) with phone and email. We will not

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represented in the Desert Newsletter. A monthly reminder will be sent via email to the Potentate and

Commandress. Also, any Noble or Daughter can submit an article by sending it to the stated email

address below. The Deputies of/for the Desert will approve or disapprove your article, not the Newsletter

Committee. Please do not send any articles and/or pictures to any of the committee members personal

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5. Currently, we are expecting to have two Newsletters each year (Spring and Fall Editions).

6. The DEADLINE will be always adhered to; to ensure the Newsletter is distributed on time.

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Dt. Tracy A. Strong

Co-Chairpersons:

Dt. Shirley Broadus / Dt. Jacqueline Butts / Nbl. Marcel Banks / Nbl. Patrick Julian

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Articles to: desertofmichigan.newsletter@gmail.com

DISCLAIMER

The Desert Beacon of Michigan is an official publication of the Desert of Michigan. It is published two times a year for the members

of the Desert and Oases of Michigan and Toronto, their Temples, Courts, families, friends, and the public at large. Opinions

expressed by the editor and contributing writers do not necessarily reflect official positions of the Desert of Michigan nor the Ancient

Egyptian Arabic Order Nobles Mystic Shrine or its Auxiliaries.

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