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ABBREVIATED HISTORY of the MOST ROYAL GRAND COURT
ORDER OF CYRENE OF VIRGINIA, PHA

Disclaimer for Abbreviated History
PMRGC Florene Walker and PMRGC Alden Vaughan

On December 3, 1983, the Cyrene Grand Court of Pennsylvania initiated men and women from the Commonwealth of Virginia into the Order of Cyrenes. The founders were Braxton Mitchell and Alethia B. Martin, who served as the first Most Royal Grand Chief Engineer and Most Royal Grand Commandress.

Some of the other charter members were: Catherine Allen, Bernetha Blalock, Rosalie Adams, Brenda McDonald, Tiny Higgs, Alphonzo Higgs, Addie T. Howard, Violet Walthall, William Walthall, Portia Sawyer Connie Claiborne, Muriel Claiborne, John McDonald, Ruth Bellamy, Jesse Patrick, Mary Keeling, Ernestine McBee, Learmon Moore, Ruby J. Wilson, Dorothy Harrison, Roslie Adams, Isaac Taylor, Savannah Taylor, Sherman Thomas and Mary Thomas.

The four Royal Courts which comprised the Grand Court were: Richmond Royal Court #1 (Richmond), Electa Court #2 (Norfolk/Portsmouth), Petersburg Court #3 (Petersburg) and Mt. of Olive #4 (Hampton).

Mt. Moriah Royal Court No. 5 was established on July 8, 2006 in Petersburg, Virginia. In 2004 there was an attempt by PRC Archye Mackey-Bryant to start a court in Northern Virginia. Her efforts did not come to fruition at that time. Two years later, PRC Cassandra Barnes discussed the idea of a Royal Court with PMRGC Hattie D. Toran and PMRGC Mildred West. After receiving approval, PRC Cassandra Barnes asked PRC Nina Jackson to help organize the study club. In honor of PRC Archye Mackey-Bryant's initial interest, the study club was named the Archye Club. July 2006 when the court was established they further honored PRC Archye Mackey-Bryant by electing her as the first Royal Commandress.

The Actual Past Royal Grand Commandresses and service years:

1983 – 1986 *Alethia B. Martin #1
1986 – 1988 *Portia C. Sawyer #2
1988 – 1990 *Violet Walthall #3
1990 – 1992 *Mary F. Keeling #2
1992 – 1994 Addie T. Howard #3
1994 – 1996 Catherine F. Allen #1
1996 – 1998 *Bernethia P. Blalock #1
1998 – 2000 *Ernestine McBee #1
2000 – 2002 *Shirley Shelton #3
2002 – 2004 Helen Fenner #1
2004 – 2006 *Hattie Toran #2
2006 – 2008 Mildred West #2
2008 – 2009 Madeline Barnes #4
2009 – 2010 Rev. Brenda McDonald #4
2010 – 2012 Wenona C. B. Jefferson #4
2012 – 2014 Rev. Alden G. Vaughan #1
2014 – 2016 Florene Walker #1
2016 - 2018 Carol W. Hundley #4

The Actual Past Grand Chief Engineers are:
Braxton Mitchell #4
Issac Taylor, Jr. #1
Claybon Collins #3
William W. Walthall #3
Reynolds O. Potts #3
Alphonzo Higgs #2
Connie L. Claiborne #3 *

Honorary Past Most Royal Grand Commandress and Past Royal Grand Chief Engineer titles have been bestowed upon Royal Sisters and Sir Knights for their meritorious service to the Grand Court. Some of these persons are: Ruby Wilson #1, Savannah Taylor #1, Annie Steele #3 Aliceteen J. Brickhouse Diggs #2, Tiny Higgs #2, Ruth Bellamy #2, Sherman Thomas #2, and Dorothy Harrison #1, Erma Allen Harris and Cathy Mullins.

In 2009 Madeline Barnes #4 suggested that a committee be formed to review the Grand Court’s Constitution and Ritual. In 2010 Brenda McDonald had these two Committees begin this work.

During the 2-year tenure of Alden Vaughan the Constitution was revised, the ritual updated, new state-wide dues cards were issued, a Grand Court banner and 12 Grand Court collars were purchased. MRGC Vaughan was bestowed the title Honorary Past Grand Commandress of Philadelphia in 2015.

In 2015 Florene Walker had a Gospel program which was very successful.

Some officers who have served the International Grand Court Cyrene Crusaders are: Honorary Past International Grand Princess Commandress and Past Grand International Deputy Cyrene Crusaders, Catherine F. Allen; International Princess Inspectress, Rev. Alden G. Vaughan.

Respectfully submitted: ______________________________
Florene Walker, MRGC
June 2016

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