We are actively and perpetually recruiting Phylaxis members to serve as Representatives for the Society in their respective areas. We would like to have at least one representative in every Prince Hall jurisdiction, and perhaps more than one in densely populated areas. The primary qualification for serving as representative is the desire to promote the interest of the Phylaxis Society on a continuing basis. Representatives take on the role of ambassadors for the Society. To volunteer, contact the Director of the Council of Representatives.
Hon. Damajo Smith, FPSH
1st Vice President
Hon. Guillermo J. M. Thorne, FPSH
PO Box 870570 Stone mountain, GA 30087-0015
2nd Vice President
Hon. D. Obadiah Nelson, FPSH
Vice President Region I
Hon. Tyrone Jackson, MPS
Connecticut Maine Vermont New Hampshire New York Rhode Island
Pennsylvania Maryland New Jersey Canada District of Columbia
Vice President Region II
Hon. Jerome Rapley, FPSH
2265 Garden Moss Dr., Green Cove Springs, FL 32043
Michigan Ohio West Virginia Delaware Virginia
North Carolina South Carolina Georgia Florida Bahamas
Vice President Region III
Hon. Karl J. Reid, FPSH
Minnesota Wisconsin Iowa Illinois Indiana
Mississippi Alabama Kentucky
Vice President Region IV
Hon. Mark McGraw, MPS
Missouri Arkansas Kansas Texas Oklahoma Colorado
Nebraska Louisiana Tennessee New Mexico
6822 Marguerite Lane, Little Rock, AR72205
Vice President Region V
Hon. Frederick S. Jones, FPSH
7705 Kiowa Pointe St., Las Vegas, NV 89131-4615
Montana Wyoming Arizona Utah Idaho Washington
Oregon Nevada California Alaska Hawaii
Military Members Contact:
Hon. Jerome Rapley, FPSH
Europe Pacific Middle East
Assistant Vice President for Memberships
Hon. Damajo Smith, FPSH
136 Crestwood Drive, Mt. Holly, NC 28120
Assistant Vice President Life Memberships
Hon. Eddie V. Crews, FPSH
1130 Hodge Road, Jackson, MS 39209
P.O. Box 11783, Jackson, MS 39283-1507
Hon. Kenneth Brown, MPS
623 Derbigny St; Gretna, LA 70053 Apr 2010
Hon. Adrian V. Cooley, MPS
1809 Lakeshore Drive, Romeoville, IL 60446
Hon. Tyrone D. Jackson, MPS
PO Box 147022; Chicago 60614-7022
Clary E. Glover, MPS
6115 Mayfair Farm; San Antonio 78244-1717
Hon. Kenneth E. Harris, PhD, MPS
2757 N. Grant Blvd.; Milwaukee 53210-2423
Hon. Craig Wallace, MPS
849 Brittlebank Drive, Virginia Beach, Va. 23462
Hon. Dedjaran Dunbar, MPS
13801Oxbow Trail, Little Rock, AR 72206
Hon. Robert D. Cassidy, FPSH
5711 40th Ave., S.W., Olympia, WA 98512
Hon. Julius Nash, MPS
PO Box 655, Summit, MS 39666
601.276.7893 Hm 601.810.3831 Cell
Hon. Christopher B. Randall, MPS
808 Gaillard, MO 63011
Hon. Joseph W. Durham, MPS (NPHA)
511 East Main Street Lot #3 Mount Orab, Oh 45154
Representative District of Columbia
Hon. A. Tehuti Evans, MPS
3500 16th St., NW #3, Washington, DC 20010 202-257-5624
Hon. D. Obadiah Nelson, FPSH
351 W. Easton Street, Rialto, CA 62376-2702
909-874-5762 Cell, 909-728-0051
Representative Oklahoma & Italy
Hon. Abdullah A. Salahud-Din, MPS
CMR Box 905, APO AE 09630
Representative South Carolina
Hon. Bruce Benjamin, Jr. , MPS
452 Monticello Lane, Cottageville, SC 29435
Hon. Gregory C. Hatton, MPS
672 Main Street, Watertown, MA 02472
Hon. Byron T. Maxwell, MPS
416 Siwell Meadows Drive, Jackson, MS 39272
Hon. Roy H. Althouse, MPS
3714 SW Stonebridge Court, Topeka, KS 66610-1242
785-272-3486?Cell 785-554-9643?Fax 785-271-2867
Representative New Mexico
Hon. Edward C. Mitchell, MPS
4907 Canelo Court SE, Rio Rancho, NM 87124
505-890-0291 Cell 505-350-7683
WHAT IS THE COUNCIL OF REPRESENTATIVES?
A Phylaxis Society First Presidency directed program that is adopted to local conditions and opportunities across the country.
Representatives help fulfill the mission of the Society by:
- Raising awareness
- Providing answers
- Building bridges
How can Representatives help the Society?
- By helping the fraternity become more receptive to the Society.
- By helping the members of the fraternity identify with the successes and accomplishments of the Society.
- By helping all to feel a sense of belonging to the growing and dynamic international Phylaxis Society.
- By helping the various departments of the Society to accomplish the duties assigned to them.
The Council exists to support the missions and the goals of the Phylaxis Society.
- To educate the craft worldwide concerning Prince Hall Freemasonry, its descent, dogmas and regularity.
- To instruct all in the history of Prince Hall Freemasonry.
- To bring all of the craft into membership
Representatives assist in increasing positive awareness of the Society and its Prince Hall Masonic-centered educational goals, reaffirming the Society’s role as a vital source of answers and to the goals of building friendship and understanding.
WHAT ARE THE GOALS OF REPRESENTATIVES?
Some of the most important are:
- Awareness: Assist in increasing positive jurisdictional wide awareness of the Phylaxis Society.
- Answers: Help the fraternity better understand the Society and its role in Prince Hall Freemasonry and Masonry universal.
- Bridges: Provide a positive influence on Masonic issues, as approved by the First Presidency of the Phylaxis Society in keeping with the charter of the Phylaxis Society to not interfere in the workings of any Masonic body.
TWO WAY COMMUNICATION IS THE KEY TO SUCCESS
WHAT ARE ITS OBJECTIVES ?
Awareness objectives are:
- Increase positive awareness of the uniqueness of the Phylaxis Society; to be aware of its history and fully understand its mission and goals.
- To increase jurisdictional wide understanding of exactly what the Phylaxis Society is all about and its non-interference in the workings of any Masonic Jurisdiction; that it is a Society that seeks light and has light to impart and that it has no other interest outside of that.
- That it is in the business of Masonic communication and information only!
Answers objectives are:
To provide information on the international aspects of the Phylaxis Society, that:
- Membership consists of Freemasons around the globe, both Prince Hall and others recognized by the United Grand Lodge of England.
- To help the Society effectively reach more Freemasons by taking out membership and receiving The Phylaxis magazine.
- Improve relations and promote tolerance and understanding.
Bridges objectives are:
- Encourage and support the Society in establishing and implementing an approved and effective public relations plan.
- Inform all Freemasons of the responsibility and the impartial stance and position of the Society on various issues and not drag the Society into any debates that would undermine the effectiveness of the Society.
- Encourage local Phylaxis chapters to work with the representative in their areas.
COMMUNICATION IS THE KEY TO A SUCCESSFUL COUNCIL OF REPRESENTATIVES PROGRAM
Without successful communication, there can be no Council of Representatives. Communication must be vast and always ongoing. That is the heart and soul of the council.
THE COUNCIL OF REPRESENTATIVES
1. Subscribe to official Grand Lodge publications across Prince Hall Freemasonry to keep abreast of items that would be of interest to the Phylaxis Society such as new Grand Lodge officers, awards such as Master Mason of the year and community support efforts, etc.
2. Send letters of congratulation along with Phylaxis Society applications.
3. Seek published rosters from the various Grand Lodges, etc.
4. Submit as often as possible, news releases from the Phylaxis Society such as the Masonic Hall of Fame, Man of the Year, up and coming Annual Sessions, Souvenir Journal, etc. to keep the name of the Society before the Craft.
5. Maintain communications and receive reports from the Representatives in the field and prepare 3×5 cards. Continue to encourage Representatives to seek out material in the various black newspapers and other sources. Publish a newsletter.
6. Prepare each year ‘Most influential and Prominent Prince Hall Masons List.’
7. Receive material on groups within the Black community claiming to be Masonic and keep The Joseph A. Walkes, Jr. Commission on Bogus Masonic Practices informed.
8. Prepare displays when possible.
9. Attend exhibitions when possible.
10. Devise methods to raise funds for the Council’s budget.
THE COUNCIL OF REPRESENTATIVES IS TO PROMOTE A POSITIVE PHYLAXIS VISIBILTY
Representatives are located in various areas across the country. All are Phylaxis members, and have been appointed to one year of service by the President. The office will keep the date of appointment, send them a certificate of appointment and at the end of their appointment will ask the Representatives if they would be interested in another term. The Office will stay in close contact with the Representatives.
The Representatives are to clip from their local black newspapers, etc., items concerning Prince Hall Freemasons, non-Prince Hall groups and any other information concerning Freemasonry.
Representatives are required to make quarterly reports to the Regional Vice Presidents who will insure that they in fact make even negative reports.
From the newspapers they send in, Representatives are asked to attempt to identify the Lodge that the person belongs to, if possible, his mailing address, so that the Representatives can send a letter of congratulations if the subject has received an award, or done an outstanding service. They will need also to write the name of the publication or newspaper that the article comes from and the date of publication.
Newspaper clipping information provided by the Representatives will be placed on 3×5 cards and utilized for the Phylaxis Magazine or the Newsletter, and its monthly mailing from the information center as well as the ‘100 Most Influential and Prominent Prince Hall Masons’ to be published each year in the Phylaxis magazine. Attached to the card will be a small photograph of the individual. For VIPs, these can be often taken from Ebony and Jet magazines.
COUNCIL OF REPRESENTATIVES ORGANIZATION
The 1st and 2nd Vice Presidents must organize the council and assure that they follow the guidelines as set forth from the President from the office in Kansas City, Missouri and will stay in touch and make monthly reports of the activities of the Council
Regional Vice Presidents will perform public affairs work in their areas and regions and direct the efforts of the Representatives in their areas and regions.
THE COUNCIL OF REPRESENTATIVERS WILL INVEST A GOOD DEAL OF TIME IN SELLING THE IMAGE OF THE PHYLAXIS SOCIETY.
THE COUNCIL OF REPRESENTATIVES MUST CAPITALIZE ON EVENTS THAT WILL HELP THE SOCIETY’S IMAGE.
Every Representative should make as many contacts in their Jurisdiction as possible and mention the Phylaxis Society in Lodges, Chapters, Consistories, Temples and Grand Lodges.
COUNCIL OF REPRESENTATIVES QUARTERLY REPORT
Name of Representative ______________________ Region _________________
MEDIA REPORT CONTACTS
Number of articles on PHA found _______________________________________
Number of articles on Non-PHA found ____________________________________
Number of Phylaxis Members contacted ___________________________________
Number of Phylaxis Chapter meetings attended this reporting period. ___________
What Council of Representatives affairs were completed this quarter? ____________
What activities are you presently working on? _______________________________