MOST VENERABLE GRAND CHAPTER
STATE OF OHIO INC.
SPONSORED BY M.W. PRINCE HALL GRAND LODGE OF OHIO
From the office of
THE MOST VALIANT GRAND MASTER COUNSELOR
Mr. Brian Ellis
Grow with the ones you know.
There is a time in everyone or everything's life that change is needed. Humans were built on being able to adapt and evolve. Without the ability to do so, we restrain ourselves from reaching our full potential.
In my opinion, our organization has not reached its full potential. When I say this, I am not saying that the Order of Pythagorans is a bad organization because it is far from that; my statement comes from the eyes of someone knowing that we can be as great as we chose to be.
I believe in every single companion that steps foot in a chapter, and I believe in them because I have people that believe in me. I have my dad and numerous other Masons that showed me the way. Just months after becoming a Mason, my dad asked me about joining a group that his fraternity sponsored; he told me that there was a local chapter that was just reopened and that they were having a ceremony to celebrate it.
I decided to attend, and for me, that's where it all started. At first, nothing really caught my eye, but then I saw someone dressed in all white dress clothes and he had something on his head that I wasn't sure of but it was gold. He stood out from all the rest in the room, and at that moment I knew I wanted to be a Pythagoran and get whatever it was that he had on his head.
I later found out that his name was Quentin Francis and that he was the Most Valiant Grand Master Counselor.
From that point on, I worked hard along with companions in my chapter and with the numerous advisors and the president of my chapter. In the handful of years that I have been in the Order, I have been able to gain experience working with others through my local chapter and through the Grand Chapter, which helped me vastly in my understanding of the landscape of the Pythagorans.
Numbers have dropped and Companions have begun to express less interest in the organization. It is on all of us as an entire body to come together and change the thought of some of these Companions. To do this we need each other. In a world where we are already isolated, we should be building each other up, teaching, learning, and molding a culture that is fun, yet structured, and done with the sole intent of wanting the best for everyone.
The people that helped me on my journey are the reason why I am Most Valiant Grand Master Counselor, and throughout this year and beyond we will all lean on each other to strengthen bonds and continue to grow our organization so that it will reflect the hard work and dedication we put into it.
Grow with the ones you know.
Humbly submitted by,
Most Valiant Grand Master Counselor – 2019-2020
Rt. Valiant Grand Deputy Counselor
Companion Jalen Keaton
Rt. Valiant Grand Senior Counselor
Companion Seanjai Tomlin
Rt. Valiant Grand Junior Counselor
Companion Frank Jackson V
Rt. Valiant Grand Recorder
Companion Kristin Carpenter
Rt. Valiant Grand Treasurer
Companion Jordan Young
The Order of Pythagorans is an organization for boys, from the ages of 10 through 18. It is sponsored by and under the supervision of the Most Worshipful Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Ohio.
It was instituted in Ohio on April 11, 1945, and was named after Pythagorus, who was a noted Greek philosopher and mathematician, who traveled extensively throughout many continents in search of higher learning and knowledge.
Membership is not limited to sons or relatives of Freemasons, but to any boy of good character in the proper age range. He may be recommended by a Master Mason, Eastern Star, a fellow Pythagoran or anyone who feels that our program will benefit a particular young man. The Order of Pythagorans is not a Junior Masonic Order, but is merely under Masonic supervision.
The paramount aim of the Order is to serve the Youth of our community with a well organized and supervised program to promote health, social activity, educational, vocational, character, and all-around development of boys throughout Ohio, while building better sons of today, and men of tomorrow.
The Ritual is the focal point of all of the Order's programming. Through it, the candidate in his initiation into the Order is presented impressive lessons. This investiture thus attempts to symbolize and teach Reverence for God, Love and Honor his Parents, Righteous Thinking, Purity, Patriotism, Toleration, Courtesy, Personal Health, Education, Friendship and Constancy. A Pythagoran’s aim is to become a better son, a better youth and citizen than ever before.
The Companions hold meetings in what are called "Chapters". Each Chapter is sponsored by one or more Lodges, that provide advisors from their own Lodge membership. These Chapters, throughout the state, are divided into two Districts. Each District has an annual district meeting and all of the Chapters in the State meet annually for a Grand Session which lasts three days. Many workshops, athletic activities and awards programs are held at these District Meetings and Grand Sessions. Also at the Grand Session the Companions participate in the election of new Grand Chapter Officers, a recognition banquet, an awards banquet, sports competition, talent show, oratorical contest, a Coronation Ball and Divine Service.
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