What is LOCOP?
The letters L-O-C-O-P is an abbreviation for Ladies of the Circle of Perfection and is the Auxiliary (female branch) to the Most Illustrious Prince Hall Grand Council Royal and Select Master Masons.
This house, is part of the Masonic family and its logical place falls between the Heroines of Jericho and the Order of Cyrene Crusaders.
Royal Grand Perfect Matron
Evelyn D. Mann
The history of the Circle of perfection in Illinois dates back to approximately February 14, 1989. During the 3rd Annual Banquet for the Grand Council of Illinois, Lady Juanita Taylor was in attendance and wearing her purple fez. It caught the attention of Heroines Doris T. Anderson and Ethel Jones. They went to Grand Thrice Illustrious Master James F. Clarke, Sr. to inquire if a house could be started in the State of Illinois. With his blessing, they assembled 13 men and women who were also interested, among whom were Jeanette Gary and Leroy Gary. The Grand Thrice Ill. Master issued a dispensation authorizing the formation of the Ladies of the Circle of Perfection Study Club. On September 2, 1991 degrees were conferred upon 63 people.
From that event four (4) Courts were formed;
¨ Prince Hall
¨ Ellis T. Moore
¨ James E. Anderson
¨ Robert Williams
In May of 1992, at the request of Grand Thrice Eugene A. Williams, Grand Master James Gayles gave permission to form a Grand Court of Ladies of the Circle of Perfection. September 5, 1992, the Grand Court was formed and named Levi H. Morris Court. Doris T. Anderson served as Grand Royal Perfect and Leroy R. Gary served as Grand Royal Chief Advisor. On November 19, 1993, a marriage ceremony was performed uniting the Grand Council and the Grand Court into a relationship of the Grand Bodies of Cryptic Rite in Illinois.
On April 30, 1994 in the city of Detroit MI, at the request of the Grand Thrice Illustrious Master Willie L. Mosley of the Grand Council of Ohio, 48 women and 15 men were initiated into the LOCOP. This was done by the Grand Court of Illinois. There were three (3) UD Courts formed from this group with Companion Guardians appointed to oversee them;
¨ Prince Hall of Detroit – Comp. Walker V. Biggs
¨ Malachi of Detroit – Comp. William Chapman
¨ Alpha of Flint – Comp. Ralph Bloodworth
They were part of the Ohio Jurisdiction, but were not chartered by Ohio. At a later date, Prince Hall Court and Malachi Court merged into Malachi Court of Detroit. Alpha Court was renamed Omega Court of Flint.
¨ After numerous attempts, a study clubs were formed in Ohio and Indiana. In 2007 degrees were conferred in Dayton by Royal Grand Perfect Matron Jeanette Gary, Royal Grand Chief Advisor Robert Q. Gary, Past Royal Grand Chief Advisor Leroy R. Gary, and other members from Illinois, our mother Court. This formed the current courts that were charted on May 17, 2008 in Hudson, Ohio;
¨ Eyes of Wisdom # 3 of Cincinnati, Ohio
¨ Colour’ Purple #4 of Dayton, Ohio
¨ Queen Vashti # 5 of Indianapolis, Indiana
These three courts combined to confer the degrees upon 32 members of the Adoniram Study Club of Cleveland, and they were placed UD by the Grand Council of Ohio. On May 16, 2009 they became Adoniram Court # 6. In Addition, in April of 2010, Omega Court was awarded #2 and In May, Malachi was awarded # 1 and both courts were chartered under Ohio’s Jurisdiction.
Historical Royal Celebration
The new era started on Saturday, May 19, 2012 for the Ladies of the Circle of Perfection. The Honorable Warren Fitzpatrick, Grand Thrice Illustrious Master of the Most Illustrious Prince Hall Grand Council of Royal and Select Masters, State of Ohio and its Jurisdiction, signed the Charter which created a Grand body of the Ladies of the Circle of Perfection, PHA in the State of Ohio and its jurisdiction. The Ladies of the Circle of Perfection is based on the premise of Honor, Truth and Wisdom. The perfect circle has no beginning and no end. It encloses its believers in a beautiful sphere of serenity, love and joy.
The 92nd Annual Grand Assembly was hosted by Queen Vashti Court No. 5 and John C. Dawson Council No. 22 at the Marriott East Hotel, 7202 East 21st Street, Indianapolis, Indiana. Royal Perfect Matron Dana Bass, Royal Chief Advisor Ben Johnson and Court Members planned, coordinated and executed an outstanding program during the three (3) days. We were also honored to have Past Royal Grand Perfect Matron Mary Anderson, Fayetteville, North Carolina visit with us during the entire celebration. Highlights of the events included a well-stocked hospitality reception on Friday evening from 6:00 p.m. to Midnight. On Saturday, May 19, 2012, the morning session opened with a devotional tribute to Our Lord and Savior led by now Royal Grand Chaplain Lucy D. Harvey. She was assisted by Royal Matrons of the visiting five (5) Courts from Michigan and Ohio.
The Official opening of the session in ritualistic order was led by Royal Perfect Matron Dana Bass and officers of Queen Vashti Court No. 5. Companion Jerry Springer, PGTIM, in the capacity of Grand Coordinator of the Ladies of the Circle of Perfection, was received and presided over the session until the charter could be delivered and presented to the newly formed Grand body.
At approximately 9:45 a.m. an alarm was sounded to indicate the landscape of the Prince Hall Family Tree would change forever. The Honorable Warren Fitzpatrick, Grand Thrice Illustrious Master of the Most Illustrious Prince Hall Grand Council of Royal and Select Masters, State of Ohio and its Jurisdiction, with his delegation, delivered the Charter. He proceeded to install Kay F. Anderson, Past Royal Perfect Matron of Colour Purple Court No. 4, Dayton, Ohio as the first Royal Grand Perfect Matron. Companion Jerry Springer, Grand Coordinator of the Ladies of the Circle of Perfection, was installed as the first Royal Grand Chief Advisor. He too, hails from Colour Purple Court No. 4, Dayton, Ohio. They will guide the Ladies of The Circle of Perfection through its infancy to maturity on a grand scale within the Prince Hall Family. Grand body will encompass six subordinate Courts, Malachi Court No. 1, Detroit, Michigan; Omega Court No. 2, Flint, Michigan; The Eyes of Wisdom Court No. 3, Cincinnati, Ohio; Colour Purple Court No. 4, Dayton, Ohio; Queen Vashti Court 5, Indianapolis, Indiana; and Adorniram Court No. 6, Cleveland, Ohio. A seventh Court is being created in Akron, Ohio.
Upon receipt of the Charter, Royal Grand Perfect Matron Anderson installed her line officers who will assist her on this historic journey. Royal Grand Deputy Matron Annie Patrick, Adorniram Court No. 6; Royal Principle Conductress Emmajean Hines, Queen Vashti Court No. 5; Royal Associate Conductress Evelyn Mann, Malachi Court No. 1; Royal Conductress of Ceremony Winona Hinton, Omega Court No. 2; Royal Grand Treasurer Cynthia Hunt, Adorniram Court No. 6; Royal Grand Secretary Barbara L. Winston, Colour Purple Court No. 4; Royal Recorder Juanita Harvey, Malachi Court No. 1; 3 Year Trustee Dana Bass, Queen Vashti Court No. 5; 2 Year Trustee Margaret Bohanon, Colour Purple Court No. 4; 1 Year Trustee Idella Thompson, The Eyes of Wisdom Court No. 3; Royal Grand Sentinel Ben Johnson, Queen Vashti Court No. 5; Royal Grand Chaplain Lucy D. Harvey, Colour Purple Court No. 4; Royal Marshal in the East Anita Pearson, The Eyes of Wisdom Court No. 3; Royal Marshal in the West Meatha Winbush, Omega Court No. 2; Royal Grand CCFC Jacqueline Johnson, Malachi Court No. 1; Royal Grand 1st Advisor Ray S. Robinson, Adorniram Court No. 6; Royal Grand 2nd Advisor Arper Tentman, Jr., Colour Purple Court No. 4; Royal Grand Musician Thomas Graham, Colour Purple Court No. 4; and Royal Grand Photographer Villani Thomas, Colour Purple Court No. 4.
Grand Committee Chairs were also appointed by Royal Grand Perfect Matron Anderson. Budget and Finance Chair ICG Fred Conway, Colour Purple Court No. 4; Jurisprudence Chair ICG James Moss, Queen Vashti Court No. 5; Chair of Credentials PRM Marion Fountain, The Eyes of Wisdom Court No. 3; Audit committee Chair ICG Ray S. Robinson, Adorniram Court No. 6; Charters and Dispensations Chair RM Corene Sturgill, Omega Court No. 2; Appeals and Grievance Chair RM Lawyanna Marshall, Colour Purple Court No. 4; Chair of Time and Place RM Mildred Germany, Queen Vashti Court No. 5; Necrology Chair RM Annie Stacey, Adorniram Court No. 6; Grand Historian RM Tricia McBride, Queen Vashti Court No. 5; Chair of Arrangements RM Cassandra Wheeler, Adorniram Court No. 6; Chair of Constitution and By-Laws Committee ICG William C. Parker, Colour Purple Court No. 4; Grand Officers Address RM Yvonne Duhart, The Eyes of Wisdom Court No. 3; Hospitality Committee Chair RM Patricia Matthews, Colour Purple Court No. 4; Arts and Crafts Committee Chair Debra Miller; Grand Publicity ICG Nathaniel Benn, Colour Purple Court No. 4; and Chair of Security RM Francine Eppenger, Adorniram Court No. 6.
On Saturday evening, Queen Vashti Court No. 5 and John C. Dawson Council No. 22 co-hosted a Purple and White Banquet at the hotel. Royal Advisor James Moss and Illustrious Companion Guardian Russell Rogers escorted and introduced our Grand Officers and visiting dignitaries. Royal Matron Ethel M. Williams-Harmon presided over the rest of the evening’s program as Mistress of Ceremony.
The City of Lawrence Honor Guard posted the Colors and the Mayor addressed the group briefly. Rev. Larry Collins, New Corinthians Missionary Baptist Church give the Invocation and blessed the food. Other speakers in order were as follows: Royal Perfect Matron, Queen Vashti Court No. 5, Ladies of the Circle of Perfection, Jurisdiction of Ohio, Royal Matron Dana Bass; Thrice Illustrious Master, John C. Dawson Council No. 22, Royal and Select Masters, Jurisdiction of Ohio, Companion Walter Lee; Past Grand Thrice Illustrious Master, Past Grand Coordinator of the Ladies of the Circle of Perfection, Royal Grand Advisor Companion Jerry D. Springer; Royal Grand Perfect Matron of the Ladies of the Circle of Perfection, Royal Grand Matron Kay F. Anderson; Grand Thrice Illustrious Master of the Most Illustrious Prince Hall Grand Council of Royal and Select Masters, Ladies of the Circle of Perfection, State of Ohio and its Jurisdictions, The Honorable Warren Fitzpatrick and the Most Worshipful Grand Master of the Most Worshipful Prince Hall Grand Lodge, Jurisdiction of Indiana, The Honorable Otis L. Dodson, in his absence, Past Grand Master Joseph Slay. Delicious food and great entertainment were enjoyed by all in attendance.
The weekend culminated in a visitation of the Royal Grand Perfect Matron, her line officers and members of Queen Vashti Court No. 5 hosted by the Most Illustrious Prince Hall Grand Council, Royal and Select Masters of the State of Ohio and its Jurisdiction. Guests were treated to an outstanding program and lunch.
Royal Grand Perfect Matron Kay Anderson shared her theme, motto, colors, vision and scripture with the newly formed Grand body. She also encouraged all members to participate in and support all efforts to make this Ladies of the Circle of Perfection as strong and viable as other Prince Hall Grand Organizations. If we are going to be successful, each person should step up and be counted. Many times, people do not understand how important they are to the success or failure of an organization. Our family is no exception. Some may feel their individual efforts; their presence or absence do not count toward the overall success of our family. Wrong! These things are very important. We cannot overlook the fact the time and other commitments may affect how we contribute but make no mistake we must realize that our value as individual members are considerable. I want, you to understand how each member’s actions influence our group.
Our actions today determine the life of our organization tomorrow.
Let us remember the past generations who labored to leave us this legacy.
We can do no less for the generations who follow us.
Submitted by: RM Ethel M. Williams-Harmon – Queen Vashti Court No. 5