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Daughters of Isis

The Inland Empire will soon see a flood of red and white fezzes as it gears up to receive visitors from all around  the state this month to celebrate the 54th annual Desert Conference/Gala Day for the A.E.A.O.N.M.S and the 47th  Desert Conference/Gala Day for the Daughters of Isis.

The Desert Conference is an annual business meeting and celebration of the Prince Hall Shriners and the Daughters of Isis (an Auxilliary to the A.E.A.O.N.M.S., P.H.A.), which is composed of 8 temples and 7 courts (chapters) throughout the state of California.  The Desert conference/Gala Day will run from May 21-25, with events mainly taking place at the Ontario Airport Hotel and Conference Center.

The scheduled events of the Session, which are open to the public are:

  • E. Katherine Norris Annual Prayer Breakfast – Saturday May 24, 2014 at 7:00 A.M. (Donation is $35.00)
  • Gala Day Golf Tournament – May 24, 2014.  First Tee is 9-00a.M. (Donation 70.00)
  • Hospital Visitation – Loma Linda Veteran Hospital / Loma Linda, California on May 24, 2014, 9:30 A.M..
  • Bowling Tournament May 24, 2014, 3:00P.M. (Donation $25.00)
  • Deputies Dance May 24, 2014  8:30 P.M. -12:00 A.M. (Donation $15.00)
  • Religious Service May 25, 2014, 8:00 A.M.

The Ancient Egyptian Arabic Order Nobles of the Mystic Shrine of North and South America and its Jurisdictions, Inc. was established as an Imperial Council of Prince Hall Shriners Jones.  They met in the Apollo Hall on State Street where Palestine Temple was organized.  On June 10, 1893, Jones and his associates organized the Imperial Grand Council of Prince Hall Shriners.  The Desert of California in 1960, in the Oasis of Oakland CA.  The first Desert Conference was held November 25-26 at Menelik Temple Mosque No. 36; in Oakland California.

The Imperial Court, Daughters of Isi, is an auxiliary of the female family members of Prince Hall Shriners, and was formally organized at the annual session of the Ancient Egyptian Arabic Order Nobles of the Mystic Shrine, held in Detroit, Michigan, on August 24, 1910.  The Daughters of Isis, a charitable and benevolent organization, stresses the development of powerful leaders and encourages health awareness among youth and adults, provides services to help disabled and senior citizens, provides for effective networking among members and organizations, recognizes and celebrates the historic and current achievements of African American women, exerts positive influence and utilizes the tool of role modeling for youth, teenage mothers, high school and college students, and disseminates information for educational opportunities and career planning to youth and young adults.  The organization of 12 courts at inception has grown to almost 200 courts located in the United States, Canada, the Bahamas, Germany, Italy and Japan.

Our Fraternal Order has fostered the following programs:

  • Annual grants of thousands of dollars to the Prince Hall Shrine Health and Medical Research Foundation.
  • Annual grants to several institutions of higher learning and to hospitals throught the United States for Medical Research.
  • A National Scholarship Grand Program for young ladies between the ages of 17-24 to attend college and universities of their choice.
  • Annual Educational Grants for economically deprivied youths.
  • A program of financial aid to youth in their fight against drugs, crimes, and delinquency.
  • Annual grants to the N.A.A.C.P., the Legal Defense Fund, and the United Negro Collelge Fund.
  • Support summer camps for youth.
  • Voter education and registration drives.
  • Establishment of and maintaining dialogue with White House officials, Congress men, and national leaders on various issues affecting African-American and others.

Should you have any questions, please call (909) 586-4343

Electrical Workers’ Apprenticeship Forum To Be Held On May 22

SAN BERNARDINO – About 70 students from a pair of San Bernardino County high schools will attend the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers’ Apprenticeship Forum on May 22.

The event will be held at the Inland Empire Electrical Training Center, which is located at 1855 S. Business Center Drive in San Bernardino. The forum is free for students and will take place from 8:15 a.m. to 2 p.m. on May 22. Students from Carter High School in the Rialto Unified School District and Bob Murphy County Community Day School of the San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools will attend the forum.

Students will have the opportunity to experience hands-on demonstrations and activities with apprenticeship coordinators that will relate their trades to real world applications.

Additional sponsors for the event include the San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools’ Alliance for Education and Regional Occupational Program, as well as the San Bernardino Community College District.

For more information about the event, contact the Alliance for Education at (909) 386-2636.

AKA Sorority, Inc. Far Western Regional Conference Celebrates Their 85th Far Western Regional Conference

Carolyn House Stewart, Esq., International President, Twillea Evans-Carthen and Dr. Barbara Denson Trotter, Far Western Regional Director

Carolyn House Stewart, Esq., International President, Twillea Evans-Carthen and Dr. Barbara Denson Trotter, Far Western Regional Director

Congratulations to Mrs. Twillea Evans-Carthen, former President of Eta Nu Omega Chapter of San Bernardino-Riverside who received the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated Far Western Regional Directors Leadership Award on April 26, 2014 at the sorority’s 85th Regional Conference held in Sacramento, California April 23 – 27, 2014 at the Doubletree Hotel. The Far Western Region includes the states of Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Utah and Washington.  Over 900 members were in attendance at this conference.

She has been a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. for over 34 years.  During Mrs. Evans-Carthen’s tenure as President, in 2009 and 2010 she was the recipient of special congressional recognition from Congressman Joe Baca (Member of Congress 43rd Congressional District) “for her leadership as the President of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Eta Nu Omega Chapter with a membership of 100 educated women and her longstanding commitment to community service.”

Mrs. Evans-Carthen is the recipient of the 2012 “Virtuous Woman” of the Year Award.  The recognition was both for living a life of “virtue” and providing exceptional service to the community.  Also, she was awarded the 2013 “Citizens of Achievement” award by the League of Women Voters of San Bernardino for her contributions in improving the quality of life in her community as a volunteer and going “above and beyond doing a job for which she is paid.

Carthen has been a college administrator for more than 26 years in human resources and educator at California State University, San Bernardino (CSUSB) who coordinated a prayer vigil at the university to generate awareness about Miss Terrilynn Monette who was a CSUSB alumna who disappeared in New Orleans in early March 2013.  Mrs. Evans-Carthen was instrumental in establishing an annual scholarship in memory of Miss Monette at CSUSB through CSUSB Black Faculty, Students and Staff Association.  The first recipient of the annual scholarship was recently awarded to a deserving CSUSB Student on February 28, 2014 in the presence of  Miss Monette’s parents, friends and university family at the campus annual pioneer breakfast.

Evans-Carthen is a resident of Highland, California and is an Adjunct Professor for over 17 years at Brandman University (Riverside Campus) for the Human Resources and Organizational Leadership degree programs; a member of Life Changing ministries and has been married for over 30 years to her high school and college sweet heart Tracy Carthen.  They have three children, Mrs. Megan Carthen Jackson who is married to Marcus Jackson of the United States Navy (Pensacola, FL) and twin sons, Eric and Evan Carthen sophomores at California Lutheran University.