Purpose of the Order of the Eastern Star.
The Order of the Eastern Star was designed to serve among women the same purpose as that of Free Masonry among men, and to provide the Free Masons with cooperation of women kindred without accepting them into the Lodge.
The principles are personified by five stories of women taken from the Bible. They are fidelity, obedience, loyalty, truth and heroic endurance personified by Adah, Ruth, Esther, Martha and Electa.
History of Princess of Bathsheba #149
Princess of Bathsheba #149 was originally established by Sister Sarah Shepard of Detroit Michigan. Sister Shepard a member of all the houses in International Masons & Order of the Eastern Star was also a member of the Nurses Guild and the Ladies Knights, where she was the leader.
Princess of Bathsheba #149 was no longer an active chapter, because of sickness, and the death of many of its original members.
In 1990, Sister Pamela Gordon-Woods (Givantt) revised Princess of Bathsheba under the directorship of Past District Grand Matron Sister Della Sutton (Williams). Sister Woods was a previous member of Grace #83 and she along with five other members of Grace. Sister Kiren Averett (Associate Matron) Sister Janice Hopkins (Secretary), Sister Audrey Hampton, Sister Natalie Gordon (Hines) and Sister Kim Stott transferred from Grace #83 to revise Princess of Bathsheba # 149. Newcomers Sister Giselle Gough and Sister Carol Young, joined the chapter and the Charter for #149 was revised and formatted.
The Chapter flourished under Sister Pamela Woods (Givantt) for nine years. Princess of Bathsheba has always prided itself on charitable acts, such as the collection of blankets for the homeless, dressing dolls for the Goodfellows, and the annual Christmas party for the orphans of Homes for Black Children. The membership grew until there was a record number of forty-five sisters on roll. Princess of Bathsheba members were regulars at the Five Color Tea, an annual contest, in which they won a record seven times, placing 2nd twice.
The Chapter also formed a choir and performed at Regular State events, as well as being featured performers at Hart Plaza in Detroit at its annual Gospel Festival. The late Dr. Larry Rickets Minister of Music directed the Choir. Since 1997, Princess of Bathsheba has also participated in the annual Paint the Town city beautification project, an annual event, which they still actively participate in.
In 1999, Sister Pamela Woods (Givantt) stepped down as Worthy Matron, and Sister Kiren Averett the former Associate Matron became the Chapters leader. Sister Averett continued the chapter's legacy of giving to the community with fund-raisers that netted donations to St. Gregorys Soup Kitchen, C.O.T.S. and to Genesis House, a home for battered and abused women. Sister Averett an active and generous leader always made sure that new members were included in any activity. She also provided new members with registration and banquet tickets to meetings, and activities by way of a raffle at each meeting. Sister Averett succumbed in 2003 after an unsuccessful kidney transplant, while she was still the Chapters Worthy Matron.
In April of 2003, Sister Margo Maxwell became the Chapters 3rd Worthy Matron since the revising in 1991.
In January of 2004 Princess of Bathsheba #149 voted in our 4th Worthy Matron Sister Willette Fowler. Sister Fowler is a dedicated member of the Chapter and has served as Associate Worthy Matron under Sister Kiren Averett and Sister Margo Maxwell.
In January 2009 Princess of Bathsheba elected their 5th Worthy Matron Sister Charlotte Nichols. Sister Nichols is a 17 year member of the Chapter and has held multiple positions on the local, state and national levels. She is dedicated to the Chapter and the Order of Eastern Star. Under Sister Nichols the Chapter has continued it's tradition of charitable works through volunteerism and financial contributions.
In May of 2011 Sister NIchols, became Grand Matron for the State of Michigan and Sister JaVonn Barber became Worthy Matron. Sister Barber has continued the tradition of Growth and education.
June 2012 Sister Corinne "Kimmie" Thomas became Worthy Matron of Princess of Bathsheba #149.
October 2016 Princess of Bathsheba Celebrated it's 25th year in existence. This could have been possible without the extraordinary leaders that have served our chapter as Worthy Matron.
Written By: Pamela Givantt & Charlotte E. Nichols, Past Worthy Matron