They Celebrated in Style 100 years

On Sunday 12th. May 2019 The Loyal Mayflower Lodge No. 9387reached a mile stone in history that of their 100th year of existence as a women’s lodge in Bermuda.  Receiving their Charter on May 12th 1919. The sisters as they are commonly referred to haven’t had an easy road to hoe but they have persevered.  We have seen many sisters come and go but many stayed for the long haul and are now holding positions of instructors and giving guidance to up and coming new members. Since early 2018 the sisters went in to planning mode because even though we celebrated each year the hundredth had to be special and memorable after all how many time does an organization get to celebrate 100 years. The long awaited day came and the sisters gathered in their white summer dress with their royal blue rosettes made by Sister Joy Wilson-Tucker. They assembled at the Salvation Army Church the Church of choice for their worship for that day. It was a most exciting and welcomed atmosphere and enjoyed by all. On leaving to make our way back to the Bermudian Industrial Union Hall which we were grateful to use for the occasion  was decorated by our newest Sister Kelzine Thompson and her daughter beautifully arrayed in Royal Blue and White.  It was a bit of doubt how many guest would celebrate with us as we had chosen the date that the Lodge was  actually established 12th May 1919 and it fell on the 2nd Sunday of May Mother’s day. The day turned out to be a success and the turnout of family and friends was most rewarding.

The welcome was given by sister Ellen Kelly I P N G. Opening prayer was given by Sister Marlene Smith P.G/Treasurer, Solo by Mrs. Cherie Bean, Our History by sister Joy Wilson-Tucker P.G. Master /Lecturer Master, Solo by sister Debrina Gibbons Conductor. We were then treated to the most delicious meal where each item on the menu was named after an elder sister whom had served the Order well and gone on to the Grand Lodge above we then had the introduction of the speaker by Sister Marshallene Lindsey/Inner Guard. Our guest speaker for the day was Rev. Judith Gardner at one time associated minister of St. Paul A.M.E. church but at that time was minister in charge of the St Andrews Church, Hamilton Bermuda. The thanks to our speaker was given by our Noble Grand Sister Donna Christopher. Presentations of Jewels and Certificates were awarded to various sisters  for their dedication to the Order and was given by the Lecturer Master Sister Wilson-Tucker  the vote of thanks to our guest and caterers was given by Sister Deborah Burgess P.G.  and the closing Prayer by Sister Ellen Kelly.  Other sisters in attendance were: Marion Hayward P G., Marion Swan P.G, Lynn Wade P.G. Crystal Hanna I. G, Lynell Wade Conductor, Clara Saunders Acting Warden, Sylvia Lightbourne P.G., Cynthia Thomas P.G. Marion Tannock P.G. and Lois Dill. It was a day well celebrated and attended, a day of remembering those that had paved the way and walked across the bridges of time before us leaving a great legacy for us to cherish and past on to the generations to come. We look forward to the next productive years of Friendship- Love and Truth.