History of Matrons and Patrons Grand Council
Under the leadership of the late Royal Grand Matron Lady Grace Pough and with the aid of Sister A. L. Lucas, they created the Matron and Patron Council in 1953. There were only two Chapters, Queen Ethiopia and Rising Star. Sister Lucas and Sister Pough took it upon themselves to take turns meeting in their homes every third Monday.
As the membership grew Sister Lucas was appointed to be the instructor and later appointed to organize the First Council for Matrons, associate Matrons and Patrons, where she would become President. Sister Lucas was very successful in her endeavors and as the Jurisdiction grew other members became interested and a Council was organized in Oakland where Sister Alberta James became their first President.
The Following Grand Session saw three new council's formed, Los Angeles headed by Sister Bernice F. Bobo, Sacramento headed by Sister Sylvia Massey and Bakersfield headed by Sister Cordelia Tatum.
On October 26, 1953 Matron and Patron Grand Council was created, Sister Charity Anderson, Grand President and Sister Gwendolyn Whisenant, Vice President. Sister Anderson held the office of President until her passing in 1959. Sister Whisenaut took over the office of President and Sister Vernell Hogan as her Vice President. Sister Whisenaut served as President until her illness. Sister Hogan moved to the East and Served as President until her illness in 1984. Sister Evelyn Bryant was her Vice President.
In 1984, Sister Evelyn Bryant served as Acting President for the Grand Council to finish out the term. Also in 1984, Sister Vernell Hogan was awarded "Grand President Emeritus" status by Sister Grace L. Harvey, Grand Worthy Matron of Queen Adah Grand Chapter. In October 1984, Sister Evelyn Bryant was elected President of the Grand Council and Sister Christina Thomas because Vice President. Sister Thomas served as Vice President from 1984-1995. In October 1995 Sister Georgia Hall was elected Vice President of the Grand Council. Sister Bryant continued to serve as Grand President until her passing in February 1998.
Sister Georgia Hall moved to the East as President and in October 1998 was elected as Grand President while Sister Frances Scott was elected as Grand Vice President. In 2003 Sister Georgia Hall stepped down and bestowed the title of "Grand President Emeritus". Sister Frances V, Scott was elected Grand President and Sister Martha Broome Grand Vice President. In 2010 Sister Martha Broome was elected Grand President and Sister Charlesetta Randolph became Grand Vice President.
The Matron and Patron Council is a School of Instructions for all Matrons and Associate Matrons. All Affiliated Departments are to be members of the Council. Patrons are allowed to be members if they choose to. During the Memorial Day weekend a seminar is held annually for all Matrons and Eastern Stars in the jurisdictions. They are invited to bring questions on what they would like to learn pertaining to Ritualistic Work of the Eastern Star.
Originally Submitted By Sister Georgia Hall, Grand President Emeritus
Complied by Sister Constance C. Boyce, Grand Secretary
Matron and Patron Grand Council