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Welcome to the Official Website of the

Desert of Tennessee, PHA

Prince Hall Shriners

GALA DAY

DESERT DIVAN

Tennessee Gala Day

 

The 2019 Gala Day will be held April 25-28, 2019, hosted by Fatima Temple No. 101 and Fatima Court No. 30, Oasis of Covington.

 

Select a link below to download additional information.

 

Registration Form

 

Souvenir Journal Form

CONTACT US

Email: deputyofdeserttn@gmail.com

Phone: 901-395-0150

2239 Democrat Rd

Memphis TN 38132-1802

 

For additional information about our Prince Hall Affiliated Shriners main headquarters click the link below:

www.aeaonms.org

TEMPLES

COURTS

HISTORY

Noble Otis Burnette, PP

Imperial Deputy of the Desert of Tennessee

Dt. Marsha Woodall, PC

Imperial Deputy for the Desert of Tennessee

Recruit - Reclaim - Retain

Noble Otis Burnette, PP

Imperial Deputy of the Desert

Moolah Temple No. 54

Noble Calvin Maddox (78)

Chief Rabban

 

Noble Richard Ellington (105)

Assistant Rabban

 

Noble Curtis Avant (105)

High Priest & Prophet

 

Noble Kevin Dammond (54)

Oriental Guide

 

PP Tracey White (54)

Treasurer

 

Noble John Pew (101)

Recorder

 

Noble Virtner B. Clark (54)

1st Ceremonial Master

 

Noble Kenneth Bernard (169)

2nd Ceremonial Master

 

Noble Oits McGee (123)

Captain of the Guard

 

Noble Gordon Flowers (54)

Outer Guard

 

Noble Willie Carpenter (54)

Advisor to the Daughters

 

Noble Ernest Pulliam (78)

Marshall

 

Noble John Dodds (123)

Legal Advisor

 

Nobles Brown(151), Wells (54) & Dodds (123)

Audit Committee

 

Dt. Marsha Woodall, PC

Imperial Deputy for the Desert

Moolah Court No. 22

Dt. ??

1st Lieutenant Commandress

Dt. ??

2nd Lieutenant Commandress

Dt. ??

High Priestess

Dt. ??

Oriental Guide

Dt. ??

Treasurer

Dt. ??

Recordress

Dt. ??

1st Ceremonial Daughter

Dt. ??

2nd Ceremonial Daughter

Dt. ??

Inside Spy

Dt. ??

Outside Spy

Moolah No. 54

Oasis of Memphis

Illustrious Potentate -

Chief Rabban -

Assistant Rabban -

Deputy - PP Dwight Smith

Hella No. 105

Oasis of Nashville

Illustrious Potentate -

Chief Rabban -

Assistant Rabban -

Deputy -

Zarah No. 151

Oasis of Jackson

Illustrious Potentate - Noble Ronnie D. Clark

Chief Rabban - Noble Torrez Brooks

Assistant Rabban - Noble Erich Brooks

Deputy - PP Willie Bond

Al-Uzza No. 169

Oasis of Somerville

 

Illustrious Potentate - Noble Marlon Hill

Chief Rabban - Noble James W. Arradondo

Assistant Rabban - Noble Carlos Johnson

Deputy - PP Tony Pierce

Keblah No. 78

Oasis of Knoxville

Illustrious Potentate -

Chief Rabban -

Assistant Rabban -

Deputy -

Hyksos No. 123

Oasis of Chattanooga

Illustrious Potentate -

Chief Rabban -

Assistant Rabban -

Deputy -

Fatima No. 101

Oasis of Covington

Illustrious Potentate -

Chief Rabban -

Assistant Rabban -

Deputy -

History of Shrinedom in Tennessee

 

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The History of Gala Day

Gala Day was first conceived and presented to the Imperial Council in 1944. The original idea was not conceived as Gala Day, but as Deputy’s Day and was given the name Gala Day by the Imperial Council.

 

Gala Day was the brain child of Daughter Flora Watkins and Noble Claude Watkins. At the time of its inception, Noble Watkins was the Imperial Deputy of the Desert of Indiana. He approached the Imperial Potentate and Imperial Council with the idea of declaring a day to honor the Deputies of the Deserts throughout the Imperial Domain. The idea was first met with many objections in the Council by a very conservative block of officers of the Shrine. The Imperial Potentate, Noble Raymond W. Jackson #61 (1939-1955), “A Man for the Hour,” embraced the thought that the Deputies worked for the Council all year and deserved the tribute. He also reasoned that local Temples could make money for charity.

 

Upon giving the idea its approval, the Imperial Council decreed that the event should be known as “Gala Day”, and that the Deputy of the Desert must be in charge of all arrangements and business pertaining to the events. The Council ruled that each Temple in the Desert would be allowed the opportunity to serve as hosts, with the initial event to be held in 1945.

 

Gala Day as we know it today is a joint celebration between the Nobles of the Mystic Shrine and the Daughters. This is why we celebrate “Gala Day.”