In 1999 the Most Worshipful Grand Master (MWGM), The Honorable Robert E. Connor, Jr., felt it necessary to begin a Knights of Pythagoras (KOP) youth program in his jurisdiction. He named the organization and its Grand Council after the late Most Worshipful Grand Master, The Honorable Thomas H. Routt. MWGM Connors appointed Bro. Jamal Rasheed to oversee the program as the State Director (SD). It was SD Rasheed's responsibility to get the program up and running for the jurisdiction. He contacted the Supreme Master Knight, Gilbert "Gil" Tyler, who then sent the Supreme Knight Treasurer, Richard Sutton of Arkansas, to perform the ceremonies and activate the local councils. The first five (5) councils started in the state:
1. Grayson, Council No. 1, Sherman, Texas, District 8
2. Arthur L. Banks Council No. 2, Houston, Texas, District 15A
3. S.J. Sutton, Council No. 3, San Antonio, Texas, District 19
4. Marching to Manhood, Council No. 4, Riesel, Texas, District 14
5. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Council No. 5, Austin, Texas, District 24
In 2001 State Director Jamal Rasheed was elected as the Deputy Supreme Master Knight of the Supreme Council, KOP program (National Level). PGM Conner then appointed Bro. Derrick Jones as the new State Director. Due to SD Jones's heavy work schedule, he was unable to continue. In November 2001, PGM Connor then appointed Bro. Michael L. Simms, Sr. as the new State Director for Texas KOP. After seeing that only two councils remain active in the state, State Director Simms took the program in a new direction. He began by reorganizing the leadership structure of the program. He then developed a theme that will give youth, parents, and master masons a better understanding of what the KOP program is about: Teaching our Youth, Leadership, Responsibility, and Brotherhood. SD Simms then started educating Master Masons about this program's importance at Mid Winter Sessions, Annual Grand Lodge conferences, and district meetings.
As of January 2020, we currently have 19 councils in the state with other Masonic districts/lodges requesting KOP councils. The KOP program in Texas now has its website, logo, bylaws, mission statement, and statewide training program for youth across the state
We believe all of our young men can embrace who they are,
can define their future, and can change the world.
The Most Venerable Thomas H. Routt Grand Council, Order of theKnights of Pythagoras is a Youth Organization sponsored by
Prince Hall Masons of Texas.
Our organization takes young men between the ages of nine through twenty and train them in the areas of Leadership, Responsibility, and Brotherhood.
Providing a partnership between Master Masons, our youth, parents, and the community. Our programpromotes family values, community service, and
continuously provides training for our youth as they become the future leaders of today as well as tomorrow...
Training youth in the areas of Leadership, Responsibility, and Brotherhood