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Who inaugurated this movement and why?
In 1999 the late Most Worshipful Grand Master, The Honorable Robert E. Connor, Jr. felt it necessary to began a KOP Youth Program in his jurisdiction. He named the Grand Council after the late Most Worshipful Grand Master, The Honorable Thomas H. Routt. PGM Connors appointed Bro. Jamal Rasheed as the State Director. It was S.D. Rasheed responsibility to get the program up and running for the jurisdiction of Texas. Bro. Rasheed contacted the Supreme Master Knight, Gilbert “Gil” Tyler and he sent the Supreme Knight Treasurer, Richard Sutton of Arkansas to perform the ceremonies. Shortly their after about 5 councils were 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 KOP program (National Level). In November 2001 PGM Connor appointed Michael Simms as the new State Director for Texas KOP. State Director Simms after seeing that only two councils remain active in the state took the program in a new direction. SD Simms 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 began educating the Master Masons about the importance of this program at Mid Winter Sessions, Annual Grand Lodge conferences, and district meetings.
As of March 1, 2017 we have 19 councils in the state with other Masonic districts/lodges requesting KOP councils. The KOP program in Texas now has its own website, logo, bylaws, mission statement, and statewide training program for youth across the state
The Texas KOP Family
What is a Youth Knight?
1. A young man who falls between the ages of 9-20.
2. A young man who attends his meetings and contributes to the organization.
3. A young man who is ready to take on leadership roles and responsibilities.
4. A young man who learns how to be a better citizen, leader, thereby providing a better world of tomorrow.
What is a "SIR" Knight?
1. Prince Hall Masons who contribute their time, efforts and finances to the support of the KOP program.
2. A PH Mason who often becomes a second father to the young men who look up to them for guidance and support.
3. A PH Mason who cares about the development, growth, and well-being of the youth in the surrounding community.
4. A PH Mason who strives to do all he can to prepare our Youth Knights to be leaders of tomorrow.
Board of Regents
Board of Regents
The Board of Regents is made up of 6 or more Sir Knights (PH Master Masons) and the Chairman or President of the Parents Club. The purpose of the Board of Regents is to help, aid and assist the Senior Advisor in the development of the council.
2. Vice President
3. 2nd Vice President
Made up of parents of the Youth Knights who serves as officers;
2. Vice President
They assist the council whenever needed. All parents are parent club members.
A community partnership between the youth, parents, and Prince Hall Masons
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Order of the Knights of Pythagoras
What is the Order of the Knights of Pythagoras?
The order of the Knights of Pythagoras is an organization composed of youths from nine to twenty years of age inclusive, working under the sponsorship and personal supervision of Prince Hall Masons, to provide beneficial use of their spare time, worthwhile companions, wholesome, educational environment, and a program aiming to interest and aid youths, in their all-round development.
Who may become members of the Order of the Knights of Pythagoras?
It is not necessary for a boy to be a son or a relative of a Mason to be eligible for membership but youths, who have passed their ninth birthday and who are of good character may petition a Council of the Knights of Pythagoras for membership.
It should be borne in mind that this organization is not a Junior Masonic Order but is merely under Masonic Supervision.
What activities do Councils of the Knights of Pythagoras carry on?
Special Ceremonial Days are fixed and their observance is made obligatory on all members of the Order. They are Devotional Day, Sunday in June; Patriot's Day, July 4th; Parents' Day, Sunday in November.
Such social activities are conducted by the Councils as are advisable under local conditions. All of these affairs are given under the supervision of the Adult advisor and the members of the Board of Regents of the Council.
Athletic contests and tournaments are conducted by councils.
In jurisdictions having three or more councils, annual state conclaves are held with attendant oratorical contests, exemplification of the Rite of Investure, competitive drills, etc., and other interesting features.
After age of twenty-one, what?
When a member reaches the age of twenty-one, he automatically ceases to be an active member. His passing into citizenship from the Knights of Pythagoras is marked by an impressive ceremony, at which he is given a certificate. This certificate proclaims to the world that the possessor has had the benefit of superior training offered by the Knights of Pythagoras under exemplary Masonic leadership. No greater recommendation can be secured by any youth than this.
Who inaugurated this movement and why?
This movement, originally the Chivalric Order of Knight Companions, was commenced by Masons representing The Grand Jurisdiction of Kansas and Colorado, in a conference held November 19th 1938.
It was adopted for universal use in the Grand Jurisdiction of Prince Hall Masons dispersed throughout the United States under the name "The Order of the Knights of Pythagoras," at the National Conference of Grand Masters of Prince Hall Masons, under the leadership of Grand Master Amos T. Hall, President, held in Denver, Colorado, May 8-10, 1951.
What lessons are taught in the Rite on Investure?
From their first entrance into a council of the Knights of Pythagoras, as a candidate of initiation, the Youths are presented impressive lessons, free from hilarity and horseplay. The investure is built around the nine Cardinal virtues of the Order: Adoration and Reverence for God, Love of Parents, Righteous Thinking, Purity, Patriotism, Toleration, Courtesy, Friendship and Constancy.
The order embraces no particular creed but teaches faith in the one living and true God.
While the Order of the Knights of Pythagoras has its ritual with its secret signs, words, etc., it has no secrets to withhold from the world regarding its aims in making its members better sons and better youths than they have ever been before.
Do Youths enjoy the Knights of Pythagoras?
All boys enjoy the many-sides activities of The Knights of Pythagoras. Its entire program is especially designed for them. It gives them the advantage of the highest type of associates at an age when they are active and energetic and Masonry can make no grater contribution than to aid in directing their efforts in uplifting channels during their spare time. All such endeavors to be found in The Order of Knights of Pythagoras.
What must a youth do to become a member of the Order of the Knights of Pythagoras?
A youth, between the prescribed age limits, should file a petition for membership in a Council of the Order of the Knights of Pythagoras through any member or at the office of the Knight's Secretary of the Council. On this petition, the character of the applicant must be vouched for by either two active Knights, a Master Mason or a Majority Knight.