Moussa Temple Shriners earn Top Honor
DALLAS – The Desert of Texas, comprised of Prince Hall Shriners and Daughters of the Ancient Egyptian Arabic Order Nobles Mystic Shrine of North and South America, Inc., held their annual Desert Conference and Gala Days Celebration (state convention) at the DFW Airport Marriott South Hotel, April 19 – 22.
During the conference’s award banquet, Moussa Temple No. 106 of San Antonio was recognized as the 2017 – 2018 Temple of the Year by Imperial Deputy of the Desert, Past Potentate Burnell White Jr.
Moussa Temple competed against 10 other Shrine Temples located in Austin, Beaumont, Dallas, Denison, El Paso, Ft. Worth, Galveston, Houston, Killeen, and Tyler.
“I am extremely proud of our Shrine Temple,” said Illustrious Potentate Burrell Parmer. “It’s nice to be recognized, but more importantly, we just want to be a positive partner and supporter in our communities.”
According to Parmer, a Marine veteran and public affairs officer assigned to Navy Recruiting District San Antonio, the public can learn more about Prince Hall Shrinedom by attending their Fezzing Ceremony at the Masonic Temple located at 1163 Rice Road on June 3 at 9 a.m., their Jubilee Day Ceremony which will be held at Emmanuel AME Church on June 3 at 11 a.m., and their National Diabetes Initiative Walk to be held at the Eastside Branch Boys and Girls Club on June 9 at 9 a.m.
The Ancient Egyptian Arabic Order Nobles Mystic Shrine’s purpose is to promote charity and benevolence throughout its communities. The organization has fostered the following programs: a collaborative partnership effort with the American Diabetes Association and St. Jude’s Children Research Hospital; Shriners As Mentors Program; annual educational grants for economically deprived youths; a program of financial aid to youth in their fight against drugs, crime and delinquency; support summer camps for youth; voter education and registration drives; and annual grants to the NAACP, the Legal Defense Fund, and the United Negro College Fund.