Social Order of the Beauceant
San Antonio Assembly No. 159

Officers of San Antonio Assembly No. 159
     
Worthy President Mrs. Patricia Nelle
Most Worthy Oracle Mrs. Dock Dixon, PP
Worthy First Vice President Mrs. Mary Jo Rosamond
Worthy Second Vice President Mrs. Daniel Schauer
Worthy Preceptress Mrs. Jimmy Huckabay
Recorder Mrs. Joe Estlack, PP
Treasurer Mrs. Donald Rogers, PP
Marshal Ms. Debbie Harris
Assistant Marshal Mrs. Thomas Beckley, PP
Chaplain Mrs. Harry Davis, PP
Director of Music Mrs. Frank Draper, PP
Standard Bearer Mrs. James Griffith, PP
Color Bearer Mrs. James Davis, PP
Mistress of the Wardrobe Mrs. Jack Burton, PP
Daughter of the Household Mrs. Frank Tamsett, PP
Inner Guard Mrs. Nelson Dunn
Outer Guard Mrs. Gus Wohlfarth, PP
 
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Past Worthy Presidents of San Antonio Assembly No. 159
    
Mrs. Lena D. Stark
1950
Mrs. George Northcutt
1951
Mrs. Gustave L. Meyer
1952
Mrs. Howard A. Dustin
1953
Mrs. Clifford Stolte
1954
Mrs. Eddie Walters
1955
Mrs. H. Loren Thompson
1956
Mrs. William L. Outlaw
1957
Mrs. Charles W. Lindley
1958
Mrs. Daniel V. Lloyd
1959
Mrs. John P. Dunsmore
1960
Mrs. William C. Young
1961
Mrs. Alfred J. Selness
1962
Mrs. John P. Jones
1963
Mrs. David R. Kass
1964
Mrs. Ralph W. Haynie
1965
Mrs. Joe M. Sears
1966
Mrs. Jesse F. Tyson
1967
Mrs. Jack L. Hall
1968
Mrs. J. Carl Craig
1969
Mrs. Robert C. Johnson
1970
Mrs. Burl C. Jopling
1971
Mrs. Ralph W. Kilborn
1972
Mrs. Theo Jett
1973
Mrs. Edward J. Balusek
1974
Mrs. Edwin Podewils
1975
Mrs. Frank S. Tamsett
1976
Mrs. Donald C. Shillings
1977
Mrs. Wallace R. Courtney
1978
Mrs. Vernon O. Smallwood
1979
Mrs. Jack E. Burton
1980
Mrs. H. John Heindenreich
1981
Mrs. Edward C. Jordan
1982
Mrs. Harry C. Davis
1983
Mrs. James C. Willingham
1984
Mrs. Joe O. Estlack
1985
Mrs. Clayton L. Shedivetz
1986
Mrs. Frank E. Draper, Jr.
1987
Mrs. Doyle H. Harbert
1988
Mrs. Bryan A. Naylor, Jr.
1989
Mrs. William V. Norton
1990
Mrs. Louis E. Herrick, PSWP
1991
Mrs. Edward C. Jordan
1992
Mrs. Robert E. Cooper
1993
Mrs. Lyle E. Jennings
1994
Mrs. William V. Norton
1995
Mrs. Ralph S. DeLuna, Sr.
1996
Mrs. Gus H. Wohlfarth
1997
Mrs. Jesus A. Garza
1998
Mrs. James P. Davis
1999
Mrs. Gus H. Wohlfarth
2000
Mrs. Ricky D. Barnes
2001
Mrs. Donald G. Rogers
2002
Mrs. Douglas Wylie
2003
Mrs. John A. Brogan
2004
Mrs. Tom Beckley
2005
Mrs. James Griffith
2006
Mrs. Gene Riggs
2007
Mrs. Dock Dixon
2008
Mrs. Ryan Nelle
2009
Mrs. Mary Jo Rosamond
2010

Present Supreme Officer from San Antonio Assembly No. 159
Mrs. John A. (Mary) Brogan, Supreme Worthy President
2011-2012
     Past President of San Antonio Assembly No. 159 2004
  
Past Supreme Worthy President from San Antonio Assembly No. 159
Mrs. Louis E. (Dale) Herrick
1991-1992
     Past President of San Antonio Assembly No. 159 1991
     Past President of Stillwater Assembly No. 124 1950
 
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About the Social Order of the Beauceant

The Social Order of the Beauceant was originally started at the suggestion of the Commandery in Denver, Colorado. Asked to host the 25th Triennial Conclave for the Grand Encampment of the Knights Templar which was to be held in their city in August 1892, the Sir Knights felt with only one Commandery and a membership of just over 300 they needed help. Their wives agreed to supply the help.

At the first official meeting which was held in February 1890, the ladies adopted the name "Some of Our Business Society" and a brief ritual. The S.O.O.B. was organized solely for the purpose of providing aid and sociability for the Sir Knights and ladies who would attend the Triennial. The ladies so enjoyed the work that they never disbanded, but instead continued operating for the purpose of "making life purer, better and sweeter for others."

The Society remained a small, loyal, local band of ladies, doing good, and assisting their Sir Knights until the 1913 Triennial when they decided to take action to expand. It was then that the first members from other cities were initiated. At that same time, a decision was made to change their name to something more appropriate to Templary while retaining the initials S.O.O.B. Derived from a banner used by the ancient Templars, the "Social Order of the Beauceant" was the result. From that small start, the order expanded to over 15,000 members. We. now have about 6,400 with 114 Assemblies in thirty-five states.

Beautiful and impressive, the Beauceant's ritual contains many lessons which are exemplified by a cadre of seventeen officers in the local Assemblies and nineteen officers in the Supreme Assembly. Our emblem which is the Cross and Crown and our crosses; The Passion, Patriarchal, and Salem; are the same as those used by the Commandery. As our ritualistic robes may not be worn outside the assembly hall, we adopted an informal dress for public use. Look for our distinctive black skirt, white blouse, and red jacket at the next Masonic function you attend. They will be worn by the ones lending a helping hand.

As the wives, widows, mothers, daughters and sisters of Knights Templars, we are the only ladies' fraternal order whose eligibility is determined by membership in the Commandery. A new Assembly may be constituted wherever there is an active Commandery of Knights Templar of sufficient size to warrant it, and there are several interested eligible ladies.

One of the most basic landmarks of the order is the admonition to "cultivate the spirit of love for and loyalty to each other, and the Order of Knights Templar, and the reciprocal consideration due the order." With that in mind, the Beauceant in 1957 adopted the Commandery's Knights Templar Eye Foundation as their official charity. Since that time we have donated over one and a half million dollars to the Eye Foundation.

Today's Beauceant is an order with a long history of support to the Commandery, one that has proven to be a source of pleasure and benefit both to us and to the Sir Knights, It is a history we are proud of and one we wish to maintain. Therefore, we continue to cheerfully fulfill requests to assist with entertainment and hospitality at any level of their organization.

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The Emblems of the Social Order of the Beauceant

There are three crosses used in the Social Order of the Beauceant:

The PASSION CROSS (one bar) is worn on the Ritualistic robes used by the officers of a chartered Assembly:

The PARTRIARCHAL CROSS (two bars) is worn on the robes of Supreme Officers at Supreme Assembly and other special meetings:

The honor of wearing the SALEM CROSS (three bars) on their robes is given to the Supreme Worthy President and all Past Supreme Presidents:

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