Don’t Mess With Texas
Wor. Bro. Frederic L. Milliken
“We’re the best in Texas, yes we are.”
“They come to watch us from afar.” (or something like that)
Left, left, left, right, left…to the right –
MARCH…Halt, one, two...Right face…about face…forward march… to the rear march…
Such was a
tiny micro example of the precision marching of the Lone Star Guild Drill
Teams that I witnessed at Prince Hall Texas’ recent York Rite Conclave. Now I
know of men’s Knight Templar drill teams but I have never heard of or seen
women within Freemasonry performing within drill teams. Then again I haven’t
been a York Rite member or a Prince Hall Mason for a long time either.
know for sure but I’m going to bet that my Mainstream Brethren have never
heard of this. But it does go to show what a Masonic family is all about. In
Prince Hall’s it means meeting with the female Bodies in the same building at
the same time and coming together for some common functions and some good
times. Luncheons, banquets, social mixers, yearly allocutions, awards
ceremonies and installations are gender mixed. This builds a strong bond
between the men’s side and the women’s side. And it provides strong cross
support going both ways.
Star Guild Drill Teams Performances was one more thing that brought the Prince
Hall Family together. And it was a real morale booster. I left feeling really
inspired and confident that my fraternity was going to do great things in the
future. This sense of solidarity is a vital component of a healthy, growing,
motivational Freemasonry and one that should be emulated elsewhere.
Princess Captain R. Lucille Samuel was responsible for the creation of the
Texas Guild’s drill teams and she will further educate us on how they came
about and what they do.
LONE STAR GRAND GUILD
R. LUCILLE SAMUEL
GRAND PRINCESS CAPTAIN
of 2006 I was elected as the Grand Princess Captain of the Lone Star Grand
Guild of Texas. It was not until 2008 when I travelled to Charlotte, North
Carolina that I came up with an idea. At the Annual International Grand
Encampment and International Grand Court of Cyrene Crusaders Session I saw men
and women Drill Team competitions. At the time the Right Eminent Grand
Commander of Texas, Tony M. Moore had a men’s drill team. There were only two
members at this time but they stole the show.
Retired Army Veteran I thought this could be a piece of cake as well as so
much fun for the Guilds to compete in Texas. Little did I know we would go on
to the International Session and bring home 1st Place 2 years
returned to Texas, I sent out an email with the Drill Guidelines to all the
Princess Captains and Special Deputies. Each Guild Drill Team was to perform
at the 2009 Grand Conclave in Killeen, Texas. The Drill Team that competed
was South Central Guild #39 of Killeen, Texas. We were the host for the
International Grand Encampment that year in Ft Worth, Texas. South Central
Guild placed first and became the 2009 International Grand Champions.
South Central Guild #39, 2009 International
Grand Drill Team Champions Ft Worth, Texas
In 2010 we
had two more Drill Teams to emerge at the Texas Grand Conclave in Houston
giving us a total of 3. They were Heart of Texas #38 of Temple Texas, South
Central Guild #39 of Killeen, Texas, R. Lucille Samuel Guild #41 of
Waxahachie, Texas. At the International Session in Memphis, Tennessee all 3
Guilds placed. 4th Place R. Lucille Guild #41, 3rd
Place South Central Guild #39 of Killeen, Texas and the 2010 International
Grand Drill Team Champions Heart of Texas Guild #38!
South Central Guild #39, R. Lucille Samuel
Guild #41 and Heart of Texas Guild #38, 2010 Memphis, Tennessee
Heart of Texas Guild #38 2010 International
Drill Team Champions
because there were no Teams Registered for competition in Baton Rouge, Heart
of Texas Guild #38 remain the reigning International Grand Champions.
2012 these 3 Drill Teams met again at our Texas Annual Grand Conclave in
Dallas. South Central Guild #39 (Valiant Ladies) are the Texas State Champs
As you can
see each Drill Team is unique in their own uniforms and styles of Drill and
Entertainment. It takes a lot of hard work, practice and dedication to ensure
each member of the Drill Team is on the same step and beat as the others. The
Drill Teams have been watched and evaluated by myself and other Veterans or
Sir Knights. It is a competition but the most important thing is that they
perform together as “ONE”.
Team Competition not only brings notoriety throughout the State and Nation but
it gives these ladies a sense of pride and builds their self-esteem to compete
in public. It builds camaraderie among the Guild members and hopefully will
encourage other members to form Drill Teams for their Guilds. We have 12
Guilds in the state of Texas. I am very proud of each and every member. It
is my dream that one day each Guild will have their own Drill Team.
“DON’T MESS WITH TEXAS!"