Westminster Assembly was Constituted and Instituted on Saturday, June 22, 1974, but our story goes back about 18 months before that. A new Commandery in Westminster was Under Dispensation. A class for the York Rite was held in the fall of 1972. A banquet was held after the Commandery degrees and the idea of forming an Assembly was presented to the group of Sir Knights and their Ladies.
Several of the wives started meeting early in 1973. In May a letter was sent to wives and widows, inviting them to join the Assembly that was being organized. It took nearly a year to obtain the 35 signatures required, but we eventually obtained 37 and were on our way to the Constitution.
In 1975, we were honored with our 1st President being appointed to a Supreme Committee. Our Assembly has been honored over the years with numerous appointments to Supreme Offices and Committees, as well has Mrs. David Alcon, who served as Supreme Worthy President and Mrs. Joseph Chalker as Supreme Recorder for 13 years.
Our Benevolent projects have been very diverse, including: making blankets for the Linus Project; pillows for cancer and surgical patients; small stuffed animals for children in hospitals, or for distribution by police and fire departments; knitted and crocheted caps for newborn babies for Mercy Hospital in Baltimore; Easter Baskets and school supplies for Shepherd’s Staff ; hand made cards for sale and to send to our members; many local charities and the Knights Templar Eye Foundation. We have also participated in Masonic Family Open Houses at our Temple, have helped with the costs of a new handicapped ramp and stair lift chair, and supplied items for the Kitchen at Door to Virtue Masonic Temple. One of our members makes medical mission trips to Guatemala, which we support with donations.
Our members are very enthusiastic and dedicated to the SOOB and Masonic families. We enjoy our fellowship and working together to support Carroll Commandery, Door to Virtue Lodge, and our many philanthropic projects!