Submitted by Sister Brenda Hendricks
A Kentucky Derby was held Jan. 31, in honor of William Joe Paul, Grand Representative of Kentucky in Florida, and a member of Wewahitchka Chapter No. 229. The members of Wewahitchka Chapter stepped right up to the starting gate with their Southern tradition; for their Derby was not just about horse racing; it's about the love, friendship, fashion and sports that Eastern Star has for Brother Joe.
Sister Brenda Keepin, Worthy Matron and her team decorated the room with leaderboards for the upcoming races; the tables were decorated with of course red roses and fake mint juleps. One of their newest members volunteered to smoked pork for the main course and everyone attending brought their favorite side dishes and desserts.
Everyone came dressed in their favorite Derby attire, including many stylish hats. After dinner the Race Master divided the contenders into teams. Each team had to work together to come up with the right answers in order to advance to the finish line. And, of course Brother Joe’s team won after six races.
Then everyone had a chance to thank Brother Joe Paul for his service not only to Eastern Star but also to all of the work he does in the Fraternal Order.
Brother Joe Paul as everyone knows him is Master of Kadosh of the Scottish Rite, President of the Blountstown Shrine Club; Secretary/Treasurer of the Cast, Captain of the Guard for Ill Sir Ben Collins and for past Ill Sir Scott Hair, Past Masters of the Shrine, he has been on the Committee on Work with Grand Lodge for three years. His past service includes but not limited to Past Master of Tupelo 289 (2000), Past DDGM 2007, District Instructor three times, was the Venerable l Master of the Lodge of Perfection of the Scottish Rite, Sound Committee for Grand Lodge for 10 years, served as Inner Guard for past Ill. Archie Maynard for two years. Plus he is an honorary member of every Masonic Lodge in the 6th district; as well as some in the 5th district.
He also has taught Hunter Safety for 21 years in Gulf County for the Fish and Wildlife Commission. He is the Veterans Service officer for Gulf County.
In addition to all his Masonic duties; Brother Joe Paul was initiated in Wewahitchka Chapter in 1998 and since then he has served as always held an office including serving as Worthy Patron starting in 1999 and five more times since. He has continuous held a Grand Chapter appointment every year since then 2000, six of those years he served on the Grand Chapter Credentials Committee. And, in addition to all his Masonic and Order of the Eastern Star duties he chaired the committee of “Coy’s Crew” for Past Grand Patron Coy Beasley, and is the Fundraising co-chair for Grand Conductress Betty Beasley and is a proud honorary member of Parker Chapter No. 96 in District 3.
He was also honored by having his counterpart; Sister Debbi Johnson and her husband Alan attend Grand Chapter at the 109th Annual Session.
You can just about always see Brother Joe with his sound system and travels to a foe singing God praises. He has made many Christian friends in his music ministry. Brother Joe loves the Lord with all his heart. He is a man of God and we thank God for having sent him to our beautiful Order.