Coast Bend AMD Council #509
Sovereign Master Errol A. Pena
Senior Warden Juan P. Pena Jr.
Junior Warden Jack Beeler
Secretary / Treasurer Joseph Avalos
Chaplain Tom Wimberly
Senior Deacon Gregory Eisenhower
Junior Deacon Robert "Bobby" Dodd
Tylor Quince Mitchell
Joe Causey PSM, KCRBE
Johnny Young PSM, KCRBE
Red Branch of Eri
Knight Commander Red Branch of Eri
Joe Causey, Knight Commander
Johnny Young, Knight Commander
Errol A. Peña, Knight Comamander
Knight Red Branch of Eri
Esquire Red Branch of Eri
Joseph Avalos Esquire
History of the Allied Masonic Degrees
The Allied Masonic Degrees are an invitational organization, and requires membership in the Royal Arch as well as the Symbolic Lodge. Membership is limited to 27 members in a subordinate Council. The presiding officer of a subordinate Council is the Venerable Sovereign Master. The governing body is the Grand Council and is presided over by the Most Venerable Sovereign Grand Master. Decorations are the Knight Grand Cross (KGC) and Knight of the Red Branch of Eri (KRBE). Meetings are referred to as Convocations.
Be it remembered that on August 5, 1933, this Grand Council took as its date of formation January 14, 1892, since this date was the beginning of the Allied Masonic Degrees in America with the formation of the Sovereign College of Allied Masonic and Christian Degrees at Richmond, Virginia, that on April 16, 1932, the subsequent establishment of a Grand Council of Allied Masonic Degrees of the United States of America occurred in Salisbury, North Carolina, and that the union of the two bodies was drawn up and entered into July 18, 1933, and was ratified by the North Carolina Grand Council August 5, 1933 and was ratified by the Sovereign College at Norway, Maine August 24, 1933, and became effective as of September 7, 1933.
Many of these detached degrees became dormant in some places, although in others they were conferred as side degrees. In time, the better of these degrees were grouped together in an organized body under the title of Allied Masonic Degrees. The degrees comprising the system in our Jurisdiction in the U.S.A. are the Royal Ark Mariner, Secret Monitor, Knight of Constantinople, Saint Lawrence the Martyr, Architect, Grand Architect, Superintendent, Grand Tilers of Solomon, Master of Tyre, Excellent Master, Installed Sovereign Master, Installed Commander Noah, Red Branch of Eri and Ye Ancient Order of Corks. They are conferred in the United States in Councils chartered by the Grand Council. Each Council is limited to twenty seven members, with two exceptions. One of these Councils is known as the Council of the Nine Muses and is limited to nine members. The other is Grand Masters Council, which has what is known as a roving charter. The purpose of the latter Council is to provide a place of membership in the Allied Masonic Degrees for brethren residing in localities where Councils have not been organized. Membership in every Council of Allied Masonic Degrees is by invitation, and is predicated on membership in the Royal Arch Chapter.
Taken from TEXAS COUNCIL No. 335
List of Texas Councils