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The purpose of the parades, pageants and exhibitions is to publicize the Imperial Council of Shriners, to stage a festival show, and to set the scene for the order in such a manner that will bring nothing but dignity, honor and prestige to the Prince Hall family of masons and its ladies auxiliary, Imperial Court, Dts. of Isis.

PH Shriners strongly believe that full citizenship can only be achieved through participation in all phases of community life. One of their many civic and community projects is a program to bet all citizens in local communities to register and vote. The order is not concerned about who a member votes for, that being a matter for personal udgment, but they are concerned that you vote.

Members of the order are aware that a registered voter who votes insures an individual effort on his or her part of a continued interest in good government for many years to come.

Being non-political the Order does not tell you for whom you should vote. The Order says "VOTE" and is only interested in this, insofar as its politics is concerned.

Another program of national significance, sponsored by Prince Hall Shriners, is the National Scholarship Fund Project for young ladies. As of 1974, this project has awarded more than $1,000,000 in financial aid and scholarship grants to students all over the world who have paarticpated in the Prince Hall Shrine national scholarship-talent pageant program and contest.

Grants and scholarships received by recipients have enabled them to attend and/or graduate from colleges and universities throughout the land. The current records show that these young ladies attended and/or attending such prestigious schools as Carnegie Institute of Technology, Columbia University, Fisk University, Hampton Institute, Howard University, Julliard School of Music, Lincoln University, McGill University in Canada, Morgan State College, Northeastern University, Philadelphia Conservatory of Music, University of Kansas, Virginia State College and Wayne State University.

Other schools from which Prince Hall shrine scholarship winners have graduated, are attending now, or have attended are Arkansas State College, Cortes-Peters Business College, Davidson College, Delaware State College, Eastern Arizona, Eastern Ky. University, Fordham University, George Washington University, Holy Cross College, Kansas State Teachers College, Loyola University, Michigan State University, Philadelphia Music Academy, Playhouse School of Theater, St. Augustine College, St. Francis School of Nursing, St. Paul College, Shenandoah Conservatory of Music, Traphagen School of Fashion, University of Alabama, University of California, University of Detroit, University of Minnesota, University of Missouri, University of Nevada, University of Southern Florida, University of Southern Mississippi, Virginia Union University, and West Virginia State College.

The economic development and well being of black people, other minorities and poor black and white people in the USA have been a matter of importance to both PH Shriners and Daughters of Isis, and of first concern to Prince Hall Shriners for a long time. To this end the Imperial Council decided to so [[do]] something about this matter. As [[At]] a recent annual session, the fraternity voted to begin depositing some of their surplus funds into Negro banking institutions around the nation. The council now have on deposit in several predominantly black banks all over the USA, million of dollars available for loans and mortgages to assist Blacks and other minorities in their economic development progress.

[[image - black & white photograph of Shriners seated]]

[[image - black & white photograph of a Heublein Distilling Company official, Noble George Swanston, and John W. Edghill]]
[[caption]] A top official of Heublein Distilling Company (left), presents the Deputy of the Desert plaque for 1974 to Noble George Swanston, deputy of the desert of Germany, as the outstanding deputy. Looking on (right) is immediate Past Potentate John W. Edghill of New York. [[/caption]]

[[image - black & white photograph of Shriners along with Miss Fish Bowl, 1974 and the former Miss Fish Bowl, 1973-1974]]
[[caption]] Imperial Potentate Marshall S. Johnson of Sahara Temple 2, Pittsburgh, Pa. crowns Miss Fish Bowl, 1974 at the annual Fish Bowl football classic in Portsmouth, Va. Looking on are Miss Fish Bowl, 1973-74; Waverly Williams, illustrous potentate of Arabia Temple 12, Portsmouth; and Slyvester L. Spence, Imperial Director of Music for the AEAONMS. [[/caption]]

[[image - black & white photograph of Karen Sue Floyd and John W. Edghill]]
[[caption]] Miss Karen Sue Floyd of New York City by way of Birmingham, Ala. is crowned the "1974 National Shrine Queen" by immediate Past Imperial Potentate John W. Edghill, in a ceremony held at the last Imperial Council session in Philadelphia, Pa. Miss Floyd, who received a $2,500 scholarship award for her effort, will attend the 1975 Imperial Council session in New Orleans, La. as guest of the Council, Imperial Potentate Marshall S. Johnson of Sahara Temple 2, Pittsburgh, Pa., announced this week. [[/caption]]
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