The Phylaxis Society
Society is a Masonic research organization. Its membership application
reads in part that it is, "an international organization of Prince Hall
Freemasons who seek light and have light to impart". The Society provides
a universal center and bond of union for Prince Hall Freemasons everywhere
who desire to pursue the study of Masonry. The Society emphasizes that
it will in no way interfere with the legislative and ritualistic affairs
of any Masonic body. While membership is limited to Prince Hall Freemasons,
"regular" Freemasons are welcomed as subscribers, and play an interesting
role in working with the Society.
adopted its name from a Greek term interpreted to mean "to preserve and
safeguard." The founding members of the Society came together in 1973
to bring to Universal Freemasonry an awareness of the order founded by
an American named Prince Hall back in 1776. In the beginning, the Society
emulated to some degree the fifty year old Philalethes Society, adopting
its basic organizational structure and using it as a role model.
officers are widely scattered around the country. It publishes quarterly
a magazine, "The Phylaxis", and a Phylaxis Newsletter. Its symbol is the
square and compass surrounding the number "15", resting on an open book,
over the lamp of knowledge. The number "15" has dual significance, representing
both the number of Blacks, including Prince Hall, who became the first
of their race to become initiated into Freemasonry, and it represents
the number of "actual" Fellows authorized by the Society.
this title by writing a thesis called a "masterpiece" on some aspect of
Prince Hall Freemasonry, publishing it in the Society's magazine, and
receiving a Certificate of Fellow. The Society also awards Honorary Fellow
status on those who have made outstanding contributions to Prince Hall
Freemasonry and the Society. The award is open to "regular" Freemasons
and anyone else for works on the Prince Hall Fraternity.
meets annually at different locations around the country. Each meeting
includes tours of various Masonic institutions in the area, a workshop/seminar
hosted by the Society, and the induction of those who have made worthwhile
contributions to Prince Hall Freemasonry into the Phylaxis Hall of Fame.
there is the Phyllis Chapter of the Phylaxis Society. It is an international
Society of Eastern Stars, with Prince Hall Affiliation, in pursuit of
study therein. It too provides a universal center and bond of union of
Prince Hall Eastern Stars, without interfering directly or indirectly
with the Legislative or Ritualistic Affairs of any Order of the Eastern
Star body. Their official publication is "The Phyllis Magazine".
Prince Hall Master Mason may become a member of the Phylaxis Society and
thus may participate in all the Society's activities. He must be a member
in good standing of a regularly constituted Prince Hall Masonic Lodge.
organizations who are otherwise ineligible to become members, but who
desire to receive the material published by the Society may become Subscribers.
contact: William Green, F.P.S.; Financial Secretary, P.O. Box 42005, Tacoma,
WA 98442. (Note: The application requires the signature of a member).