February 1982, marked the beginning of what would become a dynamic and progressive Chapter of the Independent United Order of Mechanics, Western Hemisphere, Inc. Sisters Iris Miller, Lucille Ranger Brown; Brothers Desmond Miller, Alton Spencer, and Hon. Albert E. Hemans, District Grand Master of Alpha District Grand Lodge New York, met to research and formulate the Beacon of Miami Female Mechanics Social.
In April 1982, the social held its first meeting, under the supervision of Brothers Desmond Miller, Alton Spencer, Berris Anderson, Alva Jones, and Carlton Burton.
Sis. Iris Miller was appointed president, Sis. Walulene Eleby Burton, Secretary, and Sis. Lucille Ranger Brown was appointed Treasurer.
After several months the Social grew in numbers and strength. These ladies, filled with energy, zeal, and determination, displayed the true meaning of unity and sisterly love. Soon there were twenty-eight very outstanding members, ready to stand firm and make this chapter second to none.
Four members of the social were already Mechanics. Sisters Iris Miller and Lucille Ranger-Brown were members of Loyal Hibbert Court of Ester Chapter No.1, Kingston, Jamaica. Sis. Icilda Bryan from Ruth Chapter, Yallas St. Thomas, Jamaica, and Sis. Alpha Murray was initiated in a Chapter in Connecticut, U.S.A.
Sometime later, a letter requesting sponsorship was sent to Tuscan Chapter No.1, New York. The illustrative Matron, Sis. Iris Francis, worked assiduously preparing, members for initiation and elevation in order to achieve their goal.
Due to distance of the sponsoring Chapter, the Illustrative Matron Sister Iris Francis appointed a Scrutinizing Committee comprising of Hon. Glasford Earl, Special Deputy-Florida, Bro. Owen Daley P. I. G R. A., and Bro. Ivan D. Brown S.K., to instruct and supervise the social.
On May 29th, 1983, Hon. Albert E. Hemans, Rt. Worshipful District Grand Master, of Alpha District Grand Lodge No. 1, New York, pursuant to notice, visited Miami with his staff of officers for the purpose of Inauguration and Installation of Beacon of Miami Chapter.
|Sis. Maxine Osborne||SK Deputy Matron|
|Sis. Ethel Dorsett||SK Secretary|
|Sis. Loris Johnson- Simms||PIM Senior Deacon|
|Sis. Felicia M. Eversley||Junior Deacon|
|Sis. Rena Anderson||Inner Guard|
|Sis. Velda Powell||PIM Tyler|
|Sis. Juliet McGriff||PIM Chaplain|
|Sis. Leonie Boothe||PIM Trustee|
|Sis. Icilda Bryan||PIM Auditor|