Sheba Chapter, No. 1

Established in 1892, Sheba Chapter No. 1 got off to an auspicious start as the first Chapter in the State of Connecticut.

Sheba has faced many trials, surviving a fire and flood in its early years and through prayers of dedicated members and love from the community, the Chapter remained alive and well.

In 1976, Sheba established a scholarship for deserving graduates in the Valley community. The scholarship is still active as the Sheba Chapter No. 1 Scholarship Fund. In addition to scholarships, Sheba is a longtime supporter of the NAACP, United Negro College Fund, Valley United Way, JAT Scholarship Fund, Griffin Hospital (Breast Wellness Center, Women and Heart Disease Committee and Parish Nurse Program). Community service efforts continue with an annual back-to-school drive and participation with the Salvation Army ringing of the bell for the holiday season joined with support from the brothers of James H. Wilkins Lodge #9 and Order of Novae Ethelene Goldson #13.

Past Grand Officers

1897-1895 Rev. Bro. William B. Bowen Worthy Grand Patron *

1910-1913 Rev. Bro. Thomas Garnet Worthy Grand Patron *

1918-1919 Sis. Nellie Phillips Worthy Grand Matron*

1929-1930 Sis. Lillian C. Smith Worthy Grand Matron*

1936-1937 Bro. Solomon Walker Worthy Grand Patron*

1938 Bro. Clark Bowley Worthy Grand Patron*

1970-1972 Bro. Charles J. Green Worthy Grand Patron*

1990-1992 Sis. Dorothy C. Parks Grand Worthy Matron*

2014-2016 Sis. Bernadine O. Charles Grand Worthy Matron

*deceased members

2014 Brother Gregory A. Gatison was granted Honorary Grand Worthy Patron. He was the first to receive this honor in the Jurisdiction of CT.