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GALA DAY 2024

Hello ! Fun fact: The Imperial Council approved the first-ever Gala Day in 1944. Initially, the plan was to celebrate Deputy’s Day, but the Imperial Council renamed it Gala Day.

Ramadan Temple No. 127
Southaven's Newest Temple | Oasis of Southaven

We would like to extend our warmest welcome and congratulations to our newest temple in the Desert of Mississippi Ramadan No. 127. 

Adopt A highway Rissah Court No. 80
Daughters of Rissah Court No. 80 "All In A Day's Work"

A double shift work day for community service was pulled off by the Daughters of Rissah Court No. 80. Their morning started out by cleaning up their adopted section of Highway 18 in Jackson Mississippi.

Gala Day | Its History

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Deputy of Mississippi

- Henry Coffiel

Aleikum Es Salaam Desert of Mississippi,

I bring you fraternal greetings as the sixth Imperial Deputy of the Desert of Mississippi. Since taking over the reins of the Desert in August 2020, I have had the honor of interacting with some of the most gifted and talented Nobles and Daughters in the Imperial Domain. I want to personally thank each and every Noble and Daughter that I have encountered for their kindness and hospitality. It is with your continued love and support that we will continue to move the Desert of Mississippi forward.

Deputy for the Desert of Mississippi

- Jackie Davis

Greetings and Welcome to the Desert of MS!

Since my appointment in June 2021, I have had to honor to meet and talk with Daughters from all over our great state. They have asked for changes to include more training, transparency, and accessibility. Their concerns are my concerns and we are working on being a Desert they can be proud of. Let’s move Mississippi forward!

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Greeting and welcome to the Desert of Mississippi,

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about how lucky the State of Mississippi community is, I know that's a tricky thing to say after the devastating year we've had, and given the enormous challenges still ahead. But as 2020 drew to a close, I kept coming back to how fortunate we are to be in a profession filled organization with such resilient, thoughtful, dedicated, talented, and intelligent people.

For instance, I'm continually awed by the brilliance of people like our Imperial, State, Temple and Court leaders, who illuminated the intersection of the desire to serve and the restrictions of the pandemic in mind-blowing ways. I'm encouraged by the care so many have taken to make sure this organization survives, whether that means reimagining institutional systems to make our community more. inclusive or building creative alternatives when mainstays—like the traditional Imperial Session, Gala Day or, annual Potentate and Commandress Balls—proved impossible.

As we strive to achieve some degree of normalcy, The Rising Sun will serve as a source of light that will highlight the role that the Desert of Mississippi AEAONMS will play in giving ourselves back to our community.

As we ring in the new year, I think it's worth taking a moment to remember the Nobles, Daughters, and loved one's that we lost during the year 2020, we will forever cherish their memories. Together we will get through to the other end of this crisis—and build back stronger than ever.

Thank you,
Noble Shadon Rollins
(Chief Editing Director)

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