History of Ethelene Goldson No. 13
Etharline McPhail Goldson was born in Darlington, South Carolina in 1918. At the age of 9 and oldest of five children her family moved to Ansonia, CT. She married in 1942 to Robert Goldson and they began their family having five children of their own. She was an active member of the Clinton A.M.E Zion Church of Ansonia, CT where she held various positions.
In the community, she was a Past Matron of Sheba Chapter #1 O.E.S, P.H.A from 1950-1951, a member of the Lily of the Valley Temple, a member of the N.A.A.C.P, a volunteer for the American Red Cross and a member of the Griffin Hospital Auxiliary making her an exemplary model of a women in service and worthy of a juvenile order being named in her honor.
In the name, and by the authority of the Prince Hall Grand Chapter of The Order of The Eastern Star, Connecticut and Jurisdiction,
Whereas a petition has been presented to us by young girls and their advisors on August 11, 1985 ten members were installed into the Ethelene Goldson No. 13 Order of Novae.
On November 3, 2002 Ethelene Goldson #13 Order of Novae was reinstated under Sheba Chapter #1 of Ansonia, CT and 12 girls and 2 adults were initiated by Denise McNair Order of Novae of New Haven, CT.
June 10, 2007 Ethelene Goldson No.13 Order of Novae submitted a letter to the Grand Chapter Officers and Members and the Most Worshipful Grand Master that due to lack of membership, the chapter was not active.
On March 14, 2010, they were formally working as an order and granted the right to meet as an official Novae chapter and 13 members were installed into the Ethelene Goldson No. 13 Order of Novae.
To date, Vanessa D. Roberts is the only chartered member of Ethelene Goldson #13. She was one of the original members joining in 1985. Last known, she resided in Washington, DC working as a Trial Attorney with the United States Department of Justice.