March Mailing 1 & 2





March 2019


Dear Secretary:


May the luck of the Irish be upon you!!    One of your responsibilities is to help keep your Chapter informed.  Please share the contents of this mailing with your Worthy Matron so she may plan her meeting and take care of matters that might need the action of your Chapter.   As Chapter Secretary you are expected to print ALL pages of the monthly mailings, if you receive them via e-mail.  Even the pages you are not required to read at the meeting must be printed for your files and for members to read if they request.  ALL documents in the monthly mailing carry the same importance however some are not required to be read in their entirety at the meeting. 




1)      MESSAGE FROM THE WORTHY GRAND MATRON AND PATRON.  (1 Pg)  This is to be read in its entirety to your members at the stated meeting of your Chapter.




2)      NEWS FROM CANCER RESEARCH PROJECT.  (1 Pg)  Let your members know about the four opportunities shown on this notice to benefit the Cancer Research Project.

3)      PATHWAYS EASTER VISIT (1 Pg) Let your members know about the visit

4)      TRIBUTE TO HONORARY LIFE MEMBERS OF GRAND CHAPTER (1Pg) Let your members know that these sisters have passed away.




5)      WORTHY GRAND MATRON’S ITINERARY.  (2 Pgs)  Please remind the members you have this information.

6)      2018 BOOK OF PROCEEDINGS.  (1 Pg) Order form for the 2018 Book of Proceedings – let your members know. 

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Page 23 – New address for Janet Beltz, 5091 Glenn Valley Dr, 2A, Battle Creek, MI  49015  269-579-9400; Page 23 & 75 (HLM) – Betty Coy passed away 1/9/19;  Page 75 (HLM) – Louise Travis passed away; Page 75 (HLM) Shirley Upper passed away; Page 77 (HLM) Edith Compton passed away;



All legislation to be presented at the 2019 Grand Chapter Session must be received by MAY 31, 2019.  Please send one copy, to the Grand Secretary and one copy to the Chairman of Jurisprudence, PGM Mary F. Lockridge.  Appropriate signatures and the chapter seal are required on all proposed legislation.  (Reference – Law Book, Article 35. AMENDMENTS, page 42.)  Chapter Secretary – please communicate this date to your members at your stated meeting.



All scholarship application forms (ESTARL, Robinson, Adair ESTARL, Coy, Huis and Regular Education) are available on the Grand Chapter website (  On the home page, click Forms, and then click Scholarship Applications to obtain the form(s).  Completed forms are to be sent to the Educational Board Secretary, Jennifer Snider, 11694 Plaza Dr., #9, Clio, MI  48420-1743;  (810) 705-3550;  Sister Jenni must receive all completed applications for scholarships this year NO LATER THAN April 1, 2019.




- Deb Lightner, travel companion for Cheryl Ladd, lost her mother and father-in-law this month

- Dave Johnson, husband of sister Janet Johnson- Sunshine Committee was very ill and in the hospital.  He is now home

- PGM Colleen Wilcenski had hip surgery and is now home recuperating and getting therapy

- Ray Abbey, PGP, lost his brother Les in a fire

- Dawn Torpey’s son, Elliot, fell on the ice at work and hit his head. A CT scan indicated a significant concussion.


Please keep these sisters and brothers in your thoughts and prayers.



Jan S. Cross, Grand Secretary


Michigan Grand Chapter website:


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Elizabeth K. Snodgrass, WGM                                                        Michael Waldo,  WGP

11220 W. Vermontville Hwy.                                                                      424 E. Jefferson St.

Vermontville, MI 49096-9707                                                          Grand Ledge, MI 48837-1750

517-726-1277                                                                                    517-627-5887


Dear Sisters and Brothers,


We’ve survived the February storms and we are now ready for warmer weather (we hope).  Growing up around the maple syrup production, my first sign of Spring coming is when the buckets are placed on the trees.


I would like to congratulate the Grand Officers on an excellent job for their first G.O.E.X.  They can be proud of their great work. Come join us for our March exemplifications.  


March will be a much busier month.  We will be hosting the Wisconsin/Michigan Exchange night at Mt. Morris.  This should be a relaxing fun night with our Wisconsin sisters and brothers joining us in friendship.  Our Grand Family has prepared a great skit to share with our counterparts.  Let’s show our Wisconsin sisters and brothers a warm and friendly welcome.


To our chapters, March is reading month in the schools.  The children would love to share a book with you or have you share a favorite book with them.  Let’s be seen active in our communities reaching out to others.


On a personal note, your cards and prayers have helped to give me strength knowing the support and love that individuals and chapters have shown me.  I am slowly getting stronger and healthier.   THANK YOU!


May our light shine in our communities,


Elizabeth K. Snodgrass                                                                       Michael L. Waldo

Worthy Grand Matron                                                                                    Worthy Grand Patron


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is looking to raise money this year by working at Great Lakes Loons baseball games.  The venue is the Dow Diamond in Midland, MI.


We will be securing at least  four (4)  Great Lakes Loons games where we can make money by working with the food vendors for one hour before and one hour after these games begin.  We had a great time working there last year and expect to do the same this year.  When we are finished working, we are invited to stay and watch the games if we want to. We can sit in any open seat.

 There are requirements; you MUST be 16 years or older, no sandals or open toed shoes, no jeans, Khaki or tan pants (Bermuda short to long pants) white shirt  or organization shirt, and we must all wear a Loons ball cap.  This is also a great opportunity to wear your Eastern Star shirts or jackets to distinguish our group from other workers.  Remember, this is all outside.  Dress for the weather!  Car pool with friends or family for an even more enjoyable experience.

If your Chapter does not have a project already planned,  perhaps this is your way to donate to this most worthwhile project.  Have some of your members agree to work at one of the games.  We can use any number, one or up to 15.  Work any game we are assigned, some dates we will know by mid-April others we get notified one or two weeks ahead.  The short notice ones, usually only 3-4 workers are needed.



Day games require us to be there 2 hours prior to game time.  Night games we need to be there by 5 p.m.  Game time is 7:05 p.m.  We are usually done cleaning up before 8:30.  There will be fireworks after some of the games!

Two of the games are early mornings and a lot of the fans are school children who get bussed in by their schools as a field trips!  The dates will be advised as soon as we get them, and we will pledge 15 workers who need to arrive by 8 a.m.!  One will likely be in late April and these are busy!  These games pay the most money, so please, come and help.  Our car pool will meet at the Meijer Store on Hill Rd and US 23 in Flint by 6:45 a.m. 

For any questions or to reserve your spot, call Jack or Joan Wade at 810-767-3758 or 810-691-4838.    

If you can help, please call asap!

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Masonic Relations Committee 2018-2019

Grand Chapter Order of The Eastern Star of Michigan

January 7, 2019


Dear Brothers and Sisters,


            The Snodgrass/Waldo Grand Family will host the annual Grand Chapter Easter visit to masonic Pathways on Wednesday April 3, 2019.  The Grand Family Spring meeting will be held in the Conference Center below Doig Chapel at Pathways.  Dress for the day will Travel Attire.


                        10:00AM  Coffee hour

                        11:30AM  Snodgrass/Waldo Grand Family meeting

                        12:30PM  Lunch

                         2:00PM    Program in the Doig Chapel


            If you would like to join us for lunch please send your reservation and remittance of $15.00 by March 26, 2019 to:

David Huntley

329 Jonesville Rd

Coldwater,  MI  49036

            Please make checks payable to Grand Chapter OES of Michigan.


            We hope that you can join us for a wonderful day of fellowship and laughter, renewing friendships and celebrating the arrival of spring.  We are  looking forward to seeing you and wish you safe travels.



David Huntley                                               Shane Harvey                   Bruce Rosander

Chairman Masonic Relations                        Co-Chairman


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March 2019


“The angel of the Lord is on guard round those who fear Him, and rescues them.”




EDITH MARIE COMPTON (Bedford No. 471) Edith was born on May 4, 1924 in Traverse City, Michigan and passed away on February 11, 2019.  She was initiated February 26, 1960 in Royal Maple Leaf Chapter No. 291.   She served as Chaplain 5 times, Marshal and Adah twice, Ruth, Martha, Electa and Warder once each.  She advanced through the line three times and was Associate Matron and Worthy Matron five times.  She was also treasurer of her chapter for three years.   Worthy Grand Matron Hazel Chapman and Worthy Grand Patron Joseph Holland appointed her as Grand Representative of Pennsylvania. She joined Bedford No. 471 upon consolidation on June 29, 2009.  She is a Past Kalamazoo County Association and Southwestern District Association officer.  Worthy Grand Matron Joyce Hegenauer and Worthy Grand Patron Fred Eakin appointed her to the Membership Renewal Committee.  Edith received her Honorary Life Membership in Grand Chapter in 2005 by Worthy Grand Matron Iva Cross and Worthy Grand Patron H. William Moerdyk.



BETTY LEREIGN JEFFORDS COY (Fenton No. 248)  Betty was born on February 16, 1921 in Owosso, Michigan and passed away on January 9, 2019.  She was initiated on   June 18, 1940.   She joined on the Masonic affiliation of her father, Charles Jeffards a member of Owosso Lodge No. 81.   She demitted to New Lothrup No. #312 and then to Fenton No. 248.  Betty served as Marshal, Associate Conductress, Conductress each one time but served as Associate Matron 7 times and Worthy Matron three times.  She served as Ruth three times.  Betty is a Past member of Job’s Daughters.  She served as Bethel Guardian and served as Grand Bethel Fifth Messenger of the Grand Guardian Council.  She became Grand Guardian in 1957. She was a holder of the Grand Triangle of Honor. WGM Pearl Chubb selected her as one the four Assisting Grand Marshals at the Four Leaf Clover Session.  Betty served on the Youth Committee for the Vanderstel-Koch year. Then the following year she was chosen to be Grand Marshal for the Weckler-Coy Grand Family.  In 1960 WGM Helen Gundry appointed Betty to serve as Assisting Grand Marshal.  She was selected by WGM Marjorie Barton as one of the Assistant Hostesses to out of State Guests.  WGM Erma Meinhart asked her to serve as one of the Formation Assistants.  In 1980 she served as Co-Chairman of the Courtesy Committee for the Milbourne – Jones Session.  She served as Chairman of the Courtesy Committee for the Cook-Royer Session and again for the Erb-Garey Session, Martin-Shirey Session and Bateman-Martin Session.   Betty received her Honorary Life Membership in Grand Chapter in 1985 from Worthy Grand Matron, Lucille Martin and Worthy Grand Patron, Donald Shirey.


SHIRLEY JEAN UPPER (Linden No. 175)  Shirley was born on October 12, 1921 in Flint Michigan and passed away on October 21, 2018.  She was initiated on May 19, 1950 in Pilgrim No. 447 and transferred to Linden in 1964.   She held the station of Ruth four times, advanced through the line and became Worthy Matron.  She was secretary for 10 years and found it to be very rewarding.  Shirley said that she filled in as Organist when needed, but it wasn’t very good, but it was loud and music to march to.  She held many offices and advanced through the line in Genesee County Association. Shirley received her Life Membership on December 16, 1986 and became an Honorary Life Member in Grand Chapter in 1990 by Worthy Grand Matron Hazel Chapman and Worthy Grand Patron Joseph Holland.


MARY G. MACDONALD (Saline No. 311) Mary was born on October 16, 1922 in Clyde Ohio and passed away on October 13, 2018.  She was initiated into Star of Germany Chapter #1 and transferred to Saline Chapter No. 311 on March 13, 1967.  While at Star of Germany Chapter she held the officers of Marshal, Secretary and Electa. Also while in Germany she was on the Rainbow Advisory Board and served as Mother Advisor.   In Saline Chapter Mary went through the line and served as Worthy Matron four times.  She also held the office of Chaplain.  She has served on the Guardian Council for Milan Bethel.  Mary was Marshal, Second Vice President and President of Washtenaw County Association.   She was appointed Grand Representative of California in 1980 by Worthy Grand Matron Jewell Cook and Worthy Grand Patron Vernon Royer.  Worthy Grand Matron Rosemary Andrasi and Worthy Grand Patron Edgar Shonyo appointed Mary to serve as Chairman of the Publicity Committee the following year.  Mary received her Life Membership on May 6, 2002 and was given her Honorary Life Membership in Grand Chapter by Worthy Grand Matron Karen Black and Worthy Grand Patron Arthur Alexander on October 9, 2002.


PATRICIA J. EAST (Okemos No. 267)  Pat was born on April 14, 1927 in Detroit Michigan and passed away on August 16, 2018.  She was initiated into Utica Chapter No. 240 on January 28, 1960 and joined Ashlar Chapter on September 1, 1971 then became a member of Okemos Chapter 267 on September 30, 2010.  She held all five star points, Marshal, Chaplain and advance through the line.  She served  as Worthy Matron of her Chapter twice.  She was secretary for eight years.  She served as Escorting Grand Conductress in 1975 for the Barton – Hayes Grand Family.  She was asked to serve on the Youth Committee by Worthy Grand Matron Beatrice Dole and Worthy Grand Patron Robert Hayes.  Pat was asked to be Grand Ruth by Worthy Grand Matron Helen Milbourne and Worthy Grand Patron Clarence Jones.  Pat was Macomb County President in 1979 – 1980.  She served as Mother Advisor for Utica and Highland Park of North Warren.  She was a state official and Instructor in Grand Assembly of Michigan.  She received her Life Membership on March 1, 1995. She was given an Honorary Life Member of Grand Chapter by Worthy Grand Matron Margaret Belknap and Worthy Grand Patron Royce Hyde.


LOUISE TRAVIS (Alma No. 43)  Louise was born on September 28, 1928 and passed away on November 23, 2018.  She was initiated into Coe Chapter No. 98 on September 21, 1951. She transferred to Alma Chapter by consolidation in 2009. Louise held all of the star points, Marshal and Chaplain and advanced through the line to Worthy Matron.  She served on many chapter committees.  She did volunteer work at the Masonic Home in Alma.  She was asked to be Grand Representative of North Dakota in 1967 by Worthy Grand Matron Bernice Hiller and Worthy Grand Patron Kenneth Wiseman.  The following year she was asked by Worthy Grand Matron Blythe Parks and Worthy Grand Patron Robert Reighard to serve as Grand Martha.  She had served as President, Vice President, Secretary -Treasurer of Isabella Gratiot District Association. Louise was given a Life Membership on November 16, 1995. She was given an Honorary Life Member of Grand Chapter by Worthy Grand Matron Shirley (McKinney) Richardson and Worthy Grand Patron William Richardson on October 13, 1987.


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Order Form

2018 Book of Proceedings



If you desire a 2018 “Cathedral of Praise Session” Book of Proceedings, please complete this form and RETURN NO LATER THAN MAY 1, 2019 to the Grand Chapter Office, 20411 W. 12 Mile Rd, Suite 108, Southfield MI 48076-6404, or email your order to:  (No orders will be accepted after May 1st.)




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An invoice will be included with your order.


We do not have a price for the book at this time.


Second Mailing

Dear Sisters and Brothers,


Now that we are starting the GOEX season, I would like to share our Cancer Research Project.  We are making Lanterns of Life to represent those that have survived their battle with Cancer as well as honoring those that have lost their battle. 

We are asking for a donation of $5.00 per name, per lantern.  The lanterns will have tags with our loved one’s names on them.

All proceeds will go to the Karmanos Cancer Research Center.  Those of you that have done something for Cancer Research, please share with me what you have done and how much you have raised.  Your efforts are greatly appreciated.

The lanterns will be on display at Grand Chapter and may be taken home after the Thursday morning session or after Installation if you are staying for that.


The lanterns are 8 inches tall and 3 inches wide.  When making your donation, please let me know the following:

Name of Survivor or Honoree

From who and what chapter.


Jessie Ripari

Jack Wade


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Ontario – Michigan

Legacy of Friendship 2019 May 3, 4, 5

Barrie Masonic Temple

99 Morrow Road, Barrie, Ontario


Special Guests will be the


Saturday, May 4 - Registration starting at 1:30 p.m. at the Masonic Temple

Dues Cards will be required


3:00 p.m. – Drill by the Michigan Delegation; Opening, Bayview Chapter Introductions & Remarks; Closing by Bayview Chapter with a Drill by the Michigan Delegation to follow. Social Time to follow with a Cash Bar – Wine and Beer

 Dinner – 6:30 p.m. catering - Newmarket Chapter           Entertainment to follow - Helen & Souhail Banna                   R.S.V.P. by April 12, 2019


A Block of Rooms has been arranged. Requested to book rooms with Carrie Stout

Hampton Inn & Suites Barrie

74 Bryne Drive, Barrie, ON.   L4N 9Y4

 * Cut-off date for hotel bookings is April 2, 2019 *


Friday, May 3, ‘Informal Meet & Greet’ – 6:30 p.m. at the Barrie Masonic Temple

Entertainment & Sing-along with Susan & Bob Drysdale 


            After Party - Friday Night at the Hotel, (Topaz-Opal Room) - Beverages & Munchies provided


Sunday, May 5 - Church Service at 9:00 a.m. at the Masonic Temple

After the church service, Michigan will explore Discovery Harbour and Sainte-Marie among the Hurons. 

              Monday, May 6 – following breakfast we will journey home!


Motor coach pickup locations:  K-Mart in Marshall.  Meijer’s in East Lansing and
Meijers’s in Swartz Creek.

Prices include:  Roundtrip Motor Coach transportation, Hampton Inn – Barrie for 3 nights,
Banquet Saturday Evening.  Sunday Discovery Harbour Sainte-Marie Among the Hurons admissions. Breakfast daily and free WiFi at our host hotel. Tip for motor coach driver.  Baggage handling at hotel is not available. 

Double per person (2 sharing a room)    $490.00
Triple per person    (3 sharing a room)     $416.00
Quad per person    (4 sharing a room)    $380.00

Reservations will be taken on a first come basis.
$50.00 deposit per person to hold your space.  Final payment due no later than April 1, 2019.
Make checks payable to Grand Chapter OES.  In memo area write Ontario Friendship.
Mail to Carrie Stout.  28 W Chicago St., Ste 1B., Coldwater Mi. 49036

Cancellations must be in writing and received no later than April 1, 2019.  Absolutely no refunds after April 12.

U.S. citizens returning to the U.S. from Canada by land or sea are required to present proper travel documents according to the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative. Approved documents include a passport or passport card, Enhanced Driver's License, or NEXUS trusted traveler program card.

tear and mail with $50.00 deposit per person       Checks Payable to: Grand Chapter OES
Amount Enclosed ________________

Michigan/Ontario Friendship Night                        Mail to Carrie Stout, All Seasons Travel
one form per room please                                      28 W Chicago St., Ste 1B Coldwater Mi 49036


Name_________________________________    Chapter________________________________
 address:                                                             Phone:
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 address:                                                              Phone:
 Title:                                                                     Pick up Location:
Name_________________________________      Chapter______________________________
 address:                                                            Phone:
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Name_________________________________      Chapter______________________________

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ON MAY 17, 2019 (FRIDAY)




DINNER 6:00 p.m.




3300 w. CADMUS RD.




DRESS O.E.S. casual               NO SLACKS FOR WOMEN    _____________________________________________________________________________ 

Please Mail with your reservation     Please print

   NAME 1.__________________________________________PHONE NUMBER________________

   2019 GRAND OFFICE 1.________________________________ STATE_______________________

  Chapter office 1. ___________________________________

  NAME 2. __________________________________________ phone number _______________

  2019 GRAND OFFICE 2. ________________________________ STATE _______________________

  CHAPTER OFFICE 2. ___________________________________




WGM March Itinerary

                                  Worthy Grand Matrons Itinerary

                                                   March 2019

 8     Mulliken 161 regular meeting

11       Convention meeting – McCamly Plaza Hotel

12        Kalamo Regular meeting.

16        Michigan-Wisconsin Night.  Mt. Morris Masonic Lodge—810 North St. Mt.

            Morris, Mi. Registration-4:30 Dinner-5:30.  Program to follow. 

            Reservations with remittance of $20.00 to Sue Hoyt-9470  Neff Rd. Clio,

            Mi 48420.  Make checks payable to Mt. Morris  #474 Phone 810-287-1226 

            Dress Travel/OES casual/1958’s

19       Grand Representative Reception-Beverly New and Susie Baumgartner.

            Howell #372.   Howell  Masonic  Center 401 W. Grand River, Howell. 

            Registration  4:30pm Meal-5:30pm with program to follow. Registration

            with remittance of $10.00 by 3-10-19 to Dale Dapprich   2567 N. Hughes Rd

            Howell, Mi.48855.  Phone 517-546-9470   e-mail  

            Make checks  to Howell #372         OES travel.

23       Rainbow Team 2 GOEX  Ypsilanti Masonic Temple, 5752 Whitaker Rd.

            Ypsilanti, Mi 48197

           Registration 11:00 am,  Meal 12:00, Program 2:15pm.  Registration with

           remittance of  $10:00 by  March 16th to Linda Otte, 21305 Robinwood,

           Farmington, Mi 48336.  Phone 248-345-9436  e-mail   

           Make checks payable to Phoenix Assembly     # 49.  Formal attire.  



25      Reception and GOEX honoring Joanne Decker, Grand Adah and Bruce

           Rosander, Masonic  Relations.  Ypsilanti Masonic Temple 5752 Whitaker Rd.

           Ypsilanti, Mi. 48197.   Registration-4:30 pm -  Dinner- 5:30pm, GOEX 7:00

           pm Reservation with remittance of  $15.00  by March 15th to  Saline

           Chapter   #311  % Helen Lauterwasser, 10340 Moon Rd. Saline, Mi.49286 .   

           Formal attire.

26      Reception and GOEX honoring Joan Waterbury, Grand Electa and Terry

          Denbrock, Drills  and   Formations Chairman.  Mystic Star Chapter #354-

         Bronson Masonic Temple 790 E Chicago Rd.  Bronson, Mi 49028.

         Registration 4:00 pm Dinner 5:00 pm GOEX 7:00 pm. Reservations with

         remittance of $15.00 payable to Mystic Star #354 by March 18th to Jill Reed,  

         secretary  69960 Pamela Dr., Sturgis, Mi. 49091        Formal attire.  

         Limited seating.

29     Reception for Genesse County President Barbara Milloy and Lenzy Lewis

          2nd Vice President at Grand Blanc  Masonic Center.  Registration 5:00 pm 

          Dinner  6:00pm with program to follow.    Formal attire.

          Reservation with remittance of $20.00 to Marilee Smiley by March 22nd.    

          4432 Eleanor Dr.  Fenton, Mi. 48430-9141