March mailing from the Grand Secretary

GRAND CHAPTER

ORDER OF THE EASTERN STAR

OF MICHIGAN

March 2017 

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. 

 

READ THE FOLLOWING IN THEIR ENTIRETY at your Stated Meeting:

 

1)      MESSAGE FROM THE WORTHY GRAND MATRON AND PATRON.  (2 Pgs)  This is to be read in its entirety to your members at the stated meeting of your Chapter.

2)      ELECTED BOARD VACANCIES – UPDATE.  (1 Pg) Please read this updated list of vacancies in its entirety at your stated meeting.

 

SUMMARIZE EACH OF THE FOLLOWING COMMUNICATIONS at your Stated Meeting:

 

3)       SCHOOL OF INSTRUCTION QUESTIONNAIRE.  (1 Pg dbl-sided)  This is an opportunity for members to provide input on the content and format for Schools of Instruction. Please share this form with your members.

4)      PATHWAYS EASTER VISIT.  (1 Pg) Let your members know about this special time with the residents of Pathways and encourage them to come.

5)      CARD PARTY AND VAN PROJECT SHIRT ORDER.  (2 Pgs)  Let your members know about this card party and the chance to order an Eastern Star shirt.  Both opportunities will benefit the Pathways Van Project.

6)       PEACE GARDEN PILGRIMAGE.  (3 Pgs)  Encourage your members to take this trip to the Peace Gardens.  Deposit deadline – July 1, 2017.

7)       SCOOTERS GIRLS EVENT.  (1 Pg)  Let your members know about this land “cruise” and dance to benefit the Service Dog Project.

READ AT LEAST THE FOLLOWING UNDERLINED TITLE at your Stated Meeting:

 

6)  WORTHY GRAND MATRON’S ITINERARY.  (1 Pg)  Please remind the members you have this information.

 

♣ ♣ ♣ ♣ ♣ ♣ ♣ ♣ ♣

 

PLEASE LET YOUR MEMBERS KNOW:

 

2016-2017 DIRECTORY UPDATES 

Page 13 - AGM Janice Fowler, new cell number (517) 581-1543;

Page 14 - Grand Ruth correct first name spelling is Vicki;

Page 17 - Education Board VP Jennifer Snider, no longer has land line - only cell

Page 25 – PGM Elaine Bupp new address: Fairview Nursing Home, 441 E Main St., Centerville, MI  49032; Page 44 – Martha Washington No. 113 Secretary has new email 

Page 65 - Vienna Chapter No. 283 WM Jennifer Snider, no land line – only cell

Page 67 - Tekonsha-Rebecca No. 324 WP Ronald Keller cell number

Page 70 – Orion-Fellowship No. 340 consolidated on January 25, 2017 with Ortonville No. 286;

Page 81 – Berkley-Highland Park No. 483 Secretary Mary Kinning has new email 

 

 

PROPOSED LEGISLATION DEADLINE – MAY 31!!

All legislation to be presented at the 2017 Grand Chapter Session must be received by MAY 31, 2017.  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 ON WEBSITE

All scholarship application forms (ESTARL, Robinson, Adair ESTARL, Coy, Huis and Regular Education) are now available on the Grand Chapter website (mioes.org).  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, Priscilla Hankins, P.G.M.  2949 Eleven Mile Road, NE, Rockford, MI  49341.  Telephone home – (616) 884-3086; cell - (734) 347-0640.  Sister Perk must receive all completed applications for scholarships this year NO LATER THAN April 1, 2017.

 

SICKNESS AND DISTRESS

 

- PGM Marjorie Barton passed away Sunday, February 12.

- PGM Helen Milbourne had a serious bout with the flu while wintering in Florida.

- PGM Elaine Bupp is now residing in Fairview Nursing Home, 441 E Main St., Centreville, MI  49032

- Mary Arnould, wife of PGP John, has been suffering with serious health issues.

- Helen Millard, mother of Grand Marshal Dawn Torpey, passed away Saturday, February 11.

- Darene Sargent, travel companion for Starliner Assistant Business Manager Joan Waterbury is scheduled for knee surgery, at this writing, on February 22.

 

Please keep all members close with cards and prayers.  These gestures are needed and welcomed by all of our members.  Remember to send information to the Grand Chapter Obituary and Sunshine Committees so they might send cards as well.

 

 

DIRECTORY, LAW BOOK AND BOOK OF INSTRUCTION CORRECTIONS

By now you should have all received the mailings containing the Chapter copy of the 2016-2017 Directory and the 2016 Law Book and Book of Instruction corrections for the two Chapter law books.  Additional copies may be ordered and will be invoiced at time of shipment.  Please DO NOT SEND PRE-PAYMENT.

 

 

 

 

Mary A. Ivey, Grand Secretary

E-mail:  secretary@mi.oes.org

Michigan Grand Chapter website:  mioes.org

 

 

 

GRAND CHAPTER

ORDER OF THE EASTERN STAR

OF MICHIGAN

 

Dear Sisters and Brothers,

 

HAPPY ST. PATRICK’S MONTH!

 

Yes it is March, and I am thinking the same thing you all are; when is winter going to be over and when can we put the snow shovels away!  Soon! Soon!

 

In February we had a few things happen we hope might interest everyone.  The Wilcenski-Otte Grand Family did their first GOEX with Victoria Chapter #290 hosting this event but we held it at Nankin Chapter #238 in Westland.  This allowed more people to attend since Nankin Chapter is on one floor and has a larger dining room.   Thank you both chapters for such a great couple of days.  Bob and I would like to brag and congratulate our Grand Officers and Grand Committee members who helped make this evening a great night, we are very proud of all of you.  We also had visitors from Canada who attended our GOEX and we appreciated having them join us. 

 

Another event attended was the Jobs/OES honoring in Mt. Morris, where the Jobs Daughters performed a GOEX of their own.  It was a beautiful day and we had a great time with all the Daughters. It is always nice to support our youth groups.  

 

Bob and Linda Otte along with our newly appointed Grand Representative of Ontario, Patti Wachtel and I attended a chapter meeting in Ontario.  We had never visited another Jurisdiction’s meeting night where we could actually view the way they hold their meetings.  It was a night of great fellowship as their Worthy Grand Matron and Patron did an official visit.

 

In your monthly packet you will find the questionnaire that we promised to send out to all the chapters on the schools of instructions.  Please Sisters and Brothers, give us your honest answers, because only by doing so will we be able to pass this information on to allow for schools to cover what you as members would like to see done.  If you don’t tell us, we can’t make changes or cover something that really needs to be covered. 

 

The Worthy Grand Patron and I are looking forward to attending as many initiations as our schedules allow, so let us know when you are going to initiate new members so we can try to attend.

 

There has been a lot of information sent out these last couple of months on trips, receptions and special events.  We hope that you can take some time and come out and attend these special events.  The Wilcenski-Otte Grand Family looks forward to meeting and enjoying your company. 

 

My Irish blessing for this month is:  I wish for you, A sunbeam to warm you, A moonbeam to charm you, and A sheltering Angel so nothing can harm you. 

 

Happy Spring Time!

 

Colleen Wilcenski                                                                   Robert Otte 

Worthy Grand Matron                                                            Worthy Grand Patron                                    

 

 

 

GRAND CHAPTER

ORDER OF THE EASTERN STAR

OF MICHIGAN

 

TO THE OFFICERS AND MEMBERS OF THE

SUBORDINATE CHAPTERS OF MICHIGAN

 

 

Dear Sisters and Brothers,

 

This is to notify you of the following vacancies to be filled on the Elected Boards of Grand Chapter.

 

Educational Board – the term of this position is three years and it must be filled by a Past Grand Patron.  Past Grand Patron H. William Moerdyk has decided not to seek a final three-year term on this Board. 

 

Benevolence Board – the term of this position is four years and it must be filled by a Past Matron.  Past Matron Carolyn Macdonald is completing her second and final consecutive term.

 

The Law requires that an endorsement of the member’s chapter is necessary for the name of the Sister or Brother to be presented to our members and this must be done at a regular/stated meeting.

 

A Chapter’s endorsement, under its Seal, is to be received in the Grand Chapter Office (see page 23, Article 11. Endorsements and Nominations, Section 3. Elective Board Members).  Please be sure to include, in the endorsement, the date of the meeting.

 

Sincerely and fraternally,

 

Mary A. Ivey, Grand Secretary

 

 

 

 

To:  Worthy Matron

The Wilcenski-Otte Grand Officers have completed their schools for the year, and now it is time for the feedback part we spoke of.   We are looking to help future Grand Officers fine tune their schools to the present need of the Chapters.  Please honestly answer the following questions:

  1. 1.    The schools were planned to run no longer than 2 ½ hours.  In most cases, that objective was met.  Do you feel that:
    1. a.    It was too long
    2. b.    It was just right
    3. c.    It was not long enough.

 

  1. 2.    The school for this year focused on these principal areas:

 

  1. A.   Chapter preparation

Was it:             a. Not specific enough

            b. It met our needs well

            c. It was too long

                        B. Introductions

Was it: a.  Needed to see more

            b.  The examples were sufficient

            c.  We’re old hands and know how its done.

                        C.  Areas of concern in the Initiatory work

Was it: a. We needed more from start to finish

            b. The Candidate Preparation/Altar Circle instruction was helpful

            c. Nothing new.

  1. D.   Conducting business

Was it: a.   Extremely helpful. Wanted copy of script; asked questions

  1. b.    It met our needs and reminded us of using proper procedures
  2. c.    Informative, but we know the procedures.

 

Our objective was to give special attention to your new and less experienced Officers without embarrassing them.  Was your instructor able to accomplish that?

  • YES
  • NO

Did you feel that your instructor was knowledgeable enough to conduct the school?

  • YES
  • NO

 

 

Did you feel that your instructor satisfied all the questions you had, and if she/he couldn’t answer them, did she/he provide you with a satisfactory answer after making inquiries and in a timely manner?

  • YES
  • NO

Do you feel that, if someone is going to be an instructor, she/he should be examined as to their capabilities before being allowed to be one?

  • YES
  • NO

Many of you have seen many formats used for schools.  Which one suited your Chapter needs?

  • One Chapter, one instructor?
  • Many Chapters, instructed by all Grand Officers?
  • Small groups of Chapters, instructed by one instructor and local Gr. Officer?
  • Small groups of Chapters, instructed by a team?
  • Other  __________________________________________

What would your Chapter like to see taught in future schools?

 

 

Please comment and give us input on anything about the schools that you feel would make them more successful:

 

 

PLEASE RETURN TO:  COLLEEN WILCENSKI, WORTHY GRAND MATRON

                                           10696 Ferry Road, Charlevoix, MI 49720

 

 

 

 

 

Masonic Relations Committee 2016-2017

Grand Chapter Order of the Eastern Star of Michigan

January 11, 2017

 

Dear Sisters and Brothers,

 

            The Wilcenski/Otte Grand Family will host the annual Grand Chapter Easter Visit to Masonic Pathways on April 12, 2017. The Grand Family Spring Meeting will be held in the Conference Center below Doig Chapel at Pathways. Dress for the day will be Travel Attire.

 

10:00 am Coffee Hour

                  Label the Easter Greetings to be given to the Residents

11:30 am Wilcenski/Otte Grand Family Meeting

12:30 pm Lunch

2:00 pm Program in the Doig Chapel

 

If you would like to join us for lunch please send your reservations and remittance of $12.00 by April 3, 2017 to:

Michael Morse

7500 Bilby Road

Jerome, Michigan  49249

517-403-2005

 

Please make checks payable to Grand Chapter OES of Michigan.

            We hope you can join us for 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.

 

Fraternally,

 

Greg Oliver Chairman          Dale Kane       Michael “Mike” Morse

Your Masonic Relations Committee

 

 

 

 

Linden OES Chapter 175


Presents a


CARD   PARTY


Saturday, April 29, 2017


with a
Soup & Sandwich Lunch


DOOR   PRIZES
   $10 in advance               $12 at door 

 

PUBLIC WELCOME.  Large groups can be accommodated.  Decks of playing cards are available for use.  You do not need to have a partner to come.  If cards are not your choice, bring a board or dice game to play.

12 (noon)   to   3:30 pm

At the Linden Masonic Temple,  119 N. Bridge St. (Linden Road), Linden, MI  48451.    For info or tickets call Joan Wade 810-767-3758 or  Ellen Fisher 989-271-8502.

 

Proceeds to the Pathways Van Project

 

 

 

PATHWAYS  VAN  PROJECT

SHIRT  ORDER

 

Name _________________________________________        Date ______________________

Address _______________________________________

City, State, Zip __________________________________

Phone ___________________________

 

 

Colors :  Blue, Yellow (Polo = Gold), White, Green, Red

Sizes:     S   M   L   XL   2X   3X   4X  (unisex sizes)

POLO  w/embroidered star  $25     or     T-shirt w/silk screened star   $20

 

Quantity _____      SIZE _____      COLOR _______     STYLE _______     COST  $ _________

Quantity _____      SIZE _____      COLOR _______     STYLE _______     COST  $ _________

Quantity _____      SIZE _____      COLOR _______     STYLE _______     COST  $ _________

Quantity _____      SIZE _____      COLOR _______     STYLE _______     COST  $__________

                                                                                                          TOTAL $_________

Total payment in cash or check (made out to: Grand Chapter) must accompany order.  Please give to any Pathways Van Project member; or mail to Jack Wade, 1081 Roman Dr,  Flint, MI   48507.  Questions?  Phone 810-767-3758.     Delivery approx. 2 weeks.

 

 

 

2017 Peace Garden Pilgrimage

 

DEAR SISTER AND BROTHERS,

The 2017 Pilgrimage for the Forty-Ninth Triennium of the General Grand Chapter will be held on August 11-13, 2017. The Peace Garden is located on the North Dakota USA – Manitoba Canada Border. It was established by the Governments of The United States and Canada as a treaty to never engage in conflict between the two countries.

 

For those of you who would prefer to drive to the Peace Gardens, Registration forms are available on the Home Page Web site of the General Grand Chapter or by contacting me. There is also a list of Hotels in the area on both sides of the Border. The cost of the Pilgrimage for all three days is $94.00 for Registration Fee and four meals. Plus, there is an entry fee of $30  into the park.  You may contact me if you have difficulties obtaining the forms.

 

                        OR

You may join with other members and friends of the OES on our Bus Trip on August 9-15, 2017

1)    The cost of the Bus Trip includes 4 nights of Motels on the way there and back.

2)    2 Nights at Sky Dancer Hotel Casino which includes $75 in “Play” Money and

$2.00 off on all meal purchases.

3)    Entry fee paid for the Peace Gardens for the weekend

4)    Registration Fee, Buffet Supper and Vesper Service on Friday, Lunch on Saturday followed by a Masonic Program, Dinner and Entertainment and Church Service on Sunday Morning followed by a Luncheon prior to leaving for Michigan.

Please contact me for further information.

 

H. William Moerdyk, PGP & GGCCM

Cell phone 269.342.5909

Address until April 10, 2017                                  Address after April 10, 2017

1230 Yesica Ann Circle #103D                             PO Box 19966

Naples, FL 34110                                                  Kalamazoo, MI 49019-0966

 

 

 

 

 

INTERNATIONAL PEACE GARDEN TRIP

AUGUST 9 – 15, 2017

Itinerary

 

8-9-17                   10:00 a.m.           Leave Lansing Meijers – Lake Lansing Road

                                11:30 a.m.           Pickup in Kalamazoo (Location to be determined)

                                  1:00 p.m.           Stop for Lunch between St. Joseph & Michigan City

                                  6:00 p.m.           Stop for evening Toma, WI

 

8-10-17                 9:00 a.m.             Leave Hotel Travel Day

                                 6:00 p.m.            Stop for evening – Fargo ND.

 

8-11-17                 11:00 a.m.          Leave Hotel

                                   3:00 p.m.          Arrive at Casino & Check in Hotel

                                                                A MORE DETAILED ITINERARY WILL BE PROVIDED

 

8-12-17 - 8-13-17                              A MORE DETAILED ITINERARY WILL BE PROVIDED 

 

8-13-17                 1:00 p.m.             Leave Peace Garden for Home

                                6:00 p.m.             Stop for Evening in Fargo, ND

 

8-14-17                 9:00 a.m.              Leave Hotel Travel Day

                                6:00 p.m.             Stop for Evening in Rockford, IL

 

8-15-17                 9:00 a.m.              Leave for final day of travel home

 

 

                                Price for Two in Room                   $900.00 PER PERSON

                                Price for Three in Room                $825.00 PER PERSON

 

Please make my/our reservation for INTERNATIONAL PEACE GARDEN TRIP subject to the attached explanation and the conditions stated:

 

DEPOSIT OF: $100.00 DUE May 31, 2017 (non refundable after July 1, 2017)

CUT OFF DATE FOR RESERVATIONS:   July 1, 2017 (Bal. Due JULY 22, 2017)

RESERVATIONS MADE AFTER MAY 31, 2017 MUST BE PAID IN FULL

 

 

 

INTERNATIONAL PEACE GARDEN TRIP

AUGUST 9 – 15, 2017

RESERVATION SHEET

 

                Please print or type the following information:

1. NAME _____________________________________________Title_____________________________

 

ADDRESS ___________________________________________________________________________

 

 PHONE _______________________________E-MAIL_________________________________________

 

EMERGENCY NAME____________________________

EMER. PHONE ________________________________                                           

*******************************************

2. NAME _______________________________________________Title__________________________ 

 

ADDRESS __________________________________________________________________________

 

EMER. NAME AND NO...________________________________________________________________

*******************************************

3. NAME _______________________________________________Title__________________________ 

 

ADDRESS __________________________________________________________________________

 

EMER. NAME AND NO...________________________________________________________________

 

*********************************

Will Board Bus in:    Lansing _________ Kalamazoo _________ 

 

Enclosed is deposit $ ___________ ($100.00 per person) Due by May 31, 2017 - Balance Due July 22, 2017

I would like to pay my trip in full: 

AMONT PAID IN FULL:  ___________

 

MAKE CHECKS PAYABLE:  H. William Moerdyk  

AND MAIL TO:  

H. William Moerdyk , P.O. Box 19966, Kalamazoo, MI 49019-0966

Email:  hwmoerdyk@aol.com  

Nov – Mar mailing address:

1230 Yesica Ann Circle, Apt 103D, Naples, FL 34110

Phone:  269-342-5909

 

 

 

 

“SCOOTERS GIRLS” PRESENTS
A Service Dog Charities event
Join us for a 4-hour Cruise and Dance
To an island paradise
 

Sunday, August 13, 2017

1:00 pm to 5:00 pm

At the Grand Ledge Masonic Temple

200 W. River Street

Grand Ledge, MI  48837

 

Music:  by the Grand Ledge Bums

Dancing:  2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Lunch served around 1:00 pm

 

“raffle baskets” and “cookies by the pound”

 

Admittance:  $10.00

Payable to:  Grand Chapter OES of Michigan

Send Reservations to:  Karlyn Cierlyk

10905 W. Howe Road

Eagle, MI  48822

By July 30, 2017

517-626-2295 or 517-204-0907

 
 


Cruise attire requested.

 

 

 

 

 

WORTHY GRAND MATRON's ITINERARY

MARCH 2017  -  UPDATED

 

11                    Euchre Tournament to benefit the Pathway Van Project.  Mt. Morris Temple, 810 North Street, Mt. Morris MI 48458. Time 1 – 5.  Prizes and light refreshments. $25.00 per person.  For information contact Jack

 

17                    St. Patrick’s Day Dance to benefit the Pathway Van Project - Martha Washington             Chapter 2655 N. Center Rd., Saginaw   Time 6 – 10. Reservations of $20.00 per person to Susan Phenix by March 10th. Checks payable to Grand Chapter OES in Michigan. Menu is Corned Beef and Cabbage dinner.  Questions call Sue at (989) 588 – 9348

 

18                    OES/Rainbow Honoring & Christmas Party – Swartz Creek Masonic Temple 7839 Miller Road, Swartz Creek.  Lunch 12 Noon.  Cost $6.00 Rainbow Girls; Adults $10.00 payable to Trenton Assembly #37, send to Heather Vollans by March 11th.  Questions call 734 789 – 1692.

 

20                    Genesee County – Honoring Presidents – Cathy Henry & Dave O’Connell, Mt. Morris Temple  810 North Street, Mt. Morris MI 48458.  Registration 4:30 pm, Dinner 6:00 pm.  Reservations of $16.00 payable to Mt. Morris #474 send to Deb Lewis by March 11th  (810) 736 - 1503.  Attire OES Casual (check flyer coming in mail)

 

25                    MI/WI Exchange Night at Traverse Bay Chapter - Hosted by: Charlevoix & Waldo Chapters 13360 S. West Bay Shore Temple, Traverse City.  Gather at 4 pm, Dinner 5:30 pm.  Reservations to Glenda Knott, by March 18th.  Cost of dinner is $15.00 payable to Charlevoix Chapter #72.  Questions call: Charlotte Kinsey. There will be a quilt raffle.

 

31                    Oakland County Association Meeting - Royal Oak Temple, 850 Horace Brown Drive Royal Oak 48071.  Registration 5 pm, Dinner 6 pm, Meeting 7:30 pm, Reservations of $10.00 to Sharon Jouppi by March 24th.  Questions contact Sharon

 

 

 

Any questions feel free to contact the WGM’s Secretary,

Linda Otte at 248 345 9436 (cell) or 248 426 8429 (home).