April mailing from the Grand Secretary




April 2015

Dear Secretary:

Spring is just around the corner – we just don’t know which corner.  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 Page)  This is to be read in its entirety to your members at the stated meeting of your Chapter.

2)      GRAND CHAPTER EASTER GREETINGS.  (1 Page)  This is to be read in its entirety to your members at the stated meeting of your Chapter.

3)      EASTER VESPER SERVICE.  (3 Pages)  This service is to be conducted at your April 2015 meeting.  Included is the form to return with your collection check.   

4)      MEMORIAL TRIBUTE – GGCCM AND PGP JOHN “JIM” ERBES.  (1 Flyer)  Please at the very least, read the front page of the flyer.

5)      MEMORIAL TRIBUTE – PGP RICHARD HAYNOR.  (1 Flyer)  Please at the very least, read the front page of the flyer.


6)      GRAND RAPIDS MASONIC TEMPLE CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION  (3 Pages)  Let your members know about this summer event.  Everyone is invited.


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


Page 17 – Notes of Cheer Chairman Karen Cook has a new email;

Page 20 – PGM Blythe Parks has a new address and phone number;

Page 83 – Jefferson Chapter No. 489 Secretary change phone number.



All legislation to be presented at the 2014 Grand Chapter Session must be received by MAY 31, 2014.  Please send one copy, to the Grand Secretary and one copy to the Chairman of Jurisprudence, PGM Mary 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.



- PGM Frances Carlson lost her mother Mary Ott on February 16.

- PGM Priscilla Hankins has surgery on February 19.

- Grand Adah Patricia Colbry’s husband, Keith, passed away February 25.

-Grand Esther Sandra Rossin, had foot/ankle surgery on February 19, then developed infection in her foot so her recovery is taking some longer than anticipated.

-Grand Martha Carrie Welsh lost her mother Claire Robey on March 4.

-Travel Companion Tom Joslyn passed away March 15.  He and his wife Margie are Travel Companions for Marjorie Soderberg, Courtesy Committee.


Thank you – PGM Lurene Calloway, PGM Eveline Karnowski and Grand Esther Sandy Rossin all wish to thank everyone for the cards and calls during their time of recovery from illness and surgery.  Each expressed how much the members of Eastern Star are the most thoughtful people ever.


Rejoice this Easter Season – He is Risen!!

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


                                                                                    April 2015



Dear Sisters and Brothers,


It is hard to believe that five months have passed and soon we will be making plans for our “Treasured Memories Session”.   Your Grand Family has been very busy and doing a great job.  We have completed the consolidation of Sandusky Chapter with Croswell Chapter last month and six of the fifteen schools we have scheduled.  April is the start of most association meetings and we hope to visit with many of you at those times.

In May we will be traveling to Ontario for the annual MI-ONT night.  Ontario has asked the Michigan Grand Officers do an exemplification for them.  The appointed nine of each jurisdiction will also have entertainment for us.  We hope many of you will make plans to get on the bus and go with us.  Please get your reservations in soon.

The Ahl-VanNorwick Grand Family is thoroughly enjoying our travels throughout the state and are looking forward to the remaining visits ahead and the many treasured memories each of you are helping us to make.  Our Order is a beautiful Order to belong to and we should be proud of it and take pride in our work, memorize it and do your best in whatever office you hold.


Many treasured memories,

Patricia A. Ahl                                       Lawrence H. VanNorwick

Worthy Grand Matron                             Worthy Grand Patron






God, give us eyes to see

Beauty of the Spring,

And to behold Your majesty

In every living thing –


And may we see in lacy leaves

And every budding flower

The Hand that rules the universe

With gentleness and power –


And may this Easter grandeur

That Spring lavishly imparts

Awaken faded flowers of faith

Lying dormant in our hearts,


And give us ears to hear, dear God,

The Springtime song of birds

With messages more meaningful

Than man’s often empty words


Telling harried human beings

Who are lost in dark despair –

‘Be like us and do not worry

For God has you in His care’


-Helen Steiner Rice



Patricia A. Ahl                                                           Lawrence H. VanNorwick

Worthy Grand Matron                                              Worthy Grand Patron


Mary A. Ivey

Grand Secretary



In Memoriam


John “Jim” S. Erbes

Past Grand Patron of Michigan

2002 – 2003


Member of Hastings Chapter No. 7

Mulliken Chapter No. 262


Born April 23, 1934 – Muskegon, Michigan

Passed Away February 5, 2015 – Hastings, Michigan


“…Look to the rock from which you were cut and

To the quarry from which you were hewn.”

Isaiah 51:1



In Tribute to the Life of

John “Jim” S. Erbes

Past Grand Patron of Michigan

2002 – 2003


John “Jim” S. Erbes was born in Muskegon, Michigan on April 23, 1934 to Leonard and Julia (Karel) Erbes. He was one of five children. His youth was spent in Spring Lake and Sparta, Michigan, graduating from Sparta High School in 1952. After high school, Jim chose the military life and served his country in the Air Force for 21 years. In 1954 he married Greta Chapman and as they traveled the world for Jim’s military career their family grew. Daughters Dawn and Diana completed the family as they moved about from one Air Force Base to another.


While stationed in Germany Jim received his 32nd Degree in the Scottish Rite and joined Moslah Shrine Temple. Then he heard about this organization called the Eastern Star. Thinking it might be something Greta and he could enjoy together he approached her about joining. Jim being active military and frequently moving about tish two near teenage daughters, Greta felt it might not be the best time to take on another responsibility. It wasn’t long after that their daughters discovered the Rainbow for Girls and Jim secured petitions for them to join. At the time, only Mason and Eastern Star members were allowed to attend Rainbow meetings, this was just the incentive for Greta. On April 9, 1971 they were initiated by Most Worthy Grand Matron Mae Michelson in Wurzburg, Germany. They returned to Nurnburg and formed Franconian Chapter No. 14. When they were transferred to Frankfurt, Germany they joined Star of Germany No. 1. In 1972 they were transferred to Ft. Leonard Wood, Missouri where they joined Plato Chapter No. 240.


Jim’s interest in the Youth Groups began when their daughters joined the Rainbow Girls. He was later awarded the Grand Cross of Color for his service to Rainbow. He became acquainted with the Job’s Daughters when his nieces were initiated.


The family became active in their Fraternal organizations as they traveled and upon retirement from military service in 1975 they moved to Hastings, Michigan. On June 6, 1978 Jim and Greta affiliated with Michigan’s Hastings Chapter No. 7 via demit from Plato Chapter No. 240. Jim was very active in both his Masonic Lodge and Eastern Star Chapter in Hastings. He served as Master of his Hastings Masonic Lodge No. 52 and was currently their Chaplain. He served as Worthy Patron at Hastings Chapter No. 7.


He was never one to be idle. Following retirement from the military, Jim went to work in the dental laboratory field and dental sales. He retired from that work in 1996. Feeling a desire to give additional service to the Order, Jim was elected Grand Sentinel at the October 2000 “For the Beauty of the Earth” Session to begin his journey in the Grand Line.


At the October 2003 “Life’s Celebration” Session he presided as Worthy Grand Patron beside his Worthy Grand Matron Lurene Calloway. It was the culmination of their year of celebration.


Following his year as Worthy Grand Patron, Jim continued serving Grand Chapter as Web Master for a couple of years then, in recognition of his military service, he was selected to be a member of the Armed Services Project for the Hankins-Schroeder Grand Family and was currently serving on the Honor our Military Project for the Ahl-VanNorwick Grand Family. He and Greta, along with other committee members, helped raise considerable funds at the McSweyn-Forgo Charity Ball. It was truly a memorable Marde Gras evening with dancing and great fellowship.


On September 19, 2013 Jim was honored by his Chapter when they presented him with Life Membership in recognition of his long and very distinguished service. Jim and Greta became dual members of Mulliken Chapter No. 161 in November of that year. Jim was holding the office of Associate Patron there at the time of his passing.


Most Worthy Grand Matron Bobbi White and Most Worthy Grand Patron John Grobler selected Jim to be a member of their General Grand Chapter Youth Committee for their 2012-2015 Triennial. An appointment he truly was enjoying. He traveled to many youth group functions in Michigan and other Grand Jurisdictions to support the youth.


In addition, Jim’s Eastern Star life included activity in Calhoun County Association. In 2013-2014 he served as 2nd Vice President and was a valuable part of that year of service helping to raise funds to assist the youth groups in Michigan. It was through his efforts the Association was able to fund a Rainbow Girl and Job’s Daughter to attend their Grand Sessions. That same year the Association was able to donate over $2,000.00 to the Education Fund of Michigan Grand Chapter. A pie auction is one of the Association’s activities at their Spring Gathering and Jim, known for his baking skills, always supplied a couple of pies. Those pies always brought the highest bids at the auction.


In 2014 Jim had the distinction of becoming the first brother to serve as President of Elisabeth Webster Club, Calhoun County’s Past Matron and Past Patron Club. He was a born leader.


Jim was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Hastings where he chaired the Pastor-Parish Relations Committee. Twice yearly he co-chaired the church rummage sale with Greta and was awarded the Special Membership award from the Hastings United Methodist Womens Club for his work on the sales and in the kitchen on various meals and functions within the church. During their dancing years, he and Greta enjoyed their Quadrille and Ringo-Swingo Square Dance Clubs.


The evening of February 5, 2015 Jim returned home from his Lodge meeting then took the hand of his Master and entered his eternal rest. Michigan Past Grand Matrons and Past Grand Patrons conducted Jim’s Eastern Star Memorial preceded by the Masonic Service. His Funeral Service was held February 10 at Hastings United Methodist Church. At the conclusion of the Service the church carillon began, it was a final tribute to a man who programmed it to play twice every day.


Jim is survived by his wife Greta; daughters Dawn (Harry) Dempsey and Diana (Monty) Norwood; five grandchildren and one great grandchild; siblings Barbara Chumney, Leonard (Adah) Erbes, Carolyn (Mike) Morse and Gail (Pat) Erbes.


Submitted with fraternal love,

Mary A Ivey, Grand Secretary




In Memoriam


Richard Allen Haynor

Past Grand Patron of Michigan

2005 – 2006


Member of Paw Paw-Lawton No. 257


Born September 24, 1936 – Hart, Michigan

Passed Away February 12, 2015 – Kalamazoo, Michigan


“…God is love, and he that dwelleth in love

Dwelleth in God and God in him.”

I John 4:16



In Tribute to the Life of

Richard A. Haynor

Past Grand Patron of Michigan

2005 – 2006


Richard Allen Haynor was born on September 24, 1936 in Hart, Michigan to Albert and Bessie (McCarty) Haynor, the oldest of four children. He grew up on the family farm learning to hunt for small game and mushrooms.


He graduated from Hart High School in 1954 and then continued his education at Michigan State University earning a bachelor’s degree in agriculture. While in college, Richard, met the love of his life at snow camp. On July 18, 1959 he married Phyllis Van Vleck at Potterville Methodist Church. In the years that followed, their family grew with the birth of five sons.


Upon graduation from college Richard found employment with the Heinz Pickle Company until they closed. Then in 1965 he went to work for National Grape Co-Operative (Welch’s). Richard was a people person and enjoyed working with farmers to troubleshoot problems. After a career spanning 32 years he retired from Welch’s in 1997 as an area manager. Even in retirement, Richard’s desire was to keep busy. That desire led him to work in maintenance at the Van Buren Youth Camp, a great fit as he was a genuine handyman who could fix anything. However, when asked what he did there he simply said, “change lightbulbs.”


Richard’s fraternal life began in 1963 when he joined Pilgrim Lodge No. 180 in Fremont, Michigan. His membership would later take him to Lawton Lodge No. 216 and Paw Paw-Lawton Lodge No. 25. Phyllis was an Eastern Star member having joined in Potterville and in 1964 when he joined Eastern Star in Magnolia Chapter No. 70, she took her membership there. They later transferred to Lawton NO. 246 then Paw Paw-Lawton No. 257. When employment transferred Richard and Phyllis, they became members in Springdale, Arkansas Chapter No. 158 and later, Grace Chapter No. 11 in Geneva, Ohio, then eventually returned to Paw Paw-Lawton.


Richard served his Masonic Lodges as Worshipful Master in 1974-75 and 2002-2003. He also held membership in Royal Arch Masons and was High Priest in 2002-2003. He served his Eastern Star Chapters holding various offices including several times as Worthy Patron, an office he currently held. He served as well on many, many Chapter committees.


During Richard’s early Eastern Star life he was also running a fruit farm, working at Welch Foods, helping Phyllis raise their five sons, working with the Cub Scouts, serving on the Lawton Board of Education, volunteering on the Lawton Fire Department, participating in community activities with the boys in church and at school. All the while, missing very few Eastern Star meetings.


While in Arkansas, Richard served as President of the Arkansas State Horticulture Society and was appointed by then Governor Bill Clinton to serve on the State Plant Board. He also became active as an adult leader in DeMolay and helped provide transportation for the Bentonville Rainbow Assembly. He received the Rainbow Grand Cross of Color, the Job’s Daughters Triangle of Honor and the DeMolay Cross of Honor and the Honorary Legion of Honor. He was currently serving as treasurer of Kalamazoo Rainbow Assembly No. 27. In 2014 Richard was appointed State Rainbow Dad, an honor he currently held.


At the 2003 “Candlelighters” Grand Chapter Session Richard was elected Grand Sentinel. He was installed as Worthy Grand Patron at the 2005 “Memory Builders” Session, that began a year of service with his Worthy Grand Matron Mary Plater. It was a year filled with Christmas Trees, bells and firetrucks, lots of banter and successful projects. The mode of transportation on their trip to Boston provided gentle ribbing…bus or motorcoach? The culmination of their year came at “The Bells Are Ringing” Grand Chapter Session.


The following year Richard was appointed to serve on the Community Service and Membership Committee and as a Chapter Consultant. In 2008 he began serving on the Finance Committee of Grand Chapter and was reappointed every year but one since. Richard was honored with a General Grand Chapter appointment to the Service Dog Project for 2009-2012 by Most Worthy Grand Matron Rennie Ofton and Most Worthy Grand Patron Fred Clarke. This began a phenomenal experience for Richard and the Grand Chapter of Michigan. Richard researched service dogs and visited Paws With a Cause in Wayland, Michigan. He was presented a loveable life-sized stuffed dog fittingly named Ginger and that was the beginning of hundreds of puppy sales. Ginger and Richard went everywhere selling her puppies and generating funds for Paws With a Cause. At General Grand Chapter in Fort Worth, Texas Richard’s efforts were recognized when Michigan was recognized third in the world for donating over $100,000. Richard and his silent partner Ginger had a knack for making people enjoy donating to this worthy cause. So much so that ever since his appointment, Richard has been appointed Chairman of the Service Dog Project in Michigan Grand Chapter. He was one of a kind when it came to raising funds. Richard’s lifetime partner, Phyllis, was always at his side assisting with his secretarial and accounting duties. They were an inseparable team, a true testimony to their many years as partners and their devotion to each other.


Of the hundreds of accomplishments in Richard’s life, his greatest joy was spending time with family…most particularly with their sons. He was proud of the fine men they have become which speaks volumes about their role model.


On February 12, 2015 Richard answered the toll of the eternal bell calling him to rest from his labors. February 19 the Past Grand Matrons and Past Grand Patrons of Michigan honored Richard at an Eastern Star Memorial Service which was preceded by the Masonic Service at Betzler & Thompson Funeral Home in Paw Paw. The following day Funeral Services were held at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in Lawton.


Richard is lovingly remembered by his wife, Phyllis; sons Donald (Carol), Eric (Jane), Lane (Pam), Larry (Alisa), Kevin (Laura); 13 grandchildren one great grandchild; brothers Dale (Coleen) and Terry (Debbie) Haynor, sister Gloria (Gene) Billingsley; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law; adopted daughter, Rhonda Emmons and his Masonic Brothers and Eastern Star Sisters and Brothers.


Submitted with fraternal love,

Mary A. Ivey, Grand Secretary




Grand Rapids Masonic Temple

Centennial Celebration

Saturday, July 18, 2015

233 East Fulton Street, Grand Rapids, MI 49503


Celebration Activities:

10:00AM – Grand Masonic Parade

11:00AM – Time Capsule Placement

12:00PM – Luncheon and Building Tours


Parade begins at the corner of Ionia Avenue and Louis Street. CWD Building, 50 Louis Street, Grand Rapids, MI (Original Masonic Temple Building). (Secretary’s will have a map on the back of the original flyer).

Additional information and registration contact: Michael E. Clark – Centennial Celebration Chairman.


  • Commemorative Aprons available on site.
  • Luncheon and refreshments available on site.
  • Water available at start of Parade.
  • Parade length one half mile.
  • Please pre-register your Masonic Orgnization for parade placement.
  • Parking available at Masonic Center and nearby designated parking lots.




Worthy Grand Matron’s Itinerary

April 2015


7      School of Instruction - Peninsular Host Chapter - Audit Books: 5:30 p.m., Start time: Promptly at 7:00 p.m., Location:  233 Fulton St E, Grand Rapids MI 49503. This school is for the following chapters: Rockford, Doric, Peninsular, Genesis, Grand Haven-Spring Lake


9      GOEX and Reception at Coldwater Masonic Temple – Coldwater No. 1 and Mystic Star No. 354, Honoring the Ahl-VanNorwick Grand Family, Carrie Welsh, Grand Martha, Joan Waterbury, Grand Representative to Connecticut. Location: Coldwater Masonic Temple, 5 E. Chicago, Coldwater, MI 49036, Registration: 3:30 p.m., Dinner: 5:00 p.m., GOEX 7:00 p.m., Reservations with remittance of $15.00 payable to Mystic Star #354. Send to: Jilayne Reed, Secretary. Reservations limited to 175 people - no later than March 31, 2015. 

Attire: Formal


10   Elizabeth Webster Club – Location:  Bedford #471, 21945 Bedford Rd., Bedford, MI 49020. Registration: 11:00 a.m., Potluck Lunch: 12:00 p.m., Meeting: 1:00 p.m. RSVP to Richard Ward, PGP, 269-672-7763, for count only. Meat, Rolls, and place setting provided.


11   Southeastern Michigan Association - Hosted by Fairfield Chapter # 224

Location: 1059 Seneca St., Adrian, MI 49221. Registration: 10:30 a.m., Lunch: 12:00 Noon,

Meeting: 1:30 p.m., Cost: $8.00, Payable to: SE Michigan Association, Send to: Barb Shaneour. Reservation with remittance by 3/30/15, Attire: Formal


12   Star and Compass Club Annual Spring Luncheon Honoring the Grand Line Officers of the Ahl-VanNorwick Grand Family, Date: 4/12/15, Location: Wayne Masonic Temple, 37137 Palmer Rd., Westland, MI 48185. Registration: 2:00 p.m., Lunch: 3:00 p.m., Cost: $15.00, Payable to: Star and Compass Club O.E.S., Reservation with remittance by 4/4/15, Send to: Linda Otte. Attire: Sunday Best (no jeans)


13   School of Instruction – Martha Washington Host Chapter - Audit Books: 5:30 p.m., Start time: Promptly at 7:00 p.m., Location: 2655 N Center Rd., Saginaw Township North MI 48603. This school is for the following chapters: Bay, Zenobia, Harrison, Coleman, Martha Washington, Tawas Bay, Huronia, Croswell. Attire: OES Casual and Formal for Grand Officers.


15   GCEX and Reception for Dave O’Connell, Kids Corner Youth Committee, Ahl-VanNorwick Grand Family. Location: Clio Masonic Center, 714 N. Mill Street, Clio, MI 48420. Registration: 4:30 p.m., Dinner and Honoring: 6:00 p.m., Grand Committee Exemplification 7:30 p.m., Cost: $15.00, Payable to Vienna Chapter #238, Reservations with remittance by April 8, 2015, Send to: Jill Cherwinski. Attire: Formal


17   School of Instruction – Royal Oak Host Chapter - Audit Books: 5:30 p.m., Start time: Promptly at 7:00 p.m., Location: 850 Horace Brown Dr., Madison Heights MI 48071. This school is for the following chapters: Pontiac, Farmington, Ortonville, Orion-Fellowship, Royal Oak, Berkley-Highland Park, Clawson. Attire: OES Casual and Formal for Grand Officers.


18   Reception - Doric Chapter #75 is honoring Connie Chick, Grand Representative of Missouri, and Roberta Lake, Grand  Representative of South Carolina in Michigan and the Hunnicutt-Kennedy and Ahl-VanNorwick Grand Families. Location: Doric #75, 211 E. Main St., Belding, MI 48809. Registration: 12:00 noon, Lunch: 1:00 p.m., Program to follow. Attire: OES Casual / Sunday Clothes.  Cost: $15.00, Payable: Doric Chapter #75, Seating is limited. Reservations with remittance by:

April 3, 2015. Send to: Marjorie Ackerson

“ SPRINGTIME HAT/ BONNET / MILLINERY CONTEST” Please be a part of our Hat Contest! Wear your most creative Head Fashions for the season - Men AND Women! Extra Points earned for the Chicken and Angel Themed Millinery. Be Creative! We want to see your style!


23   Board Meeting – Location: Grand Secretary’s Office Time: 11:00 a.m.


24   Michigan-Ohio Night – Hosted by Fairfield Chapter #224, Location: Tecumseh Masonic Temple,

700 Bishop Reed Drive, Tecumseh, MI. Honoring Worthy Grand Matrons and Worthy Grand Patrons of the Michigan Grand Chapter and Ohio Grand Chapter. Registration: 3:30 pm., Dinner: 6:00 pm.

Entertainment to follow, Cost: $16.00, Payable to: Fairfield #224, Deadline: 4/10/15, Send to: Doris VanSickle, Secretary. Formal Attire


25   Thumb Association Annual Meeting – Location: Bad Axe Masonic Temple, 120 Park St., Bad Axe, MI 48413. Registration: 11:00 a.m., Luncheon: 12:00 noon, Opening: 1:00 p.m. Cost: $7.00, Payable to: Huronia #81, Deadline: 4/15/15, Send to: Deborah Cleland. Attire: Formal


27   Educational Board Meeting – Location: Mason #150


28   Reception honoring Karen Cook, Notes of Cheer Committee, Ahl-VanNorwick Grand Family. Location: Okemos Masonic Center, 2175 Hamilton Rd., Okemos, MI 48864. Registration: 5:00 p.m., Dinner: 6:00 p.m., Entertainment: 7:00 p.m. Cost: 12.00, Payable to: Okemos Chapter #267 O.E.S., Deadline: 4/21/15, Send to: Kay Coryell. Attire: O.E.S. Casual


30   School of Instruction – Alma Host Chapter - Audit Books: 5:30 p.m., Start time: Promptly at

7:00 p.m., Location: 301 N State St., Alma MI 48801. This school is for the following chapters: Crescent, Edmore, Carson City, Trufant, Six Lakes, Mt. Pleasant, Waubenoo, Breckenridge, Alma. Attire: OES Casual and Formal for Grand Officers.


Direct questions regarding the Worthy Grand Matron’s Itinerary to her

Secretary, Gail L. Kwiatkowski    Cell: 248-556-6291            email: glkoes228@me.com