September mailing from the Grand Secretary
ORDER OF THE EASTERN STAR
NO OCTOBER MAILING - the next mailing will be November.
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 they are received 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) FINAL MESSAGE FROM THE WORTHY GRAND MATRON AND WORTHY GRAND PATRON. (1 Pg) This is to be read in its entirety to your members at the stated meeting of your Chapter.
2) MEMORIAL FOR PGM JEAN BATEMAN. (1 flyer) Please at least read the front page.
3) MEMORIAL TRIBUTE TO HONORARY/HONORED LIFE MEMBERS. (6 pgs) At the very least, read the underlined name of the member.
4) GRAND CHAPTER SESSION REMINDER NOTES. (1 pg) This is to be read to your members at the stated meeting of your Chapter.
5) GRAND CHAPTER SESSION TENTATIVE SCHEDULE. (1 pgs) Read the Worthy Grand Matron and Patron’s message on the front at your Stated meeting. Review the other contents and post for your members.
6) ADDITIONAL LIMITED PARKING. (1 pg) An additional 10 spaces are available in a lot north of the hotel.
7) GRAND CHAPTER CANDIDATES. (1 pg) This is a listing of those members who are candidates for the Elective Offices of Grand Chapter and those seeking election on the Elective Boards. Read this at your Stated meeting.
SUMMARIZE EACH OF THE FOLLOWING COMMUNICATIONS at your Stated Meeting:
8) PROPOSED LEGISLATION. (4 pgs) All of your members need to know about this legislation. Copies should be given to members planning to attend Grand Chapter.
9) SECOND HAND ROSE SHOPPE. (1 pg) Please let your Sisters know of this donation/shopping experience.
10) EDUCATIONAL BOARD LETTER. (1 pg) Remind your members of scholarship applications.
11) GENERAL GRAND CHAPTER COMMITTEE EVENT. (1 pg) Please let your members know about this fund raiser.
READ AT LEAST THE FOLLOWING UNDERLINED TITLE at your Stated Meeting:
12) WORTHY GRAND MATRON’S ITINERARY. (1 dbl-sided pg) Please remind the members you have this information.
13) SUGGESTIONS FOR SCHOOL OF INSTRUCTION. (1 Pg) Secretary, this page is offered to assist you during the checking of books at your School of Instruction. Please add this to your workshop notebook for future reference.
14) GUIDELINES FOR THE AUDIT COMMITTEE. (1 dbl-sided pg) Secretary, this information should be given
to your Audit Committee prior to the audit of Chapter books.
SECRETARY – Please read the following to your members:
ALL MEMBERS HAVE A VOTE. According to our Law Page 24, Article 15. Members, Privileges Of “…To be entitled to vote, members should be registered on or before Wednesday noon on the second day of the Grand Chapter Session.” Registration for ballot distribution CLOSES AT NOON on Wednesday. Members must show a current (2017) dues receipt (card) to register. All members should bring their Ritual and Law Book with them to Grand Chapter.
Election of Grand Officers and Boards will begin at the Wednesday afternoon session.
2015-2016 DIRECTORY UPDATES
Pg 17 – Starliner Assistant Business Manager Mary Jo Groves has a new email
Pg 19 & 51 – PGM & Bay Chapter Secretary Margaret Belknap has a new email
Pg 71 – Presque Isle Chapter has a new secretary, Warren Glass
SICKNESS AND DISTRESS
-Dolores Blackburn, PGM, is making progress following a bout with pneumonia.
-Jewell Cook, PGM, is having difficulty traveling as she tires very easily.
-Jean W. Bateman, PGM, passed away on June 8. Her daughter Lorraine Horner, 14528 NW County Rd. 3001, Adrian, MO 64720 will share cards and notes with the family.
-Joseph Holland, PGP, has been diagnosed with stomach cancer and began chemo treatments recently.
-Carol Upston, PGM, was in an auto accident on her way home from Vermont. Fortunately, she only suffered soreness…however her truck was totaled.
-Margaret Belknap, PGM, has been dealing with chemo treatments and the effects of them.
-Greta Erbes, spouse of PGP Jim, spent time in the hospital following a heart attack in addition to other health issues.
-Iva Cross, PGM, lost a sister in June.
-Patricia Ahl, PGM, is slowly recovering from her health issues early summer.
-Larry VanNorwick, PGP, has recovered from a fall in which he fortunately did not break any bones.
-JoAnn Bennett, Miles of Smiles Committee Chair, fell and broke her hip and is recovering.
-Richard Koshowsky, husband of Youth Committee Member Linda, is making progress following a kidney transplant.
SECRETARY – PLEASE NOTE THE FOLLOWING!!!!!
OPEN INSTALLATION – VOTE
As stated in the Book of Instructions, page 109 – 1st paragraph, the Chapter must vote at a previous meeting to hold an Open Installation.
2017 DUES RECEIPTS (CARDS)
Secretary – the 2017 dues receipts (cards) have the General Grand Chapter seal as a watermark on the card – HOWEVER, you still need to use your Chapter seal on each card.
Members attending Grand Chapter must show their 2017 dues receipt (card) to register. No other year will be accepted for registration. Please make sure you issue the 2017 card to your members paying their dues prior to Grand Chapter. Remember – You still need to place the Chapter Seal on the dues receipt (card) or it is not valid. You should no longer enter the dues amount on the member's dues receipt (card). For your records, you still need to record dues paid on the receipt stub and remember to also record them on the member's ledger page. Again – each member attending Grand Chapter must show their 2017 dues card. It is the only card that will be accepted.
GRAND CHAPTER FORMS, INFORMATION, ETC.
All forms for Grand Chapter were included in the June mailing. Forms for pre-registration and social events (deadline is September 20), housing (deadline was August 20) are located on the Grand Chapter website under the Forms drop down, at Grand Chapter 2016.
ANNUAL RETURNS, 990’S, DUES RECEIPTS
By now you should have received the mailing including your Annual Return, 990, Chapter Liability Insurance, Secretary/Treasurer Bond, Handbook Information sheet, 2017 Dues Receipts and EMP brochures/envelopes. Please read the instructions and deadlines included with that mailing. If you are missing anything, please contact the Grand Chapter Office immediately. PLEASE DO NOT SET THE MAILING ASIDE, DEADLINES MUST BE MET. To determine if a report met the deadline, we use the postmark on the envelope, not the date it is received in the office.
To avoid the $20 per day late fee on your 990 financial report – close your books following your September meeting. Make sure your report is in the mail NOT LATER THAN OCTOBER 31!!!! Call the Grand Chapter Office if you are have problems with your report…don’t stress over it and don’t wait until the last minute…we are there to help if needed.
Remember to include with the 990 financial report a copy of the Annual minutes showing the Audit Committee report and 3 signatures; a copy of the Secretary’s Cash book showing the final balance and Audit Committee signatures and a copy of the Treasurer’s Cash book showing the final balance and Audit Committee signatures.
Before issuing a dues card from your Chapter to a Dual Member, you must verify they have paid the current dues in their primary Chapter. You should physically see the Dual Member’s current primary Chapter dues card or contact the primary Chapter secretary for verification.
We look forward to seeing you at Grand Chapter! Mary A. Ivey, Grand Secretary
Order of the Eastern Star
Dear Sisters and Brothers,
I write this letter with very mixed emotions, it’s hard to believe that this is our last official communication to our Chapters. We have worked hard to promote our Order in Michigan by sharing and communicating the values of our Order with everyone we meet. You have stepped out of your comfort zones and honored our Special Olympians and Everyday Heroes with words of encouragement and gifts to know that Eastern Star cares. As we close out this year of service, we hope that each of you will remember our motto this year: “As one person, I cannot change the world; but I can change the world of one person.” Brother Ray and I applaud each of you for your dedication and service to our Order. You have touched our hearts in a very special way, and every mile traveled this year is a special memory to us.
We hope you will join us in Battle Creek for the “Every Mile A Memory” session of Grand Chapter. Remember YOU are Grand Chapter, you the members vote on our legislation and choose who will lead us into the future.
With Star love,
Lori L. Strickland, Raymond N. Abbey,
Worthy Grand Matron Worthy Grand Patron
Jean W. Bateman
Past Grand Matron of Michigan
Member of Mason Chapter No. 150
Born May 7, 1928 Molong, N.S.W., Australia
Passed Away June 8, 2016 Fort Myers, Florida
“Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart
Be acceptable in Thy sight, O Lord, my strength and redeemer.”
In Tribute to the Life of
Jean W. Bateman
Past Grand Matron of Michigan
On May 7, 1928 in Molong, New South Wales, Australia Jean was born and her early years were spent there. She graduated from high school in the town of Harden, New South Wales, Australia. It’s said that while in school, she was taught how to convert the metric systems of measurements to the English system. At the time, Jean thought, what a waste of time this was, but her future life proved otherwise. Jean graduate from nursing at King George Hospital, Sydney, in the same province of Australia. Nursing became her profession.
Jean met Leo M. Bateman while in Harden, Australia. It was an unusual manner in which the two met. Seems a train headed to Northeastern Australia for military purposes and bearing U.S. soldiers stopped briefly in Harden. While the train was stopped, Leo decided to get some fresh air and disembarked. Standing on the platform of the station was Jean. She was approached by this young soldier who introduced himself and asked her name. He then boldly asked for her address which Jean gave him. Some time later Jean received a letter from Leo. She admitted that it took quite a bit of thought before she finally realized who had written to her.
Eventually Leo returned to Australia and looked up Jean. They began courting and on September 13, 1943 were married in Yass, New South Wales. To this union was born Leo Jr., Wilma and Lorraine. The family moved to a farm near Wellington, New South Wales and farmed there for 9 years. Jean’s early schooling that taught the English system of measurements came in very handy when the family moved to the United States to reside on a farm near Mason, Michigan.
Sister Jean began her Eastern Star life on February 16, 1965 when she was initiated in Mason-Dansville Chapter No. 150. Leo joined her in Mason-Dansville Chapter a few years later. Jean became active and served as the Star Point Adah, a station she truly enjoyed. Among other offices, she served in the Line Offices working her way to Worthy Matron on two occasions, once in 1967-68 and again in 1980-81.
In 1992 when Mason-Dansville Chapter accepted Leslie-Onondage Chapter No. 155 in consolidation, Jean’s Chapter changed their name to Mason Chapter.
Ingham County Association was a benefactor of Jean’s time as well as she served in various capacities. She advanced through the Association Line of Officers to President in 1974. In 1976 she was selected by then Worthy Grand Matron Beatrice Dole and Worthy Grand Patron Clarence Johnson to serve on their Fraternal Sunshine Committee.
Sister Jean’s involvement with the Dole-Johnson Fraternal Sunshine Committee sparked her interest for further service to Grand Chapter. At the “Red Rose of Love” Session she was elected Associate Grand Conductress to begin her journey through the Grand Line. Then on October 10, 1985 Sister Jean was installed as Worthy Grand Matron beside her Worthy Grand Patron Glenn Martin. It was noted that Michigan’s New Worthy Grand Matron came literally from the other side of the earth even though by that time she had lived in Michigan for 29 years.
In tribute to Sister Jean’s heritage and just prior to installation, “Waltzing Matilda” was played as Past Grand Patron F. Lawrence Coy and his wife Betty gracefully and smoothly glided across the Grand Chapter floor. Master of Ceremonies for the Installation, Past Grand Patron, R. Frederic Keicher, told that the song, “Waltzing Matilda” was used because it is an Australian folk song, sung all over Australia and is almost their national anthem. To everyone’s enjoyment he then translated a little of the song.
During the Bateman-Martin year of service, they focused on “taking time to be friendly” and “spreading sunshine through fraternalism and increasing membership.” As might have been anticipated, Sister Jean chose the kangaroo as her fun emblem which led to many enjoyable times during the year. She chose the “windmill” as a symbol to generate the power of love as a way of life and the “angel” as a messenger of God.
At their “Windmill of Friendship” Session Worthy Grand Matron Jean recalled the accomplishments of their Grand Family. She never lost her Australian accent and those who remember her can hear her speaking as she closed her report by reciting a Helen Keller quote, “What we have once enjoyed we can never lose. A Sunset, a Mountain bathed in Moonlight, the Ocean in calm and in Storm. We see these, love their beauty, hold the vision in our hearts. All that we love deeply becomes a part of us.” Sister Jean added, “May your fond memories of service to our Order always be a part of your life.”
At the “Cross of Life” Memorial held Wednesday evening of Sister Jean and Brother Glenn’s Session, the following words were spoked by Obituary Chairman Nancy Stewart. “Our hearts and minds can now be at peace in Him who turned a cruel cross into a cross of life so that death is now swallowed up in victory. We rejoice that because of this cross of life, He lives that we might also. He ever stands with arms outstretched waiting to receive us into His fold.”
On June 8, 2016 at Hope Hospice in Fort Myers, Florida, Sister Jean went to her Master’s outstretched arms. She had struggled with health issues for several years and at the end suffered a broken hip. Her desire was that no service be held. Sister Jean’s daughter, Lorraine wrote that her mother would be happy just to have her Eastern Star friends remember the good times they shared together.
“Love beareth all things, believeth all things,
Hopeth all things and endureth all things.”
Submitted with fraternal love,
Mary A Ivey, Grand Secretary
A TRIBUTE TO HONORARY/HONORED LIFE MEMBERS
OF THE GRAND CHAPTER OF MICHIGAN
“Set your troubled hearts at rest. Trust in God always; trust also in me."
THE FOLLOWING HONORARY LIFE MEMBERS OF GRAND CHAPTER HAVE PASSED AWAY SINCE OUR LAST REPORT TO GRAND CHAPTER
ORA HOLT (Flat Rock No. 156) Ora was born on September 23, 1916 and passed away on October 1, 2012. She was initiated on May 19, 1959 in Gardenia Chapter No. 504 on the Masonic affiliation of her husband; John Chambers a member of Berkley lodge No. 567 in Golden Pond, Kentucky.
Ora was an active Chapter member serving through the years as Esther, Electa and in the Warder’s station. She advanced through the line offices to become Worthy Matron in 1973-74. In addition to holding offices she also served on various committees for the Chapter.
She participated in Wayne County Association as well and in 1974-75 she served the Association as Chaplain. In 1975-76 then Worthy Grand Matron Phyllis Martz and Worthy Grand Patron Donald Barns selected Ora to be a member of their Publicity Committee. That was followed a few years with an appointment to be Grand Esther for the Cook-Royer in 1980-81.
Gardenia Chapter found it necessary to surrender their charter in 1987 and Ora chose to take her demit to Fordson Chapter No. 484. She continued serving and held the office of Esther many times in addition to the offices of Chaplain, Marshal and Ruth. She also assisted in Fordson Chapter by serving on many committees.
On May 9, 1995 the members of Fordson Chapter honored Ora with her Life Membership in recognition of her distinguished service. At the “For The Beauty of the Earth” Session of Grand Chapter in 2000 she received her Honorary Life Membership from then Worthy Grand Matron Mary Lockridge and Worthy Grand Patron John Snider. In 2008 Fordson Chapter consolidated with Flat Rock Chapter No. 156 where Ora continued her active membership. She is greatly missed by those who knew her.
MARY H. BILLUPS (Jefferson No. 489) Mary was born on November 14, 1937 in Salsburgh, Scotland, one of six children. In May, 1957, at the age of 19 a cousin of her mother’s sponsored Mary and her father to come to the United States. Her mother and the rest of the family joined them the following year. She was proud of her Scottish heritage and she never lost that beautiful Scottish accent. Shortly after arriving in the United States, Mary met James Billups and they were married on March 5, 1960. To this union four children were born: James, Jacqueline, Janice and Janine.
Mary was initiated into Pillar Chapter No. 475 on June 23, 1966 and transferred her membership to Jefferson Chapter No. 489 shortly after on December 13, 1966. Through the years she held each of the offices line offices and advanced to Worthy Matron four times. Through the years she held each of the five Star Points several times and at the time of her passing was Chapter Treasurer, an office she held for at least 10 years.
She was a Macomb County Association officer on at last ten different occasions holding various offices including Secretary, Treasurer and Association President.
In 1989-91 then Worthy Grand Matron Hazel Chapman, recognizing Mary’s heritage, recommended her to be Grand Representative of the Supreme Grand Chapter of Scotland in Michigan. Mary always had a smile which made her a perfect choice for a member of the Upston-Whitman Grand Family Sunshine Committee in 1991-92. In 1996-97 Mary was appointed Grand Chaplain for the Waack-New Grand Family.
She enjoyed working on all Chapter dinners especially the annual Harvest dinner. She visited other Chapters filling in various offices when needed…she was much in demand in Wayne, Macomb and St. Clair Counties especially at Installation time. She had the gift of memorization and was always willing to share this talent. She enjoyed knitting, Swedish weaving and spending time with her ten grandchildren. Outside the home Mary worked for 27 years at the K-Mart Corporation.
On January 14, 2003 Jefferson Chapter recognized Mary’s long and distinguished service to the Order when they elected her to Life Membership. At the “Let Our Light Shine” Session of Grand Chapter in 2008 she was presented an Honorary Life Membership by then Worthy Grand Matron Joyce Hegenauer and Worthy Grand Patron Fred Eakin.
Mary passed to her eternal glory on April 15, 2015 and we know the heavens are enjoying her Scottish accent just as we did.
ANN LANGE (Ashlar No. 378) Ann was born on May 30, 1917 and passed away on April 24, 2015. She was initiated on May 24, 1945 in Davis Chapter No. 402 on the Masonic affiliation of her husband Edward Lange. He was a member of Macomb Lodge No. 64 in Davis, Michigan.
From initiation forward Ann was another active member holding various offices in the Chapter and working on all Chapter projects. She served as Worthy Matron in 1952 after advancing through the line. She also held the offices of Chaplain, Marshal, Adah, Ruth, Esther and Electa and was Chapter Secretary for over 20 years.
In 1958 then Worthy Grand Matron Betty Clark recommended Ann to be Grand Representative of Virginia in Michigan. When her commission had expired, then Worthy Grand Marron Helen Gundry and Worthy Grand Patron C. Leland Harris appointed her to serve on their Jurisprudence Committee.
When her Davis Chapter consolidated with Armada No. 261 in 1969 she remained active serving on various committees. Also through the consolidation of Davis-Armada No 402 with Utica No. 240 in 1992 and eventually the consolidation of Davis Utica with Ashlar No. 378 in 2001…she faithful remained supportive of the Chapter.
Through all the year she also participated on committees and worked on projects for her Macomb County Association. She also served the Association as President. On a state level, in 1973 Ann served the Michigander Club as their President.
On September 2, 1982 Davis-Armada Chapter members elected Ann to Life Membership. Then at the
“God’s Wondrous World” Session of Grand Chapter in 1983 then Worthy Grand Matron Shirley (Endicott) Alessi and Worthy Grand Patron Edwin Koerner presented Ann an Honorary Life Membership. She is missed by those who knew her.
LUCILLE GARLAND (Flat Rock No. 156) Lucille was born on August 30, 1932 in North Carolina. Allen Park Key Chapter No. 513 in Allen Park, Michigan initiated Lucille on March 20, 1963. From the start she helped with all functions of the Chapter also helping other Chapters as well. When Allen Park Key Chapter surrendered their charter in 1995 she reinstated her membership in Flat Rock Chapter No. 156 at their 100th Birthday Celebration.
During her membership in Allen Park Key Chapter she held various offices, and then advanced through the line to serve as Worthy Matron in 1971-72. During her years as Worthy Matron the Chapter gained 27 new members. Also that year, with the help of the Chapter members, Lucille took on the job of catering a wedding for 250 people with the proceeds going to the Chapter. She enjoyed working in the kitchen and helped with all the Eastern Star and Masonic dinners.
Her service to Grand Chapter included being selected one of four Escorting Grand Conductresses by then Worthy Grand Matron Florence Adair and Worthy Grand Patron Cleland Russell for their “Fan of Faith” Session in 1972. The following year she was Marshal for Wayne County Association. Then in 1974-75 Lucille was recommended by then Worthy Grand Matron Marjorie Barton to be Grand Representative of Mississippi in Michigan. She attended two Mississippi Grand Chapter Sessions and visited the Little Red School House both times as well. Her service to Grand Chapter continued when then Worthy Grand Matron Phyllis Martz and Worthy Grand Patron Donald Barns appointed Lucille to their Key of Service Committee in 1976-77.
On May 13, 1998 Flat Rock Chapter members voted to elect Lucille a Life Membership. At the “A Touch of Winter Magic” Grand Chapter Session in 1998 Lucille was presented her Honorary Life Membership from then Worthy Grand Matron Frances Carlson and Worthy Grand Patron Gerald Graham.
Lucille passed away on September 20, 2015 and now resides with other Sisters and Brothers who have gone before her.
RUTH RUST (Hastings No. 7) Ruth was born on August 12, 1922. She was initiated in Fort Knox Chapter No. 439 in Fort Knox, Kentucky on October 1, 1955. Her Masonic affiliation was her husband Charles Rust, a member of Fraternity Lodge No. 111 in El Paso, Texas. When they moved to Michigan Ruth requested a demit from her Kentucky Chapter and on June 15, 1976 she reinstated her membership in Chapter Hastings No. 7.
Ruth held all the line office and advanced to serve Hastings as Worthy Matron. However, Ruth was her favorite the Star Point, a station she held several times. She was always there and rarely missed a meeting. She service on many committees through the years, working on many dinners, helping with all kinds of fund-raising, cleaning work-bees, bake sales, decorating and planning. Whenever there was work to be done Ruth could be counted on to be there and help. She also served on the Masonic Temple Association and helped many times with the Chapter’s Victorian Tea always wearing her beautiful hat.
Ruth helped in her Barry County Association as well. Through the years she held each of the appointed offices, also advancing through the line offices ultimately serving as Association President. She worked on many Association committees and when Allegan and Barry Associations merged, Ruth continued to serve, holding the offices of Marshal, Assisting Marshal and Flag Bearer.
On September 19, 2013 Hasting Chapter members recognized Ruth’s tireless devotion and elected her to Life Membership. At the at “Celebrating Friendship” Grand Chapter Session in 2011 then Worthy Grand Matron Bernice McSweyn and Worthy Grand Patron Andy Forgo honored Ruth by presenting her an Honorary Life Membership.
Shortly after Christmas, on December 29, 2015 to be exact, Ruth joined other Sisters and Brothers in her eternal home. We know she is missed by those who knew and loved her.
BARBARA JEAN MOSS (Farmington No.239) Barbara Jean, BJ, as she was affectionately known to her Sisters and Brothers was born on July 26, 1932. She joined Eastern Star on the Masonic affiliation of her father, Eugene Moss a members of Kilwinning Lodge No. 297 in Detroit. Shortly after her initiation September 12, 1951 in Trinity Temple No. 450, BJ became actively holding office. The advanced to Worthy Matron at least four times and held various other offices include eleven years as Chapter Secretary.
In her pre-Eastern Star years, Barbara Jean was active in Rainbow for Girls holding various offices including Worthy Advisor. In her adult life, BJ continued to be an active supporter of the Youth becoming Mother Advisor of Trinity Assembly No. 26. She worked for her Oakland County Association as well and served them as President.
In 1981, then Worthy Grand Matron Jewell Cook recommended Barbara Jean to be Grand Representative of New York in Michigan. This propelled her to service in the Michigander Club where she advanced through their line to be President in 1987-88. Just prior to that she was tapped to be on the Bateman-Martin Youth Committee. In 1988 her Trinity Chapter consolidated with Birmingham No. 220 and BJ continued as an active member. Then in 1994-95 Sister Margaret Belknap and Brother Royce Hyde selected her to be their Grand Adah. The following year 1996-1997 BJ was appointed Parliamentarian for the Waack-New Grand Family.
During the 1991-1994 General Grand Chapter Triennial, she was elected 2nd Vice President of the International Grand Representative Association and served as their President in 1997-2000 when our Sister Florence Adair was Most Worthy Grand Matron. At the “Our Treasured Heritage” Session of Grand Chapter, then Worthy Grand Matron Pamela Waack and Worthy Grand Patron Ronald New presented BJ with her Honorary Life Membership in Grand Chapter. The following month on November 12, she was giving the status of Life Member in Birmingham Chapter. She worked at Grand Chapter many times with registration and helped as “bus mom” on several trips. On January 27, 2015 Birmingham Chapter consolidated with Farmington No. 239. Unfortunately her membership in her last Chapter was short-lived passing away on October 23, 2015. Her smile and friendly greetings are missed by all who met her.
RICHARD C. WERTZ (Victoria No. 290) Richard was born on November 16, 1928. He was initiated on
November 25, 1959 in Tyrian Chapter No. 469 on his Masonic membership in Tyrion Lodge No. 500 in Detroit.
Richard, like many Eastern Star Brothers served multiple times as Worthy Patron and Associate Patron. He held the station of Sentinel for over ten years and always enjoyed saying he was Sentinel and “baby sitter.” Many a Chapter member’s young children kept Richard company at his Sentinel’s post.
He gave of his time and talent working at dinners, fund-raisers, bazaars, etc. and did what he could to help through the many years of his membership. On January 11, 1995 Tyrian Chapter members voted to elect Richard to Life Membership in recognition of his many years of service to the Chapter.
He remained actively involved as health permitted through the Chapter consolidations, in 2008 when Tyrian consolidated with Kindness Chapter No. 523 and then in 2014 when they consolidated with Victoria Chapter No. 290.
At the “Celebrating Friendship” Session of Grand Chapter in 2011 then Worthy Grand Matron Bernice McSweyn and Worthy Grand Patron Andy Forgo honored Richard by presenting his Honorary Life Membership. He passed away just after the beginning of the New Year on January 15, 2016. Richard will long be remembered for the service he gave.
ANNA ROSE SHINDORF (Doric No. 75) Anna Rose was born on April 17, 1932 in Lyons, Michigan. She spent her life in the Lyons/Ionia area graduating from Lyons High School in 1953. On June 30, 1954 she was initiated in Evergreen Chapter No. 334 on the Masonic affiliation of her husband Donald Gillette, a member of Lyons Lodge No. 37 in Lyons, Michigan.
Anna Rose was another very active member. She held an office most every year among which were Chaplain, Marshal, Adah, Ruth and Martha. Like so many others, she advanced through the line offices to serve as Worthy Matron an office she held at least five times. All through her membership she helped with Chapter dinners, bake sales and enjoyed working at the Alma fair booths.
As they were advancing through the Grand Chapter line of offices, Erma Meinhart and Anthony “Tony” Malacos heard Anna Rose sing. When it came their turn to select Grand Family members for 1977-78, they chose Anna Rose as their Grand Soloist. Then in 1985, then Worthy Grand Matron Jean Bateman recommended Anna Rose to be Grand Representative of Manitoba in Michigan.
She served her Ionia County Association as Soloist several times and when not singing, she served as Marshal, 2nd Vice President, 1st Vice President and in 1990 as Association President. On May 21, 1997 the members of Evergreen Chapter honored Anna Rose by electing her to Life Membership.
In her non-Eastern Star time she worked many years as a housekeeper at Sparrow Hospital.
At the “Life’s Celebration” Session of Grand Chapter in 2003 then Worthy Grand Matron Lurene Calloway and Worthy Grand Patron John “Jim” Erbes recognized the service Anna Rose had given by presenting her an Honorary Life Membership. When her Evergreen Chapter consolidated with Doric Chapter No. 75 in 2011 she maintained her membership and supported the Chapter as best she could.
On February 3, 2016 Anna Rose met other Sisters and Brothers who welcomed her to eternal rest. Her voice is joined now with others in the Celestial Choir.
ROBERTA “BOBBI” PETERSON (Presque Isle No. 403) Bobbie, as she liked to be called, was born on January 9, 1947 in Iron Mountain, Michigan and she was a lifelong resident of the Upper Peninsula. Her initiated into the Order occurred on March 29, 1965 in Presque Isle Chapter No. 403 in Marquette, Michigan on the Masonic affiliation of her father Richard Uren, a member of Iron Mountain Lodge No. 388 in Iron Mountain, Michigan. Bobbi became immediately active in her Chapter and maintained that level of activity her entire life. She was proud to be a fourth generation Eastern Star member and to have both daughters join the Order as well. Through the years she held various offices including Chaplain, Adah, Ruth, Esther and the line offices advancing to Worthy Matron. For 16 plus years she served as the Chapter Secretary, the office she held at the time of her passing.
Bobbi was not one to sit still; she worked for her Chapter at their card parties, the Children’s Christmas parties, receptions, on the budget and finance, sunshine and numerous other Chapter committees. Whatever the Chapter need, she was always there to lend a hand.
She didn’t confine her time to work for the Order; she also worked with the youth in Job’s Daughters and DeMolay. Many young people were touched by her.
In 1996 then Worthy Grand Matron Lyene Lenartowicz recommended Bobbi to be Grand Representative of North Dakota in Michigan. Bobbi and her husband Gordon traveled to North Dakota Grand Chapter and enjoyed the friendships they made. In 1997-98 Bobbi was appointed to the Carlson-Graham Grand Family Youth Committee in recognition of her work with the Youth. She enjoyed sewing and shared her time at Grand Chapter helping with those “emergency” repairs. Working as a volunteer at Grand Chapter registration made her happy as she helped members through the process.
The Cloverland District Association found Bobbi actively helping there as well holding various offices including Chaplain, Marshal, 1st Vice President and President. For over 10 years she served as Association Secretary/Treasurer.
In her spare time she enjoyed sewing, needlework and crafts. She worked at several occupations during her lifetime including teaching, receptionist, gift shop manager.
At the “Let Our Light Shine” Grand Chapter Session in 2008 then Worthy Grand Matron Joyce Hegenauer and Worthy Grand Patron Fred Eakin presented Bobbi with Honorary Life Membership. Then on March 8, 2012 the members of Presque Isle Chapter honored Bobbi with Life Membership in the Order.
She struggled a while with health issues and very unexpectedly passed away on February 10, 2016 in Marquette, Michigan. Bobbi will be missed for her passion for Eastern Star.
SALLY A WOOD (Peninsular No. 65) Sally was born on May 31, 1929 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. In 1947 she graduated from Central High School, then attended Wayne State University and eventually graduated from Butterworth School of Nursing in 1950. She had a long career as a pediatric nurse and for 29 years worked as an office nurse for three Pediatricians.
Sally was initiated in Oriental Chapter No. 32 on May 24, 1948. Her Masonic affiliation was her father Guy Rowser a member of Grand River Lodge No. 34 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Sally was a very active member and through the years held several offices including Treasurer, Ruth and Esther. She advanced through the line offices to serve as Worthy Matron at least five times.
Sally enjoyed helping with dinners and luncheons for many Masonic organizations as well as serving on many Chapter committees. In her words, “I guess the truth is I enjoy doing anything I can to help the Order and my Chapter.”
She was selected by then Worthy Grand Matron Erma Meinhart and Worthy Grand Patron Anthony “Tony” Malacos to serve as their Sunshine Committee Chairman in 1977-78. They also selected her to be the General Chairman of their “The Good Samaritan” Session of Grand Chapter.
Sally worked for her Kent County Association serving as Assisting Marshal, Marshal, Treasurer, 2nd Vice President and ultimately President. She spent her spare moments knitting and crocheting.
On April 12, 1995 the members of Peninsular Chapter elected Sally to Life Membership. In 1998 then Worthy Grand Matron Frances Carlson recommended Sally as Grand Representative of Arkansas in Michigan.
At the “Gentle Shepherd” Session of Grand Chapter in 1992 then Worthy Grand Matron Carol Upston and Worthy Grand Patron Robert Whitman presented Sally her Honorary Life Membership.
On April 21, 2016 Sally passed to her eternal rest. She is missed by those who knew and loved her.
HELEN C. GASCON (Victoria No. 290) Helen was born on April 4, 1931 in Detroit, Michigan. At the first birthday celebration of Kindness Chapter No. 523, March 18, 1957, Helen and her father, Walter Hirtzel were initiated. Helen’s Masonic affiliation was her father, a member of Lola Valley Lodge No. 583, Detroit, Michigan. At her initiation into the Order she became a proud fourth general Eastern Star member. Her grandfather became a Mason in 1902 and then joined Eastern Star.
Helen became an active member holding various offices in her Chapter including Marshal, Adah, Esther, Warder and the line offices leading to Worthy Matron at least four times. She worked on various Chapter committees including sunshine, dinners, audit, budget. She worked with the youth serving on the Rainbow Board and four times as Mother Advisor. Helen enjoyed time spent with her Eastern Star Sisters and Brothers working on card parties, garage sales, sewing toys for children and helping with children’s parties. She thoroughly enjoyed the times she worked at the Alma fairs.
She reserved some of her time to assist other Chapters by filling stations. Many Chapters called upon Helen to be their Installing Chaplain or Installing Marshal.
She also served her Wayne County as Secretary, Associate President and President and worked on several committees for the Association as well.
In 2002-2003 then Worthy Grand Matron Lurene Calloway and Worthy Grand Patron John “Jim” Erbes selected Helen to be a member of their Busy Bee Committee. That year members of the Grand Family traveled the state cooking dinners for Sisters and Brothers at the Calloway-Erbes Dinner Theater and Helen could be found among the cooks. When she became Travel Companion for Florence Silvernail who served on the Starliner Journal, Helen was right there helping with the proofing and “put togethers” and enjoying every minute. In 2006 then Worthy Grand Matron Mary Plater recommended Helen as Grand Representative of Kansas in Michigan.
Helen was never one to sit still; she loved traveling, sewing, crafts and gardening. She especially enjoyed traveling and camping with her husband in their RV. She was very actively involved with Relay for Life for several years. She worked in sales for J. L. Hudson and then in the office of ExCello for nearly nine years before retiring from the workforce.
On October 4, 1996 the members of Kindness Chapter honored Helen when they elected her to Life Membership. At the 2010 “Garden of Peace and Harmony” Session of Grand Chapter then Worthy Grand Matron Sheryl Morrison and Worthy Grand Patron Richard Ward presented Helen with an Honorary Life Membership. Her Kindness Chapter consolidated with Victoria Chapter No. 290 in 2014 and Helen remained actively involved.
May 11, 2016 Helen entered her eternal home and we know she is busy working with all her Sisters and Brothers who met her there.
“There are many dwelling-places in my Father’s house; if it were not so I should have told you; for I am going there on purpose to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I shall come again and receive you to myself, so that where I am you may be also…"
Mary A. Ivey
FOR THE GRAND CHAPTER SESSION
NOTE: Please convey this information to those members of your chapter who would be affected.
1. TO THE MEMBERS: Remember that according to our Law, EVERY MEMBER in good standing is eligible to vote at Grand Chapter, if registered before 12 o’clock noon on Wednesday, October 12, 2016. PRE-REGISTERED MEMBERS are still required to show their current (2017) dues receipt to receive their Ballots, Badge and registration material. Registration will begin at 12:00 noon on Sunday in the McCamly Plaza Hotel – Custer Room.
2. ELECTION: Remember the Election of Grand Officers and Elected Board Members is the first order of business Wednesday Afternoon.
3. TO THE WORTHY MATRONS: DO NOT WEAR YOUR NEW FORMAL until the Grand Chapter opening on Tuesday.
4. TO THE ASSOCIATE MATRONS: Your new formal for the 2016-2017 year is NOT TO BE WORN UNTIL THURSDAY AFTERNOON, for the Installation Ceremony.
5. PAST GRAND MATRONS AND PAST GRAND PATRONS, GRAND REPRESENTATIVES AND HONORARY/HONORED LIFE MEMBERS OF GRAND CHAPTER: Be sure to register at the table listing your PRIMARY Chapter number. Your names are listed on those records and this is where you will be issued your ballots, badge, and the Advance Proceedings. You also need to check in at the Distinquished Guests Committee Table. Registration will begin at 12:00 noon on Sunday in the McCamly Plaza Hotel – Custer Room.
6. GRAND FAMILY MEMBERS AND ELECTED BOARDS: Be sure to register at the table marked with your PRIMARY Chapter number. This is where you will receive your ballot, badge and the Advance Proceedings. Be sure to pick up your Social Events tickets (banquet, etc.) at the Ticket Table in the Custer Room. Registration will begin at 12:00 noon on Sunday in the McCamly Plaza Hotel – Custer Room.
7. ASSOCIATE MATRONS AND ASSOCIATE PATRONS: Remember there will be a meeting in the Grand Chapter Room West which you are expected to attend immediately following the Memorial on Wednesday night. You will meet the new Grand Family at this time. There will be a rehearsal for the Installation formation following this meeting.
8. FAMILY AND FRIENDS MAY ATTEND OUR MEMORIAL SESSION ON WEDNESDAY EVENING, with no admittance fee. TO OUR MEMBERS: If you do not pay the registration fee, you will not be counted as being in attendance!
9. HEADQUARTER HOTEL CONFIRMATIONS. The McCamly Plaza Hotel is not sending confirmations. If you are staying at the Headquarter Hotel and desire to know your confirmation number, please call the hotel (888) 622-2659 or Jill Cherwinski (810) 639-5864..
10. LEGISLATION DEBATE: Prepare your comments before speaking. By writing your comments on paper this will allow you to make the best use of the two-minute debate time limit.
11. PARKING REMAINS THE SAME AS LAST YEAR!!!! Limited parking in the ramp, also parking available across the street, hotel valet parking and in the lot south of the train station.
“EVERY MILE A MEMORY” Session
Order of the Eastern Star
Dear Sisters and Brothers:
Brother Ray and I welcome you to the "Every Mile a Memory" Session of the Grand Chapter of Eastern Star of Michigan. This, our 150th Session will be held October 11-13, 2016 at the Kellogg Arena in Battle Creek.
Tuesday afternoon, we will greet and introduce our distinguished guests. Please join us as we welcome them to our Grand Chapter.
Wednesday begins the business of this Grand Jurisdiction. Plan to visit our candidates prior to their election on Wednesday afternoon. The legislation being presented affects the future of Michigan Grand Chapter, so make yourself familiar with it so you may vote for the good of the Order. Remember you "MUST" be registered with a 2017 dues card by noon on Wednesday in order to vote. Our Honored Life Members will receive special recognition on Wednesday evening followed by our Memorial Service. The Memorial will be a beautiful ceremony and we hope you will join us to remember those who have left us this past year.
Thursday we conclude the business of this year and proceed to the start of another Grand Chapter year.
As our year of service ends, Brother Ray and I have so many miles of memories that will last a lifetime. We thank each of you for the warm welcome and hospitality received when the Strickland-Abbey Grand Family visited your area. Thursday afternoon we turn over the reign of this Grand Chapter to the Wilcenski-Otte Grand Family. Ray and I wish Colleen and Bob and their Grand Family the same wonderful time we experienced. The year is all too short so enjoy every minute. May you have much success and good health in the 2016-2017 year of service.
Lori L. Strickland Raymond N. Abbey
Worthy Grand Matron Worthy Grand Patron
REGISTRATION – MC CAMLY PLAZA HOTEL – CUSTER ROOM
Grand Officers, Grand Committee Members, Past Grand Matrons and Past Grand Patrons, Out-of-State Guests and all Members present may register Sunday, October 9, in the McCamly Plaza Hotel Custer Room from 12 noon until 4 p.m.
Registration: Monday - 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Tuesday - 9:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday - 9:00 a.m. (noon - end of ballot distribution) to beginning of afternoon session. Open between afternoon and evening sessions. Thursday - only by request (contact Guard or Guardian at the Grand Chapter Room door). OUR LAW REQUIRES CLOSING OF REGISTRATION FOR DISTRIBUTION OF BALLOTS at noon Wednesday. Registration will be open on Wednesday afternoon and evening between sessions to allow registration personnel the opportunity to attend the Sessions and vote.
DRESSING There will be dressing rooms in the Kellogg Arena with ample room
ROOMS for hanging formals. These rooms will be under constant surveillance
and locked when not in use.
INFORMATION A table will be stationed near registration. The Convention
& Bureau table will be stationed close to registration.
LOST & FOUND
Emergency messages are to be given to the Chairman of the Session, however we strive to eliminate unnecessary paging during the business session, as a courtesy to the Worthy Grand Matron.
Cell phones, pagers, etc must be turned off or set to vibrate during Grand Chapter Sessions. There will be a fine collected for all ringing devices.
GRAND CHAPTER SESSION COMMITTEES – 2016
GENERAL CHAIRMAN Mrs. Evelyn Morrow (Wacousta #133)
GENERAL CO-CHAIRMAN Mrs. Marilyn Strader (Nourmahal #282)
SESSION AUDITORIUM DECORATION CHAIRMAN Mrs. Carol
Orsborn (Wacousta #133)
SESSION AUDITORIUM DECORATION CO-CHAIRMAN Mrs. Nancy Morrow
PROPERTIES AND LABYRINTH CO-CHAIRMEN Mr. James Wheeler (Pontiac
Mr. William Moore (Bay #219)
BANQUET CHAIRMAN Mrs. Nancy Burns (Millington #390)
BANQUET CO-CHAIRMAN Mrs. Gail Kwiatkowski (Pontiac #228)
BANQUET TICKET CHAIRMAN Mrs. Barbara Ockerman (Genesis #88)
BANQUET TICKET CO-CHAIRMAN Mrs. Donelda Hughes (Ypsilanti #119)
BANQUET DECORATIONS CHAIRMAN Mrs. Audrey Mausolf
BANQUET DECORATIONS CO-CHAIRMAN Mrs. Gail Wheeler (Pontiac #228)
DISTINQUISHED GUESTS COMMITTEE, CHAIRMAN Mrs. Jan Cross
(Berkley-Highland Park #483)
COURTESY CAR, CHAIRMAN Mrs. Barbara Hulse (Kalamo #399),
VENDOR CHAIRMAN Mrs. Shelia Huis (Hastings #7)
RESERVATIONS CHAIRMAN Mrs. Jill Cherwinski (Vienna #283)
REGISTRATION CHAIRMAN Mrs. Helen Milbourne, PGM (Mulliken #161)
FIRST AID Mr. David Snider (Wacousta #133)
SOUND AND LIGHTING Kellogg Arena Personnel and BC Sound, Mrs. Faith Dew
(Berkley-Highland Park #483)
GRAND CHAPTER PHOTOGRAPHER Mr. Dale Barber (Sandusky #273)
RV PARKING CHAIRMAN Mr. Stanley Bryson (Brookfield #352)
DRESSING ROOM CHAIRMAN Mrs. Marylin Barnard (Vienna #283)
OUTLINE OF PLANS FOR THE “EVERY MILE A MEMORY” SESSION
(Plans are subject to change)
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 9, 2016 PAST GRAND MATRONS’ AND PAST GRAND PATRONS’
6:30 p.m. BANQUET, McCamly Plaza Hotel – 16th Floor (formal)
MONDAY, OCTOBER 10, 2016 “Picnic at Woodstock” (OES Casual or 60’s – 70’s attire)
6:00 p.m. McCamly Plaza Hotel – Branson Ballroom
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 11, 2016 GRAND REPRESENTATIVES’ BREAKFAST
8:00 a.m. McCamly Plaza Hotel – Branson Ballroom
10:00 a.m. MEETING OF SECRETARIES AND TREASURERS
McCamly Plaza Hotel – 16th Floor
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 11, 2016 GRAND CHAPTER OPENING
1:15 p.m. Musical Interlude.
1:30 p.m. Informal Opening, Dedication of Session: Presentation of
Bibles, Flags, Distinguished Guests and Greetings.
7:15 p.m. Musical Interlude.
7:30 p.m. Presentation of Grand Lodge Officers of Michigan.
Welcome to the Youth Groups, followed by FORMAL
OPENING, Presentation of Distinguished Guests, Past
Grand Matrons, Past Grand Patrons, and Grand Representatives.
Short Business Session.
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 12, 2016
8:45 a.m. Musical Interlude.
9:00 a.m. Grand Entrance, Reconvening, Reports of Worthy
Grand Matron, Worthy Grand Patron, Grand Secretary,
Grand Treasurer, and other Grand Officers, Legislation.
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 12, 2016 PAGO LUNCHEON
11:30 a.m. McCamly Plaza Hotel – Branson Ballroom
2:00 p.m. Presentation of Candidates for Grand Chapter Offices, Election of
Officers, Reports of Boards, Committees,
7:15 p.m. Musical Interlude.
7:30 p.m. Opening of the MEMORIAL SESSION. Tribute to Honored Life
Members of Grand Chapter.
MEMORIAL SESSION. Special Note: This Session will
be open to non-members. It will not be necessary for them
to pay registration fee. Members should remember, however,
if you do not pay the registration fee, your attendance at Grand
Chapter will not be recorded.
Following the Wednesday Evening Session, the Associate Matrons and Associate Patrons will meet in the West section of the Arena with the Associate Grand Matron and Associate Grand Patron.
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 13, 2016
8:45 a.m. Musical Interlude.
9:00 a.m. GRAND ENTRANCE. Completion of Business and Closing of the
THURSDAY AFTERNOON Installation and Closing.
IMPORTANT INSTRUCTIONS. All members must show the 2017 receipt for dues when registering, including those who are pre-registered. The Grand Guards will ask to see your registration badge each time you are admitted. Be careful with your ballot and your badge of admission. BRING YOUR LAW BOOK AND BOOK OF INSTRUCTIONS WITH YOU TO GRAND CHAPTER.
You MUST NOTIFY YOUR HOTEL if you make a change in the date or the time of arrival. FAILURE MAY RESULT IN A BILL TO YOU FOR THE ROOM.
PARKING INFORMATION - UPDATED
2016 GRAND CHAPTER
HAMBLIN RAMP – (next to the Kellogg Arena) –
****SEE NEW INFORMATION ON OTHER SIDE****
“25” spaces available at $25.00 for the week.
(passes available at the NORTH attended entrance to the ramp Saturday – Wednesday)
(parking with the $25 pass is valid on only floors 2 through 5 of the ramp)
Standard Parking Rates in the Hamblin Ramp –
1st Hour 0-60 Free
2nd Hour 61-120 $2.00
3rd Hour 121-180 $3.50
4th Hour 181-240 $4.25
5th Hour 241-300 $5.00
6th Hour 301-360 $5.50
7th Hour 361-420 $5.75
8th + Daily Max $6.00
Spaces available – first come, first serve - busiest times between 7:00am and 5:00pm Monday – Thursday.
FULL BLAST (EAST & WEST LOTS) – (East lot - across the street from the McCamly Plaza Hotel. West lot - across the street from the Hamblin Ramp.)
Spaces available at $20.00 for the week.
(passes available at the NORTH attended entrance to the Hamblin St. ramp)
NEW – JACKSON STREET LOT – (North of Hotel – across from Griffins)
10 Spaces available in the lower level at $25.00 for the week.
(passes available at the NORTH attended entrance to the Hamblin St. ramp)
JACKSON STREET PARKING RAMP – (North of Arena)
Spaces available at $25.00 for the week.
(passes available at the NORTH attended entrance to the Hamblin St. ramp)
MC CAMLY PLAZA HOTEL VALET –
Spaces available at $10.00 per day (with and in out privileges).
(Valet parking available at the entrance to McCamly Plaza Hotel.)
FREE PARKING - LIMITED SHUTTLE SERVICE – (Additional lot near the train station, a couple of blocks south of the hotel and arena.)
Limited shuttle service between the McCamly Hotel and this parking lot.
(Check at the Hotel Bell Station, near the hotel registration desk.)
ALL parking passes will be available at the North attended entrance to the Hamblin Ramp. This is the only attended entrance/exit. The familiar south entrance is now automated.
HAMBLIN RAMP - additional information:
If you obtain a weekly pass to park in the Hamblin Ramp you will receive a coupon in addition to the pass, both are to be presented to the attendant at the north exit upon exiting. If exiting on the south automated exit, the device will accept the coupon after the ticket is inserted to raise the exit gate.
Order of the Eastern Star
TO THE OFFICERS AND MEMBERS OF THE SUBORDINATE CHAPTERS OF MICHIGAN
Dear Sisters and Brothers:
The letters of endorsement from Chapters, have been received for the following Sisters and Brothers for the Elective Offices and Boards of our Grand Chapter.
FOR THE OFFICE OF GRAND SECRETARY
Mary A. Ivey Tekonsha-Rebecca Chapter #324
FOR THE OFFICE OF GRAND TREASURER
Hope E. Smith Brookfield Chapter #352/Kalamo Chapter #399
FOR THE OFFICE OF ASSOCIATE GRAND CONDUCTRESS
Marsha L. Mead Grand Ledge #14
Dawn M. Talbot Flat Rock #156
FOR THE OFFICE OF GRAND SENTINEL
Michael L. Waldo Wacousta #133
Alma A. Hunnicutt Carson City #271
Patricia A. Ahl Roseville #468
Mary E. Plater Victoria #290
Jennifer Snider Vienna #283
Dixie Wells Rockford #215
Mary A. Ivey, Grand Secretary
(Constitution and Laws of the Grand Chapter)
(Laws for the Government of Subordinate Chapters)
BOOK OF INSTRUCTIONS
(Section 5 – O.E.S. Law Book)
Synopsis of Legislation to be considered at Grand Chapter
in Battle Creek, Michigan
October 11, 12 and 13, 2016
“EVERY MILE A MEMORY” Session
ITEM NO. 1 If adopted, this amendment to the Constitution and Laws of the Grand Chapter will: Allow sister officers to wear pant suits or dress slacks with an appropriate top for all chapter meetings other than initiation. Skirts or street length dresses would still be permissible. They would not be permitted to wear jeans, shorts, skorts, pedal pushers, Coulotte or capris. Floor length white dresses would still be required for initiation.
ITEM NO. 2 Is housekeeping to remove a consolidated Chapter.
ITEM No. 3 Is housekeeping to clarify Educational Scholarship Application requests.
PROPOSED LEGISLATION TO BE CONSIDERED FOR THE 2016 GRAND CHAPTER SESSION
AMENDMENT TO THE CONSTITUTION AND LAWS
OF THE GRAND CHAPTER
ORDER OF THE EASTERN STAR OF MICHIGAN
ITEM NO. 1
BOOK OF INSTRUCTIONS
SECTION V – LAWS FOR THE GOVERNMENT OF SUBORDINATE CHAPTERS OF MICHIGAN
SECTION IV – CONDUCT OF OFFICERS, page 11, Number 2
Amend by DELETING the last sentence of Number 2 and ADD the following:
Sister officers may wear pantsuits or dress slacks with appropriate tops for all Chapter meetings other than initiations, skirts or street length dresses would still be permissible. They may not wear jeans, shorts, skorts, pedal pushers, culottes or capris to any Stated Meeting.
Number 2 would then read:
Number 2. Sister officers must wear white floor length dresses for initiation. (Past Matrons may wear colored formals once a year for initiation.) They should not have handkerchiefs, handbags, fans, Rituals, or other impediments in their hands or at their stations. Sister officers may wear pantsuits or dress slacks with appropriate tops for all Chapter meetings other than initiations, skirts or street length dresses would still be permissible. They may not wear jeans, shorts, skorts, pedal pushers, culottes or capris to any Stated Meeting. (2005-16)
RATIONALE: Over the last several years at many seminars the dress code has been raised by our members that as they are getting older it is much harder to come out in the cold in a dress or skirt and be an active member. As the cost of maintaining our Masonic Centers continue to rise our Temple Associations are being forced to dial back considerably and this further makes it harder to attend and be comfortable in our Masonic Centers.
Submitted by Richmond Chapter No. 168
Candace N. White, Worthy Matron
Lyle Ballard, Worthy Patron
Mary Buckberrough, Secretary
ITEM NO. 2
Division Number 3
LAWS FOR THE GOVERNMENT OF SUBORDINATE CHAPTERS OF MICHIGAN
Division Number 3
Section 59 – SCHOOLS OF INSTRUCTION, TERRITORIAL DIVISIONS, DIVISION NO. 2, page 81
DIVISION NO. 2 – line 3, DELETE the following: Zenobia #129.
It would then read:
DIVISION NO. 2 - Alpena #341, Atlanta #487, Bay #219, Breckenridge #323, Coleman #281, Grayling #83, Lincoln #184, Martha Washington #113, Montrose #351, Nourmahal #282, Primrose #183, Tawas Bay #71, Vienna #283. (2013-15-16)
ITEM NO. 3
Division Number 7
MICHIGAN’S OFFICIAL FORMS
Request for Educational Scholarship Application(s) – Form No. 47, page 155
ADD the additional line, “Renewal Educational Scholarship _________”
Form No. 47 would then read, in part:
Regular Educational Scholarship _______
Renewal Educational Scholarship _______
Robinson Scholarship _______
(Remainder of Form No. 47 is unchanged.)
Second Hand Rose Shoppe
This year at Grand Chapter we would like to try something completely different! There will be a special booth in the vendor area behind the East that will be a place to donate and/or shop for formals, dressy dresses and fancy tops. Donations can be given to Denise Abbey before Grand Chapter and she and her crew of fabulous volunteers will hang them up at the “shoppe” for sale. All proceeds from this sale will go to the Pathwas project. The cost? $10 per item on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday, $5 per item on Wednesday.
Gently used clean items are welcome, please no soiled or ripped items. This will be a fantastic opportunity to lighten your closet of formals or fancy tops, and maybe find something new. We hope this will aid those new sisters who are holding offices for the first time and need formalwear for the installations and meetings.
OES EDUCATIONAL BOARD
Dear Sister and Brothers,
This past April, the Board made a decision to allow each Chapter to submit 4 (four) applications for regular new and/or renewal scholarships. This number does not include the applications for the Robinson, Coy or ESTARL Scholarships as there are no limitations to these applications.
Now is the time for your Chapter to begin requesting applications for the 2017-2018 Academic Year. Especially since so many Chapters go dark during the winter months and the applications are due back to the Chapter by the March Stated Meeting so they can be submitted to the Board Secretary by April first.
We realize that sometimes the student has not yet selected which school they will be attending or have not yet been accepted and that the Fall Semester Transcripts are not available until January, but most of the process can be completed early enough for the Chapter to act on the at the March Stated Meeting.
If you have any questions, please contact any of the Board members who will be happy to assist you.
H. William Moerdyk, PGP President Lori Strickland, WGM
Kathleen Muench, Vice-President Colleen Wilcenski, AGM
Priscilla Hankins, PGM Secretary Mary A. Ivey, GR. Secretary
Custodian of Accounts
ATTENTION – ATTENTION
SEPTEMBER 18TH 2016
Bay Chapter # 219
200 E. John St.
Bay City, Michigan
SUPPORT THE FIRST RESPONDERS
LUNCH: 2:00 PM. $8.00
Registration 1:00 PM
Carol Kehrer 2535 Yellowstone, Saginaw, MI. 48603
Make checks to Martha Washington Chapter 113.
Deadline is Sept. 9th 2016
Grand Cross Investiture and
Saturday, November 12, 2016
Wayne Masonic Center
37173 Palmer Road
Westland, MI 48185
10:00 a.m. Rehearsal
11:00 a.m. Investiture Ceremony
12:00 p.m. Lunch
1:00 p.m. Mystic Feast & Bread Service
1:45 p.m. Individual Grand Cross Group Meetings
Please save the date
The Grand Cross Investiture and Mystic Feast have been moved to November to be closer to the obligatory day of November 15th. It is hoped that more Masters of the Grand Cross will attend the ceremonies and welcome our newest Masters. This invitation is extended so that each Grand Cross group and individual Masters can let other Masters of the Grand Cross know of the event and extend the invitation to attend and participate in this first November Mystic Feast. Please remember to bring your Grand Cross card or if you are a designate, please bring the card you received from Supreme Assembly.
Worthy Grand Matron’s Itinerary
9 96th Annual Meeting of the Calhoun County Association at Hastings Masonic Temple, 106 East State St, Hastings, MI 49058. Registration: 11:00am; Lunch: 12:00pm; Meeting: 1:00pm. Reservations with remittance of $10.00 by September 1, 2016 made payable to Calhoun County Association. Mail to: Sheila Huis. Guest: OES Casual.
11 5F Day.
17 Macomb County Fall Meeting celebrating the end of 102 years of service to the Order of the Eastern Star at Jefferson Chapter #489, 22000 11 Mile Rd, St. Clair Shores, MI 48081. Registration: 2:00pm; Meeting: 3:00pm; Dinner: 5:00pm. Make checks payable to Jefferson Chapter #489. Reservation and remittance to Joan Alsever, by September 9, 2016. Dress for the date: Formal Attire.
23 Ohio Grand Chapter.
27 Grand Blanc Chapter No. 507 honors Judy Lengyel, Grand Representative of Oregon in Michigan and Kathleen Muench, Vice Chairman Educational Board at Grand Blanc Masonic Center, 522 E Grand Blanc Rd, Grand Blanc, MI. Time: 6:30 pm. Bring a dish to pass; meat, drinks and table service will be provided. RSVP for count only to Marilee Smiley. Attire: OES Casual.
Out-going Worthy Grand Matron’s Itinerary
8 Executive Board Meeting at McCamly Plaza Hotel, Battle Creek.
10 “Picnic at Woodstock” Banquet, Branson Ballroom, Registration: 5:00pm; Dinner: 6:00pm; Music by GL Bums 7:00-10:00pm; Cost $30.00. Dress is 60’s - 70’s or Casual.
11-13 Michigan Grand Chapter “Every Mile a Memory” at McCamly Plaza Hotel, Battle Creek. Headquarter Hotel reservations must be made through the Reservations Committee using the reservation form. Deadline for preregistration ($15.00) and social events reservations is Sept 20, 2016. Individual costs of events is listed on Social Events Form. One check of money order to cover Pre-Registration and Social Events payable to Grand Chapter OES of Michigan; with completed forms to Mrs. Jill Cherwinski, 10477 Willard Road, Montrose, MI 48457-9410; tel: 810-639-5864; email: email@example.com.
Direct questions regarding the Worthy Grand Matron’s Itinerary to her Secretary,
Crissey Burtt 906-635-3368 Cell: 270-547-9540 email: firstname.lastname@example.org
In-coming Worthy Grand Matron’s Itinerary
14 WGM – Installing Officer – Coldwater – 7 p.m.
15 WGM – Installing Officer – Traverse Bay – 4 p.m.
20 WGM – Installing Officer – Waldo – 7 p.m.
22 WGM – Installing Officer – Rockford - Afternoon – 1:00 p.m.
22 WGM – Installing Officer – Wacousta Chapter – 7:00 p.m.
24 WGP – Installing Chaplain – Ypsilanti Chapter - 7:00 p.m.
25 WGM - Installing Marshal – Victoria Chapter - 7:00 p.m.
WGP - Installing Chaplain – Victoria Chapter
26 WGM – Installing Officer – Nankin - 7:00 p.m.
27 WGM & WGP Installing Staff - Nourmahal Chapter - 7:00 p.m.
28 Installation of Officers Charlevoix #72 - 7:00 p.m.
29 School on Instruction – UP – at Trillium Chapter - Noon Lunch – Books
following lunch – Start of school after Books done.
Installation of Officers to be held at 10:00 a.m.
If you have any questions regarding the WGM October calendar please contact Linda Otte,
WGM secretary at 248 345 9436 (cell) or home 248 426 8429
SUGGESTIONS FOR CHAPTER SECRETARY TO
CHECKING OF BOOKS AT SCHOOL OF INSTRUCTION
1) To aid the Instructor in locating items in the minutes, highlight the following in each month’s Stated Meeting minutes:
- whether the meeting was opened in Long form or Short form. This will help the Instructor verify that no more than four Short form openings were used during the year.
– the Treasurer’s report. The beginning balance, total receipts (including interest), total disbursements (including bank charges), and ending balance as reported by the Treasurer at the meeting is required in each Stated Meeting minutes and must be typed within the minutes.
– Exemplification of degrees. Each Chapter must have two initiatories each year. By highlighting that the meeting was an initiatory the two meetings can be quickly located.
2) List the officers present at each Stated meeting. It helps if a count is given and highlighted.
3) Audit Committee report (items in number 15 of the Audit Committee Guidelines) must be typed in the Annual Meeting minutes. This is similar to the Treasurer’s monthly report - it would include:
Balance on hand at beginning of year
Total income for current year (including interest)
Total investments (Bonds, savings, CDs, etc.)
Total disbursements for year including (bank charges)
Balance on hand at end of year
4) The YEAR END BALANCE from the Audit Committee report typed in the Annual Meeting minutes MUST MATCH the following:
a) Secretary’s Cash Book – ending balance for the year at close of books
b) Treasurer’s Cash Book – ending balance for the year at close of books
c) Page 3 – bottom line figure on the 990 Finance Report sent to Grand
Chapter by October 31
d) Minute book Audit Committee report
5) Place a sticky note paper or paper clip on the top of the ANNUAL MEETING Minutes in the minute book. This will help to locate that meeting. If the previous Annual Meeting minutes are also marked with a paper clip or sticky note the Instructor may easily locate the signature of last year’s instructor.
GUIDELINES FOR AUDITING COMMITTEE
The Auditing Committee must be certain that all figures are entered in the closing analysis of the Secretary and Treasurer Cash Books. Also that this same analysis is entered in the Minutes of the Annual meeting and the Minutes Book is signed by the Auditing Committee (3 members).
It is also the duty of this Committee to check the books of the Secretary and Treasurer to see that each month’s business is properly ruled and the balance forwarded to begin the next month’s business.
Additional items to be checked by the Auditing Committee:
1. Total amount of dues received by the Secretary (See $ ________________________
Secretary’s Cash Book)
2. Total amount of dues recorded on Dues Receipt Stubs (See $ ________________________
3. Does Number 1 and Number 2 agree? Yes ________________________
If “yes”, this is a sufficient check No ________________________
If “no”, check Membership Dues Record (Secretary)
4. If “yes” in 3 above, spot check Membership Record to see
if dues are properly recorded.
5. Were dues notices mailed by the Secretary thirty days or
more prior to October 1? ________________________
6. Were the names of all those in arrears two years or more,
stating amount of indebtedness, read in open Chapter at
the September meeting and the same recorded in the minutes? ________________________
7. Do receipts in the Secretary’s Cash Book agree with the
Treasurer’s Cash Book? ________________________
8. Do disbursements in the Secretary’s Cash Book agree with
the Treasurer’s Cash Book? ________________________
9. Are all receipts properly recorded and itemized at each
regular meeting – in the Secretary’s Minutes? ________________________
in the Secretary’s Cash Book? ________________________
in the Treasurer’s Cash Book? ________________________
10. Are all disbursements properly recorded and itemized at each
regular meeting - in the Secretary’s Minutes? ________________________
in the Secretary’s Cash Book? ________________________
in the Treasurer’s Cash Book? ________________________
11. Does check book balance agree with the Secretary’s and
Treasurer’s record? ________________________
(Outstanding checks should be accounted for in making
12. Does the Savings Account and/or other investment book balance(s)
agree with the Secretary and Treasurer’s record? ________________________
13. Does the Secretary’s record of cash balance, agree, with the
Treasurer’s record of cash balance _______________________
14. Are all orders properly signed by the Worthy Matron and the
15. The Auditing Committee’s report should be in writing so that it can be entered in the minutes. This report should be in substantially the following form:
ENTER THE FOLLOWING AUDIT COMMITTEE REPORT
IN THE CHAPTER ANNUAL MEETING MINUTES
Cash Balance – Beginning of Year $ ___________________
Savings Account(s) (List) ___________________
Certificates of Deposit (C.D.s) ___________________
Other ______________________ ___________________
Total Cash and Investments – Beginning of Year $_________________________
Add: Total Receipts (Include Interest
on Savings Accts, C.D.s, Etc.) _________________________
Total Receipts plus Cash and Investments _________________________
Less: Total Disbursements (Include Bank Charges) _________________________
Total Cash and Investments – End of Year $________________________*
Cash Balance – End of Year $ __________________
Savings Account(s) (List) __________________
Certificates of Deposits (C.D.s) __________________
Other Investments ________________ __________________
The Balance of these accounts should be in accord with
above “Total Cash and Investments - End of Year” balance. ________________________*