April mailing from the Grand Secretary

GRAND CHAPTER

ORDER OF THE EASTERN STAR

OF MICHIGAN

 

April 2014

 

Dear Secretary:

 

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

 

READ THE FOLLOWING IN THEIR ENTIRETY at your Stated Meeting:

 

1)      MESSAGE FROM THE WORTHY GRAND MATRON AND PATRON.  (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.  (2 Pages)  This service is to be conducted at your April 2014 meeting.  Included is the form to return with your collection check.   

4)      HONORING OF THE 50-60-70-80-PLUS YEAR MEMBERS.  (2 Pages)  This letter is to be read in its entirety to your members at the stated meeting of your Chapter.

 

SUMMARIZE EACH OF THE FOLLOWING COMMUNICATIONS at your Stated Meeting:

 

5)      OUT-OF-STATE OFFICERS.  (1 Page)  Let your members know about this requirement each year.  Secretary, please submit a Special Dispensation to the WGM if you have Officers living out-of-state. 

6)      PATHWAYS BOUTIQUE & PAWS WITH A CAUSE.  (1 Page) Please let your members know about this communication. 

7)      MULTI-STATE INVITATION. (2 Pages) Please notify your members of this fun time being hosted by Michigan Grand Chapter this year. 

 

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

 

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

 

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2013-2014 DIRECTORY UPDATES

Page 8 – reminder - WGM Norma Wojack’s new cell number

Page 20 – PGM Jean Bateman new address.

 

PROPOSED LEGISLATION DEADLINE – MAY 31!!

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.) 

 

SICKNESS AND DISTRESS

- PGM Jewell Cook unexpectedly lost her younger sister, Mary Ermatinger on February 26. 

- PGM Pamela Waack, spent a couple of times in the hospital late February and then in March with respiratory problems. 

- Nancy Carey wife of PGP Richard, unexpectedly lost her younger sister, Bess Williams on February 7. 

-- PGM Margaret Belknap, had surgery in mid-March to remove an obstruction which caused her much pain and suffering. 

- Harvey Bupp husband of, PGM Elaine, died March 8.  His funeral was held on Saturday, March 15 in Mendon. 

- PGM Eveline Karnowski, lost her brother March 10, she also had a couple of surgeries to remove cancerous spots. 

- Grand Treasurer Hope Smith, had surgery in mid-March to remove cancerous spots. 

- Sandy Praria, wife of Wojack-Miller Kid’s Corner Chairman Ted, was in the hospital mid-March.   

Thank you – Cathy Eakin, wife of GGCCM and PGP Fred sent the following, “I want to thank all of you who were so kind to think of me during my illness.  I was really surprised by the number of cards I received.  I also want to thank everyone who took the time to come up to ask me if I was feeling much better now.  Thank you all very much.  What a great group of Sisters and Brothers you are!  Star Love, Cathy Eakin”

 

 

Secretary – Information for you:

 

COURTESY INITIATIONS – As a point of information, if your Chapter is hosting a Grand Officer Exemplification (G.O.E.X.) and has been asked to do a courtesy initiation, the upper portion of the Courtesy Initiation form (No. 28) is to be completed by the requesting Chapter.  The entire form is to be given to the Grand Secretary at the G.O.E.X.  She completes the lower portion of the form, places the Grand Chapter seal on the form and returns the lower portion of the form to the requesting Chapter.  If multiple candidates are initiated at the G.O.E.X. as a courtesy, a separate form is required for each candidate.

 

2013 BOOK OF PROCEEDINGS ORDER FORM - The form will be included in the May mailing and must be returned by June 1, 2014.  ONLY THE AMOUNT OF BOOKS ORDERED WILL BE PRINTED.  THERE WILL BE NO EXTRA BOOKS WILL BE ORDERED. 

 

DECEASED FORMER MEMBERS – If you learn that a former member has passed away we would appreciate it if you would contact the Grand Chapter Office with the date of their passing.  Though the member may have taken a demit, withdrawn or been suspended, we would like to add date of death on their record.  Many times missing birth dates may be obtained from obituaries.  We would appreciate that information as well.

 

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 2014

 

Happy Spring Sisters and Brothers,

 

As the Easter season approaches, it is our hope that spring has come, that green grass and flowers abound and warm weather has finally arrived. The optimist in me says that when you read this, you’ll have already experienced spring flowers!

 

Plans are in the making for our 2014 Grand Chapter Session “Our World of Knowledge”, October 14-16, 2014.  This is a very special time for any Grand Family and this year we will be honored by a visit from the Most Worthy Grand Matron and Most Worthy Grand Patron.  We hope to see all of you in attendance.  Information regarding the Session and special events will be soon in the mail. Along with Convention plans, remember that any Chapter wishing to submit legislation for consideration at Grand Chapter must have it to the Grand Secretary by May 31, 2014. 

 

The Wojack-Miller Committees are working hard on their programs and projects.  One of these programs is our HONOR OUR HEROES/MILITARY SUPPORT.  It is hoped that Chapters will plan something special for servicemen and women in their area.  These men and women are returning to us, many injured, and they need to know how much they are appreciated.  Join with your American Legion, VFW or other service organizations.  Donate to the Wounded Warrior Program, support children whose mother, father or both parents are deployed.  If nothing else, remember those serving with a card of cheer.  Report your activities to our chairman and let us know how you were involved. 

 

Our Book Project has grown from children’s books to include books for adults.  They are being donated to shelters, physician’s offices and even jails. It seems that our membership is very innovative and sees the need in many places.  Remember to let our chairman know the number of books donated and where they have been placed.  Feel free to write a narrative telling us how and what you did.  We are so proud of all your efforts.

 

May you all enjoy this special time of year……………

 

In Fraternal Friendship,

Norma A. Wojack                                                                               Frederick D. Miller

Worthy Grand Matron                                                                        Worthy Grand Patron

                                                                                                     

 

 

 

 

 

WOJACK-MILLER EASTER VESPER SERVICE

 

Prayer:  Lord, You died on the cross to forgive us our sins, help us to forgive others as you have commanded. Help us open our hearts to your light and love so we may not live in darkness and anger. Cleanse our hearts of bitterness and help us to forgive ourselves, as well. We offer this prayer in your name Jesus Christ. Amen

Scripture: Luke 6:37 “Judge not and ye shall not be judged: condemn not and ye shall not be condemned: forgive and ye shall be forgiven.”

Hymn: Because He Lives

 

God sent his son

They called him Jesus

He came to love

Heal and forgive

He lived and died

To buy my pardon

An empty grave

Is there to prove

My Savior lives

 

Because he lives

I can face tomorrow

Because he lives

All fear is gone

Because I know

He holds the future

And life is worth the living

Just because He Lives

 

Body: Spring is a time of renewal. It brings new life after a cold dark winter. It bursts forth with new buds as if forgiving winter its harshness and bitter cold. Jesus died on the cross to forgive us our sins. He burst forth like a bud into the light and eternal life of heaven. He died to forgive us. When we learn to forgive, not just our enemies but ourselves as well, we burst forth into a new spring. Our hearts are lightened and the bitter darkness of winter vanishes from our lives. Forgiveness isn’t easy, but it frees the soul. If Jesus could forgive all our mistakes and sins, we should do as he commanded, and forgive others, that we may live in his light and love because as long as we hold on to the harshness of winter, our hearts remain locked in darkness.

Scripture: Mark 2:10 “But that ye may know that the son of man hath power on earth to forgive sins.”

Hymn: Dear Lord, Forgive

 

If I have wounded any soul today,

If I have caused one foot to go astray,

If I have walked in my own willful way,

Dear Lord, forgive

 

Prayer: Lord, we ask that you bring the light and warmth of spring into our lives. Help us to dispel the darkness of winter and help us forgive so we may live in your wonder and love. You have commanded that if we forgive we shall be forgiven. In Jesus name we pray. Amen

 

WOJACK-MILLER EASTER VESPER SERVICE

Thank you for your participation in the annual EASTER Vesper Service.

Please complete the following report and mail it along with the check (donations received at the Vesper Service to benefit the Grand Chapter Educational Fund) to:

 

Mary A. Ivey, Grand Secretary

Grand Chapter OES of Michigan

13464 Preston Drive, Suite 250

Marshall  MI  49068-9684

 

 

NAME & NUMBER OF CHAPTER: _____________________________________                                                                                                                                         

NUMBER IN ATTENDANCE: __________________________________________

AMOUNT OF OFFERING: ___________________  CHECK NUMBER: _________

                                                            (032 016 0  ED Reg Vesper)

COMMENTS:             

 

 

 

GRAND CHAPTER

ORDER OF THE EASTERN STAR

OF MICHIGAN

                                                                                    

February, 2014

 

 

 

 

Sisters and Brothers,

 

We are excited to notify you about a new honoring that will take place at Grand Chapter this October!!  We are going to honor members who have 50 – 60 – 70 – 80 - plus years of membership in the Order of the Eastern Star.  This includes membership in Michigan and any other jurisdiction.  The years do not need to be consecutive however there must have been at least 50 years of membership.

 

We need your help for this special honoring.  If you have 50 or more years of membership in Eastern Star and are planning to attend Grand Chapter in Battle Creek please let your Chapter Secretary know. 

 

Chapter Secretary, please complete the form accompanying this letter listing those Chapter members planning to attend Grand Chapter who have 50 or more years of membership.  The form needs to be completed and returned to PGM Pamela Waack, 27910 West 10-Mile Road, Farmington Hills, MI  48336-2204 by September 1, 2014.

 

We look forward to this special time and thank you for your help to make it happen.

 

In Fraternal Friendship,

 

 

 

Norma A. Wojack                                          

Worthy Grand Matron                                                                 

 

Michigan Eastern Star Members With

50 – 60 – 70 – 80 – Plus

Years of Membership

 

(Please list those Members planning to attend Grand Chapter, October, 2014.)

 

 

CHAPTER NAME AND NUMBER ________________________________________

 

 

NAME (Print or Type)                                                 Years of Membership

 

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(Use back for additional names.)

 

***RETURN THIS FORM NOT LATER THAN SEPTEMBER 1, 2014***

TO:  Pamela Waack, PGM

27910 West 10-Mile Road

Farmington Hills, MI  48336-2204

 

GRAND CHAPTER

ORDER OF THE EASTERN STAR

OF MICHIGAN

                                                           

 

April, 2014

 

Dear Chapter Secretary,

 

It has come to my attention that Chapters with elected and appointed officers this year who reside outside the state of Michigan have not requested a Special Dispensation.  Please refer to the Law Book page 26, Section 10, number 7.

 

Each year a Special Dispensation must be requested if you have any elected or appointed officers who reside out-of-state.

 

It would be appreciated if you have any officers living out-of-state if you would submit the Special Dispensation as quickly as possible so that you are in compliance with our law.

 

Thank you.

 

In Fraternal Friendship,

Norma A. Wojack, Worthy Grand Matron

                                                                                                     

GRAND CHAPTER

ORDER OF THE EASTERN STAR

OF MICHIGAN

April, 2014

 

 

 

Dear Sisters and Brothers,

 

If you have already donated to the Pathways Boutique or Paws With a Cause, Al and I want to thank you personally.  If you have not it is not too late to join in and support these two wonderful charities.  Please think about supporting these charities with a donation.  We thank you ahead of time.

 

To everyone who helped with the Variety Show either by bringing in a basket, buying a basket, participating in the show or if you came and supported us by sitting in the audience we thank you.  We hope you enjoyed the food and the fellowship.  The residents said they enjoyed their time with us.

 

Please think about supporting these two charities.

 

Marilyn Strader Chairman

Al Sturm Co-Chairman

 

 

THE GRAND CHAPTER OF MICHIGAN

 

CORDIALLY INVITES YOU TO ATTEND

 

THE "IT'S NOT EASY BEING GREEN"

 

MULTI-STATE GATHERING

 

SATURDAY, AUGUST 16, 2014

 

AT THE LANSING CENTER

333 E. MICHIGAN AVENUE

LANSING, MI 48933

 

REGISTRATION 5:00 PM

SOCIAL HOUR 5:00 - 6:00 PM

DINNER 6:30 PM

PROGRAM TO FOLLOW

 

RESERVATIONS WITH REMITTANCE OF $40.00 TO:

JAN CROSS

23240 BERKLEY ST

OAK PARK, MI 48237-2031

248-399-5796

janscross@comcast.net

 

PLEASE INCLUDE NAMES AND TITLES FOR ALL RESERVATIONS

 

ALL CHECKS SHOULD BE MADE PAYABLE TO: GRAND CHAPTER OF MICHIGAN, OES

 

DEADLINE AUGUST 9, 2014

NO REFUNDS AFTER AUGUST 9, 2014   

 

HOTELS NEAR THE LANSING CENTER

 

 

Radisson Hotel - .39 miles from Lansing Center

111 North Grand River Ave

Lansing  48933

800-967-9033

 

University Quality Inn - 2.65 miles from Lansing Center

3121 East Grand River Ave

Lansing  48912

517-351-1440

 

Courtyard by Marriott - 3.06 miles from Lansing Center

2710 Lake Lansing Rd

Lansing 48912

1-517-482-5000

 

Howard Johnson Inn & Suites - 3.18 miles from Lansing Center

1100 Trowbridge Rd

East Lansing 48823

517-351-5500

 

Kellogg Hotel - 3.31 miles from Lansing Center

55 South Harrison

East Lansing 48824

800-875-5090

 

Candlewood Suites Hotel - 3.52 miles from Lansing Center

3545 Forest Rd

Lansing 48910

877-226-3539

 

Hampton Inn East Lansing - 3.53 miles from Lansing Center

2500 Coolidge Rd

East Lansing 48823

517-324-2072

 

Holiday Inn Express & Suites - 3.78 miles from Lansing Center

2924 West Road

East Lansing 48823

888-465-4329

 

 

WORTHY GRAND MATRON’S ITINERARY

April 2014 CALENDAR

 

 

05-06  Michigan Wisconsin Friendship Night.  Wisconsin hosting.  Contact Barbara Rocque at

            248-417-3056          

 

08        GOEX & Reception: Ortonville #286 & Grand Blanc #507 at Grand Blanc Temple, 522 E

            Grand Blanc Rd., Grand Blanc 48480. Honoring:  Kalleen Hotchkiss, Grand Adah.  Chris

            Standhardt, Kids Corner Committee.   William Bellairs, Grand Committee, Drills &

            Formations.  Marilee Smiley, Grand Representative of California.  Registration 4:30pm. 

            Dinner 5:30pm. GOEX 7:00pm. RSVP by March 31st. To Marilee Smiley.

            Attire: Formal.

 

09        Masonic Pathways Easter Visit.  Pathway’s Masonic Home, 1200 Wright Ave., Alma 

            48801  Registration & Coffee hour begins at 10:00am.  12:00n Grand Family Meeting. 

            Lunch 12:30pm.  Program at 2:00pm in Doig Chapel.  Lunch is $10.50, payable and send

            to Janet Hunter, by April 4, 2014.  

            Attire: OES Casual.

 

10        GOEX & Reception honoring Marjorie Soderberg Grand Representative of West Virginia

            in Michigan.  Special recognition of: John (Jim) Erbes, General Grand Chapter Youth

            Committee and PGP of Michigan.  Ted Snodgrass, Grand Chapter Photographer.  Grand

            Ledge Masonic Temple, 200 W River Street Grand Ledge.  Registration at 4:00pm. 

            Potluck dinner at 5:30pm. Meat, potatoes, table service and drinks provided.  GOEX at

            7:00pm.  Reservation for count only to  Mrs. Priscilla Law. Due by 4/3. Limited to 200. 

            Attire: Formal

 

11        Elisabeth Webster Club – Past Matrons and Past Patrons of Calhoun County.  Hastings

            First United Methodist Church, 209 W Green Street, Hastings 49058.  Registration at

            11:00am.  Lunch at 12n.  Meeting at 1:00pm.  Potluck.  Meat, beverages provided.  RSVP

            for count only to Jim Erbes,

            Attire: OES Casual  Reservation deadline 4/4/14.

 

12        Southeastern District Association Spring Session “Ships that Bless our Order”.

            Tecumseh Masonic Temple, 700 Bishop Reed Drive, Tecumseh. Registration & Coffee Hour:

            10:00am – 11:30am.  Lunch 12:00.  Meeting 1:30pm.  Reservation with remittance $7.50 by

            4/5/14. Checks payable to Tecumseh Chapter #51.  Send to: Nancy Liponoga

 

15        Reception Grand Rapids honoring Ted Praria, Grand Committee on Kid’s Corner. Peninsular

            Chapter, 233 E Fulton St., 49544.  4th Floor.  Registration at 5:30pm.  Social times begins at

            6:00pm.  Dinner at 7pm, $12.00. RSVP by April 8 to Karen Willard. Jobs Daughters Bethel             #10, Program and Honoring following Dinner.

            Attire: OES Casual/Western Wear.

 

16        School of Instruction : Kalamazoo Corinthian, 4371 West U. Ave.,  Schoolcraft 49087.  Books

            at 5:30pm  School at 7:00pm.  Combined school for: Corinthian, Mendon, Coloma, Three

            Rivers, Loyalty, America, Niles, Paw Paw, Ideal and Edwardsburg. 

            Attire: OES Casual except those taking part in the School.

 

19        Thumb Association.  Imlay City Friendship Chapter 252, 1685 N. Saginaw, Lapeer 48446. 

            Registration 11:00am  Lunch 12:00n.  Program at 1:00pm.  Cost of Lunch $9.00.  Checks

            payable to Sandusky Chapter #273.  mail to Shirley Squires.  Due by 4/7/14. 

            Attire: OES Casual. President’s charity is Animal Shelters. 

            Please bring donation of food, etc. for shelters.

 

20        Happy Easter!!

 

21        Educational Board Meeting – Mason

 

22        Board Meeting

 

23        Grand Committee Exemplification & Reception.  Wayne Masonic Temple, 37137 Palmer,

            Westland 48185.  Registration at 5:00pm.  Dinner at 6:00pm.  $13.00 Payable to Nankin

            Chapter #238.  GOEX at 7:00pm.  RSVP to Barbara Buchanan, By 4/18/14. 

            Grand Committee: White Formals.  Grand Officers: Colored Formals.

 

25 April – May 2   East/West Trip to the Carolina’s & Georgia. 

 

 

 

All questions about Incoming Worthy Grand Matron Norma Wojack’s Itinerary

 should be directed to her secretary

Carrie Welsh