November mailing from the Grand Secretary

 

GRAND CHAPTER

ORDER OF THE EASTERN STAR

OF MICHIGAN

 

November 2014

Dear Secretary:

 

Welcome to the new Secretaries and to the “repeats”, thank you for your continued service.  Please remember that you are the line of communication between your Chapter and Grand Chapter and we depend on you to keep your Worthy Matron and other members informed.  Always let your Worthy Matron know when you receive your Chapter’s packet and/or forward this email to her 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)      MESSAGE FROM THE WORTHY GRAND MATRON AND PATRON.  (1 pg) This is to be read in it’s entirety at the stated meeting of your Chapter.

2)      THANKSGIVING GREETINGS FROM THE GRAND CHAPTER. (1 pg)  Please read this to your members at your stated meeting and then post it on your bulletin board for all to enjoy.

SUMMARIZE EACH OF THE FOLLOWING COMMUNICATIONS at your Stated Meeting: 

3)      EDUCATIONAL BOARD LETTER.  (1 pg)  Important information regarding scholarship applications.  Remember the deadline for completed applications to be returned to the Educational Board is April 1, 2015.

4)      OBITUARY CHAIRMAN.  (2 pgs – ltr & form)  It is important that Grand Chapter be notified when your members lose loved ones.  Please send information to the Obituary Chairman so they can be remembered.  Please share a copy of this letter and form with your Chapter member responsible for sending the information to the Grand Chapter Obituary Chairman and RETAIN THE ORIGINAL in your files.

5)      COURTESY COMMITTEE LETTER.   (1 pg)  Contact information when planning a visit by the Ahl-VanNorwick Grand Family.

6)      MASONIC RELATIONS COMMITTEE.  (2 pgs)  Invite your members to the December 3rd Christmas Program at Alma and remember to ask the Chapter to donate $15.00 so each resident will receive a gift.

7)      LETTER FROM THE NOTES OF CHEER COMMITTEE.  (2 pgs – ltr & form)  Please share this information with your members and provide your Chapter Sunshine person the letter and form.  Deadline for shut-in address list is January 1, 2015.

8)      SERVICE DOG PROJECT.  (2 pgs – ltr & form) Please note the changes to this project this year.

9)      SPECIAL PROJECTS.  (3 pgs) Please let your members know about these two special projects.

10)  HONOR OUR MILITARY  (1 pg) Please communicate this special project to your members.

11)  GGC SHRINE DINNER.  (1 pg)  Please inform your members of this fun event coming in March.

READ THE FOLLOWING UNDERLINED TITLE at your Stated Meeting:

12)  ITINERARY OF THE WORTHY GRAND MATRON.   (1 pg) Provide a copy for your Worthy Matron and post or copy for the reference of your members. 

13)  LISTING OF THE MEMBERS OF THE AHL-VAN NORWICK GRAND FAMILY.  (1 pg – double sided) Keep this listing for your reference, until such time as the new Directory is available – approximately the beginning of January.  Please note, that the charitable Boards are listed, in the event you need assistance.

14)  SECRET WORK SIGNOUT SHEET.  (1 pg)  If this form helps you to meet the requirement of having the secret work signed in and out, please feel free to use it.

December mailing - other Grand Committee Letters (WGM’s Secretary, Sales) and Projects

(Variety Show, etc.).

 

 

CHAPTER PROJECT FUNDS

All income and expenses for projects (i.e. dinners, bazaars, trips, etc.) should go through the Chapter books to account for the total income/expense of projects.  When income is used for expenses before it is recorded in the Secretary and Treasurer’s books a complete accounting of the project is not available.

 

2013-2014 DIRECTORY UPDATES

(2014-2015 books will be available around the first of January)

Pages 12, 13, 22 – PGM Priscilla “Perk” Hankins has a new address, phone number and email

Page 22 PGP Gerald Graham no longer has the Florida phone number;

Page 70 Joann Haxer HLM new address

Page 85 Grand Lodge new Most Worshipful Grand Secretary – Robert Conley, PGM

 

SICKNESS AND DISTRESS

-- PGM Millie Folk – lost her brother David on August 16.  She sent this thank you, “I received so many cards of sympathy in the passing of my brother, it really helped that so many others felt my loss too.  I appreciated your thoughts and prayers, it helped make the loss a little easier.”

 

Please keep all our Sisters and Brothers in your thoughts and prayers.  Short notes and cards are always appreciated.

 

HOLIDAY GIVING

During the Holidays, we reflect on those less fortunate.  Please remember the BENEVOLENCE FUND for our members and children on the Benevolence Rolls and the $15.00 Christmas donation for a gift to the Masonic Home residents.  We will be pleased to forward all donation gifts from your Chapter.

 

SPECIAL ON USED CHAIRS

The Kellogg Arena (the site of our Grand Chapter) has replaced all their individual folding chairs and have a large amount of used ones for sale at a very reasonable price.  The chairs have a blue cloth, foam seat and back.  If you are interested in any of these chairs please contact the Arena at (269) 963-4800 for more information.

 

SECRETARY – THIS INFORMATION IS FOR YOU:

SECRETARY/TREASURER BOOKS – ARE NOT TO LEAVE THE STATE

Secretaries and Treasurers - please remember that your books are to remain in the state, if you travel out of state for the winter or at any other time.  Secretaries leave your books with the Worthy Matron and Treasurers may leave their books with the Secretary or the Worthy Matron. 

 

SECRETARY – IF YOU LEAVE FOR THE WINTER

Please notify the Grand Secretary stating when you are leaving.  Provide the name, address, email address and telephone number of the individual to whom communications are to be sent to while you are away.  When you return, please notify us that you have returned so that we may again send communications to you.

 

DIRECTORY INFORMATION SHEETS

RETURN YOURS NOW – they were due by October 31!  This information is of great value to everyone in our Order.  Thank you if you have already sent your information to us.  The sooner we receive your information the faster we can complete the 2014-2015 Directory for you.

 

990 (FINANCIAL) REPORT

Should have been mailed to meet the October 31, 2014.  990 Reports postmarked after October 31 are subject to late fees.   Do not spend money for special delivery services – the postmark is what counts!  If you are having problems with this report – DO NOT WAIT – contact the Grand Chapter Office for assistance.

 

ANNUAL RETURNS (MEMBERSHIP) REPORT

The deadline for this report is December 31, 2014.

 

 

Blessings on each of you and your families this Thanksgiving season. 

 Happy Thanksgiving!  Mary A. Ivey, Grand Secretary

 

 

GRAND CHAPTER

ORDER OF THE EASTERN STAR

OF MICHIGAN

October 2014

Dear Sisters and Brothers,

Grand Chapter and another year in our history is in the books.  Congratulations to the Wojack-Miller Grand Family on a wonderful year.  Our new core of Grand Officers has been installed and we are looking forward to making many “Treasured Memories” in our year of service to the Order.

In this year of service we are asking our members to work together as a TEAM “Together Everyone Achieves More” to keep our Order continuing.  We need to work together diligently to keep our Order viable in our State.  As we all work together, it will also help us create many “Treasured Memories”.

With that said, while maintaining our Order and working for new members, please remember that when you are selecting a committee for Investigation you are to have three (3) members, one of which is a man, his primary responsibility being to verify that the masonic affiliation used, is or was in good standing.

This year we our Schools of Instruction will be conducted in the same manner they were last year.  Schools will not start until February.  All Chapters need to keep in mind that you must have at least 7 officers in attendance for it to be considered a legal school.  If you cannot make the school that is scheduled for your Chapter, you may attend another one and get credit for your Chapter.

Our Grand Chapter charities are a very important part of our year and we are hoping that all Chapters will remember to support our Benevolence and Education charities.   We will be continuing our Pathways Boutique project and the Service Dog project.  Our special projects will be knitted or crocheted infant apparel, throws or quilts for servicemen in our local hospitals and collecting coupons for servicemen and their families.

Many treasured memories,

Patricia Ahl                                                                                   Lawrence VanNorwick

Worthy Grand Matron                                                                  Worthy Grand Patron

 

 

 

GRAND CHAPTER

ORDER OF THE EASTERN STAR

OF MICHIGAN

November 2014

THANKSGIVING GREETING

Thank you, God, for everything,

The big things and the small.

For “every good gift comes from God”…

The giver of them all.

And all too often we accept, without any thanks or praise,

The gifts God sends as blessings, each day in many ways.

And so at this Thanksgiving Time, we offer up a prayer…

To thank you, God, for giving us a lot more than our share.

 

First, thank you for the little things

That often come our way.

The things we take for granted

But don’t mention when we pray,

The unexpected courtesy, the thoughtful, kindly deed,

A hand reached out to help us in the time of sudden need.

Oh, make us more aware, dear God, of little daily graces

That come to us with “sweet surprise”

From never-dreamed-of places.

 

Then, thank you for the “Miracles”

We are much too blind to see,

And give us new awareness of our many gifts from Thee,

And help us to remember that the Key of Life and Living

Is to make each prayer a Prayer of Thanks

And every day Thanksgiving

 

                                     ----Helen Steiner Rice

 

Patricia A. Ahl

Worthy Grand Matron

 

Lawrence H. VanNorwick

Worthy Grand Matron

 

Mary A Ivey

Grand Secretary

 

 

EDUCATIONAL BOARD

GRAND CHAPTER OF MICHIGAN OES

 

NOVEMBER 2014

 

Dear Sisters and Brothers,

In the September mailing from Grand Chapter, there was an outline regarding the steps necessary to obtain an OES scholarship. Hopefully your secretary read this to the membership and retained it for future reference.

This past summer, the Board met and in addition to defining the various responsibilities of each Officer, we redesigned some of the forms so it is imperative that you use these new forms when requesting scholarships for the 2015-2016 Academic year. All forms must have a 2014 date.

Remember, all requests must be made on form No. 47 with the Chapter Seal affixed. The time-line for submitting these forms remains the same as previous years. The applications are due to the Chapter Secretary by the March 2015 Stated Meeting and to the Board Secretary by April 1, 2015

I would also remind the Chapters that the limit of three applications for scholarships per Chapter does not include those who apply for the Robinson and/or Coy Scholarships nor to the number of ESTARL applicants sponsored by a Chapter.

 

Fraternally,

 

H. William Moerdyk,GGCCM & PGP, President

Kathleen Muench, Vice-President

Priscilla Hankins, PGM, Secretary

 

SPECIAL NOTE TO SECRETARYS – PGM Priscilla Hankins has a new address

 

 

GRAND CHAPTER

ORDER OF THE EASTERN STAR

OF MICHIGAN

November 2014

 

Dear Sisters & Brothers,

As the Ahl-VanNorwick Grand Family begins their year of service, it is with honor that I have been asked to serve as the Treasured Memories (Obituary) Chairman for the 2014-2015 year.  The members of your Grand Chapter share in the sorrow of each and every Chapter’s loss.  To help relieve some of the grief of losing a loved one, we will be sending a sympathy card to offer our support and love to the family.

Grief is a path they don’t have to walk alone.  We would like for them to know that our thoughts, prayers, and heartfelt sympathy will be with them every step of the way.

If each Chapter would please appoint a member to complete the enclosed form, and return it to me as soon as possible, I will see to it that a memorial card from your Grand Chapter is sent to the family.  Please make copies of the form as needed

Thank you very much for your assistance.

Star Love,

Darlene Markel, Treasured Memories Chairman

 

Let them fill your mind,

Warm your heart,

And lead you through.

 

 

 

Alh-VanNorwick Grand Family

2014-2015

Obituary Form

(Please print or type)

 

Name of deceased:______________________________________________________________

Was the deceased a member of our order?___________ How long?_______________________

Name of nearest living relative:____________________________________________________

Does relative belong to the order? __________Relationship _____________________________

Relative’s address:_______________________________________________________________

                                 _______________________________________________________________

                                 _______________________________________________________________

 

 

Please provide any additional information which would make our correspondence to the family more personal.

 

________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

 

Chapter Name______________________________ Chapter Number______________________

Name of person submitting information:_____________________________________________

Address:________________________________________________________________

              _________________________________________________________________

                   _________________________________________________________________

Phone Number:_________________________________

 

 

Please send completed form to: 

Darlene Markel, Treasured Memories Chairman

 

GRAND CHAPTER

ORDER OF THE EASTERN STAR

OF MICHIGAN

October 2014

Dear Incoming Worthy Matron and Worthy Patron,

The Courtesy Committee of the Ahl-VanNorwick Grand Family would like to congratulate you on being elected Worthy Matron and Worthy Patron of your Chapter.  We look forward to assisting you in your events for this year.

In the near future the Chapters that will be hosting the Ahl-VanNorwick Grand Family will be receiving a packet from us.  The packet will contain the guidelines for setting up the dining room and the Chapter Room.  It will also contain an Information Sheet that must be returned to the Worthy Grand Matron’s Secretary in order to get your event on the Worthy Grand Matron’s Itinerary and in the Starliner Journal.  Please review this information carefully. 

On behalf of the Ahl-VanNorwick Grand Family we wish you a very good year and look forward to meeting you and the members of your chapter.  Please feel free to call us with any questions. 

Fraternally yours,

Barbara Rose, Chair

Mrs. Marjorie Soderberg

 

GRAND CHAPTER

ORDER OF THE EASTERN STAR

OF MICHIGAN

November, 2014

 

Greetings Sisters and Brothers,

The Ahl-VanNorwick Grand Family will host the annual Christmas visit to Masonic Pathways on Wednesday, December 3, 2014.  The annual Easter visit to Masonic Pathways will be on Wednesday, March 25, 2015.  On August 1, 2015 we will take part and assist in the Masonic Pathways picnic for the residents.

In December and again in March we will meet in the Conference Center below the Doig Chapel.  Our schedule for both of these visits will be:

 

10:00 AM        Coffee Hour

11:00 AM        Label the Calendar Gift in December for the Residents and in March label            

                                    the Easter greetings given to the residents.

Noon               Ahl-Van Norwick Grand Family meeting

12:30 PM        Lunch

2:00 PM          Program in the Doig Chapel

 

Dress for the women in December is Travel Suits (unless you would like to wear a Christmas Sweater for our residents) and in March, Travel Suits, but add your own Easter Bonnet for an Easter Bonnet parade.  Dress on both occasions for the men will be Travel Suits.

 

If you would like to join us for lunch in December, please send your reservation and remittance of $10.00 by November 21, 2014 payable to Masonic Pathways in care of:

 

Janet Hunter

Masonic Pathways

1200 Wright Avenue

Alma, MI  48801

 

We hope you can join us for a wonderful day of fellowship, laughter and holiday spirit including remarks from our Worthy Grand Matron Pat Ahl and Worthy Grand Patron Larry VanNorwick.

 

With warmth and fraternal friendship,

Janet Hunter, Chairman

Alma Chapter #43

 

Larry Rose, Co-Chairman

Trenton Chapter #325

 

Gregg Nowacek

Clawson Chapter #495

 

 

GRAND CHAPTER

ORDER OF THE EASTERN STAR

OF MICHIGAN

November, 2014

 

Greetings Sisters and Brothers,

 

The Ahl-VanNorwick Grand Family will be visiting  Masonic Pathways in December for our annual Christmas visit.

 

We are asking each Chapter to donate $15.00 so that each resident of Masonic Pathways Residential Living and Health Care Center will receive a gift from the Order.  Donations may be sent to the Grand Secretary’s Office and made payable to the Grand Chapter, OES of Michigan.

 

This year our gift to the residents will be a specially designed calendar with photos of past OES visits with the residents and listing upcoming OES visits to Masonic Pathways.  The increasing average age of the residents has made the traditional monetary gift to each resident difficult for them to utilize.

 

The annual OES Christmas Program will be held on Wednesday, December 3, 2014 at 2:00 PM in the Doig Chapel. 

 

Our annual Christmas program is a wonderful way to begin the holiday season with music, laughter and fellowship with each other and the residents of Masonic Pathways.  We hope we can count on your support. 

 

 

 

With warmth and fraternal friendship,

Janet Hunter, Chairman

Alma Chapter #43

 

Larry Rose, Co-Chairman

Trenton Chapter #325

 

Gregg Nowacek

Clawson Chapter #495

 

GRAND CHAPTER

ORDER OF THE EASTERN STAR

OF MICHIGAN

October 2014

 

Hello Sisters and Brothers,

 

Sisters Karen, Dawn, Janet and I are pleased to be serving as your “Notes of Cheer” committee for the Ahl-VanNorwick Grand Family.

 

We want to join with you in spreading a little sunshine and cheer to those in your Chapter who are ill, shut-in or need a word of encouragement.  We also want to share in the celebration of a special birthday or event with our Sisters and Brothers.

 

We are asking your Sunshine Committee or Secretary to send us the member’s full name, address, chapter (with number) and reason for the note, using the enclosed form.  Please keep us informed, on a monthly basis, if possible, of all members who are in the hospital, a nursing or convalescent home.

 

In addition, we would have your Sunshine Committee or Secretary send us a comprehensive list of all members who are shut-in or in a nursing/convalescent home by January 1, 2015. We will use this list to send the Easter greetings.  It will not be necessary for our Sisters and Brothers residing at Pathway's Masonic Home to be included on this list as Sister Mary Ivey, Grand Secretary, has already added them to the Easter mailing. 

 

We thank you so very much for your help in spreading a little “Cheer!”

 

Fraternally,

Karen Cook,  Karen Kashner, Dawn Torpey and Janet Johnson

 

DIVISIONS:

Divisions are listed in the law book on page 81. Ask your Secretary which division your chapter is in if you are in doubt

 

1 and 2                  3 and 4                      5 and 8                     6 and 7

Janet Johnson      Dawn E. Torpey       Karen E. Kashner     Karen Cook, Chairman

 

Notes of Cheer” Committee

Ahl-VanNorwick Grand Family

2014-2015

 

 

 

Name of Member:  ___________________________________________

 

Address:  __________________________________________________

 

                        __________________________________________________

 

                        __________________________________________________

 

Chapter Name:  _____________________________________________

 

Birthday:  __________________________________________________

 

Get Well:  __________________________________________________

 

Thinking of You:  ____________________________________________

 

Special Event/Occasion:  ______________________________________

 

Please send to your division representative

Karen Cook – Division 6 and 7

Karen S. Kashner – Divisions 5 and 8

Dawn E Torpey – Division 3 and 4

Janet Johnson – Division 1 and 2

 

GRAND CHAPTER

ORDER OF THE EASTERN STAR

OF MICHIGAN

November 2014

 

Dear Sisters and Brothers,

 

Greetings from the Ahl-VanNorwick Service Dog Committee.  I have been asked to chair this committee for the 2014-2015 year along with Karlyn Cierlik, Co-Chairman, Lenzy Lewis, PGP, Patti Jo Sims and of course, Muffin.

 

This year our goal is to assist an additional Service Dog organization along with Paws With A Cause.  There has been much research done as to which other organizations we would consider and through this research the committee with the approval of Sister Pat Ahl, WGM and brother Larry VanNorwick, WGP has decided to work with Leader Dogs for the Blind.  Both are Michigan based organizations.

 

We are planning to change our means of raising funds for these two organizations and will hope that our sisters and brothers are willing to help.

 

Our information table will be loaded with just that “Information”.  We hope to be able to supply the members with lots of information as to how and why we are willing to help these causes.  We will be attending Association meetings, Receptions and GOEX’s hoping to be able to answer your questions.

 

We are asking Worthy Matrons to assist by having a fundraiser within your Chapter.  Here are some of the ideas we have thought about:  Having a Bake less Bake Sale or a Bake Sale, having a silver collection, raffle a basket at one of your Friendship nights, Phantom Tea Party, Silent Auction or a program from one or both of the organizations we have chosen.

 

All funds raised will be split between the two organizations unless your Chapter designates who you would like to see receive the money.

 

Here is to a great year!

 

Richard Haynor,PGP,  Chairman                              

Lenzy Lewis, PGP     

 

Karlyn Cierlik, Co-Chairman 

Patti Jo Sims & Muffin

 

Send this form with donation to Grand Chapter OES of MI –

 

Grand Chapter OES of MI

13464 Preston Drive, Suite 250

Marshall, MI  49068-9684

 

Chapter Name and Number___________________________________

 

Please circle appropriate organization –  (028 224 0)

 

  • ·         Paws With A Cause

 

  • ·         Leader Dogs for the Blind

 

  • ·         Shared equally between both Organizations

 

 

 

GRAND CHAPTER

ORDER OF THE EASTERN STAR

OF MICHIGAN

EXPIRED COUPONS FOR MILITARY

2014-2015

Reference information to

www.raininghotcoupons.com/howtosend

or

http:/couponing.about.com

 

This year the Worthy Grand Matron and Worthy Grand Patron have selected as one of their committees the  "Expired Coupons for Military".  This is for military families who relocate overseas. The financial transition can be difficult.  Enlisted soldiers and their families may find stretching their dollars a real challenge.

 

One way that we can help is by saving expired or unused coupons and sending them to select co-op operations around the country.  There are several military family support centers overseas who offer coupon exchanges.  The military commissaries overseas accept manufacturer's cents-off coupons for up to six months past their printed expiration dates. This is a "treasure" to know that our expired coupons can mean a real difference to the families who have dedicated and sacrificed a part of their lives for our Country.

What you have to do

There is a huge task that these organization have to do by sorting and bundling the coupons that are sent in.  Therefore following are "guidelines" we suggest for us who will participate in this program.

TIPS

  • ·        
  • ·        
  • ·         Attach a dollar total of the coupons onto the bag,
  • ·        

Attached to this letter is information on where to send the expired Coupons to.

Sisters and Brothers our Worthy Grand Matron and Worthy Grand Patron are requesting each chapter appoint a chair person for this worthwhile cause to collect the coupons and mail them. 

Please give a running report on how many were collected and where you sent them to and forward the report to me no later than June 30th, 2015.

Eligible Coupons:

Make sure and send only Manufacturer Coupons, not store specific or internet printed coupons.

  • §  Make sure the coupons you are sending are not more than 30-60 days past the expiration (closer to 30 if possible especially if you will be sending them parcel post).                                             (over…)
  • §  You will need to clip the coupons and separate them into 2 different categories: Food and Non-Food items.

Label your Baggies

Use a baggie to separate the coupons and label them food and non food. Avoid using rubber bands or paper clips.

Tip on separating them…

Dog and cat food would be "non-Food" because these cannot be consumed by Humans, Something like Vitamins would be considered non-food as well because you would not eat these. Now things like candy, mints, gum, etc would be considered food.,

Mailing Coupons

The cheapest way to ship your coupons is just through Parcel Post but if you are going to send them this way please make sure and send them within a month after they expire since it does take longer to get there. Shipping will cost the same as it does to send it to your neighbor since the bases are U.S. Territory.

How to mail them:

  • § 
  • § 
  • § 

From.  Michigan Order of the Eastern Star-
To        The address provided with this information
#1 write- “Manufacturer’s Coupons”
#2 choose – “Pkg”
# 4 write “$0.00″
#5 choose “Gift”
#9 write “$0.00″
#10 write “Return to Sender”
#13 sign & date

 

Thank you for you kind and unselfish acts.

Nancy A. Martin PGM

 

 

 

GRAND CHAPTER

ORDER OF THE EASTERN STAR

OF MICHIGAN

INFANT APPAREL COMMITTEE

2014-2015

 

 

 

Our Worthy Grand Matron and Worthy Grand Patron have once again selected to have the Infant Apparel Project.  This committee is asking each Chapter members to make preemie hats, sweaters, baby blankets or other infant apparel.  If you have baby yarn and would love to donate it to be used for the project, please do so to the members in your chapter who would make these items.

 

It is our wish that the members who love to knit or crochet will form a group and work on the items together.  What a wonderful way to get together for an afternoon or evening with friends and work together. Such a nice way to get to know each other or make new friends.

 

Please have the chapter appoint a chair person to keep track of the items that are made or collected. Make a list with the name and address of those who have contributed to this project, for we would like to know where the items went. Please make a report and send it to me , I hope the chairperson will send a monthly report on the Chapter's progress.  I will compile all the information received for the year and report it to the Grand Chapter Session in October 2015. This information is due by June 30, 2015.

 

Please Sisters and Brothers take the Apparel to your local Hospitals with a tag stating it is donated by the ORDER OF THE EASTERN STAR, MICHIGAN..  Make sure you spell it out. This will let families know where the items came from and may promote interest in our Order. 

 

I have preemie hat patterns available, both knitted and crotched.  You may contact me to receive them,

 

I would like to thank each for their unselfish acts of kindness and for contributing to a worthwhile cause.

 

Fraternally,

 

Nancy A. Martin PGM

 

GRAND CHAPTER

ORDER OF THE EASTERN STAR

OF MICHIGAN

November 2014

Dear Sisters and Brothers,

This year the “Honor Our Military” committee will be making blankets for VA hospitals.  Your Chapter can donate them directly to the VA hospital in your area or you can get them to Gordon Schroeder,  Jim Erbes or David Swathwood and they will donate them.  Please designate a chairman to keep a record of the number of blankets and what kind you donate and send it to Gordon Schroeder.

 

We talked to someone at the VA and they will take lap or twin blankets.  They can be made of fleece, quilted, knitted or crocheted.  We’re sure you have members that have extras or leftovers in their craft stash.  So, it shouldn’t cost a lot.

 

We hope all Chapters will participate and make at least a couple blankets for our “Wounded Heroes”.  They have made a huge sacrifice for us and this is the least we can do.  Wouldn’t it be nice to have an evening or afternoon at your Chapter to “Honor Our Military” and work on them together?

 

Please make every effort to make blankets for this worthy cause.  It’s such a little thing to show we care.

 

Thank You,

 

Honor Our Military Committee

Gordon Schroeder, PGP, Chairman

Jim Erbes, PGP

David Swathwood

 

 

 

November, 2014                                                      

 

Dear Sisters and Brothers,

Please join us on Saturday, March 7, 2015, for a “Murder Mystery Dinner”, the proceeds of which will go to the General Grand Chapter Shrine Charities.  It is a fun filled night of trying to solve a murder.  There are seven suspects, and a detective who is in charge of the investigation, along with several teams made up by those attending, who will be given clues during dinner.  Each team will be given a chance to question the suspects.  It is a lot of fun!!! 

Roseville Chapter #468 has agreed to help me by hosting the “Murder Mystery Dinner” in Roseville.

I am asking Chapters and or individuals to donate an item for a silent auction. (i.e., framed picture, jewelry, centerpiece, basket, etc.)  Please label the items as to who donated it and the cost so that we know how to start the biding.  You can give me the items when I am in Lower Michigan, or Sister Bernice McSwyen, PGM as well.

 

Please save the date of Saturday March 7, 2015 on your calendar and join us for an evening of fun.  More information will be coming.

 

In Love, Peace, and Harmony,

Sheryl Morrison, GGCCM Shrine Charities and PGM

 

 

Worthy Grand Matron’s Itinerary

November 2014

 

1    WGM/WGP Reception – Location: Scottish Rite Cathedral, 614 Center Avenue, Bay City, MI 48708 Registration: 2:30pm. Program: 4:00pm. Dinner: 6:00pm. Cost: $28.00, Payable to: Roseville Chapter #468, Due: October 18, 2014, Reservations: Jessie Ripari, NO REFUNDS after 10/18/14. Attire: Formal

5    Consolidation at Corinthian #123 with Loyalty #497, 4371 West “U” Avenue, Schoolcraft, MI 49087

      Practice: 4:00pm. Consolidation: 7:00pm Attire: Grand Officers Colored Formals

 

6    Isabella-Gratiot County Association – President: Janet Palmer

      Location: Breckenridge United Methodist Church, 125 3rd St, Breckenridge, MI 48615

      Time: Registration: 9:00am. Morning Session: 10:00am. Lunch: 12:00pm, Afternoon Session: 1:00pm.

      Price: $7.50, Payable to: Breckenridge Chapter #323, Registration Deadline: 10/30/14

      Reservations/Remit to: Mrs. Edith Humm,

      Attire: Formal

 

7    Eaton County Association – President: Priscilla Law

      Location: Grand Ledge Masonic Temple, 200 W. River, Grand Ledge, MI 48837

      Time: Registration: 9:00am. Morning Session: 10:00am. Lunch, Afternoon Session: 1:00pm.

      Price: $5.00, Payable to: Grand Ledge Chapter #14, Registration Deadline: 10/31/14

      Reservations/Remit to: Marjorie Miller

      Attire: Formal

 

8    Edmore OES Chapter #111 120 Year Anniversary Celebration and Installation

Location: Edmore Masonic Temple, 524 E. Forrest, Edmore, MI 48829.

Time: Installation: 2:00pm.  Anniversary Celebration: 4:00pm. Dinner to follow.

Price: $12.00, Payable to: Edmore Chapter #111 OES, Registration Deadline: 11/4/14.

Reservations/Remit to: Vi Snively. For additional information contact: Carolyn Kane, Worthy Matron

Attire: Formal

 

9    Southwest District Association Vespers – Secretary: Gloria Norris

      Location: West Mendon United Methodist Church, 22994 Portage Lake Rd Mendon, MI 49072

      Time: Vespers 4:00pm. Potluck Dinner: 5:00pm. Attire: OES Casual (Sunday Best)

 

10 Genesee County Association – Pres. Sandy Vuillemot

      Location: Vienna Chapter #283, 714 N. Mill Street, Clio, MI 48420

      Time: Registration: 2:00pm. Afternoon Session: 3:00pm. Dinner: 5:00pm. Evening Session: 7:00pm.

      Price: $15.00, Payable to: Genesee County Association. Registration Deadline: November 1, 2014

      Reservations/Remit to: Ruby Rogers Faiola,

      Attire: Formal

 

19  Consolidation of Coloma #307 into, America #234 at America, 3661 East Napier, Benton Harbor, MI 49022. Consolidation: 7:00pm. Attire: Grand Officers Colored Formals

 

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

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

 

 

AHL-VAN NORWICK

GRAND FAMILY

2014-2015

Watchword:         TEAM

Motto:                   Together Everyone Achieves More

Aim:                       Increasing our Order through teamwork

Emblems:             WGM – Treasure Chest, Quilt

                                WGP – Peace Pole

Fun Emblems:     WGM – Ladybug

                                WGP – Penguin

Colors:                  WGM – All colors

                                WGP – Blue

Flowers:                WGM – All flowers – bright and beautiful

                                WGP –  Tulips and Orchids

Scripture:             WGM – Ecclesiastes 4:9

                                WGP – Romans 12:21

Songs:                    WGM – “God Bless the USA”

                                WGP – “On Eagles Wings”, “Peace In the Valley”

Projects:               Masonic Pathways Boutique, Coupons for

                                Servicemen’s Families, Knitting/Crocheting for

                                hospitals & babies and Blood Drives

Charities:             Benevolence and Educational Funds

                                Service Dogs

Grand Chapter Session:   “Our Treasured Memories”

 

 

AHL-VAN NORWICK GRAND FAMILY

WORTHY GRAND MATRON  Mrs. Patricia A. Ahl (468)

WORTHY GRAND PATRON  Mr. Lawrence VanNorwick (175)

ASSOCIATE GRAND MATRON  Mrs. Lori Strickland (82/ONT 70)

ASSOCIATE GRAND PATRON  Mr. Raymond Abbey (55

GRAND SECRETARY  Miss Mary A. Ivey (324)

    (Ofc) 13464 Preston Drive, Marshall, MI 49068 (269) 789-8890

GRAND TREASURER     Miss Hope E. Smith (352/399)

GRAND CONDUCTRESS  Mrs. Colleen Wilcenski (72/180

ASSOCIATE GRAND CONDUCTRESS   Mrs.  Janice Fowler (162/391)

GRAND CHAPLAIN  Mrs. Martha “Meg” Wnuk (54/364

GRAND MARSHAL  Mr. Michael Waldo (133) (Diane)

GRAND ORGANIST  Miss Marsha Mead (14)

GRAND ADAH  Mrs. Patricia Colbry (43

GRAND RUTH  Mrs. Carol Kehrer (113)

GRAND ESTHER  Mrs. Sandra Rossin (239)

GRAND MARTHA  Mrs. Carrie Welsh (1/257)

GRAND ELECTA  Mrs. Vivian VanNorwick (175)

GRAND WARDER  Mrs. Margie Henderson (138)

GRAND SENTINEL  Mr. Robert “Bob” Otte (290

 

MICHIGAN MEMBERS SERVING

GENERAL GRAND CHAPTER

2012-2015

EASTERN STAR JOURNAL CHAIRMAN  Mrs. Mary F. Lockridge, P.G.M. (239)

PAYROLL  Mr. H. William Moerdyk P.G.P.  (497)

SCOTTISH RITE  Mr. Fred S. Eakin, P.G.P. (351)

SHRINE CHARITIES  Mrs. Sheryl L. Morrison, P.G.M. (403)

YOUTH  Mr. John “Jim” S. Erbes, P.G.P. (7/161)

SPECIAL APPOINTMENT OF M.W.G.M.  Mrs. Pamela Waack, P.G.M. (290)

SPECIAL APPOINTMENT OF M.W.G.M. Mr. Gary Lockridge, P.P. (239)

 

ELECTED BOARD MEMBERS

BENEVOLENCE BOARD

PRESIDENT:  Mr. David Bradley, P.G.P. (471/43)

VICE-PRESIDENT:  Mrs. Diane L. Parks, P.G.M. (223/1)

SECRETARY:  Mrs. Carolyn Macdonald (273)

ELECTED MEMBER:  Mr. Robert Boepple (476)

HONORARY MEMBER: Mrs. Norma E. Johnston (150)

 

O.E.S. EDUCATIONAL BOARD

PRESIDENT Mr. H. William Moerdyk, G.G.C.C.M., P.G.P., (497)

VICE-PRESIDENT Miss Kathleen Muench (299)

SECRETARY  Mrs. Priscilla Hankins, P.G.M., (119)

CUSTODIAN OF ACCOUNTS  Miss Mary A. Ivey, (324)

 

STANDING COMMITTEES

FINANCE

CHAIRMAN  Mrs. Delores F. Waldo, P.G.M. (133)

Mr. Richard Haynor, P.G.P. (257)

Mr. Gary Lockridge GGCSA/PP (239)

 

JURISPRUDENCE

CHAIRMAN  Mrs. Mary F. Lockridge, G.G.C.C.M., P.G.M. (239)

Mrs. Priscilla Hankins, P.G.M. (119)

Mr. Royce Hyde, P.G.P. (248)

TREASURED MEMORIES (OBITUARY)  Mrs. Pamela Waack, GGCSA, PGM (290

Mrs. Darlene Markel (93)

 

SPECIAL COMMITTEES

FRATERNAL CORRESPONDENCE  Mrs. Lori Strickland (82/ONT 70)

LEGAL ADVISOR  Mrs. Diana Bare (156)  

GRAND SOLOIST Mrs. Mary Gillis (468)

BY-LAWS  Mrs. Eveline Karnowski, P.G.M. (175)

WORTHY GRAND MATRON’S SECRETARY  Mrs. Gail Kwiatkowski (228)

 

CHAPTER CONSULTANTS

CHAIRMAN Mr. William Moerdyk, G.G.C.C.M., P.G.P.

Mrs. M. Frances Carlson, P.G.M. (364)

Mrs. Joyce Hegenauer, P.G.M. (219)

Mrs. Norma Wojack, P.G.M. (1/257)

Mr. William Kennedy P.G.P. (523/119)

 

MICHIGAN TRIENNIAL ARRANGEMENTS

CHAIRMAN  Mrs. Joyce Hegenauer, P.G.M. (219)

CO-CHAIRMAN  Mrs. Bernice E. McSweyn, P.G.M. (113)

Mrs. Pamela Waack, G.G.C.S.A., P.G.M. (290)

CHRISTMAS VESPER SERVICE  Mrs. Dolores Blackburn, P.G.M. (290)

EASTER VESPER SERVICE  Mrs. Helen Milbourne, P.G.M. (161)

 

SPECIAL PROJECTS

TRAVEL  Mrs. Barbara K. Rocque (156)

GRAND CHAPTER HISTORIAN  Mrs. Helen E. Milbourne, P.G.M. (161)

HONOR OUR MILITARY Mr. Gordon Schroeder, P.G.P. (340)

Mr. John “Jim” Erbes, G.G.C.C.M., P.G.P. (7/161)

Mr. David Swathwood (327)

 

PATHWAYS BOUTIQUE  Five Grand Star Points

 

SPECIAL PROJECTS  Mrs.Nancy Martin, P.G.M. (294)

 

GOIN’ TO THE DOGS (SERVICE DOG PROJECT)  

CHAIRMAN Mr.  Richard A. Haynor, P.G.P. (257)

CO-CHAIRMAN Mrs. Karlyn Cierlik (133)

Mr. Lenzy Lewis, P.G.P. (474)

Mrs. Patricia “Patty” Joe Sims (215)

 

VARIETY SHOW CHAIRMAN Mr. John Strader (282)

 

DRILLS AND FORMATIONS

CHAIRMAN Miss Viki L. Reed (257)

Mrs. Marvel Harwood (51)

Mrs. Faith Dew (483/239)

Mr. John R. Hegenauer (219)

 

COURTESY COMMITTEE

CHAIRMAN  Mrs. Barbara Rose (325)

Mrs. Marjorie Soderberg (161/471)

 

MASONIC RELATIONS COMMITTEE

CHAIRMAN Mrs. Janet Hunter (43)

 CO-CHAIRMAN Mr. Larry Rose (325)

Mr. Gregg Nowacek (495)

 

KID’S CORNER (YOUTH COMMITTEE)

CHAIRMAN Mrs. Shirley Kaspari (468)

CO-CHAIRMAN  Mrs. Catherine Henry (474)

Mr. David O’Connell (283)

 

NOTES OF CHEER (SUNSHINE COMMITTEE)

CHAIRMAN  Mrs. Karen Cook (267)

Mrs. Karen Kashner (392)

Mrs. Dawn Torpey (175)

Mrs. Janet Johnson (44)

 

MEMBERSHIP COMMITTEE

Mrs. Margaret Belknap PGM (219)

Mrs. Carole Bryde PGM (267)

 

SALES COMMITTEE

CHAIRMAN Mrs. Cynthia Mansfield (238)

CO-CHAIRMAN Mrs. Bonnie Buckner (417/271)

Mrs. Nancy Burns (390)

 

STARLINER JOURNAL

SENIOR EDITOR Mr. John P. Groves (220)

EDITOR  Miss Dawn Talbot (156)

JUNIOR EDITOR  Mrs. Dorothy “Dottie” Kennedy (523/119)

BUSINESS MANAGER Miss Brenda Wilson (489)

ASSISTANT BUSINESS MANAGER Mrs. Minnta Davis (162/354)