December mailing from the Grand Secretary




December 2016 

Dear Secretary:


We depend on you to inform your Worthy Matron and members of the contents of this packet.  As Chapter Secretary you are expected to print all pages of the monthly mailings, if you receive them via e-mail.  Even the pages you are not required to read at the meeting must be printed for your files and for members to read if they request.  ALL documents in the monthly mailing carry the same importance however some are not required to be read in their entirety at the meeting. 



1)      MESSAGE FROM THE WORTHY GRAND MATRON AND PATRON.  (1 Pg)  This is to be read at the stated meeting of your Chapter.

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

3)      CHRISTMAS VESPER SERVICE.  (4 Pgs)  This Service is to be conducted at your December stated meetingPlease remember to send the form portion with the Chapter check to the Grand Secretary.  Please make copies of the song sheet for your members at the meeting.

4)      CANDIDATE ENDORSEMENTS.  (1 Pg)  This is to be read at the stated meeting of your Chapter.



5)      EDUCATIONAL BOARD LETTER (1 Pg)  This letter is a reminder to order your scholarship applications.

6)      2018 TRIENNIAL ARRANGEMENTS INFORMATION.  (3 Pgs) Please share this information with those members interested in attending the 2018 General Grand Chapter Triennial in Orlando.



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

8)      DIGEST OF LEGISLATION.  (1 pg)  This is your Chapter’s record of the legislation that was adopted at our last Grand Chapter Session; it should be kept for reference until the Law Book changes have been printed.

9)      RELEASE OF RECORDS FORM.  (2 pgs) All Chapter Secretaries and Treasurers are each required to complete a copy of this form and keep it in the Chapter minute book (Secretary) and cash book (Treasurer) to show family members what needs to be returned to the Chapter.

10)  MEMBER TRACING SPREADSHEETS.  (2 pgs) It is helpful if you maintain the Chapter membership changes during the year, then transfer the information to the Annual Return (membership report)  at the end of the year.

11)  NEW SPREADSHEETS FOR RECEIPTS AND DISBURSEMENTS.  (2 pgs)  The 990 for 2017 has been revised and for those secretaries using the manual reporting, these new spreadsheets reflect the lines on the new 990. 




We anticipate the 2016-2017 Directories will be available around the first of January…  Included in the Directory will be the Worthy Grand Matron’s Tentative Itinerary.


Update for the 2015-16 Directory – Page 30 Ida No. 54 Secretary has a new email

Correction to the Wilcenski-Otte Grand Family list in the November mailing:  telephone number for Associate Grand Conductress Marsha Mead

Correction to the Wilcenski-Otte Who’s Who – Page 13 Travel Companion Carol Orsborn telephone number




The Benevolence and Educational Funds, the Vesper Services, the Christmas gift to the Masonic Pathways residents and the Every Member Project depend on us for support.  The recipients of our donations greatly appreciate their Sister’s and Brother’s kindnesses.  May you receive blessings rich and abounding in 2017. 





--PGM Mary Lockridge lost her mother on November 2, 2016 and the services were held in Missouri.

--PGP Arthur Alexander fell recently and broke a bone near his ankle.  He is also dealing with other health issues.

--Grand Electa Debbie Moore lost her sister, JoAnn Bennett on October 19, 2016.


We pause to remember our Sisters and Brothers who are suffering, please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.  A brief note or card from you may be the only ray of sunshine our members see during the day. 

We wish you a joyous and blest Christmas season with family and friends. Stay warm and travel safe.


Remember the reason we celebrate!  Merry Christmas!

Mary A. Ivey, Grand Secretary

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Grand Chapter

Order of the Eastern Star

Of Michigan



December, 2016


Sisters and Brothers,


Well Fall is almost over and we are entering into that four letter word season SNOW!   I hope that you will travel safely and stay warm this winter season.  It is also the season for our families to gather together and celebrate the holidays. 


Our chapters have installed their officers for the year and now the Elected Line officers are conducting schools of instruction.  Bob and I hope that you enjoy the smaller group settings and learn something that you didn’t know before.  We would appreciate your feedback so we may pass this information along to the people coming up behind us. 


This is also the season of giving to those that are in need.  We all remember a few months back when Hurricane Matthew hit the Carolina areas.  Our Sisters and Brothers in that area are still in need of things, but we don’t hear much about these needs as the Election has pretty much taken over the media.


What I would like to ask each chapter is to consider contributing to a Disaster Fund that we have started to assist our Sisters and Brothers in North Carolina that are still recovering from this Hurricane.  We are an organization that believes in taking care of our own, this is Michigan’s chance to show our support to our Sisters and Brothers in North Carolina, and that we care about them.  Please, take a moment and consider the amount your chapter might be able to send and have your members vote to make this contribution.  Send your check to the Grand Chapter Office, made out to Grand Chapter OES of MI, note in the memo that this is to go to the Disaster Relief Fund. 


Finally my sisters and brothers, Bob and I wish for you a great Holiday Season.  Enjoy your family time together.  Travel safe where ever you may go. 


With angel love and leprechaun hugs!

Colleen Wilcenski                                                                   Robert Otte 

Worthy Grand Matron                                                            Worthy Grand Patron




The Christmas Bells



Happy bells of Christmas will soon ring out their joyous song of

“Peace on earth, good will to men.”

May their sweet tunes echo in our hearts,

Bring peace and joy to each and all.

At this joyous season let us think of all who need our help and care

And give to them freely in gratitude for His Love.



“Bless us Lord this Christmas With quietness of mind . . . .

Teach us to be patient And Always to be kind.

Show us that in quietness we can feel your presence near,

Filling us with joy and peace throughout the coming year.”

Helen Steiner Rice


May you have the Gladness of Christmas, which is Hope,

The Spirit of Christmas, which is Peace,

The Heart of Christmas, which is Love.


Colleen M. Wilcenski                              Robert H. Otte, Jr.

Worthy Grand Matron                           Worthy Grand Patron


Mary A Ivey

Grand Secretary






Worthy Matron says – “This Christmas my heart is indeed merry when I think of Your birth, dear Lord.  I rejoice with the angels and praise Your holy name!


Chaplain to read all Bible verses.



O come all ye faithful, joyful and triumphant, O Come ye, O come ye, to Bethlehem.

Come and behold him, born the King of angels; O come let us adore him, O come let us adore him, O come, let us adore him, Christ the Lord.


Luke 1: 30 – 35

And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary for thou hast found favour with God.  And behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS.  He shall be great and shall called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David: and he shall reign over the house of Jacob forever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end.  Then said Mary unto the angel, How shall this be, seeing I know not a man?  And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee; therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God. 



O little town of Bethlehem, how still we see thee lie; above thy deep and dreamless sleep the silent stars go by.  Yet in thy dark streets shineth the everlasting light; The hopes and fears of all the years are met in thee tonight.


Luke 2: 6 -7

And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered.  And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.



Away in a manger, no crib for a bed, the little Lord Jesus laid down his sweet head. The stars in the sky looked down where he lay, the little Lord Jesus asleep on the hay.  Be near me, Lord Jesus, I ask thee to stay close by me forever, and love me, I pray; bless all the dear children in thy tender care, and fit us for heaven to live with thee there.



Luke 2: 8 – 12

And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them; and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, Fear not, for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.  For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you, ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.



The first Noel the angel did say was to certain poor shepherds in fields where they lay; In fields where they lay keeping their sheep, on a cold winter’s night that was so deep.  Noel, Noel, Noel, Noel, born is the King of Israel.


Luke 2: 13 – 14

And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, goodwill toward men.



Hark, the herald angels sing, “Glory to the newborn King, Peace on earth, and mercy mild, God and sinners reconciled!” Joyful, all ye nations rise, join the triumph of the skies; with angelic host proclaim, “Christ is born in Bethlehem!”  Hark! The herald angels sing, “Glory to the newborn King!”


Luke 2: 15 – 16, 20

And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known to us. And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger.  And the shepherds returned glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told unto them.



Joy to the World, the Lord is come! Let earth receive her king; Let every heart prepare him room, and heaven and nature sing,  and heaven and nature sing, and heaven, and heaven, and nature sing.


Matthew 2: 1 – 2, 10 – 12

Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the King, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem, saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? For we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him.  When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy. And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him; and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh. And being warned of God in a dream that they should not return to Herod, they departed into their own country another way.



We three Kings of Orient are; bearing gifts we traverse afar, field and fountain, moor and mountain, following yonder star.  O star of wonder, star of light, star with royal beauty bright, westward leading, still proceeding, guide us to thy perfect light.

Worthy Matron:  Let us all join hands around the altar and close this Vesper Service by singing the beloved Christmas Hymn, “SILENT NIGHT


Silent Night, Holy Night, All is calm, all is bright, Round yon Virgin Mother and Child.  Holy infant so tender and mild, Sleep in Heavenly peace, Sleep in Heavenly peace.

Take up collection for Grand Chapter.


Prepared by

Shirley L. Richardson, PGM





Please return this sheet, along with the check which represents the donations received following the Vesper Service.  The donation will benefit the Grand Chapter’s Benevolence Fund.  Thank you for your generous support.


Make check payable to:  GRAND CHAPTER OES OF MICHIGAN


Mail to:                        Mary A. Ivey, Grand Secretary

                                    Grand Chapter OES of Michigan

                                    13464 Preston Drive, Suite 250

                                    Marshall  MI  49068-9684



NAME AND NUMBER OF CHAPTER:_________________________________________________________


AMOUNT: $ ____________________CHECK NUMBER: _____________

                                                                (033 003 0)


SERVICE HELD ON: __________________________________________




SIGNED: __________________________________________________




DATE: ___________________________________




Grand Chapter

Order of the Eastern Star

Of Michigan



December, 2016

Dear Sisters and Brothers:


The members of  the 2006 Board of Directors stated at that time each Chapter who may have a member (after making her/his written intent known to her/his Chapter),  seeking an endorsement for an Elective Grand Chapter Office, should contact the Grand Secretary “prior” to the Chapter vote of endorsement being taken.


At that time it was advised that a member of the Jurisprudence Committee visit the Chapter for the purpose of explaining the responsibilities of the individual and her/his Chapter.  The procedure will assist individuals and Chapters by allowing them to ask questions and clarify the responsibilities before a vote occurs.  This practice will still continue for the 2016-2017 term.


We hope to help and assist future candidates and their Chapters by providing information that will allow them to make an informed decision.


With angel love and leprechaun hugs!

Colleen M. Wilcenski

Worthy Grand Matron


                              OES EDUCATIONAL BOARD

                                         DECEMBER 2016


Dear Sisters and Brothers,


                    SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT


At the October 2016 Grand Chapter Session, it was announced that there is a new endowed scholarship to be called the Shelia Rust-Huis Music Education Scholarship. The scholarship is in honor of Shelia’s mother Sister Ruth Rust, a life member of Hastings Chapter No.7 and an Honorary Member of Grand Chapter.



Beginning in April of 2017 for the 2017-2018 Academic Year, a $500 award will be made annually to a student enrolled at Western Michigan University in a Music Education Program (Not a Performance Program). The scholarship requires the student to have attended WMU at least one semester and will be a Junior, Senior or Graduate student in the hope that they will have already received a regular and renewal scholarship. Further information may be obtained from any Board member. Presently there is no line item on Form 47 for requesting the application for this scholarship, so a letter will suffice.





This last April the Board changed the number of scholarships allowed by a Chapter from 3 to 4 excluding the applicants for the ESTARL, Robinson, Coy and now Rust-Huis scholarships.


Also, it was decided to use the term OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPTS to avoid confusion with the use of (no computer print outs) as all colleges and High Schools use computers to generate the transcripts.


Secretaries, please be sure your applicants return the necessary paper work to you prior to your March meeting so you can forward it to the Board Secretary by April 1st. If there is any portion missing, please include a note to the Board as to when we can expect it. We realize that at times the students have not selected a School, or a transcript was not yet available or a student ID number has not been assigned, but the majority of the required information is available.  If we have some idea as to when to expect the missing information, we can make the award pending upon receipt of all the required information. We process the checks in June, so it is imperative to have the information as early as possible.


H. William Moerdyk, GGCCM & PGP

Educational Board President



November 1, 2016


Dear Members:


Enclosed please find a letter from Michael Feit, P.P., the Housing Chairman for General Grand Chapter and the Housing Form for General Grand Chapter.


The Order of Eastern Star in its entirety will be housed at the Orlando World Center Marriott Resort & Convention Center for the 2018 General Grand Chapter Session. This Resort has 2000 rooms as well as the convention center where the session will be held. 1200 of these rooms have been reserved for the Order of the Eastern Star. This letter is being sent now to make sure that all who want to attend will have a room on a first come first serve basis before the 1200 rooms allotted us have been assigned. The cost of the rooms $176.00 + tax as listed on the Housing Form. I am told that the tax as of now is approximately 11% in Orlando which could vary up or down slightly before our arrival. The room rate would then be approximately $200.00 per night including tax.


Please fill out the attached form is you wish to attend and make sure to add your credit card number and don’t forget to sign it. Your reservation will not be considered if you have not listed your credit card number and it has not been signed.  You will still be able to make changes to or cancel reservations during the interim. A confirmation for your room reservation will be sent to you from the hotel.


For those of you who have a computer, the form can be filled in on line and then signed, but make sure to print a copy for yourself before deleting as you will not be able to save your work. You may mail the form in yourself, but please let me know that you have made a reservation so that we will know who will be attending from Michigan.


This is the only portion of the General Grand Chapter packet that is available now. We will still have the packets for the General Grand Chapter with information for the events, dinners, tours, and of course the Michigan get-together when the rest of the information becomes available.  This usually will be about 18 months out, and the cost for the packets will still be $5.00.


If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at (248) 302-8591.




Triennial Arrangements Committee

Pam Waack, PGM, Chm

Pat Ahl, PGM

Norma Wojack, PGM



General Grand Chapter

Order of the Eastern Star

Established November 1876


September 6, 2016


Sisters and Brothers:

Please be aware that the reservation form for General Grand Chapter in 2018 Precious Memories on the Wings of Love, to be held in Orlando, Florida, is available on the General Grande Chapter Website:


Forms can be completed and sent in as soon as you would like. You do not have to wait. EVERYTHING will be under one roof.


Your Credit Card may be charged the first night’s deposit, twenty-one (21) days prior to your arrival date for the Assembly.


The Marriott Orlando World Center Resort and Convention Center will be:




Michael H. Feit, P.P.

2015-2018 Housing Chairman

General Grand Chapter

P.O. Box 65455

Orange Park, FL 32065-5455

Telephone: (904) 264-2040

Fax: (904) 268-8174





General Grand Chapter OES is a Fraternal, Benevolent, Non-Profit 501-C-10 Organization

1618 New Hampshire Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20009-2549

Office (202) 667-4737 – Fax: (202-462-5162 – Email:



Date Rec._______                                                                                                                                             

Resv. No.________




OCT 25th-NOV 2nd, 2018

Reservations must be received by Oct. 4, 2018


MAIL TO:             Michael H. Feit, GGC Housing Chairman                                      Phone: (904) 264-2040

                          PO Box 65455                                                                           Fax: (904-269-8174

                          Orange Park, FL 32065-5455                                                     E-mail:



  1. Reservations MUST be made through the Housing Chairman ONLY by Oct. 4th, 2018
  2. Hotel WILL NOT take telephone reservations for special OES Rates.
  3. DO NOT SEND ANY MONEY WITH THIS FORM. A confirmation number will be sent directly from the hotel. Please complete the bottom of this form regarding billing information as required for reservation/confirmation.
  4. Credit car may be charged 1st night deposit 21 days prior to arrival date.
  5. Cancellations must be made at least 5 business days before arrival to avoid forfeiture of deposit with hotel.
  6. ANY changes in reservations, cancellations or additional rooms must be made directly with the Housing Chairman. Alterations to arrival/departure dates must be made 5 business days prior to arrival. Alterations to original reservations made LESS than 5 business day may result in hotel guest being responsible for full payment of original reservation.
  7. EARLY DEPARTURE FEE ($100.00) MAY be charged.
  8. Hotel assignments will be based on availability by the Hotel.
  9. Signature on this form acknowledges all conditions as stated above.


HOTEL            NO RESORT FEE!!!                Self-Parking COMPLIMENTARY for Registered Hotel Guests!!!

Orlando World Center Marriott Resort & Convention Center  $176.00 + tax              Single/Quad

Same Rate 3 days Pore and 3 days Post based on availability!!!

8701 World Center Drive, Orlando, FL 32821


Complimentary Internet for Marriott Reward Members (Sign Up Now)



ROOM TYPE: (PLEASE CHECK)  ___One Person   ___Two People   ___Three People   ___Four People

                                                     ___2 Doubles    ___King

SPECIAL REQUEST:  Handicap____   NOTE: ALL handicap rooms only have One (1) King bed!


ARRIVAL DATE: ________________________________________________

DEPARTURE DATE: _____________________________________________



NAME: ______________________________________________________________________


STATE:__________  ZIP__________  PHONE (____)___________________________

EMAIL: _______________________________________________________________


Names & Titles of additional room occupants required because of 911 / Homeland Security:


2.__________________________________   3._____________________________________



CREDIT CARD INFORMATION     Hotel will not accept reservation without a credit card guarantee



CREDIT CARD NUMBER______________________________________________________

EXP. DATE: _____________________

NAME OF CARD HOLDER: ___________________________________________________

SIGNATURE: _______________________________________________________________


Please check one:  FLYING IN ______  DRIVING______  CHARTER BUS_________   TRAIN____


Marriott Reward Member Number _________________________________


Reservation request form MUST BE signed in order to be processed by the hotel.






4          NOTE NEW DATE!!!

            Job’s Daughters / OES Christmas Party at the Pathways 1200 Wright Ave, Alma MI. 

            Church Service 10:00 am, Social Hour 11:00 am, Lunch Noon, Christmas Party & Gift

            Exchange 12:3- - 2:00.  Cost $10.00 to Cheryl Davis by Nov. 30th.  Checks payable to Grand Guardian Council.  Bring a pair of Socks filled with candy, chapstick, nail polish, gift card.  Dress: Casuals (slacks are okay) with your ugly Christmas sweater or holiday Spirit Casual. 


7          Masonic Pathway Christmas and Grand Family Gathering at the Masonic Pathways

            1200 Wright Ave, Alma MI 48801.  Gathering and Coffee 10 a.m., labeling 11 a.m., Grand

            Family Meeting 12 Noon, Lunch 12:30 p.m., Program at 2 p.m.  Cost of lunch is $11.00 send

            reservations to Greg Oliver by November 21, 2016.  Phone 248 476 0618.  Checks payable to Masonic Pathways.


11        Rainbow / OES Counterpart Christmas Party at Traverse City Masonic Temple, 13360 S. W.

            Bay Shore Dr., Traverse City.   Registration NOON, Lunch 1:00 pm, lots of fun to follow. 

            Reservations to Denise Stambaugh.   Cost of dinner is $10.00. Bring a Christmas Ornament for your counterpart.  Dress: Your best “ugly” Christmas Sweater or Frozen themed apparel.


12        WGM – School of Instruction – Ypsilanti Chapter Hosting: 5752 Whittaker Rd, Ypsilanti 48197

            6:00 p.m. Books – 7:00 p.m.  School


25        Merry Christmas to you and your family!


31        New Year’s Eve


Other Grand Officer School Schedule



12/2/16            Clawson, Royal Oak, Pontiac & Berkley Highland Park @ Royal Oak – Michael Waldo


12/5/16            Lincoln & Tawas Bay @ Lincoln – Marsha Mead


12/6/16            Fern Leaf & Parma Springport @ Fern Leaf – Bob Otte


12/8/16            Tecumseh, Fairfield & River Raisin @ Tecumseh – Janice Fowler


12/8/16            Grand Ledge, Wacousta & Mulliken @ Grand Ledge – Tom Huis


12/12/16          Martha Washington & Bay Chapter @ Martha Washington – Tom Huis


12/13/16          Primrose & Grayling @ Grayling – Marsha Mead


12/15/16          Atlanta & Alpena @ Alpena – Michael Waldo

12/20/16          Roseville, Ashlar & Jefferson @ Roseville – Liz Snodgrass

If you have any questions regarding the WGM’s December calendar please contact Linda Otte,

WGM secretary at 248 345 9436 (cell) or home 248 426 8429 or email at



Order of the Eastern Star












      Resolved, That the petitions for the following applicants for Honored Life Memberships in the Grand Chapter of Michigan, be approved by the delegates here assembled, at the 2016 Annual Grand Chapter Session:


      1.   Deborah McDowell..................................................................... Tekonsha-Rebecca No. 324

      2.   Barbara Hulse............................................................................................... Kalamo No. 399











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)








Request for Educational Scholarship Application(s) – Form No. 47, page 155


Form No. 47, in part:


            Regular Educational Scholarship                     ______


            Renewal Educational Scholarship                    ______


            Robinson Scholarship                                      ______