February mailing from the Grand Secretary




February 2016

Dear Secretary:


Happy Valentines Day to all you special secretaries.  Please share the contents of this mailing with your Worthy Matron so she may plan her meeting and take care of matters that might need the action of your Chapter.  As Chapter Secretary you are expected to print all pages of the monthly mailings, if you receive them via e-mail.  Even the pages you are not required to read at the meeting must be printed for your files and for members to read if they request.  ALL documents in the monthly mailing carry the same importance however some are not required to be read in their entirety at the meeting. 



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

2)      ELECTED BOARD VACANCY.   (1 pg)  This is to be read at the stated meeting of your Chapter.

3)      EDUCATIONAL BOARD LETTER.  (1 pg)  This is to be read at the stated meeting of your Chapter.


4)      TRIBUTE TO HONORED LIFE MEMBERS.  (2 pgs)  Please at least read the underlined names and Chapters.  Some of your members may know these Sisters.

5)      GGC FIRST RESPONDERS COMMITTEE.  (1 pg)  Please share this information for ways to honor Frist Responders.

6)      GGC EASTERN STAR JOURNAL.  (1 pg form)  Please encourage your members to subscribe to this interesting publication for information from around the Eastern Star World.

7)      GGC 1618 PROJECT.  (1 pg form)  Please share this information with your members.  Our International Headquarters is a valuable asset for Eastern Star members. 

8)      GGC DISASTER RELIEF FUND.  (1pg)  Please share this information with your members.  This is yet another way to provide assistance.

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



The 2015-2016 Directories are available for purchase at $10.00 plus postage.  In addition to the Chapter, current Grand Family and other information same as in previous years the Worthy Grand Matron’s tentative itinerary is there.  Remember, the dates listed in the tentative itinerary may have changed.  The official itinerary is in the monthly mailing.  The copy for each Chapter was mailed on January 5th



The 2015 Law Book and Book of Instruction Corrections are available for purchase at $1.40 per set plus postage.   The two copies for the Chapter books were mailed on January 5th.  



 Please be careful on the Michigan winter roads. 

We pray that the Sisters and Brothers who have been ill are doing better and that everyone will

avoid the “flu bug” and all the other viruses that are visiting Michigan this year.



The following changes have taken place this year and need to be updated in the new 2015-2016 Directory.  Please watch monthly mailings for future updates.  If you write the change in your Directory it will be up-to-date.

Page 7and back cover – WGP Raymond Abbey no longer has a landline, the cell number is his only number;

Page 9 – Grand Martha Denise Abbey no longer has a landline, the cell number is her only number;  

Page 12 – Legal Advisor Diana Bare’s phone number is corrected;

Page 21 – PGP Richard Ward has a new email address

Page 24 – Greta Erbes has a new address.




PLEASE review page 53, Section 7a – Dual Member, number 6.   Dual members may not be issued a demit from their dual Chapter.


Please remember, Chapter Secretary, our Law requires that you send all out-of-state demits and the completed Petition for Affiliation (Form 4) to the Grand Secretary BEFORE they are read in chapter. 


Secretary – Life Membership for a Chapter member is not complete until Forms 22 and 22A are completed and mailed to the Grand Chapter Office and a certificate signed by the Grand Secretary has been returned.



All Special Dispensation requests are to be mailed to the Worthy Grand Matron along with the $5.00 check made payable to Grand Chapter.  The completed, Special Dispensation form, check for $5.00 and self addressed, stamped envelope must all be mailed to the Worthy Grand Matron.  If they are mailed to the Grand Chapter office, it will only delay your request.


Mary A. Ivey

Grand Secretary (email address:  secretary@mioes.org)

Grand Chapter (website:  mioes.org)


Grand Chapter

Order of the Eastern Star

Of Michigan

February 2016


Dear Sisters and Brothers,


As I write this, I can’t help but wonder if Punxsutawney Phil will see his shadow on February 2.  Regardless, winter is here for at least another six weeks.  However, activities are warming up for our Michigan Eastern Stars!   Our first GOEX will be held in Alma at Masonic Pathways, and we hope that some of our members that reside there will join us to welcome our new members.  I have been getting reports of initiations all over this grand jurisdiction and it is very encouraging.  Be sure to assign mentors to help these new members feel welcome and needed.  Don’t forget to email me and Brother Ray their names and address so that we can also send them a personal letter of welcome. 


Keep up the great work that you are doing in your communities!  28 Law Enforcement Torch Run® Polar Plunges will take place throughout Michigan in January, February and March 2016. A complete list of dates and locations, including links to online registration for each site, can be found at http://somi.org/events/polarplunge.


1 John 4:7 states “Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God.”  The Strickland-Abbey Grand family hopes to share their friendship and love throughout this winter wonderland that we call home in the days to come.  Have a wonderful Valentine’s Day, and know that YOU are loved!



Lori L. Strickland,                                                                         Raymond N. Abbey,

Worthy Grand Matron                                                                  Worthy Grand Patron



Grand Chapter

Order of the Eastern Star

Of Michigan





Dear Sisters and Brothers,


This is to notify you of the following vacancy to be filled on an Elected Board of Grand Chapter.

 Education Board – the term of this position is three years and it must be filled by a Past Matron or Past Patron. 


Past Matron Kathleen Muench has communicated that she will not be succeeding herself for a third term on this Board. 


The Law requires that an endorsement at a regular/stated meeting of the member’s chapter is necessary for the name of the Sister or Brother to be presented to our members at Grand Chapter in October 2016. 


A Chapter’s endorsement, under its Seal, is to be received in the Grand Chapter Office (see page 23, Article 11. Endorsements and Nominations, Section 3. Elective Board Members).  Please be sure to include, in the endorsement, the date of the meeting.



Sincerely and fraternally,

Mary A. Ivey, Grand Secretary






 February 2016

Dear Sisters and Brothers,                                                  

This letter is a reminder if you have applications that you wish the Board to review for awarding scholarships for the 2016-2017 Academic year, they must be back to your Chapter Secretary by the March 2016 Stated Meeting.

The Chapter Secretary must review all applications making sure all the information requested is complete, all attachments required are included and all signatures and the Chapter Seal affixed. The Chapter must also vote to submit the applications for consideration.


In the past there have been many applications lacking necessary information, which delays Board action at the April meeting when the awards are granted. This past year almost one-third of the applications were missing vital data and required much time and effort by the Board members and the Grand Secretary to ensure that applicants whose awards were pending were eventually granted.

Please contact any Board Member listed in the Directory if you have any questions.


H. William Moerdyk PGP, President                                               

Kathleen Muench, Vice-President

Priscilla Hankins PGM, Secretary






February 2016


“Let not your hearts be troubled, you believe in God, believe also in Me.  In My Father’s house, there are many mansions.  If it were not so, I would have told you.  I go to prepare a place for you.  I will come back and take you to be with Me, so that where I am, you may be also.  My peace I give to you, and My peace I leave with you.” 

John 14




CAROL SUE NOBACH (Primrose No. 183)  Carol passed away on November 9, 2015 in Charlotte, Michigan.  She was born on April 17, 1934 in Lansing.  She graduated from Sexton High School where she met the love of her life, Bob.  They were married in 1954 and in 1960  moved to Gaylord. They were blest with five children.   Carol was initiated in Chrysanthemum Chapter No. 114 on May 16, 1962 on the Masonic affiliation of her husband, Robert.  She was an active member and filled the office of Worthy Matron, as well as the Line Offices at least twice.  At other times she held the Star Points of Adah and Esther.  She was chapter Secretary for many years until Chrysanthemum consolidated with Primrose Chapter in 2012.  Then Worthy Grand Matron Lyene Lenartowicz recommended Carol as Grand Representative of New Hampshire in Michigan.  For many years she was the faithful travel companion of Carol Taskey and others, traveling throughout the state as they fulfilled their duties.  Carol served her Wolverine District as well by holding the offices of Treasurer and Assistant Marshal.  On July 5, 1999 Carol was honored by her Chapter when she was elected Life Member.  She was always found cooking meals whether it be for family, Eastern Star or at the Senior Citizen Meal Program.  In her spare time Carol enjoyed reading, needlework and visiting with shut-ins.  Carol loved Eastern Star and going to Grand Chapter and at the “Humanitarian” Session she received her Honorary Life Membership.  She will be missed by all who knew her.


SHIRLEY J. ATKINS (Queen of the North No. 82)  Shirley passed away peacefully in her sleep at the Hospice House in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan on December 20, 2015.  She was born October 29, 1936 in Atlas, Michigan joining her two sisters.  She was raised in Barabeau while her parents built the original Cozy Corners and general store.  When her parents passed away Shirley bought the Cozy Corners.  It became a favorite stop for her Eastern Star Sisters and Brothers when they traveled to the U.P.  She also worked for the Army Corp of Engineers in the Soo Locks information center and then the timekeeping department.  She was very knowledgeable about the Locks and its history and would share what she knew with anyone who asked.  On January 21,1959 she was initiated into Queen of the North Chapter on the Masonic affiliation of her father Emerson Badgley (Goodrich Lodge No. 548).  Shirley served her Chapter in various offices include the Line and reaching the office of Worthy Matron several times.  She also worked on many soup and sandwich lunches, Blue Lodge dinners, Treasures and Beggers sidewalk sales.  In addition, the was recommended by then Worthy Grand Matron Hazel Chapman and Worthy Grand Patron Joseph Holland to serve on their Star of Wonder Committee.  In 1992-1993 she was appointed Grand Warder for the Upston-Whitman’s.  Then Worthy Grand Matron Pamela Waack recommended Shirley to be Grand Representative of Texas in Michigan.  She was elected Michigander Club President in 2010.  On May 2, 2007 Queen of the North Chapter recognized Shirley’s long and distinguished service by electing her to Life Membership.  At the “Celebrating Friendship” Session of Grand Chapter then Worthy Grand Matron Bernice McSweyn and Worthy Grand Patron Andy Forgo presented Shirley her Honorary Life Membership.  She was a very welcoming person and will be missed.

“The Lord ransoms the lives of His servants,

And none who seek refuge in Him are brought to ruin.”

Psalm 34:22


Mary A. Ivey

Grand Secretary






Greetings Sisters and Brothers,

 This General Grand Chapter Committee, Support the First Responders, will be a rewarding experience as we work together to support and recognize the First Responders in our communities who play such a prominent role in our lives.  The challenges will be great, but nothing is impossible if we believe in our cause

 Over the next three years, our lives will be touched by these hero's and the stories will be both heartwarming and heart wrenching. We encourage your Chapter to support your local First Responders.

 One of our projects will be selling a commemorative coin. They will sell for $10.00 each. We want to encourage individuals and Chapters to purchase these and give to First Responders in their local area to let them know OES members support them. The profit from the sale of these coins will be given to a National Association that helps the families who have lost a First Responder in the line of duty.

 Who are First Responders?  Law Enforcement - Police Officers, Peace Officers, FBI, U.S. Secret Service Agents, U.S. Marshals, Sheriffs.

 Fire Departments, Fire Fighters, Emergency Medical Technicians/Paramedics, Hazardous Material Teams, Technical Rescue Teams, Arson Investigation.

 Medical Personnel, Hospital Emergency Room Personnel, Doctors, Nurses.  These are just some of those who are special people helping when called upon.

 When your Chapter has an Event, please let me know, so I can come to it.  Please send a report to me, so I can keep track of the activities and put them in the Eastern Star Journal.

 Suggestions, Adopt a Station, present a 20-minute program. Have a dinner, give a coin to everyone at the Station.  Invite them to Chapter for an open meeting.  Provide a Holiday Meal for a station. Furnish Non-Budgeted Supplies, Water, Gatorade.

 Sponsor a Fund Raiser to raise funds for a specific piece of equipment:  like gloves, vests, etc.

 Let them know we care. There are so many things we can do.

Star Love

Bernie McSweyn, GGCCM/PGM




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December 14, 2015


Dear Sisters and Brothers:


A permanent Disaster Relief Fund was established by the General Grand Chapter to provide an immediate response to the need for relief funds by our members. You gave tremendous monetary support to help in the disasters that were happening in all parts of our world at that time. Since then, you have continued to show your heartwarming actions of caring and giving to help others who were in need of assistance during the natural disasters and other catastrophic occurrences.

We are reminded on a frequent basis of the need to care for others. These major life-changing-events seem to be common in the world in which we now live. The threat of tornadoes and flooding appear to increase each year, in fact, just look at some of our Jurisdictions with in the States that have already been affected this year. We do not like to think that something like this could happen to us, but more often than not, these disasters affect our own towns and cities, families and friends, and touch the lives of those we love the most. Our hearts go out to those who have lost so much through various disasters and are in the midst of trying to rebuild their homes and put their lives back in order. Our fraternal bonds are strengthened when we reach out to our Sisters and Brothers across the world, and bring us closer together as we share in their greatest needs.

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On behalf of the General Grand Chapter, we ask for your assistance in replenishing the funds that have been expended for those most in need. You continue to exemplify Charity, Truth and Loving Kindness by your wonderful generosity to those who need it most.



Mrs. Helen J. Westmoreland, Most Worthy Grand Matron

Robert C. Penoyer, Most Worthy Grand Patron

Mr. Gary E. Miller, Right Worthy Grand Secretary


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Worthy Grand Matron’s Itinerary  

February 2016


6    Bethel No. 30 Grand Blanc and Bethel No. 63 Otisville Reception and Grand Bethel Exemplification honoring Marsha McDonald, Grand Guardian and Shawn Tanner, Associate Grand Guardian, to be held at the Grand Blanc Masonic Temple, 522 E. Grand Blanc Road, Grand Blanc, MI 48439;  practices at 3:00pm, dinner and honoring at 5:00pm, Grand Bethel Exemplification at 7:00pm. Dinner: $15.00; Sleepover: $5.00, checks payable to Bethel No. 30 Grand Blanc.  Reservations with remittance by January 29, 2016 to: Marilee Smiley, PSG.

12  Grand Family Party and GOEX practice at Alma, MI.   

13  Reception honoring Denise Abbey, Grand Martha, and the Strickland-Abbey Grand Family to be held at the Masonic Pathways Doig Chapel, 1200 Wright Avenue, Alma, MI.  Registration at 11:00am, Lunch at noon, GOEX at 2:00pm, Dress: Formal.  Reservations due by February 9, 2016 and should be sent with remittance of $15.00 made payable to Mt. Pleasant #55, to: Carlene Abbey.

20  Reception - Friendship Day, To honor The Strickland-Abbey Grand Family and Anna J. Anderson, Grand Committee Courtesy, Coldwater Masonic Temple, 45 E. Chicago, Coldwater, MI 49036. Registration at 12:30 pm, Potluck at 1:00pm, Entertainment at 2:00pm.  RSVP for headcount to: Carrie Welsh-Stout, Secretary. Response not later than February 15, 2016.  Please bring a non-perishable food item for local food pantry for Worthy Matron’s project.  Please bring a dish to pass.  Dress: OES Casual.


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

Crissey Burtt    Phone: 906-635-3368 Cell: 270-547-9540    email: ceburtt@gmail.com