March mailing from the Grand Secretary
ORDER OF THE EASTERN STAR
May the luck of the Irish be upon you!! 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) MEMORIAL FOR PAST GRAND MATRON SARA ARNOLD. (2 Pages) At least the front page of this memorial is to be read to your members at the stated meeting of your Chapter and the Altar draped.
SUMMARIZE EACH OF THE FOLLOWING COMMUNICATIONS at your Stated Meeting:
3) SPRING TIME IN THE SOUTH TRIP. (2 Pages) This is the Wojack-Miller & Ahl-VanNorwick Grand Family trip. Family, friends & neighbors are invited. Please share this information with your members.
4) ROB MORRIS MEMBERSHIP PROGRAM. (1 Page) This program is continuing for 2012-2015. Please share this information with your members.
READ AT LEAST THE FOLLOWING UNDERLINED TITLE at your Stated Meeting:
8) WORTHY GRAND MATRON’S ITINERARY. (1 Page) Please remind the members you have this information.
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PLEASE LET YOUR MEMBERS KNOW:
2013-2014 DIRECTORY UPDATES
Page 8 – Worthy Grand Matron, Norma Wojack: cell number correction
Page 17 Variety Show Chairman, Marilyn Strader: cell number correction
Page 39 Pinckney Chapter No. 145: Meetings called off January and July;
Page 61 Samaria Chapter No. 391 Secretary, JoAnn Callahan: phone number correction
Page 111 March 13 - Huronia No. 81 Reception has been moved to May 12.
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.) Chapter Secretary – please communicate this date to your members at your stated meeting.
ALL SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION FORMS
All requests for scholarship forms (ESTARL, Robinson, Adair ESTARL, Coy and Regular Education) must be made on Form 47 (Request for Educational Scholarship Applications) with the Chapter seal. The completed form is to be sent to the Educational Board Secretary, Priscilla Hankins, P.G.M. Her address and telephone number are in the Directory. Sister Perk must receive all completed applications for scholarships this year by April 1, 2014.
SICKNESS AND DISTRESS
- PGM Sara Arnold passed away January 14 (see memorial flyer). Condolences to her family in care of her daughter Jerrie Sue Koch.
- PGM Jewell Cook continues to slowly recover in the Ingham Medical Care Facility in Okemos. She truly appreciates all the cards. Almost 5 pounds of cards per Ray.
- WGP Fred Miller fell, broke his wrist and had surgery mid-January. He has been fulfilling his Worthy Grand Patron duties as he continues to recover.
- Associate Grand Conductress Colleen Wilcenski had knee surgery on January 27th. She has been out of circulation during her recovery and hopes to begin to travel in March.
PGM Margaret Belknap would like to thank all of the members, Chapters and Associations for the cards she has received. “It is so nice to know that our members are such caring people.” Thanks, Margaret. (She is still having health issues and not feeling well.)
PGM Lurene Calloway wishes to thank everyone for all the cards, prayers and phone calls while she was ill. “I couldn’t believe the number of members who thought about me.” Thanks, Lurene. (The doctors are hoping to take care of her hip problems with therapy rather than surgery.)
Please keep all members close with cards and prayers. These gestures are needed and welcomed by all of our members. Remember to send information to the Grand Chapter Obituary and Sunshine Committees so they might send cards as well.
DIRECTORY, LAW BOOK AND BOOK OF INSTRUCTION CORRECTIONS
By now you should have all received the mailings containing the Chapter copy of the 2013-2014 Directory and the 2013 Law Book and Book of Instruction corrections for the two Chapter law books. Additional copies may be ordered and will be invoiced at time of shipment. Please DO NOT SEND PRE-PAYMENT.
Mary A. Ivey, Grand Secretary
Michigan Grand Chapter website: mioes.org
Order of the Eastern Star
Sisters and Brothers,
As I write this, it is snowing, blowing and below zero. This letter is written a month in advance so am sincerely hoping that by the time it is read the Michigan winter has decided to end.
We have received an inordinate number of dispensation requests this year. Remember Secretaries, these requests are addressed to the Worthy Grand Matron. Sending them to the Grand Chapter Office only delays our response. If you did not hold a meeting in January, you must get a dispensation to hold it during a month in which you are usually dark. If you changed your meeting night and/or time without a dispensation then any business you transacted is illegal.
Remember Sisters and Brothers, you must notify the Worthy Grand Matron when changes in stated meetings are made.
We are asking your consideration in the area of donations. At a recent Board Meeting we were informed that our ESTARL Fund Balance is very large and is not depleted significantly each year. We have fewer ESTARL applications then in other areas and the Adair ESTARL Bequest continues to cover these requests. Perhaps future donations from chapters and individuals could be directed to the Education or Benevolence Funds. These funds are used extensively each year for the benefit of our members. If you desire, you may still donate to the ESTARL Fund however at this time the Education and Benevolence Funds are in greater need of donations.
Our Variety Show was a great success and we thank Sister Marilyn Strader and Brother Al Strum for all their hard work. Not only does Brother Al entertain us with his beautiful voice we always get a laugh from Sister Marilyn and hope she doesn’t have to “cry”. Thanks to you both for all your efforts.
March brings our special evening with our Sisters and Brothers from Ontario. We hope that many of you will join us for that fun evening. It is worthwhile to see the skits as well as shake hands with those across the border. Our Grand Committee will be exemplifying the degrees at the end of the month…be sure to join us and support these hard-working members.
May the luck of the Irish be with each of you…..
In Fraternal Friendship,
Norma A. Wojack Frederick D. Miller
Worthy Grand Matron Worthy Grand Patron
Sara F. Arnold
Past Grand Matron of Michigan
Member of Jefferson Chapter No. 489
Born April 20, 1920 – Wartrace, Tennessee
Passed Away January 14, 2014 – Plantation, Florida
“God is light…if we walk in light, as He is in the light,
We have fellowship one with another.”
I John 1:5 and 7
In Tribute to the Life of
Sara F. Arnold
Past Grand Matron of Michigan
Sara F. (Fowler) Arnold was born April 20, 1920 to Bose and Ruth Fowler in Wartrace, Tennessee. She grew up in the nearby town of Shelbyville and attended school there.
Sara’s sister married into the Arnold family. One day Sara was visiting her sister when she met James “Jim” Arnold, the nephew of her brother-in-law. For generations the Arnolds had been active in the church and soon Sara was attending services with Jim. That church gave them many memories and a firm foundation as they began their married life together on April 1, 1938. In 1942 they moved to Michigan and Jim found employment at Continental Motors until he was drafted in 1944. He spent 18 months overseas serving under General Patton.
Following Jim’s discharge from the service, he and Sara returned to Michigan. After the service Jim began his own business – Jim’s Collision in Detroit. He owned the business for 35 years and retired from there. Sara was always at his side and assisted in the business as Jim’s secretary/bookkeeper. Through those years they added four children to their family Jerrie Sue, James D., Wanda and Deborah. Sara enjoyed her time as homemaker for her family as well as working with her Jim.
Sara and Jim joined Jefferson Chapter No. 489 in April, 1957. Sara served her Chapter as Electa and Marshal. She and Jim served Jefferson Chapter in the Elected Line and were Worthy Matron and Worthy patron in 1962-63. She also served her Macomb County as Marshal.
Sara was chosen by Alice Vollink to serve on the Publicity Committee in the Vollink-Kaatz Grand Family 1965-66. She was elected Associate Grand Conductress in 1967 and traveled through the Grand Line with Clarence Johnson as her Worthy Grand Patron in 1970-71. During that year the Arnold-Johnson officers and committee were involved with Rainbow, Job’s Daughters and DeMolay at their Grand Sessions. Jim was very supportive in all of Sara’s Eastern Star work.
The “Church in the Wildwood” Session of Grand Chapter held much meaning and was dedicated to Jim. As with their lives, the church was a central part of the Session. A large old church bell mounted on a wooden frame in the East called everyone to the Sessions. The entire Grand Chapter Room simulated the church where Jim attended worship as a child and where Sara visited many times with the Arnold family. Sara and Jim’s daughter Debbie, Honor Queen of Bethel No. 52 presented Sara’s Bible and placed it on the Altar. After retiring from the East in Grand Chapter, Sara served as Chairman of By-Laws for the Dole-Johnson year 1975-76 and was elected Secretary of the Villa Board in 1983.
While living in Michigan Sara and Jim were members of Grosse Pointe Woods Presbyterian Church until they moved to Florida in 1984. In Florida they became members of Grace Presbyterian Church in Ft. Myers.
Sara, Jim and the family suffered a loss in 1986 when their son James D. passed away.
While Jim was in good health, he and Sara enjoyed many years traveling in their motor home. They visited all but four States. Sara and Jim had 63 happy years together before he was called to his eternal rest on July 27, 2001. A few years following Jim’s death, Sara moved to Plantation, Florida to be near her daughter Jerrie Sue.
On January 14, 2014 beautiful Past Grand Matron Sara F. Arnold entered the eternal “Church in the Wildwood” to join her husband and son. Private services were held in Florida for Sara’s family.
Sara is survived by her daughters, Jerrie Sue Koch of Florida, Wanda Ranney in Arizona and Deborah Kroman in California. Also surviving are 8 grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren and 1 great, great grandchild.
The Memorial Service at Sara’s Grand Chapter Session was titled “For Whom the Bell Tolls.” Following are selected portions that were read at that Service.
‘Tis a glorious city I’ve come to,
With beauties that earth can’t compare;
The Builder and Maker is Jesus –
The Construction exhibits His care.
The fellowship here is exalting –
I share with the prophets and kings,
With loved ones who’ve come here before me
And angels who move on their wings.
The light of the city is Jesus –
No darkness can penetrate here;
And with the redeemed of the ages
I see Him with vision so clear.
The curse shall never be seen here,
For the throne of the Lamb is supreme,
And God’s servants with seals on their foreheads
Do serve Him with highest esteem.
Oh, I’m one of that number
Who joyfully serve Him up here,
The pains that I knew in earth’s journey
No longer I suffer or fear.
“Grace, mercy and peace shall be with us from God the Father and from Jesus Christ the Son of the Father, in truth and love. And now I have a request to make of you. Do not think I am giving a new command; I am recalling the one we have had before us from the beginning; let us love one another.”
Second Epistle of John 3 and 5
Submitted with fraternal love,
Mary A. Ivey, Grand Secretary
April 25 - May 2, 2014
Spring Time in the South
Round trip transportation in a deluxe motorcoach
7 nights lodging (One night in Charleston, WV; One night in Charlotte, NC; One night in
Charleston, SC; Two nights in Savannah, GA; One night in Asheville, NC; One night in
“Gone With the Wind” Tour in Historic Charleston
Charleston Old City Market (free time)
Charleston Memorial Waterfront
Dinner at Lady & Sons (Paula, Jamie & Bobby Deen) Restaurant in Savannah
Historic Savannah Trolley Tour
Old Savannah Market (free time)
Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum
Old Savannah Riverfront Walk
Self Guided Tour of Biltmore Estate in Asheville, NC
Berea, KY (Arts & Crafts Capitol of Kentucky)
Renfro Valley Entertainment Center (Kentucky Music Hall of Fame, Dinner & Renfro Valley
Malt Shop 50’s show )
Meals included are 8 hot breakfasts and 2 dinners
All tips and gratuities on included items
W e are heading south folks on this much requested trip. If you enjoy the atmosphere of plantations, the splendor of gardens, the flavor of Southern cooking, interesting history and historical “old south” architecture, get packed and climb aboard! This trip is for you.
Please join the Wojack-Miller & Ahl-VanNorwick Grand Families as they head to Savannah. Before reaching our destination, we will stop at some popular attractions along the way.
Everyone is Welcome (family, friends & neighbors)
Reservations will be taken on a first come basis. Please use the RESERVATION FORM (reverse side) and make your reservations SOON. A deposit of $100.00 per person is required at the time of booking. The balance of the payment is not due until March 25th.
RESERVATION DEADLINE: Feb. 28
Cancellations must be requested in writing and received before April 10. Any cancellations received after that date will be subject to a cancellation charge.
Barb Rocque (Email: email@example.com)
959 Breton S.E., Grand Rapids, MI 49506
Double - $1095.00 (per person)
Triple - $1045 .00 (per person)
Quad - $1005.00 (per person)
Single - $1395.00 (per person)
SPINGTIME IN THE SOUTH
APRIL 25-MAY 2, 2014
Please make my/our reservation for SPRINGTIME IN THE SOUTH TRIP subject to the attached explanation and the conditions stated
Enclosed is deposit $ ___________($100.00 per person)
CUT OFF DATE FOR RESERVATIONS: FEB. 28, 2014 (Bal. Due MARCH 25 )
Please print or type the following information:
LIST NAME - ADDRESS - PHONE NUMBER ALSO EMERGENCY NAME & PHONE NUMBER.
1. NAME _____________________________________________Title_____________________________
ADDRESS ____________________________________PHONE _________________________________
EMER. NAME & NO __________________________________________________________________
2. NAME _______________________________________________Title__________________________
EMER. NAME AND NO..__________________________________________________________________
3. NAME ____________________________________________Title ______________________________
EMER NAME & NO.. ______________________________________________________________________
4. NAME _____________________________________________Title______________________________
EMER NAME & NO. ______________________________________________________________________
Please note any special requests (non-smoking - handicapped - etc.) _______________________________
Will Board Bus in :____ Lansing _______Flint________ Detroit Area (Please check pickup area)
MAKE CHECKS PAYABLE TO GRAND CHAPTER, OES AND MAIL TO:
Barbara Rocque, 959 Breton Dr. S.E. Grand Rapids, MI 49506
Phone (248) 417-3056) Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
ORDER OF THE EASTERN STAR
GENERAL GRAND CHAPTER
ROB MORRIS MEMBERSHIP PROGRAM
A Rob Morris Membership Jewel is awarded by General Grand Chapter to members who sign petitions as follows:
100 points Top-line signer of a petition for the Degrees.
50 points Second-line signer of a petition for the Degrees.
50 points Affiliation (Top-line or second line signer).
For 300 points, a member receives a Rob Morris Membership Jewel. Then, a member can earn a triennium date bar for an additional 300 points to attach to the pin. (Note: Points may be carried over from the previous triennium (2009-2012).
This is to certify that:
Name of Member_____________________________________________________________
CHECK AS APPROPRIATE
_____ Has completed the 300 points for the Rob Morris Membership Jewel
_____ Has completed the 300 points for the Triennial Bar for the Jewel
Name of Chapter Secretary_________________________________________________
Chapter Name and Number ________________________________________________
Phone Number ___________________________________________________________
Mail award to ____________________________________________________________
SEAL OF THE CHAPTER
For Chapters in the US send form to: Rosie Fiscus, Past Grand Matron of Wisconsin, 210 S. Burr Oak Av, Oregon, WI 53575
For Chapters in Canada and Subordinate Chapters directly under General Grand Chapter – send form to: Peggy South, Past Grand Matron of Ontario, Suite 505 – 9 Bonheur Ct., Brantford ON Canada N3P 1Z5
WORTHY GRAND MATRON’S ITINERARY
March 2014 CALENDAR
04 School of Instruction: Fern Leaf, 355 Napoleon Rd., Michigan Center 49254. Books at 5:30pm, School at 7:00pm. Combined School for: Fern Leaf, Tecumseh, Fairfield, River Raisin, Samaria, Parma Springport, Howell, Pickney
Attire: OES Casual except for those taking part in the School.
08 Michigan – Ontario Night. Roseville Masonic Center, 27151 Gratiot, Roseville 48066. Reg at 4:00pm, Dinner at 5:30pm. Program to follow dinner. Make checks payable to Roseville Chapter #468 $15.00 to Jessie Ripari. RSVP by 3/3/14. No refunds after 3/3/14. Attire: Formal
15 OES Counterpart Day & Grand Assembly Announcement Day. Wayne Masonic Center, 37173 Palmer Rd., Westland 48185. Lunch 12:00n. Meeting at 2:00pm. $10.00 to Linda Otte.
Attire: OES Casual
17 Happy St. Patrick’s Day!!!
18 Convention Meeting
22 Reception honoring Robert Otte, Masonic Relations Committee. Victoria Temple, 27705 W Seven Mile Rd., Livonia, MI 48152. Registration 5:00pm. Dinner at 6:00pm. Reception to follow. Reservations payable to Victoria Chapter #290, $12.00. Send to: Loraine McClure no later than 3/15/14. OES Casual.
24 Committee Exemplification/Reception for Mary Grace Gordon, Courtesy Committee, Chair
Ypsilanti Masonic Temple, 5752 Whittaker Rd., Ypsilanti 48197. Reg: 4:00pm. Dinner: 5:30pm. Program: 7:00pm. $12.00 payable to Ypsilanti Chapter #119. Send to: Donelda Hughes no later than 3/18/14. Attire: Grand Committee: Ladies White Formals, Black Tuxes for Men. Grand Officers: Colored Formals and Vests. Those participating in Committee Program practice at 1:00pm.
25 Farmington Fun Night: Farmington Temple, 23715 Farmington Rd., Farmington 48336. Registration 5:00pm Dinner 6:00pm. $12.00 send to Sandra Rossin, Payable to Farmington #239 by March 18. Entertainment will follow dinner. OES Casual.
27 School of Instruction: Bedford Chapter, 21945 Bedford Rd., Bedford 49020. Books at 5:30pm. School at 7:00pm. Combined school for: Bedford, Hastings, Tekonsha-Rebecca, Mystic Star, Coldwater, Sherwood Forest, Brookfield, Kalamo. Attire: OES Casual except those taking part in the School.
28 Hastings GOEX and Reception for Tom Huis, Grand Warder & Sheila Huis, Grand Representative of Bolivia in Michigan. Where: Hastings First United Methodist Church, 209 West Green Street, Hastings 49058. Registration 4:00pm. Dinner 5:30pm. GOEX at 7:00pm. Cost $15.00 payable to Hastings #7 Send to: Shelia Huis, Secretary, Deadline 3/21/2014 Attire: Formal
29 Oakland County Association: Royal Oak Temple, 850 Horace Brown Dr., Madison Heights 48071. Registration 11:00am. Dinner at 12:00pm. Program 1:00pm. $10.00. Payable to Sharon Jouppi, OCA Secretary. Attire: Formal.
All questions about Worthy Grand Matron Norma Wojack’s Itinerary should be directed to her secretary Carrie Welsh