April mailing from the Grand Secretary 





Dear Secretary:


By the calendar, spring is here – hopefully the warm weather will catch up soon.  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. 




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

2)      MEMORIAL TRIBUTE – PGM ELAINE BUPP. (1 flyer dbl-sided)  At least the front page of this tribute should be read at your April Stated Meeting and the Altar draped.




3)      PAST GRANDS EXEMPLIFICATION (1 pg)  Michigan Past Grand Matrons and Past Grand Patrons invite every member to witness their work.

4)      GENERAL GRAND CHAPTER COMMITTEE RECEPTION (1 pg)  Everyone is encouraged to attend the honoring for Michigan’s 2015-2018 General Grand Chapter Committee appointments.




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



Secretary – Please let your members know:



Pages 14 & 18 – Past Grand Matron and Historian Helen Milbourne no longer has a land line, her cell number as listed is accurate;

Page 42 – Mason Chapter No. 150 Secretary Beatrice McMann no longer has email or a land line, her cell number as listed is accurate;

Page 55 – Imlay City Friendship No. 252 WM and WP Debra and Patrick Moore’s correct address is:  1295 Bowers Road, Lapeer, MI  48446, the phone numbers listed are correct;

Page 78 – Honorary Life Member Aliene Thurston passed away November 7, 2017;

Page 80 – Honorary Life Member Marilyn Scheuer passed away February 4, 2018.



All legislation to be presented at the 2018 Grand Chapter Session must be received by MAY 31, 2018.  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.



- Edwin Chapman, husband of PGM Hazel, passed away February 26.  His memorial service was held on March 8.

- Joan Graham, wife of PGP Gerald, fell recently and broke her right arm.

- PGM Elaine Bupp passed away February 15.  Her memorial service was held on March 10.

- PGM Mary Plater was hospitalized the first of March for health issues.

- Special Assistant Carol Pilkiewicz fell and broke her femur.

- Honorary Life Member and Grand Representative of British Columbia and Yukon Marilyn Scheuer passed away February 4.


Secretary – Information for you:


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


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


IMPORTANT TO REMEMBER – DEMITS may not be issued to members who are dual in your Chapter (pg 53, Section 7a – Dual Membership, number 6).  Please read this portion of the Law Book for instructions.


Hallelujah!!! Christ has Risen!!!  Because of His sacrifice we can have eternal life.


Mary A. Ivey, Grand Secretary

E-mail:  secretary@mi.oes.org

Michigan Grand Chapter website:  mioes.org









April 2018

 Dear Sisters and Brothers,

As I write this I am reminded that Mother Nature has a way to show us who is the boss.  I see motorcycle riders driving by with jackets and helmets and now snowmobile riders with snowsuits and gloves. I am ready for those April showers, so I can see May flowers, feel the sunshine and enjoy the outdoors.


I am sending joyous praise to everyone that attended our first two G.O.E.X.’s in March.  What an awesome time we had with the receptions and learning some very “interesting” facts about our first three honorees. I hope everyone enjoyed the time we spent together.  Spending time together is the best way to share our Eastern Star friendship and our illness as many, many of us found out after the last G.O.E.X.  I hope everyone is back to par now and ready to share friendship again.


I am overjoyed with the response to our Michigan/Wisconsin Exchange as we had to secure a larger bus to handle the group from Michigan planning to attend the special friends exchange.  Thank you to everyone that was able to attend the exchange and to those who support us at home.  Our Grand Family entertainment was truly out of this world.  Thank you to those who organized the skit and those brave enough to participated in it. A huge thank you to our “travel master” Sister Colleen, PGM for all her work in organizing the bus, hotel and activities, this makes going easy as all we must do is pay our fare and bring a snack for the bus.


County District and Associations meetings are starting to appear on the calendar.  This is an exciting time of year and we are looking forward to visiting with each District and Association Members.  Wayne County Star and Compass Spring Meeting is one that everyone enjoys, full of surprises and get to learn a little of the plans for next year.  Then will come the Michigan/Ohio Exchange at Perrysburg, Ohio.  I am hoping that we can have the same number of members attend in Ohio as we did in Wisconsin.

Please remember our Obligation to “promote the welfare and prosperity of our Order” when you hear that there may be legislation at Grand Chapter to increase the Per Capita Tax.  It is imperative that we continue to support the welfare and prosperity of our Order by making the funds necessary to run this Grand Chapter available without cashing in our bonds.


Sending Positive Praise your way,


Janice M. Fowler                                                         Thomas “Tom” R. Huis

Worthy Grand Matron                                                            Worthy Grand Patron




In Memoriam

Elaine M. Bupp

Past Grand Matron of Michigan



Member of Three Rivers Chapter No. 210


Born June 2, 1926     Ormsby, Pennsylvania

Passed Away February 15, 2018     Centreville, Michigan


“Make a joyful noise unto the Lord.”

Psalm 100:1



In Tribute to the Life of

Elaine M. Bupp

Pas Grand Matron of Michigan



Elaine Mae Schoenwald was born on June 2, 1926 in Ormsby, Pennsylvania to Edward G. and Eva Mae Schoenwald. She came into the world on her father’s 21st birthday and was their only child.


The family lived in Buffalo, New York until Elaine was in the fourth grade. Her parents chose to part ways and nine year old Elaine went to live with her grandparents in Cyclone, Pennsylvania requiring her to start at a new school. Elaine grew up being aware of the Masonic life as her grandfather was a very involved in everything Masonic and achieved the 33rd Degree in Masonry. In 1938 her grandfather retired and family moved to Van Wet, Ohio and once again Elaine needed to form new school friendships. After completing the seventh grade, and following the passing of her grandfather, Elaine moved back to Buffalo, New York to live with her mother. By the time Elaine reached the second year of high school, the family decided to return to Van Wert to be near her great grandmother. This left Elaine to once again find new friends. She persevered and in 1945 graduated from Van Wert High School. Later that same year, anxious to get on with life, she married Max Andrews. To this union was born daughter, Dawn. Unfortunately, within a couple of years Elaine and Max went their separate ways.


Finding herself a single parent, she decided to seek a career as a beautician and attended Warner Beauty College. This led to several years as a beauty shop owner in Fort Wayne, Indiana. The shop was located across the street from St. Joseph Hospital where she volunteered her time and talent at the Irene Bryan Sanctuary doing the patients’ hair. When the hospital expanded their facilities they gave Elaine a good offer for the property on which her shop was located. Still needing employment, she found work at Trans-O-Gram Toy Factory in Sturgis, Michigan. She eventually advanced to Supervisor of Packaging, a position from which she retired when the plant closed after 15 years of employment there.


Before Elaine retired, she met Harvey Bupp. They found much in common and friendship led to a walk down the aisle on October 25, 1959. Some time later, when asked why she wasn’t an Eastern Star member, Elaine said that she wanted Harvey to join the Masons so they could join Eastern Star together. Harvey did join Mendon Lodge No. 137 and on January 18, 1977, he and Elaine were initiated in Mendon Chapter No. 154.


Her membership in Eastern Star afforded her great opportunities. She held the Line Offices in Mendon and Three Rivers serving as Worthy Matron 3 times between the two Chapters. She was secretary 10 years serving at various times in both Chapters. Also holding the Star Points of Martha, Esther and Electa.


In 1988 Worthy Grand Matron Delores Waldo recommended Elaine to be Grand Representative of North Dakota in Michigan. Upon completion of her term she was selected to be on the Membership Committee for the Chapman-Holland Grand Family. Then in 1995 Worthy Grand Matron Margaret Belknap and Worthy Grand Patron Royce Hyde chose Elaine to be their Grand Esther. The following year she became travel companion for Harvey as he traveled the state for the Lenartowicz-Neiman Grand Family on their Publicity Committee.


Her involvement with Grand Chapter spurred her interest in further service and she was elected Associate Grand Conductress at the “A Touch of Winter Magic” Session. She advanced to Worthy Grand Matron serving in that position during 2000-2001 with her Worthy Grand Patron John Arnould. Their Community Service Project was the Great Lakes Burn Camp. Each Chapter was asked to donate to this fund to aid Michigan burn victim children. This gave them an opportunity to spend time at camp with other burn victim children where they could heal both physically and emotionally. Over $12,000.00 was donated through this project to the burn camp. The year culminated at the “Starway of Harmony” Session held in Port Huron four weeks after thousands of lives were taken in New York City, Washington, D.C. and a field in Pennsylvania.


Elaine’s service to Grand Chapter continued and as Past Grand Matron she was asked to be the By-Laws Chairman for the Black-Alexander, Calloway-Erbes and Karnowski-Bradley Grand Families. In 2003 Elaine and Harvey became dual members in Brookfield Chapter No. 352. They maintained their dual membership there until 2009. In 2004 Worthy Grand Matron Eveline Karnowski recommended Harvey to be Grand Representative of Colorado in Michigan and the Bupps continued traveling. Then in 2006 Elaine was author of the ESTARL Vesper Service for the Plater-Haynor Grand Family.


Most Worthy Grand Matron Rennie Ofton selected Elaine to serve on the General Grand Chapter ESTARL Committee for the 2010-2012 Triennium. This afforded Elaine more travel experiences which she thoroughly documented in her report to Grand Chapter.


In 2010 Elaine and Harvey transferred their membership from Mendon Chapter No. 154 to Three Rivers Chapter No. 210. Then in 2012 they became dual members in Mendon Chapter and maintained both memberships at the time of their passing. Both continued to actively serve their Chapters. Both Elaine and Harvey also served the St. Joseph County Association and the Southwestern District Association. Elaine served as President in both Associations.


Sadness found it’s way to Elaine on March 8, 2014 when her beloved Harvey passed to his eternal reward. She continued to be active until health had other plans for her and traveling became difficult. She eventually was confined to the Fairview Living and Rehabilitation Center in Centreville, Michigan.


On February 15, 2018 Elaine answered her call to her Eternal Home. Elaine is surved by daughter, Dawn Weldy; four grandchildren, Jack, Kimberly, Max and Russell Weldy and 14 great-grandchildren.


In keeping with her wishes, cremation was conducted. A memorial service was held on Saturday, March 10, 2018 at Eickhoff Funeral Home in Mendon with Past Grand Matrons and Past Grand Patrons of Michigan presiding. A private interment of her remains took place in Mendon Cemetery.


“In my Father’s house are many mansions,

If it were not so I would have told you.”

John 14:2


Submitted with fraternal love,

Mary A. Ivey, Grand Secretary







Invites you to attend the Past Grand’s Exemplification


On Saturday, June 2, 2018


Practice will begin promptly at 10 am


Registration will begin at 11 am


Worthy Grand Matrons business meeting at 11 am


Luncheon to follow the business meeting


PGGX will begin at 2 pm


At the Masonic Pathways Chapel

Alma, Michigan


Reservations with remittance of $15.00 by May 22, 2018


Send to:

Richard Hunnicutt, WP

Box 305

Carson City, MI 48811


Checks are to be made out to Carson City #271




Reception honoring those appointed


As General Grand Chapter Committee Members


H. William Moerdyk                David Bradley          Joyce Hegenauer

Bernice McSweyn            Lenzy Lewis


Saturday, June 30, 2018

Mt. Morris Masonic Center

810 North Street

Mt. Morris, MI 48458


Hosted by the Committee Members Chapters

Call 989-584-9947 or 989-233-8832 for count only


3:00pm Greetings




Finger food Buffett

Reception will be formal dress






Worthy Grand Matron’s Itinerary

April 2018

6,7,8    MI/WI Exchange - @ Wisconsin.  Janesville Masonic Center, 2322 E Milwaukee St., Janesville, WI 53545 Dinner on April 7, 2018 at 5:30 pm preceded by a social hour at 4:30 pm. Entertainment and program at 7:00 pm. For complete information contact Colleen Wilcenski, PGM. Reservations must be in NO LATER THAN MARCH 22, 2018.  A deposit of $50.00 is due by February 15, 2018

9          Convention Meeting

10        Wenona Chapter Regular Meeting

 13        Elisabeth Webster Club - At Bedford Chapter #471, 21945 Bedford Road, Bedford, MI 49020. Potluck – meat, rolls, beverage and table service provided. Reservation for count only by April 9, 2018 to Shelia Huis. Registration at 11:00 am, lunch at 12:00 pm, program at 1:00 pm. Attire: Travel/OES Casual

 14        Southeastern Michigan Association Spring Meeting – Held at Tecumseh Chapter, 700 Bishop Reed Drive, Tecumseh, MI 49286. Reservation with remittance of $12.00 payable to Tecumseh Chapter #51 by April 9, 2018 to: Marvel Harwood. Registration at 10:30 am, lunch at 11:30 am, program at 1:00 pm. Attire: Formal

 15        Star & Compass Spring Luncheon – Honoring Grand Line Officers. Held at Flat Rock Masonic Temple, 25730 Gilbraltar Rd, Flat Rock, MI 48134.  Registration at 2:00 pm, luncheon at 3:00 pm. Reservations with remittance of $15.00 payable to Star and Compass Club by April 9, 2018 to: Linda Otte. Attire: Sunday Best (no travel outfits)

 17        Executive Board Meeting (TBD)

 18        Reception at Coldwater – Honoring Grand Committee Members Jeanette “Jan” Berry, Past Grands Appreciation and David Huntley, Masonic Relations and Anna Anderson, Grand Representative of Italy  and John Anderson, Grand Representative of Kentucky at Coldwater Masonic Temple, 45 E Chicago, Coldwater, MI 49036. Registration at 4:30 pm, Dinner at 6:00 pm, Program to follow. Reservations with remittance of $17.00 payable to Coldwater Chapter #1 by April 11, 2018 to Carrie Stout. Please include names and titles of those attending. Attire: Travel/OES Casual

 20        MI/OH Exchange @ Ohio – held at Perrysburg Masonic Building, 590 East South Boundary, Perrysburg, Ohio. Registration at 4:30 pm, Dinner at 5:30 pm, Introductions and Entertainment at 7:00 pm. Reservation with remittance of $16.00 payable to Lotus Chapter #477 to: Roberta Carter, Secretary, 4706 290th Street, Toledo, OH 43611 by April 13, 2018. ALL GRAND OFFICERS ARE FREE BUT NEEED A RESERVATION. ALL OTHERS INCLUDING SPOUSES AND TRAVEL COMPANIONS MUST PAY FOR THE DINNER RESERVATION. Attire: Travel/OES Casual

 21        Oakland County Association Spring Meeting. Hosted by Farmington Chapter #239. Farmington Masonic Temple, 23715 Farmington Road, Farmington, MI 48336. Registration at 11:00 am, Lunch at 12:00 pm, Meeting at 1:30. Reservations with remittance of $10.00 payable to Oakland County Association to: Gilda Wong by April 14, 2018. Attire: Formal

22        Sales Fundraiser @Mystic Star, Bronson – Mystic Star Chapter, 790 E Chicago, Bronson, MI 49028. Fund Raiser for Grand Chapter featuring Minnta’s world famous Baked Spaghetti, garlic bread, assorted salads and desserts. The day will include a Silent Auction, Apple Dumplings for sale, a 50/50 raffle and basket raffles.  Event begins at 2:00 pm and seating is limited. Reservations with remittance of $8.00 payable to Mystic Star Chapter #354 by April 18, 2018 to: Jill Reed. Attire: casual, even ”jeans”

 23        Educational Board Meeting – Mason

 27        Grand Representative Reception at Saline honoring Lou Ann Woodrum, Grand Representative of West Virginia in Michigan.  Hosted by Saline Chapter #311. Held at First United Methodist Church, 1200 N Ann Arbor Street, Saline, MI 48176. Registration at 5:00 pm, dinner at 6:30 pm, program to follow. Reservations with remittance of $15.00 payable to Saline Chapter #311 by April 18, 2018 to: Cheryl Rosander. Attire: Formal

 28        Grand Representative Reception, Elizabeth Smith, Grand Representative of Georgia in Michigan and Carol Rider, Grand Representative of New York in Michigan and Honoring PGM and PGP and present WGM and WGP – Hosted by Sherman Chapter #197, Mesick. Held at Cadillac Masonic Temple, 124 ½ N. Mitchell St., Cadillac, MI 49601. (Entrance in Rear, elevator available) Registration at 2:00 pm, meal at 3:00 pm, program to follow. Reservation with remittance of $15.00 payable to Sherman Chapter #197, Mesick to Linda Johnson, Seating limited to 60 persons. Attire: OES Casual


Any questions regarding the Worthy Grand Matron’s calendar please contact the WGM’s Secretary, JoAnne Decker at (517) 815-1510 OR Cell (517) 920-1920 or by email: jodecker1@gmail.com



Michigander Club

Quilt Show and Luncheon


Saturday,  June 9

11:00 am – 2:30 pm

(open house style, come and go as you please)


Alma Masonic Center

301 N. State Street, Alma


Reservations can be sent to Betty Assmann, 575 Cedar Lane, Mt Pleasant MI 48858, phone number 989-772-1437.  Checks should be made out to the Michigander Club, cost is $12 per person.  Dress is casual – come as you are and enjoy the fellowship. 


Please let the quilt show committee know if you have a quilt that you would like to loan for us to display -  Pat Ahl (patahl@yahoo.com), Pat Miller (suziq.pm1@gmail.com), Betty Bradley (dbpgp04@live.com) or Betty Assmann (bmassmann2002@yahoo.com)  Be sure to include the story behind the quilt – special occasion, who made the quilt etc.  Grand Family quilts, as well as special heirloom quilts will be on display and you will receive a booklet with their stories as a souvenir of the day


Thank you for supporting the Michigander Club scholarship fund!