OES WA Calendar

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Sad News

Tom Brooks, 2008-09 Maplette Deputy Instructor & former Grand Representative of Alabama passed away on December 21, 2009. Graveside services will be Friday, January 8, 2010 at the Mount Tahoma National Cemetery in Kent at 3:00 PM. Reception after graveside service at Vida Chapter, 5405 S Puget Sound, Tacoma from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM.

Sad News

Rosemary Todd, Past Grand Martha 1984, passed away on December 29, 2009. Graveside services will be Wednesday, January 6, 2010 at 2:00 PM at the Sumner Cemetery. A reception will follow at the Corinthian Masonic Center, 1005 W Pioneer in Puyallup.

Another Place to Be

Bethlehem Chapter in Deer Park on Monday, January 4th. Meeting time is 7:30 PM.

Mary Ellen Sparks

Monday, December 28, 2009

Places to be!

Perhaps some announcements are forthcoming!

1. Faith Chapter in Parkland on Monday, January 4th. Meeting time is 7:30 PM.

2. Floral Chapter in Monroe on Monday, January 4th. Meeting time is 7:30 PM.

3. Belfair/Welcome Chapters OV on Wednesday, January 6th. Soup dinner (for a donation) at 6:00 PM. Please let Shari Stormo, WM of Belfair Chapter know if you will be attending the Soup Dinner so there will be enough for everyone. OV starts at 7:30 PM.

HAPPY 2010 TO ALL!!!

Star Love,
Mary Ellen

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Juanita meeting date change

Our meeting has been moved from January 1st to the 8th because of the holiday.

Janet Fritts
Worthy Matron

Sad News - Hank Radtke

We are sorry to inform you of the passing of Hank Radtke around 5 am on December 21st.

Janis has scheduled a church service for Tuesday, December 29th at 1 pm at the Poulsbo First Lutheran Church, 18920 4th Avenue N.E., Poulsbo, Washington 98370-0825.

Also, the Pastor would like to receive some personal information about Hank that you might like to share. Please email him (ASAP) jukam@poulsbofirstlutheran.org

Hank will be cremated and laid to rest at Sunset Hills Memorial Park in Bellevue. The Eastern Star memorial Service will be Sunday, January 10th at the Kirkland Masonic Center at 1 pm.

Cheri Moll, PGM

Saturday, December 19, 2009

2009 - Greenwood Plum Pudding Night - Dec. 15, 2009

After Greenwood Chapter's stated meeting on Tuesday, December 15th, a nice crowd gathered in the dining room to enjoy their annual plum pudding ceremony.

The 5 table hostesses paraded around the room with the puddings, each topped by a candle in one of the 5 star point colors.

Greenwood Chapter was honored to have 8 members of Prince Hall OES as their guests including Grand Worthy Patron Larry Watson and Past Grand Matron Bennie Sue Wright.

Betty Odle furnished the recipe for the plum pudding.

The plum pudding was delicious and everyone enjoyed the fun and friendship.

OV - Grand Coulee Dam - Dec 10, 2009

Photos courtesy of WGP Dennis

OV - Evergreen - Dec. 9, 2009

Photos courtesy of WGP Dennis

OV - Olympia and Trinity - Nov. 18, 2009

Photos courtesy of WGP Dennis.

OV - Maple Leaf and Cyrene - Dec. 1, 2009

Photos courtesy of WGP Dennis

Friday, December 18, 2009

Pierce County Past Matrons & Past Patrons Christmas Lunch

The annual Pierce County Past Matrons & Past Patrons Christmas Lunch held Thursday, December 17th was attended by 114 people. The tables at the Tacoma Elks were decorated with beautiful quilted placemats and a decorated Christmas box.

Among those in attendance were: WGM & WGP; 2 GGCCM; 11 PGM & PGP; 8 members of the American Emerald Grand Family; 5 Grand Representatives; 4 Deputy Instructors and 14 WM & WP.
After a lovely lunch we were entertained by the "Norselanders" a 16 member select choir from Puyallup High School. They sang a number of Christmas songs. This group along with the rest of the concert choir at PHS will be traveling to Russia during spring break.
The traditional crystal gifts were presented to WGM Marge, WGP Dennis and Pierce/Thurston Counties own Grand Marshal, Peggy Mills by club president, Johanna Langlow.

Chairman of the event was First Vice President, Alice Hammontree.
Pictures courtesy of Dan Voorhees!

Monday, December 14, 2009

More pictures

We've added several new photo albums to the sidebar including the rest of the 2009 Grand Chapter pix from Dan and Vicki Voorhees.


We so appreciate your willingness to share these wonderful pictures with us.

There's also a few pictures from Analia Chapter's Holiday Tea held last Saturday.

Enjoy the pictures!


Sunday, December 13, 2009

WW GR Club Holiday Party, Dec. 13, 2009

Western Washington's current and former Grand Representatives joined together for a holiday party to honor WGM Marge Ramsdell and WGP Dennis Okicich at the Tacoma Elks. After enjoying a delicious dinner Cheryl McMahon gave us a politically correct interpretation of the Night Before Christmas and then Stephanie Hoye, with the assistance of her elves, treated everyone to an interactive interpretation of the Twelve Days of Christmas.

Pictures of the festivities are available here! Hopefully some better pictures will surface so everyone can see how well the WGM and others did interpreting "six geese a laying".

The elves were played by:
WGM Marge Ramsdell
WGP Dennis Okicich
AGC Gerry Mosler
Mary Bender
Michelle Burlison
Vicki Chamberlain
Karol Graham
Rose Gross
Melanie Jenson
Don McAmmond
Kathy Neubecker
Laura Vogel

And the roads were clear all the way home (or at least to south Snohomish County)!

Facebook Spam Alert!!!!!

Just received this from Cheri Moll.

I seem to be getting a bunch of spam messages on my Facebook account. The messages have a link in them, which takes you to a website that is suspect of phishing. Since all the emails are coming from OES members, I’m wondering if you might want to post something on the blogsite. I found the following information under help on Facebook. Hopefully my account has not sent anything out, however, I don’t have email address on my Facebook account, but I’m not sure that this wouldn’t stop whom ever has decided this type of activity is fun.

If spam has been sent from your account: Reset your Facebook password immediately. You can do this by clicking on the "Forgot Your Password" link on the login page or by going to the Account Setttings page once logged in.If you can't reset the password on your account because the email address you use to log in has been changed, or if your account has been disabled, contact our User Operations team. Run a virus scan on your computer, as you may have inadvertently downloaded malware. Free virus scanners are posted below.If you've seen spam sent from a friend's account: Tell your friend to follow the steps above.Warn those who received the spam not to click on it, and to delete it from their Walls and Inboxes immediately.


Saturday, December 12, 2009

OV - Nesika & Cyclamen, Dec 11, 2009

(Unofficial count) Almost 60 members gathered in Renton for the official visit of WGM Marge with WGP Dennis to Nesika and Cyclamen Chapters.

Nesika's WM Kim Williams and WP (PGP) Don Beck did a great job of welcoming everyone. They efficiently took care of the business of their regular meeting and then SANTA (who looked and sounded suspiciously like Chuck Kent) came bounding into the room with candy canes for everyone!

When Santa finished his chores and left the building, Cyclamen's WM Amy Smith and WP Ed Willert welcomed everyone then led the exemplification of a visitor with Al Jorgensen doing a great job giving the signs and passes.

There was a delicious dinner for a donation prior to the meeting and wonderful treats afterwards.

Friday, December 11, 2009

Bowling Team Update!!

The Inland Empire GINGERBREAD SPICES bowling team has just finished their third round of bowling and are managing to stay out of the gutters (MOST if the time!) We have been at the North Bowl Center in Spokane and plan to try Deer Park lanes and perhaps even Chewelah's little six lane center.

Our team consists of AGP Dick, his brother Bill and sister Joann, PGP Phil Green and Bonnie Rail.

How are the other teams out there doing?

We are scoping out the competition...HA!

Blessed Christmas to you and yours and safe travels!

Bonnie Rail P.M. Pine Tree #77
G.R. to the United Grand Chapter of Australia


Wednesday, December 9, 2009

2009 - Grand Adah Luncheon

Just received some wonderful pictures from Dan and Vicki Voorhees of the Adah Club Luncheon on December 5th. WGM Marge looks pretty happy about everything.

The Grand Officers and escorts, including those from Oregon seen to be having a good time.

The Past Grand Adahs and chapter Adahs are a wonderful bunch.

And our Grand Adah - Kristine Ford - looks lovely in blue.

Thanks for the pix Dan & Vicki!


GR HN - Carole Swanson, Doric Chapter - rep. Tennessee

(Unofficial count) 76 people braved the frigid temperatures to venture out to Doric Chapter and help celebrate Carole Swanson, Grand Representative of Tennessee in Washington.

Close to 40 current and former Grand Representatives were on hand.

The American Emerald Grand officers were well represented.

Responses came from Amy Smith for the Grand Representatives, WGP Dennis Okicich for the Grand Officers, PGM Ann Gates and PGP and GGCCM Brian Gross.

Carole was honored with the presence of four members of Prince Hall including a Past Grand Matron, Grand Trustee, and Worthy Matron and Worthy Patron of Esther Chapter in Tacoma. The WP provided a CD with pictures from the reception of Prince Hall's GWP on November 29th and those are in an album on the sidebar.

It was a wonderful evening filled with fun and laughter and delicious food after the meeting.


Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Sad News

Ted Rice, former Grand Representative of Saskatchewan, passed away on December 5th in Wenatchee after a long battle with cancer. Viewing will be from 10:00 am to 7:00 pm on Thursday, December 10th at the Telford Funeral Home, East Wenatchee. Private services will be held in Spokane. Memorial Service will be hold on Saturday, January 2nd at the Coulee City School Gym. Mary is staying with her daughter Marsha Henkle in East Wenatchee. Mary is listed in the current Blue Book as Adah of Evening Star Chapter.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Sad News

Ruth Whitehouse, former Grand Representative of Oregon, passed away on November 15, 2009 in Olympia. Family and friends will gather for a Memorial Service at 4:00 PM on Friday, December 11, 2009 at South Sound Manor, 455 North St SE, Tumwater. A light supper will be served following the memorial.

Friday, November 27, 2009

New photo albums uploaded and more coming

We are excited to have Dan and Vicki Voorhees join the blog family by sharing many of their photo albums. The first album from Grand Chapter in June is up now and accessible on the sidebar under Photo Albums. There will be more albums available soon, so keep checking back for more. Thanks for doing this Dan and Vicki!

Also, there are photos of Analia and Doric's Craft Fair. Analia is in charge of the vendors, raffles and bake sale and Doric is in charge of the Starlight Cafe. Pictures are from today, Friday, Nov. 27th. We will also be open from 10 to 4 tomorrow, so if you're in the area come on down to the Edmonds Masonic Center and pick out a few presents for your friends and family and have some delicious food.


Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving

We hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday.

Hugs to all!

Monday, November 23, 2009

Reception - Peggy Mills Grand Marshal, Nov. 21, 2009

(unofficial count) Almost 190 people gathered to celebrate the reception of Grand Marshal Peggy Mills at the Scottish Rite center in Tacoma. The members of Cedar Chapter......

and Guiding Star Chapter, were very proud to honor their member.

The Grand Officers enjoyed a very special day.
Eleven Past Grand Marshals of OES and 2 from Grand Lodge were present.

Peggy's family was well represented - even those who left too early for pictures!

Entertainment was provided by Peggy's Dad - Russ Coffman who sang a duet of the "Hawaiian Wedding Song" with Stephanie Hoye. Then "I Believe" Stephanie sang another song!

Official photographer Dan Voorhees found a new use for his apron - or he was trying to keep the reflection off his head from interfering with the flash.
After the reception there were delicious cookies in the dining hall.

GR HN - Charline Larson - SC and Bill Shortt - CO, Greenwood Chapter, Nov17, 2009

Close to 100 people spent a fun and happy evening celebrating with Greenwood Chapter as they honored their two Grand Representatives - Charline Larson representing South Carolina and Bill Shortt representing Colorado.

Worthy Matron (and Charline's daughter ) Karin Whipple and Worthy Patron Tim Hall did a great job of keeping the meeting moving along.

Responders included Gail Nickerson and Amy Smith for the Grand Representatives, Grand Sentinel Frank Pascoe, PGM Joanne Clark, PGP Terry Wiggins and PGP and GGCCM Brian Gross.

There were 36 current and former Grand Representatives present.

Bill's deputy group - the Hearts in Harmonys - were also well represented.

Before the meeting there was a delicious dinner and afterwards delicious treats.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

OV - Ferndale, Nov 16, 2009

If anyone has more information about any of the OVs without descriptions, please e-mail us and we'll be happy to add it to the posts.

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