OES WA Calendar

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Memorial Service for Marianne Fletcher

The memorial service for Marianne Fletcher, Worthy Matron of Corinthian Chapter, former Grand Representative of Minnesota and Maplette Deputy Instructor, will be Saturday, July 31st at 1:30 PM at the South Tacoma Masonic Center, 5405 S Puget Sound, Tacoma 98409. Please note the time correction from what was sent out via GRHappenings.

First OV this Saturday

Just a reminder that the first OV will be this Saturday at 2:30 pm in Sunnyside.  Evergreen, Illihee and Sunnyside Chapters will welcome our new Worthy Grand Matron Linda Runyan and Worthy Grand Patron Dick Weigel and the Starlight Grand Family. 

We hope everyone comes out to support our new WGM and WGP and to visit with all their wonderful Eastern Star friends.

Hope to see you there!

Bob Miles Funeral Service

The funeral service for Robert "Bob" Miles will be Saturday, August 14th at 1:00 PM at the Floral Hill Cemetery, 409 Filbert Rd, Lynnwood 98036. (196th Street turns into Filbert Road and the cemetery is at the Filbert Rd and North Rd intersection.)

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

More sad news

I received word that  Bob Miles passed away this afternoon in the hospital. He has been on dialysis for some time.  Bob was a Past Patron of Alderwood and Floral Chapters, former Grand Representative of Kansas and escort to his wife Donna who was the Grand Warder for PGM Bev Haave and PGP John Grobler.

Address for Donna is:
13233 12th Ave NW
Marysville, WA 98271-7000.

That's 3.  That's enough.

More Sad News

It is with much sadness to inform you that Blanche Herron Chambers, our Senior Past Grand Matron passed away on Monday, July 26th after struggling the last few days with heart failure and shutdown of her kidneys. Her family was with her throughout the last few days including her daughter, son, grandson and great-grandson. Although sleeping most of the time, Blanche held on as long as she could and once upon awaking yesterday, ever so slightly she told her daughter Virginia “I’m trying”. It is believed she was trying to make it to her 100th birthday in November, but it just wasn’t meant to be.

Blanche’s Services will be Monday, August 2nd, at 1 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church in Walla Walla and the graveside service will in Pomeroy at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, followed by a light lunch and social gathering at the St. Peters Episcopal Church Parish Hall.

If you wish to send cards, the addresses of Blanche’s daughter Virginia and son Tom are as follows.
Virginia McKibben
1244 Forrest Ln
Walla Walla, WA 99362

Tom Herron
950 SE Creekside Dr
College Place, WA 99324

Don Beck, PGP

Monday, July 26, 2010

Sad News

Marianne Fletcher WM of Corinthian Chapter, former Grand Representative of Minnesota and past Maplette Deputy, passed away in her sleep this morning. 

Please keep her husband Walter and her large extended family in your thoughts and prayers.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Grand Chapter Quilt Wall Hangings

Dee Roth has posted a wonderful collection of the quilted wall hangings on her Facebook album.  According to Irene Jacobs, they raised $3,500 for our charities from the sale of the wall hangings.  Thank you to everyone who worked so hard on this wonderful project and thank you to Dee for posting the pictures.

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Grand Chapter photos are complete

Dan and Vicki Voorhees have now posted all the albums from Grand Chapter on the blog.  They are on the sidebar under photo albums.  Time to start ordering!

Thanks to Dan and Vicki for all their hard work!  We really do appreciate you!

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

2010 Grand Chapter - More Photos!

State Rainbow Dad Dan Voorhees and his boss Vicki have posted albums from Tuesday at Grand Chapter.  They are on the sidebar.  Please remember that if you want to order some pictures, all you need to do is email them and let them know the picture number and quantities.  They will let you know the cost. 

They work really hard and do a great job of putting these pictures out for us.  Let's show them how much we appreciate their efforts. 

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

1st OV

WGM, Linda Runyan would appreciate it if members would remind others that the 1st OV will be in Sunnyside on Saturday, July 31st at 2:30 PM. The time was not listed in the OV booklet. This will be the OV of Evergreen, Illihee and Sunnyside Chapters.

94th Birthday!!!

PGM, Florence Morris will be celebrating her 94th birthday on July 27th. A shower of cards would be a wonderful way for all her OES friends to share this day with her. Her address is in the 2009-10 Blue Book.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

More great news!

I just got a voice mail from Dianna Kaspar: last night at Grand Assembly, Joanne Bornstine retired as Grand Deputy of District 8, IORG, Washington, and 5 minutes later at Grand Appointments, Barbara Brown appointed Joanne as State Mother Advisor!!! Joanne thought she was "retiring", however she's now representing the state of Washington Rainbow Girls as "MOM"!!! Installation is taking place right now at the Sun Dome in Yakima!!!

Plus, Dan Voorhees is State Rainbow Dad!!

Congratulations Joanne!! Looks like I'll be changing your title under Good of the Order for Introductions!!!

Star Love and much Rainbow excitement!

WM Paula Sonker
Kirkland Chapter

Great news!

The news comes from several sources that Dan Voorhees was announced as State Rainbow Dad for WA/ID Intl Order of Rainbow for Girls at Grand Assembly last night!

WooHoo!  Congratulations Dan.  What a wonderful and well deserved appointment!

Thursday, July 8, 2010

CORE for Washington

Congratulations to the 150 Charter Members that joined the CORE for Washington at Grand Chapter. The purpose of the club is purely social enjoyment and the benefit of its members. It is the FUN part of our participation at General Grand Chapter. None of the money is to benefit the GGC Session in 2015. The club may also help in providing gifts to visiting dignitaries, and assist at banquets and other events whenever possible or requested to do so. It truly is the FUN part of General Grand Chapter.

Membership is still available although all Charter Memberships have been awarded. The registration form is posted on this blog site. I look forward to signing everyone up and having a loads of fun. I will be sending e-mails and updates on the blog to keep you all informed of our activities. Watch us grow!! Become a member and join the fun!

Kathy Neubecker - Chairman, CORE for Washington

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Grand Chapter Photos

Two photo albums from Grand Chapter are now up on the sidebar.  One from the Sunday Night Gala and one from the informal opening on Monday afternoon.  Dan and Vicki are busy getting the others ready to post.

If you want to order a photo, contact DNVEEEE@WAVECABLE.COM and order by photo # shown beneath picture.

They did a great job and it's really fun to see all the pictures.

Monday, July 5, 2010

Help please!!!

One of the pages put my gift from the Jr Past Grand Warder and several cards/invitations for Alice & Betty Hughes in one of the dressing rooms right after the installation.. When we went back after installation to change they were no where to be found. Did someone maybe pick them up for us? If so, we would appreciate it if you would  let us know. Thank you so much.

Alice Hughes
Grand Warder

Friday, July 2, 2010

Grand Chapter 2010

First, some housekeeping:
From Chuck Aldrich:
I left a bag with two shoe boxes and shoes back by the proxies table at grand chapter. They are Becky's shoes, so I am definitely in the dog house. I am hoping that some one might have picked the bag up, maybe from credentials or decorations when they went back there. Please contact me if you know where her shoes are.
Thanks and Star love
Chuck Aldrich

Dan and Vicki Voorhees took hundreds of pictures at Grand Chapter and I was too excited to take any, so they have promised to put some albums on the web for your viewing pleasure and I will link to those when they are ready.  In the meantime, if you want to purchase all the pictures from the session, they are available on a CD for $75.  If you want to purchase all the pictures from the installation, they are available on a CD for $25.  If you just want to purchase some individual pictures, you'll have to wait until the albums are published to make your picks.  You can contact Dan and Vicki for more information or to purchase any of their excellent pictures.

Additional Information
If anyone has additional information about any of the events from Grand Chapter, please feel free to email it to us and we will be happy to add it to the blog.

I had the honor of attending the Deputy Instruction class at Toppenish and watching our new Sparkler Deputies go through their paces under the tutelage of their Chairmen - Gini Dryer-Dow and Pamala Marrs.   Looks like we will have a great group and everyone had a great time learning some new things and getting to know each other.  After an excellent lunch provided by the members of Illihee Chapter, all the non-deputies ventured off to either register, participate in ritual competition, or just visit with friends.

Sunday evening - Gala
The ballroom of the Clarion was packed to capacity on Sunday evening as all those who got reservations in early gathered for a barn raising.  We started with an hour of socializing, hugging and general happiness.  Then our hostess for the evening, PGM Ann Gates directed us to two buffet lines with delicious food.  There was something for everyone.

After dinner and some introductions, we were treated to some delightful and very funny entertainment by PGM Lucy and Jim Miller of Idaho.  To top off the evening, Grand Electa Bev Baller announced that her daughter Melanie Loughmiller had been appointed as the new Grand Representative of Louisiana in Washington.  What a thrill for Sister Bev and for Mel.  It was a wonderful evening filled with friendship and fun.

Monday morning was filled with breakfasts for the 2009-10 WMs and WPs and the Chapter Secretaries and Treasurers.  The rest of us finished registering and getting our credentials and checking out the amazing wall hangings made by the Chapters for the silent auction.  The auction raised $3,500!  Well done!  We also enjoyed the wonderful decorations from Irene Jacobs and her many little elves. 

The Past Deputies enjoyed a delicious lunch at the Clarion hosted by the Maplette Deputies and everyone else got ready for the informal opening. 

The Magic Bus started its journey around the Grand Chapter room and then one of the highlights of Grand Chapter was seeing PGM June Lee and PGP Paul Runyan escorted to the east.  Sister June received a standing ovation and everyone was thrilled to hear that wonderful, "HELLO".  We are so blessed to have her in our midst and she is living proof of the power of prayer. 

We were treated to welcomes from all the Yakima entities prior to the presentation of the Eastern Star Scholarship Fund awards by Darlene Wiggins, and the Alexandra Schencking Nurshing Scholarship awards by Laura Vogel.  There was also a presentation of the funds collected for the WGP's Project - ALS.

The ESTARL service was lovely and very meaningful, and then the Masonic Leaders were introduced beginning with our wonderful youth groups, International Order of Rainbow for Girls, International Order of Job's Daughters and the Washington State Order of the DeMolay.  It was an honor to have them and the other Masonic concordant organizations with us in Yakima.  We value our relationships with all of them and were pleased to have them at our Grand Chapter.

We were also all very excited when WGM Marge and WGP Dennis called Carole Fisher from Grand Coulee Dam Chapter to the Grand East and announced she was the new Grand Representative of  Tennessee in Washington.  It was just in time for her to march in the Parade of Flags.  What a great appointment.

Monday Evening
The evening started with banquets for the Past Grand Matrons and Past Grand Patrons and another for the current and former Grand Representatives.  Janie Larson and Lilynne Davis performed at the USO Lounge and then the Magic Bus took off again to get us started. 

The Monarch Grand Family presented the Bible and Emblems to start the evening.  Grand Marshal Peggy Mills then escorted PGM Marilyn Hoots and PGP Al Butterfield into the Grand Chapter room to open the session.  The Grand Officers looked wonderful in their lavender forever dresses.  Louise Belsby reported 95 of the 95 Chapters in our grand jurisdiction were represented and then we had the presentations of the US, Canadian, Christian, Eastern Star, Washington, Idaho, Oregon, Ohio, Texas, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and West Virginia flags with fitting tributes to each.

Our Distinguished Guests - through Grand Officers Emeritus were presented and then the Grand Representatives of Washington and other jurisdictioins joined in the Parade of Flags.  Finally the Dresden Star Deputies were escorted and Grand Chapter recessed for the evening.

Tuesday Morning
The Magic Bus went around the Grand Chapter room picking up more passengers as the Tuesday morning session got under way.  PGM Kit Wells and PGP J. Paul Fitzsimmons opened the session and then we got down to business.  The candidates for office were presented in the East, and Chuck Aldrich, Teller Chairman, gave instructions for voting.   Since there was only one candidate for WGM, WGP. AGM, AGP, Gr. Sec., Gr. Treas, and Gr. Cond., The Grand Secretary cast an elective ballot for each after which the first ballot for Associate Grand Conductress and Grand Sentinel was taken.  The Credentials Committee reported a total of 1014 votes available including proxies.

Committees started reporting and then the Resolutions were presented for discussion and voting.  This is not in the order discussed, but here are the results of the Resolutions:
1.  Passed (must be approved by 2/3 of Chapters)
2.  Passed (must be approved by 2/3 of Chapters)
3.  Passed (must be approved by 2/3 of Chapters)
4.  Passed (must be approved by 2/3 of Chapters)
5.  Passed
6.  Passed
7.  Passed as amended
8.  Passed
9.  Passed
10.  Passed
11.  Passed
12.  Passed
13.  Passed
14.  Passed
15.  Passed
16.  Passed
17.  Passed
18.  Failed
19.  Passed
20.  Passed
21.  Passed
22.  Passed
23.  Passed
24.  Passed
25.  Passed
26.  Passed
27.  Passed
28.  Withdrawn to take back to committee to rework and clarify
29.  Passed
30.  Passed
31.  Passed as amended
32.  Passed
33.  Passed
34.  Passed
35.  Passed
36.  Failed
37.  Passed
38.  Passed
29.  Passed
40.  Passed
41.  Passed

The Teller report for the first vote was:
Associate Grand Conductress - 959 votes cast - 480 required to win
No election

Grand Sentinel - 955 votes cast - 470 required to win
No election

A second vote was taken.

Right before lunch, the results of the second ballot were reported:
Associate Grand Conductress - 955 votes cast - 478 required to win
A thrilled, excited, grateful and very humbled Stephanie Hoye accepted the position as Associate Grand Conductress elect!   (thank you!  thank you! thank you!)

Grand Sentinel - 940 votes cast - 470 required to win
Bob Breza was also thrilled to accept and now sister Gerry has her partner for the next 3 years and beyond.

Tuesday Afternoon
The afternoon started with the entrance of PGM Joanne Clark and PGP Terry Wiggins to open the session.  At 2 pm, PGP Al Butterfield, Chairman of the Eastern Star Charities Foundation did a great job of conducting the annual meeting of the Foundation and keeping us all informed of their activitiy and progress.  After this the Standard Works committee presented the proposed revisions to the Book of Instruction for the vote of the members.  Results were as follows:
1.  Passed
2.  Passed
3.  Failed
4.  Passed
5.  Passed
6.  Passed
7.  Passed
8.  Passed
9.  Passed
10.  Passed
11.  Passed
12.  Passed
13.  Passed
14.  Passed
15.  Passed
16.  Passed
17.  Passed
18.  Passed
19.  Passed
20.  Passed
21.  Failed
22.  Passed
23.  Passed

After many more committee reports, the session recessed for dinner.

Tuesday Evening
After the Magic Bus gathered up a few more members, PGM Gerry Shafer and PGP Bill Hammontree called the session to order.  We heard messages from our GGC Committee members Gerry Shafer and Brian Gross and from our own John Grobler, Right Worthy Associate Grand Patron and his partner Bobbi White, Right Worthy Associate Grand Matron. 

Helen Mount of Afton Chapter reported for the Necrology Committee after which a truly beautiful and very moving Grand Memorial arranged by Grand Chaplain John Chamberlain and written by Rose Gross was given with the participation of the members of El Katif Shrine in Spokane.  There were very few dry eyes in the Grand Chapter room and it was a wonderful tribute to our Eastern Star sisters and brothers who have passed on before us.

Wednesday Morning
After the Magic Bus picked up a few more visitors, PGM Marjoe Richards and PGP Phil Green welcomed everyone to the Wednesday morning session.  WGP Dennis did a great job of taking care of the rest of the business and they gave the results of the Ritual Competition and just after 10 am, WGM Marge welcomed all of our distinguished 50 year members. 

The 2009-10 Worthy Matrons and Worthy Patrons were presented and then we recessed for the afternoon. 

Wednesday Afternoon
The Magic Bus gathered up the American Emerald Grand Family and took them for one last spin around the Grand Chapter room.  The PGM Diane Osborne and PGP Roy Sharp welcomed everyone to the last session of the 2010 Grand Chapter.  After presentation of all the people who helped make Grand Chapter possible and the Grand Escorts of the American Emerald Grand Family, WGM Marge and WGP Dennis and the Grand Officers retired their badges.

Installing PGM June Lee and her team, PGM Marjoe Richards, PGP Phil Green, PGP Paul Runyuan, PGM Marilyn Hoots, PGP Roy sharp, Gr. Sec. Emeritus Norma Jean Roberts, PGM Kit Wells, PGM Diane Osborne, Installing Gr. Chaplain John Chamberlain, Installing Gr. Marshal Peggy Mills and Installing Gr. Organist Cherie Adams, did a gret job of installing the new 2010 -11 Star Light Grand Family:
Worthy Grand Matron - Linda Runyan
Worthy Grand Patron - Dick Weigel
Associate Grand Matron - Gloria Schwartz
Associate Grand Patron - Frank Pascoe
Grand Secretary - Sandra K. Henry
Grand Treasurer - Marcia Haukaas
Grand Conductress - Gerry Mosler
Associate Grand Conductress - Stephanie Hoye
Grand Chaplain - Harold Hill
Grand Marshal - Karin Whipple
Grand Organist - Pamela Lee
Grand Adah - Mary Helen Johnson
Grand Ruth - Anita Borst
Grand Esther - Lorna Burns
Grand Martha - Helen Collins
Grand Electa - Ann Taylor
Grand Warder - Alice Hughes
Grand Sentinel - Bob Breza

After the address of the new WGM and WGP, Most Worshipful Grand Master Santy Lascano gave a very inspiring address to the audience.  Then the Galaxy Escorts were presented, followed by the Comet Grand Representatives, Sparkler Deputy Instructors, and 2010-11 Worthy Matrons and Worthy Patrons.  Just before closing WGM Linda and WGP Dick presented the commission of Grand Representative of West Virginia to Patricia McKinley from Martha Chapter in Cheney.  After the Bible signing ceremony, retiring march and receptions line, we all went to either dinner or home - exhausted but happy to have shared another wonderful Grand Chapter with our friends.

As I said above, there are many holes in this report and I would welcome any comments or additions.  Just send us an email, or click on the comments button below and we'll get them on the blog right away.

Three New Grand Representatives

Grand Electa, Bev Baller presented at the Gala Dinner on Sunday (June 27th) in Yakima the commission of Grand Representative of Louisiana to Melanie Loughmiller from Maple Leaf Chapter. Melanie is listed as Conductress of the chapter in the 2009-10 Blue Book.

WGM Marge Ramsdell presented during the Monday (June 28th) afternoon session of Grand Chapter in Yakima the commission of Grand Representative of Tennessee to Carole Fisher from Grand Coulee Dam Chapter. Carole is listed as Conductress of the chapter in the 2009-10 Blue Book.   

WGM Linda Runyan and WGP Dick Weigel presented at the conclusion of Installation on Wednesday (June 30th) afternoon the commission of Grand Representative of West Virginia to Patricia McKinley from Martha Chapter in Cheney. Patricia is listed as Secretary of the chapter in the 2009-10 Blue Book.