OES WA Calendar

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Important Update on Festival of Lights Reservations!!!

I just received an e-mail from Festival of Lights.  On the phone they said I had until Oct. 5th to send the first payment, now, they state Oct. 1st.  I've only received one reservation.  Could you put the change of date in your blog, and state they['ll need to phone and leave a message on my home line.  If I don't hear from anyone else, I'm going to cancel it, thanks.   

Star love, 
Jennie Kelly

Additional information is on the flyer in the invitations section of the blog --->

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Place to Be

The place to be is the Reception of WGP Dick Weigel on Saturday, October 2 at 2:30 PM at Betz Elementary School in Cheney.

OV Change

WGM, Linda Runyan has changed a double OV to two single OV's. The change is this--the dual OV on Wednesday, October 27 is now just Century Chapter in Issaquah. Doric Chapter will have their OV on Tuesday, October 26 at the Doric Masonic Center in Seattle. Check the calendar for addresses and times.

Monday, September 27, 2010

2010 - 09-25 Reception for AGM Gloria Schwartz and AGP Frank Pascoe

The Chapter room at West Seattle was absolutely packed as Crystal, Belfair, Afton and Bethel Chapters honored Associate Grand Matron Gloria Schwartz and Associate Grand Patron Frank Pascoe. 

All four chapters turned out in force to support Gloria and Frank.

The Starlight Grand Family was proud to be part of their special day.

At the luncheon, Betty Hughes and Ken Taylor roasted LaNita Pascoe and Don Schwartz and did a great job of it.

At the reception, PGM Diane Osborne and Stephanie Hoye, accompanied by Pamela Lee, introduced Gloria and Frank's songs - One Day at a Time and Happy Trails.  The mystery speakers were Helen Collins for Gloria and Harold Hill for Frank and they both did a great job.

It was a wonderful afternoon filled with laughter, fun and friendship. 
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2010 - 09-21 - OV & Homecoming, Rada Uphus

(Unofficial count) 106 people were pleased to attend the official visit of WGM Linda with WGP Dick and Homecoming of Jr. Past Grand Patron Dennis Okicich at Rada Uphus Chapter in Bothell.

WM Dottie DiGiulio and WP Vinny DiGiulio and their officers did a great job of opening, introductions and conducting the business of the Chapter.

The members of Rada Uphus were pleased to be there to honor their own PGP.

The American Emerald Grand Family honored their "Dad" with their presence and with a wonderful skit as the OES bus went for one last spin around the room.

It was a lovely evening and a good time.
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2010 - 09-21 OV Pilgrim, Esther & Key City

(Unofficial count) 87 members took the beautiful drive to the Olympic Peninsula and Sequim for the official visit of WGM Linda with WGP Dick to Pilgrim, Esther and Key City Chapters. 

Pilgrim's WM Pam Baxter and WP Tony Baxter and their officers did a great job of opening and introductions.  WM Debbie Wheeler and WP Bob Wheeler of Esther then lead their officers through a beautiful Golden Chain.  Key City's WM Cindy Schneider and WP Tom Hall took over for the rest of the meeting.

The Grand Officers really enjoyed the evening, especially the entertainment by the fractured fairies of Key City.  This time ably lead by Mary (Sharko) Fairy and starring Katie (Glessing) Angel Fairy and Neil (Glessing) Gingerbread Man Fairy.  Hopefully more pictures will be coming soon.

It was a wonderful evening and everyone had a great time.
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Thank you!

To our Sisters and Brothers of the Grand Chapter of Washington – Thank you so very much for the many cards, calls and words of encouragement at the passing of my mother.  She truly was a special person and loved her association with you.  I appreciate all the kindnesses you have shown her over the years.  Your words of comfort have helped during this sad time. 

Thank you again. 
Alice and Bill Hammontree

From the latest Stars of Washington & Connie Shrum

Prayers needed -
The following about our MWGP Brother Fred Clark.....Needing prayers and positive thinking from all the members of our Order.
Cards to
Fred Clark, MWGP
21 Hidden Meadows Place
Coldbrook, NS B4R 0A3

My Dear Sisters and Brothers:

This is difficult for me to write and I do so with a heavy heart. However you are my Fraternal Family and I want to tell you personally via this email I have been diagnosed with Lung Cancer, which has spread to the Liver.

As you know I came home from the Northwest States tour with Pneumonia. This drained me. In the process of checks and x rays, which showed a gradual improvement, a Radiologist detected something suspicious.

Thus began a series of testing x rays, CT scans Ultra Sounds, biopsies and meetings with Medical teams. In the past week it has been determined that Radiation will not be an option. But if, with the build up of my immune system through Steroids and I choose a Chemo treatment will be started. This will be a treatment twice (2) a month for 4 months, if my system can tolerate it. I feel a bit better today than yesterday or the day before-- perhaps knowing helps

I have chosen not to release this, except to my Family, until I knew what I had and what I was facing so the rumor mill would not run rampant. After my Family you are my Fraternal Family and I need to let you know.

-- Fred MWGP

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Letter from our Worthy Grand Matron –
August 2010

Dear Sisters and Brothers,

In the effort to raise money for the Worthy Grand Matron’s and the Worthy Grand Patron’s projects this year, we are having a special fund raiser in the form of a quilt raffle in which every member will have an opportunity to share.

Every chapter that donates $25 will have its name on the quilt. Every member will also have the opportunity to purchase a place for their name at $5 each, and every $5 purchase will entitle them to a raffle ticket for a chance to win the quilt. No one's name will be put on the quilt more than once, but individuals may purchase more than one ticket and thus increase their chances to win the quilt.

If a person desires to purchase more chances on the quilt, they can either chose the name of some other member who is special to them to add to the quilt or they may simply purchase more tickets without adding any names. We will keep a database of all the names to be listed so that none should be duplicated.

The Sparkler Deputy Instructors will have tickets to sell and will take the names of all the Chapters and individual names to be turned in for the quilt.

The most important part of this endeavor is that the membership will have the opportunity to contribute very generously and positively in our efforts towards Cancer Research and Diabetes Research.

Sisters and brothers, I challenge you to see just how many names we can add to this quilt.

The absolute deadline for all names to be added to the quilt will be February 15, 2010, so please make your ticket purchases and chapter donations promptly to enable the quilt to be finished with as many names as possible.

Let’s all of us do what we are able to do in fighting Cancer and Diabetes.

Linda Runyan, WGM

Monday, September 20, 2010

2010 - Sep 16 OV Reliance

Over 80 members enjoyed the official visit of WGM Linda and WGP Dick at Reliance Chapter in Bremerton.

WM Kay Pursey and WP Chuck Compton did a great job of moving their officers through opening, introductions and the business of the Chapter.

Everyone enjoyed a great evening of fun and friendship - plus delicious food!

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2010 - Sep 14 OV and Homecoming for Jr PGM at Vida

Over 150 members gathered for the Official Visit of WGM Linda with WGM Dick to Vida and to celebrate the homecoming of Jr. PGM Marge Ramsdell.
WM and Westside DI Chair Gini Dryer-Dow and WP Tom Dow did a great job of leading their officers in opening and introductions and everyone had a great time celebrating Marge. 

The American Emerald Grand Family was poud to be there to support their Mom.
The Dresden Star Deputies also turned out in force.
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Photos courtesy of Dan Voorhees

Thursday, September 16, 2010

No hunting tonight!

associate grand conductress can't find her ammo!

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

2010 - Sep 11 - Reception for WGM Linda Runyan

Photos courtesy of Rodger Collins, Gr. Escort and Dan Voorhees.
The Grand Officers tried to make Grand Electa Ann feel more like part of the group.
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2010 - Sep 9 - OV Roza & Sunshine

Photos courtesy of Rodger Collins, Gr. Escort.
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2010 - Aug 28 - Honor Day for WGM & WGP of BC & Yukon

Photos courtesy of Rodger Collins, Gr. Escort.
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2010 - Sep 2, OV for Lackamas, Henry Wentworth and Martha Washington

Photos courtesy of Rodger Collins, Gr. Escort.
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Sunday, September 12, 2010

The Place to Be!!!

The Associate Grand Conductress is going GR hunting this Thursday, Sept 16th. Her guide says the best game is found by heading way far south on I-5, then heading a few miles east. Will she find her elusive prey? Or, will she lack a mass of hunting ability? Laughter could ensue!

CORE for Washington News!

Exciting news from the CORE for Washington! We are growing by leaps and bounds! At Kirkland Chapter's last lmeeting, a member made a motion that Kirkland Chapter become a member of the CORE!  It was passed and they became CORE member number 176!!!!  How cool is that?  Our 1st entire Chapter!

Now, the fun begins! We would like to issue a challenge to all Chapters to sign up for the CORE and to have as many of your individual members sign up too! We are planning many projects and loads of fun so don't miss out, join today. The registration form is available on the blog site. Looking forward to signing you up!

Star Love,
Kathy Neubecker - Chairman

Friday, September 10, 2010

Sad News

It is with a heavy heart that I tell you that George Mauel of Centralia Chapter passed away last night (9-9). He was a fantastic escort for his wife, Leora, Grand Martha, during the Portrait Grand year. They both had a connection to my parents for many years. George has not been well for awhile. I know he is now in a better place.
Please keep Leora and their daughters, Lora & Georgia and the rest of the family in your prayers.
Cards may be sent to: Leora Mauel & family, 1914 Sandra Ave, Centralia WA 98531-9379.
Chocolate Hugs & Kisses,
PGM Diane Osborne

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Services for Frances Gottner

Frances' Memorial Service will be Saturday Sept. 18, at 1:00 pm at the Des Moines Masonic Center, 2208 S. 223rd Des Moines WA 98198 (Where Juanita Chapter meets) OES Service by Juanita & Fern Chapters.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Sad News - Passing of Frances Gottner

My dearest Frances passed-on this morning, Labor Day 9/6/10. She died peacefully without pain. We met in high school in Santa Monica, California and were married on October 17, 1947. We were initiated together into Eastern Star in La Sierra Chapter in Fresno, Calif, in February 1966. Sister Frances and I served together twice in the East in Omega Chapter in Des Moines, WA. in 1978 -1979 and 1988 -1989.

She gave me outstanding support as we traveled for several years with the Grand Lodge team all over Washington, and she assisted the wives of two Grand Masters by leading the indoctrination sessions for the ladies of the Grand Lodge teams for those two years

She served as a Deputy Instructor for WGM Loretta Ketner, Westside Chairman of the Deputies for WGM Eileen Wonders, and was Grand Marshal for WGM Aileen Hedlund. She was of course my escort in 1991-92-93, and in my appointment on the General Grand Chapter ESTARL Committee.

At the present time she was a member of Juanita Chapter in Des Moines and Fern Chapter in Tacoma and an Honorary member of several other Chapters.

Frances dearly loved our Eastern Star and it’s members, and I would like to thank the many Sisters and Brothers who sent her loving and encouraging cards during her illness.

Leonard Gottner PGP

Monday, September 6, 2010

Lots of miscellaneous stuff!

Pilgrim Chapter No. 157, Esther Chapter No. 19 and Key City Chapter No. 71

Invite you to The Official Visit of
Linda Runyan, Worthy Grand Matron
Grand Chapter of Washington
Order of the Eastern Star

Accompanied by Dick Weigel, Worthy Grand Patron

September 20, 2010
Sequim Masonic Center
700 S 5th Ave
Sequim, Washington 98382

Air Conditioning - No stairs

NWPDI Meeting
Vida Chapter is hosting the Northwest PDI Club luncheon on Saturday, September 18th at noon. This date is not our usual date as we adjusted it so as to avoid conflict with the AGM/AGP reception. Reservations for the luncheon ($6) should be sent to Gini Dryer-Dow by September 15.

Lost Altar Cloth
I am looking for Vida Chapter’s Altar Cloth that was used at Grand Chapter for the Memorial Service. If you remember where it went or someone who might have picked it up after Grand Chapter, Vida Chapter is in need of it for Grand Memorial in September. Please e-mail me at igj98@comcast.net or Bob and Lila Lindsey at linds551bb@comcast.net. Thanks, Irene

From the Stars of Washington and Connie Shrum
Inland Empire Officers Association meetings -

• September 18th, 2010 meeting at 10 AM Instruction at 11 AM
• October 16th, 2010 Breakfast 9 AM Instruction 11 AM
• November 20th, 2010 Meeting at 9 AM Instruction at 10 AM
• February 26th, 2011 Meeting at 8 AM Instruction at 10 AM
All at White Rose Masonic Center
** President, Pat Scales

Trinity Chapter news -
Hi Connie
Could you please let people know that on Oct 11 Trinity Chapter will be having a Bake Potato Bar at 6 PM for a donation followed by a short form meeting honoring our star points with an angel ceremony brought to us from a chapter in Ohio and not done in this area before that I am aware of.
** Sue Watson, Worthy Matron, Trinity Chapter #215 Tumwater

Invite –
Martha Chapter #60 invites you to attend an
Honor Night for
Sparkler Deputy Instructor
Monday, October 25th, 2010 at 7:30 PM, Cheney Masonic Temple, 106 College Ave, Cheney
Special Invitations to:
Follow the Stars Grand Family,
Sparkler Deputies and all Past Deputy Instructors;
Worthy Patrons – 02-03; 07-08; 09-10; 10-11

Invite – Come and meet the Starlight Grand Family
The Inland Empire Past Matrons/Past Patrons Association
Invites all members to a special dinner, honoring the Starlight Grand Family
On Friday, October 16, 2010
Dinner is at 6:15 PM in the Ballroom
Dress Formal – OR –
If you wish – ‘Remember When’ – by wearing a former Grand Officer Dress
– OR Grand Representative Outfit
- OR –A Deputy Instructor Outfit

Cost is $18.00
Downtown Masonic Center, 1108 W Riverside, Spokane, Washington
Everyone is welcome and we look forward to your attendance at this special event.
Marilyn Schahfer, Worthy President; Ed Weber, Worthy Advisor; Bruce Ostrander, Secretary

PLEASE RSVP by October 8, 2010 to: Florence Fitzsimmons, Treasurer, (509) 725-1720
Prepayment is appreciated to speed up check-in. Please send your check to:
Florence Fitzsimmons
Box 868, Davenport, WA 99122-0868

Trinity Chapter’s Salmon Dinner -
Hi Connie
Would you please let people know that on Sunday Oct 10th Trinity Chapter will be hosting a Salmon dinner at 1 PM? The cost is $15.00 and there will be games after the dinner. For Tickets contact WM Sue Watson @ 360 259-9443 Or Karen Lawson @ 360 867-1885.
** Sue Watson

Cordially invites you to a reception honoring
The Station of WORTHY GRAND PATRON of the Grand Chapter of Washington, Order of the Eastern Star and


Saturday, October 2nd, 2010; 2:30 PM; Betz Elementary School, 317 N. 7th ST, Cheney, WA

A special invitation extended to:
American Emerald Grand Family
Portrait Grand Family Snapshots Escorts
Magic Moments Grand Family Tamer Escorts
Present & Former Grand Representatives
Hearts and Harmony Deputy Instructors
Past Deputy Instructors
Worthy Patrons 1979-80; 1994-95; 2000-01; 2004-05; 2005-06; & 2008-09
Chapter Patrons
All Eastern Star Family Friends

• Holiday Inn Express; 111 Betz RD, Cheney. Phone 509-235-1100 or www.hiexpress.com/cheneywa ... Located north end of Cheney on SR 904
• Super 8 Motel; 11102 W. Westbow BLVD, Spokane, WA 99224. Phone 509-838-8800... Located on I-90 between Cheney and Spokane (Exit 272)

Coming from North from Spokane: Take the Cheney/Four Lakes exit off of I-90. At the first light coming into Cheney, stay to the right and turn right on Betz RD. Holiday Inn Express is on the right. Continue on Betz RD until you come to N. 6th ST and turn left on N. 6th. Continue on N 6th and go past the High School. On the corner of N. 6th and Oakland is the United Church of Christ Church on the left with lots of parking. Across the street is Betz Elementary! Our youngest is a graduate from this school 

Coming from the South: Take the Tyler exit off of I-90. Go clear through Cheney and at the 3rd Stop Light, turn left onto Betz RD. Follow above directions.

Note from your blogkeeper
My apologies for being so late in updating the blog, but I was gone to NC for my mom's 90th birthday for a few days and came back to a dead computer.  Finally have the new computer up and running and am trying to get everything up to date.  If you have anything to contribute to the blog or calendar, just send us an e-mail and we'll get it up there.

2010 - Aug 30 - OV Everett and Alderwood

The evening started with a delicious pot luck dinner provided by both Chapters.  Then (Unofficial count) 134 members packed the Chapter room as Everett and Alderwood Chapters welcomed WGM Linda and WGP Dick for their official visit.

Everett's WM Mary Lee Tucker and WP Robert King welcomed everyone and lead their officers through opening and introductions.  Then Alderwood's WM Janet Busby and WP Tom Busby took over and lead their officers through the Golden Chain and closing.

After the meeting, everyone enjoyed delicious refreshments in the dining room.

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