Tonight (January 10th) AGP Rodger Collins and Grand Escort Helen traveled to the OV at Tyee & Southgate Chapters to present the Grand Representative of North Carolina commission to Jan Cooke. She is the Secretary of Tyee Chapter. I read the official toast of North Carolina and then had everyone raise an imaginary glass to our new Grand Representative of North Carolina......Jan Cooke. Many cheers and pandemonium followed. I then presented her credentials and put her new pin on for her. YAY JAN!
Grand Marshal, JoDee Desrosier presented the Grand Representative of San Paulo, Brazil to Harmony Chapter’s Worthy Matron, Alice Hill and the Grand Representative of Massachusetts to Silver Star Chapter’s Worthy Matron, Cynthia Gocke on January 10th at the meeting in Waterville.
The place to be was Pacific Chapter in Ilwaco on January 10th. We had about 30 people who braved the weather report. PGP Paul Runyan and his Lovely wife Barbara (inside joke) were in attendance along with our DI Pat Finlay. WP Les Moore is the new Grand Representative of Saskatchewan. We initiated a new member tonight so I (Kristine Ford, Associate Grand Conductress) waited until Good of the Order and stood up and told the WM that I had forgotten to read something important. I began reading some facts and said it was my pleasure to be giving this commission and then I pretended that something was wrong with my glasses....opps missing lens, try another pair broken, opened a case...nothing inside. So I ask WP Les to come to the Secretary's deck and help me read the fine print. And there was his letter appointing him. The Chapter stood and cheered and gave him well wishes. A great time was had by all.
Tuesday evening, January 15th, I (Jean Ballard, Grand Martha) had the pleasure of attending Greenwood Chapter’s Friends’ Night. Under Good of the Order, I stood and announced that I had something that was for the good of the Order. WM pro-tem Kazi Scott had the Bible closed, and I approached the East. I began by saying I had thought and thought about how to present this commission, and that I had decided the best way to make the announcement was to go with a “Disney” theme and then I put on my Mickey Mouse ears visor and sunglasses. I announced that the commission to be given was for Grand Representative of Florida – home of the Happiest Place on Earth. I then asked the current and former Grand Representatives in attendance to come to the East to help me find the newest member of the “Club.” All of us marched around the room singing the Mickey Mouse Club song and we managed to finish just as I arrived at the Secretary’s desk where I was delighted to announce that the very surprised Dee Schmidt was the new Grand Representative of Florida in Washington. There was lots of applause and hoopla! A great time was had by all. Congratulations to Sister Dee on a well-deserved honor!
There was a big surprise in Alki Chapter, Walla Walla, Thursday evening, January 17th. Worthy Matron Diana Osborne received the commission of Grand Representative of New Brunswick. Diana and her husband Worthy Patron Ken, were so surprised they actually were without words.Diane Smith, Grand Adah