I traveled to Guiding Star #99 in Sumner last evening (January 20th) to present Tracy Williams with the commission of Grand Representative of North Carolina.
Irene G. Jacobs
It is with love and a lot of pleasure that I announced last night (January 20th) at the Official Visit a new Grand Representative. Norma Jean Gaynor, PM, Occidental Chapter was not there and after several attempts to call her I announced it in her absence. I spoke with her this morning and she is thrilled to be the new Grand Representative of Sao Paolo, Brazil. Love, Mary Ann, WGM
night (January 19th) I (Penny Norvell, Grand Marshal) had the privilege of presenting the
Grand Representative commission to Virginia Goad of Chehalis Chapter. I
gave envelopes to everyone and asked them not to open until appropriate time.
Then I read them clues about Alberta. After the clues were given I had them
open their envelopes.(in which all said Alberta)......only by alphabet of
their first name.....so slowly we got down to "V" .......Virginia's
said, "CONGRATULATIONS you are the new Grand Representing of Alberta in
Washington!!!!" Then I introduced her and the room roared!
I had the pleasure of presenting the Grand Representative of Florida appointment last night (January 14th) at Tula Chapter #26 in Coupeville to Worthy Patron George Konopik. Pat and I circled the chapter room with a bag of fruits and vegies asking various members what state they could be found in. The last fruit was an orange with the Florida Grand Representative pin stuck in it. George correctly identified Florida as the place where most oranges came from and was given the orange and pin and informed he was the new Grand Representative. Everyone present was thrilled for this well deserved member to receive this honor. Oh, yes - Pat kept looking in the bag and saying, "Have we no bananas?" and I replied by singing, "Yes, we have no bananas." What fun! Jim Iversen, Worthy Grand Patron
I was able to present the jurisdiction of Minnesota to Florence Fitzsimmons at Spokane Chapter tonight (January 13th). There were four grand representatives present and lots of former grand representatives to give her congratulations. Leslie Green, Grand Warder
Tonight, January 12th, Nancy and I traveled to Syringa Chapter in Yakima and presented Sister Susan Seagraves with her commission as Grand Representative of Ontario. All went well except for the getting there.
According to the Blue Book and the Blog, Syringa meets at 314 S 2nd AVE in Yakima. THEY DON”T! They meet at the Fruitvale Grange! Luckily we got to Yakima at 6:30 so we had enough time to figure out what went wrong and get there before they closed the doors on us.
I am pleased to announce Barbara Blankenship of Harmony Chapter as our new Grand Representative of Connecticut. She was thrilled. So fun. Chris Bippes, Grand Martha
I traveled to Mount Baker Chapter in Mount Vernon last night and presented the Commission of Grand Representative of Mississippi to Laurel Jacobs. She is the Treasurer at Mount Baker.
I first did a geography lesson by asking for the capitals of 5 different states, then asked what the first letter of each capital spelled. It took a few minutes and then someone (I think Jane Christianson) very quietly with a question mark said Jacobs. I went down and greeted Laurel and her first question was "Where do I go?" I then asked her what state was Jackson the capital of and she promptly said Mississippi. It turned out that she has family near there.
A commission well deserved and a pleasure to present it.
Grand Orgainst Margaret Kennedy traveled to Ferndale Chapter on Jan 5th did a parade of 12 days of Christmas and Barbara Barquist was anounced Grand Representative of BC & Yukon.
Barbara is pictured with Bill Barquist former Grand Representative of BC & Yukon in WA and John Chamberlain, Grand Representative of BC & Yukon in Idaho
On Tuesday, January 6, 2015, I had the pleasure of traveling to Maple Leaf Chapter in Bellingham to present a Grand Representative commission.
I stood up under announcements, and read several fun facts about the state whose commission was being given. My last line was “have you figured out what state you will be representing, Gary?” MICHIGAN!! I thought Gary would be surprised, BUT, the surprise was on me and everyone else in the chapter room. It turns out that Gary’s counterpart had notification that his commission would be effective January 1, 2015, and so she called him to congratulate him at 6:45 a.m. Saturday, January 3! As he was talking with his counterpart, he kept thinking “I’m not supposed to know this; I’m not supposed to know this.” Too funny!!!
Congratulations to Gary Pitcher, Maple Leaf Chapter, Bellingham, the new Grand Representative of Michigan!
~Jean Ballard, AGC
Jean Ballard, AGC and Gary Pitcher, Grand Representative of Michigan
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