On Tuesday, May 16, Brother Al, Sister Terry, Sister Sheryl and I pulled into Train Station #7 in Millwood, where we enjoyed the honor night for Grand Representative Aril Baldwin (Utah). We then had the pleasure of announcing Sister ARIL BALDWIN of Magnolia Chapter as the new Grand Chaplainthe 2017-18 Dancing Lights Grand Family. Sister Aril’s escort will be her brother, PGP Phil Green. Three Past Grand Chaplain’s enjoyed the meeting along with the many members in attendance. It was a fun night for all!
On Monday, May 15, Brother Al, Sister Terry, Sister Sheryl and I pulled into Train Station #6 in Parkland, where we had the pleasure of announcing Sister PATRICIA DEMUTH of Faith Chapter as the new Grand Adah the 2017-18 Dancing Lights Grand Family. Sister Patricia’s escort will be her husband Paul. Ten Past Grand Adah’s enjoyed the meeting along with the many members in attendance. We also welcomed Faith Chapter's newest 50-year member, who received that honor from the Grand Chapter of Florida. It was a fun night for all!
On Friday, May 12, Brother Al, Sister Terry, Sister Sheryl and I pulled into Train Station #5 in Renton, where we had the pleasure of announcing Sister TESS KENT of Nesika Chapter as the new Grand Martha the 2017-18 Dancing Lights Grand Family. Sister Tess’ escort will be her husband Chuck. Three Past Grand Martha’s (including me!), 5 Past Grand Matrons and 4 Past Grand Patrons enjoyed the meeting along with the many members in attendance. It was a fun night for all!
On Tuesday, May 9th, Brother Al, Sister Terry, Sister
Sheryl and I pulled into Train Station #4 in Spokane, where we had the pleasure
of announcing Sister MARILYN BORDNER as the new Grand
Ruth the 2017-18 Dancing Lights Grand Family. Sister Marilyn’s
escort will be her husband Bill. Among the many who enjoyed the meeting
were 5 Past Grand Ruths. It was a fun night for all!
On Monday, May 8, Brother Al, Sister Terry, Sister Sheryl and I
pulled into Train Station #3 in Malden, where we had the pleasure of announcing
Sister KATHY SEVILLE as the East Side Chairman of
the 2017-18 Deputy Instructors. Brother Len Seville is Sister Kathy’s
escort. There were five Past Deputy Instructors in attendance. We
also had the pleasure of welcoming Lorna Bell Burns and Karen Loesch as
Malden’s newest 50-year members! It was a fun evening for all!
Wednesday evening, May 3, Brother Al, Sister Terry, Sister Sheryl and I had the pleasure of traveling to Olympia Chapter to announce Sister KAREN KARNES as the new Grand Organist for the 2017-18 Dancing Lights Grand Family. Sister Karen’s escort will be Norma Jean Roberts. Among the many who enjoyed the meeting were 5 Past Grand Organists. Thank you all for being with us last night! More to be announced . . . . .
Floral Chapter #117 in Monroe will be adding 4 new members on May 15th. This should be a great evening. Why? The current Rainbow Girls State Mother Advisor, Robin Martin, is the presiding Worthy Matron and the initiates will include the current Grand Worthy Advisor, May Powell, Grand Recorder, Kylee Morris, Bothell Rainbow Dad, Gary McPherson, and his wife Paula. There will be a potluck dinner at 6:30pm, initiation at 7:30pm and a purse auction to follow.
Grand Lodge photo archive update: All photos from OES events that are uploaded to the Grand Lodge Archive can be found here https://wa-masonicphotos.smugmug.com/OES. If you would like to upload to the archive, let me know and I can provide instruction and assistance.
Tonight (May 1st) I traveled to
Oasis Chapter, Ephrata to present Barbara Shay with the commission to Vermont.
To say she was surprised is an understatement. There were several former
Representatives and even one former representative to Vermont. This is so much
fun to do.
Thursday night, April 27, Brother Al, Sister Terry, Sister Sheryl and I had the pleasure of traveling to Port Orchard Chapter to announce ROSE GROSS as the new Grand Marshal for the 2017-18 Dancing Lights Grand Family. Brother Brian Gross will be her escort. Among the many who enjoyed the meeting were 2 current Grand Marshals (Paula Sonker (Washington) and John Chamberlain (Idaho)) and 10 Past Grand Marshals. Thank you all for being with us last night! More to be announced . . . . .
The Grand Lodge photo archive located at phanfare.com is being discontinued. Phanfare has been acquired by SmugMug and the Photography committee for Grand Lodge is in the process of moving all photos to the new SmugMug site. I will keep you updated when it is available for use. You can still access the existing photos on the phanfare site until May 28th.
The WA-ID International Order of the Rainbow for Girls will be hosting the Grand Worthy Advisor's Reception on April 29th. The Reception will be held at 1pm at Timbercrest Junior High School in Woodinville, WA. 19115 215th Way NE, Woodinville, WA 98077
Last night (April 6th) at Alderwood Chapter I had the honor of presenting the Grand Representative of Iowa in Washington to my husband Scott Wallinger. I gave a numbered envelope to four of our Past Matron's to read. In each envelope there was facts about Iowa. I also gave Scott an envelope to read, but before the meeting he had gone to the eye doctor. We were lucky when it was his turn to read what was in his envelope his eyes were back to normal. He couldn't believe what he was reading so his comment was "And the Oscar goes to". This was what was written, New Fact: Scott Wallinger is the New Grand Representative to Iowa in Washington.
Tonight (March 29th) at Maple chapters installation I had the pleasure of presenting the grand representative commission to Maine to sister Donna Moody. Congratulations to the newly installed Worthy Matron, Cyndi Branch and WP Rob Mallis.
Donna was totally shocked by her appointment. Three other current representatives from Southwest were there to welcome her to the fold.
It is with a heavy
heart that I inform you that PGM Gloria Schwartz lost her husband
this morning. Please remember Sister Gloria and her family in your prayers of
loving support. Sister Gloria is Worthy Matron of Belfair Chapter this year as well as Secretary of Crystal Chapter.
I had the pleasure of traveling to Maple Leaf Chapter in Bellingham last night (February 21st) to present the commission of Grand Representative of British Columbia and Yukon to Sister Gloria Van Moorhem, who was surprised and tickled to receive the commission. There were two current Grand Representatives and nine former Grand Representatives in attendance to congratulate Gloria.
Last night (February 7th)
I traveled to Astral Chapter to present Ms Barbara Pittman with the commission
to Saskatchewan. To say she was shocked is an understatement. Everyone present
was as thrilled as I was for her. She was secretary for 20+ years. Thank you
Becky Aldrich for sharing your night.
Linda Carlson, Grand
Tonight, February 8th,
I travelled to Cyclamen Chapter #65, Auburn to present the commission to New
York to Brother Al Jorgensen.
I made a list of
"things this member has accomplished” sort of a 'This is Your
I asked all the members
of Cyclamen to stand and if I named off anything that did not apply to them,
they were to sit down.
The end goal was to have
Brother Al almost being the last person standing.
As soon as I got to the
5th clue: this person.... is a Past Grand Master of the Grand Lodge
of Washington, I walked over and escorted Al up to the East.
Then I asked if he
wanted to know where he's going? YES! So I had a few quick facts,
and paused to see if he could guess...
Finally announcing NEW
YORK, I gave him the largest apple I could find. Then a bag of peppermint
patties, attached to it was a post it note. The writing "NEW” on it,
I put it above the YORK on the label. Then he received the packet of
info, letters, etc. After that, pinned and introduced.
It was my pleasure and
my honor to present this commission. I know I had fun! Al was super
appreciative and the members were excited for him.
Ann Gates, PGM was
there. Several Former Grand Representatives. One current. I'm
sure the weather kept most people at home, perfectly understandable.
John Gray of Seattle has some OES china for sale. See his message and photos below.
My name is John Gray and I acquired a fair amount of some
Eastern Star China at auction. Variety of makers and pieces. Some is from the
daughters of the Eastern Star. There are also some special honor pieces. It
would be great if someone within your organization was interested in purchasing
these rather than just selling to any one. So I thought I would reach out. I
would like to sell all in one lot for $350.00 It is priced lower than E BAY
pricing. If anyone is interested reach out to me at the email address. I live
in the Seattle area.
Thursday night (February 2nd) was the night to attend Adelphi Chapter in Spokane. I had the pleasure of presenting Sarah Jane Johnson with the commission of Grand Representative of New Brunswick! She wasliterally frozen with shock~ Tootles ~ JoDee Desrosier, Gr. Conductress
I was pleased to
present Malinda “Mindy” Morgan her commission as Grand Representative to Nova
Scotia and Prince Edward Island. At the end of the Grand Representatives
introducing themselves at Neil’s Reception on Saturday, February 4th. I
jumped up and asked the WGM if there were any more commissions to be
given. She said that there was. I proceeded to ask her if I could
please have an appointment, at which time I was told no. Gerry Mosler was
in attendance and volunteered for the commission but I proceeded with the search
for the perfect person to fill the position. Sister Mindy was very
surprised and kept repeating “it’s me, it’s really me”. I know that she
and Michelle Burlison are already making plans and that they will have a
wonderful time in Nova Scotia.
It was my pleasure tonight (Jan 24th) to travel to Amethyst Chapter in West Seattle to present the Grand Representative to Massachusetts commission to sister Sandra Monk. She was shocked and honored! I think there may have been some 'happy tears'.
I started off by giving facts about the state that I was there to present. First was describing the state flag.
Prior to the meeting, I had handed out 7 scrolls to the 5 Star Points, the Conductress and WP. I travelled to each Star point, asked them to read their
scroll with various facts about this State. I walked over to Sandra, sitting at Conductress and asked her to read her scroll, not quite then....
I proceeded up to the East and asked the WP to read his scroll. WP Richard Moulden (and Grand Organist) proudly and loudly read the "Hear ye, Hear Ye" scroll announcing Sandra, on this date, time and place to be the New Grand Representative to Massachusetts! Sandra is Conductress of Amethyst Chapter, so I had a former Grand Representative to Massachusetts (Dianna Kaspar) escort her to the East. She was then pinned, presented with the Official Certificate and packet from Massachusetts. All happy moments and smiles around the room! Sandra has all the scrolls too, for her scrapbook. Happy and safe travels!
There were 9 former Grand Representatives and 3 current Grand Representatives present.
Since Sandra was a Blue Bird Deputy Instructor, there were 2 Blue Birds present for her - all bustin' their buttons over her.
This was indeed a special night, one for the memory books!
It was my pleasure to travel to the "Queen City of the San Juan Islands" Monday evening to present the commission of Grand Representative of New Hampshire to Sister Margaret Kennedy of Madrona Chapter.
I started by giving several facts about New Hampshire ending with "Sarah Josepha Hale, author and journalist, wrote the poem 'Mary Had a Little Lamb' in 1830." Madrona's Associate Matron, Mary Morgan, guessed New Hampshire, and I ended with this poem:
So now to find the new grand rep,
Her hair was not as white as snow,
And everywhere her sister went,
She was also sure to go.
The sister at the organ
Is the one we're looking for;
You're our newest star!
The whole room came to their feet, and everyone was very pleased with this commission.
There were eight former grand representatives present to congratulate Sister Margaret.
On Saturday January 14, 20117, I had the pleasure of presenting the commission of Grand Representative of North Carolina to Georgia McKinley of Centralia Chapter. I gave a few dates of special note about North Carolina and ended with ‘and on this date, January 14th, the new Grand Representative of North Carolina is”. Georgia and all of those present were delighted and she was given a standing ovation. What fun.
I was honored last night to give the commission as Grand Representative of Minnesota to Sister Bonnie Stuart, the Worthy Matron of Tyee. She was almost speechless. The joy of her appointment was only equaled by the reaction of the audience to the Response of Brother Leonard Gottner, Past Grand Patron (you have to ask him about his announcement.) It was an evening filled with happiness. Congratulations to Sister Bonnie on a well-deserved honor. Richard Moulden, Grand Organist
This is Betty Hughes, Grand Martha. I was able to give the commission of Grand Representative of Connecticut to my mother, Patty Hughes, Spokane Chapter, tonight January 10, 2017.
I had my escort, Alice, hand out 6 numbered envelopes to various people around the room. Then I said we were going to play a game trying to guess which cities were the furthest from Spokane. As I called for each number, I had the person with that envelope open it and read what I had written in the card. For example – “Which city is furthest from Spokane. Honolulu Hawaii or Hartford Connecticut?” The entire room would try to guess and I would give the answers with the number of miles of how far away each one was from Spokane. I had 5 envelopes with various cities, and then the 6th envelope Mom had. Inside, it said, “Mom – are you sure you want to go to Hawaii for our next vacation?” She couldn’t figure out why I said that. Then after she read it out loud, I asked her if she would rather go to Connecticut as the Grand Representative. She was quite surprised. I had Alice escort her to the east and formally introduced her. It was so much fun to be able to give the commission to my mother!!
Last night I presented Allen Smith of Beulah Chapter the
appointment as Grand Representative of Mississippi in Washington. Since
Allen plays the organ, I had ask him to help me with the announcement, since
once you say a certain Chapter is the place to be, everyone knows there will be
an appointment, the only question is who and where to. I asked Allen to play a
few tunes about other states and I would interject a few songs. He did
Washington's and I told him we didn't do reps to our own state, he did Ohio and
I told him we already had a rep to Ohio, I sang part Georgia on my mind, he did
When the Saint go Marching in, and then I did Mississippi Mud. I told him
thanks for being such a great sport and helping me and since he had he should
get the appointment. He was surprised because he was sure it was someone
I had the privilege of presenting the commission of Grand Representative of Ontario in Washington to Lauren Hefflin. There were 2 Grand Representatives and 3 former Grand Representatives present. Al Cramer AGP. (Lauren is from Delta Chapter)
Last night I had the pleasure of presenting the Grand Representative commission for Alberta to my best buddy, Gary Osborne. This was especially poignant since Diane Osborne and Roy Sharp presented my commission to Alberta almost exactly eight years ago. I even got Diane to help me present it without knowing she was doing it. They were both speechless! What goes down comes round!
I’ve attached some photos from last night. There were three former GR’s (including myself) of Alberta and a total of thirteen former GR’s. It was a great night.
Spokane Chapter on Tuesday, January 10th, 7:30 pm. Spokane Chapter meets at Manito Lodge (NOTwhere it states in blue book). 2715 S Grand Blvd., Spokane, WA Centralia Chapter on Tuesday, January 10th at 7:30 PM
The January 9th, 2017 meeting of the Grand Representatives of Western Washington Club will meet at 11:30 at the Shoreline Masonic Center (the former Richmond Masonic Center) at 753 N 185th St, Seattle, WA 98133 Hosted by Analia Chapter. Additional Parking is available in the Fred Meyer Shopping Center across the street. Please enter through the Front Door on 185th. There is wheel chair access as well.
Please plan on attending this, our first meeting of the New Year!! President Richard always has a great and interesting meeting planned. Our lunch also will hopefully be great! Price is as usual $8.00. Make checks payable to Analia Chapter.
DEADLINE FOR RESERVATIONS IS WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 4TH. Please make reservations with: Carmen Olsen Ivey (JPM of Analia Chapter in the Blue Book)
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