OES WA Calendar

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Clue #1 for 2017-18

Clue #1

Twinkle, twinkle, shining star,
How we wonder who and what you are.
On the west side of the state,
Marching, marching is so great,
In the Orchard by the sea,
That's the place you'll want to be!

See you April 27, 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Grand Lodge Photo Archive

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.

GWAR Invitation

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

Friday, April 7, 2017

New Grand Representative

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.
Cameo Hugs,
Pam Wallinger, Grand Ruth

Monday, April 3, 2017

Greenwood Installation of Officers

Photos from Greenwood Chapters installation of Officers on Saturday, April 1st.  WM Liz Budbill, WP Gene Budbill.  http://mwglofwa.phanfare.com/OES/14446923

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Places to Be

The Place to Be posted for April 3rd was in error.  Wrong date!

But the Place to Be is Alderwood Chapter in Everett on Thursday, April 6th meeting starts at 7:30 PM

Thursday, March 30, 2017

New Grand Representative

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 was great fun.
Lora Mauel 
Grand chaplain 

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Tula/Madrona Official Visit

The Official Visit for Tula/Madrona which was postponed by weather has been rescheduled for March, dinner at 6pm and meeting at 7:30pm at Coupeville Masonic Center.

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Don Schwartz Memorial Service on March 3

Don Schwartz’s Memorial service will be on Friday, March 3, at 1:00 pm at the United Methodist Church in Port Orchard, WA (725 Kitsap Street)

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Sad News ~ Loss of Member

Dear OES Members & Friends ~

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.

Condolences can be mailed to:
Gloria Schwartz
5250 SW Royal Spruce Drive
Port Orchard, WA  98367

New Grand Representative

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. 
Jean, AGM

Thursday, February 16, 2017

New Grand Representative

Went to Afton Chapter in Marysville to night (2-15)....
the new Grand Representative to Oregon is Donna Severn!!!
--Donald J Daly, Grand Warder

Thursday, February 9, 2017


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 Adah

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 Life'... 
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.
A fun night was had by all!
Paula Sonker, Grand Marshal

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

OV Postponed

Per WGM Peggy, the OV for tonight, February 8th for Tula and Madrona Chapters in Coupeville, has been postponed due to the weather.  Will let you know when it has been rescheduled.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

OES China for sale

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.
Best Regards,

John Gray

Monday, February 6, 2017

Two New Grand Representatives

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 was literally 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.
Star Love,Pamela Lee, Associate Grand Conductress

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Places to Be

Adelphi Chapter in Spokane on Tuesday, February 2nd -- meeting starts at 7:30 PM
Grand Sentinel Reception at the Port Townsend Elk’s Club on Saturday, February 4th at 1:30 PM
Astral Chapter in Wenatchee on Tuesday, February 7th – meeting starts at 7:30 PM
CANCELED Maple Leaf Chapter in Bellingham on Tuesday, February 7th – meeting starts at 7:30 PM
Cyclamen Chapter in Auburn on Wednesday, February 8th – meeting starts at 7:30 PM

Thursday, January 26, 2017

It was my honor tonight (January 25th) to give Donna Benson the commission of Grand Representative of
Florida in Washington. Donna can be found in the blue book under Tacoma chapter treasurer. Kathleen Mitchell, Grand Esther

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

New Grand Representative

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!
Paula Sonker, Grand Marshal 

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Place to be

Place to be Tacoma Chapter, January 25th at 7:30pm!

Friday, January 20, 2017

New Grand Representative

The commission for Grand Representative to Sao Paulo was announced  in Alki Chapter  Walla Walla to Richard Coleman by Grand Electa Lenore Kromm

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

New Grand Representative

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;
Congratulations, Margaret,
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.
Jean Ballard
Associate Grand Matron

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Places to Be

POSTPONED Adelphi Chapter in Spokane on Thursday, January 19th at 7:30 PM
Amethyst Chapter in West Seattle on Tuesday, January 24th at 7:30 PM

Monday, January 16, 2017

New Grand Representative

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. 
Irene G. Jacobs, Grand Secretary 

Friday, January 13, 2017

New Grand Representative

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

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Places to Be

Madrona Chapter in Anacortes on Monday, January 16th at 7:30 PM

Alki Chapter in Walla Walla on Thursday, January 19th at 7:30 PM

New Grand Representative

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!!

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Another New Grand Representative

James (Jim) Zachau, of Welcome chapter in Shelton is the New Representative of Michigan....last Saturday 7 Jan.
Don Daly, Grand Warder

New Grand Representative

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 else.

Diane Rice
Grand Treasurer

Monday, January 9, 2017

Place to Be Postponed

The Place to Be on Tuesday, January 10th at Centralia Chapter has been rescheduled for Saturday, January 14th at the Grand Chaplain's Reception.

Friday, January 6, 2017

Place to be at Olympia

The announcement scheduled for Olympia Chapter was not made on Wednesday.

New Grand Representative

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)

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Place to Be

Tyee Chapter in Renton on Thursday, January 12 at 7:30 PM

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

CORRECT Mailing Address for PGP Bob deBruyn

The correct mailing address for PGP Bob deBruyn is:
200 West Macy Lane
Shelton, WA  98584

(The address in the Blue Book has a typo)

New Grand Representative of Alberta

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.

What a great way to start the year,


Places to Be

Spokane Chapter on Tuesday, January 10th,  7:30 pm.   Spokane Chapter meets at Manito Lodge (NOT where it states in blue book).  2715 S Grand Blvd., Spokane, WA

Centralia Chapter on Tuesday, January 10th at 7:30 PM

Monday, January 2, 2017

Place to Be--POSTPONED

Place to Be has been postponed at Key City Chapter scheduled for Tuesday, January 3rd

Place to Be

Olympia Chapter in Tumwater on Wednesday, January 4th at 7:30 PM

GRCWW January Meeting

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.
Please make reservations with:
Carmen Olsen Ivey (JPM of Analia Chapter in the Blue Book)