Pgm dress form 2018

form September mailing from the Grand Secretary 

 

GRAND CHAPTER

ORDER OF THE EASTERN STAR

OF MICHIGAN

 

September 2018

Dear Secretary:                                                                                                                              

 

NO OCTOBER MAILING - the next mailing will be November

One of your responsibilities is to help keep your Chapter informed.  Please share the contents of this mailing with your Worthy Matron so she may plan her meeting and take care of matters that might need the action of your Chapter.   As Chapter Secretary you are expected to print ALL pages of the monthly mailings, if they are received via e-mail.  Even the pages you are not required to read at the meeting must be printed for your files and for members to read if they request.  ALL documents in the monthly mailing carry the same importance however some are not required to be read in their entirety at the meeting. 

 

READ THE FOLLOWING IN THEIR ENTIRETY at your Stated Meeting:

 

1)      FINAL MESSAGE FROM THE WORTHY GRAND MATRON AND WORTHY GRAND PATRON.  (1 pg)  This is to be read in its entirety to your members at the stated meeting of your Chapter.

2)      MEMORIAL FOR PGM CAROL WEBBER.  (1 flyer) Please at least read the front page.

3)      MEMORIAL FOR PGP ROBERT BELTZ.  (1 flyer)  Please at least read the front page.

4)      MEMORIAL TRIBUTE TO HONORARY/HONORED LIFE MEMBERS.  (1 dbl-sided pg)  At the very least, read the underlined name of the member. 

5)      GRAND CHAPTER SESSION REMINDER NOTES.  (1 pg)  This is to be read to your members at the stated meeting of your Chapter.

6)      GRAND CHAPTER SESSION TENTATIVE SCHEDULE.  (1 dbl-sided pg)  Read the Worthy Grand Matron and Patron’s message on the front at your Stated meeting.  Review the other contents and post for your members.

7)      PARKING MAP.  (1 pg) Passes will only be available at Grand Chapter registration.   

8)      GRAND CHAPTER CANDIDATES.  (1 pg) This is a listing of those members who are candidates for the Elective Offices of Grand Chapter and those seeking election on the Elective Boards.  Read this at your Stated meeting.

9)      WOODIE’S  RACE.  (1 pg) Please read this letter from the Worthy Grand Patron. 

10)  BUS TO WEDNESDAY SESSION. (1pg) Please share this information with your members. 

 

SUMMARIZE EACH OF THE FOLLOWING COMMUNICATIONS at your Stated Meeting:

 

11)  PROPOSED LEGISLATION.  (4 dbl-sided pgs)  All of your members need to know about this legislation.  Copies should be given to members planning to attend Grand Chapter.

12)  5F DAY (1pg) All members are invited to share in this fun time with the Youth.  Please share this information.

13)  SNODGRASS-WALDO PATHWAYS CHRISTMAS VISIT.  (1 pg) The Associate Grand Matron has requested this letter be shared with your members.

14)  GENERAL GRAND CHAPTER LETTER (1 dbl-sided pg) The MWGM, Helen Westmoreland, has requested the letter be read in all Chapters.

 

READ AT LEAST THE FOLLOWING UNDERLINED TITLE at your Stated Meeting:

 

15)  WORTHY GRAND MATRON’S ITINERARY.  (1 dbl-sided pg)  Please remind the members you have this information.

16)  SUGGESTIONS FOR SCHOOL OF INSTRUCTION.  (1 Pg)  Secretary, this page is offered to assist you during the checking of books at your School of Instruction.  Please add this to your workshop notebook for future reference.

17)  GUIDELINES FOR THE AUDIT COMMITTEE. (1 dbl-sided pg)  Secretary, this information should be given

       to your Audit Committee prior to the audit of Chapter books.

18)  2018-2019 MEMBERSHIP TRACKING AND 990 RECEIPTS/EXPENSES.  (5 pgs)  For those wishing, these are spreadsheets to track movement of your membership and log receipts and expenses for the 990 during 2018-2019.

19)  2018-2019 SECRET WORK SIGN-IN/OUT FORM.  (1 pg)  This is a convenient way to record the signing in and out of Secret Work.

 

SECRETARY – Please read the following to your members:

 

ALL MEMBERS HAVE A VOTE.  According to our Law Page 24, Article 15. Members, Privileges Of “…To be entitled to vote, members should be registered on or pgm dress form 2018 before Wednesday noon on the second day of the Grand Chapter Session.”  Registration for ballot distribution CLOSES AT NOON on Wednesday.  Members must show a current (2019) dues receipt (card) to register.   All members should bring their Ritual and Law Book with them to Grand Chapter.

Election of Grand Officers and Boards will begin at the Wednesday afternoon session.

                                                                                                                                                                             

2017-2018 DIRECTORY UPDATES

Pg 12 Legal Advisor Diana Bare has a new address

Pg 18 PGM Shirley Richardson has a new address: 

Pg 21 PGP Larry VanNorwick has a new address and phone number: 

Pg 38 Ypsilanti No. 119 Secretary Mary Grace Gordon has a new email: 

 

SICKNESS AND DISTRESS

Dorothy Martin, widow of PGP Glenn, passed away on June 28.

PGP Robert Beltz passed away on June 10.

PGM Hazel Chapman, fell in late July and broke her shoulder.

Anna Lee Lavis, widow of PGP Harold, spent time in the hospital late June.

PGM Millie Folk had knee replacement at the end of May.

Jim  Belknap, widower of PGM Margaret, spent time in the hospital in late July and is in a nursing facility.

Joyce Forgo, wife of PGP Andy, is taking radiation treatments and doing well with them.

PGM Sheryl Morrison had eye surgery and will soon be ready for new glasses.

Norma Wojack PGM, underwent surgery and is on the road to recovery.

Colleen Wilcenski PGM had a challenge with medications.

Linda Otte, wife of PGP Bob, spent time in the hospital.

Elizabeth Snodgrass AGM, is having treatments

Grand Treasurer Hope Smith had back surgery and then complications with a different procedure and is mostly recovered.

Grand Marshal Marshall Gutierrez was thought to have pneumonia however it was a recurring issue with his leg.

Grand Ruth Cathryn Morse has been dealing with health issues most of the summer.

Grand Sentinel John Groves spent time in the hospital late July with a bout of cellulitis.

Grand Representative of Kentucky Dray Huis, was injured in late July due to a motorcycle accident.

Dressmaker Colleen Bofisyl’s husband Gary passed away on July 10.

 

NOTES OF THANKS

The following Sisters wish to thank the members for the many cards, prayers and concerns during times of sadness and health issues:  PGM Millie Folk; PGM Fran Carlson; PGM Sheryl Morrison; PGM Norma Wojack; PGM Colleen Wilcenski; Janet Beltz.

 

SECRETARY – PLEASE NOTE THE FOLLOWING!!!!!

 

OPEN INSTALLATION – VOTE

As stated in the Book of Instructions, page 109 – 1st paragraph, the Chapter must vote at a previous meeting to hold an Open Installation.

 

2019 DUES RECEIPTS (CARDS)

Secretary – the 2019 dues receipts (cards) have the General Grand Chapter seal as a watermark on the card – HOWEVER, you still must use your Chapter seal on each card.  It helps if you off-set your Chapter seal.

 

Members attending Grand Chapter must show their 2019 dues receipt (card) to register.  No other year will be accepted for registration.  Please make sure you issue the 2019 card to your members paying their dues prior to Grand Chapter.  Remember – You still need to place the Chapter Seal on the dues receipt (card) or it is not valid.  For your records only, you need to record dues paid on the receipt stub (not on the dues card) and remember to also record them on the member's ledger page.  Again – each member attending Grand Chapter must show their 2019 dues card.  It is the only card that will be accepted.

 

DUAL MEMBERS DUES CARDS

Before issuing a dues card from your Chapter to a Dual Member, you must verify they have paid the current dues in their primary Chapter.  You should physically see the Dual Member’s current primary Chapter dues card or contact the primary Chapter secretary for verification.

 

 

 

 

GRAND CHAPTER FORMS, INFORMATION, ETC.

All forms for Grand Chapter were included in the June mailing.  Forms for pre-registration and social events (deadline is September 20), housing (deadline was August 20) are located on the Grand Chapter website under the Forms drop down, at Grand Chapter 2017.

 

ANNUAL RETURNS, 990’S, DUES RECEIPTS

By now you should have received the mailing including your Annual Return, 990, Chapter Liability Insurance, Secretary/Treasurer Bond, Handbook Information sheet, 2019 Dues Receipts and EMP brochures/envelopes.  Please read the instructions and deadlines included with that mailing.  If you are missing anything, please contact the Grand Chapter Office immediately.  PLEASE DO NOT SET THE MAILING ASIDE, DEADLINES MUST BE MET.  To determine if a report met the deadline, we use the postmark on the envelope, not the date it is received in the office.

 

IMPORTANT

 

To avoid the per day late fee on your 990 financial report – close your books following your September meeting.  Make sure your report is in the mail NOT LATER THAN OCTOBER 31!!!!  Call the Grand Chapter Office if you are having problems with your report…don’t stress over it and don’t wait until the last minute…we are here to help if needed.

Remember to include with the 990 financial report a copy of the Annual minutes showing the Audit Committee report and 3 signatures; a copy of the Secretary’s Cash book showing the final balance and Audit Committee signatures and a copy of the Treasurer’s Cash book showing the final balance and Audit Committee signatures.

 

 

 

 

We look forward to seeing you at Grand Chapter!  

Mary A. Ivey, Grand Secretary

 

GRAND CHAPTER

ORDER OF THE EASTERN STAR

OF MICHIGAN

 

 

September 2018

 Dear Sisters and Brothers,

This is the last message I will send as your Worthy Grand Matron and Tom as your Worthy Grand Patron.  You have provided us with a joyful, exciting year that has exceeded our expectations.  You have supported all of our projects with enthusiasm and commitment and we are thrilled with the results.  We thank every member for their dedication to promoting the welfare and prosperity of our Order of The Eastern Star in Michigan.

 

We dedicated this year to the Past Grand Matrons and Past Grand Patrons and the Spouses of Past Grand Matrons and Past Grand Patrons as they have laid a strong, everlasting foundation for the future of our Eastern Star Order.  I am pleased that so many attended our G.O.E.X.’s and Receptions giving support to the members that serve our Order. Your unselfish loyalty and kindness will never be forgotten.

 

What enthusiastic accomplishments each Chapter made to earn their colors for their “stain glass window” and support for the “Socks-N-Shorts for Kids” project.  We are overwhelmed at the number of Proficiency Cards that have been issued.  Learning our ritualistic work is so important to make a good and lasting first impression.  Thank you to each of you for your dedication.

 

Tom and I are looking forward to visiting with you at our “Cathedral of Praise” Session October 9, 10, 11.  We will hear the reports from the many committees and the wonderful work of our members to make this year one that has exceeded our expectations and filled us with joy.  We are looking forward to continuing our support for Michigan Grand Chapter and the Snodgrass – Waldo Grand Family.  What an exciting time for their Grand Family as they prepare for an amazing “Light of Knowledge” Session.

 

Sisters and Brothers I would like to ask that you be proactive and read and study the proposed legislation that will be presented at Grand Chapter for your consideration.  Your Chapter Secretary will receive the legislation in this monthly packet.  You may ask her to print you a copy that you can take home and study.  Sisters and Brothers you make our laws which our subordinate chapters must follow, and which allow us to continue to support our charities.  Please consider the proposed legislation and vote for the good of our Order.

 

F.Y.I.  Per our Law Book, Book of Instructions, Section XI, page 109 remember that your Chapter must vote at a previous meeting to hold an open installation of Officers.

 

Sending Positive Praise your way,

 

Janice M. Fowler                              Thomas “Tom” R. Huis

Worthy Grand Matron                    Worthy Grand Patron

 

 

 

In Memoriam

Carol E. Webber

Past Grand Matron of Michigan

1992-1993

 

Member of Berkley-Highland Park Chapter No. 483

Dual Member of Kalamo Chapter No. 399

 

Born: October 19, 1936       Detroit, Michgian

Passed Away: May 17, 2018             Jackson, Michigan

 

“My voice shall Thou hear in the morning, O Lord; In the morning will I direct my prayer unto Thee and will look up.”

Psalm 5:3

 

 

In Tribute to the Life of

Carol E Webber

Past Grand Matron of Michigan

1992-1993

 

Carol Elizabeth Webber was born on October 19, 1936 in Detroit, Michigan. While in high school, a young man named Larry, noticed a particularly bright and attractive young lady as they shared classes. They dated and developed a relationship which lasted until graduation. After high school, Carol went to college which offered many opportunities and evenetually Larry was eased out of the picture. That didn’t deter him however, he continued to visit Carol’s parents endearing himself to her mother. Carol graduate and with her mother’s subtle persuasion and Larry’s charm they were married on April 30, 1960. She worked on her career as a Paralegal/Legal Assistant and with the Greenfield Presbyterian Church.

 

Carol and Larry were blest with the birth of four sons; Christopher, Robert, Bryon and Todd. Unfortunatly they were only able to hold and enjoy Bryon for six moths before the Lord took him. They filled their family life participating in the boys activities and working.

 

As a member of Westland Lodge No. 554 in Livonia, Larry was able to provide Carol with her Masonic affiliation. On January 22, 1976 Carol and Larry were initiated into Berkley Chapter No. 483. In 1978 the Chapter accepted Highland Park Chapter No. 440 and became Berkley-Highland Park No. 483.

 

While the three boys were active in DeMolay, Larry served on the Advisory Board and Carol in the Mother’s Club. She had a love for the Masonic Youth working with the Berkley Assembly No. 46, International Order of Rainbow for Girls. She served on their Advisory Board in addition to working for Grand Assembly on the Executive Board several years. She helped to promote proficiency with Michigan Rainbow through service on their Proficiency Committee for many years.

 

Carol also held various offices in the Chapter. In addition to the office of Treasurer and others, she traveled the line Offices to the East various years. Three times she was Worthy Matron; 1979-80, 2012-13 and 2013-14.

 

From 1980 to 1981 she was a Macon President for the Oakland County Association. She also held other offices in the Oakland County Association.

 

In 1983-84 Carol was selected to be the Obituary Chairman for the Edicott-Koerner Grand Family. She was choen Grand Ruth in 1986-87 for the Bateman-Martin Grand Family. This involvement with Grand Chapter increased Carol’s interest in further service to the Order. At the Cathedral of Angels” Grand Chapter Session, she was elected Associate Grand Conductress to begin her journey to the East.

 

On October 15, 1992 Carol E. Webber was installed as Worthy Grand Matron of the Grand Chapter of Michigan. She was joined in the East by her Worthy Patron Harold Lavis. Their year of service was a fun rivalry pitting fans of Carol’s University of Michigan and their maize and blue against fans of Harold’s Michigan State University and their green and white. One of Carol’s fun emblems, the strawberry, brought to mind that she often said, that in Michigan, “Eastern Star is the berries”. “Say Yes” to Michigan buttons were sported during the year and have been shared with Grand Representatives of Michigan in other Grand Jurisdictions for many years since.

 

During the Webber-Lavis year funds were raised at the Eastern Star Fair resulting in a presentation, at their “Magnificent Michigan” Grand Chapter Session, of over,000 for the residents of the Home. Other projects generated large amounts to various charities including the Alzheimer’s Foundation.

 

Following her term as Worthy Grand Matron, Carol was selected as a Chapter Consultant for the Folk-Carey Grand Family in 1993-94. Her talents in writing the ESTARL Vesper Service were tapped during the Belknap-Hyde and Lenartowiz-Neiman years. Carols’ passion for Eastern Star was documented during her service on the 5-Year Membership Study from 1997-2002. Seminars were held throughout the state. A survey was distributed to every member and all were encouraged to share their thoughts and ideas to generate more members. Also from 1999 through 2000 she was appointed to the Jurisprudence Committee and then again in 2005 and 2006. Other Grand Chapter appointments included the Finance Committee, election to the Relief Board, Grand Chapter Historian and Triennial Arrangements Chairman.

 

Carol had a way with words and she served as Narrator for Grand Chapter Sessions from 1999 through 2006. Her quest for increased membership resulted in an appointment to the General Grand Chapter Visionquest Committee as the Midwest Region Coordinator by Most Worthy Grand Matron Barbara Benton. Additional workshops and brainstorming sessions were held throughout the state.

 

On October 21, 2009 Carol’s soulmate, Larry, left her side and joined those gone before to take his place in eternity.

 

In 2014, after moving closer to family in the Bellevue area, Carol became a dual member of Kalamo Chapter No. 399.

 

She gave of her time and talent to benefit many. This included serving as a member of the Beverly Hills United Methodist Church.

 

Carol enjoyed sewing and through the years she was seen always with a new formal creation. Her slender beauty and ability to fashion beautiful formals were the envy of many Eastern Star sisters.

 

Michigan Grand Chapter was sadden by Carol’s passing the morning of May 17, 2018. There is joy however in knowing that she is once again beside the love of her life where they are sharing eternity.

 

Left to mourn her passing in addition to the Michigan Eastern Star membership, are her sons Christopher “Chris” (Anne), Robert “Rob” (Annette) and Todd (Kristen); four grandchildren, Stephanie Nicole, Shelby Elizabeth, Cole and Paige and a great granddaughter, Maddy.

 

On Sunday, June 24, 2018 at the Mason Masonic Center, the Past Grand Matrons and Past Grand Patrons of Michigan conducted a Memorial Service.

 

“…whither thou goest, I will go and where thou lodgest I will lodge…”

Ruth 1:16

 

Submitted with fraternal love,

Mary A. Ivey, Grand Secretary

 

 

 

 

In Memoriam

Robert W. Beltz

Past Grand Patron of Michigan

1987-1988

 

Member of Farmington No. 239

Dual Member of Coldwater No. 1

 

Born May 30, 1931                   Pontiac, Michigan

Passed Away June 10, 2018                             Holly, Michigan

 

“But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings as eagles…”

Isaiah 40:31

 

 

In Tribute to the Life of

Robert W. Beltz

Past Grand Patron of Michigan

1987-1988

 

Robert “Bob” W. Beltz was born on May 30, 1982 in Pontiac, Michigan to John and Harriett Beltz. He was one of three sons. He grew up, attended and graduate from school in the area.

 

Bob joined the Air Force and worked with the grounds crew/operations. He served during the Korean Conflict and upon retiring from the Air Force continued his service with the Michigan Air National Guard Reserves.

 

On June 11, 1951 he married Juanita and they began life as a couple. This union was blest with the birth of four daughters and a son. Bob enjoyed his career in law enforcement working for both the Pontiac Police and Oakland County Sheriffs Departments. His strong, tall physique and sometimes commanding exterior no doubt put criminals in their place. However, he had a gentle, loving heart and those friends and co-workers who knew him only saw that warm caring person.

 

Bob’s membership in Roosevelt Masonic Lodge No. 510 in Pontiac gave Juanita her affiliation for Eastern Star. She joined Pontiac Chapter No. 228 in 1964 and Bob followed in 1967. The following year he sat in the West and then began the rotation many Brothers make moving between the West and East. Bob was Worthy Patron the first time in 1968-69 and again in 1983-84.

 

His service to Pontiac Chapter gave Bob the desire for greater things. At the “Windmill of Friendship” session of Grand Chapter he was elected Grand Sentinel. This began a life of traveling the state of Michigan as he advanced through the Grand Line. On Thursday afternoon, October 15, 1987 Robert W. Beltz became Worthy Grand Patron of Michigan beside his Worthy Grand Matron Delores F. Waldo.

 

The Waldo-Beltz year of service was a special one in several ways, one of which was the appointment of Juanita as Grand Martha giving her an opportunity to share the year of service with Bob. Another was celebration of the 10th year of the Masonic Home Fair at which over,000 was raised for the benefit of the Home and its residents. Another special accomplishment was the donation of over,000 to the Alzheimer’s Foundation.

 

Delores and Bob presided at their “Follow His Star” Session being the 10th year of holding the Grand Chapter Sessions at the Wings Stadium in Kalamazoo. Their Grand Chapter was the introduction of the beautiful leaded glass signet at Grand Chapter, handcrafted by two Wacousta Chapter Brothers.

 

Bob continued his service to Grand Chapter after he left the East. In 1989 he was appointed to the By-Laws Committee for the Palmberg-Dales Grand Family. He followed that by joining Juanita in the East once again in their Chapter in 1991-92. That year he and Past Grand Patron Woodrow Dales served Grand Chapter for the Upston-Whitman Grand Family as the Special Projects Committee – Worthy Patrons. The Worthy Patrons worked during the year to aid the Grand Chapter General Fund.

 

Though Juanita moved to another office, Bob remained in the East the following year. They transferred membership to Birmingham Chapter No. 220 in 1994 where Bob found the East Again in 1996-97, 2005-06 and 2006-07.

 

Barbara Benton Most Worthy Grand Matron of the General Grand Chapter appointed Bob to the Membership Committee for the 2006-2009 Triennial. This afforded him and Juanita opportunities for more traveling which they enjoyed.

 

On July 18, 2009 Juanita ascended to her eternal home. It was a sad time for Bob after 42 years traveling, camping and enjoying family times.

 

Being the strong person he was, Bob continued his commitment to Eastern Star and twice more became Worthy Patron in Birmingham first in 2012-13. In January of 2015 with Bob in the East, Birmingham Chapter consolidated with Farmington Chapter No. 239.

 

He found joy once again when, on April 11, 2015, he married Janet Seiler. They made their home in Holly, Michigan. Both suffered from various health issues which limited travel. However, in October of 2015 Bob became a dual member in Janet’s Coldwater Chapter No. 1 and they attended meetings there as often as possible.

 

Sadly on Sunday, June 10, 2018 Bob left his earthly life to find his eternal reward. Left to mourn his passing are his wife Janet; children Robin (the late Paul) Nichols of Waterford, Wesley Beltz of Holly, Terri (James) Richards of CO, Shari (Greg) Atwell of TN; 4 grandchildren; 7 great-grandchildren; 2 brothers George Beltz of Waterford and Donald Beltz of IN.

 

In addition to Juanita, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Christine Beltz.

 

On Thursday, June 14, 2018 the Past Grand Matrons and Past Grand Patrons of Michigan presented the Memorial Service at the Dryer Funeral Home in Holly. Pastor Cliff Schroeder officiated at the funeral service the following day. Bob’s final resting place is in White Chapel Cemetery in Troy, Michigan.

 

“Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord…”

From “The Battle Hymn of the Republic”

(Bob’s favorite song.)

 

Submitted with fraternal love,

Mary A. Ivey, Grand Secretary

 

 

A TRIBUTE TO HONORARY LIFE MEMBERS

OF THE GRAND CHAPTER OF MICHIGAN

September 2018

 

“With bitter weeping and passionate lament

make your mourning worthy of him.

Mourn for a few days as propriety demands,

And then take comfort for your grief.”

Ecclesiasticus 38:17 (The Apocrypha)

 

 

THE FOLLOWING HONORARY LIFE MEMBERS OF GRAND CHAPTER HAVE PASSED AWAY SINCE OUR LAST REPORT TO GRAND CHAPTER

 

 

EDWIN L. CHAPMAN (Martha Washington No. 113/Bay No. 219) Edwin, affectionately known as “Ed” was born on March 15, 1930 and passed away on February 26, 2018.  Ed was initiated on September 15, 1970 in Sharon Chapter No. 20.  He attended Grand Chapter for the first time in 1972 when he and wife, Hazel, were first-time Worthy Matron and Worthy Patron.  He served another five times as Worthy Patron.  Unlike some, Ed held offices in addition to Associate Patron.  He also briefly was installed in the offices of Secretary, Chaplain and Marshal.  In the 70’s, while his daughter and son were taking part in Masonic Youth Organizations, Ed worked with the Job’s Daughters and the Order of DeMolay.  For many years he continued that support with encouragement and attendance at all Youth functions.  From the first time Ed attended Grand Chapter until health chose otherwise, he served in various capacities, always willing to help out whenever or wherever needed.  Ed served on the Properties and Setup Crew from 1985-1996.  During Ed’s career at General Motors, he had the opportunity to serve as a volunteer for the Cancer Society driving patients for treatments, etc.  For those volunteer hours of service, he was proud to receive the Rose Award from the General Grand Chapter.  In October 2000 he worked on the Assembly Crew at the General Grand Chapter Triennial Assembly at Detroit COBO Arena when Michigan’s Florence Adair, presided as the Most Worthy Grand Matron.  Also in 2000, then Worthy Grand Matron, Mary Lockridge, recommended him as Grand Representative of The United Grand Chapter of Australia in Michigan.  Ed enjoyed the appointment and attended the 2001 Grand Chapter Session held in Tasmania.  On November 10, 2005 he was voted to Life Membership in Sharon Chapter.  As a Past Patron, Ed served the Mallet Club of Michigan as President in 2005-2006.  At “The Bells are Ringing” Session of Grand Chapter in 2006 he received Honorary Life Membership from Worthy Grand Matron Mary Plater and Worthy Grand Patron Richard Haynor.  When Sharon Chapter surrendered their charter in 2010, Ed took his Grand Chapter demit to Martha Washington No. 113 and reinstated his membership on March 14, 2011.  In 2014 he became a dual member of Bay Chapter No. 219.  He also gave service to the Saginaw-Bay County Association as 2nd Vice President and Chaplain.   Ed’s friendly and gentle manner is greatly missed by those who knew him.

 

JEANETTE R. WHIPPLE (Flint No. 138)  Jeanette was born on March 16, 1935 and passed away April 18, 2018.  She was initiated in Pilgrim Chapter No. 447 on December 18, 1970 on the Masonic affiliation of her husband, Graham a member of Genesee Lodge No. 174.  Jeanette held her first station, that of Martha, in 1972-73 and from that point forward there were only a few years in which she was not holding office.  She served as Adah, Ruth and Martha before advancing through the Line to Worthy Matron in 1985-86.  Jeanette would hold the office of Worthy Matron at least two additional times.  In 1996 then Worthy Grand Matron, Margaret Belknap, recommended Jeanette to be Grand Representative of Wisconsin in Michigan.  This was the beginning of her service to Grand Chapter.  She was appointed to the Publicity Committee for the Lockridge-Snider Grand Family and many members have fond memories of that committee.  Janet Palmer and Jeanette traveled the State snapping photos and brightening the room.  The Plater-Haynor Grand Family was served by Jeanette when she was appointed their Grand Electa.  She was a wonderful Elect Lady.  Following that year of service she found the Star Point of Electa to be her place in the Chapter and served in that chair from 2008-09 until her passing in 2018.  It was in 2006 that Pilgrim Chapter members elected Jeanette to Life Membership.  Then in 2008 they found it necessary to consolidate with Flint Chapter No. 138 and Jeanette continued serving in her new Chapter.  She worked on the finance and audit committees, helped with the Chapter’s booth at the Masonic Home Fair, worked on card parties, dinners, styles shows, bazaars, and other activities for the Chapter.  Her time was also given to Genesee County Association where she held the offices of Marshal, Secretary, 1st Vice President and President among others.  At the “Garden of Peace and Harmony” Session of Grand Chapter, Worthy Grand Matron Sheryl Morrison and Worthy Grand Patron Richard Ward presented Jeanette with Honorary Life Membership.  She was small in stature but mighty in service as she served right to the end.  Jeanette was taken to her eternal home unexpectedly and left a void for all who knew her.

 

WILDA VIOLET FELBER (Jefferson No. 489)  Wilda was born on January 31, 1916 at the end of WWI and passed away on April 20, 2018 at the age of 102.  She was given the name Wilda however didn’t care for it preferring Welda instead.  She was born in Detroit, Michigan to Edwin Charles and Sophie Meinke Gorlitz.  She was one of four children.  Welda was initiated on September 9, 1950 in Eastern Chapter No. 420 on the Masonic affiliation of her husband Daniel Felber a member of East Detroit Lodge No. 589, Eastpointe, Michigan.  In 1964 she obtain a demit from Eastern Chapter and reinstated her membership in East Detroit Chapter No. 527.  Welda served in various offices through her Eastern Star life and advanced to Worthy Matron at least three times.  In 1976 then Worthy Grand Matron Marjorie Barton recommended Welda to be Grand Representative of New Jersey in Michigan.  She was selected to serve on the Sunshine Committee for the Andrasi-Shonyo Grand Family and that year her chapter consolidated with Van Dyke Loyalty No. 500.  On October 4, 1985 she was honored by her Chapter with Life Membership.  The very next week at the “Lighthouse of Hope” Session of Grand Chapter, Worthy Grand Matron Lucille Martin and Worthy Grand Patron Donald Shirey presented Welda with Honorary Life Membership.  Following the charter surrender of Van Dyke Loyalty Chapter, in 2002 Welda took her Grand Chapter demit to Lake Pointe East Chapter No. 420.  She completed her service on earth in Jefferson Chapter No. 489 when Lake Pointe East consolidated in 2007.  Welda lived a long and happy life and her motto was, “I want to wear out, not rust out,” which is exactly what she did.  She was a devout Christian and a member of Hope United Church of Christ-Fraser.  Very few Sundays found her not at church.  Her service to the Fraternal Family included other organizations as well.  She was a lifetime member of Daughters of the Nile, serving as Queen as well as being appointed Supreme Escort to the Temple Banner.  She served as High Priestess of the Ladies Oriental Shrine and was a founding member of the Clown Unit.  She also served as Mother Advisor for the International Order of the Rainbow for Girls.  She will forever be remembered as the clown Lil Pic’n and for her sense of humor.  Welda did live a long a very fruitful life and is missed.

 

SHIRLEY VAN DELESTER (Bedford No. 471)  Shirley was born on February 22, 1930 and passed away June 7, 2018.  She was initiated in Bedford Chapter No. 471 on November 19, 1964 on the Masonic affiliation of her husband Paul, a member of Bedford Lodge No. 207.  Shirley was an active member from the start and continued that service almost to the end.  Had it not been for her health giving out, she would have been found at the Masonic Temple preparing or serving a meal, cleaning up after or helping wherever needed.  Shirley held an office most every year of the membership serving as Worthy Matron at least twice and the Line offices leading to that station.  She held all five Star Points and enjoyed Martha and Electa the most.  Shirley was a worker.  It was rare that she could not be found at the Masonic Temple when the doors were open.  She also took an active part in the Calhoun County Association and held several stations. In 2002 then Worthy Grand Matron Karen Black recognized Shirley’s devotion to the Order and recommended her to be the Grand Representative of Alberta in Michigan.  She never sought the honor of Life Member in her Chapter however, on October 10, 2001 at the “Starway to Heaven” Session of Grand Chapter Shirley was awarded Honorary Life Membership.  She was unassuming yet let her thoughts be known.  Her faith was evident as she was always found wearing the color purple in recognition of her church.  Shirley is missed by all who knew her for all she has done.

 

 

“For grief may lead to death,

and a sorrowful heart saps the strength.”

Ecclesiasticus 38:17 and 18 (The Apocrypha)

 

 

Mary A. Ivey

Grand Secretary

 

 

 

REMINDER NOTES

FOR THE GRAND CHAPTER SESSION

 

NOTE:  Please convey this information to those members of your Chapter who would be affected.

 

1.   TO THE MEMBERS:  Remember that according to our Law, EVERY MEMBER in good standing is eligible to vote at Grand Chapter, if registered before 12 o’clock noon on Wednesday, October 10, 2018.  PRE-REGISTERED MEMBERS are still required to show their current (2018) dues receipt to receive their Ballots, Badge and registration material.  Registration will begin at 12:00 noon on Sunday in the McCamly Plaza Hotel – Custer Room. 

 

2.  ELECTION:  Remember the Election of Grand Officers and Elected Board Members is the first order of business Wednesday Afternoon.

 

3.   TO THE WORTHY MATRONS:  DO NOT WEAR YOUR NEW FORMAL until the Grand Chapter opening on Tuesday.

 

4.  TO THE ASSOCIATE MATRONS:  Your new formal for the 2018-2019 year is NOT TO BE WORN UNTIL THURSDAY AFTERNOON, for the Installation Ceremony.

 

5.   PAST GRAND MATRONS AND PAST GRAND PATRONS, GRAND REPRESENTATIVES AND HONORARY/HONORED LIFE MEMBERS OF GRAND CHAPTER:  Be sure to register at the table listing your PRIMARY Chapter number.  Your names are listed on those records and this is where you will be issued your ballots, badge, and the Advance Proceedings.  You also need to check in at the Distinquished Guests Committee Table.  Registration will begin at 12:00 noon on Sunday in the McCamly Plaza Hotel – Custer Room. 

 

6.   GRAND FAMILY MEMBERS AND ELECTED BOARDS:  Be sure to register at the table marked with your PRIMARY Chapter number.  This is where you will receive your ballot, badge and the Advance Proceedings.  Be sure to pick up your Social Events tickets (banquet, etc.) at the Ticket Table in or near the Custer Room.  Registration will begin at 12:00 noon on Sunday in the McCamly Plaza Hotel – Custer Room.    

 

7.   ASSOCIATE MATRONS AND ASSOCIATE PATRONS:  Remember there will be a meeting in the Grand Chapter Room West which you are expected to attend immediately following the Memorial on Wednesday night.  You will meet the new Grand Family at this time.  There will be a rehearsal for the Installation formation following this meeting.

 

8.   FAMILY AND FRIENDS MAY ATTEND OUR MEMORIAL SESSION ON WEDNESDAY EVENING, with no admittance fee.  TO OUR MEMBERS:  If you do not pay the registration fee, you will not be counted as being in attendance!

 

9.         HEADQUARTER HOTEL CONFIRMATIONS.  The McCamly Plaza Hotel is not sending confirmations.  If you are staying at the Headquarter Hotel and desire to know your confirmation number, please call the hotel (888) 622-2659 or Jill Cherwinski  (810) 639-5864.

 

10.       LEGISLATION DEBATE:  Prepare your comments before speaking.  By writing your comments on paper this will allow you to make the best use of the two-minute debate time limit.

 

11.  PARKING.  Parking passes for the ramp and lots need to be obtained at the Grand Chapter registration desk (in the McCamly Hotel Custer Room).  Parking will be available in the ramp, also across the street from the hotel and hotel valet parking.  There is some available parking in the lot north of the Hotel.  The lot south of the train station is no longer available.

 

September 2018

 

 

                            “CATHEDRAL OF PRAISE” Session

 

 

Dear Sisters and Brothers:

 

Brother Tom and I welcome you to our “Cathedral of Praise” Session of the Grand Chapter Order of the Eastern Star of Michigan. This, our 152nd Session, will be held October 9-10-11, 2018 at the Kellogg Arena in Battle Creek.

 

Tuesday afternoon, we will greet and introduce our distinguished guests. Please join us as we welcome our guests to our Michigan Grand Chapter.

 

Wednesday will begin the business of this Grand Jurisdiction.  I encourage you to visit our candidates prior to their election on Wednesday afternoon.  The legislation being presented affects the future of Michigan Grand Chapter, I trust you will make yourself familiar with all the legislation, so you may vote for the good of the Order.  You must be registered with a 2019 dues card, by noon on Wednesday in order to vote. Our Honored Life Members will receive special recognition on Wednesday evening followed by our Memorial Service.  Please plan to join us as we remember those members who have left us this past year.

 

Thursday we conclude the business of this year and proceed to the start of another Grand Chapter year.

 

As our year of service ends, Brother Tom and I have so many exciting and wonderful memories as we remember our Obligation, to promote the welfare and prosperity of our Order of The Eastern Star of Michigan. Thursday afternoon we turn over the reign of this Grand Chapter to the Snodgrass – Waldo Grand Family.  Tom and I wish Elizabeth and Michael and their Grand Family the same joyful, exciting time as we experienced.  The year is over fast so enjoy every minute of your “Light of Knowledge” year. May you have much success and good health in the 2018 – 2019 year of service.

 

Sending  Positive Praise your way,

 

Janice M. Fowler                                                                             Thomas R. Huis

Worthy Grand Matron                                                                     Worthy Grand Patron 

 

 

Mary A. Ivey, Grand Secretary

Grand Officers, Grand Committee Members, Past Grand Matrons and Past Grand Patrons, Out-of-State Guests and all Members present may register Sunday, October 7, in the McCamly Plaza Hotel Custer Room from 12 noon until 4 p.m.

 

RegistrationMonday - 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  Tuesday - 9:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday - 9:00 a.m. (noon - end of ballot distribution) to beginning of afternoon session.  Open between afternoon and evening sessions.  Thursday - only by request (contact Guard or Guardian at the Grand Chapter Room door).    OUR LAW REQUIRES CLOSING OF REGISTRATION FOR DISTRIBUTION OF BALLOTS at noon Wednesday.  Registration will be open on Wednesday afternoon and evening between sessions to allow registration personnel the opportunity to attend the Sessions and vote.

 

DRESSING          There will be dressing rooms in the Kellogg Arena with ample room 

ROOMS                for hanging formals.  These rooms will be under constant surveillance

                                and locked when not in use.

 

 

INFORMATION    A table will be stationed near registration.  The Convention

              &                  Bureau table will be stationed close to registration.

LOST & FOUND   

 

Emergency messages are to be given to the Chairman of the Session, however we strive to eliminate unnecessary paging during the business session, as a courtesy to the Worthy Grand Matron.

 

Cell phones, pagers, etc must be turned off or set to vibrate during Grand Chapter Sessions.  There will be a fine collected for all ringing devices.

 

 

 

GENERAL CHAIRMAN  Mrs. Shirley Kaspari (Roseville #468)

    19195 Eastwood Drive, Harper Woods, MI  48225-2042

GENERAL CO-CHAIRMAN Mrs. Gail Kwiatkowski (Pontiac #228)

    1605 Crestline Lane, Rochester Hills, MI  48307-3413

 

SESSION AUDITORIUM DECORATION CHAIRMAN  Miss Helene Ruhl

    (Tecumseh #51) 509 Sunset Drive, Clinton, MI  49236

SESSION AUDITORIUM DECORATION CO-CHAIRMAN  Mrs. Marvel

    Harwood  (Tecumseh #51) 3300 West Cadmus Road., Adrian, MI  49221

 

PROPERTIES AND LABYRINTH CO-CHAIRMEN  Mr. Donald Morrow

    (Wacousta #133) 7421 West Clark Road, Grand Ledge, MI  48837-9228

    Mr. David Fowler (Wenona #162) 9650 US Highway 12, Brooklyn, MI  49230-9249

 

 

 

BANQUET CHAIRMAN  Mrs. Carol Orsborn (Wacousta #133)

    9062 Riverside Drive, Grand Ledge, MI  48837

BANQUET CO-CHAIRMAN  Mrs. Marilyn Strader (Nourmahal #282)

    7461 New Hampshire Drive, Davison, MI  48423-9512

 

BANQUET TICKET CHAIRMAN   Mrs. Carol Stuart (Hastings #7)

    712 Riverwalk Street, Hastings, MI  49058

BANQUET TICKET CO-CHAIRMAN  Mrs. Gail Wheeler (Pontiac #228)

    6126 Bentwood Circle East, White Lake, MI  48383

 

BANQUET DECORATIONS CHAIRMAN    Mrs. Tanya Martin (Hastings #7)

    321 West Walnut, Hastings, MI  49058

BANQUET DECORATIONS CO-CHAIRMAN  Mrs. Shirley Bryson

    (Brookfield #352/Kalamo #399) 2310 Swift Road, Bellevue, MI  49021

 

DISTINQUISHED GUESTS COMMITTEE, CHAIRMAN   Mrs. Jan Cross

    (Berkley-Highland Park #483) 23240 Berkley, Oak Park, MI  48237-2031

 

COURTESY CAR, CHAIRMAN   Mrs. Barbara Hulse (Kalamo #399), 605 N. Main

    Street, Bellevue, MI  49021

 

VENDOR CHAIRMAN  Mrs. Janet Palmer (Breckenridge #323) PO Box 277,

    Breckenridge, MI  48615-0277

 

RESERVATIONS CHAIRMAN  Mrs. Jill Cherwinski (Vienna #283)

    10477 Willard Road, Montrose, MI  48457-9410

 

REGISTRATION CHAIRMAN   Mrs. Helen Milbourne, PGM (Mulliken #161)

    13361 Turner Road, Grand Ledge, MI  48837-9504

 

FIRST AID   Mr. David Snider (Wacousta #133), 14685 Center Rd., Bath, MI  48808

 

SOUND AND LIGHTING  Kellogg Arena Personnel, BC Sound and Mrs. Faith Dew

    (Berkley-Highland Park #483) 22893 Elmgrove, Farmington Hills, MI  48336-3713

 

GRAND CHAPTER PHOTOGRAPHER   Charles Johnson (Berkley-Highland

    Park #483) 23205 Gratiot Avenue, Eastpointe, MI  48021-1684

 

 

DRESSING ROOM CHAIRMAN  Mrs. Marylin Barnard (Vienna #283)

    2100 Nebraska Avenue, Flint, MI  48506

 

 

 

OUTLINE OF PLANS FOR THE “CATHEDRAL OF PRAISE” SESSION

(Plans are subject to change)

 

MONDAY, OCTOBER 8, 2018           “Black Tie Evening” (Formal)

                5:30 p.m.                             McCamly Plaza Hotel – Branson Ballroom

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 9, 2018           GRAND REPRESENTATIVES’ BREAKFAST

                8:00 a.m.                             McCamly Plaza Hotel – Branson Ballroom

                10:00 a.m.                           MEETING OF SECRETARIES AND TREASURERS

                                                            McCamly Plaza Hotel – 16th Floor

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 9, 2018           GRAND CHAPTER OPENING

                1:15 p.m.                             Musical Interlude.

                1:30 p.m.                             Informal Opening, Dedication of Session:  Presentation of

                                                            Bibles, Flags, Distinguished Guests and Greetings.

                4:00 p.m.                             PAST GRAND MATRONS’ AND PAST GRAND PATRONS’

                                                            BANQUET, McCamly Plaza Hotel Branson 1 & 2 (formal)

                7:15 p.m.                             Musical Interlude.

                7:30 p.m.                             Presentation of Grand Lodge Officers of Michigan. 

                                                            Welcome to the Youth Groups, followed by FORMAL

                                                            OPENING, Presentation of Distinguished Guests, GGC Officers,

                                                            GGC Committee, Past Grand Matrons, Past Grand Patrons, and

                                                            Grand  Representatives.  Short Business Session.

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 10, 2018

                8:45 a.m.                             Musical Interlude.

                9:00 a.m.                             Grand Entrance, Reconvening, Reports of Worthy

                                                            Grand Matron and Worthy Grand Patron.

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 10, 2018   PAGO LUNCHEON

                11:30 a.m.                           McCamly Plaza Hotel – Branson Ballroom

AFTERNOON SESSION

                2:00 p.m.                             Presentation of Candidates for Grand Chapter Offices, Election of

                                                            Officers, Reports of Grand Secretary, Grand Treasurer and other

                                                            Grand Officers, Legislation, Reports of Boards and Committees.

EVENING SESSION

                7:15 p.m.                             Musical Interlude.

                7:30 p.m.                             Opening of the MEMORIAL SESSION.   Tribute to Honored Life

                                                            Members of Grand Chapter. MEMORIAL

 

                                                            MEMORIAL SESSION.  Special Note:  This Session will

                                                            be open to non-members.  It will not be necessary for them

                                                            to pay registration fee.  Members should remember, however,

                                                            if you do not pay the registration fee, your attendance at Grand

                                                            Chapter will not be recorded.

 

Following the Wednesday Evening Session, the Associate Matrons and Associate Patrons will meet in the West section of the Arena with the Associate Grand Matron and Associate Grand Patron.

 

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 11, 2018

                8:45 a.m.                             Musical Interlude.

                9:00 a.m.                             GRAND ENTRANCE.  Completion of Business and Closing of the

                                                            Business Session.

THURSDAY AFTERNOON                 Installation and Closing.

 

IMPORTANT INSTRUCTIONS.  All members must show the 2019 receipt for dues when registering, including those who are pre-registered.  The Grand Guards will ask to see your registration badge each time you are admitted.  Be careful with your ballot and your badge of admission.  BRING YOUR LAW BOOK AND BOOK OF INSTRUCTIONS WITH YOU TO GRAND CHAPTER. 

 

You MUST NOTIFY YOUR HOTEL if you make a change in the date or the time of arrival.  FAILURE MAY RESULT IN A BILL TO YOU FOR THE ROOM.   

 

 

 

Visit the Grand Chapter website for Parking maps

 

 

PARKING REVISED INFORMATION

AT

2018 GRAND CHAPTER

BATTLE CREEK

 

HAMBLIN RAMP – (next to the Kellogg Arena)

“100” spaces available at.00 for the week.

(passes available at GRAND CHAPTER REGISTRATION – Custer Room, Mc Camly Plaza Hotel)

(parking with the pass is valid on only floors 2 through 5 of the ramp)

 

Standard Parking Rates in the Hamblin Ramp –

                                                            Minutes                        Rate

1st Hour                                               0-60                             Free

2nd Hour                                               61-120                        .00

3rd Hour                                               121-180                      .00

4th Hour                                               181-240                      .00

5th Hour                                               241-300                      .00

6th Hour                                               301-360                      .00

7th Hour                                               361-420                      .00

8th +                                                     Daily Max                   .00

Spaces available – first come, first serve - busiest times between 7:00am and 5:00pm Monday – Thursday.

 

FULL BLAST (EAST & WEST LOTS)  –  (East lot - across the street from the McCamly Plaza Hotel.  West lot - across the street from the Hamblin Ramp.)

Spaces available at.00 (East Lot),.00 (West Lot) for the week.

(passes available at GRAND CHAPTER REGISTRATION – Custer Room, Mc Camly Plaza Hotel)

 

JACKSON STREET PARKING RAMP – (North of Arena)

Spaces available at.00 for the week.

(passes available at GRAND CHAPTER REGISTRATION – Custer Room, Mc Camly Plaza Hotel)

 

MC CAMLY PLAZA HOTEL VALET

Spaces available at.00 per day (with and in out privileges).

(Valet parking available at the entrance to McCamly Plaza Hotel.)

 

FREE PARKING (Additional lot near the train station, a couple of blocks south of the hotel and arena.)

 

 

GRAND CHAPTER

ORDER OF THE EATERN STAR

OF MICHIGAN

 

September 2018

 

 

TO THE OFFICERS AND MEMBERS OF THE SUBORDINATE CHAPTERS OF MICHIGAN

 

 

 

Dear Sisters and Brothers:

 

The letters of endorsement from Chapters, have been received for the following Sisters and Brothers for the Elective Offices and Boards of our Grand Chapter.

 

 

FOR THE OFFICE OF GRAND SECRETARY

Jan S. Cross                                                         Berkley-Highland Park Chapter No. 483

Sharon McKnight                          Niles Chapter No. 332/Edwardsburg Chapter No. 476

 

FOR THE OFFICE OF GRAND TREASURER

Hope E. Smith                               Brookfield Chapter No. 352/Kalamo Chapter No. 399

 

FOR THE OFFICE OF ASSOCIATE GRAND CONDUCTRESS

Linda Koshowsky                                                                 Farmington Chapter No. 239

Dorothy “Dottie” Kennedy             Victoria Chapter No. 290/Ypsilanti Chapter No. 119

Denise M. Abbey                                Mt. Pleasant Chapter No. 55/Alma Chapter No. 43

 

FOR THE OFFICE OF GRAND SENTINEL

Theodore “Ted” S. Snodgrass          Kalamo Chapter No. 399/Mulliken Chapter No. 161

David A. O’Connell                                                                     Vienna Chapter No. 283

 

BENEVOLENCE BOARD

Thomas R. Huis                                                                              Hastings Chapter No. 7

Raymond N. Abbey                           Mt. Pleasant Chapter No. 55/Alma Chapter No. 43  

 

EDUCATIONAL BOARD

Norma A. Wojack              Coldwater Chapter No. 1/Paw Paw-Lawton Chapter No. 257

Colleen M. Wilcenski                        Charlevoix Chapter No. 72/Waldo Chapter No. 180

Nancy A. Martin                                                                          Howell Chapter No. 372

 

 

 

Fraternally submitted,

 

Mary A. Ivey, Grand Secretary

 

 

 

August 1, 2018

 

Dear Sisters & Brothers,

 

At Grand Chapter, I gave each of the Worthy Patrons a.00 bill to start their Chapter on the “Woodie’s Race” project.  The purpose was to earn money for the Education Scholarship Fund.  This letter is to let you know that the Drills and Formations Committee are planning a “horse race” at Grand Chapter and invite you to have a member of your Chapter participate in the race.  You can make a “horse” of your choice to join in this fun.  One suggestion is that you Google “pool noodle horse” and see what a fun horse you can make from a pool noodle!!  This doesn’t need to be elaborate, but just something a little different to have fun with.

 

Happy “horse” building, and I look forward to seeing your creation at Grand Chapter.

 

Star friendship,

 

 

Thomas Huis

Worthy Grand Patron

 

 

 

BUS TRANSPORTATION

 

May 15, 2018

From Kendra Sysak

 

I was approached from Sisters from other Chapters to see if I could arrange a bus to take a group of people to Grand Chapter on Wednesday, October 10, 2018. I have been able to arrange a bus with Jag Bus Company out of Gladwin and we would need to get a minimum of 50 people to go in order to get the Bus Company to take us.

 

Upon your approval, please forward this onto your Grand Secretary.

BUS TRANSPORTATION TO GRAND CHAPTER

OCTOBER 10, 2018

Time: 6am from Coleman & 6:45am from Home Depot from Mt. Pleasant

PAYMENT of.00 made out to Coleman OES #281

Send to Kendra Sysak by September 15th.

Contact Kendra Sysak for more information: 5040 W Fike Rd., Coleman, MI 48618

       Phone: 989-465-6439

 

 

 

 

 

The Jurisprudence Committee has prepared this document to clarify the legislation that will be presented at the Grand Chapter Session. 

 

 

 

 

 

OCTOBER 2018

PROPOSED LEGISLATION

 

LAW BOOK

(Constitution and Laws of the Grand Chapter)

and

(Laws for the Government of Subordinate Chapters)

 

AND

 

BOOK OF INSTRUCTIONS

(Section 5 – O.E.S. Law Book)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Proposed Change:

If adopted, will read:

ITEM NO. 1

Division Number 2

CONSTITUTION OF THE GRAND CHAPTER ORDER OF THE EASTERN STAR OF MICHIGAN

Article 6. REVENUES AND FINANCES, (A), page 19

 

(A)    A fee of six dollars and fifty cents (.50) from every Subordinate Chapter for each member, each dual member, and each life member enrolled as of October 31 following its annual meeting, except members, life members or dual members whose dues and/or fees, following a written request to the chapter by those needing financial assistance (or their representatives), have been remitted for charitable purposes.  At the discretion of the Secretary, a phone call may take the place of a written request.  Collect Liability Insurance Premiums from each chapter for each resident member and each resident dual member.  Collect two dollars (.00) General Grand Chapter Per Capita Tax for each member, each dual member, and each life member enrolled as of October 31, following its annual meeting.  Said dues shall be paid on or before the first day of January following said annual meeting. (1935-53-68-73-75-77-85-87-92-95-2001-02-03-11-13-15)

 

Article 31.  PER CAPITA TAX, LIABILITY INSURANCE AND GENERA GRAND CHAPTER PER CAPITA, first paragraph, Page 38

 

Every chartered chapter within this jurisdiction shall pay annually to the Grand Chapter on or before the first day of January, six dollars and fifty cents (.50) for every member, every dual member and every life member enrolled as of October 31 following the annual meeting, except for members, life members and dual members whose dues and/or fees, following a written request to the chapter by those needing financial assistance (or their representatives), have been remitted for charitable reasons.  At the discretion of the Secretary, a phone call may take the place of a written request.  No member shall be entitled to vote in the Grand Chapter until such chapter Per Capita Tax, Liability Insurance and General Grand Chapter Per Capita are paid.   (1936-53-68-72-73-75-77-85-92-95-2002-04-11-13)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(A)    A fee of six dollars and fifty cents (.50) twenty dollars (.00) from every Subordinate Chapter for each member, each dual member, and each life member enrolled as of October 31 following its annual meeting, except members, life members or dual members whose dues and/or fees, following a written request to the chapter by those needing financial assistance (or their representatives), have been remitted for charitable purposes.  At the discretion of the Secretary, a phone call may take the place of a written request.  Collect Liability Insurance Premiums from each chapter for each resident member and each resident dual member.  Collect two dollars (.00) General Grand Chapter Per Capita Tax for each member, each dual member, and each life member enrolled as of October 31, following its annual meeting.  Said dues shall be paid on or before the first day of January following said annual meeting. (1935-53-68-73-75-77-85-87-92-95-2001-02-03-11-13-15)

 

 

 

 

 

Every chartered chapter within this jurisdiction shall pay annually to the Grand Chapter on or before the first day of January, six dollars and fifty cents (.50) twenty dollars (.00) for every member, every dual member and every life member enrolled as of October 31 following the annual meeting, except for members, life members and dual members whose dues and/or fees, following a written request to the chapter by those needing financial assistance (or their representatives), have been remitted for charitable reasons.  At the discretion of the Secretary, a phone call may take the place of a written request.  No member shall be entitled to vote in the Grand Chapter until such chapter Per Capita Tax, Liability Insurance and General Grand Chapter Per Capita are paid.   (1936-53-68-72-73-75-77-85-92-95-2002-04-11-13)

 

 

 

 

 

Division Number 2

CONSTITUTION OF THE GRAND CHAPTER ORDER OF THE EASTERN STAR OF MICHIGAN

Article 6. REVENUES AND FINANCES, (A), page 19

 

(A)    A fee of twenty dollars (.00) from every Subordinate Chapter for each member, each dual member, and each life member enrolled as of October 31 following its annual meeting, except members, life members or dual members whose dues and/or fees, following a written request to the chapter by those needing financial assistance (or their representatives), have been remitted for charitable purposes.  At the discretion of the Secretary, a phone call may take the place of a written request.  Collect Liability Insurance Premiums from each chapter for each resident member and each resident dual member.  Collect two dollars (.00) General Grand Chapter Per Capita Tax for each member, each dual member, and each life member enrolled as of October 31, following its annual meeting.  Said dues shall be paid on or before the first day of January following said annual meeting.  (1935-53-68-73-75-77-85-87-92-95-2001-02-03-11-13-15-18)

 

Article 31.  PER CAPITA TAX, LIABILITY INSURANCE AND GENERA GRAND CHAPTER PER CAPITA, first paragraph, Page 38

 

 

Every chartered chapter within this jurisdiction shall pay annually to the Grand Chapter on or before the first day of January, twenty dollars (.00) for every member, every dual member and every life member enrolled as of October 31 following the annual meeting, except for members, life members and dual members whose dues and/or fees, following a written request to the chapter by those needing financial assistance (or their representatives), have been remitted for charitable reasons.  At the discretion of the Secretary, a phone call may take the place of a written request.  No member shall be entitled to vote in the Grand Chapter until such chapter Per Capita Tax, Liability Insurance and General Grand Chapter Per Capita are paid.   (1936-53-68-72-73-75-77-85-92-95-2002-04-11-13-18)

 

RATIONALE:

Per Capita Tax based on our membership should cover the expenses of Grand Chapter.  Since 2010, a total of 1,500.00 has been transferred from the undesignated funds to cover the shortage.

2010   ,000.00

2011   ,000.00

2012   ,000.00

2013   ,000.00

2014   ,000.00

2015   ,000.00

2016   ,000.00

2017   ,500.00

 

In 2017 alone,,500.00 was needed to cover/make up the difference in Per Capita versus the expenses of this Grand Chapter.  For the past two years, Per capita has covered less than half of the operating expenses.

 

The money used to cover the expenses, limits funds available for our charitable purposes (benevolence, education, and other Grand Chapter charities). In the past year, two bonds have been cashed in and not replaced in order to meet our expenses.  There are no foreseeable funds available to replace these investments.

 

As our membership continues to decline, so does the relevant income from Per Capita.  2016-2017 Operating Expenses of 9,768.00 divided by the total membership of 8,490 equals.53 per member.

 

.00 per member per year seems like a very affordable investment in an organization that we believe in.

 

 

 

 

Proposed Change:

If adopted, will read:

ITEM NO. 2

Division Number 2

CONSTITUTION OF THE GRAND CHAPTER ORDER OF THE EASTERN STAR OF MICHIGAN

Article 6. REVENUES AND FINANCES, (A), page 19

 

(A)    A fee of six dollars and fifty cents (.50) from every Subordinate Chapter for each member, each dual member, and each life member enrolled as of October 31 following its annual meeting, except members, life members or dual members whose dues and/or fees, following a written request to the chapter by those needing financial assistance (or their representatives), have been remitted for charitable purposes.  At the discretion of the Secretary, a phone call may take the place of a written request.  Collect Liability Insurance Premiums from each chapter for each resident member and each resident dual member.  Collect two dollars (.00) General Grand Chapter Per Capita Tax for each member, each dual member, and each life member enrolled as of October 31, following its annual meeting.  Said dues shall be paid on or before the first day of January following said annual meeting.  (1935-53-68-73-75-77-85-87-92-95-2001-02-03-11-13-15)

 

Article 31.  PER CAPITA TAX, LIABILITY INSURANCE AND GENERA GRAND CHAPTER PER CAPITA, first paragraph, Page 38

 

Every chartered chapter within this jurisdiction shall pay annually to the Grand Chapter on or before the first day of January, six dollars and fifty cents (.50) for every member, every dual member and every life member enrolled as of October 31 following the annual meeting, except for members, life members and dual members whose dues and/or fees, following a written request to the chapter by those needing financial assistance (or their representatives), have been remitted for charitable reasons.  At the discretion of the Secretary, a phone call may take the place of a written request.  No member shall be entitled to vote in the Grand Chapter until such chapter Per Capita Tax, Liability Insurance and General Grand Chapter Per Capita are paid.  (1936-53-68-72-73-75-77-85-92-95-2002-04-11-13)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(A)    A fee of six dollars and fifty cents (.50) ten dollars (.00) increasing three dollars (.00) annually thereafter for the next five years from every Subordinate Chapter for each member, each dual member, and each life member enrolled as of October 31 following its annual meeting, except members, life members or dual members whose dues and/or fees, following a written request to the chapter by those needing financial assistance (or their representatives), have been remitted for charitable purposes.  At the discretion of the Secretary, a phone call may take the place of a written request.  Collect Liability Insurance Premiums from each chapter for each resident member and each resident dual member.  Collect two dollars (.00) General Grand Chapter Per Capita Tax for each member, each dual member, and each life member enrolled as of October 31, following its annual meeting.  Said dues shall be paid on or before the first day of January following said annual meeting.  (1935-53-68-73-75-77-85-87-92-95-2001-02-03-11-13-15)

 

 

 

Every chartered chapter within this jurisdiction shall pay annually to the Grand Chapter on or before the first day of January, six dollars and fifty cents (.50) ten dollars (.00) increasing three dollars (.00) annually thereafter for the next five years for every member, every dual member and every life member enrolled as of October 31 following the annual meeting, except for members, life members and dual members whose dues and/or fees, following a written request to the chapter by those needing financial assistance (or their representatives), have been remitted for charitable reasons.  At the discretion of the Secretary, a phone call may take the place of a written request.  No member shall be entitled to vote in the Grand Chapter until such chapter Per Capita Tax, Liability Insurance and General Grand Chapter Per Capita are paid.  (1936-53-68-72-73-75-77-85-92-95-2002-04-11-13)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Division Number 2

CONSTITUTION OF THE GRAND CHAPTER ORDER OF THE EASTERN STAR OF MICHIGAN

Article 6. REVENUES AND FINANCES, (A), page 19

 

(A)    A fee of ten dollars (.00) increasing three dollars (.00) annually thereafter for the next five years from every Subordinate Chapter for each member, each dual member, and each life member enrolled as of October 31 following its annual meeting, except members, life members or dual members whose dues and/or fees, following a written request to the chapter by those needing financial assistance (or their representatives), have been remitted for charitable purposes.  At the discretion of the Secretary, a phone call may take the place of a written request.  Collect Liability Insurance Premiums from each chapter for each resident member and each resident dual member.  Collect two dollars (.00) General Grand Chapter Per Capita Tax for each member, each dual member, and each life member enrolled as of October 31, following its annual meeting.  Said dues shall be paid on or before the first day of January following said annual meeting.  (1935-53-68-73-75-77-85-87-92-95-2001-02-03-11-13-15-18)

 

Article 31.  PER CAPITA TAX, LIABILITY INSURANCE AND GENERA GRAND CHAPTER PER CAPITA, first paragraph, Page 38

 

Every chartered chapter within this jurisdiction shall pay annually to the Grand Chapter on or before the first day of January, ten dollars (.00) increasing three dollars (.00) annually thereafter for the next five years for every member, every dual member and every life member enrolled as of October 31 following the annual meeting, except for members, life members and dual members whose dues and/or fees, following a written request to the chapter by those needing financial assistance (or their representatives), have been remitted for charitable reasons.  At the discretion of the Secretary, a phone call may take the place of a written request.  No member shall be entitled to vote in the Grand Chapter until such chapter Per Capita Tax, Liability Insurance and General Grand Chapter Per Capita are paid.   (1936-53-68-72-73-75-77-85-92-95-2002-04-11-13-18)

 

RATIONALE:

Per Capita Tax based on our membership should cover the expenses of Grand Chapter.  Since 2010, a total of 1,500.00 has been transferred from the undesignated funds to cover the shortage.

2010   ,000.00

2011   ,000.00

2012   ,000.00

2013   ,000.00

2014   ,000.00

2015   ,000.00

2016   ,000.00

2017   ,500.00

 

In 2017 alone,,500.00 was needed to cover/make up the difference in Per Capita versus the expenses of this Grand Chapter.  For the past two years, Per Capita has covered less than half of the operating expenses.

 

The money used to cover the expenses, limits funds available for our charitable purposes (benevolence, education, and other Grand Chapter charities). In the past year, two bonds have been cashed in and not replaced in order to meet our expenses.  There are no foreseeable funds available to replace these investments.

 

As our membership continues to decline, so does the relevant income from Per Capita.  2016-2017 Operating Expenses of 9,768.00 divided by the total membership of 8,490 equals.53 per member.

 

It has been estimated that.00 plus per member is needed today to balance the cost of Grand Chapter.  Although this would be a great advantage to our Order a gradual increase seems appropriate.  By raising Per Capita to.00 this year with a gradual increase over the next five (5) years we will come in line with today’s cost.  It is anticipated that costs will increase and our income will decrease due to dwindling membership and loss of Chapters.  This increase is not a permanent remedy but could stem our need to borrow increasing amounts from our savings each year.

 

 

Proposed Change:

If adopted, will read:

ITEM NO. 3

SECTION V – LAWS FOR THE GOVERNMENT OF SUBORDINATE CHAPTERS OF MICHIGAN

 

SECTION IV – GENERAL REGULATIONS FOR CONDUCT OF OFFICERS, #9, Page 11

 

9.  Installed officers of a Chapter shall exemplify the degrees at least twice a year, using pro tem candidates if necessary.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

9.  Installed officers of a Chapters shall exemplify the degrees at least twice a year, using pro tem candidates if necessary.  One or more Chapters not having a sufficient amount of officers installed may work together by moving a Chapter’s charter with a dispensation from the Worthy Grand Matron, to allow each Chapter to take credit for the combined exemplification.

SECTION V – LAWS FOR THE GOVERNMENT OF SUBORDINATE CHAPTERS OF MICHIGAN

 

SECTION IV – GENERAL REGULATIONS FOR CONDUCT OF OFFICERS, #9, Page 11

 

9.  Installed officers of Chapters shall exemplify the degrees at least twice a year, using pro tem candidates if necessary.  One or more Chapters not having a sufficient amount of officers installed may work together by moving a Chapter’s charter with a dispensation from the Worthy Grand Matron, to allow each Chapter to take credit for the combined exemplification. (2018)

 

RATIONALE: 

There is a noted continued increase in the number of smaller Chapters and their not being able to fill all eighteen officers in their Chapter.  It is becoming difficult or impossible therefore, for smaller Chapters to meet this requirement of two exemplifications.

 

With Chapters surrendering or consolidating, there are fewer Chapters close enough together making the distance for some Chapters to travel to be a burden to assist each other with exemplifications.  By allowing this change it would help Chapters to fulfill their requirement of holding two exemplifications each year with each Chapter taking credit for the exemplification.  This would work for the good of the Chapters and the Order.

 

Proposed Change:

If adopted, will read:

ITEM NO. 4

SECTION V – LAWS FOR THE GOVERNMENT OF SUBORDINATE CHAPTERS OF MICHIGAN

 

SECTION IV – GENERAL REGULATIONS FOR CONDUCT OF OFFICERS, #2, Page 11

 

11.  Sister officers must wear white floor length dresses for initiation.  (Past Matrons may wear colored formals once a year for initiation.)  They should not have handkerchiefs, handbags, fans, Rituals, or other impediments in their hands or at their stations.  Sister officers wear floor length dresses for installation. Sister officers must wear street length or floor length skirts or dresses for all Chapter meetings other than initiations.  (2005)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

11.  Sister officers must wear white floor length dresses for initiation.  (Past Matrons may wear colored formals once a year for initiation.)  They should not have handkerchiefs, handbags, fans, Rituals, or other impediments in their hands or at their stations.  Sister officers wear floor length dresses for installation.  Sister officers must wear street length or floor length skirts or dresses for all Chapter meetings other than initiations.  Sister officers may wear pantsuits or dress slacks with appropriate tops for all Chapter meetings other than initiations, skirts or street length dresses would still be permissible.  They may not wear jeans, shorts, skorts, pedal pushers, culottes or capris to any stated meeting.

SECTION V – LAWS FOR THE GOVERNMENT OF SUBORDINATE CHAPTERS OF MICHIGAN

 

SECTION IV – GENERAL REGULATIONS FOR CONDUCT OF OFFICERS, #2, Page 11

 

11.  Sister officers must wear white floor length dresses for initiation.  (Past Matrons may wear colored formals once a year for initiation.)  They should not have handkerchiefs, handbags, fans, Rituals, or other impediments in their hands or at their stations.  Sister officers wear floor length dresses for installation.  Sister officers may wear pantsuits or dress slacks with appropriate tops for all Chapter meetings other than initiations, skirts or street length dresses would still be permissible.  They may not wear jeans, shorts, skorts, pedal pushers, culottes or capris to any stated meeting.  (2005-18)

 

RATIONALE:

Over the last several years at many seminars the dress code has been raised by our members that as they are getting older it is much harder to come out in the cold in a dress or skirt and be an active member.  As the cost of maintaining our Masonic Centers continues to rise our Temple Associations are being forced to dial back considerably and this further makes it harder to attend and be comfortable in our Masonic Centers.

 

 

 

DEMOLAY, JOBS AND RAINBOW PRESENT

 

The Fantastically Fun

Filled Fall Festival

 

Noon – 4:00PM

Food starts at 12:30

Annual Tug of War

3 legged race

Volleyball Tournament

Bring your own squirt gun for squirt gun war!

 

Each Assembly, Bethel, & Chapter are to bring cookies

Bring your own lawnchair

Consider bringing water shoes

 

 

Admission.00 – Prospects are FREE

 

SEPTEMBER 9th

International Society

4925 E Grand River

Howell, MI 48843

 

 

August 10, 2018

 

Sisters and Brothers

 

            The Snodgrass – Waldo Grand Family will host the annual Christmas Visit to Masonic Pathways on Wednesday December 5, 2018.  The annual Easter Visit will be on April 3, 2019.  We will take part in the Masonic Picnic for the residents on August 3, 2019 and would like our family to assist in the serving line.

 

            On December 5, 2018 we will meet in the Conference Center below Doig Chapel and the schedule will be:

10:00 am Coffee hour

11:00 am Label the Christmas Message from the WGM

11:45 am Snodgrass-Waldo Grand Family Meeting

12:30 pm Lunch

2:00 pm Christmas program in the Doig Chapel

 

Dress for the day will be travel attire unless you would like to wear a Christmas Sweeter or tie.

 

Please send your reservations for lunch with remittance of.00 by November 26, 2018 to:

David Huntley

329 Jonesville Road

Coldwater, MI 49036

 

Please make checks payable to Grand Chapter OES of Michigan.  If you have any questions, please contact me.

 

Fraternally,

David Huntley

Chairman

 

Email:

Cell # 517-677-3503

Text messages welcome

 

 

General Grand Chapter

Order of the Eastern Star

Established November 1876

 

TO BE READ IN ALL SUBORDINATE CHAPTERS

 

June 1, 2018

 

To      All General Grand Chapter Officers and General Grand Chapter Appointments,

          All Grand Chapter Grand Secretaries and their Subordinate Chapters and,

          All Subordinate Chapters directly under the General Grand Chapter,

          General Grand Chapter, Order of the Eastern Star:

 

We are writing today with good news regarding the future of our beautiful International Headquarters building in Washington, DC!

 

Since we gathered last for the Triennial Assembly in Pittsburgh, the General Grand Chapter – with the Approval of the Most Worthy Grand Matron, Most Worthy Grand Patron and Board of Right Worthy Grand Trustees – has established the PERRY BELMONT HOUSE FOUNATION. While it is a separate entity – having its own Articles of Incorportation, Bylaws, Officers and Tax ID Number – it is under the control and guidance of the General Grand Chapter (its only “member”). The purpose is to promote, restore and preserve this architecturally significant building gin the US capital, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

 

While the Certificate of Incorporation was approved on March 29, 2017, it wasn’t until recently (March 9, 2018) that we received notice from the Internal Revenue Service that the Foundation has been granted 501©3 status. This means that donors can deduct contributions made directly to the PERRY BELMONT HOUSE FOUNDATION and that the Foundation is also qualified to receive tax deductible bequests, devises, transfers and gifts.

 

As you know, preserving and restoring this treasured landmark requires significant dollars, much of which comes from the generosity of our members and through the per capita paid by Grand Chapters. This exciting development makes an additional revenue stream available to the benefit our members and non-member supporters alike. Simply put, your gifts and donations to the Foundation can now be “written off” of your taxes to the extent allowable by law. Two items of note: 1. This does not mean that payments to General Grand Chapter are now tax deductible; only those made to the PERRY BELMONT HOUSE FOUNDATION are affected. 2. As with any charitable gift, you should always check with your tax advisor for deductibility rules and limits.

 

We will be sharing this important development with the OES World during our upcoming visits, in the “Eastern Star Journal”  and wherever there is interest in historic preservation. Please feel free to contact the General Grand Chapter Office or any of the PERRY BELMONT HOUSE BOARD MEMBERS listed below to receive more information or to make a contribution or memorial gift. The address for donations is:

 

PERRY BELMONT HOUSE FOUNDATION

1618 New Hampshire Avenue NW

Washington, DC 20009-2549

 

The Order of the Eastern Star continues to shine brightly throughout our World because of your generosity. We are happy that our International Headquarters’ future has become more secure with the establishment of the PERRY BELMONT HOUSE FOUNDATION.

 

Fraternally,

Robert C. Penoyer, MWGP

Helen J. Westmoreland, MWGM

Michael E. Berry, Secretary/Treasurer

 

 

 

Worthy Grand Matron’s Itinerary

September 2018

7          Calhoun County Fun Night – Hosted by Hastings Chapter #7 held at 104 E State Road, Hastings, MI 49058 Registration at 5:00 pm, Dinner at 6:00 pm, program at 7:00 pm. Reservation with remittance of.00 payable to Hastings Chapter #7 to Carol Stuart, Secretary, by September 7, 2018. Attire: Hobo Chic (Costume Contest)

8          Reception honoring Judith Gulliver, Grand Representative of Utah in Michigan at Cornell-Marysville Chapter #93, 1800 St. Clair Hwy, St. Clair, MI 48079. Registration at 1:00 pm, Lunch at 2:00 pm, program to follow. Reservations with remittance of.00 payable to Cornell-Marysville Chapter #93 to Kristine Middel, by August 25, 2018. Attire: Formal

8          Southeastern Michigan Association Fall Meeting hosted by Fairfield Chapter #224 at Fairfield Masonic Temple, 1059 Seneca Street, Adrian, MI 49221 Registration at 10:30 am, Lunch at 11:30 am, Program at 1:00 pm followed by Installation of Officers. Reservation with remittance of.00 payable to Fairfield Chapter #224 to Karen Lambka, by September 1, 2018. Attire: Formal. Seating limited to 80.

9          5F Party  - at the International Center in Howell, usually starts around noon. Details are not available at this writing. Please check for flyers from the Youth Groups for confirmation.

11        Wenona Chapter Regular Meeting

15        Oakland County Association Fall Meeting. Hosted by Ortonville Chapter #286, Ortonville Masonic Temple, 21 South Street, Ortonville, MI 48462. Registration at 11:00 am, lunch at noon, Program at 1:15 pm.  Reservation for count to Karen McArthur, by September 8, 2018. Attire: Travel/OES Casual. Seating limited to 75.

15-16   Escorting Page Practice @Coldwater

18        Reception honoring Chuck Torpey, Sales Committee Chairperson, Brenda Chapelle, Grand Representative of Kansas in Michigan, Luci Mize, Grand Representative of Tennessee in Michigan, Joan Wade, Grand Representative of Bolivia in Michigan. Hosted by Linden Chapter #175, held at Swartz Creek Masonic Center, 7479 Miller Road, Swartz Creek, MI 48473. Registration at 4:30 pm, Dinner at 5:30 pm, program at 6:30 pm. Reservation with remittance of.00 payable to Linden Chapter #175 to Joan Graham, by September 11, 2018. Attire: Formal

20        Reception honoring Cynthia Norton, Grand Representative of Ohio in Michigan. Hosted by Tecumseh Chapter #51, 700 Bishop Reed Drive, Tecumseh MI 49286. Registration at 4:30 pm, Dinner at 6:00 pm. Reservation with remittance of.00 payable to Tecumseh Chapter #51 to Marvel Harwood, by September 13, 2018. Attire: Formal

22        Wayne County Association Annual Meeting held at Nankin Chapter, Wayne Masonic Temple, 37137 Palmer Road Westland, MI 48185. Lunch available from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm. Registration at 1:00 pm, meeting at 2:00 pm, Dinner at 4:30 pm, installation following dinner. Reservations with remittance of.00 payable to Wayne County Association to Gail L. Kwiatkowski, by September 14, 2018. Attire: Travel/OES Casual.

28        Ohio Grand Chapter – Complete details are available at the ohiooes.org website. Held at the Kalahari Resort and Convention Center, 7000 Kalahari Drive, Sandusky, OH 44870, 877-525-2427.  Be sure to download the pre-registration and banquet order form from the website. Deadline for reservations is September 5, 2018. Housing request deadline is August 13, 2018.

29        Reception honoring Dale Dapprich, Sunshine Committee and Jimmie King, Grand Representative of Mississippi in Michigan held at Howell Masonic Temple, 401 West Grand River Avenue, Howell, MI 48843. Registration at 10:00 am, brunch at 11:00 AM.  Reservation with remittance of.00 payable to Howell Chapter #372 to Nancy Martin, PGM, by September 14, 2018. Attire: Travel/OES Casual

30-1     Illinois Grand Chapter – Home for the Holidays Grand Chapter Session at the Wyndham Springfield City Centre, Springfield, Illinois. For details go to their website at www.iloesorg. DEADLINE FOR PRE-REGISTRATION IS SEPTEMBER 7, 2018.

Out-Going  Worthy Grand Matron’s Itinerary

October 2018

2          Wenona Chapter Annual Meeting

6          Executive Board Meeting at McCamly Plaza

7-13     Michigan Grand Chapter

Any questions regarding the Worthy Grand Matron’s calendar please contact the WGM’s Secretary, JoAnne Decker at (517) 815-1510 OR Cell (517) 920-1920 or by email:

 

 

In-Coming Worthy Grand Matron’s Itinerary

October 2018

12        Executive Board

18        Grand Ledge # 14 Installation 7:30pm

19        Mulliken # 161 Installation 7:30pm

20        Hastings # 7 Installation 7:30pm

22        Brookfield # 353 Installation 7:00pm

23        Kalamo # 399 Installation 7:30

25-Nov 4  General Grand Chapter-Florida

 

Any questions regarding the Worthy Grand Matron’s calendar

Please contact WGM’s secretary. Julie Robertson at 517-645-2763 or cell 517-881-2617 

or by e-mail: [email protected]

 

 

 

SUGGESTIONS FOR CHAPTER SECRETARY TO

ASSIST

CHECKING OF BOOKS AT SCHOOL OF INSTRUCTION

 

 

MINUTE BOOK

1) To aid the Instructor in locating items in the minutes, highlight the following in each month’s Stated Meeting minutes:

 

-     whether the meeting was opened in Long form or Short form.  This will help the Instructor  verify that no more than four Short form openings were used during the year.

 

–        the Treasurer’s report.  The beginning balance, total receipts (including interest), total disbursements (including bank charges), and ending balance as reported by the Treasurer at the meeting is required in each Stated Meeting minutes and must be typed within the minutes.

 

–        Exemplification of degrees.  Each Chapter must have two initiatories each year.  By highlighting that the meeting was an initiatory the two meetings can be quickly located.

 

2) List the officers present at each Stated meeting.  It helps if a count is given and highlighted.

(i.e.  15)

 

3) Audit Committee report (items in number 15 of the Audit Committee Guidelines) must be typed in the Annual Meeting minutes.  This is similar to the Treasurer’s monthly report - it would include:

Balance on hand at beginning of year

            Total income for current year (including interest)

            Total investments (Bonds, savings, CDs, etc.)

            Total disbursements for year including (bank charges)

            Balance on hand at end of year

 

4) The YEAR END BALANCE from the Audit Committee report typed in the Annual Meeting minutes MUST MATCH the following:

            a) Secretary’s Cash Book – ending balance for the year at close of books

            b) Treasurer’s Cash Book – ending balance for the year at close of books

            c) Page 3 – bottom line figure on the 990 Finance Report sent to Grand

   Chapter by October 31

d) Minute book Audit Committee report

 

5) Place a sticky note paper or paper clip on the top of the ANNUAL MEETING Minutes in the minute book. This will help to locate that meeting.  If the previous Annual Meeting minutes are also marked with a paper clip or sticky note the Instructor may easily locate the signature of last year’s instructor.

 

 

2017-18

GUIDELINES FOR AUDITING COMMITTEE

 

The Auditing Committee must be certain that all figures are entered in the closing analysis of the Secretary and Treasurer Cash Books.  Also that this same analysis is entered in the Minutes of the Annual meeting and the Minutes Book is signed by the Auditing Committee (3 members).

 

It is also the duty of this Committee to check the books of the Secretary and Treasurer to see that each month’s business is properly ruled and the balance forwarded to begin the next month’s business.

 

Additional items to be checked by the Auditing Committee:

 

1.      Total amount of dues received by the Secretary (See                       $ ________________________

         Secretary’s Cash Book)

 

2.      Total amount of dues recorded on Dues Receipt Stubs (See             $ ________________________

         Secretary’s record)

 

3.      Does Number 1 and Number 2 agree?                                          Yes ________________________

         If  “yes”, this is a sufficient check                                                 No ________________________

         If “no”, check Membership Dues Record (Secretary)

 

4.      If “yes” in 3 above, spot check Membership Record to see

         if dues are properly recorded.

 

5.      Were dues notices mailed by the Secretary thirty days or

         more prior to October 1?                                                                     ________________________

 

6.      Were the names of all those in arrears two years or more,

         stating amount of indebtedness, read in open Chapter at

         the September meeting and the same recorded in the minutes?            ________________________

 

7.      Do receipts in the Secretary’s Cash Book agree with the

         Treasurer’s Cash Book?                                                                       ________________________

 

8.      Do disbursements in the Secretary’s Cash Book agree with

         the Treasurer’s Cash Book?                                                                 ________________________

 

9.      Are all receipts properly recorded and itemized at each

         regular meeting –   in the Secretary’s Minutes?                                    ________________________

                                       in the Secretary’s Cash Book?                               ________________________

                                       in the Treasurer’s Cash Book?                               ________________________

 

10.    Are all disbursements properly recorded and itemized at each

         regular meeting -    in the Secretary’s Minutes?                                    ________________________

                                       in the Secretary’s Cash Book?                               ________________________

                                       in the Treasurer’s Cash Book?                               ________________________

 

11.    Does check book balance agree with the Secretary’s and

         Treasurer’s record?                                                                              ________________________

         (Outstanding checks should be accounted for in making

         this determination.)

 

 

                                                                                                                                                        (over…)

 

12.    Does the Savings Account and/or other investment book balance(s)

         agree with the Secretary and Treasurer’s record?                                 ________________________

 

13.    Does the Secretary’s record of cash balance, agree, with the

         Treasurer’s record of cash balance                                                        _______________________

 

14.    Are all orders properly signed by the Worthy Matron and the

         Secretary?                                                                                              _______________________

 

15.    The Auditing Committee’s report should be in writing so that it can be entered in the minutes.  This report

         should be in substantially the following form:

 

ENTER THE FOLLOWING AUDIT COMMITTEE REPORT

IN THE CHAPTER ANNUAL MEETING MINUTES

 

         Cash Balance – Beginning of Year          $ ___________________

         Savings Account(s)  (List)                          ___________________

         Certificates of Deposit (C.D.s)                   ___________________

         Other ______________________            ___________________

 

         Total Cash and Investments – Beginning of Year                         $_________________________

 

 

         Add:  Total Receipts (Include Interest

                                                 on Savings Accts, C.D.s, Etc.)                   _________________________

 

         Total Receipts plus Cash and Investments                                      _________________________

 

 

 

         Less:  Total Disbursements (Include Bank Charges)                          _________________________

 

 

 

         Total Cash and Investments – End of Year                                   $________________________

 

 

 

         Cash Balance – End of Year                   $ __________________

         Savings Account(s) (List)                           __________________

         Certificates of Deposits (C.D.s)                 __________________

         Other Investments ________________     __________________

 

 

         The Balance of these accounts should be in accord with

         above “Total Cash and Investments - End of Year” balance.      $________________________

 

 

 

 

 

 



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