A BRIEF HISTORY OF AMELIA CHAPTER #338 ORDER OF THE EASTERN STAR
In 1911, local transportation was largely by horse and buggy or by rail. The Portsmouth Rail Line ran through Amelia and Bethel. State Route 125 through Amelia was unpaved. There was a toll gate in the village of Amelia. Women couldn’t vote and, for the most part stayed home and worked and the men worked in the business world. It was into this kind of a setting that Amelia Chapter #338, Order of the Eastern Star came into being. On Saturday, May 20, 1911 Amelia Chapter #338 was begun. At the first meeting the chapter voted to increase the annual dues from $1.00 to $1.50 which remained in effect until sometime in the mid-century. On more than one occasion when someone needed to leave and caught the train home, the meeting was adjourned, refreshments were served, the people taking the train left and the meeting was resumed. During the next several years the chapter continued to grow.
When the country entered the war in Europe in 1917, our chapter responded to its patriotic duty. They bought a Fifty Dollar Liberty Bond. At the request of the Red Cross for socks, they used money from the Penny Fund to purchase yarn for knitting and the secretary was directed to order a dozen copies of the American Patriot.
They never seemed to miss an opportunity for a party and voted to have a social later in the year with cake and ice cream.
The Chapter survived its first inspection and paid its bills. Money was a different commodity in those days. Some of the bills paid were: 75 cents for secretary’s supplies, 65 cents for petition blanks, 55 cents for postage and stationery, $1.60 for inspectress’s fee, $4.80 for ice cream and a $5.00 payment on the organ.
During the years the chapter grew. At one time it was thought that Tuesday evening might be a better time to meet, but then they changed and it went back to Saturday and stayed that way until changed to the present second and fourth Mondays many years later.
Early 1930’s The Great Depression. The Worthy Grand Matron instructed the chapters to be as lenient as possible with members in arrears with their dues during this time of depression.
Amelia Chapter has had many Grand Appointments including Grand Adah, Deputy Grand Matrons, Grand Representatives, Grand Choir Director, Grand Pages and Grand Aides and Charity Directories down through the years. Yes, we are blessed!
Our locations changed over the years but, we are settled now on Judd Road with the Amelia Mason’s. We are very blessed to have our Brothers by our sides with our Buckeye Lodge # 190. We share a fraternal love with our sisters and our brothers.
We also have Amelia Rainbow Girls that meet the first and three Monday. If you know any girls between the age from 11 years old to 21 years old please contact The Mother Advisor, Brenda Sepeck at
513-910-5579 or email Brenda at email@example.com.
The Amelia Lodge has started the DeMoley for ages 12 years old until 20 years old. you may call Mike Phillips at 513-439-0476 or Karl Phillips at 513-238-3452 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.