Dear Sisters and Brothers,
As we enter this 129th year of the Grand Chapter of Ohio, let us pause and remember the purpose of our Order is Charity. Our theme this year is “The Greatest of These is Charity”. With pride and humility we look forward to serving the Grand Chapter of Ohio in the coming year as your Worthy Grand Matron and Worthy Grand Patron. Our Grand Chapter is facing many challenges. We believe it is best to face those challenges, make a plan and then followthrough. We are asking each member to “Make a Difference – Make it Happen” in 2018.
We have asked each Chapter to do at least one community project this year. Our purpose is two-fold for this request. We are facing declining membership. Prospective members live in our communities. We need to bring our Order out from behind closed doors and get involved in the community. The money raised will stay in your community to help someone in need or to support a charitable organization. Our hope is that people will see our Order as an avenue to volunteer their time for community service. Many hands are needed for a project to be successful. Let's get our inactive members back in the Chapter room to serve on worthwhile committees.
Many things are happening with our Grand Chapter this year. Our District Charities Committee and our Directors do a tremendous job each year raising money for Education and scholarships for members of Job's Daughters, Rainbow for Girls and the DeMolay, the seven Dyslexia Learning Centers, Cancer and Heart Funds, ESTARL, and the OES Home in Mt. Vernon. Please plan to attend the Charities Extravaganza on June 23, 2018, at the OES Home for an afternoon and evening of fellowship and fun. If you have not seen the new Neighborhoods at the Home, come and take a tour.
Membership participation is key in keeping a Chapter strong. We will be recognizing members with our Ritual Competition, Circle of Knowledge, and Unforgettable Performance programs.
Our Chapter Excellence Awards program allows chapters to showcase their activities and achievements during the year and those participating will be recognized at our Grand Chapter Sessions for their efforts.
Our Membership Committee is developing a program to give assistance and guidance to Chapters needing a helping hand to generate energy and enthusiasm in their Chapters. All a Chapter needs to do is contact the Committee.
We have also revamped the assignments of our Deputy Grand Matrons to better serve the members throughout the state. The number of chapters in the Districts varies from two to eleven. With the new format, each Deputy Grand Matron will be responsible for seven to ten Chapters.
Our hope is, this year will be the year our members realize it is up to each of us to act if we are going to move our Order forward. Let's all “Make a Difference – Make It Happen”.
In Service and Friendship,
Sandi Herman, Worthy Grand Matron
David Sexton, Worthy Grand Patron