April OES 2017: Charities Extravaganza


Love is in the air. At our OES Home in Mount Vernon, the mascots for the Worthy Grand Matron and Worthy Grand Patron’s Project – Gnom-e-o and Juliet – are anxiously awaiting the arrival of June. June is traditionally a very romantic month: one full of love and weddings. It has also become the traditional month for our annual Charities Extravaganza, which will be held at the Gallagher Center on Saturday, June 24, beginning at 4:00 in the afternoon. This year, the theme for the fun (and fund raising) is “Unforgettable Love Stories.” Let’s prepare for our big day by using the old wedding saying “Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue.”

Something Old: As in past years, the event is OPEN for everyone, not just OES members. It will feature many crowd pleasers, including carnival games, photo ops, silent and live auction items, and dinner--an Italian buffet.

Something New: Twelve lovely “ladies”…well, actually Eastern Star gentlemen from all over the State of Ohio, will participate in the Calendar brides contest. Come “vote” for your favorite “bride” with dollar bills, as they parade down the aisle dressed in their wedding gowns. Like in a penny war, singles ($1 bills) are a vote FOR your bride. Higher denominations ($5 , $10, $20 bills) are a vote AGAINST a bride. All proceeds benefit our charities.

              Something Borrowed:  We are borrowing our theme from the many examples of love demonstrated in our Ritual: love of family, in-laws, husbands and wives, sisters and brothers, love for one another, for our country, and love for God. We would like to “borrow” your favorite wedding photograph electronically for a slide show that evening.

Something Blue: This is a casual evening of fun. Remember to wear your blue 2017 “Charity Begins at Home” Eastern Star T-shirts. For those who purchased shirts during the year, the beautiful blue wine glasses will be given to you at the Extravaganza. They are engraved with the words “Unforgettable Love Stories.”

For more information, contact your District Charities Director. (Her name and contact information is on the Ohio Eastern Star website.) An invitation to the event and reservation form may also be found at www.ohiooes.org. So, get a group together for an evening of fun, food, and fellowship as we celebrate our love for each other and our Beautiful Order.

And speaking of love and weddings, we leave you with these thoughts: (1) If you are wrong and you shut up, you are wise. (2) If you are right and you shut up, you are probably happily married. (3) A successful marriage requires falling in love many times, but always with the same person.


Worthy Grand Matron Michelle Howell

Worthy Grand Patron William (Bill) Cox















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