July 2017 - Grand Chapter at Kalahari
It is late summer, and I find myself humming and singing the lyrics of a great California song. Can you guess which one? No, it’s not the California raisins dancing to “I Heard It Through the Grapevine.” Nor is it the Beach Boys with “I Wish They All Could Be California Girls…” It is the song “California, here I come, right back where I started from!” except I took the liberty to change a few of the words:
KALAHARI, Here we come,
Way up north and lots of fun!
Where leaves from the trees
Float down in the fall
Each morning at dawning
Birdies sing welcome to all.
A sun-kissed maid says, “Don’t be late!”
That’s why I can hardly wait.
Come on up, don’t hesitate.
KALAHARI, Here we come!
This September, the Grand Chapter of Ohio moves its annual session to Kalahari Resort in Sandusky on Ohio’s Great Lake Erie. Our COA Jan Foy and her many committee members have been working for over a year to make the transition a smooth one for each of our many members. Have you never driven to Kalahari? No worries. We have tour busses coming from southwest and southeast Ohio. Leave the driving to us!
I find myself inspired and comforted by the words of Ruth who said, “..Wither thou goest, I will go and where thou lodgest, I will lodge; thy people shall be my people and thy God my God.” Of course, Ruth was talking to her mother-in-law, and I am thinking of our Eastern Star Sisters and Brothers. For our fraternal organization this year, “Wither thou goest, I will go” means Sandusky on September 22, 23, and 24, 2017. “Where thou lodgest, I will lodge” is Kalahari Resort. “Thy people” includes ALL our Eastern Star friends, and “Thy God, my God” is a reminder that an Eternal Friend will be with us also.
We invite you to join us. Information and forms are available from your Chapter secretaries and the Ohio Eastern Star website at ohiooes.org.
Finally, Sisters and Brothers, remember that the most important things in life are the people we love, the places we travel together, and the stories we make along the way. May God continue to bless you, my friends, and may all your stories be UNFORGETTABLE.
Worthy Grand Matron Michelle Howell
Worthy Grand Patron William (Bill) Cox