2015 - 2016 Officers
President Nancy McMillin email@example.com
Vice President Patti Askins firstname.lastname@example.org
Secretary/Treasurer Mary McMillin email@example.com
|Vice Pres.||Sheryl McGann|
|Vice. Pres.||Holly Lyonfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Trustees||Merrie Beth Vargo, Sharon Kress, Betty Coss|
|Vice Pres.||Cara Hogan||Cara_hogan@yahoo.com|
|Vice Pres.||Terry Douglassemail@example.com|
|Vice. Pres.||Sharon Rifflefirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Vice. Pres.||Carolyn Shelt||N/A|
|1st Vice Pres.||Dee Ann Lawrenceemail@example.com|
|2nd Vice Pres.||Todd Evansfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Vice Pres.||Marilyn Wisecupemail@example.com|
|Treasurer||Carol Gramm Wisefirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Vice Pres.||Carol Eshleman||Contact the President|
|Vice Pres.||Gail Adamsemail@example.com|
|1st VP||Judy Vassarfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|2nd VP||Barbara Lowryemail@example.com|
|3rd VP||Karen Davisfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Treasurer||Becky Jo Hayesemail@example.com|
|1st VP||Jodie Fullerfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|2nd VP||Larry Tuller||N/A|
|3rd VP||Cheri Ulreyemail@example.com|
|Vice Pres.||Glenda Carterfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Vice Pres.||Machelle Milleremail@example.com|
|Vice Pres.||Peggy Headleyfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|1st Vice Pres.||Paul Ross||PROSS001@columbus.rr.com|
|2nd Vice Pres||Shelby Smithemail@example.com|
|3rd Vice Pres.||Joyce Pattonfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|1st Vice Pres.||Pat Evansemail@example.com|
|2nd Vice Pres.||Debbie Schaferfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|3rd Vice Pres.||Pam Bellemail@example.com
|Vice Pres.||Sue Redfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|1st Vice Pres.||Shari Wilsonemail@example.com|
|2nd Vice Pres.||Sondra (Sandy) Honiousfirstname.lastname@example.org
|3rdVice Pres.||Christal Blackemail@example.com
|1st Vice Pres.||Jacqui Umbachfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|2nd Vice Pres.||Molly Stelmaemail@example.com|
|3rd Vice Pres.||Rachel Schroerfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Vice Pres.||Jennifer Maynard||Jennmaynard11@gmail.com|
|1st Vice Pres.||Kim Stamper||Kimberlyn218@yahoo.com|
|2nd Vice Pres.||Patricia Riffleemail@example.com|
|3rd Vice Pres.||Terry Bragg||Bragg_theresa@yahoo.com|
|Vice Pres.||Jo Shappardfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|1st Vice Pres.||Tracy Hawthorneemail@example.com|
|2nd Vice Pres.||William McNicklefirstname.lastname@example.org|
|3rd Vice Pres.||Jan Taboremail@example.com|
|Vice Pres.||Lesa McVayfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Vice Pres.||Brenda Boster||Bkboster56@aol.com|
|Vice Pres.||Lee Wiseman|
|Vice Pres.||Ruth Smalley||Smalleyruth187@yahoo.com|
|OHIO STATE DISTRICT OFFICERS ASSOCIATION|
|PAST STATE PRESIDENTS BY DISTRICT|
|1||1976-77||Lenore Rohrer||16||1959-60||Maxine Stalter|
|1997-98||Judy Broadfoot||1983-84||*Shirley Riggle|
|1999-00||Lou Ann Kilgore||17||1952-53||Geneva Clancy|
|2011-12||Raella Baker||1956-57||Florence Dawson|
|2003-04||Betty Jane Klier|
|Merrie Lynne Seaburn||18||1953-54||Mary Hankins|
|4||1954-55||Catherine Kindig||1988-89||Carol Kauffman|
|1962-63||Betty Eicher||2009-10||Jeanette Roberts|
|19||1949-50||Clara Fleagle (Founder)|
|5||1964-65||Aleda H Peck||1981-82||Juanita M Hunn|
|1992-93||Elizabeth Schubach||2006-07||Grace George|
|6||1965-66||Fern Smith||20||1978-79||Patricia Hale|
|1991-92||Peggy Heider||2000-01||Martha Sue Booth|
|7||1968-69||Lena Bever||21||1970-71||Helen Milner|
|1995-96||Kathy Meyer||2004-05||Nancy Ledford|
|8||1951-52||Lois Ridenour||22||1960-61||Etta Sprague|
|1982-83||Wanda Wise||1987-88||Lois Lawson|
|2002-03||Dee Gillis||23||1972-73||Mary E Radcliffe|
|10||1975-76||Leora Darling||24||1963-64||Mary Hughes|
|1993-94||Fran Boles||1985-86||Betty Finney|
|11||1966-67||Zoe M Hill||25||1950=51||Kathleen Abel|
|1994-95||Virginia Dyer||1980-81||Martha Muse|
|1984-85||Jane Smith||26||1969-70||Jane Meyer|
|1986-87||Lucille Long||27||1974-75||*Eveline Fisher|
|1996-97||Lucille Egler Johnson||28||1979-80||Marie White|
|OHIO STATE DISTRICT OFFICERS ASSOCIATION|
|PAST STATE PRESIDENTS BY YEAR|
|19||Founder||*Clara Fleagle||(Charter Member)|
|25||1950-51||*Kathleen Abel||(Charter Member)|
|4||1954-55||*Catherine Kindig||(Charter Member)|
|15||1961-62||*Frances Kunze||(Charter Member)|
|5||1964-65||*Aleda H Peck|
|11||1996-67||*Zoe M Hill|
|23||1972-73||*Mary E Radcliffe|
|19||1981-82||Juanita M Hunn|
|14||1996-97||Lucille Egler Johnson|
|2||1999-00||Lou Ann Kilgore|
|20||2000-01||Martha Sue Booth|
|3||2003-04||Merrie Lynne Seaburn|
|16||2008-09||Brooke E Anderson|
OES OHIO STATE DISTRICT OFFICERS ASSOCIATION
AUGUST 12, 2015
The 66th Annual Meeting of the O.E.S. State District Officers Association was held on Wednesday, August 12, 2015, at the Villa Milano Banquet and Conference Center, 1630 Schrock Rd, Columbus, Ohio.
To coordinate with State President Carol L. Campbell’s “OES Learning Center” theme, posters, such as would be seen in a classroom, were on display. Each table was decorated with either a paper yellow sun or red cardinal on a wooden stand, surrounded by red puzzle pieces. The table favor was a pad of yellow sticky notes, with a sun face stamped on the top sheet.
President of the 17th District Association Jennifer Pietrowski (Grove City Chapter #502) opened the meeting at 10:00AM.
Jennifer Pietrowski: “Good morning, Sisters and Brothers. It is my pleasure to welcome you to the 66th annual meeting of the State District Officers Association. This is always a very special event. We get to see our friends from across the state, have a great lunch and find out some of the exciting plans being made for next year.
I am Jennifer Pietrowski, President of District 17. It is my honor to introduce the 2015 President of the State District Officers Association, Sister Carol Campbell.
Sister Carol is a member of Triangle Chapter and has been a Star member for 35 years. She was District 17 Association President in 2010. She has been Worthy Matron 3 times and is currently secretary of Triangle Chapter. Carol was a Board Member and Recorder of Columbus Assembly #172, International Order of Rainbow for Girls and received the Grand Cross of Color in 2004. She is also a poll worker for the Franklin County Board of Elections since 1994. As you can see, she does not let any grass grow under her feet. District 17 is very proud of Carol and all her accomplishments. It is with pleasure and honor that I present to you, Sister Carol Campbell.” (Applause)
President Carol: Thank you, Sister Jennifer, for opening our meeting.
Welcome to our "OES Learning Center." our Associate Grand Matron & Associate Grand Patron will be "teaching" us about their plans for the coming year. Our line Grand Officers will be working with our District Officers to prepare the lesson plans for our "Educational Opportunities" in the fall.
I have chosen these simple decorations because it makes me uncomfortable to spend the amounts that have been spent in the past, when some of our Learning Centers are struggling to stay open. If you would like a souvenir, please feel free to take a sun or a cardinal [BUT NOT THE STANDS, PLEASE!] and you can also take a puzzle piece.
Our Invocation will be given by our District 17 1st Vice President, a Past Matron of Triangle Chapter and my good friend, Linda Ayers.
Linda Ayers: Dear Lord, Thank you for the Order of the Eastern Star and for allowing us to meet together today. Bless us as we continue to do our work and help us to carry out all of our activities for your honor and glory. Bless and protect our members, especially those who are having medical or other problems. Guide our leaders and be with Evelyn and Bill as they lead us into a new year. Bless and protect our soldiers where ever they may be. Come fill our lives with your love. Fill our conversations with your grace and truth. Fill this meeting with your presence. We ask this for your glory and praise. Amen
President Carol: When I was our District President, I asked PGP Ken Scott (who is also a Grand Trustee) to do our Flag Tribute. He had done one for the Rainbow Girls that I thought very impressive, so I had to call on him again today. Thank you, Brother Ken,
PGP Ken Scott: Good Morning Sisters and Brothers, and friends! (“Good Morning”) I was at Grand Assembly for the Rainbow Girls and the young lady that gave the Flag Tribute there is from Circleville Assembly. Her name is Kate Ricketts. She did such a beautiful, job. She wrote this, and she did it from memory. I asked her if I could use it for the State Meeting today and she said “Yes.” So, this is Kate talking, not me.
Star-Spangled Happiness & Banner Waves of Pride
A man once spoke at a Veterans Day assembly at an elementary school and asked the kids what they thought of when they saw a soldier. As he heard the eager shouts of, 'caring', 'courage', 'heroes', 'trustworthy', 'strength', 'fearless' 'compassion', 'service', and many others, he took these words and pretended to put them into a paper bag. After he had collected these qualities that all of our American soldiers have, he reached into the bag and pulled out an American Flag. "You've all described a soldier,'” he said. "But let me show you what one looks like.”
What is our beautiful flag but the bravest soldier of them all? It's a soldier who has traveled all over the world protecting the lives, liberties and pursuits of happiness of those most desperately in need. It's a soldier who has been thrown on the ground, battered and burned, but continues to rise above adversity and fly high in the American sky. Our flag has been in the first line of defense in war and it has remained at home to remind us of what we're fighting for.
To me, the flag has never simply symbolized freedom or the 'American Dream'. As a child, it was what my mother spent one weekend a month protecting. It was what reminded me that the small sacrifice I made, by seeing my mother off to the other states and countries during her summer training, was nothing compared to the what others have given up for our country, our freedom, our flag.
As a little girl, the flag taught me that I am equal to the men of this nation. As the daughter of an Air Force Veteran, I learned that the flag is something worth fighting for, something worth protecting. As a Rainbow Girl, I now know that the flag is a treasure, that I must always defend it, no matter what the cost.
I come from a military family. At one time, both my grandfather and his brother were in the military, but in different branches. I cannot tell you how many times I've heard the story of the time that they were both traveling the country with the troops and happened to end up in the same place at the same time, and were able to see each other after months and could catch up. That's what the flag has always meant to me. It guaranteed that no matter what happened and where they went, those two brothers would always see each other again.
I was very lucky when I found the following text, the opening speech to "I am the American Flag" by Jim Beckel.
I am the American Flag. I am what you make me, nothing more, nothing less. I am the banner of hope and freedom for generation after generation. I am life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. I am the best of times and the worst of times. I was still there at Fort McHenry after bombs burst in air. Borne amid the first flames of America's fight for freedom, I am a symbol of a country that has grown from thirteen colonies to a nation of fifty sovereign states. I am the government of the people, by the people, for the people. I am old glory; I am the flag of the United States of America.
Now please stand with me, and join in pledging allegiance to the flag (All recite the Pledge of Allegiance)
President Carol: Thank you, Brother Ken. I knew you would be the right person. (Applause)
President Carol: I will now introduce our Head Table:
Thank you for being here today, even those of you who didn’t have a choice!
To my left: our Associate Grand Matron, Evelyn Hardesty; her husband Ron; PGP Lon Lowry; PGM Jean Watters; Grand Conductress Michelle Howell; Associate Grand Conductress Sandi Herman; my friend Linda Ayers; Kristin Schutte; on my right, my good friend, our State Secretary, Bonita Shane; Associate Grand Patron Bill Taylor; Sherry Taylor; who is the Grand Representative of Montana in Ohio; PGM Gail Walsh; PGP Steve Farus; Grand Warder Kelly Cholodowitsch; Grand Sentinel William Cox, State Vice President Nancy McMillin, and PGM Barbara Pelfrey. (Applause)
President Carol: I know we have a number of Past Grand Matrons and Past Grand Patrons: Wroena Dusthimer, Marilyn Giey, Corrine Witham, Marilyn Rowley, Jean Beck, Maxine Jeffers, Vivian Chrisopulos, Eloise Wyse, Carol Kauffman (who is also a Past State President), Carol Jones, Betty Dawn Hardman, Sandy Edmisten, JoAnn Hastings, Bonnie Youngblood, Peg Reiterman, Janice Goerss, Jean Watters, who we have already said “Hello” to, and Barbara and Gail; and Bruce Hansford, Ron Siegla, James Dale, Richard Manifold, Larry Groves, Robert Palmer, Barry Metzger, Frank Clifton, Ken Scott, Bruce Ailes, and Lon Lowry and Steve Farus at the Head Table.
Thank you all for being here. You always inspire us to do our best for our beautiful Order. Thank you. (Applause)
President Carol: In addition to the Grand Officers at the Head Table, we have PGM, Grand Treasurer, Susan Dennis; Marshal, Janet Evans; Organist, Roberta Erwin; Adah, Karen Jones; Ruth Nancy Flautt; Martha, Pat Featheringham; Electa, Sandy Zikursh; and the others you have already met. We have the Chairman of Arrangements Judy Mack, and Drill Directors Judy Duplaga and Janet Sheehan.
I know you are getting ready for your big day in September. Thank you for spending this time with us here today. (Applause)
President Carol: Deputy Grand Matrons: District #1 Robin Zizzo, #2 Sandy Hyde, #5 Susan Parks (District President), #6 Jeannine Hardy, #7 Bonnie Chapin, #8 Carol Gramm Wise, #12 Janet White, #13 Millie Romans, #14 Clara McClure, #16 Kathy Miller, #17 Randi Breibach, #20 Molly Stelma, #22 Carolyn Stern, #23 Betty Hoppes (District President), #24 Fauna Donahue, and #25 Joan Thomas (District President).
Thanks for all you do for your Districts and our beautiful Order (Applause)
President Carol: Now for the Grand Representatives, representing Arkansas, Terry Douglas; Bolivia, Bonnie Stump; British Columbia, Jo Shappard; California, Jackie Combs; Colorado, Lori Luckner; Connnecticut, Sharon Riffle; Delaware, Barbara Bennett; District of Columbia, Norita Harris; Florida, Holly Lyon; Idaho, Sara Short; Louisiana, Argie Cline; Maine, Darcy Baker; Maryland, DuAnne Farus; Michigan, Susan Ellis; Minnesota, Jennifer Garringer (District President); Mississippi, Linda Nicka (District President); Montana Sherry Taylor; Nevada, Betty Coss; New Brunswick, Dolores Warden; New Hampshire, Terri Littleton; North Carolina, Marge Artman; Oklahoma, Ruth Augustine; Oregon, Darcie Miller; Puerto Rico, Hillery Cox; Sao Paulo, Diana Franklin; Texas, Susan Corwin; and Wisconsin, Lenore Burton.
My mother was a Grand Representative; I hope you are enjoying the experience as much as she did. (Applause)
President Carol: Now the special ladies of the day, our District Presidents: District #1 Linda Nicka, #2 Iva Johnson, #3 Bonnie Tomko, #4 Lori Quinones, #5 Susan Parks, #6 Jennifer Garringer, #7 Alfred Lawrence, #8, Patti Askins, #9 Jenna Geuy, #10 Pam Blankenhorn, #11 Nancy Lewis, #12 JoAnn Walton, #13 Sandy Kohler, #14 Paul Moore, #15 Virginia Winget, #16 Sharon French, #17 Jennifer Pietrowski, #18 Teresa Pience, #19 Barbara Bennett, #20 Carole Phelps, #21 Tracy Taylor, #22 Colleen Hannah, #23 Betty Hoppes, #24 Jean Henderson, #25 Joan Thomas, #26 Sharon Weaver, #27 Loretta Mertens, #28 Janice Spires. Thank you, ladies. (Applause)
President Carol: We also have a number of our Past State Presidents. I was honored to be chosen to do this job, and am looking forward to joining you next year! From 1980- Martha Muse; 1984-Jane Smith; 1987-Lois Lawson; 1989-Sarah Platt (from my own District 17!); 1991-Peggy Heider; 1995-Kathy Meyer; 1999-LouAnn Kilgore; 2000-Sue Booth; 2003-Merrie Lynn Seaburn; 2004-Nancy Ledford; 2005-Billie Stanley; 2006-Grace George; 2007-Clara Haley; 2008-Brooke Anderson; 2009-Jeanette Roberts; 2010-Nancy McCollum; 2012-Dorothy Wagner. Thank you, ladies. (Applause)
President Carol: Before I introduce our Past State Secretaries, I have to make a correction. In our program we have listed Shirley Dunseith, who was our Secretary 2004, as deceased. I understand she only demitted. (Laughter) I am sorry if we distressed her friends. Past State Secretaries that are here: from 2000-Carol Schroer; 2002-Rosie English; 2003-Jeanne Lillo; 2005-Darlene Casto; 2007-Isabelle Johns; 2008-Carol Hunt; 2009-Karen Bodey; 2010-Shirley Ball; and 2012-Joan Decker.
We can never thank our Secretaries enough. I want to take this opportunity to thank my Secretary Bonita Shane. Thank you for letting me cajole you into doing this. Bonita is not only our State Secretary and Treasurer, but she is also our 17th District Association Secretary, and Secretary of Worthington Chapter. I figured she had the skill set and experience to do the job! Thank you, Secretaries. (Applause)
President Carol: We will now proceed with our Business Meeting.
President Carol: Our minutes have been posted on the OES web site. I believe our District Officers made them available to their members as requested, so we won't read them here today. We have not been made aware of any corrections or additions. If no one here knows of any, the minutes stand approved as posted.
President Carol: Audit committee: Sister Joyce Pike (Lorraine #1) is our District 17 Treasurer, and Audit Committee Chair - we have been very fortunate to have such a thoughtful officer for both jobs. She was assisted by our Past District Presidents, Jane Adkins (Grove City #502), and Donna Snyder (Corinthian #393). Thank you all for your service.
Joyce Pike read the Audit Report, which showed an ending Balance on 9/30/2014 of $7,048.21. (See Attachment 1) Madam President, I move that this report be accepted. Thank you, Joyce. As it is proposed by a committee, no second is needed. All in favor?
President Carol: Sister Bonita, will you please read our financial report, which will then be filed for audit. The Presidents have copies in their packets, and it is being posted on the screen.
State Secretary Bonita Shane read the Financial Report, which showed a Balance in the Checking Account of $7,188.22, and in the Savings Account (Entertainment Fund) of $1,950.00 (See Attachment 2)
President Carol: Sister Secretary, Do we have any correspondence?
Thank-you’s had been received from the Chairman of Arrangements for the donations to the Big Screen and Entertainment, OES Home for the donations to the Capital Campaign and the WGM/WGP Project, from the Children’s Dyslexia Center of Southeastern Ohio located in Cambridge, for the school supplies, and an acknowledgment from the Grand Secretary for the donation to ESTARL.
President Carol: Sister Cindy Chadwell, is a member of the Grand Chapter Committee for the Learning Centers. Cindy and I have special history: my father was Chairman of Arrangements when her mother was Worthy Grand Matron. Sister Evelyn, when you are in the East, in Dayton, be sure to check out the smaller white podium (the pretty one with the star on it), there is a plaque on the side which tells you that Charles Campbell made it for Marilyn Rowley. When our Mizpah Chapter merged with Triangle Chapter we offered it to Grand Chapter and it has been there ever since. Cindy has taught us in District 17 about the Masonic Learning Centers. She is here today to share that information with all of us.
Cindy Chadwell: Good afternoon Sisters, and Brothers. I was delighted when Sister Carol asked me to speak briefly about our Children’s Dyslexia Centers and remind all us of why we are collecting all these wonderful supplies.
By collecting these office and school supplies we can help our centers to save on their annual budgets, which today is more and more important.
Since our center here in the Valley of Columbus opened with one student in December of 1999, we have serviced approximately 10,000 children. This includes those that have actually received tutoring at our center, and those whose tutors were trained at our centers and are practicing on their own. We also have our wonderful Director, Jean, to thank for her initiative by starting to train public school employees and allowing them to tutor students at their own public school under our guidance and direction. Rather than serve only 25 – 30 students at our center, we were able to serve 101 students last year, with the majority of them in public schools.
The State of Ohio has finally recognized dyslexia as a disability and it is requiring districts to provide assistance to those students that have been identified. These districts are seeking us out. We have been doing this for a long time, and have data to back our claims of success. We have one district that came to us too late this spring to request to be a part of the training this fall, but they hired a new teacher from their area that is currently in training with us. Needless to say, these districts are generating some income for our centers, by paying for professional development of their staff.
This additional income has become very important to our center, as National Headquarters, in Lexington, MA is currently closing a number of centers that have been unable to match the funds they receive from national. They are also stopping support of those centers that are in a sound financial state, and will only continue to support those in between for a short time. A center requires $125,000.00 annually to maintain services, so this additional income from training fees for the public schools, and your continued financial assistance are vital to our growth and survival.
When I started at WES, there was a 4th grader named Adrian, who was quiet, always keeping his head down, with no friends, reading on a 1st grade level. His twin brother Jonathan was very outgoing and an excellent reader. Adrian asked this mother why she would teach Jonathan to read and write, but not him. After two years at our center, Adrian was reading above grade level, was very outgoing, had lots of friends and his mother, when she found that I was on the Board of the center, thanked me for helping him to learn to read, write and communicate, but most of all for returning his self-esteem. We get many thank you letters and notes from our families saying exactly the same thing.
Thank you for all of the wonderful supplies you have brought for us today, and know that they will be put to good use and greatly appreciated by the centers!
President Carol: I, too thank all of you have brought donations for the Centers. I was just overwhelmed to see how much stuff was back there. And thanks to those who helped collect them, and who will distribute them around the state.
President Carol: Another of my special OES friends, Kristin Schutte, was my first DGM when I first went through the line at Mizpah Chapter. Kristin is also one of our ESTARL graduates. She will now lead our memorial service.
Kristin Schutte: We pause for a moment in the busy-ness of our day to remember and to pay tribute to our sisters and brothers who were with us just one year ago, and who have now passed to the life eternal. They were out friends, with whom we worked and played, laughed and cried. Some we had known for many years, while others were those with whom we had just become acquainted - but either way, we were bound to them by ties of love and service.
I am the sunlight on ripened grain,
Election of Officers:
President Carol: According to our bylaws, those eligible to vote are current District officers, Past District Presidents, Charter members, Past State Presidents and Past State Secretaries. Our State Secretary will now take the roll call. But first, I want to thank Sister Nancy Williams for your tech help today.
Secretary Bonita conducted a Roll Call of the Districts, compiling the number those in attendance who were Voting and Non-voting
1 V10 NV1 2 V13 NV13 3 V12 NV17
4 V6 NV7 5 V6 NV7 6 V9 NV3
7 V14 NV1 8 V10 NV0 9 V8 NV5
10 V8 NV1 11 V16 NV1 12 V20 NV11
13 V16 NV14 14 V6 NV4 15 V13 NV1
16 V15 NV4 17 V18 NV37 18 V15 NV5
19 V11 NV13 20 V14 NV2 21 V12 NV1
22 V14 NV4 23 V10 NV1 24 V8 NV3
25 V15 NV3 26 V4 NV3 27 V14 NV7
29 V6 NV1
There were 506 reservations, and 487 in attendance: 322 Voting, 165 Non-voting, with 162 needed to elect.
President Carol: Those making nominations, those seconding, and those being nominated: please come to the podium.
The ballot for the office of State President is now open.
Edna Todd: I would like to place in nomination Nancy McMillin of District 13 for the office of President of the Association.
Glenda Carter: It is my pleasure to second that nomination.
President Carol: Are there any other nominations?
There being no other nominations for the office of President, is there a motion to close the nominations? (Motion made by Joyce Pike, seconded by Barbara Craven.) It has been moved and seconded that we close the nominations.
The nominative ballot will now become the elective ballot. Sister Bonita will you cast the ballot for the nominative ballot to become the elective ballot for the office of State President?
State Secretary Bonita: I cast the ballot for the nominative ballot to become the elective ballot for the Office of State President; Sister Nancy, do you accept?
Nancy accepts. (Applause)
President Carol: We will now entertain nominations for the office of State Vice President for 2016
Betty McCullough: My name is Betty McCollough, 1977 Past District President of District 12, and I would like to place in nomination Sister Joell Buchanan, Past Matron of Eagon Chapter, Hebron. Sister Joell has been a member since 1978, and one of our most active members. She has served 5 terms as Worthy Matron, as well as most other offices in the Chapter. She is now serving as our Secretary. In 1992, she served as District 12 President, Grand Page, and appointed Grand Representative of New York. Joell is now serving her fourth year as OES Home Trustee, and third year as its Secretary. Joell retired in June from State of Ohio, Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services as Pharmacy Operations Manager. She is now retired and able to travel. (Laughter)
Joanne Walton: It is my pleasure to second that nomination.
President Carol: Thank you ladies. Other nominations?
Jeanette Jamison: Good morning Sisters and Brothers. Let me introduce myself. I am Jeanette Jamison, 5 times Past Matron and a 50-year member in Delta Chapter in the great District 8. It gives me great pleasure today to place in nomination for Vice President a young lady that I am sure most of you know, a member of Grove Chapter in Columbus Grove, where she has served as Worthy Matron 7 times.
She has been District Youth Representative, held all 4 offices of our District 8 Past Matrons Association. In 2010 she served as our District Charities Director, and believe you me, she had us all making money for our Charities. She served as Deputy Grand Matron in 2011/2012, and is now serving as District 8 President, but only until September 10, so we’ve got to give her another job. She has been an inspiration to all of us in the District. She was Grand Martha in 2014, and I had the great pleasure of being her Grand Page, and traveling over the beautiful state of Ohio with her, and meeting most of you. She was active in Lima Assembly #78 International Order of Rainbow for Girls, and served as Worthy Advisor in 1981. She was appointed the Grand Ohio Flag Tribute in 1982. She reached her Majority in 1983, served on the Rainbow Board and also as a Mother Advisor. She is a third generation serving Lima Shrine #20 Order of White Shrine of Jerusalem where she is a Past Worthy High Priestess and currently our Worthy Herald and Supreme Inspector. Brother Forrest is the light of her life, along with her 2 children and 4 grandchildren. They are members of South Side Christian Church in Lima. This being said, I would like to introduce Sister Patti Askins and ask for your vote to make her our next Ohio State District Association of Chapters Vice President. Thank you.
Rita Follas: Good Morning! I am Rita Follas, Past President of District 8, and I second that nomination
President Carol: Are there any other nominations from the floor? Thank you.
Those eligible to vote are the current District Officers and Past District Officers.
District Presidents, you have ballot slips in your packet; please distribute them to your voting members.
President Carol: Cast your vote for Joell Buchanan or Patti Askins.
If one person at each table would collect the voting slips and hand them to the tellers who are circulating through the room, we would appreciate it. And don’t fold the ballots, please.
President Carol: I want to thank our Head Tellers, Carol Pfau, Lynda Duhl, Jane Adkins, and all the others who are helping collect ballots.
President Carol: While the votes are being counted, we will have remarks from our special guests at the head table: Grand Sentinel, Brother William Cox, will you please start us off:
Grand Sentinel Bill Cox: Madam President, Past Grand Matrons, Past Grand Patrons, Sisters and Brothers all. Good morning. (“Good Morning!”) I would first like to thank the Association for all the courtesies extended to Hillery and Myself and for this wonderful lunch. I know today will be filed in my book of memories as one of my unforgettable stories.
This year has been an adventure and a learning experience with both finding new places, and making new friends along the way. I’m sure today is just one more piece of the 2016 puzzle, finally in place.
Evelyn and Bill are leaders that I would be proud to follow as they will lead our Grand Chapter in the direction it needs to go. To that end I pledge my support in all your endeavors.
Again thank you for all the kindnesses extended, have safe travels, and may God hold us all in the hollow of his hands. Thank you. (Applause)
President Carol: Grand Warder, Kelly Cholodewitsch: at a luncheon last spring, I had the good fortune to sit with Kelly and our District President Jennifer Pietrowski. We chatted about their Polish names, so I had the opportunity to learn how to pronounce her name, correctly, I hope!]
Grand Warder Kelly Cholodewitsch: Good Morning! (“Good Morning!”) Madam President, distinguished guests and those of you here that are serving as district officers, it is a pleasure to be here today, and I thank you for the courtesies extended to me.
I remember when I was here at this meeting for the first time in August of 2013; I was surprised at how many were here on a weekday, which shows the dedication of our membership, PGMs and PGPs who took time out of their busy schedules to support our AGM and AGP.
I have had the pleasure of getting to know Evelyn and Bill over the last couple of years and have been invited in to several meetings and have been able to observe their ideas and leadership abilities. I know, without a doubt, our Grand Chapter is going to continue to be in good hands in 2016. Evelyn and Bill, I give you my total support and love! Thank you. (Applause)
President Carol: Thank you Sister Kelly. Sister Gail, your turn. Our Past Grand Matron, Gail Walsh
Past Grand Matron Gail Walsh: Thank you Madam President. Brother Bill says, “Be kind.” So let me revise… (Laughter)
What a pleasure it is to be here. We are all in our places with bright shining faces, appreciating all that has transpired in first 126 years of our Grand Chapter, looking forward to 2016, our 127th year. It is a pleasure to be with the members and friends from around the state, to enjoy fellowship and lunch, and to learn about the plans for our Grand Chapter in the coming year. Thank you, members of the 17th District Association, for my lunch, and thank you all for your donations to the Learning Centers. I was one of the original tutors for the Valley of Toledo, and I know how much these gifts your have brought will be appreciated. It hardly seems possible that just a year ago our fraternal son, Steve's and mine, was our Grand Sentinel. Now William—Bill--Spanky Taylor is our Associate Grand Patron, and if elected, he will become the Worthy Grand Patron of our Grand Chapter. They grow up so fast! (Laughter)
We know that he is equipped to perform his duties well. Have you seen the cardinal on his pin? Bill has explained the significance, to him, of the cardinal, but he didn't know that there were 'cardinal rules' in looking for a Grand Sentinel. (Laughter) A cardinal rule, according to the dictionary, is of the greatest importance, is a fundamental rule upon which other matters hinge. Steve and I considered the cardinal rules. He must be a leader. He must do outstanding ritualistic work. He must enjoy being with our members. He must be an upstanding Christian. He must be an active Mason and an active Eastern Star. He must be a family man. His wife must be willing to put up with the demands and expectations on his time and travels, and she must be willing to share him with an Eastern Star 'wife' and with our members. Steve and I knew that this was a most important appointment, and one that would influence the welfare of our Order. In the journey forward of our Grand Chapter, this gentleman would be a Key to our future.
Sisters and Brothers, how proud we are to say that Brother Bill Taylor is just such a man. We are proud of him and we are proud of the service he is giving our Grand Chapter. We appreciate his willingness to assume leadership, and we know that he will serve you well. We also appreciate the willingness of his wife Sherry to share him with our members throughout the state and to support him in this endeavor.
Another factor that a WGM and WGP must consider in looking for a Grand Sentinel is that he will serve with a partner, the future Worthy Grand Matron. We knew that our sister Evelyn and brother Bill would be a good Eastern Star match in this 'arranged marriage.' They both take their work seriously, they are smart, they are efficient, they are kind, they have a sense of humor, and they are down to earth and they are practical.
Evelyn's pin is a puzzle piece. Many of you know that I am a big fan of Broadway musicals. In the musical "The King and I", there is a song entitled "A Puzzlement." It states:
"There are times I almost think
Nobody sure of what he absolutely know.
Everybody find confusion
In conclusion he concluded long ago."
In these sometimes confusing and busy times, couldn't that describe each of us.
It ends by saying:
"Every day I do my best for one more day...But...is... a puzzlement." (Richard Rogers)
We find some "puzzlements" in our OES future. We know that there are challenges. Most of us agree that there must be some changes as we move into the future, even if we aren't sure what those changes should be, or if we agree on what those changes might be, or how to make the changes happen. Sister Evelyn and Brother Bill, we know that as you lead you will put the welfare of our Order first and foremost. We know that you will always do your best, we know that the 2016 line Grand Officers are talented, hard-working, and they will work together for the future of our Order. We congratulate all of you, on the service you have given to the Grand Chapter of Ohio, and we look forward to your coming year. We are going to entrust to you the stewardship of the "ity" words: respectability, responsibility, integrity, creativity, capability, and continuity.
We do not yet know what will transpire next year for Eastern Star in Ohio. We are anxious to hear from Evelyn and Bill, to learn what their plans are, and to see where we might fit into their puzzle. We know each of us will have an important part to play as we work with them for the good of our Order.
Brother Bill, and Sister Evelyn, as you continue your Journey for the Grand Chapter, of Ohio, continue to let your sun shine as you demonstrate strength and courage, as you share wisdom, as you serve our members, and as you Radiate Love, for always, Love is the Key. Best wishes for a wonderful year in 2016! (Applause)
President Carol: I am informed that we have elected Patti Askins to serve as our State Vice President. The Installation will be at the end of all of the comments. Brother Steve…
Past Grand Patron Steve Farus: Sisters and Brother, Good Morning! (“Good Morning!”) It is a custom that the Grand Sentinel gives the Grand Warder a door knocker that will bond them throughout their year together. As a joke I gave Evelyn this ugly-looking star that fit in her hand with a knocker on it. Every time you would knock, it hurt your hand. Then she got a better one. But after it was all over, she came up to me and said, “Steve, you know we would have made that work.” Sisters and brothers, Evelyn is that kind of leader. No matter what is handed to her, she will make it work. She will find a way to made it work for the best of the Eastern Star.
Now William on the other hand: (Laughter) Bill has this ability to look at a problem, and solve it. To come up with the best way to handle it. If something is broke, he can usually fix it. If something in Star needs repaired, you can bet he will be the first one there with his duct tape and glue to fix it. (Laughter) He will fix some of the broken problems that Eastern Star has and get Eastern Star stuck back together again as if it was new. So I am sure, with Bill fixing and solving some of our problems and then handing them to Evelyn, and Evelyn making the best out of what Bill hands her, I am sure this year will just be one heck of a good year. So, to my older twin Sister Evelyn, to my son Bill (which makes Bill her nephew), (Laughter) the very best of luck and have a wonderful and memorable year. (Applause)
President Carol: We will now hear from our Associate Grand Conductress, Sandi Herman.
AGC Sandi Herman: Thank you Madam President. Good Morning Sisters and Brothers. (“Good Morning!”) This is a meeting I truly look forward to each year. Take a look around this room, all of you are the “Who’s Who” of the Grand Chapter of Ohio. Thank you for your service to your District and our Order.
The badge of the Associate Conductress is a baton within a Star, an emblem of LEADERSHIP. A good leader produces Leaders, not followers.
I have had the privilege of serving the Grand Chapter of Ohio the past two years with Evelyn and Bill. They both have excellent leadership skills, leading by example, with a vision for our future, and with compassion.
Evelyn and Bill, I know you will make a difference as you lead our Grand Chapter and you have my support as you connect the pieces of our Eastern Star puzzle. I thank you for your love, your support and for my future partner, the 2016 Grand Sentinel. (Laughter)
President Carol: We thought we were going to hear a little secret there.
We will now hear from our Grand Conductress, Michelle Howell.
Grand Conductress, Michelle Howell: Good morning, Sisters and Brothers. (“Good Morning!”) To State District Officers Association President Carol Campbell and her committee, for the invitation to be a guest, the opportunity to make some remarks, and for organizing today's event, and to all of the past and present District Officers, thank you very much. To our AGM, whom I affectionately refer to as "Big E," (Laughter) It is ironic that you should have as your symbol a puzzle piece because I have never heard a "CROSS WORD" from you. (Laughter and Applause) It is also coincidental that you held the station of Grand Ruth and you became a Line Grand Officer about 1100 DAYS before this meeting, so that inspired me for these remarks:
AGM Sister Evelyn and AGP Brother Bill, you traversed the great state of OH - IO, at times you were feeling destitute, weary, and worn, but as you traveled, we became informed of your history and the devotion you have for our beautiful Order.
Very carefully selecting your puzzle pieces, gathering here a little and there a little, you have prepared yourselves for the festivities of Grand Chapter. And your patient industry shall not go unrewarded.
We are very excited that you both returned here today, laden with the fruits of your toil, to gladden the hearts of these Sisters and Brothers by making known to us, the proper enquirers, the theme, beauty, and knowledge of your plans.
Today we address you kindly with words of encouragement, and I pledge to you my constancy and faithful obedience. May God bless you both as you become the leaders of our Beautiful Order.
President Carol: Past Grand Patron, Brother Lon, we are looking forward to your special time in November.
PGP Lon Lowry: Thank you Madam President. Good morning, everybody. (“Good Morning!”) It is great to see each and every one of you here today on this very special occasion. I know that many of you have travelled many miles to be here today with our Associate Grand Matron and our Associate Grand Patron. In 2003, Evelyn became “Grand Ruth” for PGM, Sister Betty Dawn Hardman and PGP, Brother Larry Groves, at the 114th “CHERISH OUR MEMORIES” Session. What great enthusiasm she brought to our Order.
In 2012, PGM, Sister Jean Watters, and I appointed our fraternal daughter, Sister Evelyn, Grand Warder of the Ohio Grand Chapter. We had met many months before, and Evelyn had been asked to prepare for another project to be discussed at that meeting. She had put considerable effort and time and thought into the proposed project, only to find that this was not the real purpose of the meeting. (Laughter) We are all certainly very pleased that she accepted the appointment.
I do remember, returning from the LKM dinner in Newark to Mount Vernon, that Evelyn was pulled over by a Police Officer. (Laughter) Apparently another speeding Star Sister had just previously been stopped at same intersection. The Officer asked why all the Eastern Star ladies were in such a big hurry that night. She was attempting to return the Worthy Grand Matron Jean Watters back to the hotel, only to find that the hotel parking lot was blocked by fire trucks that night, on a false fire alarm.
Now Bill, is another thing. (Laughter) His sense of humor will serve him greatly in the coming year. He and Sherry are certainly great friends. Barbara and Sherry served as Deputy Grand Matrons together in 2006 for Sister Bonnie and Brother Larry. Bill and I served together as District Deputy Grand Masters of the Grand Lodge. Our friendships have only grown, and we have had many, many great times together.
We, all of us, could not be more proud of our Evelyn, and we want her and Bill to know that our thoughts and prayers will be with them in the year 2015 – 16, as they now will have their very own Grand Family.
God bless, safe travels, and always know that you will have two very good Brother friends of mine with you. One who will join you at the podium and one who will take you home. (Applause)
President Carol: Sister Jean… Past Grand Matron Jean Watters
PGM Jean Watters: Good morning, Sisters and Brothers. (“Good Morning”) What a wonderful day for Evelyn. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Association of Chapters of District 17 for our lunch today and all you have done to honor Sister Evelyn and Brother Bill. I would like to ask you to stop and think a minute….at this stage of your life, do you find yourself “puzzled”….or that your puzzle is missing a few important pieces? (Laughter)
Did a cardinal, the first sign of spring, appear on the very day that Ohio was having a blizzard?
Does the sun refuse to shine on your parade?
Do you feel like the “Betty Bus” has left without you? (Laughter)
Do you find that you have no problem remembering the Star Point passes, but get confused when someone shouts in your ear? “O-H” (“I-O”) (Laughter)
Do you know in your teeny-tiny mind that you’re going on a trip very soon, but you don’t know where?
Then we have the remedy for you.
You must try a double dose of Dr. Hardee’s Formula 2016.
It has been “Taylor Made” to assist you in getting excited about what’s going on next year.
Don’t bother to ask us... we don’t know anything either! (Laughter)
But what we do know for sure, is that you are in for one heck of an exciting ride!
So climb aboard the OES bandwagon today as we reveal, not the College Football National Championship Winner, but the #1 OES Grand Chapter of Ohio Championship Team, Evelyn Hardesty and Bill Taylor! (Applause)
President Carol: We will now have our Installation. Sister Barbara Pelfrey, would you join me please. And you can come too, Nancy. And we will have our newly elected State Vice President join us as well.
PGM Barbara Pelfrey: Good Morning, Sisters and Brothers. (“Good Morning”) It is a pleasure and honor to install the Officers of our State District Officers Association. In all Organizations, it requires those who choose to step forward and to lead the group in its tasks, as well as a vision for what the Organization should be accomplishing, and bring the group together to accomplish the goals as a unit. Helen Keller once said, "Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much."
Sister Nancy, I have watched you over these past couple of years and I have to say when you became Deputy Grand Matron in 2013 was when I real had the opportunity to get to know you so well. Nancy is a wonderful member of the Order of the Eastern Star. She not only supports the Grand Chapter of Ohio, but also supports the Grand Chapter of Pennsylvania. Nancy has been Worthy Matron 4 times in Ohio and once in Pennsylvania. She was the District 13 President in 2008, at the same time she was the Charites Director and also a Grand Page. In 2013 she served as Deputy Grand Matron for the Grand Chapter of Ohio for Ron Keller and myself, and now you have been elected to be installed as the President of the State Association. I want to present to you these yellow calla lilies to represent your heart of gold that I have watched you have as you serve with so much kindness and humility. I thank you from the bottom of my heart for agreeing to step forward to be the State President. If you will notice, these kind look like a little bit of a heart.
Sister Patti, this is a wonderful surprise, and exciting to be able to install you as Vice President of the State Association. I guess we will call you the lady-in-waiting. (Laughter) Remember that you have the duty to support the President of this Association and to also be prepared at any opportunity when you have to step forward. We thank you both so much for your dedication and the support you have given to this Officers Association.
Sisters and Brothers, we should all understand what it takes as an Officer. Please extend a hand to help this team in any way, and extend gratitude for their willingness to lead once again. (Applause)
Remember this quote from Phil Jackson, "The strength of the team is each individual member. The strength of each member is the team."
Sister Nancy, thank you so very much for allowing me to be your installing officer today. It was a wonderful honor and pleasure. I thank you and wish you both much success for this coming year.
Newly installed President Nancy McMillin: Thank you, Sister Barbara. You believed in me, and I truly couldn’t have anyone else set me off on this journey. Thank you so very much. You know how special you are to me. I did not give Bonita a prepared speech, because sometimes God speaks to me and tells me what I have to say. And so to you today, I say thank you for the encouragement and love and support that all of you have given to each of us, but particularly for supporting the leaders of this Statewide Association. I particularly need to thank the members of my Chapter, who I’m asking to stand, joined by the members of District 13, and of our Region, which is also District 14. You have already told me you’ll do whatever I need, and we have a lot to do in this next year. We have worked hard over the years where we have supported a Line Grand Officer, and I know that you will do no less in supporting this organization. Thank you for being here today. I appreciate and love each and every one of you. Thank you. (Applause).
My theme for the year will be “Lest We Forget” and it’s an idea of, not that we need to remember, but that we need to not forget. We need to not forget the precepts of our Order, our teachings, and our obligation. So instead of bringing items to the statewide meeting next year, I am asking our District Presidents (you will receive a letter from me, now that I know exactly who will be in that position) to have something that is specific to your District, and there will be some suggestions. It could be a Learning Center, if you are privileged to have one. It could be a Children’s Home if there is one in your area, it could be a women’s shelter, you might want to reach out to our veterans’ facilities, you might want to support our active military. I want us to reach out and give of ourselves, to give to others simple gifts that we have to give. We have the gifts of love, of a smile, of trust, of friendship. So let’s not forget what our Order is about. Practice, and share, and remember those obligations that we have.
I would like to say to Sister Evelyn and Brother Bill, when serving as Deputy back in 2013-2014 I got to know both of you and I am so looking forward to being a part of your 2016 puzzle and traveling. I also would like to introduce my Secretary for this year. It is my sister Mary McMillin. You will find in your program my address, and her address. You will notice they are both the same. We live right across the line in Pennsylvania. Our heart is in Ohio, but we pay taxes in Pennsylvania. (Laughter) Our email addresses are there, and we are simply a phone call or an email away. I would like to invite all of you to next year’s meeting. Remember, 2016 is a leap year, so for those who said we’ll be here August 11, it will be Thursday, and the meeting will be over! We will come back to Villa Milano on Wednesday, August 10, 2016, for our “Lest We Forget” meeting. And at this time, lest we forget our new Vice President, we will ask her to give her address and her other information regarding contact.
Newly installed Vice President Patti Askins: Good Morning! (“Good Morning”) You got my name Patti, P-a-t-t-i, Askins. My address is 978 Brice Avenue, in Lima, of course Ohio, where else, right? My zip code is 45805-2473. My home phone number, because I haven’t given it up yet, and I still have an answering machine there is 419-228-1750 and my email address, email@example.com.
President Carol: I pass on to you your badge. (Carol pins Nancy with the State President’s badge.)
President Carol: Patti’s contact info will be on the website shortly
President Carol: I have a little more business today. We are getting close, so I think we will have our Grand Sentinel once again, to give us a Table Grace.
Grand Sentinel William Cox:
Gracious and Loving God, we give you thanks for your overflowing generosity to us. Thank you for the blessings of the food we eat and especially for this banquet today and for the hands that have prepared it. Thank you for our homes, our families and especially our sisters and brothers about us. Thank you for our health, our work and our play. Please send your blessings to those who are hungry, alone, sick, and suffering war and violence. Open our hearts to your love. Protect us on our way home and in all our travels. For these things we ask your blessing through Christ your son. Amen.
All enjoyed a delicious luncheon of Chicken Cordon Bleu, Roasted Potatoes, Vegetable, Rolls and Butter, and Spumoni
Following lunch, the meeting resumed, with the address of Associate Grand Matron Evelyn Hardesty and Associate Grand Patron Bill Taylor.
Evelyn: Hi Sisters and Brothers, It is our pleasure to be with each of you this day! This is the day the Lord hath made. We are glad. We are rejoicing and we hope you are too!
We want to thank our State President, Sister Carol, for all the plans that have gone into today to make it a success. And we know Secretary Boni Shane was a huge help. Thanks for our lunches and all your kindness.
Bill: We thank each of the District Presidents. You have been working on our behalf for a couple of years. You are "unsung" TEAM members. You are APPRECIATED!
Thanks for all you have done and will do! The puzzle could not be completed without YOU! Congrats to Nancy and thanks for serving as State President for 2016. We also congratulate our new VP.
Evelyn: Betty Dawn and Larry, Bruce and Marnie: in 2003 you gave me and Ron a wonderful opportunity; I learned many things from you, especially to "season everything with love". For all PGM's and PGP's, I would think today is a day down memory lane, as you recall the time when you were in this same place.
Jean and Lon, Al and Barbara: To my fraternal parents, thanks for this adventure of a lifetime! I have said it before, what a difference a breakfast at Bob Evans can have on one's life! I appreciate your continued support, encouragement, and guidance. I will do my best to be a "good kid".
Gail and Steve, my younger "twin": Thank you for TBDPITL (The Best Darn Partner in the Land). I thank you and the members of Ohio thank you. Bill and Sherry are dedicated and caring members and it is my pleasure and honor to be working with them.
I would like to thank Barbara and Ron, Gail and Steve and Susan and Steve Jr. for their leadership as we have worked together as a team these past few years.
We are looking forward to continuing to work with Michelle and Bill Jr.; Sandi and ? and Kelly as we work for our Order.
Ron, Sweetheart, I thank you for all you do for me. I thank you for not caring that there is nothing in the fridge, sometimes a pile of laundry to do, and missing many things you would like to do because you support me. I love you.
Bill: Sister Gail and Brother Steve, DuAnn and Jimmy, Thank you for putting Sherry and me on this journey of a lifetime! What a surprise to show up for a charities meeting and be asked to be the Grand Sentinel. What were you thinking?
Sister Wroena, the crown jewel of district 12. You embody what Eastern Star is all about. You are an example, an encourager, a perfect sister and friend to everyone in the State of Ohio. Thank you for your support.
Sister Sherry, What was I thinking?!! For 42 years you have supported me and encouraged me in everything that I have done. This is one time you should have said no! I love you and cherish you. I'm sure that after raising our 3 daughters this too will pass.
Evelyn: It is said that it takes a village to raise a child--it takes many to raise a Line Grand Officer! Would the members of Beacon Chapter please stand. Thanks for all of your love and support. I love each of you! Let's add the members of District 17! You have been Evelyn's Boosters from the start! You are TBDBITL. I will forever be indebted to you for all you do! Now let's add District 23, Region N. The members of District 23 have been supportive in many ways, I appreciate your kindnesses.
Bill: Would the members of Brownsville Chapter please stand? I know that you did not take me to raise, but you have certainly had an influence on who I am. I can never thank you enough for all the love and support that you have given to Sherry and me over some 37 years. You are each very special to us.
I would like the Members of District 12 to stand. You embraced this Grand Sentinel from the get-go. I could not have asked for more supportive group. It has been a while since we have had a line grand officer. Some of you don’t remember PGM Betty Foster, PGP Bill Dunlap, or PGM Neva Moreland. I was privileged to know all three as well as PGM Sister Wroena Dusthimer. I am humbled to walk in their shoes and I pray that this 2016 WGP (if elected) will be remembered as favorably as these fine Sisters and Brother. You are Spanky’s Gang. You are more than okay, you are O-tay!
Let’s add the rest of Region M, District 11. You have been team players from the start and we thank you for all you have done to make this year a success. Know that your efforts are appreciated.
Evelyn: Sisters and Brothers, we are excited to be with each of you. We are eager to share some of the 2016 Puzzle Pieces: They are important concepts and tenets:
ESSENTIAL PIECE: Each of you is an Essential Piece in our 2016 Puzzle. Without you, there is no need for us!
TEAM: Together Everyone Achieves More. It takes each essential piece (you, and you and you) to make the puzzle complete. It takes all pieces fitting together to achieve our goals!
Bill: It's about TEAM, it's about PARTICIPATION, SERVICE, CHARITY, PRIDE, AND EXCELLENCE!
Evelyn: It's about PROMOTION AND ADVERTISING AND LIVING OUR TENETS!
It's about EDUCATION AND LEARNING!
Evelyn and Bill: It's about APPRECIATION!
Evelyn: A puzzle needs a border, a TEAM needs a cheer: for 2016 our cheer will be: OH-IO-ES
Bill: Let's practice! (Have all do a couple of times)
OHIO Eastern Star--we are an unbeatable, unstoppable TEAM! WE are AMAZING!
Evelyn: Do YOU believe that? (yes, we hope they say). We can't hear you....do YOU believe that? (Yes).
Evelyn: Let's take a closer look at some of our puzzle pieces:
PARTICPATION: We thank you for all you do! We want to show that appreciation in a tangible way. We will have an OH-IO-ES Participation award in 2016. At Grand Chapter or your first event, you will receive a card that will be "punched" for activities you attend. Upon participating in a number of events you will receive a visible symbol of your PARTICIPATION. Members of the OH-IO-ES Participation award TEAM will be recognized at Grand Chapter in 2016.
Thanks Cindy Chadwell for taking an idea and making it come to life!
Bill: The Line Grand Officers need YOU to PARTICIPATE in providing thoughts and ideas regarding our OES Health. In your credential packets at Grand Chapter you will find the OES Health Check Survey. They will also be available at the November Educational Opportunities.
In the last 15 years our total membership has decreased by 38,156 members and we have gone from 319 Chapters to 209. Yet we are operating with basically the same structure. Please take a few minutes, participate and share your ideas about our health!
Evelyn: Let's continue the thought of PARTICIPATION! (Magic wand) We don't have a magic answer....
We have a challenge for YOU! GET JUST ONE!! Each of you actively participates, continue to do so and find just one person to PARTICIPATE WITH YOU!
Perhaps a member who is not attending or a new initiate. Think of the possibilities of increasing our active membership IF each of us GETS JUST ONE!
Next important puzzle pieces or concepts :
CHARITY AND SERVICE: We will promote all of the OES charities and will have a Charity Director for each District. Our State Charities Committee is chaired by Tracie and Todd Evans.
Todd, stand up and give us a wave.
Did you know that "down on the farm" there is a bit of a stir going on...
(Put on red and green hats....)
Bill: My farmyard is better than your farmyard!
Evelyn: And why might that be?
Bill: ‘Cause I'm a Deere guy, John Deere green that is!
Evelyn: Hmmmm, well Ron and I are RED! Certainly not green with envy! We do RED on our farm--Massey Harris, Massey Ferguson!
Bill: Well, I challenge YOU! Let's have a race!
Evelyn: What kind of race?
Bill: A race to see who can fill-up their silo by earning "egg" money at the Charity "Egg-stravaganza"! It will be held June 4, 2016 at the OES Home in Mt. Vernon. It will be a casual "farm" affair; even blue jeans and bibs will be allowed!
Evelyn: This race is on! The winner will become the "king" of the farmyard and the loser, well, will be the egg!
Throughout the year, the Charities Directors will help the WGM and WGP to sow their seeds and create the start of a great harvest at the Eggs-travaganza!
Bill: To help the harvest, donate your coins to either the WGM barn or the WGP barn.
Evelyn: But watch out for unexpected "disasters" (paper currency donations, green backs that is!), as those will set back our harvest totals.
(SCOOP) At the Egg-stravaganza, the total coins donated for each of the WGM and WGP barns minus those "disaster" dollars will earn ONE SCOOP of harvest grain for each total dollar harvested.
Bill: And the neat thing--the barns that will collect the money are birdhouses that will be donated to the OES Home after the Egg-stravaganza! Thanks to Ed Cosby and his grandkids for making these "coin collectors"!
Bill: In preparation for the "Egg-stravaganza" GREEN and RED bandanas will be sold in the Spring. Buy your bandana and join us for a fun time on the farm!
Evelyn: Why not make it a day! This is the Day! The Grand Officers and all interested will PARTICIPATE in the 33rd Annual District 17 Cancer Walk. This is held in Columbus and will precede the Egg-stravaganza.
Bill: In 2016, we will support the Ohio Eastern Star Home Capital Campaign, encouraging all to become a member of the "Million Dollar Circle" with a $300.00 donation or pledge over the next three years.
Evelyn: It is said that "Charity begins at Home". With that in mind, we encourage all Chapters to make a donation to the Benevolence Fund. This fund helps our Sisters and Brothers when life's circumstances become difficult.
The proceeds from Evelyn's Sunny Puzzle Piece Parade will be donated to the Benevolence fund. The march was lovingly written by Carol Pfau (raise your hand Carol) and we think you will like the tempo and the tune! Thanks Carol.
Thanks also to Jason Chadwell for the wonderful cover design! The 2016 DGM's will have music you can purchase for $5.00 at the October Educational Opportunities.
Evelyn: What does that mean?
Bill: It means: It's Never 2 Late! How many in this room are over the age of 60? How many of you use a cell phone? A computer? Play games or do puzzles? Like to visit with your children and grandchildren, even if they live far away? Like to read? The elders at our OES Home also like to do all these things! iN2L!
Bill: Truer words were never spoken. It is never too late! The iN2L system will allow our elders at the OES Home to be engaged, active and to PARTICIPATE!
The iN2L system allows individualization. The iN2L programs allow for small group experiences with activity staff or therapists as well as individual interests!
CONNECTION WITH FAMILY AND FRIENDS
THERAPY AND FITNESS
Bill: iN2L will be our OES Home Project. Learn more at the Educational Opportunities this fall. Our goal is to raise a minimum of $25,000. This will allow for the purchase of four systems, one for each of the 4 new neighborhoods. The more money raised, the more options that can be added to the system and programs; allowing for more opportunities for our elders at the home.
Are YOU excited? We are! This is the Day! Let's make a difference for the residents of our home!
Evelyn: PRIDE AND EXCELLENCE: More essential pieces! Are you proud to be a member? Are you proud of the way you do your work? YOU are the essential piece! You must take charge and be responsible for your work! You must encourage members to do their best.
Bill: We will once again have the Ritual Competition at Grand Chapter, 2016. We challenge every Chapter to have at least one participant! Let's put PGP Ken Scott and his group to work!!
Chapter Excellence Award: This program will be continued by us as well as Michelle and Bill in 2017 and Sandi in 2018. We can never be too Excellent!
By practicing Charity and Service, engaging in Social Activities and Fellowship, performing Ritual and Officer Excellence, and promoting Membership and Public Relations, you demonstrate EXCELLENCE!
Evelyn: To promote EDUCATION AND LEARNING,PARTICIPATION AND EXCELLENCE, there will be 5 different EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES (EOPs): (aka: Small schools, meet the Deputy, Big Schools, SOS's, EIO's,)
EOP #1: Putting the Installation Puzzle Together. In each District. October 3 or 4. Under direction of DGM with assistance of District Associations. Main topic is Installation Procedures.
OHIOES Participation award event
EOP #2: It takes a TEAM to make a complete Chapter Puzzle. November 6: Cuyahoga Falls. November 13: Findlay. November 14: Springfield. November 20: Belpre. November 21: Columbus. Observe Chapter work by Grand Officers, participate in some learning activities! LGO's and AGOS will conduct sessions with their counterparts. There's something for EVERYONE!
CHOOSE THE SESSION CLOSEST TO YOU! (OHIOES Participation event) (No attendance awards)
Bill: EOP #3: To do is to Learn:
Putting all the Pieces Together as a TEAM
Hands-on, practice session in each District
Under direction of DGMs and Grand Officers
(OHIOES Participation event)
Bill: EOP #4: The Complete Puzzle
Grand Officers perform Initiatory work
March 12, 2016: Afternoon
March 18, 2016: 7:30PM
Gallipolis Masonic Center
April 9, 2016: 1:30PM
Berea Masonic Temple, Cleveland
March 19, 2016: 1:30PM
Northwest Masonic Temple, Columbus
This will be an actual Initiation Ceremony for Chapters who have candidates they wish to have initiated. Officers of Worthington Chapter, District 17, will assist in opening and closing Chapter.
Have Candidates to be initiated? Contact Evelyn or Carol Boyd, Secretary to the WGM!
We will limit to 6 candidates. Don't miss this opportunity to have new members of your Chapter initiated by the 2016 Grand Officers!
Evelyn: Secretary/Treasurer Appreciation and Education Day: March 5, 2016.. Gallagher Center, OES Home Mt. Vernon. 9:30AM to 3:30 PM. ALL Secretaries and Treasurers are encouraged to attend. One per Chapter is expected!
Evelyn: Another essential puzzle piece: PROMOTION AND PUBLIC RELATIONS
Bill: We will again be using Masonic Ambassadors to promote our Order to Lodges and other Masonic bodies, and to act as a liaison between Chapters and Lodges. This program has had great success in some areas and minimal success in others. Please support your Ambassadors by encouraging them and offering to assist with their programs to the Lodges. Our Lodge brothers enjoy eating almost as much as their Eastern Star counterparts. Consider providing a meal for a Lodge on the evening of his presentation, or maybe refreshments afterwards. Be prepared to answer questions about our beautiful Order and the benefits Lodges and OES Chapters have for each other.
Bill: Website: OHIOOES.org. Updates are happening and will be ongoing! Promote within our Order and communicate with those who use social media!
Speakers Bureau: What a resource we have right among us! We encourage you to use them for programs and entertainment. New brochures are coming!
Evelyn: Well Bill, I think we have one more item to share regarding plans for 2016 in the promotion and public relations area.
Is there anyone interested in where we will travel in 2016? (Put on cowboy hats/bandanas)
Bill: Westward HO!
Evelyn: Here we GO! July 25-30, 2016
Bill: Join me and Sherry, Ron and Evelyn as we travel to Springfield, Illinois, Branson, Missouri, and St. Louis , Missouri
Evelyn: 5 nights lodging, guided tours of Lincoln Presidential Museum and Budweiser deluxe coach transportation!
Bill: All this, plus the fellowship and fun of traveling with Sisters and Brothers!
Triple: $ 940.00
Quad: $ 930.00
Brochures and booking forms will be available at the EOP #2's in November
Evelyn: Our final puzzle piece for the day! APPRECIATION
Previously called the Reception for the WGM and WGP.
THIS IS THE DAY for YOU!
Bill: We hope you will join us on Saturday, April 30, 2016 at the Crowne Plaza in Columbus for a PARTY! A PARTY to Celebrate EACH of YOU! It will be our pleasure to serve as your Host and Hostess!
Evelyn: Sisters and Brothers: THIS IS THE DAY! The AM's lecture states, the effulgent sun is a reminder that the principles of our Order should shine in our lives!
May our lives shine like the sun each and every day!
In closing: We are humbled to be serving you and working with you. Each of you is incredible! YOU ARE ESSENTIAL PIECES!
Evelyn and Bill: Please join us on September 27 at the Dayton Convention Center for the dawning of the "This is The Day" 2016 year. Please plan to PARTICIPATE, as the 2016 puzzle comes together! May the principles of our Order shine in our lives each day!
We are a TEAM: All together: OH-IO-ES!
Thank you for your attention and participation!
President Carol: Thank you, Sister Evelyn and Brother Bill; I have enjoyed playing this small part in your adventure, and I’m sure our Sisters and Brothers enjoyed your message today.
At my reception, I opened with the thought: Think where one’s glory most begins and ends, and say my glory was I had such friends.
Because, at the end, that’s what this is all about, friends working together in the service of brotherly love, relief and truth. Nobody does a job like this without the help of friends, and now I would like to recognize some of those who have helped me futher along this path.
Thanks to those who elected me to do this job.
Thanks to the Districts who invited me to their meetings and functions.
Here in District 17, I have to begin with Clara Jo Rike, my “campaign manager” and our luncheon chair, Jennifer, Linda, Pat, Debbie, Bonita, Joyce and Roger: our current District officers, and the many Past Presidents and Advisors. Thanks to our 46 Club officers, past and present, and the other District members, who also helped. MyTriangle Chapter sisters and brothers, thanks for being there and for your help, and thank you for the fun reception: ice cream and winning at “Are you smarter than a 3rd grader?” priceless!
And thanks, again, to those who brought donations for our Learning Centers.
PGM Betty Dawn Hardman had a special part in Sister Evelyn’s Eastern Star history. She will now send us off with a blessing.
PGM Betty Dawn Hardman: Our heavenly father we thank you for being with each of us as we have gathered here this day and for the blessings that you have bestowed on each of us for this another day that we have had on this earth. We thank each of the state officers and committee members who have worked so hard to make for us a day that can be shared with our special 2003 Grand Ruth as she is about to take a very important step to serve as our Worthy Grand Matron and by her side will be Bill Taylor, serving as the Worthy Grand Patron. A very important time in their life as they have many secrets that will soon be shared with us. We ask a special blessing on each of them as they form there 2016 Grand Family. Watch over them and keep them in your watchful care as they serve our beautiful Order. Be with each of us as we part this place and may we always be reminded that we should live each day to the fullest for the time that you have allotted us on this earth. May each of us continue to season everything with love that we can cherish our memories.
Grant that we have traveling mercies home. These things we ask in your holy name. Amen
President Carol then announced where each Line Grand Officer would be meeting with their respective District Officer.
(See below for Attachments)
OES Ohio State District Officers Association
9/30/13 – 9/30/14
Beginning Balance $ 7,933.46
Entertainment $ 1,700.00
Bank Charges $ 20.00
Supplies (Barbara Campbell) 449.20
Lunch Refunds 69.00
Grand Chapter Entertainment 600.00
Grand Chapter Big Screen 500.00
ESTARL Donation 1,000.00
OES Home Capital Campaign 1,000.00
OES Home Project 500.00
Villa Milano Lunches + ½ Coffee 9,844.65
Ending Balance $ 7,048.21
Audited May 15, 2016
Joyce Pike, Chair.
OES Ohio State District Officers Association
Balance as of October 1, 2014 $ 7,048.21
Luncheon reservations $11,490.00
Reimbursement from District 17
for Coffee/Tea/Juice 675.00
Villa Milano $11,259.00
($10,584.00 for Lunch, $675.00 for Coffee)
District 6 (Luncheon Refund) 23.50
Printing ($480.00 for 535 Programs, 620.00
$140.00 for 135 District Officer Rosters)
Grand Chapter (labels for Past Grands) 3.35
Bonita Shane ($41.76 for Printing, 109.14
$58.80 for Stamps, $8.58 for Supplies)
Bank Charges 10.00
12, 024.99 12,024.99
Checking Account Balance as of 8-12-15 $7,188.22
1. Donations for Grand Chapter Entertainment $1,950.00