2014 - 2015 Officers
|OHIO STATE DISTRICT OFFICERS ASSOCIATION|
|PAST STATE PRESIDENT BY DISTRICT|
|1||1976-77||Leona Rohrer||16||1959-60||Maxine Stalter|
|1997-98||Judy Broadfoot||1983-84||Shirley Riggie|
|1999-00||Lou Ann Kilgore||17||1952-53||Geneva Clancy|
|3||1977-78||Florence Laubscher||1989-90||Saarah Plat|
|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 Schuback||2006-07||Grace George|
|6||1965-66||Fern Smith||20||1978-79||Patrica Halr|
|1991-92||Peggy Heider||2000-01||Martha Sue Booth|
|7||1968-69||Lean Beyer||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||Virgina Dyer||1980-81||Martha Muse|
|1984-85||Jane Smith||26||1969-70||Jan Meyers|
|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 PRESIDETS 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 Kunz||(Charter Member)|
|5||1964-65||*Aleda H Peck|
|11||1096-67||*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||2004-05||Merrie Lynne Seaburn|
|16||2008-09||Brooke E Anderson|
64th Annual Meeting
OES State District Officers Association
Held on: Wednesday August 14, 2013
Location: Villa Milano Banquet and Conference Center
1630 Schrock Rd.
Good Morning and Welcome to the 64th Annual Meeting of the State District Officers Association.
I am Jeannine Hardy, currently President of District 6 and Chairman of the Region D, and I’m here today to present the 2013 President of the State District officers Association, Sister Dottie Wagner.
Dottie was initiated into Woodbine Chapter #61 in June of 1973. She has held several offices including Ruth and Association Conductress through Worthy Matron. She has been Worthy Matron 3 times. She has also taken on the responsibility of Mother Advisor for Lotus Assembly of Rainbow, OES Home Representative in 1992, District 6 President in 1997 and has also served as Advisor and Parliamentarian for other District Officers. She has been President of District 6, Secretary-Treasurers Group and is currently serving as the Secretary of Woodbine Chapter.
If that isn’t enough, she is also Grand Representative of the District of Columbia in Ohio. As you can tell, she has been an extremely busy lady. Dottie has recently retired from her full-time job and like many others, wonders how she did all this, work and raise a family at the same time, but she did it very successfully and that is why she is here today as our President.
I have the honor to present to you Sister Dottie Wagner.
President Dottie: Thank you Jeannine, for accepting the challenge when called upon to open this 64th annual session of the State District Officers Association of Chapters.
It really is wonderful to see so many of our sisters and brothers attending our meeting. I know each of us eagerly awaits the news that our Associate Grand Matron, Sister Gail, has to share with us today.
President Dottie: Our invocation will be given by a Past Patron of Palestine Chapter and a Past President of District 6 Brother Dave Kopfmann.
Dave Kopfmann: Father, we thank you for the many opportunities and experiences that you have provided for us living in America. We pray that you give us the strength to use our talents to the fullest. Father, we thank you for allowing us to wake up each and every morning to live for you. We thank you for your graciousness and forgiveness. We thank you for never tempting us beyond what we can bare. We are thankful to be surrounded by Christian influences such as our peers and elders. Today we pray that we may receive your special blessing because we are committed to be a real service organization to help humankind. May each of us in our daily routine come to know the joy of caring and sharing with others not as fortunate as we are. Most of all Father, we thank you for sending your son to die on the cross so that He may carry our burdens. All this we ask in thy Holy name, Amen.
President Dottie: Thank you, Dave, we have been very good friends for some time and I really appreciate you agreeing to open this session with your special invocation.
President Dottie: Our flag tribute today will be given by a Past Patron of Yondota Chapter, brother Tom Logan.
Tom Logan: Ode to the Flag,
Sisters and Brothers, before beginning this annual meeting of the State Association, we direct your attention to the Flag of our beloved country. It is always displayed in the East of every Eastern star meeting where it is accorded the position of highest honor. It is a constant inspiration to every lover of his country, to every true Mason and Eastern Star. It demands unswerving loyalty and whole-hearted devotion to the principles of which it is the glorious representative. It is the majestic symbol of Freedom under Constitutional government. Beneath its protecting folds, Liberty, Equality and Fraternity have become the heritage of every citizen, while the oppressed of many nations have found peace and happiness in the land over which it floats. The flags of mighty empires have come and gone, but the Stars and Stripes remain. Alone of all flags it expresses the sovereignty of the people which endures when all else passes away. Speaking with their voice it has the sanctity of revelation. He who lives under it and is loyal to it, is loyal to truth and justice everywhere. So long as it flies, government of the people, by the people, for the people shall not perish from the earth.
President Dottie: Thank you, Tom; I was thrilled when you told me of your plans for this tribute. What a beautiful story. I have heard this given before but you have added a special meaning to it today.
President Dottie: At this time, it is my pleasure to introduce our special guests seated at our head table.
On my far right- Jeannine Hardy, President of District 6; Our state Association Vice President –Barbara Campbell; Vivian Chrisopolus, Past Grand Matron-who is also our Installing Officer today; Steve Moore, Grand Sentinel; Lon Lowry, Past Grand Patron; Jean Watters, Past Grand Matron, DuAnne Farus, Grand Representative to Maryland in Ohio; Steve Farus, Associate Grand Patron and Joan Decker, our State Secretary/Treasurer.
Seated on my far left: Michelle Howell, Grand Warder; Evelyn Hardesty, Associate Grand Conductress; Sue Simpson, Grand Conductress, Bruce Ailes, Past Grand Patron; Jan Goerss, Past Grand Matron, Jimmie Walsh-spouse of our Associate Grand Matron; and our special person of interest today, Gail Walsh, Associate Grand Matron.
Thank each of you for taking time from you busy schedules to be with us today.
I would like to introduce the Past Grand Matrons and Past Grand Patrons who have come to share this day with us: I have been asked to announce that Wroena Dusthimer hit a deer on her way here but is okay; Marilyn Giey, Jean Beck, Marilyn Bennett, Betty Dawn Hardman, Joann Hastings, Bonnie Youngblood, Susan Dennis, Carol Jones and Jan Goerss, Corrine Witham Past Grand Patrons: Ray Belfrage, Bruce Hansford, Ray Hendricks, Richard Manifold, Robert Palmer, Cliff Houk, Frank Clifton, Terry Fusner, Richard Barrick, Ken Scott and Bruce Ailes, Jim Dale.. Did we miss anyone? Eloise Wyse.
Thank you for sharing this day with us and for all your words of wisdom, guidance and support along the way.
2013 Grand Officers not previously introduced with us today are: Grand Organist – Jan Foy, Grand Martha- Sandi Herman.
Deputy Grand Matrons with us today are: District 1- Georgeanna Allen; District 2- Susan Schenck; District 3- Rhonda Darling; District 4-Marcia Frank; District 5- Kelly Choloewitsch; District 6- Kathy Baltz; District 8-Patty Lewis; District 9- Jenna Geuy; District 11- Becky Meyer; District 12-Jan Cosby; District 13- Nancy McMillen; District 14- Machelle Miller; District 16-Shelby Smith; District 19- Judy Mack; District 20- Phyllis Wolfe; District 21- Imojean Steinbuch; District 22- Joan Sexton; District 27- Alma Priddy; District 28- Jo Kennedy. Is there anyone who was not introduced?
Thank you for everything you do to make things run like a fine tuned clock in our Chapters and for all your patience and understanding.
Grand Representatives to other Grand Jurisdiction in Ohio: Arizona- Cathy Smith; British Columbia- Pam Marshall; Colorado-Beth Cooper; Illinois-Doris Bichsel; Louisianan- Anna Gilkison; Maryland- DuAnne Farus; Massachusetts-Charlotte Lorey; New Jersey- Letisha Ruth; Oregon- Connie Penquite; Sao Paola- Ruth Ashcraft; South Dakota- Pam Rayle; Vermont- Judy Graham; Virginia- Kim Stamper; West Virginia- Barbara Lowry; Wisconsin- Lori Givler. Did we overlook anyone? Biolivia- Bonnie Chapin; Nova Scotia Prince Edward Island- Pam Moore; Alabama – Debbie Nungester.
We wish you safe travels as you visit other grand jurisdictions. Keep a smile on your face and warm memories in your heart.
I would like to take this opportunity to introduce our Grand Parliamentarian, Nancy Hansford. Your expertise is greatly appreciated. Our Chairman of Arrangements is Carol Hoskins. Thank you, Carol, for assisting with our entertainment requirements following the Grand Chapter Banquet. I would also like to recognize Nancy Williams, the person responsible for operating the screen today. Nancy has made it possible for those in the back of the room to be able to see what is going on up front.
Past State Presidents with us today are: Louise Wadell, Martha Muse, Juanita Hunn, Sarah Platt, Sue Booth, Lou Ann Kilgore, Dee Gillis, Merrie Lynne Seaburn, Grace George, Clara Haley, Jeannette Roberts, Jane Smith, Shirley Riggle, Nancy McCollum, Brooke Anderson, Carol Kauffman, Billie Stanley, Lucille Johnson, Peggy Heider,Raella Baker is not here today due to the death of her brother, Nancy Ledford, Lois Lawon and Janet Gregory. Are there any others present that have not been introduced?
Thank each of you for everything you did as you led the State Association in previous years.
Past State Secretaries: Barbara Campbell, Annette Myer, Jeanne Lilo, Carol Hunt, Karen Bodey, Carol Hamilton, Carole Schroer, Shirley Ball, Darlene Casto and Isabelle Johns. Did we skip over anyone? Rose Ann English.
Ladies, thank you for all you did while working with your respective State President. We never comprehend the tremendous numbers hours you spent behind the scenes preparing for our annual meeting. Your efforts are to be commended.
I would like to recognize our 2013 State Secretary, Joan Decker. Joan, words can never tell you how much I appreciate the many hours of hard work you spent helping to organize today’s meeting and for Don’s assistance when we became frustrated and needed another set of eyes or a helping hand. I could not have done this without you. You stood by me during the bleakest of moments. Always remember what has become my favorite saying, “ This too shall pass.”
I would like to take a moment to thank Carol Krekus for working with us on the information for the State Association web page. If you have not taken the time to look at this site, please do and join me in thanking Carol for the work she is doing for our order.
You should have each received a copy of the 2012 minutes from your District Presidents. We have a correction- Peggy Heider from District 6 nominated Dottie Wagner for the office of President. Are there any other additions or corrections?
Hearing none the minutes will stand approved.
We also have a request to make a change to our standing rules. We have the privilege to change these standing rules at any meeting.
Peggy Heider; Past State President, Past President District 6, Madam President, there has been discussion regarding the responsibility of the home district of the State President regarding costs for this annual meeting. As Standing rule 3 states, the President’s District is responsible for: Guests invited by the Associate Grand Matron, Guests invited by the State President, favors or centerpiece (these are optional) miscellaneous expenses of the President. As costs for this luncheon continue to rise it is becoming more difficult for District to afford the costs associated with supporting a State President.
Motion: Therefore in an effort to streamline costs to Districts for this luncheon I move to amend the line: Guests invited by the Associate Grand Matron to read. Guests invited by the Associate Grand Matron not to exceed 8 guests.
Jane Credicott seconded; Motion Passed by the majority.
President Dottie: Any discussion? If so please come to the microphone and speak to the issue.
There being no further discussion, please vote by the voting sign of the
Sister Secretary, will you read the Financial Report and it will be placed on file subject to Audit
OES Ohio District Officers Association
Balance as of December 1, 2012 $8,173.08
Receipts 1. Grand Chapter Entertainment Fund $ 2000.00
2. Luncheon Villa Milano $ 11308.00
3. Lost Check #1040 $ 40.00
Sub Total $21,521.08
1. Entertainment Grand Chapter $1,000.00
2. Postage/Supplies Joan Decker Secretary 158.40
3. Donation in lieu of table favors 100.00
4. Programs (500) Booklet for Pres.of Districts 781.14
5. Meal refunds 198.00
6. Villa Milano Luncheon/coffee 10,824.30
7. New Checks 47.52
8. Grand Chapter labels (past grand’s) 3.26
Total Disbursements: $ 13,112.62
Leaving a Balance as of September 30,2013 $ 8,408.46
Peggy Heider made the motion to accept Financial Report, Seconded by Nathlie Givens; Motion carried.
President Dottie: Sister Virginia Dunn, will you please give the Audit Report.
Chairman of Audit Virginia Dunn gave the following.
Chairman of the Audit Committee Virginia Dunn submitted the report and made a motion that the report be accepted. Sue Sharp seconded the motion.
President Dottie I would like to extend a special thank you to our Audit committee-Virginia Dunn, Chairman, Marsha Kujawa and Nikki King for an excellent job.
President Dottie: Our Memorial service will be presented by Peggy Heider, Past State President
Peggy: Good Morning, sisters and brothers.
This is a time for us to reflect upon those special friends who are no longer with us in our Earthly Journey, but rather have been “promoted” to greater work in a “world not made with hands.” We share the message of “Life after death” and know that our parting is only temporary and that those who have passed into the loving hands of our God, wait for us beside that heavenly door.
Do not stand at my grave and weep. I am not there, I do not sleep. I am a thousand winds that blow, I am the diamond glint on snow, I am the sunlight on ripened grain, I am the gentle morning rain. And when you wake in the morning’s hush, I am the sweet uplifting rush of quiet birds in circled flight. I am the soft stars that shine at night. Do not stand at my grave and cry, I am not there, I did not die. ( from: “Requiem “ by Eleanor Daley). Dearest heavenly Father, we thank thee that when our eyes grow dim and the heat beats fail; when the spirit slips from it’s coat of mail; when the faithful hands that labored on after the hopes of youth were gone, are folded on silent breast; and when all is Holy Peaceful Rest, how sweet to know what may befall, thy loving care is overall, AMEN
President Dottie: Thank you, Peggy, for this special memorial service. We will hold the memories of our departed Sisters and Brothers in our hearts forever.
President Dottie: According to our by-laws those who are eligible to vote are Presidents, current officers from each District, Past District Presidents, Charter Members, and Past State Presidents, and Past State Secretaries. We will now have the roll call by our State Secretary.
District Voting Non-Voting Total
1 7 1 8
2 11 14 25
3 12 18 30
4 3 5 8
5 4 4 8
6 22 35 57
7 15 3 18
8 8 0 8
9 12 4 16
10 9 2 11
11 9 5 14
12 19 4 23
13 10 4 14
14 12 9 21
15 9 1 10
16 19 8 27
17 13 6 19
18 14 4 18
19 12 10 22
20 12 3 15
21 11 1 12
22 12 4 16
23 12 3 15
24 6 3 9
25 20 7 27
26 8 2 10
27 17 7 24
28 6 1 7
324 168 492
President Dottie: The ballot for the office of State President is now open.
President Dottie: There being no other nominations for the office of President, is there a motion to close the nominations?
Becky Thatcher moved that the nomination be closed, seconded by Becky Meyer.
President Dottie: The nominative ballot will now become the elective ballot. Sister, Joan, will you please cast the ballot for the nominative to become the elective ballot for the office of State President?
State Secretary/Treasurer Joan: I cast the ballot for nominative ballot for State President to become the elective ballot.
President Dottie: We will now entertain nominations for the office of State Vice President for 2014. Would the nominee and persons nominating please come to the podium on the right?
Nominating Carol Campbell from District 17, Past Grand Matron Maxine Jeffers, seconded by Clara Jo Rike. PGM Maxine states that Sister Carol has held all 5 Star Points offices, as well as being Worthy Matron 3 times, after serving in all the Line Offices each time. She has served as Chapter Secretary 3 years, and will again next year.
For Grand Chapter, Carol was Chairman of Convention Center Activities 1 year, Chairman of the Grand Chapter program 3 years, as well as being a Grand Page. In District 17, Secretary/Treasurer Circle, it is a 6-year Line.
Carol has a Master’s Degree in Health Administration, and she recently retired after 30 years developing nursing homes and assisted living facilities in Ohio and 4 other states. So we know she is well-organized and will do a great job!
President Dottie: Being no further nominations, the nominations are closed. If there are no objections we will cast a unanimous ballot for the office of Vice President. Sister Joan will you please cast a unanimous ballot for the office of Vice President for 2014?
State Secretary/ Treasurer Joan: cast unanimous ballot and Sister Carol accepts.
President Dottie: Congratulations to Sister Barbara on her election as State President and to Sister Carol on her election to State Vice President. Sister Carol, would you please come forward and give us your address and phone number along with your email address, if you have one?
President Dottie: It is now my pleasure to ask our guests at the head table to speak.
President Dottie: invites the Grand Sentinel Brother Steve Moore.
Grand Sentinel Steve Moore: Thank You Madame President; I would like to thank the association for my lunch, and welcome each of you here today. This has been an exciting year for me and definitely a very humbling moment that few get to experience. Gail and Steve, hopefully, It will be my pleasure to follow you into your year as the leaders of the Ohio Eastern Star and today I pledge to each of you my support.
President Dottie: Thank you Brother Steve; we will now hear from our Grand Warder.
Grand Warder Michelle Howell: Madame President, Past Grand Matrons and Past Grand Patrons, Distinguished Guest, District Officers, Sister and Brothers, and Associate Grand Matron and Associate Grand Patron.
(As a past president of District 21, I have been attending these meetings for many years. We usually sit in the back…The members of District 21 told me if I didn’t start behaving, they would move me to a seat in the front of the room. And here we are…)
Thank you for the many courtesies extended to me both this day and as I have visited (or driven
However, today is not a day for remembrance and looking back; it is a day of looking forward with great excitement and anticipation to a new year.
AGM & AGP, our Sister Gail and Brother Steve Sr., I wouldn’t be the warder if I didn’t bring a knock! Knock!
Dewey have to wait much longer to find out your secrets?
All joking aside, I know you have great plans for us and the Grand Chapter of Ohio. I pledge you my support as we know that THE KEY that unlocks the future of our Beautiful Orders is IN YOUR HANDS.
President Dottie: Thank you Sister Michelle; we will now hear from our PGM Jean Watters.
PGM Jean Watters: Sister Gail and Brother Steve, what a wonderful day this is for you…I remember only too well the excitement I felt when Lon and I released our plans for 2012. We wish for you only good health, much happiness, sate travels and Godspeed as you continue your service to the Grand Chapter of Ohio! Always remember, ”Helping Hands” are the “Key” to our mission and our future! Good Luck!
President Dottie: Thank you PGM Jean; we will now hear from our PGP Lon Lowry
Past Grand Patron Lon Lowry: What a terrific day this is for all of us. It’s so good to see each of you and enjoy the many smiles and hugs.
We are here to listen to what our Associate Grand Matron, Sister Gail ( my special friend and door knocker buddy) and our Associate Grand Patron, Brother/Son Steve, have to tell us about their coming year. They’ve been very busy making all sorts of plans and I for one can hardly wait to hear about them.
So with no further a due, enjoy the day and safe travels home to each of you.
May God continue to Bless each of you, our Order and our Country!
President Dottie: Thank you PGP Lon; we will now hear some remarks from our Associate Grand Conductress Evelyn Hardesty.
Evelyn Hardesty: To our State District Officers Association President, Dottie, Officers, Sister and Brothers, I thank you for the invitation to be here today, for the many kindnesses given to me, and for the opportunity to speak.
I have been looking forward to this day and the information we will receive. You District Officers are major pieces in the puzzle of our Ohio Eastern Star and I thank you for all you do for our order.
This year has been one of learning and observing and meeting many wonderful OES members.
I look forward to 2014 as we will all experience the fulfillment of plans made by our AGM Gail and AGP (my younger twin) Steve.
Gail and Steve, I wish for you the very best, pledge you my support, and know we’ll all benefit from your leadership.
Let us all continue to understand each of us is a “key” to the success of our Order and our helping hands care for many as we serve our beautiful Order and enjoy the journey together.
President Dottie: Thank you Evelyn; we will now hear from our Grand Conductress Sue Simpson.
Sue Simpson: Madam President, Distinguished Guests, Sisters and Brothers, Good Afternoon!
Today, I stand before you to tell a story of a Little Engine.
It is a classic story that teaches the value of optimism and hard work. You may even say it is a metaphor of self-discovery…that if you believe hard enough in your dream you can achieve it. In the story, a long train must be pulled over a high mountain. Various larger engines are asked to pull the train; but for various reasons they refuse. The request is sent to a small engine, who agrees to try. The engine succeeds in pulling the train over the mountain while repeating its motto: I-think-I-can”.
I think a short version of the story is worth repeating. A Happy little switch railroad engine was employed to pull a few cars on and off the switches…it was built small for that purpose. One morning it was waiting for the next call when a long train of freight-cars asked a large engine in the roundhouse to take it over the mountain. There were hungry children waiting for food and toys. “I can’t; that is too much a pull for me,” said the great engine built for hard work. Then the train asked another engine, and another, only to hear excuses and be refused. Each one had their own heart felt excuse…I’m too grand…I’m too important…I’m too old…I’m to busy…I’m not smart enough.
In desperation; the train asked the little switch engine to draw it up the steep mountainside and down the other side to help the waiting children. “I think I can,” puffed the little locomotive, and hitched itself in front of the great heavy train. As it went on, and the grade got steeper and steeper, the little engine kept bravely puffing faster and faster, “ I think I can, I think I can, I think I can.” As it neared the top of the mountain, which had so discouraged the larger engines, it went more slowly. It was hard…the little engine was gasping for air. However, it still kept saying “I--think--I can, I--think-I can, I think I can.” Finally, it reached the top with its last great lunge and unbroken bravery. “Yes, I can do it!” was the triumphant cry. Then down the mountain side it sped. Congratulating itself by saying,” I thought I could, I thought I could. I thought I could.” It is my hope that you will learn from this story and take heart to it is hidden meaning in our lives. Today, we move forward as Gail and Steve share with us their plans for 2014. The excitement is building, I can hardly wait. Gail and Steve, the planning and preparations are coming to your fruition. Love you both. May your year ahead be filled with safe travels, good health, wonderful memories and God’s blessing. In Closing:
Madam President, thank you for the lunch as the guest of the association. Sisters and Brothers, We each individually are “The Little Engine.” But together we can overcome the challenges facing our beautiful Order of Eastern Star today if WE BEE=lieve in each other… Thank you and may you have safe travels home.
President Dottie: Thank you Sue; we will now hear from PGP Bruce Ailes and PGM Jan Goerss.
Jan Goerss: Good morning Sisters and Brothers, To sister, Dottie and the members of the State District Association we owe each of you a big THANK YOU for your dedication and service for our beautiful Order. I appreciate the invitation to this very special event and most importantly the delicious luncheon. No Eastern Star event would be complete without a meal. Today I have my ruby slippers on in anticipation to follow you down the yellow brick road as we are the lucky few who learn some of the secrets for 2014.
First, we thank Jean and Lon for their choice of Steve Farus as Grand Sentinel in 2012 for our fraternal daughter Gail. They remembered to send the very Best, Gail, Steve, DuAnne and Jimmie make a wonderful foursome. We are proud of all four and wish for each of them health, prosperity and safe travels. While I look back in time to when we asked Sister Gail that very important question to be the Grand Warder in 2010 we knew she possessed all those valuable traits needed to be the Worthy Grand Matron in 2014, her kindness, loyalty, sophistication, Masonic and Eastern Star heritage, knowledge and most importantly she is a lady, Sister, Gail I know that your parents are looking down on you with pride and buttons are flying everywhere in heaven.
Sister, Gail (my GW) the 2010 “Dancing Stars” Grand Family is very proud of you and your accomplishments. We pledge our love, support and loyalty to you and Brother Steve as you serve in love. Some keys to remember are patience, kindness, the ability to listen, honesty, understanding, and most importantly love. May the love that shines from within you reflect the teachings of our beautiful Order and all your dreams come to fruition as you serve this coming year. “Joy dances unexpectedly through your soul, keep your comfy shoes on and dance with it.” May God Bless you with joy and keep those comfy shoes ready to dance. Always remember that as you serve together in 2014 and the key is God, you and I dance in unity and harmony.
Bruce: It is indeed a pleasure being with all of you here this morning. This is the time as we are preparing for a change of leadership we can gather together to listen and understand what the coming year has in store for us. This is an exciting time in the Grand Chapter of Ohio, as the Associate Grand Matron and Patron outline their goals and what they hope to accomplish in their year as Worthy Grand Matron and Patron.
I am able to recall when Jan and I were discussing the selection of a Grand Warder, it was a privilege for Joyce and I to be included, but what was greater was we both had the same person in mind. We confirmed that choice exactly five minutes after being installed as Associate Matron and Patron. Gail had been a close friend form many years and even grew closer in 2006 when we were able to serve together. Her knowledge of our Order, her work ethic, her education, and her solid faith has shown the qualities of leadership that our Grand Chapter would look for. Gail has been raised in a Eastern Star environment and knows our Chapters, well and also many who are and have been active over the years. She has been tried, often denied, and is willing to be tried again. Gail know the pains of heartache, the burdens of health issues, but still her first concern is to do the best in all that she undertakes. We have many opportunities before us as we move this Grand Chapter forward in being the largest, and the most forward thinking Grand Chapter in the General Grand Chapter.
Jan, Joyce and I pledge to Gail and Steve, our love, support, prayers, counsel, and commitment in this coming year. Change is eminent and we must work together to maintain the high level of integrity the Order has to offer. Working closer with our Brothers of the Grand Lodge of Ohio we may be able to make innovative changes in the areas of new membership, retention of present membership, and reducing suspensions, those challenges that are critical to our Order today. Thank you for this opportunity and enjoy the events of today.
President Dottie: We will have our installation of our 2014 President. I have the honor to invite PGM Sister Vivian Chrisopulis, to install Barbara as your President to serve the Association in 2014.
PGM Sister Vivian: Sister Barbara my longtime friend. It is an honor and great privilege to install you as President of the State District Officers Association today, and I thank you for asking me. I am SO proud of you! Your service to our Order is outstanding. You have been an Eastern Star member for over 32 years; the Worthy Matron of your Chapter three times, as well as it’s Secretary for the past 12 years. In addition to the many other positions you have held for your Chapter and District, you served our Grand Chapter of as Grand Representative of Ohio in Kentucky and Deputy Grand Matron of your District #14. In 1996 you were Secretary of this State District Officers Association and are now the President of District #14 Association of Chapters, so you are fully aware, and understand the many responsibilities that come with the acceptance of this high position. I know the District Officers throughout the State are looking forward to your support and will welcome your visits to their Districts. These special times will leave you with many new friendships and happy memories of your year as State President. Congratulations Barbara on your Installation as the 2013-2014 President, and I wish you a most rewarding and successful year and always “Remember to Live One Day at a Time, and Make It a Masterpiece”!
President Dottie: Congratulations Barbara, it is my pleasure to present you with this state pin. We wish you safety in your travels, excellent health and a car load of memories as you serve our Association this year. If there is anything I can do to help you next year, I am only a phone call away. Could we have remarks from you at this time?
Remarks by Barbara Campbell: Sister Vivian-I did not have to think twice following my election last year to serve as Vice-President of the State District Officer’s Association as to who I would ask to Install me as the President.
You and I met in 1988 as you served the Grand Chapter of Ohio as Star Point Esther. We have stayed in each other’s home, went shopping together and broke bread together many times. I feel as if you are a “Sister” in all ways and I thank you so very much for agreeing to install me as President. You served the Grand Chapter of the Eastern Star and also the General Grand Chapter- we all (your Sister and Brothers) are very proud of you and your accomplishments. We wish for you every success as you continue your service to the Order of the Eastern Star. Please accept this small token of my appreciation for installing me today.
My secretary is Lucille Johnson, 809 Park Avenue NW, New Philadelphia, Ohio 44663. Her phone number is 330-343-6930. I have known Lucille for over 30 years and I know she is very capable of the chore ahead of her. I served as her secretary when she was the State President in 1996-97. I extend my heartiest congratulations to the newly elected Vice-President and look forward to sharing our time together this year. Would you please see me after the close of this meeting? Thank you.
Sister Gail and Brother Steve I want to congratulate you both and wish you success on your coming year as Worthy Grand Matron and Worthy Grand Patron of the Grand Chapter of Ohio. I look forward to working with you both and know that your year will be fantastic.
I want to thank those from District 14 who are here today. Would the members of New Philadelphia Chapter #222 please stand. Would all those from District 14 join them and also those from District 13 would you please stand and join with District 14-these folks compose Region L. Thank you again for your support and help.
My theme for 2014: “Helping our Masonic Learning Centers and Feeding Ohio”. Our Children who are attending the Masonic Learning Centers need our help with the basic supplies for their classes and I would like for us to help with those who do not have the resources to provide enough food for their families. Please mark your calendars now to bring basic school supplies and or non-perishable food items to our August 13, 2014 meeting here at the Villa Milano.
Sisters and Brothers, I have the pleasure of presenting Mr. Vic Turner, Hannah’s father.
This little girl can teach you a thing or two about what it means to share. One cold Thanksgiving Day, young Hannah Turner was helping her mother Doris serve dinner to the needy at Toledo’s Cherry Street Mission. Suddenly Doris felt a tug on her sweater. “Mommy, won’t his feet be cold?” Hannah looked toward a man whose shoes had split open to reveal he wore no socks. Hannah’s face reflected concern, so Doris, busy with the task at hand tried to reassure her: “His shoes will keep his toes warm,” Hannah smart and big of heart was unconvinced. “Mommy, he can have my socks,” she said. The next day, Doris took Hannah to hand out socks to men, women and children around the city. They spoke to man volunteers who each shared the same story Shelters simply never have enough new socks. And that gave Hannah an idea. What if everyone we know gave us just one pair of socks? How many people could we help then?”
President Dottie: Thank you, Mr. Turner, for sharing this story with us.
President Dottie: At this time, I would like to have the members of Woodbine Chapter stand. Thank you, for all the special recognitions you have given me throughout the past two years. Please remain standing while the members of District 6 join you. I would like to thank you for all your special friendships and the offers of help with anything I needed. I also would like to thank you for all the gracious donations of socks given at my honor night. I am pleased to report that our District collected over 300 pair of socks to bring here today. Thank you all. Would you also remain standing while the members of District 7 stand. Sisters and Brothers, these people compose Region D what a successful Region we have become working in harmony to make a truly great Region. Thank all of you for your kindness and special offers of assistance in making this day truly wonderful.
A donation will be made to Gail’s in lieu of table favors. I would also like to thank everyone for their contributions to Hannah’s Socks. We cannot outfit the world, but we can make a difference in the lives of some who are less fortunate than us.
The wind socks on the table are for the District President-please make sure you get one as you leave. Thank you, brother, Tom Logan for his work making the standards for these wind socks.
We will now have our Table grace by Dave Kopfmann.
Brother Dave: Dear Lord, Thank you for allowing us to gather here for food, fun, fellowship and the good of the Order. We are blessed by having our sisters and brothers gathered here today. May this food prepared for us sustain us so that we can continue to do your good work and that we may be permitted to assemble here again. All this we ask in your holy name, Amen.
President Dottie: And now, the moment we have all been waiting for—remarks from our Associate Grand Patron. Brother Steve and Associate Grand Matron, Sister Gail, a lady who is loved and respected by us all.
Gail: Thank you, Madam President. Hello, sisters, brothers, and friends. It is an honor to be here with all of you, our special and distinguished member today as we share thoughts about the coming year in our Order of the Eastern Star. Thank you for my lunch and for my husband Jimmie’s lunch. I am proud to be a member of the Eastern Star, and so very proud that you have entrusted me with leadership in our Order.
Thank you, Sister Dottie, for your leadership of our State District Officers’ Association during this past year. District Six is so proud to claim you as one of us. Your talents are evident in the proceedings of today. Thank you for a job well done. Sister Joanie, thank you for serving as the Secretary of this Association this year and for your efficiency and support.
District Six, and members of Region D, Districts Six and Seven, you take my breath away. Your unwavering support and your love have made this journey easier for me. Thank you for coming today, such a distance, in such great numbers, to support Dottie and to support me. Would the members of District Six please stand? And will the members of District Seven please join them. You are simply the greatest. Thank you for being here today.
District Officers, and those who have served as District Officers, thank you for the service you give to our districts and to our Order. You are the members who organize events and make things happen in your respective districts. Thank you for all you do.
There are other special friends and loved ones here today. I may have served in a grand family with you. I may have been the inspecting officer of your chapter. Perhaps I sat next to you at a meeting. Each of you has enriched my life as you accompanied me on this journey for our Grand Chapter. You have shared ideas, suggestions, encouragement, and love. Thank you.
Steve: Thank you Madam President and the State District Assoc of Officers. Good afternoon Sisters and Brothers. I would like to thank you for the meal and for the courtesies and kindness shown to me this Wednesday. To all my sisters and brothers, thank you for sharing this day with us and your devotion to the Order of the Eastern Star. I would like to thank district 16 and if they would stand at this time and thanks to district 15 and if they would join a standing 16. Thank you region “K”. Thank you for all you do and all you are about to do.
Gail: Hey, Steve, I’ve been looking around the room and it looks as though there are a lot of people here today.
Steve: Yes there are: they must have wanted to be together after our summer break. They knew they would have a good lunch and good conversation with friends.
Gail: We have had a long journey on our OES road to get to this day.
Steve: And these folks have had a long journey to come to Columbus today to hear what we are planning for the next year in our Grand Chapter.
Gail: It will be an exciting year. It will be the 125th year of the Grand Chapter of Ohio. Don’t you think we should celebrate that special birthday anniversary? We will light a candle for this special event. (put out bag with picture of birthday cake, and two flameless electric tea light candles) Happy Birthday, Ohio Eastern Star! We can sing Happy Birthday to our Order all year long.
Gail: And our members have entrusted us with responsibilities in the coming year, to lead us all in working together for the Order of the Eastern Star in Ohio in 2014.
Steve: And we must work together as a team to accomplish our goals.
Gail: Working together, you and me, Steve.
Steve: We will light a candle of unity, as the two of us are united in service to our members.
Steve: What should we share today?
Gail: Well, we should share our theme.
Steve: Our theme is:
TOGETHER: Journey of Life.
Gail: The first few steps we take on any journey won’t get us where we want to go. Life is a journey of wisdom, courage, and strength. All of life is a journey; which paths we take, what we look back on, and what we look forward to, is up to us. We determine our destination, what kind of road we will take to get there, and how happy we are when we get there.
The first step we take is always the most important one. But without those steps and the many more that follow, we would always be standing right where we are. We would always be looking to the future and wondering what it would be like to see our world the way we dreamed it could be.
Each of us is on a Journey of Life. We take steps and move forward. Henry Miller has said that one’s destination is never a place, but rather a new way of looking at things. Sisters and brothers, we hope you will join us on our journey this year. Let all of us strive to move forward, to see our world the way we dream it can be, let us look at things a new way. Let us work together for the good of our Order and for our members.
Steve: Several of you have purchased my pin and I do appreciate the support. My pin symbolizes the love of our order, through helping hands. By being on the fire department and in my line of work we are always helping others in their time of need, which is the basis of our Order.
Gail: My pin has special significance also.
Steve: Are you going to share what the key stands for?
Gail: In many parts of the world, an honored visitor is presented with the KEY to the CITY. We honor you, our members, each day. Today we present to you the KEYs to the OES year of 2013-2014.
Gail: There is the KEYSTONE of our Order, the Holy Bible that rests upon our altar at every meeting.
And there is often a KEYNOTE SPEAKER: that would be Rob Morris, who wrote our beautiful ritual, one that still speaks to us today. We want to reflect the beauty of that work in all that we do this year. We hope our members will make every effort to memorize their parts, to say their parts correctly, and to demonstrate the beauty of the floor work being done well. Working to improve our ritualistic work is one of our goals this year
Music is written with a KEY SIGNATURE and we want our members to and dance and sing and work together in unity and harmony this year. Each person contributes a part to make beautiful music.
There is a KEY OF KNOWLEDGE: we hope to share insight and education with our members at the regional schools this year and at workshops for our members.
We teach children to read with KEY WORDS: our key words this year will be Fidelity, Constancy, Loyalty, Faith, and Love. These words teach us the sublime virtues of our Order, virtues that should be evident in our lives.
There are the KEYS TO THE SCRIPTURE: our scripture this year will be Jeremiah 29:11, 11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
This tells us that the Lord is always with us on our journey. This is a journey that we can’t figure out by using the internet or a gps device. We travel with God each step of the way. We must trust in the Lord with all our heart and He shall direct our path.
There are KEYS TO SUCCESS: we want every chapter to have success and for our members to take pride in their membership in the coming year.
Not every member wants to be an officer, but every member can contribute to the success of his or her chapter. Participation takes place in many ways: members may work in the kitchen, they may serve on the Board for a Youth Group, or they might volunteer in the community and wear Eastern Star jewelry or let their membership be known in other ways. Participation starts with attending chapter meetings. We hope each chapter will work to increase its meeting attendance this year.
Steve: Well, yes, those are goals this year, to concentrate on the ritualistic work and to encourage participation by all of our members. We want our chapters to re-claim members this year; those who might have been suspended previously, those who have not been able to attend meetings, and those who have gotten out of the habit of attending our meetings. It is important that we recognize our members, that we educate our members, and that we mentor our new members
Gail: You know that I taught elementary school for 35 years, and I know that every test has an ANSWER KEY that shows the answers to the test questions. This year 65 chapters in the state are showing us some of the answers. These chapters participated in the Chapter Excellence Awards. The entries showed what these chapters accomplished during the 2013 fiscal year, from June 1, 2012 to May 31, 2013. They certainly worked hard to demonstrate chapter excellence, that they have achieved at least three items in each of four categories: Ritual Quality and Officer Excellence, Membership and Public Relations, Charity and Service, and Social Activities and Fellowship. They all worked to show that they passed the test of being excellent, well-rounded, successful chapters.
We are continuing the Chapter Excellence Awards. In fact, the 2014 year for the Excellence Awards year has already started. It began with this fiscal year, June 1, 2013 and will continue until May 31, 2014. We hope that each chapter will want to participate. Each Worthy Matron will have a copy of the program, and each Deputy Grand Matron will have one also. There isn’t any single right answer: each chapter is different. That is one reason one indicator in each category is marked “other.” But we all work toward a common goal: chapter excellence. Wouldn’t it be great to have 223 chapters participate this year?
Gail: And there is the KEY TO HAPPINESS: that would be serving our members in the coming year, and working with them for our Order as we serve others. Our members have always supported charities as Eastern Stars in Ohio and we want to emphasize that support of our charities in the coming year. Our charities this year will be ESTARL, our Youth Groups, Heart, Cancer, our Learning Centers, and our Eastern Star Home in Mt. Vernon.
Certainly we welcome charitable giving from our chapters and from our members, to these charities and to charities that they have a particular interest in: if they have a family member affected, or if a chapter participates in a community event…all charitable giving is worthwhile, and will be counted in our charities monies.
Gail: I beg your pardon?
Steve: Mooo….that’s the sound a cow makes.
Gail: We are discussing charities, why in the world would you bring up barnyard animals now?
Steve: I have a MOOS-FLASH for you. We are going to raise a herd of cows.
Gail: I’m a city girl, could you explain this please.
Steve: Our OES Home is in need of cows
Gail: What kind of cows do you mean then?
Steve: Our OES Home needs to convert to electronic records, and we are going to help them. They have investigated different systems, and have now selected one the best suited to their needs. They need to have special carts that are wired to work with computers and can be moved to different rooms, wherever they might be needed. The carts are called cows. This is a very important goal for them.
Gail: Oh, cows! How many cows do they need? How much does a cow cost?
Steve: Well, not just cows: they need 6 carts (called cows) at $1,500 each; 6 special computers that work on these carts, at $1,000 each, and 10 additional laptops computers that are part of this specialized system to use for support services.
Gail: So the total we hope to raise would be $25,000…Holy Cow! that’s a lot of moo-la
Steve: But it’s “udderly” possible if we all work together.
Gail: Wow, if we raise enough money for our OES Home project, we can party til the cows come home.
Steve: Don’t you mean til the cows and computers come to the OES Home???
Gail: Yes, let’s milk this for all it’s worth, all over the state, because we know that Good Moos travels fast. Let’s raise a herd of cows and computers for the OES Home!
Gail: And, speaking of journeys in 2014, where will we journey this year? Do you have any information about a trip?
Steve: Keeping with birthdays and the history they hold, we decided to go back in time: So mark July 28, 2014 to August 1, 2014 for a trip to Pennsylvania, where we will visit Lancaster, Gettysburg, and the Brandywine Valley. We will be busing to Lancaster, PA where we will stay all four nights. Then each day we will hub out to see different sights. These include the first time showing of MOSES at the Sight and Sound Dinner Theater. One night we will see the Broadway musical The Music Man. Take a guided tour of the battlefield of Gettysburg, which has its 150th anniversary this year. Tour the Kreider Farms, a modern working dairy farm; a Railroad museum; the Brandywine Valley; and Longwood Gardens. But the highlight of the trip will be on the last day when we will visit Shanksville and the Flight 93 National Memorial and the Chapel. As you can see: a trip for the young and old, for the city person and for the farmer. But for all who care about our freedom, Shanksville. The cost includes breakfast and dinner, some lunches, all transportation, and tickets to all events and all guided tours. Four nights in one room for only $850 per person. We will have fliers available today for anyone who is interested in sharing this trip with us. We hope you will choose to travel with us on this journey.
Gail: We should include the information that there will be a Workshop at Grand Chapter on Friday at 10 AM and 1 PM put on by the Membership/Public Relations Committee and the Education Committee and a 'Sneak Peek’ by Web Master Carol Krekus on the new things that will be happening with the Web Site in 2014. Join us to hear all about it. I think that Carol has an interesting idea for us.
We’ve talked about our theme, Journey of Life; our goals of Ritualistic Excellence, Member Recognition, Member Education, and our Charities; our OES Home project; our trip. We must always remember the importance of Communication, of showing Courtesy to all, and the importance of Kindness to others in all we do and say.
Gail: We can’t forget one more key, there is the KEY TO MY HEART: You know the love I have for our Order and our members, and I know that they hold the key to your heart, Steve, as well. Our members are the key to our future.
Gail: Life is a journey and you, each of you, hold the key. Each of you is a Master Key.
Steve: Do you think it could snow today? We have all heard that no two snowflakes are alike. Each snowflake takes the perfect form for the maximum efficiency and effectiveness for its journey. And while the universal force of gravity gives them a shared destination, the expansive space in the air gives each snowflake the opportunity to take their own path. They are on the same journey, but each takes a different path. Some snowflakes collide and join together, some are influenced by wind…there are many transitions and changes that take place along the journey of the snowflake. But, no matter what the transition, the snowflake always find itself perfectly shaped for its journey.
Gail: We too are all headed in the same direction. We are being driven by a universal force to the same destination. We are all individuals taking different journeys and along our journey we sometimes bump into each other, we cross paths, and we become altered. At every given moment we are absolutely perfect for what is required for our journey. I’m not perfect for your journey and you’re not perfect for my journey: but I’m perfect for my journey and you’re perfect for your journey. We’re heading to the same place, we’re taking different routes, but we’re exactly perfect the way we are. That is life.
We look forward to working with our Past Grand Matrons and Past Grand Patrons who forged the trail of our journey; with our Line Grand Officers who work so hard and have so much talent; with our 2014 Grand Officers and Deputy Grand Matrons – as yet unnamed – but capable and willing workers; with our District Officers, dedicated members who share their skills with us and with the members of their districts; and with each member here today.
Sisters and brothers, always remember that in the Journey of Life: Love is the Key.
Thank you, Gail and Steve for sharing some of your special plans. We look forward to and exciting year in 2014.
To our line grand officers, there should be a wind sock for each of you on the table. Gail and Steve, the decorations on the head table are special gifts from the members of District Six.
Thank you, to the special groups who helped to make this day possible. Special thanks to our decoration committee who helped yesterday morning and to those two people for the “Keep Calm” mementos. I have kept them close to my heart this morning.
Thank you to each of you for your generous donations to Hannah’s Socks and for spending this day with us. May God bless and keep his arms around you as you travel through our great State spreading the love of the Eastern Stars.
Sister Joan, would you please inform our District Presidents where their meeting will take place?
Secretary Joan: District President 2014 to my left Gail’s group, If you will be a District President in 2015 in the back left side of the room Sue Simpson group, Evelyn-District President 2016 to my right in front of the stage, Michelle; District President 2017 to the far back of the room, in front of the breakfast items. Please remember they are trying to have a meeting be respectful.
We will now have the benediction, given by our Associate Grand Paton, Brother Steve.
Let us Prayer: God every day you shower us with your blessing. You give us so much, we had food to eat, we had friendship, and the love of Eastern Star, but important we have your love. We ask that you be with those that could not be here for whatever reason and we ask for traveling mercies so we may all meet again. God sometimes it seems like we are all alone, But help us remember that you work the most, when we see it the lease, and we know that you hold the keys to our future. All this we pray in your son’s precious name. Amen.
President Dottie: Travel safely home-until we meet again.
Kathy W. from District 6 it is my privilege to place in nomination for President my dear friend Dottie Wagner. Seconded by -Joan Decker.