State AOC



2014 - 2015 Officers

President                               Carol L Campbell     carolcamp@mac.com

Vice President                         Nancy A. McMillin    namcmillin@gmail.com        

Secretary/Treasurer                 Bonita E. Shane      bonishane@gmail.com
 

    District Officers 

District  1    
President Linda Nicka linandlarry@windstream.net
Vice Pres. Karen Stiverson  
Secretary Sheryl McGann  
Treasurer Debbie Dittebrand  
     
District  2    
President Ruth West ruthwest@embarq.com
Vice. Pres. Iva Johnson  
Secretary Holly Lyon  
Treasurer  Susan Schenck  
Trustees  Merrie Beth Vargo, Sharon Kress, Betty Coss   
     
District  3    
President Bonnie Tomko bonnietomko@hotmail.com
Vice Pres. Amy James aejames18@hotmail.com
Secretary Cara Hogan Hoganhold@wowway.com
Treasurer Jenny Lawson  
     
District  4    
President Lora Lehman biglou223@zoominternet.net
Vice Pres.    
Secretary Lori Quinones loriquinones@yahoo.com
Treasurer Theodora (Terry) Douglass grandmadouglass@hotmail.com  
     
District   5    
President Susan Parks harleygramma@hotmail.com
Vice. Pres. Diana Franklin dianafranklin@rocketmail.com
Secretary Sharon Riffle marthana91@yahoo.com
Treasurer Jan Foy foy_jan@yahoo.com
     
District  6    
President Sharon Pierce Jollyrollie624@yahoo.com
Vice. Pres. Jennifer Garringer jeb94@aol.com
Secretary Carolyn Shelt N/A
Treasurer Robyn Moellenberg N/A
     
District  7    
President Al Lawrence a_lawrence40@outlook.com
1st Vice Pres. Dee Ann Lawrence d_potter@line.com
2nd Vice Pres. Todd Evans ttevansoes@gmail.com
Secretary Phillis Geesey geecpj@roadrunner.com
Treasurer Becky Thatcher  bkthatcher72@yahoo.com 
     
District  8    
President Patti Askins faskins1@woh.rr.com
Vice Pres. Marilyn Wisecup marilyn42@centurylink.net
Secretary Anne Miller N/A
Treasurer Carol Gramm Wise cj.gramm@gmail.com
     
District 9    
President Jenna Geuy jgeuyRNC@aol.com
Vice Pres. Sylvia Smith sylviasmith432@gmail.com
Secretary Carol Eshleman Contact the President
Treasurer Susan Ellis susanellis49@embarqmail
     
District  10    
President Pam Blankenhorn pblankenhorn@neo.rr.com
Vice Pres. Gail Adams wadams004@neo.rr.com
Secretary Darla Hudson N/A 
Treasurer Janet Mathers  holupka88@gmail.com
     
District  11    
President Anessa Hill anessahill@aol.com
Vice Pres. Nancy Lewis kennancylewis@roadrunner.com
Conductress Judy Vasser jandlv@columbus.rr.com   
A.Conductress Barbara Lowry llhiram18@frontier.com  
Secretary Debbie Somerlot starmomi957@gmail.com
Treasurer Becky Jo Hayes bjhayes56@aol.com
     
District  12    
President Loretta Snider retsyi@yahoo.com
Vice Pres. JoAnn Walton jwalton@laca.org
Conductress Jodie Fuller jfuller@hotmail.com
Assoc. Cond. Larry Tuller N/A 
Secretary/Trea. Jan Cosby jancos@yahoo.com
     
District  13    
President Sandy Kohler sjkohler2129@att.net
Vice Pres. Edna Todd gwnetodd@att.net
Secretary Glenda Carter gecarter43@gmail.com
Treasurer Cathy Maurer cmaurer@neo.rr.com
     
District  14    
President Paul Moore paulwm45@aol.com
Vice Pres. Marty Bardall cmbardall@frontier.com
Secretary    
Treasurer Thelma Bolitho thelmabolitho@msn.com
     
District  15    
President Virginia Winget vwinget@yahoo.com
Vice Pres.    
Secretary Peg Hendley pheadley@sbcglobal.net
Treasurer    
     
District  16    
President Sharon French alfalfa@clover.net
1st Vice Pres. Kathy Miller dave23273520@yahoo.com
2nd Vice Pres Paul Ross PROSS001@columbus.rr.com
3rd Vice Pres. Shelby Smith ladybug55@ymail.com
Sec./Treas Carol Hunt crhunt@columbus.rr.com
     
District    17    
President Linda Whitesel whiteselL@grangeinsurance.com
1st Vice Pres. Jennifer Pietrowski jpietrowski@att.net
2nd Vice Pres. Linda Ayers lindaayers@mac.com
3rd Vice Pres. Pat Evans pat@rockyforkprinting.com
Secretary Bonita Shane bonishane@gmail.com
Treasurer Joyce Pike jpike@gmail.com
     
District  18    
President Teresa Pience teresapience@yahoo.com
Vice Pres. Sue Red suered@sbcglobal.net
Secretary Peg Reiterman  
Treasurer Marion Johnson jam@main-net.com
     
District 19    
President Barbara Bowen barbabowen@gmail.com
1st Vice Pres. Donya Wright dwrightoes@aol.com
2nd Vice Pres. Barbara Bennett bennettarc@aol.com
3rdVice Pres. Willa Tomlin Willa.Tomlin@gmail.com
Secretary Caroline Shindledecker carol@vwg.com
Treasurer Marilyn Hitch dgm99@woh.rr.com
     
District  20    
President Carole Phelps cphelps_1@fuse.net
1st Vice Pres. Jacqui Umbach jumbachster@gmail.com
2nd Vice Pres. Molly Stelma gstelma@cinci.rr.com
3rd Vice Pres.    
Secretary Dolores Niederschmidt deenieder@aol.com
Treasurer Beth Mason brmason417@fuse.net
     
District  21   www.facebook.com/District21OES
President Rachel Cornett rachelchowell@yahoo.com
Vice Pres.  Tracy A. Taylor taylortracya@yahoo.com
Secretary Linda Youg LSYoung57@hotmail.com
Treasurer Jennifer Maynard Jennmaynard11@gmail.com
     
District  22    
President Colleen Hannah mhannah2@msn.com
1st Vice Pres. Joan Secton  jeds42@gmail.com
2nd Vice Pres.    
Secretary Barb Ross barb5649@yahoo.com
Treasurer Kathy Flynn Kflynn@prsc.com
     
District  23    
President Nola Humphrey NA
Vice Pres. Betty Hoppes bhoppes@att.net
Secretary Jo Shappard joshappard92@gmail.com
Treasurer Gary Sparks  glsparks43@gmail.com 
     
District  24    
President Jayme Wall Wallpresious1@aol.com
1st Vice Pres. Jean Henderson coolgrandmah@yahoo.com
2nd Vice Pres.  Tracy Hawthorne mhawthorne@zoominternet.net
3rd Vice Pres.  William  McNicklewncnickle@roadrunner.com
Secretary Shirley Aldridge ShirleyjAldridge@gmail.com
Treasurer Juanita McNickle wmcnickle@roadrunner.com
     
District  25    
President Joan Thomas joanthomas@columbus.rrcom 
Vice Pres. Connie Bales connb@suddenlink.net
Secretary Jan Emge janemge@aol.com
Treasurer Iesa McVay unicomfarm@rocketmail.com
     
District 26    
President Rita Follas rafollas@marathonpetroleum.com
Vice Pres. Sharon Weaver larrysharon_W@yahoo.com
Sec/Treas Mary Lee Shank mshank6216@aol.com  
     
     
District  27    
President Loretta Mertens lor_mertens@yahoo.com
Vice Pres.    
Secretary Joan Wedge mailto:twowedges@yahoo.com 
Treasurer Alma Priddy   
     
District 28    
President Jan Spires forjanspires@aol.com
Vice Pres. Davida Spriggs spriggsmd@gmail.com
Secretary Betty Boyle Boylebetty@gmail.com
Treasurer    

   

OHIO STATE DISTRICT OFFICERS ASSOCIATION
CHARTER MEMBERS
ORGANIZED 1949-1950
       
DISTRICT OFFICE NAME  
       
2 President Laura Carter*  
4 President Catherine Kindig*+  
6 President Opal Boggs*  
8 President Mary L. Wise*  
9 President Brunhilde Hoel*  
10 President Ada N. Kiess*  
10 Vice-President Eve Shaw*  
11 President Cleo Wood*  
11 Vice-President Mary Wheelen*  
13 President Pearl G. Pieron*  
13 Secretary Winifred Martin*  
14 President Evelyn E. Ellis*  
14 Secretary Ruth C. Kinsey*  
15 President Frances Kunze*  
16 President Georgia A. Deighton*  
16 Vice-President Lenna Linn*  
16 Secretary Pansy Castor*  
17 President Helen Pavey*  
17 Vice-President Ona McCloy*  
19 President Clara Fleagle* (Founder)
19 Vice-President Ethel Finlay*  
19 Secretary Kitty Dunkel*  
19   Florence Shuey* (Past State Secretary)
19   Grace Nickel*  
21 President Mattie Bolden*  
23 President Hazel L. Hohenstein*  
25 President Florence Atkinson*  
25 Vice-President Kathleen Abel*+  
25 Secretary Lula B. Nease*  
25 Treasurer Maude Moore*  
27 President Sophia Ream*  
28 President Jessie Comer*  
28 Vice-President Lauradel Dugle*  
28 Secretary Irene Rhodes*  
       
*Deceased      
 +Past State President    
       
Revised 2011      
       

                   

OHIO STATE DISTRICT OFFICERS ASSOCIATION
PAST STATE PRESIDENT BY DISTRICT
               
               
District Year Name     District Year Name
1 1976-77 Leona Rohrer      16 1959-60 Maxine Stalter
  1997-98 Judy Broadfoot       1983-84 Shirley Riggie
            2008-09 Brooke Anderson
2 1971-72 Louise Waddell          
  1999-00 Lou Ann Kilgore     17 1952-53 Geneva Clancy
  2011-12 Raella Baker          
            1956-57 Florence Dawson
3 1977-78 Florence Laubscher     1989-90 Saarah Plat
  2003-04 Betty Jane Klier          
    Merrie Lynne Seaburn   18 1953-54 Mary Hankins
            1957-58 Ireme Pflaumer
4 1954-55 Catherine Kindig       1988-89 Carol Kauffman
  1962-63 Betty Eicher       2009-10 Jeanette Roberts
  2001-02 Sandra Symonds          
          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
            2010-2011 Nancy McCollum
9 1973-74 Iris Dillon          
  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
            2005-06 Billie Stanley
12 1958-59 Wilmetta Butt          
  1984-85 Jane Smith     26 1969-70 Jan Meyers
            1998-99 Marion Kern
13 1955-56 Mary Fisher          
  1986-87 Lucille Long     27 1974-75 *Eveline Fisher
            2007-08 Clara Haley
14 1967-68 *June Allensworth        
  1996-97 Lucille Egler Johnson   28 1979-80 Marie White
               
15 1961-62 France Kunze          
  1990-91 Marylois Colley          
               
               
        Reviaed 2011    

           
            

OHIO STATE DISTRICT OFFICERS ASSOCIATION
PAST STATE PRESIDENTS BY YEAR  
         
DISTRICT YEAR NAME    
19 Founder *Clara Fleagle (Charter Member)
25 1950-51 *Kathleen Abel (Charter Member)
8 1951-52 *Klois Ridenour    
17 1952-53 *Geneva Glancy    
18 1953-54 *Mary Hankins    
4 1954-55 *Catherine Kindig (Charter Member)
13 1955-56 *Mary Fisher    
17 1956-57 *Florence Dawson    
18 1957-58 *Irene Pflaumer    
12 1958-59 *Wilmeta Butt    
16 1959-60 *Maxine Stalter    
22 1960-61 *Etta Sprague    
15 1961-62 *Frances Kunz (Charter Member)
4 1962-63 *Betty Eicher    
24 1963-64 *Mary Hughes    
5 1964-65 *Aleda H Peck    
6 1965-66 *Fern Smith    
11 1096-67 *Zoe M Hill    
14 1967-68 *June Allensworth    
7 1968-69 *Lena Bever    
26 1969-70 *Jane Meyer    
21 1970-71 *Helen Milner    
2 1971-72 Louis Waddell    
23 1972-73 *Mary E Radcliffe    
9 1973-74  +Iris Dillon    
27 1974-75 *Eveline Fisher    
10 1975-76 *Leora Darling    
1 1976-77 Lennore Rohrer    
3 1977-78 *Florence Laubscher    
20 1978-79 Patrica Hale    
28 1979-80 Marie White    
25 1980-81 Martha Muse    
19 1981-82 Juanita M Hunn    
8 1982-83 *Wanda Wise    
16 1983-84 Shirley Riggle    
12 1984-85 Jane Smith    
24 1985-86 Betty Finney    
13 1986-87 Lucille Long    
22 1987-88 Lois Lawson    
18 1988-89 Carol Kauffman    
17 1989-90 Sarah Platt    
15 1990-91 *Marylois Colley    
6 1991-92 Peggy Heider    
5 1992-93 Elizabeth Schubach    
10 1993-94 *Fran Boles    
11 1994-95 Virginia Dyer    
7 1995-96 Kathy Meyer    
14 1996-97 Lucille Egler Johnson    
1 1997-98 Judy Broadfoot    
26 1998-99 *Marion Kern    
2 1999-00 Lou Ann Kilgore    
20 2000-01 Martha Sue Booth    
4 2001-02 Sandra Symonds    
9 2002-03 Dee Gillis    
3 2003-04 *Betty-Jane Klier    
3 2004-05 Merrie Lynne Seaburn    
21 2004-05 Nancy Ledford    
25 2005-06 Billie Stanley    
19 2006-07 Grace George    
27 2007-08 Clara Haley    
16 2008-09 Brooke E Anderson    
18 2009-10 Jeanette Roberts    
22 2010-11 Nancy McCollum    
2 2011-12 Raella Baker    
 6 2012-13 Dottie Wagner     
 14 2013-14  Barbara Campbell     
         
  Revised 2014      
  *Deceased      
   +Demitted      



65th Annual Meeting

of the

OES State District Officers Association

 

On Wednesday, August 13, 2014 the 65th annual meeting of the OES State District Officers Association was held at the Villa Milano Banquet and Party Center, 1630 Schrock Road, Westerville, Ohio.  

The centerpiece on each table was a booklet made in the colors of the star points. A large OES adorned the front of the yarn covered plastic canvas with a writing tablet inside, a gift for each district president and each guest at the head table. They were handcrafted by the State President, Barbara Campbell. A beautiful yarn covered pen holder was at each place setting for each guest, also a gift from Barbara.   

The district president, Marty Bardall, opened the meeting and introduced the president. 

Good morning Sisters and Brothers. Welcome to the annual meeting of the State District Officers Association. I hope everyone had a great summer and is now anxious to get back into the Eastern Star "groove". This meeting is sort of the kick off for that. 

I am Marty Bardall, president of District 14. I have the privilege to introduce the 2014 President of the State District Officers Association, Sister Barbara Campbell. 

Sister Barbara is a member of New Philadelphia Chapter and has been a Star member for over 33 years. She has held several Eastern Star positions including Worthy Matron three times and New Philadelphia chapter secretary for the past 13 years. She was District 14 president, Grand Representative of Ohio in Kentucky and Deputy Grand Matron of District 14. In 1996 she was secretary of this state district officers association. 

Along with all the Eastern Star activities she is also busy with family, worked with a travel agency and church secretary for over 25 years. 

District 14 is very proud of Sister Barbara and her successes. 

It is with honor and pleasure that I present to you Sister Barbara Campbell. 

The invocation was given by Sister Ruth Kistler of Oriental Chapter. Sister Machelle Miller of New Philadelphia Chapter was invited to the rostrum to give the flag tribute. She gave a moving tribute and then asked all to join together to repeat the pledge of allegiance. 

Sister Barbara introduced those sharing the head table. 

I have the distinct pleasure of sharing the head table today with special guests. Starting on my far right -Marty Bardall, president of district 14 -Carol Campbell, VP -Maxine Jeffers, PGM installing officer -Michelle Howell, AGC -Evelyn Hardesty, GC -Sue Kerns, PGM -Susan Simpson AGM. On my far left -Cathy Jones, PGM {mom) -Bill Taylor, GS -Sandi Herman, GW -Ron Keller, PGP -Barbara Pelfrey, PGM-Pam Moore, Spouse of

AGP -Steve Moore, AGP -Lucille Johnson, State Secretary and true friend. Other special groups -14 past grand matrons, 11 past grand patrons, 6 grand officers, 24 grand representatives, 17 deputy grand matrons, 16 past state presidents, and 9 past secretaries. 

The minutes of the 2013 meeting had been distributed. Sister Barbara asked for additions or corrections. One correction was made. The phone number of VP Carol Campbell is 614-563-1608. Motion to accept the minutes by Ruth Kistler, second from Donna Grimm. Motion carried. The financial report was given by the state secretary, Lucille Johnson, showing a balance as of this day $8504.71. This will be filed for audit. 

The Audit Committee consisted of those from district 14 -Nancy Rosers, Argie Cline, and Joann Osborn. The report was given by Sister Nancy showing a balance of $7933.46 at the end of last year. Motion to accept from Sister Naundice Hart, second Sister Marlene Bond. The president thanked this committee. Correspondence read was a thank you from the CEO and Board of Trustees of the Eastern Star Home for the $100.00 gift to the 2014 WGM project. 

Sister Barbara introduced Carol Jones, PGM, who spoke about the dyslexia centers. 

Madam President, Sister Barb, 

Thank you so much for inviting me to speak on a subject that is dear to me; and thank you for deciding to have the Children's Dyslexia Centers as your project this year. You ask that I give information on the Centers for our members who might not know what the Centers do for Children. 

Many of our members do know about and support the 10 Centers in Ohio with monetary donations, donations of supplies, and by volunteering. The Centers are grateful for this support. 

The Masonic Learning Centers for Children with dyslexia was adopted as a fourth charity of the Scottish Rite Masons of the Northern Jurisdiction. The Northern Jurisdiction consists of 15 states from Maine to Wisconsin. 

The Centers tutor children from 6-18 years old who have been diagnosed with dyslexia. The Centers do not diagnose the children. The tutoring is free of charge. The average length of time for a child to remain at the Center is approximately two years. 

The Scottish Rite adopted the Orton-Gillingham approach for tutoring the children. This is a very structured, sequential, multisensory and phonetic approach which teaches the child the structure of the English language using auditory, visual and kinesthetic pathways. 

What is dyslexia? It is a neurological disorder which interferes with the acquisition and processing of language. It can affect reading, writing, spelling, handwriting and even math. 

Each Center can accommodate at least 24 children. Centers are to serve all populations. Children are tutored individually twice a week for 50 minutes each session . 

Each Center is governed by a Board of Governors consisting of Masons and non-Masons. Each Center employs a Director and as many tutors as needed. 

The training program is also provided free of charge. Scholars are trained in the Orton-Gillingham approach. This is a big commitment on the part of the scholar. The course includes 50 hours of lectures, book reports, quizzes and a practicum of 100 hours of tutoring two children individually. The length of the training program averages from one to two years. Once completed the scholar can apply for certification. The certification is granted through (IMSLEC) the International Multisensory Structured Language Education Council and the (IDA) International Dyslexia Association.

Dyslexia is a language based learning disability. The scientific study of dyslexia is ongoing. Brain imagery studies show differences in the way the brain of a dyslexic person develops and functions. People with dyslexia have been found to have problems with discriminating sounds within a word. Dyslexia is not due to either lack of intelligence or desire to learn; with appropriate teaching methods dyslexics can learn successfully. 

Studies suggest that 15-20% of the population has a reading disability. Of those, 85% has dyslexia. Dyslexia occurs in all backgrounds and intellectual levels. Dyslexia also runs in families, dyslexic parents are very likely to have children who are dyslexic. They are often gifted in areas that do not require strong language skills, such as art, computer science, design, drama, electronics, music, physics, sales, and sports. 

Dyslexia can affect a person's self-image. Students with dyslexia often end up feeling "dumb" and less capable than they actually are. 

Formal testing is the only way to confirm a diagnosis of suspected dyslexia. Dyslexia is a life-long condition. With proper help people with dyslexia can learn to read and/or write well. 

Most people with dyslexia need help from a teacher, tutor, or therapist specially trained in using a multisensory, structured language approach. It is important for these individuals to be taught by a method that involves several senses (hearing, seeing, touching) at the same time. 

On behalf of the Children's Dyslexia Centers Program and the countless number of children who struggle with dyslexia every day of their lives, I thank you for your support and for your attention today. 

Sister Barbara announced that todays donation benefited the centers in Cambridge, Steubenville, and Canton. Many school supplies were donated to be delivered to the schools. Also a canned goods project will benefit the food pantries.

The by-laws state "those eligible to vote are presidents and current officers of each district, past presidents of each district, charter members, and former secretaries to the state presidents." The Roll call was taken from each district. There were 304 voting and 162 non-voting. A majority being 153. The president then declared the nominations open for state president. Carol Campbell will be the new state president. Linda Ayres, district 17, closed the nominations. properly seconded and motion carried. President opened nominations for state vice president. Nominated -Nancy McMillin district 13, and William Westover, district 2. There being no further nominations the ballot was declared closed. The   members voted, and the results given. 153 needed for election and Nancy McMillin received 161. Sister Nancy accepted. The tellers were thanked, then dismissed. Sister Carol was then installed as State President by Past Grand Matron, Maxine Jeffers in a very sincere ceremony. Sister Barbara pinned her with the president's pin. Sister Carol thanked her chapter and Sister Maxine. She supports the dyslexia centers. She expressed thanks for this honor and she wilt do her best. Her secretary will be Bonita Shane, 1326 Bradshire Dr., Columbus OH 45220. Nancy's address is 1841 Moravian Rd, Enon Valley, PA 16120. Nancy's phone is 724-336-5623. Bonita's phone is 614-538-1970. 

The memorial was given by Sister Argie Cline, past president of district 14. 

The following tribute was given followed by everyone repeating the 23rd Psalm. 

 

IN MEMORY OF THOSE WHO HAVE GONE BEFORE

 

God Looked around his garden And found an empty place,

He then looked down upon the earth And saw your tired face.

He put his arms around you and lifted you to rest.

God's garden must be beautiful. He always takes the best.

He knew that you were suffering, He knew you were in pain.

He knew that you would never Get well on Earth again.

He saw the road was getting rough and the hills were hard to climb.

So he closed your weary eyelids and whispered, "Pease be Thine".

It broke our hearts to lose you. But you didn't go alone,

For part of us went with you the day God called you home.

Don't grieve for me, for now I'm free

I'm following the path God laid for me.

I took his hand when I heard him call, I turned my back and left it all.

I could not stay another day to laugh, to love, to work or play.

Tasks undone must stay that way. I found that peace at close of day.

If my parting has left a void then fill it with remembered joy.

A friendship shared, a laugh, a kiss, ah, yes, these things  I too will miss.

Be not burdened with times of sorrow I wish you the sunshine of tomorrow.

My life's been full, I've savored much, good friends, good times,

a loved one's touch.

Perhaps my time seemed all too brief, don't lengthen it now with undue grief,

Lift up your hearts and share with me.

God wanted me now

He set me free.

 

The following guests at the head table spoke briefly. Ron Keller, Evelyn Hardesty, Sue Kerns, Sandi Herman, Bill Taylor, Barbara Pelfrey, and Michelle Howell. All gave good wishes, have exciting days, keep the faith, have safe travels, and trust in God. Following the remarks, table grace was given by Paul Moore, an officer in district 14. Sister Barbara then declared a recess for lunch. Following a delicious lunch of riga toni, salad, green beans, rolls, and spumoni, president Barbara declared the meeting reconvened. 

The honored guest is Sister Susan Simpson, Associate Grand Matron. She and Brother Steve Moore, Associate Grand Patron gave the following address. 

Hello and Good Afternoon Sisters and Brothers, 

Steve and I have been very busy this year planning for an exciting year for the membership of the state of Ohio in 2015. Today, we will begin to share with you some of our secret plans in the hope that each of you will join in the delightful winds of change. 

Dear Past Grand Matrons and Past Grand Patrons, you have been in this very position at a different time excited to share many of the plans and goals. I am humbled in your presence and thank you for the guidance, words of encouragement and your continued support for our beautiful Order. 

Thank you to the State District Association, our State President, Barbara and her committee for hosting today's luncheon and meeting. The meal was delicious and we enjoyed the time we had to enjoy some fellowship with members here today that traveled from around the state. I so appreciate the entire behind the scenes work that takes place to make this day happen, thank you. Our Children's learning Centers are in such need of basics to make certain they are able to offer to necessary tools to continue for each student that enters their doors.

To the District Presidents that have embraced the changes from fourteen Schools of Instruction to four we thank you. The concept is to save monies at the same time making it possible for all Schools to be held on Saturday. You have been busy by dividing up all elements that were at one time only shared by a region, to as many as 4 regions combining. You have found locations, found hotels, organized meals, planned program outlines along with many other items, what a team! Thank you ALL in advance for your dedication and hard work. 

STEVE: I would also like to thank the State Association Officers and their committees for planning today and for the delicious lunch. To the Past Grand Matrons and Past Grand Patrons; thank you for your attendance today and for your support. Association Officers; thank you for your attendance too!!! 

STEVE: Jr Past Grand Matron, Sister Barbara (mom) and Jr. Past Grand Patron, Brother Ron (Dad). I was very surprised when you asked me in October of 2012 to accept the appointment of Grand Sentinel. I did not realize what this appointment entails until now! Thank you both for having the confidence in me to take on this challenge. I appreciate your advice and good counsel these last two years and I hope I will make you proud! 

STEVE: One of the most important persons in my life is my wife, Pam. For 43 Y2 years you have been the "love of my life," the typist, proofreader, navigator, and fashion consultant. You are a mother to two sons, grandmother to seven grandchildren and secretary to our Eastern Star chapter and that is when you aren't busy! Thank you for all of your support these last several years as I have been involved in my Masonic activities and now taking on this challenge. 

SUSAN: Dear Sue, our paths first cross when you were Associate Grand Conductress when you were the Inspecting Officer at Fernleaf Chapter. Then again, then again and again. Each time it seemed that God had a plan for you and me to share something special in our love for Eastern Star. Well, in a stairwell at the Worthington Masonic building in February of 2010, you together with Larry, Trevor and Jodi asked "the Question". You know how much Jim and I love each of you along with your families, thank you for allowing me to take this journey to 2015. 

SUSAN: To the love of my life, Jim. We made the decision to take this journey to 2015 together. I never can say it often enough, I love you. Thank you for the support, the counsel and the laughter that keeps a smile on my face each and every day. 

SUSAN: You know Steve, when we were each asked that important question; we had to keep it a secret from our Beloved Chapters, because that is just all part of the journey. At this time, will the members of Urbana Chapter and Falls Chapter please stand.

STEVE: How do we ever begin to say thanks, it just does not seem adequate enough. Just know that we love each and every one of you very much. 

SUSAN: Will the members of Regions A, that would be Districts 1 & 2 

STEVE: and the members of Region F, which would be Districts 9 & 18, please stand and join our Chapters. 

SUSAN: You each and everyone have been faithful, supportive and loving to Steve and me, we extend our heartfelt gratitude. Thank you, 

STEVE: Thank you and God Bless. 

SUSAN: Steve, do you think we can keep the suspense any longer? Do you think it is time to share some secrets? Okay, do you all want to know who the Grand Offices for 2015? Well, Grand Adah, Grand Ruth ........ gotcha. 

STEVE: On a more serious note ..... 

STEVE: We will continue to support the Scottish Rite learning Centers for Dyslexia, DeMolay, Jobs and Rainbow for Girls youth organizations with encouragement of participation by adults to serve as board members. Are you all aware that many of our youth organizations are not surviving due to the lack of adult participation? Everyone sitting here today has had a family member or friend affected by cancer or heart, we hope that you will look beyond your doors to reach out into your communities to participate in a walk. We will be walking again with District 17 on Saturday June 6, 2015. 

SUSAN: One of our goals for 2015 is to hope that our charitable purposes will be recognized beyond our Order. We will be working with our District Charities Directors to coordinate a single event during the Educational Opportunity, to be hosted in January and February. We continue to support the Ohio Eastern Star Home Capital Campaign so we may begin the construction on the four neighborhoods. Our Eastern Star Home resides in a beautiful setting, if you have not visited; make it a point to do so in 2015. We hope you will join on Saturday June 27 at the OES Home as we kick off the OES Homecoming Weekend with a tailgate party theme for Charities Extravaganza. It will be casual!!! We are formal enough many other times. 

SUSAN: So Steve, what should they wear? 

STEVE: We have designed something special as we "Cheer for Charities" at 2015 Homecoming! WE have designed a t·shirt and mug combination package. The District Charities Directors will be selling these for: Shirt $20.00 Mug $5.00 Or the Package for $20.00. If you purchase the Package, then you will receive a free beverage coupon. The proceeds of the sales will be 50% for OES Home Capital Campaign and 50% for the WGM/WGP OES Home Project. You will be able to begin to purchase this package during the Schools of Instruction from the Charities Directors. Steve to Susan: Hey Susan! Susan: Yes Steve: If you had to choose between a cold soda and ice cream -which would, you choose?

Susan: ICE CREAM 

 

(CUE FOR EVERYONE WITH HATS TO STAND AND SAY:

I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream!)

Steve: Have you guessed what our 2015 Ohio Eastern Star Home Charities project will be? 

That's right! Sisters and Brothers, it will be an ice cream stand for our residents and visitors. This will include a soft serve ice cream machine, cart and all of the supplies needed to start up and keep the ice cream stand supplied. You know it will be one of the first stands on the OES Home Main Street. If we can raise $25,000, this will enable us to purchase the ice cream cart and machine as well as the supplies. Supplies including cones, cups, spoons, and of course the ice cream flavors and all the toppings.

This cart will be placed in the dining room until the new neighborhoods are completed then it will be place in a shop on the Main Street Blvd. 

How exciting and fun this project will be for us to purchase and for our residents and visitors to enjoy I 

SUSAN & STEVE: The Chapter Excellence Program continues in 2015 to complete the sounding block program that was created by PGM Barbara Pelfrey and PGP Ron Keller and continue in 2014 by our WGM Gail and WGP Steve. Together with the Membership and Public Relations committee we have awarded over 65 sounding blocks in 2013 with additional to be awarded this 2014 Grand Chapter Session. We encourage each member of each Chapter to look how you may be able to better involve your membership. 

SUSAN: The Line Grand Officers together with the Appointed Grand Officers and Deputy Grand Matrons will be visiting each District during January and February to educate and inspire our members and officers during a individual District Educational Opportunity, formerly called SOS. We encourage you to attend as this gives members the chance to meet our Grand Line Officers in an informal setting. 

We will continue to support the Ritual Competition that is held annually at Grand Chapter. This gives individuals an opportunity to demonstrate their outstanding ritual work and be rewarded. PGP, Ken Scott will continue to supervise the competition. 

SUSAN & STEVE: We know that our membership loves to see the Grand Officers perform the ritual work. So, get excited, The Ceremony of Initiation will be exemplified three times by the 2015 Grand Officers. These dates are: 

March 21 Northland Masonic Center Columbus

March 28 Western Reserve Masonic Community Medina

August 3 Springfield Masonic Community Springfield

The Grand Officers will be doing the complete Ritualistic work. We are hopeful the WM/WP and officers of subordinate Chapters will take this opportunity to have their corp of officers attend. Two of these sessions are being held early on in the Inspection Calendar.

STEVE: Susan and I will be reinstituting the Masonic Ambassador Program which Sister Barbara and Brother Ron started in 2013. We have made a few changes using the Masonic Districts (25) -having (2) Ambassadors for each District plus having (5) lead Ambassadors each being responsible for 10 Ambassadors. Their goal will again be to make presentations to the Blue lodges in their assigned districts and communicating what Eastern Star is all about. I encourage each Eastern Star Chapter to work with their Masonic Ambassadors and their Blue lodges. 

SUSAN: We are all facing many challenges within our Chapters. How do we grow? How do we revitalize our Chapters? It is at this time we announce the formation of a committee that will be doing a health check study for our Chapters. The purpose of this committee is to find new ways to better be of service to our members and Chapters. This committee will consist of Members, DGM's, lGO, & PG's and will be representative from across the state, to consist not greater than 20 individuals: 

3 -Members that are from Chapters Showing Growth

3 -Members that are from Chapters Showing Struggles

2 -DGM's a couple current or past within the last 3 years

2 -Membership and Public Relations

2 -Members from Mergers & Consolidations

8 -Line Grand Officers

Formal Committee Member Names will be announced at Grand Chapter. 

STEVE: Please join us on Saturday June 6; Crown Plaza Columbus Ohio for our Joint Reception, additional details will be posted on the OES Website at a future date. 

SUSAN & STEVE: Hey Steve'" Do you know where the most Magical Place on Earth is? 

STEVE: Well, would that be the Antarctic? Iceland? Australia? Dinosaur Dig?

SUSAN: Steve! Where is your inner child!!! It is Walt Disney World!! Do you want to know when are we going?

STEVE: February 9-13, 201S, GETTING AWAY FROM SNOW!!!! 

 

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STEVE: So that sounds pretty reasonable. 

SUSAN: You know Steve what is really great, you can plan this trip within your own individual budget. 

STEVE: Hey, that is a really neat idea! How are we going to get there??? SUSAN: If you would like to fly, our PGM Peg Reiterman at Fayette Travel will help you make those arrangements. 

STEVE: If I have questions, who do I contact? SUSAN: To book your hotel, dining plan and park tickets contact Disney Destinations Group Booking directly. For your air you may contact Peg Reiterman f, Bill Westover regarding specific Hotel, Dining Plan and park tickets he will answer question; you all their contact information is on the brochure. 

STEVE: So do we have brochures today? 

SUSAN: YES! And it included is a simple "6 Step Form" for everyone to figure out their costs. You are able to customize this trip based on YOUR budget. 

CLOSING REMARKS: SUSAN: Steve, Jim and I were very excited when Barbara & EC along with Ron & Jan matched us to be the TEAM for 2015. WE have enjoyed sharing, laughing and making plans for our Ohio Eastern Star Family. In doing all the work, we have quickly become friends that will go well beyond 2015. Thank you for being a true partner! Love you and Pam bunches. 

BACK AT YOU SUSAN ....

Pam and I feel the same about about you and Jim. We also appreciate you reserving Grammy's Room in the Simpson Bed and Breakfast" when we are in your area of the State doing our Eastern Star planning. SUSAN: How many here today are familiar with the "Hymn of Promise"? let me share a few of the lyrics, this might sound familiar. 

 

In the bulb there is a flower; in the seed, an apple tree;

In cocoons, a hidden promise: butterflies will soon be free!

In the cold and snow of winter there's a spring that waits to be,

Unrevealed until its season, something God alone can see.

From the past will come the future; what it holds, a mystery,

Unrevealed until its season, something God alone can see.

 

STEVE: So, dear friends today we all know the historical roots of our Ohio Eastern Star 125 years of growth are based in deep Masonic traditions. It is from this foundation that the past becomes our future. The growth from the fruits of our labors will blossom so we may continue to grow, to serve our God and our members. 

SUSAN: Please join us for Installation on Sunday September 28th in Dayton, Ohio as we begin to celebrate Our living Tree in 2015. Thank you all! God Bless. 

Sister Barbara thanked her chapter and district for their support. She asked for New Philadelphia chapter to stand followed by district 14 and 13. She thanked all who helped in any way and those who brought school supplies and food. She invited each person to take a pen holder and asked Gods blessing on each one. Sister Lucille directed the officers to their respective meeting places. The benediction was delivered by Sara Peeler, LaBelle Chapter. 

Minutes by,

Lucille Johnson, State Secretary


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Kathy W. from District 6 it is my privilege to place in nomination for President my dear friend Dottie Wagner. Seconded by -Joan Decker.

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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