Grand Chapter of Louisiana

Order of the Eastern Star


Pamela Gill Terrie C. Castay, PGM

Worthy Grand Matron Grand Secretary

180 Harvey Gill Road 3211 Hyman Place

DeRidder, LA 70634-7304 New Orleans, LA 70131-7037



December 2014 Newsletter




From the Desk of the Worthy Grand Matron:


Dear Sisters and Brothers,


Where did the month of November go? We started out on the first with a great Official Visit in District 18 with an awards ceremony, including red carpets, billboards, and movie land decorations. The outside was lighted with a tall lighthouse and the way in was lined with velvet ropes so we didnt get lost. Wonderful job Rejeana Bonnette, DDGM.


The final Official Visit was on the eighth in Leesville. Georgeanne Andrus, DDGM, and her workers did a wonderful job of decorating and serving. What a wonderful way to conclude the Official Visits. Thank you District 10!


Many of us attended a Courtesy Visit in Lafayette on the 13th. Donna Harrist did her usual great job. The decorations were awesome, Oscar Abshire carved the turkeys, and we had a feast. There were new and potential members welcomed at dinner and the open part of the meeting. What a wonderful way to introduce prospects to our Order. A wonderful time was had by all.


I sincerely hope that each of you had a memorable Thanksgiving Day with lots of food and fellowship. It is truly heartwarming to spend a day giving thanks.


Chapter Secretaries, please report all pertinent information to the District Chairman concerning our projects by December 31. Also, turn in the names of those in your chapter who have earned the Personal Achievement Award. The District Chairmen need time to complete their reports to the State Chairmen.


Now we enter my favorite time of the year, Christmas. As the Star of Bethlehem led the wise men, may your beacons of light lead others to the light of Christ. May all the decorations bring you joy. George and I wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!


Some of us will be attending Arkansas Grand Chapter December 3rd and 4th. We will return and join you for the Bell Ringers Luncheon for Cancer on December 6th.


Quote of the Month: The victory of success is half won when one gains the habit of setting goals and achieving them. Even the most tedious chore will become endurable as you parade through each day convinced that every task, no matter how menial or boring, brings you closer to fulfilling your dreams. Og Mandino


Keep Your Lights Shining with Star Love,


Pamela Gill

Worthy Grand Matron




Arkansas - Bess Chance, PM (18) 801 W 70th St., #17, Shreveport 71129

Georgia - Frances Cloud, PM (210) 707 Hwy 463, Pitkin 70656-4134

Illinois - Edith Leham, PM (141) 205 Apollo Street, Terrytown 70056

Manitoba - Becky Josker, PM (164) 540 Gross Rd., Westlake 70669

Montana - Bennye Randall, PM (46) 111 Running Deer Dr., Lafayette 70503

North Dakota - Melva Geiger, PM (191) 1929 Roosevelt Blvd, Kenner 70065





The Bell Ringers Luncheon for Cancer will be held at Creswell Temple, 1350 Creswell Street, Shreveport, La,  on DECEMBER 6, 2014 at 12:00 Noon.  Tickets are $20. (Send a self addressed stamped envelope.) Ticket Chairman is Betty Nichols P.M., 8808 Chadwick Dr., Shreveport, La.71129.

Ceramic Bells are for sale at $10 each to honor the survivors of cancer or as a memorial to the victims of this dread disease. All proceeds from this luncheon will go to help find a cure for Cancer which has claimed so many.  Please purchase a bell and honor your loved ones and friends.

We thank you for your support and look forward to serving you a delicious lunch, provide some good entertainment and great fellowship on this occasion.

Faye Bacle, PM Chairman

 Below is an order form for the bells:

Name Purchasing the bell______________________________________________

In Honor/Memory of_________________________________________

Send to Betty Nichols (see above for address)


JANUARY 24, 2015, District 15 Annual Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser. Proceeds for Kathy Warmack, AGM, and Rocky Schexneider, AGP. Breakfast will be from 8:00 a.m. 11:00 a.m. with the auction to start at 10:00 a.m. at Central Star No 23, 11525 Sullivan Rd, Baton Rouge. Tickets are $7.00 and can be ordered from Jane McDaniel, PGM, 2625 Riverside Dr., Port Allen, 70767-6031. Phone: (225)749-6770, E-Mail mimimac@bellsouth.net. Tickets may be purchased at the door. Dont forget to bring auction items.


JANUARY 24, 2015, Fraternal Relations Day Southern Section, 12 Noon, at Acacia Shrine, 7991 Commerce Avenue, Baton Rouge. A light lunch will be provided.


FEBRUARY 28, 2015, mark your calendars now for the Alzheimers Dinner Theater to be held at the Acacia Shrine, 7991 Commerce Avenue, Baton Rouge, at Noon. Tickets are $20.00 and will include dinner, auction, and entertainment. You may purchase your tickets from the Grand Officers, the Alzheimer Committee District Chairmen, Jane McDaniel, PGM, or Diane Smith, GGCCM. The housing Chairman is Jane McDaniel, PGM. Our Order has many talented people. If you would like to participate give Diane Smith, GGCCM, a call at (985) 877-4259. Come have a great time and bring auction items.


MARCH 7, 2015, Annual Fish Fry



Thank you for the generous donation to Barak Shrine's Patient Transportation Fund. Your donation is greatly appreciated. Billy Davis, Recorder





Page 2: This change for the Grand Organist not the Grand Chaplain: Phone: (337) 984-3974 and Cell Phone: (337) 288-5174

Page 7: Board of Fraternal Assistance: Bonnie Johnston - Phone # (504) 266-2131

Page 11: State Chair Dyslexia: Lonnie Smith phone area code is (337)

Page 20: Nina Sayer, DDGM #11, 111 Sawmill Rd., Whiteland, Indiana 46184

Page 32: Encircler #191 secretary phone (504) 266-2131

Page 33: Love #209 - new secretary Karen Burkhalter, 912 Lilliput, Sulphur 70663-5652. Phone: (337) 515-0112. Email: lynwood.burkhalter@me.com

Page 33: Friendship #210 - Secretary's phone is (337) 401-8150

Page 34: Broadmoor #233: Meeting at W H Booth Lodge #380, 1109 Kay Lane, Shreveport, on the 2nd Thursday of each month at 7:00 p.m. except when meeting falls on a major holiday

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HARDBOUND RITUALS: Small Print Green Rituals. Large Print Blue Rituals - $23.00. Large Print White Rituals - $23.00. Extra Large Print Rituals - $33.00.

SPIRAL BOUND RITUALS: Large Print Blue Rituals - $25.00.

EXTRA LARGE PRINT SPIRAL RITUALS will not be available until late 2015 - following the next General Grand Chapter Triennium meeting.


2010 Book of Instruction - $3.00 plus postage

2013 Constitution Revisions - $2.10 plus postage

2014 Constitution Revisions - $1.00 plus postage




Terrie C. Castay, PGM

Grand Secretary

WEBSITE: www.laoes.org


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