A Time for all Seasons

     Grand Chapter of Louisiana

       Order of the Eastern Star


Debbie Poche’                                                                                                                              Pamela Gill, PGM

Worthy Grand Matron                                                                                                            Grand Secretary

9845 Van Drive                                                                                                                        180 Harvey Gill Road

Baton Rouge, LA 70815-4566                                                                               DeRidder, LA 70634-7304

February, 2018 –  Newsletter




From the Desk of the Worthy Grand Matron:


Dear Sisters and Brothers,


Please keep in your prayers, Sister Lani Smith, Grand Organist.  She has some serious issues with infections which caused pressure on her spine. She has had surgery and will be in the Rehab part of the Lafayette Hospital for three weeks. Our Grand Chapter Mom, Sister Billie Calvert, has bone cancer and has now broken the lower part of her right hip. She had a rod inserted in the bone and should go to the Baton Rouge Rehab for three weeks. Please keep Brother Lonnie and myself in your prayers as well as we care for them and prepare for Grand Chapter.


Time is getting close. I hope you are making your plans for Grand Chapter in Baton Rouge.  No going out in the rain, cold or heat, we have it all at the Crowne Plaza, everything is happening under one roof. Be sure to use the Eastern Star code “EAS” for your hotel reservation.


We have a great meal on Saturday night for our very special General Grand Chapter Committee Members. This is their last LA Grand Chapter before their term ends.


Sunday night we Honor the Grand Officers and other Distinguished guests at the Main Sessions Banquet, good food and a Live Band will be there too.


We have the Most Worthy Grand Matron and Most Worthy Grand Patron and several General Grand officers coming to visit with us. Let’s show them how Louisiana “Lets the good times roll.” 


Something new; I hope you join us for “Tea Time” Monday afternoon.


Check out all the other meals and events and get the forms and money turned in. We will also have several Vendors coming for our shopping needs.


Reminder to all the committee chairmen please have your reports ready to read when we call on you and a copy for the Grand Secretary. The faster we get them read and approved the more time for fun and fellowship.


DDGMs and Pages, we would appreciate you Escorting dignitaries to the East on Monday evening.


Important Information:

ó  Gnome Bunch Personal Achievement Award Information, to: Jim Josker, 540 Goss Rd., Westlake, LA 70669.

ó  Assistant Grand Warders contact: Jeff Freeman, Grand Warder, jgfreemans@hotmail.com, 225-324-3726

ó  Assistant Grand Sentinels contact: Harvey Gill, Grand Sentinel, harvey_gill007@hotmail.com, 337-257-4300

ó  Please remember to get the five (5) items per chapter for the Hospitality Room, get them to Sister Susan Freeman or bring to Grand Chapter on Saturday and Hospitality, scfree1@hotmail.com, 225-937-7023


For us Chocolate lovers:

“As with most fine things, chocolate has its Season. There is a simple memory aid that you can use to determine whether it is the correct Time to order chocolate dishes: any month whose name contains the letter A, E, or U is the proper time for chocolate.” 

“Stressed! Eat Desserts first!   Enjoy!!


God Bless, I love you all,


Debbie Poche’

Worthy Grand Matron







Upcoming events:


March 3, 2018 is the Annual Fish Fry also for Marilyn and Richard. Come out and support them.  More information to follow.


March 25-28, 2018 Grand Chapter – Watch for Registration, and Meal forms on the website. www.laoes.org


September 17-22, 2018-Travel with Marilyn and Richard to Tennessee on a Pigeon Forge and the Smokey Mountains Show Trip. Deposit of $100 per person is due at time of booking. Your Secretaries have the flier with all information and booking forms. Tour Escort: Nannette Gwaltney, Vacationsbydesign@hotmail.com, 210.656.6668  or 210.373.5580.


Personal Achievement Thank You:

I would like to thank the chapters that have submitted their Personal Achievement awards to date.  I'm looking forward to getting this information before Grand Chapter. If you have not sent your information in please feel free to email them to bjosk2000@yahoo.com subject matter "Personal achievement awards" or mail them to

Jim Josker, State Chairman, 540 Goss Rd., Westlake LA. 70669,


National Wear Red Day - Friday, February 2, 1018
Let's unite to prevent heart disease and stroke.
It's time to put our hearts into it and Go Red For Women!
Wear RED throughout February and especially on Friday, February 2.

The Baton Rouge Go Red for Women Luncheon is coming up!
Date:   Friday, February 23        Time:  10:00 am - 1:00 pm
  Raising Cane's River Center - Downtown Baton Rouge   
Cost:  $100     Let me know if you would like to go with me.
 Linn McNary, PGM, GGCCM-Heart  lmcnary2@cox.net   225-292-2945

     1) get active    
2) control cholesterol      3) eat better     4) manage blood pressure  
5) lose weight   6) reduce blood sugar     7) stop smoking


Roster Changes:

Esther #26, Meetings third Thursday of each month beginning at 7:00PM


Grand Representative Appointments:

Illinois, John Tate, P.O. Box 87, St. Landry, 71367-0087,

Expires October 30, 2019

Minnesota, Nelwyn Weaver, 8525 Parkdale, Shreveport, 71108,

Expires December 31, 2019

New Brunswick, Carmen Higgins, 15922 Greensboro, Greenwell Springs, 70739,

Exp. Dec. 1, 2019

New Mexico, Dianne Sutton, 107 Thomas Dr, West Monroe 71291-6326

Expires December 31, 2019

Ontario, Alma Dubois, 6164 Hwy 71, Coushatta, LA 71019-7519 Expires

December 31, 2019

Oregon, Oma Frank Lee, 9476 McCowin Rd, Bastrop 71220-7153 Expires

December 31, 2019





Received from the Subordinate Chapters:

December 10, 2017 Friendship #210 Suspended Jennye Miller, for NPD


<<<<<<<<< AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE >>>>>>>>>


Small Print, Hardbound, Black or Green $19.00

Large Print, Hardbound, Navy, Maroon, or White $23.00

Large Print, Spiral Bound, Navy, Maroon, or White $25.00

Extra Large Print, Spiral Bound, Tan $33.00

Revised Book of Instruction, $1.75

Rosters, 2017-2018, $1.50

Constitution Revisions, 2016 $1.00

Secretaries and Members, Please make all checks payable to The Grand Chapter.  Thank you.




                                                            Pamela Gill, PGM

                                                            Grand Secretary                                                       


  Website:  www.laoes.org




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