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 Hill Road

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

June 2017 Newsletter




From the Desk of the Worthy Grand Matron:


Dear Sisters and Brothers,


Hope everyone had a very Happy Mother’s Day!


The 100th Birthday celebration of A.W. Connely # 117 in Houma was a blast. The chapter members did an excellent job with the decorations and especially the history. It was very interesting.


Lonnie and I would like to thank everyone that came out to the Reception of the 2017-2018 Grand Family. We had a great time visiting with everyone. Thank you to District 9 and 11 for hosting the event, the decorations were all of our symbols and emblems, the background music was perfect and the food was delicious. Those that could not make it, please know that you were missed.


Also at the reception it was my pleasure to allow Linn McNary, GGCCM, Heart chairman, to present a check to the Representative of the Heart Association. We thank the members that gave to this charity last year.


It’s Time to start our busy Season. All are invited to come share our excitement and fun.

June 1st is the Opening of Rainbow Grand Assembly, New Orleans Airport Hilton at 7:30pm. Formal attire. Let’s show our support for these beautiful girls.


Our first Official Visit is June 10th in Alexandria. District 9 is the home district of the WGP, Lonnie Smith, Gr. Organist, Lani Smith, G.C, Donna Harrist, and A.G.C, Kay McCray.


Chapter Secretaries and Treasurers, there will be a Workshop for you at the Official visits, any other members can attend also. Check the times in the invitation of your District below.


The LA/MS Exchange form, needs to be turned in to Diane Smith, PGM by June 9th. Dress is casual. Come enjoy the fellowship and make new friends by visiting with Mississippi Eastern Stars.


Time to get your reservations, registration and meal tickets for the Multi-State Exchange in Vicksburg, MS turned in. Let’s bring home the banner of the most out-of-state members being there!! Forms on our website laoes.org or msgrandchapter.com.

The FUN TRIP!! To California, includes Monterey, Carmel, Yosemite National park, Alcatraz, and Napa Valley. August 27th thru Sept. 3rd. Deadline for final payment due June 25th.


Thank you to those members that went to Tennessee Grand Chapter and represented LA. I heard they had a great time!


Keep checking our website for updates in the calendar of events, pictures, forms, newsletters, etc. at: laoes.org.


Hope everyone has a great Fathers Day!!


“Time to plan for the Future: When you want to make the future better than the present. Vision what a wonderful future would look like. Plan to make it happen. Put your plan into action in the Present


God Bless and Star Love,


Debbie Poche’

Worthy Grand Matron




To all members of Louisiana Order of the Eastern Star: Thank you for a wonderful year serving as your Worthy Grand Matron and Worthy Grand Patron. Your love and support was felt in each endeavor we undertook. Grand Chapter went extremely well due to the attention members gave to details and each committee properly prepared for the reports. We look forward to continuing to serve our Grand Chapter.

Fraternally, Rovenia McDonald, PGM, Gerald Houston, PGP


I wish to say a BIG THANK YOU to all the Sisters and Brothers who attended the Wake and/or the Funeral of my wife Jackie Edwards.  I know it was demanding of you to be there for me and my family seeing as how it was only 2 and 3 days after Grand Chapter and I know how exhausting that can be.  Your loyalty and devotion is greatly appreciated.  When Sister Jane McDaniel, P.G.M.  while conducting the O.E.S. Funeral ask for all Eastern Star members to please stand, I turned and looked and there was a great turn out.  Jackie loved working for the Order and was most happy being on the committee for Property and Decorations.  I can visualize her still wanting to arrange the setting in the GRAND CHAPTER IN THE SKY.  Star Love,  Raymond Edwards, P.P. W.P.

The Officers and Members of A W Connely Chapter # 117 would like to thank all from around the state who attended our chapter’s 100th Birthday celebration on May 7.  It was a beautiful day and your presence made it all the more special!


Upcoming events:


June 1: Rainbow Grand Assembly Informal opening


June 8 9: Georgia Grand Chapter (check their website for details and forms)


June 10: District 9 Official Visit at the Cenla Shrine Club, 1100 Vandenburg Dr., Alexandria. The Secretary and Treasurer Workshop will begin at 1:00 PM, with refreshments at 2:00, and the Official Visit at 3:00 PM. Sharolette Finley, DDGM, 337-942-9486 Cell: 337-278-2857

Email: sharlottefa@charter.net

June 12: Courtesy visit Noble Queen #45 Dinner 6pm – Meeting 7pm.


June 16: District 7 Official Visit, at HC & ME Duncan #161, 2191 Hwy 28 E, Pineville. 5:00 PM, Workshop for Secretaries and Treasurers; 6:00 PM, meal with Official Visit to follow. Charolette Greer, DDGM, 318-827-5325 Cell: 318-729-8187 Email: greer9770@bellsouth.net


June 17: LA/MS Exchange Ferriday


June 20: Courtesy visit Central Star #23, 11525 Sullivan Rd. Baton Rouge, Dinner at 6pm, Mtg at 7pm.


June 24: District 14 Official Visit at Bayou Fellowship Lodge #484, 215 East 93rd Street, Galliano. 1:00 PM, Workshop for Secretaries and Treasurers; 2:00 PM, Official Visit, with refreshments to follow. Darlene Mayet, DDGM, 985-772-9822, Email darlenemayet@gmail.com.


June 29-July 1: Grand Lodge


July 3: Courtesy visit Nova Stella #36, Ponchatoula – 6:30 pm

July 8: District 4 Official Visit at Sunset Star Masonic Lodge, 5115 Bert Kouns Industrial Loop, Shreveport; 1:00 PM, Workshop for Secretaries and Treasurer; 2:00 PM, Finger Foods; 3:00 PM, Official Visit. Housing Chairman is Ms. Bess Chance, 318-686-6741. Jennie R. Goodwin, DDGM, 318-865-2433.


July 15: District 13 – Official Visit at Pushepatapa Chapter #239, 344 Masonic Drive, Bogalusa; 1:00 PM Workshop for Secretaries and Treasurers; Official Visit at 2:00 PM with meal served after meeting. Housing Chairman, Mrs. Karen Porter, 985-641-4321 or 985-640-2361, Email: kfporter@bellsouth.net. Denise Boone, DDGM, 985-732-9103 or 985-516-9685.


July 21-22: Multi-State Friendship Exchange, Vicksburg, MS.


July 26-30: Demolay, JC Deason Leadership Conference, Wesley Retreat & Conference Center

Woodworth LA


August 3-5: Amaranth Grand Court

August 12: District 12 Official Visit, Ponchatoula

August 25-26: MS Banquet and Lil Red School House Picnic

August 25-27: Shrine Circus - Alexandria

August 27-September 3: Napa Valley Trip


Corrections to the Calendar:

I was given the wrong information about Alabama Grand Chapter.

Here it the correct date and a change in the calendar:

Alabama Grand Chapter Oct. 12-13

Change the Myrtle Celeste Luau to Oct. 27th 6pm

Grand Representative Commissions:

Saskatchewan: Don Jackson, 387 Flournoy Lucas Rd, Shreveport, 71106-8709 Expires: Dec. 31, 2018

Roster Changes:

Page 5, Grand Conductress, Donna Harrist Email:dmharrist@lusfiber.net

Page 6, Grand Martha, Angela McNicoll

Page 26, Allen #21 Changed Meeting to 3rd Thursday, no longer Dark in July, Aug, & Sept

Page 31, Baton Rouge #163 Changed Meeting to 4th Tuesday

Page 34, Converse No. 218 was off the page and didn’t print. It is in later printings.

Converse No. 218, 107 Railroad St, Converse 71419 7:30 PM, 2nd Monday

Mrs. Betty Ryals, PM, WM............... P.O. Box 22, Converse 71419-0022

Mr. William Ryals, Jr., PP, WP.......... 507W Caddo Ave, Converse 71419

Mrs. Peggy Waters, AM................ 491 Lynch Clements Rd, Noble 71462

Mr. William Ryals, Sr., PP, AP......... P.O. Box 22, Converse 71419-0022

Mrs. Paula Burnitt, PM, Sec....... 179 Burnitt Lane, Converse 71419-3314

Phone: 318-567-2257............... Email: edwardburnitt@att.net


Attention: Be sure and check the web site (laoes.org). Information and forms for Multi-State Exchange, our Four-State Exchange, and the Lil Red School House picnic are available. There is also a link to the pictures of the Grand Officers, 2017-2018 and Official Visits and events for this year.




At the Secretary/Treasurer Work Shops we would like to address any questions or concerns of our Secretaries, Treasurers, and other Members in each District. If you have specific questions or concerns please send them to myself at lagrandsec2016@outlook.com or to Fran Slay, Grand Treasurer at fslay28@bellsouth.net prior to your Official Visit.


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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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