" God's Creations"
Grand Chapter of Louisiana
Order of the Eastern Star
Rovenia McDonald Pamela Gill, PGM
Worthy Grand Matron Grand Secretary
585 Wells Road P.O. Box 1229
Haughton, LA 71037-7390 DeRidder, LA 70634-1229
May 2016 Newsletter
From the Desk of the Worthy Grand Matron:
The month of May is many things to many people. I always associate it with Mother's Day which we celebrate the second Sunday of the month. This is also the time when many of the flowers begin to share God's beautiful creations with us.
The DDGM meetings are continuing and many of the Schools of Instructions will begin. I encourage each of you to support the DDGM and the Grand Supervisors in your area by attending the meetings. I miss being at these as they are always special.
Mississippi Grand Chapter was held in Pearl, Mississippi. There were 36 who attended and a good time enjoyed by all. Several even took the opportunity to visit the Little Red School House which we all know is where Rob Morris taught.
Several important events will be taking place soon. On May 14, Brother Gerald and I look forward to seeing many of you at the Homecoming This is being held at the West Cenla Shrine Center in Leesville, (H. M. Stevens Blvd., Leesville)
Our official visits will begin on June 4 in Leesville. Then the race begins. There are a few dates that had to be changed because of conflicts, but those will be included closer to the time for those Official Visits.
Plans are being made for the Louisiana/Arkansas Exchange. This will be held in Shreveport at Creswell Masonic Temple on June 25, 2016 from 12:00-3:00.Â Let's turn out and get that boot back. Additional information for ordering tickets is included further in the letter.
Thought for the month: Thought is the blossom; language the bud; action the fruit behind it. -Ralph Waldo Emerson, writer and philosopher (1803-1882)
Fraternally with Pearls of Love,
Worthy Grand Matron
GRAND REPRESENTATIVE COMMISSIONS:
Oklahoma: Gary Hinkley, PP, (64) 108 Myrtle St., Jonesboro, LA 71251-3934
Massachusetts: Frances Lamkin, PM, (64) 104 Myrtle St., Jonesboro, LA 71251
New Brunswick: Betty Ryals, PM, (218) P.O. Box 22, Converse, LA 71419
We, the LA General Grand Chapter Committee Members and Special Appointee, would like to thank you for all the courtesies shown to us during "The Stars in the Sky" Session. Sister Kathy Warmack, Junior Past Grand Matron, thank you for including a banquet in our honor in your Grand Chapter plans. We so enjoyed the wonderful evening planned by Sister Terrie Castay, PGM and Sister Diane Smith, PGM - we felt so special! The tributes given to us by special friends was a highlight and something we will always remember. And we love the very personal gifts that were given to us. Many thanks to your committee members and to Lynn and Roy Bankston, PGM and PGP for the lovely musical program. Thank you also Sister Kathy for allowing us to give a report on each of our committee appointments so that the membership could learn a bit more about our goals, aims and duties.
Fraternally, John Wayne Harrist, PGP - Credentials, Linn McNary, PGM - Chairman of Heart, Mary Howell, PGM - Regenerative Medicine, Joy Beth Williams, PGM - Support Our First Responders, Jane McDaniel, PGM - Choir Director and DeLores Woods, PM - Hummingbird of the MWGM.
On behalf of the Baton Rouge Scottish Rite Childhood Speech and Language Center, Inc. I take this opportunity to extend our appreciation and thanks for your very kind and generous donation of $4,580.10. This donation will assist us in our efforts to provide new devices and other items that our Clinic Director needs to teach our children to speak properly as well as provide for the building and grounds maintenance.
We at the Scottish Rite are very proud of the progress that we are making in our effort to help children who have severe articulation disorders, neurological disorders, developmental delays, fluency problems, language disorders, and delayed onset of speech as well as some other problems. During the Calendar year 2015 the Center provided 338.5 hours of assistance to 20 individual children. These are children that may not have been able to receive help elsewhere.
WE ARE MAKING A DIFFERENCE. Fraternally and Sincerely, Joe A. Stroud, Administrator
To my Eastern Star Sisters and Brothers; Your calls, texts, emails, and cards have meant so much to me during this time. My husbands illness and death occurred so quickly that I barely had time to grasp what was happening. Your support and love continue to help me deal with my grief. Thank you so much, Sandy Mask, PM, DDGM, District 7
DATES TO REMEMBER:
May 14:Â Homecoming for the Worthy Grand Matron and Worthy Grand Patron at the Leesville Shrine Center 2:00 pm to 4:00 PM. The Fairgrounds are located at 276 HM Stevens Blvd (off of LA 8 West just outside the city). About 3 miles out on the Left.
June 4: District 8, Official Visit of the WGM accompanied by the WGP and other Grand Officers will begin with a Receiving Line 2:30, with Dinner and meeting to follow, at the First United Methodist Church located at 202 North Fifth Street, Leesville. Judy Beverly, DDGM(337)239-7319,
June 18: District 9, Official Visit of the WGM accompanied by the WGP and other Grand Officers at the Cenla Shrine Club located at 1100 Vandenburg Dr., Alexandria. Meeting at 3:00 PM with Salad Supper to follow. Dean Champagne (337)461-2805 Email:firstname.lastname@example.org Housing Chair: Teena Satcher (318)613-5209
June 19: District 10, Official Visit of the WGM accompanied by the WGP and other Grand Officers at 2:00 p. at the Masonic Lodge, 515 Hodges Street, Lake Charles, LA with refreshments following the meeting. Norma Jeanne Blake, DDGM (337)855-0389 Email:email@example.com
June 24: District 4, Official Visit of the WGM accompanied by the WGP and other Grand Officers at Sunset Star #227 in Shreveport at 5:00PM. DDGM, Zoe Field (318)929-7704; Housing Chair, Faye Bacle (318)742-6142. Directions: Come North on I-49 to Bert Kouns Industrial Loop (Hwy 526), turn left and go 5.4 miles. The lodge is on the left across the road from Hot Wheels Skating Palace.
July 23 District 14, Visit of the WGM accompanied by the WGP and other Grand Officers, TBA.
July 24, District 15, Visit of the WGM accompanied by the WGP and other Grand Officers, TBA
July 29, District 2, Visit of the WGM accompanied by the WGP and other Grand Officers, TBA
July 30, District 3, Visit of the WGM accompanied by the WGP and other Grand Officers, TBA
Other Dates to Remember:
Rainbow Grand Assembly, Hilton Garden Inn in Bossier. The following will be on
June 10: The Grand Cross Brunch will be at 9:30 AM; Registration Distinguished
Guest, 5:00; the Opening Banquet at 6:00 PM; and the Informal Opening at 7:30
PM.Â Registration fee is $15.00.
Those attending only the Informal Opening and/or Installation MUST register, but will
pay no fee. Please send your information to Beth Plummer, Registration
Chairman, 5400 Barksdale Blvd., #534, Bossier City, LA 71112.Â The Ticket Order form is enclosed.
June 25, LA/AR Friendship Exchange: A Friendship Picnic at the Creswell Masonic Temple located at 1806 Creswell Street, Shreveport from 12-3:00. Order tickets from Faye Bacle, 1509 Anita, Bossier City, LA 71112, Enclose SASE, Price is $20.00. Make Checks payable to Roveniaâs Baskets of Pearls. Deadline June 18, 2016
October 9 â€“ 16:
Ports of Call Portland, Maine; Bar Harbor, Maine; St John, New Brunswick; Halifax, Nova Scotia. For more information contact Rovenia or Gerald.
FROM THE OFFICE OF THE GRAND SECRETARY:
Received from the Subordinate Chapters:
Jan 11: Lee Emmett Thomas #198 Reinstated Lynn Sommers
<<<<<<<<< AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE >>>>>>>>>
FYI: I have ordered the stickers to update the Rituals and will let you know when they are available.
2010 Book of Instruction - $3.00 plus postage (Soon to be revised)
2015 Constitution Revisions $2.00 plus postage (2016 Revisions will be available at a later date)
Committee on Law and Jurisprudence:
James Premeaux, PGP, Chairman;(985)385-2687; Cell, (985)518-3296; email, firstname.lastname@example.org
Shirley Boone, PGM, (318)524-1142; email, email@example.com
Mary Howell, GGCCM, PGM; (318)377-6431; Cell, (318)455-7039; email, firstname.lastname@example.org
This is our first Bulk Mail from our new locations. Please let me know when you received your newsletter. If we need, we will send it earlier in the month.
Pamela Gill, PGM