" 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

September, 2016  Newsletter



From the Desk of the Worthy Grand Matron:


By the time you receive this letter, we will have completed most of the Official Visits.  The attendance has been great.  Members of each district have shown their willingness to work toward keeping our Order going strong.  Due to the flooding the meetings for Districts 6 and 11 are being rescheduled.  They will probably be toward the end of September.  As soon as dates are confirmed with the DDGM, a notice will be sent on the LA Friendship line and to the secretaries.  Please help us get the information to those who do not have email.


During this month the MS/LA Exchange will take place on Sept. 10 at the First Baptist Church in Natchez.  The MOST IMPORTANT event in September will be the 4-State Exchange.  LA is hosting the visitors from Arkansas, Oklahoma, and Texas on September 16-17. We need our members to be present to welcome these visitors.  Lets show true LA hospitality. If you have not ordered your tickets for this event, please contact Linda Lamkin, PGM, Ticket Coordinator immediately.  We must let the caterer know how many will be attending.


Tragedy has again struck our state in the form of much flooding.  Many of our members as well as others have lost their homes.  Please contribute in whatever way you can to assists these people.  For our members, immediate help can be received through Disaster Assistance with additional assistance by applying to Fraternal Assistance.  For immediate help the persons to contact are Linda Lamkin, PGM, northern section; Richard Shaw, PGP, central section; and James Premeaux, PGP, southern section.


A big THANK YOU to all who assisted in preparing and carrying out the GGCCM luncheon.  This was a new way of raising money for them.  I was pleased with the turn out and feel it was successful.  At the present, there is not a final total on the amount raised, but when that information is received it will be passed on to the members.



When the power of love overcomes the love of power the world will know peace. -Jimi Hendrix, musician, singer, and songwriter (27 Nov 1942-1970)


Fraternally with Pearls of Love,


Rovenia McDonald

Worthy Grand Matron





Sept 24, District 1, Visit of the WGM accompanied by the WGP and other Grand Officers, at Martin McClanhan Lodge, 714 Benton Street, Bossier City. Receiving line at 2:00 with dinner and meeting to follow. Housing Chairman, Wanda Hagmeyer at 318-586-7442. Jean Stafford, DDGM


Other Dates to Remember:



September 9, Annual Luau, Myrtle-Celeste #231, 3950 Florida St., Baton Rouge, Meal at 6:00 pm, Meeting at 7:00 pm



September 10,  MS/LA Friendship Exchange, The first Baptist Church Family Life Center, 150 Devereaux Drive, Natchez, MS 39120. We will have a Red, White and Blue Day beginning at 9:30 am with Barbeque Chicken and all the fixens at 12:00. Come casual wearing your Patriotic color and bring a Patriotic exchange gift. Tickets are $20.00 each and may be ordered from Jo Ann Herring, 141 Rollingwood Drive, Vicksburg, MS 39183. Send a self-addressed stamped envelope for return tickets. Deadline for ordering tickets is Sept. 1, 2016. (An order form is enclosed)


September 16-17, New Beginnings, Four State Friendship Exchange, order form enclosed. Make room reservations directly with the Hilton Garden Inn, 318-759-1950, reference the OES Exchange Meeting to receive the $119.00 plus tax room rate.


October 9  16: Rovenia McDonald, WGM, and Gerald Houston, WGP, invite you to join them on their Fabulous 7 night Canada/New England Cruise. Royal Caribbean Cruise Line“ Serenade of the Seas

Ports of Call“ Portland, Maine; Bar Harbor, Maine; St John, New Brunswick; Halifax, Nova Scotia. For more information, contact Rovenia or Gerald.






We so appreciate the members from across the state that supported the GGCCM luncheon and silent auction fundraiser on Saturday, August 20 organized by our Worthy Grand Matron, Sister Rovenia McDonald.  You helped us raise $2,550 for our 3 charities.  Many thanks to those that cooked and served lunch, Sandy Rogers for organizing the auction items and to all who donated auctions items and then purchased something!  It was a fun event.


Also, many thanks for the donations of cleaning supplies, paper goods and household items for those in need following the devastating floods in the Baton Rouge area.  We filled 3cars with all the items.  And Mary appreciates you purchasing her bears and then donating them to kids that lost everything


Heart, Linn McNary, PGM, Chairman

Regenerative Medicine, Mary Howell, PGM

Support Our First Responders, Joy Beth Williams, PGM





Roster Changes:

Available to Order:

2016-2017 Roster  $1.50

Revised Book of Instruction $1.75

Constitution Revisions        $1.00





                                                        Pamela Gill, PGM

                                                        Grand Secretary


 Website:  www.laoes.org




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