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Hello all:

I joined this forum years ago and never was very active. Hoping that will change.

So regarding Masonic heritage. My grandparents joined Park Falls Lodge & Park Falls Chapter in Wisconsin in 1952, I believe. They moved to Oregon in the early 60s, and joined Meridian Chapter there. My mom was in Job's Daughters, and joined Eastern Star in 1982, I think it was.

I joined Job's Daughters in 1994--same Bethel my mom was a Majority member of. While in Daughter, I held most of the offices, including HQ three times. I was also a Grand Bethel representative twice (Florida and Kansas). I served as Supreme Bethel rep to Oregon once..yes, my own state. They enacted a bylaw the following year prohibiting that, though I think myself and the girl who was Supreme Bethel Rep to Pennsylvania (*her* home state) didn't mind it much! I was Grand Bethel Inner Guard the same year I was a Supreme Bethel rep, and the following year my sister was selected as the Supreme Bethel Rep to Montana. I was elected Grand Bethel Honored Queen in 1999, which was one of the greatest years of my life (still). After I reached Majority, I served as Bethel Guardian for one year.

My grandpa was the Grand Rep to Wisconsin in the late 90s, which was cool because he got to return to his home state, where one of his brothers and sisters-in-law were also very active in the Masonic organizations. When he received his 50 year pin, they drove out to Oregon as a surprise (to him and my grandma, anyway) to present it to him; he'd never actually joined the Lodge in my hometown, but had attended meetings and participated in their events. I joined Eastern Star a couple of months after I turned 18 years old, becoming a member of the same chapter my mom and grandparents belonged to. I waited until November because I was initiated during a Grand Initiation, which was held at my chapter, during the year my grandma was Grand Warder. I haven't held an official office yet, though I was the pro-tem for Adah a few times. When I was still living at home, there wasn't an opportunity for me to be a member, and then I moved to California to school; I have now lived in Chicago for about 7 years and am hoping to get to a chapter soon. My grandparents presented me with a life membership about a year after I joined, though, so I have lots of time to be active. Sometimes I think I'd like to be Worthy Matron one day... other times I'm on the fence (though I do hate that word!).

My grandparents passed away in 2002 and 2003, but my mom is still actively involved in our chapter. She has been Secretary for 8 to 10 years. She served as WM when I was young the first time, in 1988; she was the first member of our chapter to serve a second term as WM in 1998-99, at which time I was a member, so I was able to go to some of her meetings. My grandpa served as her Worthy Patron both terms. Of course, like many chapters ours is low on males so he served with my grandma and other women as well. My mom was the Grand Rep to Minnesota about 4 years ago, so she flew out here to Chicago and we traveled up to Wisconsin to visit family, then she headed over to Minnesota to their Grand Chapter.

On one of the trips I hope to take my mom on, I'd like to visit Scotland or England and visit a chapter meeting there. I'd really love to visit a chapter in Germany, as my mom's ancestors a few generations back all came from over from there.

Anyway, I get long-winded (sorry)! Glad to be here.

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Do you have any relatives in Masonic youth groups?

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I had one uncle who was a Mason, and I belonged to Acacia, a masonic related fraternity at Ohio State. After our 2 sons were master Counselors of DeMolay, I became a Mason. I had been on the advisory bd to help the boys. My wife's family is a Masonic family. Now I am KYCH,, AMD, Past Patron of OES 3 times, Past Intl. rep to High 12 Intl. Wolcott Foundation, 32nd Degree Scottish Rite, Priory, and several chairable and historical Masonic groups. And I am a life member of Masons in Arkansas

It ias been an important part of my life. My 2 sons are now masons.

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We just had election of officers for 2013. No one wanted it so we elected to go with the same slate of officers that we had this year only because we only have one more meeting, Dec 12th, before our winter break. We plan on having a summoned meeting in April when we return to vote on our future and you need a present matron to sign any papers that Grand Chapter needs. Good luck to you with your Chapters.

Shirley

Merry Christmas and GOD Bless America

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Wow! How distressing that sounds; yet, it is somewhat uplifting to know that we are all struggling together to keep our organizations healthy and growing. Believe me I understand where you are. Reading your post has planted another seed of inspiration for me. Keep moving! Keep the cause alive! You are 73 years old and still letting your light shine. Thanks for the inspiration. I pray that my light shines as bright and long as yours. I can not wait to tell my Sisters and Brothers about your post.

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10/13/12 12:48 A

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Peggy-Bee,

We are now down to 28 members in our Chapter. Just this week we are starting to talk about giving up our charter. All the Masons in our district decided to sell their Temples and build one central one. Fine. Four of the five did it within the first 6 months. The last one changed their mind. They wanted all of us to in the other Chapters to rent from that at a high rate to boot. Only our lodge is doing it. They won't allow us to use the refrigerators, stove or dishwasher so how do you raise money to pay the rent? Thankfully our men in the Lodge pay our rent. I have been Matron 13 times now and I refuse to take it again. I told them I would sub as Matron any and every time if necessary but I don't want to be the official Matron. I am 73 years old and not in the best health. But........I am among the youngest believe it or not.
I'm afraid we are going down the tubes like all the other organizations. Good luck to you.

Shirley

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This is really a sad time for the OES. My uncle was a Mason and Mom joined the Star in"59. My brother was DeMolay and my sister and me, Jobies, all thru my uncle. Dad joined the Masons in '68 and as soon as he could, the Star, promptly became AP. In '72, at 18 I joined the Star, Mom wanted me to be a young 50 year member :) So really, the Star has been in my life since I was 5. I grew up in it. I could recite Esther's work at 7. (OOPS, Mom) I knew the most amazing ladies and most of them are gone now. Our chapter merged with another in the 90s and we are now discussing which of two chapters to merge with next. And I am among the 10 youngest members even now at 58. It breaks my heart to watch the decline and I wonder if there will be a chapter when I reach my 50th.


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Our chapter has only 38 members left, of which 13 are the old ones. Since I joined this one, 39 of the members have passed away. As for going through the chairs the second time, well, I'm a Past Matron, a Past District Deputy and oh how could I forget, I'm Matron this year for the 13th time. I told them if they don't elect a new matron this coming year I just won't show up for the meetings. I will sub any time but I don't want the responsibility of the did meeting and things of that nature.

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so sad, but it seems to be the problem all over. In the state of PA, Masons had a larger growth than OES, and the population of OES seems to be getting older, as our region(District)only has 6 chapters. We have 121 members but only about 30-40 are the most active, and it is aging, and some PM are going thru the chairs for the 2nd time. Monday night I am subbing at another chapter in the area for the official visit by the District Deputy Grand Matron.

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I wish someone would come up with a way to get the younger generation interested in OES. Unity Lodge, with whom we are affiliated, has lots of young fellows but their wives are home raising families and most are working outside the home too. There isn't enough activity to draw that generation. The one before most of us, were stay at home mothers that really enjoyed a special night out for meetings and other events. I remember when I first joined, 38 years ago, we had public dinners every few weeks. They were well supported by the other 6 chapters in our district and the community. Now there are only 4 small chapters left. The last 5 lodges decided to sell their temples and merge into one new centrally located building, but not merge chapters. 4 of them sold there buildings and the 5th still hasn't even attempted to put theirs on the market so now our chapter has to rent from the holdout lodge and it is very uncomfortable and none of us feel at home there. Sometimes I truly long for the good old days.

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9/14/12 9:09 P

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ok, what is Beauceant?

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My boys pay their dues but aren't attending meetings. I have hope for the future tho.

I tried to get my DD to join Beauceant, but no go. So I got one of our OES members to join. Her mother is already in Star and Beauceant. Anita is very talented and PWM. It is good.

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My husband was aslo in Star and was patron a few times before he passed away. My oldest sister is a memeber of the same chapter I am. In fact she joined because of me. We live in the same apartment complex so we travel together for meetings. I seem to meet other members of our area no matter where I go. My step daughter joined too but moved to Texas and I don't know why but she never entered OES there. My son was also a Master Counselor in Demolay and joined the Masons while he was ini college. I guess the stress of too many things to do and being young seemed to put the Masons on the back burner so he dropped out after several years.

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9/9/12 8:57 P

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that's great that you;ll be able to initiate your son into OES. 2 years later, it was a great experience to be in the east. I've met so many great people, who I consider to be my friends, as we always hug each other when we meet a different functions. We just had out District Meeting today with the Grand Family visiting.

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I'm talking with my son about joining OES. He's a Master Mason and was in Demolay. Our chapter needs more men as the older ones are becoming ill. We don't have an Asst Patron elected for Oct. installation. Have you gotten your family into Star?

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We're doing an affiliation next meeting too. The WM said it was the same thing she had to say at Initiation pretty much. Maybe yours is different being Penna., but I'll bet not by much. Good luck!! I'm glad the Conductress isn't the same as Initiation. LOL

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even as WM, it was very stressful as we performed initiation on a PM for about the 7th time!! we did not have a candidate, but we do have someone affiliating probably next month, which shouldn't be too bad.

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We've had DGL's who required Iniation on our Official Visits. I used to hate that and was usually terrified especially being Conductress. One night I had an epiphany - they are just my friends. After that it became easier especially when I started reciting my part when I was alone at work - which is the majority of the time. That has helped also. It is a stressful evening though sometimes.

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I'm on Lake Erie, where Waynesboro is south of Pittsburgh.
We just had our official visit this past Monday as we had to do an initiation & balloting.

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That is so sweet of you, Cephas2!! And a great tribute to your friend.

Tinkky - my parents were members in Waynesboro, PA. Not sure if that is close to you or not.

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I did not have Masons in my immediate. My Uncle Al was a Mason but I didn't know that when young. I married into a Masonic family, tho the 2 sons did not become Masons. Both my sons joined DeMolay and were Master Councillors. I was a DeMolay in Cleveland when growing up. I became a Mason and later both sons became Masons. I am currently Assoc. Patron elect. I have been Worthy Patron twice before. I'll go up with a best friend's widow. It's in tribute to him. emoticon

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I am presently the WM of our chapter of OES in North East, PA after having been the organist for at least 20 years. I joined Job's Daughters when I was about 15,thru Majority and was the pianist there also. My mother is a Golden Star(50 yr) member of the PA OES, and her mother demitted from OES. My father was a 50 yr member of the Masons, as well as a Shriner, Scottish right, and was also raised by the Masons in Elizabethtown,PA. His father was a Mason as well as his step-brother in Calif, and several uncles and cousins. My mother's father was also a mason as well as her uncle. I guess I'm the only one to carry on the tradition, as my sister considers it the devils worship, and my hubby and sons aren't interested.

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Good morning all! My Dad was a Mason in PA along with his brothers and my Mother was a member of Eastern Star. He kept his membership there when he and Mother moved to Maryland. Mother didn't become active in Star again until I was in my teens as she traveled and supported his Masonic endeavors. He was Scottish Right and a member of Boumi Temple Shriners. My older sister wanted nothing to do with any of it as she just isn't a "joiner". I was in Jobs Daughters from the time I was twelve straight through to 18 and am a Past Honored Queen of Bethel #55, Darlington, MD. I joined Star when I became 21 and during my initiation, Mother was my conductress. Very impressive and set a great example. It was soon after that I married and moved to NY where I was inactive for the years that my daughters were growing up. Also New York does not have Jobs Daughters - just Rainbow, Constellation and Junior Stars. My three girls don't understand much of this and are not interested in joining anything as they are raising their families now. I've been Matron twice and am now a Junior Past District Deputy Grand Matron of our district in NY. My husband joined the Masons back in 1998 and has since joined Star and was my Patron each time and also he is Junior Past District Grand Lecuturer as we served together once again. He is getting a little star burned out and is pursuing Scottish Rite business right now and I don't blame him. We women are a commanding group sometimes - but we're fun!!! He does enjoy the Star but just needs a little break, I fear. It's his turn to do something he loves and I will support his efforts.
My uncles on Mother's side of the family were members of the Mason's also along with their Star wives. Masonry was kept a secret back in those days and I didn't learn that they were all Masons too until much later in life. A shame really. Wish we would all start talking it up more so that we could expand our membership.

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My mother and her mother were OES. Mother was WP, not sure of grandmother. Dad was Mason and a Shriner, but could not become OES as he was Pennsylvania Mason and at that time they were forbidden from joining OES. I have no siblings, and know nothing about any other part of my heritage. Husband became Mason when I affiliated in California. He has been in the East 2x and I will shoot him if he goes in the line again. He has also been in the East at OES 3X, including this term. I was IORG in NJ. Things were so different there and/or then. We met once a month, had to wear white, terms were (I think) one year. Out here they wear such beautiful, colorful gowns. They change offices (I think) quarterly. Of course then and now, IORG always help with dinners, and other projects. Service is an important part of learning. I was WM 2009, and have held most Star points. I'm not in an office right now. I don't think next term either. Too much trouble and pain getting ready to go and trying to sit in less than large seats. My sons will not be going into Masonry for different reasons, and my daughter doesn't want to either (It's a cult, devil worship - choice you reason of the week). She thinks it's boring. She's not like me. She's not a joiner. She is too busy with her children. Her Rainbow years left much to be desired. My step daughter (who lives across the country) was visiting this summer and would like to belong but has too much going on in her life at this time. She is in the process of adopting her two 9 year old nephews. That's all the family I have that I know about. Have a great day all. Kathryn, PM

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My father was a Mason and Past Monarch of Grotto. He was P Pres of Masonic High 12 luncheon club. Mother was in OES and Past Mighty Chosen One of Daughters of Mokanna as well as a Supreme Officer. We spent lot of time cooking, helping, fund raising, and around meetings and conventions growing up. Neither of my brothers became Masons, tho Dad would have liked it. I was HQ of Jobs, the MCO of Caldron, then WM of OES and finally WP of Beauceant so I did carry on family tradition..



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my father was a Mason,as well as his great grandfather,and my husband and father-in-law are masons. My Mom was very involved in Eastern Star

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Share your Masonic background. Do you have family or friends in Masonry or OES?

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