2015 – 2016 Grand Chapter

Worthy Grand MatronPam Abel
Worthy Grand PatronRichard (Dick) Short
Associate Grand MatronSusan McGinnis
Associate Grand PatronFrancis ‘Pete’ Peterson
Grand SecretaryPaula Gettles, PGM
Grand TreasurerJames W. Billings, PGP
Grand ConductressWanda Ryan
Associate Grand ConductressMary Hayselden
Grand Trustee – 2011-2012 – ChairTom Fowler, PGP
Grand Trustee – 2012-2013Kathy Johnson, PGM
Grand Trustee – 2013-2014Karen Adams, PGM
Grand Trustee – 2014-2015Don Flickinger, GGCCM, PGP
Grand Trustee – 2015-2016Kathryn L Johnson, PGM
Grand ChaplainBilly John Stewart
Grand MarshalGarrie Oppitz
Grand OrganistOwen Freiburger
Grand AdahClara Jo Talkington
Grand RuthSharri Dalton
Grand EstherCarol Dornberger
Grand MarthaNancy Crumb
Grand ElectaKaren S Cook
Grand WarderClara J Sebelius
Grand SentinelHank Turnbaugh

The 140th “Our Hands for God’s Work” Session was held at the Ramada Hotel and Convention Center, Topeka, Kansas on April 21-23, 2016.

Our Theme:
“Our Hands for God’s Work”

Our Aim:
To use our hands for the service in our community, our hearts for promoting the love of the Order of Eastern Star, and our words to encourage our Sisters and Brothers to actively participate and appreciate the contributions of all members.

Our Watch-words:
Hope, Faith, Courage, and Generosity
HOPE is wishing something will happen
FAITH is believing something will happen
COURAGE is making something happen
GENEROSITY is giving with pleasure for goodness.

WGM: What you are is God’s gift to you, what you become is your gift to God.

WGP: Have an attitude of gratitude.

WGM: “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11

“We always give thanks to God for all of you and mention you in our prayers, constantly remembering before our God and Father your work of faith and labor of love and steadfastness of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ” 1st Thessalonians 1:2-3

“I hereby command you: Be strong and courageous; do not be frightened or dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9

WGP: “This is the day the Lord has made, let us rejoice in be glad in it.” Psalm 118:24

“Let the favor of the Lord our God be upon us, and prosper for us the work of our hands – 0 prosper the work of our hands!” Psalms 90: 17

“For mortals it is impossible, but for God all things are possible.” Matthew 19:26

Our Emblems:
Bible: our road map of life
Sheaf: honor and justice, work of our hands in praise of God
Square and Compasses: our relationship with the Masonic fraternity

Words of Wisdom
WGM: “You must be the change you want to see in the world.” (Ghandi)
“What I make with my hands, I give of my heart.
“Hold an image of the life you want, and that image will become fact. (Norman Vincent Peale)
“As we express our gratitude we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.” (JFK)


Cross: a symbol of God’s love, healing power, and grace.
Open Hands: be of service to others.
Bridges: direction, progress, connections, stability, and hope.
Mortar Board: learning, leadership, and a foundation built on knowledge through hard work.

Just for Fun:
WGM: Thimbles, Quilts, Cardinals, Popcorn, Hot Tamales, Fried Pickles
WGP: Trucks, Barns, Windmills, Fence Posts, Mixed Nuts, Milky Ways

Our Charity: 
Special Olympics Kansas

Special Projects:

  • OES Scholarships
  • Grand Chapter Session
  • Kansas Masonic Home
  • Masonic Youth Organizations
  • Star Gazer
  • Alzheimer’s Association
  • WGM/WGP Project of Choice

OES Service Projects:

  • Encourage membership in Masonic Youth Organizations
  • Ritualistic Proficiency
  • OES members returning to active
  • Increase OES membership

Community Service Projects:

  • Local Community Food Banks
  • Travel Toiletries and Tabby Tops for Ronald McDonald House
  • Box Top Labels for Education
  • Support of local Special Olympics

Our Activities:

  • Kansas/Nebraska Exchange
  • 5-State Fun Gathering (Iowa)
  • Volunteer at Special Olympics Event
  • Alpha-Omega Sewing Day
  • Spring Fund Raiser
  • Exemplification of Degree Work by Grand Officers in 3 Subordinate Chapters (Clay Center, Ulysses, Emporia)
  • Polar Plunge for Special Olympics

WGM: “Thankful”, “On Holy Ground”, “In This Very Room”, “You Are My Sunshine”, “If Had a Hammer”, “He’s Got the
Whole World In His Hands”, “Above All”

WGP: “Because He Lives”, “The Rose”, “Thank God for Kids”, “On Eagles Wings”, “On the Road Again”, “I Can Only


It is with humble appreciation that we dedicate this year to all of the members of our beautiful Order of the Eastern Star in Kansas. As members you are all leaders who help create bridges that connect the past with the present and to what the Order will become in the future. We also dedicate this year to our families and friends who have provided encouragement and support in our journey to the Grand East. We consider it a true privilege to serve you and we thank you for your service. Above all, we thank God for the gifts he has given us so that our hands can do His work.

JurisdictionNameExpiring Date
AlabamaElizabeth GranbergJan. 1, 2016
AlbertaJames D. ElrodDec. 31, 2015
ArizonaHank TurnbaughMar. 1, 2016
ArkansasJoan M. GearyFeb. 10, 2017
AustraliaKathleen I. FoxDec. 31, 2016
BoliviaLois A. HeormanDec. 31, 2016
British Columbia YukonDavid E. SalmonDec. 31, 2015
CaliforniaJoAnn SwalleyDec. 31, 2015
ColoradoEvelyn VanVleetApr. 1, 2017
ConnecticutVirginia PringleDec. 31, 2016
DelawareCatherine AhlstromDec. 31, 2015
District Of ColumbiaJames L. EggenbergerFeb. 14, 2017
FloridaLeland Peterson, Jr.Jan. 1, 2016
GeorgiaDrexa GeierMar. 1, 2016
IdahoCarol M. DormbergerJan. 1, 2016
IllinoisEdith PetersonMar. 31, 2016
IndianaDoreen FosterFeb. 7, 2016
IowaJames W. RupeApr. 1, 2017
ItalyJanet ReichertJan. 1, 2017
KentuckySusan E. WelbornMar. 1, 2016
LouisianaDebbie AndersonJan. 1, 2017
MaineJuanita R. JeffreyMar. 1, 2017
ManitobaHelen E. EdwardsJun. 30, 2017
MarylandJeanine BlessantApr. 1, 2016
MassachusettsReva Jeane BeardDec. 31, 2016
MichiganDeborah K. GregoryJan. 1, 2017
MinnesotaClifford KnaussDec. 31, 2016
MississippiChristopher WestermanDec. 31, 2015
MissouriPatricia A. LundyJan. 1, 2017
MontanaGlenda S. PerkinsMar. 31, 2018
NebraskaKaren CookOct. 1, 2015
NevadaJanice StitesDec. 31, 2016
New BrunswickJohn T. StatonDec. 31, 2015
New HampshireWilliam D. McCordJan. 1, 2016
New JerseyVictoria Lee GillilandJan. 1, 2017
New MexicoNeil CrowJan. 1, 2016
New YorkCharles R. KingJun. 1, 2015
North CarolinaDebra LindstemJan. 1, 2016
North DakotaSharon R. WellmanJan. 1, 2016
Nova Scotia Prince Edward IslandFrank E. OwsleyDec. 31, 2016
OhioAlison VoosAug. 1, 2015
OklahomaJimmie PoeApr. 1, 2017
OntarioCarl Jean GrothDec. 31, 2015
OregonClayton HamblinJan. 1, 2016
PennsylvaniaShirley J. WiseNov. 15, 2016
Puerto RicoGerald RodmanMar. 31, 2017
QuebecVicky BoyerAug. 20, 2017
Rhode IslandColleen M. AndersonDec. 31, 2016
San PauloBill CassDec. 31, 2016
SaskatchewanDarlene YelenickDec. 31, 2015
ScotlandRay ShobeDec. 31, 2015
South CarolinaRichard WortmanApr. 1, 2017
South DakotaKathleen ThomasJan. 1, 2016
TennesseeSarah ShortJan. 1, 2016
TexasWilma HessAug. 2, 2015
UtahCarol D. HamblinDec. 31, 2015
VermontCharlotte SwaimMar. 1, 2016
VirginiaDorothy KnudsenFeb. 1, 2016
WashingtonKay HowellDec. 1, 2015
West VirginiaAvanell HastyDec. 31, 2016
WisconsinThomas G. JohnsonApr. 1, 2016
WyomingJudith Ann WelchDec. 31, 2016

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