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.


AlabamaElizabeth GranbergJanuary 1, 2016
AlbertaJames D. ElrodDecember 31, 2015
ArizonaHank TurnbaughMarch 1, 2016
ArkansasJoan M. GearyFebruary 10, 2017
AustraliaKathleen I. FoxDecember 31, 2016
BoliviaLois HeormanDecember 31, 2016
British Columbia & YukonDavid E. SalmonDecember 31, 2015
CaliforniaJoAnn SwalleyDecember 31, 2015
ColoradoEvelyn VanVleetApril 1, 2017
ConnecticutVirginia PringleDecember 31, 2016
DelawareCatherine AhlstromDecember 31, 2015
District of ColumbiaJames L. EggenbergerFebruary 14, 2017
FloridaLeland Peterson, Jr.January 1, 2016
GeorgiaDrexa GeierMarch 1, 2016
IdahoCarl M. DombergerJanuary 1, 2016
IllinoisEdith PetersonMarch 31, 2016
IndianaDoreen FosterFebruary 7, 2016
IowaJames W. RupeApril 1, 2017
ItalyJanet ReichertJanuary 1, 2017
KentuckySusan E. WelbornMarch 1, 2016
LouisianaDebbie AndersonJanuary 1, 2017
MaineJuanita R. JeffreyMarch 1, 2017
ManitobaHelen E. EdwardsJune 30, 2017
MarylandJeanine BlessantApril 1, 2016
MassachusettsReva Jeane BeardDecember 31, 2016
MichiganDeborah K. GregoryJanuary 1, 2017
MinnesotaClifford KnaussDecember 31, 2016
MississippiChristopher WestermanDecember 31, 2015
MissouriPatricia A. LundyJanuary 1, 2017
MontanaGlenda S. PerkinsMarch 31, 2018
NebraskaKaren CookOctober 1, 2015
NevadaJanice StitesDecember 31, 2016
New BrunswickJohn T. StatonDecember 31, 2015
New HampshireWilliam D. McCordDecember 31, 2016
New JerseyVictoria Lee GillilandJanuary 1, 2017
New MexicoNeil CrowJanuary 1, 2016
New YorkCharles KingJune 1, 2015
North CarolinaDebra LindstenJanuary 1, 2016
North DakotaSharon R. WellmanJanuary 1, 2016
Nova Scotia & Prince Edward IslandFrank E. Owsley December 31, 2016
OhioAlison VoosAugust 1, 2015
OklahomaJimmie PoeApril 1, 2017
OntarioCarl Jean GrothDecember 31, 2015
OregonClayton HamblinJanuary 1, 2016
PennsylvaniaShirley J. WiseNovember 15, 2016
Puerto RicoGerald RodmanMarch 31, 2017
QuebecVicky BoyerAugust 20, 2017
Rhode IslandColleen M. AndersonDecember 31, 2016
Sao PauloBill CassDecember 31, 2015
SaskatchewanDarlene YelenickDecember 31, 2015
ScotlandRay ShobeDecember 31, 2015
South CarolinaRichard WortmanApril 1, 2017
South DakotaKathleen ThomasJanuary 1, 2016
TennesseeSarah ShortJanuary 1, 2016
TexasWilma HessAugust 2, 2015
UtahCarl D. HamblinDecember 31, 2015
VermontCharlotte SwaimMarch 1, 2016
VirginiaDorothy KnudsenFebruary 1, 2016
WashingtonKay HowellDecember 1, 2015
West VirginiaAvanell HastyDecember 31, 2016
WisconsinThomas G. JohnsonApril 1, 2016
WyomingJudith Ann WelchDecember 31, 2016


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