2017 – 2018 Grand Chapter


Worthy Grand MatronWanda Ryan
Acting Worthy Grand PatronStephen (Steve) W. Boyer
Associate Grand MatronMary Hayselden
Acting Associate Grand PatronRichard (Dick) Short, PGP
Grand SecretaryPaula Gettles, PGM
Grand TreasurerJames W. Billings, PGP
Grand ConductressGarrie Oppitz
Associate Grand ConductressKaren Monteith
Grand Trustee – 2013-2014 – ChairKaren J. Adams, PGM
Grand Trustee – 2014-2015Don Flickinger, PGP
Grand Trustee – 2015-2016Kathryn L. Johnson, PGM
Grand Trustee – 2016-2017Larry Swaim, GGCCM, PGP
Grand Trustee – 2017-2018Pam Abel, PGM
Grand ChaplainCarl Anderson
Grand MarshalGlenda Gilpin
Grand OrganistLois Jordan
Grand AdahTeresa M. Ryan
Grand RuthCarrie Turner
Grand EstherValeri Blackburn
Grand MarthaShirley J. Wise
Grand ElectaNora Bayless
Grand WarderCarol Groth
Grand SentinelRon Kammerer


The 142nd “Believe in God’s Miracles” Session was held at the Ramada Hotel and Convention Center, Topeka, Kansas on April 17-19, 2018.

Our Theme
Believe in God’s Miracles

Our Aim
S – Service to our Communities
N – Nothing is impossible when we stick together
O – Opportunity to share our beautiful order with others
W – Willingness to help others and to do our very best

Our Watch-words
Faith, Hope and Laughter

WGM: Prayer in your heart and Faith to Believe
WGP: Remember God Loves You

WGM: “Who so ever liveth and believeth in me shall never die” John 11:16
“If you Can! All things are possible for one who Believes.” Mark 9:23
WGP: “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen” Hebrews 11:1-2
“Give thanks to the Lord for he is good.” Psalm 107:1

Our Emblems
Snowflakes: We are like a snowflake all different in our own beautiful way.
Star of the East: Gods guiding Light
Bible: God’s book of Miracles
Smiles: The beautiful smile of the members we meet all over this beautiful state.

Words of Wisdom
WGM: “Miracles come in moments be ready, willing and remember to believe.”
WGP: “Always Believe”

Just for Fun
Snowmen: They always put a smile on my face. They represent the three states of membership the Desire, the Request, and the initiation.

Hankies: In honor of my mother-in-law, Edith Ryan and grandmother, Gladys Shelton who always had a hankie or two in their purse to wipe away a tear or to clean a smudge from our face.

Safety Pins: In honor of my mother Phyllis Shelton and grandmother, Mildred Carley who always on the hem of an apron or a sweat shirt because you never know when you may need to pull something together.

Milky Ways and Hershey Bars

Baseballs, Bats and Gloves: In honor of his time playing baseball with St. Louis.
Popcorn, Hot Dogs, Cracker Jacks and Baby Ruth candy bars

Honor Station
Adah: In honor of Wanda’s daughters and Hank’s wife Pat.

Conductress and Associate Conductress: Wanda’s first office held and in honor of the work they do in our chapters.

Our Colors
Purple, Red, Silver and White

Our Flowers
Lilacs, Dogwood, White Daises and Gladiolas

Our Charity
Make-a-Wish Foundation

OES Special Projects

  • OES Scholarships
  • Masonic Youth Organizations
  • Membership
  • Grand Chapter Session
  • Kansas Masonic Home
  • Petitions in Your Pocket
  • Star Gazer
  • Traveling Gavels
  • WGM/WGP Project of Choice

Community Service Projects

  • Toys for Tots
  • Local Food Bank
  • Travel Toiletries and Tabby Tops for Ronald McDonald House
  • Box Top Labels for Education

Our Activities

  • Kansas/Nebraska Exchange
  • Kansas/Oklahoma Exchange
  • 5-State Fun Gathering (Jefferson City, MO)
  • Volunteer in our Communities
  • Alpha-Omega Sewing Day
  • Spring Fundraiser
  • Exemplification of Degree Work by Grand Officers in Goodland, Newton and Wathena

Our Songs
WGM: I Believe, He, Jesus Loves Me, Somebody Bigger than You and Me, In the Garden, Let There Be Peace, Mary Did You Know, Frosty the Snowman, Here Comes Suzie Snowflake, Oh What a Wonderful World, The Prayer

WGP: Jesus Jesus Jesus, Great is Thy Faithfulness, Fairest Lord Jesus, Take Me Out to the Ball Game, Snowflakes Keep Falling on My Head

With a grateful heart we humbly dedicate this year to all the members of the Order of the Eastern Star. We thank all of those members who have served before us for their Love, Devotion and Support to our beautiful order. We need to continue to work with our Masonic organization’s in building relationships for each of our futures. We thank our families for their love and support through this journey. We continue to thank God for his unending love. Always remember all things are possible for those who Believe!


AlabamaMelvin L. LuttrellJanuary 1, 2018
AlbertaLaura Jean EasleyDecember 31, 2017
ArizonaMichele JeselnikMarch 1, 2018
ArkansasDawn CrumpleyFebruary 10, 2019
AustraliaNancy HayseldenDecember 31, 2018
BoliviaMartha Ann HulletDecember 31, 2018
British Columbia & YukonRichard TennantDecember 31, 2017
CaliforniaJames F. BillupsDecember 31, 2017
ColoradoEvelyn VanVleetApril 1, 2017
ConnecticutBarbara HufordDecember 31, 2018
DelawareWayma Jean RamirezDecember 31, 2017
District of ColumbiaHelen OhlssonFebruary 14, 2019
FloridaGlenda GilpinJanuary 1, 2018
GeorgiaJamie Ann MorganMarch 1, 2018
IdahoRoy FreiburgerJanuary 1, 2018
IllinoisCheryl GrossMarch 31, 2018
IndianaJean ElginFebruary 7, 2018
IowaJames W. RupeApril 1, 2017
ItalyJanet ReichertJanuary 1, 2017
KentuckyNola ViceMarch 1, 2018
LouisianaDebbie AndersonJanuary 1, 2017
MaineMarlene BudhMarch 1, 2019
Manitoba*Helen E. EdwardsJune 30, 2017
MarylandLynda FrankenApril 1, 2018
MassachusettsBilly John StewartDecember 31, 2018
MichiganCharles MarcyJanuary 1, 2019
MinnesotaKatherine DittyDecember 31, 2018
MississippiJaqueline McClain KremerDecember 31, 2017
MissouriCarol AndersonJanuary 1, 2019
MontanaGlenda S. PerkinsMarch 31, 2018
NebraskaEvelyn AtkinsonOctober 1, 2017
NevadaJean OsbournDecember 31, 2018
New BrunswickPam McGowneDecember 31, 2017
New HampshireSharon HarrisonDecember 31, 2018
New JerseyDavid AhlstromJanuary 1, 2019
New MexicoThomas StevensJanuary 1, 2018
New YorkRuthann BoatwrightJune 1, 2017
North CarolinaZella AltmanJanuary 1, 2018
North DakotaRonda R. TheroffJanuary 1, 2018
Nova Scotia & Prince Edward IslandLinda EngstromDecember 31, 2018
OhioDoris ElrodAugust 1, 2017
OklahomaMarlene FlickingerApril 1, 2017
OntarioJean SearlsDecember 31, 2017
OregonAnnis S. WrightJanuary 1, 2018
PennsylvaniaSondra PetersonNovember 15, 2018
Puerto RicoGerald RodmanMarch 31, 2017
QuebecVicky BoyerAugust 20, 2017
Rhode IslandDeborah WestermanDecember 31, 2018
Sao PauloJeannie HaasDecember 31, 2017
SaskatchewanAnn Michelle MickeyDecember 31, 2017
ScotlandJeanine GlidewellDecember 31, 2017
South CarolinaRichard WortmanApril 1, 2017
South DakotaJo Ann DuvallJanuary 1, 2018
TennesseeBarbara LearJanuary 1, 2018
TexasRon KammererAugust 2, 2017
UtahRobert QuanzDecember 31, 2017
VermontCharlotte RatliffMarch 1, 2018
VirginiaMargaret NelsonFebruary 1, 2018
WashingtonKeith CarrDecember 1, 2017
West VirginiaAdrienne M.WhiteDecember 31, 2018
WisconsinEmily SayApril 1, 2018
WyomingJudith Ann WelchDecember 31, 2017


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