Order of the Eastern Star honours its own

Quesnel's Cariboo Chapter participated in events in Kamloops and Quesnel

35-year member Kathy Maxwell is honoured by Worthy Grand Matron Jacquie Wowk

Cariboo Chapter #71 Quesnel has had a busy time this month!   This included attending Grand Chapter and an official visit from the Worthy Grand Matron and her officers.  Worthy Matron Alice Mathews and Worthy Patron Del Cyr travelled with nine other officers to attend the five-day sessions.

This year, the 101 year of the Order of the Eastern Star, Grand Chapter Sessions were held in Kamloops.  This is a time for members of the Order to renew old friendships, make new friends and conduct their official business.

Besides official business matters, the session honours its delegates and its members who have been in the Order for more than 50 years.  Among those honoured this year was Cariboo Chapter’s Sister Betty Eyolfson for 57 years of dedicated service.

Our Grand Representative to Missouri, Brother Mark Heinzelman, was joined by his American counterpart, Ed Sprenkle and his wife Berniece from  Stockton, Missouri.  The two of them participated in the ceremonial Cavalcade of Flags.

Church service on the Sunday before official opening ceremonies honoured two of Cariboo Chapter’s departed members, Sister Irene Lorance and Sister Lil Walker.  It was a very touching time to remember the more than 100 members throughout the province who have passed away this year.

After their installation, the Worthy Grand Officers then proceed to visit each Chapter in the province and the Yukon. At that time, the records of the chapter and its finances are reviewed by the Worthy Grand…and as always, our ‘books’ were in impeccable order.

Grand Chapter ended on Thursday, May 31 and members wended their way home just in time to start preparations for the Worthy Grand Matron’s official visit.   Monday, June 4, Cariboo Chapter had a School of Instruction and in the evening the official visit took place.

This year, Worthy Grand Matron Jacquie Wowk and Worthy Grand Patron Jim Firbank honoured Sister Kathy Maxwell. Sister Kathy has been a member of the Eastern Star for 53 years, joining Star on May 25, 1959.

The specific honour accorded to Sister Kathy was The Owl Award.  This is a new award for a member who has worked tirelessly but never held the office of Worthy Matron.

After the meeting, members partook in a delicious repast, bought tickets on a raffle for a variety of items and relaxed after a job well- done.

Grand Chapter and official visit were a huge success and it is onwards and upwards for another year.

If you, or any member of your family, has Masonic affiliation, consider joining our organization.  We are a welcoming group and are always looking for new members.

Honey Affleck is a member of the Cariboo Chapter of the Order of Eastern Star.

Just Posted

The Jerry Cans are coming to Quesnel Saturday

Quesnel will be the final stop of a quick, 10-day tour across western Canada

Several agricultural workshops coming up for Quesnel producers

B.C. Ministry of Agriculture trying to offer chances to connect, learn from others in the Cariboo

Bear spray, Walmart robbery suspect to go to trial in August

Aaron Stone Smart will also be in court in July 2019 on an unrelated charge of robbery

Quensel community and its figure skaters shine at Regionals

Three-day tournament saw 35 local athletes put on terrific performances

Quesnel woman killed in fatal collision

The collision took place on Maple Drive, near Kube Road

Canada’s archive buys rare book that hints at Nazi plans for North America

The 1944 book may have served as a blueprint for a Nazi purge

Teravainen’s 3 points lift Hurricanes to 5-2 win over Canucks

Vancouver heads into all-star break on losing note

47 men arrested by Vancouver police for allegedly seeking sex with teenage girls

Seven of those arrested have been charged as part of a two-month operation

B.C. hospital apologizes for veteran’s five-day hallway stay

Clinical director of Victoria General Hospital says case of retired veteran ‘definitely excessive’

Speaker Darryl Plecas says ‘justice’ needed for legislature employees

Plecas spoke to media at the opening of a pedestrian and cycling bridge in Abbotsford Wednesday

Advocate hopes B.C. legislature scandal leads to more transparency

‘Depressing’ that it takes a scandal to inspire freedom of information reform, says Sara Neuert

‘Dr. Lipjob’ avoids jail, gets 30-day suspended sentence

She will have to serve the 30 days in prison if she commits a breach during her two-year’s probation

Ex-Mountie involved in Taser death at Vancouver airport sues government

Kwesi Millington claims he acted in accordance with RCMP training

LETTER: Seniors home care, day programs expanding, Adrian Dix says

B.C. health minister responds to latest Seniors Advocate report

Most Read