Grand Chapter of NH ~ Order of Eastern Star
Grand Chapter of NH ~ Order of Eastern Star
Grand Chapter of NH ~ Order of Eastern Star
Grand Chapter of NH ~ Order of Eastern Star
Grand Chapter of NH ~ Order of Eastern Star
Grand Chapter of NH ~ Order of Eastern Star
Grand Chapter of NH ~ Order of Eastern Star
Grand Chapter of NH ~ Order of Eastern Star
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From the Desk of the Worthy Grand Matron & Patron and Grand Marshal ~ July 2019

Why I wanted to be Worthy Grand Matron
Sisters and Brothers,
It seems impossible that my year is nearly complete and yet here I am, writing my final article for the OES Guidepost. One of the questions I got asked a lot this year was "Why did you want to be Worthy Grand Matron?" So, I thought I would use this last article to try to put it into words. The best way to explain it is to fall back on the five virtues so basic to our Order. FIDELITY, continuing support; CONSTANCY, being dependable; LOYALTY, a strong feeling of duty; FAITH, complete trust or confidence; and LOVE, great pleasure in some thing.
Each of these virtues played a part in my decision to run for Associate Grand Conductress with the goal of becoming Worthy Grand Matron. I wanted to continue to support Eastern Star; I felt it was my duty to take a turn at the top; I believed I had the dependability to perform the work and I had confidence that the members would support me. And love - love was a big reason. I love this organization, I love the people that are part of it, I love the lessons I have learned. While doing some research I came across a quote that has a lot of meaning for me, and I think, for a lot of members of Eastern Star. "In the doing, is the love - the feeling is enacted." It is not enough to feel love; we must act it out. That is why I wanted to be Worthy Grand Matron. To act out my love of this Order. Not everyone who loves Eastern Star may choose this method to act out their love, but it was a job I knew I could do, and I was at a place in my life where I could do it.
This year has been better than I imagined, and I am sad that it will soon be over, but I am looking forward to sitting at home and relaxing without worrying about the next event I am due to attend. It's been a wild, crazy circus, and the monkeys all around the state have been awesome. Thank you for this opportunity to serve as your Worthy Grand Matron and share my love of the Order with you.
In Star Love,
Barbara E Gaskell, WGM

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Sisters and Brothers,
Many events have happened in New Hampshire Eastern Star this year. Starting with the opening night, our "Big Top" installation. What a happy and joyous evening of fun, friendship and lots of laughter. It is hard to believe that our Circus is about to pull in for its final performance. Come and enjoy our circus, "Come one! Come all!" I am sure you will enjoy it.
We have worked diligently to have many fun events to include not only our members, but their whole family. There were bowling nights, a Manchester Monarchs hockey game, the NH/Quebec Exchange, and the Fisher Cats baseball game coming game on July 27. These are in addition to our fund raisers, the murder mystery dinner theater, the mini golf tournament in April, the lobster shoot out, and the NASCAR races July 19-21. We could always use more volunteers for the races.
I have noticed a relaxed atmosphere whenever we visit, either at Visitations, awarding Grand Representative appointments or just stopping by to say hello. I have enjoyed learning about all of the members and the time and energy they have put to into the good of our Order. The generosity that is constantly displayed makes me beam with pride to be part of this awesome fraternity. The numerous ways funds are raised, from breakfasts, to ham and bean suppers, nights at local restaurants, spaghetti dinners etc. They are constantly showing their love to their fellow man. However, we could use more participation in many events. "Be a part of it, not apart from it." I still have participation pins. Have you earned yours? There still time to meet the criteria of 5 events. It's very easy all you need to do is PARTICIPATE!
Participation is the key to any organization. Though I feel we are moving in the right direction I need to point out couple of observations. I was extremely pleased with the overall quality of the ritual work rendered at each Visitation. Throughout the year, attendance at Visitations grew, which makes me happy. The Degrees were exemplified with feeling and deep emotion. Our candidates, both courtesy and elected, received much from the lessons portrayed. I would rate the Degree work as excellent and commend all the Chapters for their work, the results of study and rehearsals really showed.
This next observation is aimed at a lack of participation by the members, both women and men, not taking an office within their Chapter. All too many Chapters operate with less than a full slate of officers. We need to step up, take an office for The Order of the Eastern Star to flourish and grow. All too often a Chapter has a Matron who has filled the office for multiple consecutive years. The same is true for our Brothers, some are Patron in more than one Chapter, an unfortunate necessity for some Chapters. Brothers, it's time to step up to the plate, take an office, give those who have carried the weight a much needed rest. There are many reasons not to take an office, but there are just as many reasons to take one. Sisters and Brothers, whatever the reason you may have for not taking an office please reconsider and choose to be active in your Chapter. They need you and our Order does also. The benefits you receive are too numerous to count.
I look forward to seeing all of you at our Grand Chapter Session. I will be honored to meet and greet each and every one of you. This is your Grand Chapter.
Fraternally,
Richard G Fortier, Sr, WGP

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Direction from the Grand Marshal
I have a countdown app on my phone. I have it, not because I am looking forward to this year being over, but to make sure I get everything done in time! Also, it is a reminder that as spectacular this past year has been, all good things must come to an end.
I thank the membership of New Hampshire Eastern Star for all of their smiles, love, support, and cooperation these past two years. I knew a lot of work would be involved with being Grand Marshal, and it has truly been a labor of love. Thank you, Barb, for your confidence in me.
As of this writing we have approximately 60 days until the Circus arrives at Grand Chapter. We still have some fun and fund-raising events before then, including:
Friday-Sunday July 19-21 - NASCAR Races in Loudon. This is another great fund raiser for the Circus Stars and the General Fund for our Grand Chapter. Please sign up with Bill Rohr at ewilliwmrohr@gmail.com and he will give you details.
Saturday, July 27 - Fisher Cats baseball game in Manchester. This is another great fun family and friends event! Tickets can be bought for $8 from Sister Barbara Gaskell. We will be selling 50/50 raffle tickets and receive 25% of those sales.
Finally, the Circus Stars Grand Officers and Escorts have the Grand Family Picnic on August 4 at Camp Morgan in Washington, NH. Details will be forthcoming.
After that it is just a couple short weeks until the Big Top comes to Nashua! The tentative schedule can be found in this issue and I hope you are all taking advantage of registering online.
Once again, I hope I have done you all proud and I look forward to Sister Pam Traurig stepping into the Grand Marshal's ruby slippers and I into my monkey slippers. But, as I have heard on more than one occasion, "once a Grand Marshal, always and Grand Marshal."
See you under the Big Top,
Lisa K Hollis, Grand Marshal
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