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

Sisters and Brothers,
Play hard! Build strong! Dream big! Imagine the Possibilities!! I am so very honored to be able to represent New Hampshire Grand Chapter this year as together, as a team, we play, build, dream, and imagine together and make a brighter future for Eastern Star. We have the greatest fraternal family that both women and men can belong to and call their "home" and it is time we let the world know just how wonderful we are!
"Whatever we accomplish belongs to our entire group, a tribute to our combined effort." - Walt Disney.
Ascending the line to the Grand East is no easy task and I am so thankful for the love, support, and monumental effort which has been rendered to Dave, Pam, and myself, on our journey these past few years. I know that my becoming Worthy Grand Matron of New Hampshire is very much in part due to the terrific fellowship of all the Eastern Star membership in New Hampshire and I am thrilled to take this humbling experience with all of you! I am a firm believer in positive energy and affirmations that can help change an outlook on an issue, so this year you will find me often cutting discussions short when they get negative and encouraging each member to think of a positive outlook on a every conversation. There is AWAYS something positive that can be gleaned from any situation, you need merely to reevaluate and seek it out. Before you know it, your troubles are no longer so big! I am also encouraging everyone to spend time with their Fraternal Family - take a break together from the work of our organizations and remember to play, perhaps organize a "dutch treat" dinner out together, or maybe go bowling or maybe take in a movie together. Talk with each other. Play and have fun! I promise, the connection you will inspire will build a firm foundation! With our watchwords; Cooperation, Communication, Kindness, Caring, and Sharing, we are looking very forward to working and playing together with you our fellow members to accomplish great things this year. Our charitable focus will be to aide children through our work raising funds and awareness for Shriner's Hospital-Springfield Unit and Blessings in a Backpack.
Shriner's Hospital provides free not only orthopedic care, but not now offers neurological and brain injury rehabilitation services as well. Blessings in a Backpack provides food over the weekend to food insecure students nationwide, and we will be focusing on the satellite program here in the Manchester area. Members will be able to work from home by making Lap Quilts for Shriner's and Blessings cards for the Backpacks - simple ways to extend our kindness, caring, and sharing. We will continue to raise money and awareness for Services Dogs as part of the General Grand Chapter charitable program, and hope to help to facilitate a service dog for a child's benefit.
However playing, dreaming, building, and imagining does not mean we will forget those wonderful customs and time-honored traditions of New Hampshire Eastern Star, as our legacy and lessons of the past have helped to form the firm foundation for our Order today. As we move forward let us look at fresh new ideas which will interest and attract the membership of the future. Imagine the possibilities!
Star Dreams on Angel Wings,
Joan L Smith, Worthy Grand Matron


Sisters and Brothers,
First, I would like to thank all the Sisters and Brothers of New Hampshire Eastern Star for putting your faith and trust in me by electing me your Worthy Grand Patron for this year. I am so looking forward to serving with our Worthy Grand Matron, Joan, and Grand Marshal, Pam, as we Dream, Build and Imagine. I couldn't be any happier with our amazing Grand Family this year. You all are very special in my heart and I am honored to be serving with all of you. As you all are aware, my aim this year is a simple one, Kindness. We need to be kind to one another and encouraging, let someone know how special they are to our order, make them feel welcome at meetings. Take a few moments to talk to them and tell them how happy you are to see them.
"Being kind to someone costs you nothing but happiness."
Many members have left Fraternal Orders due to feeling that they don't belong. Another focus of mine this year is Membership. We all know we need to increase our membership but, more important, is to retain the members we have and get them more active in the chapters and the communities. I believe that kindness falls hand in hand with membership. Imagine if we got at least five members per Chapter to return on a regular basis because they feel welcomed. It would be exciting to see for sure.
Lets all plan to attend International Weekends Conference on Membership hosted by Sister Sharon Bush, PGM, GGCCM Membership to learn more on how to achieve this great goal.
I am excited to support our charities this year, Blessings in a Backpack, Shriner's Hospital in Springfield, and our General Grand charity Service Dogs. As some of you may know I am also a proud Shriner and am in the Mini Monster truck unit. Come out and see a parade and watch your WGP making kids and adults smile! We have Sister Nancy Brooks, PM (Blessings), Sister Penny Blodgett, PM and Brother Mark Blodgett, PGP (Shriners) and Sister Pat Hamel, PGM, GGCCM Service Dogs, ready to start these committees off with excitement for the new year.
This year, I am again doing the travel award program, and I hope everyone will travel and enjoy make friends along the way. I think you will enjoy the pin this year because it has some favorites on it for me: firetrucks and Eastern Star. Just 70 Travel points will earn this pin for a member. See Sister Libby Newell, Deputy Grand Marshal, for travel booklets or download one from the Eastern Star Website.
I look forward to seeing you all on the Eastern Star trail. Thank you again for all your encouragement and support.
In Star Love,
David R Walters, Worthy Grand Patron


Hello Sisters and Brothers!
I spend a lot of time in my tractor. It is a nice tractor. My husband bought a very nice 3620 John Deere for me. It has an enclosed cab with heat, air conditioning, radio/cd player and cup holder. Now you are thinking why is she telling us this? As I said, I spend a lot of time in my tractor. I am either mowing or brush hogging the 10 acres of fields or snow blowing the 1500 ft driveway. I truly enjoy these activities as it gives me time alone in my tractor. This is time that I spend pondering. I ponder troubles, plans, schedules, and ideas. I have terrific ideas in the tractor. I come up with great plans to get things done. The problem I have found is the tractor is much like my shower. The second I step outside that door, some of those great plans and ideas stay there until the next time I step inside. There are those that stay with me and I hope to share some of them with you.
Recently my ponderings were about where to find information for Eastern Star. I pondered if the membership was able to get the information they needed when they wanted it. Do they know where to look? Do they know who to ask? Do they have computer access? So here is a list of where to find what you may be looking for: - this is NH's own website. This is chock full of information. There are links to the Guidepost calendar, event information, NH OES information, forms, as well as links to other fraternal organizations. And that names just a few. Take the time to look around. You will find a wealth of information.
eGuidepost emails - this is a regular mailing sent out by the staff of the OES Guidepost. These email contains updated information of events that are happening, but also has a calendar and links to important information. I found it helpful to keep the latest email so that I could access these links as quickly as needed. To receive email updates from the OES Guidepost, email Lisa J. Proulx at - General Grand Chapter Order of the Eastern Star website. This site will be helpful if you are looking for information about other jurisdictions.
Grand Marshal's Desk link on the OES Guidepost email and - this contains information for Grand Chapters in other Jurisdictions as well as information for events in and out of our own jurisdiction.
Telephone - This is for those who just need to ask a question or don't have access to a computer. Feel free to call me. Sometimes a phone call is just what you need to get it done. If I don't have the answer, I will find it. If you need a piece of paper, I will mail it to you. My phone number is 603-325-5127.
Now that you know where to get additional information about all the happenings, here is a list of some of the up and comings:
October 6: LaBelle Winery Fundraiser, Amherst, NH to benefit the Springfield Unit of the Shriners Hospital, Blessings in a Backpack and A.C.T.S.
October 19: Masonic Open Houses
November 1-3: International Weekend, Groton, CT Featuring an exciting Membership Forum on Saturday, Nov 2, 9:00am-12:30 pm
November 9: ME/MA/NH/RI Grand Family Exchange, Wakefield, MA
November 23: SOI/Instructional OV, Tilton
November 22-Dec 1: Fez-tival of Trees, Bektash Temple, Concord, NH
January 25-26: Youth/Adult Leadership Conference, Portsmouth, NH
February 28-March 1: Can-Am Exchange, Bangor, ME
March 14: Murder Mystery, Nashua, NH
This year is off to a great start and I am blessed that Sister Joan and Brother Dave have asked me to share this experience with them. There are many events on the calendar so remember to plan ahead for room reservations, meal choices but most importantly for safe travels.
Finally, remember to seek me out in your travels to obtain your Dream Builder pin for $5, a 2019-2020 Information Booklet (yet another location for 'information') for $3 and printed copies of the 2019-2020 School of Instruction Handbook for $2.
I look forward to seeing everyone in and out of our state this year! Ponder the Possibilities!
In Star Service,
Pamela Traurig, Grand Marshal



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