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 2022

Thank you to all for your vote of confidence in placing me and Rodney in the leadership roles this year.
All things New Hampshire is our theme this year and our charity is the New Hampshire Society for the Protection of Forests, aka the "Forestry Society." My house is surrounded by white birch trees. Did you know it is the State Tree? It beat out the apple tree for that honor. It was an easy pick to be our emblem this year. When you visit a Chapter with a Grand Officer, look for their lighted birch tree.
As I write this, I am in Toronto, Ontario for their "Wonders of Winter" Grand Chapter Session. We'll be back in Canada in October for Quebec's 100th Grand Chapter. Speaking of being on the road, I hope you haven't missed some of the fun events we have had so far. The Grand Officers showing off their best fashions in Penacook and the Unity Picnic at Wellington State Park.
Congratulations to all our newly elected Chapter Officers and I hope we will see at many of the Installations this month.
The Service Dogs Committee started us out with a Great Pancake Breakfast with the help of chiefs from the NH Food Bank.
We will see the Youth Committee at Rainbow Grand Officers Day on October 9. Pilgrim Chapter will celebrate it's 100th year on the 16th.
International weekend is when New England and the Eastern Canadian Provinces get together for a fun weekend (no Degree Work). This year it will be in Warwick, Rhode Island with a Halloween theme October 28 & 29.
The first Official Visitations will take place in Hillsboro on Saturday Nov 5. Yes, I said visitations plural. Portia-Henocon-Asteria Chapter and Serenity Chapter have asked to do theirs in the fall. They will be on Saturday with one in the morning and we'll enjoy a luncheon and do the other that afternoon. It will relieve the crush of Visitations in the spring. Come and enjoy the day, some of you new Grand Officers will be participating.
Our major fund raiser for the Forestry Society and the Service Dogs will be "Bark at the Stark" in Manchester on the 12th of November. They are both a brewery and distillery.
And let's not forget our Shriners and their Feztival of Trees November 19-27. We will be putting in a tree and we would love donations of New Hampshire items to go on or under the tree. For example, tickets to Storyland or NH made items. Just contact Tracie, Rodney, or me if you can donate an item.
Always keep your eye on both the print OES Guidepost and the e-Guidepost for other events from the Groups and the Chapters. I love to travel and we hope to see you on the NH roads!

In Star Love,
Deborah E. Moore, Worthy Grand Matron


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My Right Honorable Sisters and Brothers, many noted astronomers have observed that there are more stars in the sky than grains of sand on all the beaches and deserts on planet earth. This is one of the many reasons that make me believe in other forms of life somewhere in the universe. Making me believe that no one ever walks alone, but is always with a true and trusted ghost like spirit who will guide and support them in their journey through life and beyond.

The Cat with Effulgent Eyes
A few years back I started to have a recurring dream in which I found myself occasionally walking through a forest on a narrow, inclined path with a gentle grade that was just right for hiking. On this path the trees are all coniferous and the path so narrow that it seems like it is night time even when the sun is shining. My journey always starts and ends there. I may be lost but I am never alone as a trustful, friendly spirit or ghost is always with me and has guided me there. For what reason or purpose I do not know and perhaps will never find out the reason why.
On my first hike up this trail and while at the beginning of the trail I observed a large cat with smooth and shining dark black fur, large green eyes that glowed with love from within, a wet pink nose, many long white and gray whiskers and large double paws. The cat was only about twenty feet away from me but seemed much, much, much closer. I stepped back as I was at first startled, then for some unknown reason I was a little shaken but more curious than afraid. The cat moved to a nearby tree and while looking at me sharpened its claws and then urinated on the tree trunk. The cat then slowly walked several feet further away from me and threw some soil up into the air with its very large paws and then unhurriedly took off through the forest. Slowly and with a little hesitation as my heart was pounding very fast I continued my walk. Pondering to myself why did I continue this journey versus turning back? Why was I not afraid of the cat and able to calmly take a few steps back and enjoy watching this wonderful creature of nature? Why were the cats' eyes glowing as if it had just seen an old, trusted, close and missed friend? Those friendly effulgent eyes made me think of angels and made me think of all of you. In this and subsequent walks I always felt in my heart and mind that this cat always walked with me and was a friendly ghost like spirit. Cats do not ask for much. Cats only require food, to love and to be loved. Cats have a wonderful sense of humor and enjoy playtime. We mere mortals could learn a lot from cats.
After this section of coniferous forest is a very large flat tract of uncultivated field with one large and old, sugar maple tree in the center. The field looks to be less than one mile in diameter and is an easy walk in most spots, except in a few small areas the grass is high and the ground swampy, at these points the trail goes around the swampy areas. After walking to what feels like ten miles across the field you again come to more forest and the singular path diverges into three trails. One to the extreme far left, one to the extreme far right and one straight ahead that has grown in with thick brush that is covered with prickly thorns which prevents travelers from taking that path. I do wonder why people stopped hiking this trail. Not using the path is what caused the shrubs with sharp thorn's to grow on it, and why do these shrubs have thorns verses other vegetation; the shrubs at this period in history are unfortunately native to this area and unfortunately many other areas on planet earth. Will this path ever be cleared again and open to all? My guess is we all hope so and that this path will be of love, hope and cooperation. After the Iron Curtain fell in Europe many people asked those living behind the dark side of the curtain the following question: Who was more oppressive the far right under the Nazis or the far left under the Soviet communist and their reply was they were both equally oppressive. My Sisters and Brothers, our form of government is fragile, and if we break it we own it and it may not be fixable. Our nation is more divided at this time in history than perhaps the 1960s or even all the way back to the 1860s. As citizens of this world we can't hope for things to change, we must fight for things to change. I am never alone when I take this walk and always feel peaceful and content. Confident and self-assured am I that someday women and men of different races and from different geographic parts of the world and from different social, cultural, religious, political and economic backgrounds will get together, for a common purpose and get along. Oh wait! There is such a place. It is called The Order of the Eastern Star.
My Sisters and Brothers, let us go together back to that forest and cut down those shrubs of hatred, bigotry, and narrow mindedness and make that third path open to all. Let us remind those who stir a pot of hatred and discontent to get their fifteen minutes of fame or to make money that someday they may have to lick the spoon. Let us remind them in a subtle and diplomatic way that they do not know where that spoon has been. As citizens of the world we have responsibilities and we need to do our civic duty for all of mankind. To me Eastern Star is a Fraternity where Sisters and Brothers meet as equals for the common cause of making this world a kinder, gentler and better place for all. We are truly a sacred band of Sisters and Brothers who get together for fun, fellowship, and social comradery. Thank you all for all that you do. Thank you all for the encouragement, inspiration and support that you have given me over the years. Meow.
The final paragraph of Abraham Lincoln's Second Inaugural Address is as follows "With malice towards none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in, to bind up the nation's wounds, to care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow and his orphan, to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace among ourselves and with all nations."

Star Love, Rodney W. Sewall Jr, Worthy Grand Patron

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We are fortunate to have a small family cottage in York, Maine and when our daughters were about 30 years younger, we liked to drive past Long Sands the Friday night we started vacation. From Long Sands you can see both Cape Neddick Light, and Boone Island Light. Herb and the girls always played a game about seeing the lights from the lighthouses. Carolyn and Jocelyn would say, "I see the lights." Herb would wait a few seconds before glancing towards the lights when he knew they were off and exclaim, "What are you talking about? I don't see any lights." Of course, this game was played the whole length of Long Sands and before the lighthouses were no longer visible Herb finally said he saw the lights shining. The girls were delighted that their dad had finally seen the light they knew was always there.
Now when I think back on that little game, I'm reminded of how important those lights were to our daughters. They knew the lights would always be there just like we as their parents would always be there for them no matter what trials and tribulations came along.
Those lighthouses with their lights shining in the dark can be reminders to us as well. No matter how dark or what the weather may be those lights will not be obstructed and will continue to shine brightly letting us know they'll always there. During the next year we are being challenged to "be a light" and let others know that we'll be there for them. To listen, to believe, and to make things right.
In my article I'm not going to list lots of dates. Instead, I encourage you to read the entire OES Guidepost from cover to cover and make note of the events that are occurring. You can also refer to the Grand Chapter website and visit the Grand Marshal's section where you'll find all kinds of information (work in progress right now). In addition, you can check us out on Facebook and there's always the eGuidepost. There are so many places to find out what's going on. Please join the Granite Stars for as many events as possible. We'd love to see you in our travels whether it's the VISITATIONS on November 5, or BARK AT THE STARK on November 12.
"You may think your light is small, but it can make a huge difference in other people's lives." -Anonymous

Fraternally,
Tracie L. Carpenter, Grand Marshal


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