Order of the Eastern Star Winter 2017

In Newsby Charles Ward

OES closes out 2017 with spooks and cooks

By Gabrielle Hazelton, PM

Juneau Chapter No. 7, Order of the Eastern Star wrapped up 2017 by hosting a Halloween movie marathon and a holiday sweater party, resuming the traditional New Year’s Day Pancake breakfast and installing a new Worthy Matron.

The inaugural Halloween movie marathon proved to be a fantastic experiment. Worthy Patron Doug Harris provided his favorite scary movies, and there is now valuable guidance for how to improve the event in future years.

OES closed its 2017 stated meeting schedule on Dec. 12 with elections and a holiday-themed sweater party. OES picked Andrea Miller as its 2018 Worthy Matron, while Doug Harris will continue as Worthy Patron. The Chapter installed its officers on Dec. 16.

The traditional New Year’s Day pancake breakfast resumed to kick off 2018. This year, the event was for members of the Masonic family and close friends, but plans are to open it to residents of the Capital City in future years.

Other events in the fall of 2017 included monthly fellowship over soup, a potluck and a travel gift exchange.

The Chapter made a donation to the Marie Drake Planetarium’s education projects and its drive to replace its 50-year-old projector. It also donated kitchen items from the former Scottish Rite Temple to the Forget-Me-Not Manor, which is Juneau’s new Housing First project.

Finally, OES welcomed Rachel Gearhart as a dual member, and has an initiation planned in January of 2018.