Eastern Star installs new officers

Approximately 25 people were in attendance as Monna Bennett was installed as the new worthy matron of Alpena Chapter #341, Order of Eastern Star.

Worthy Patron Ed Bennett called the meeting to order and invited the 2016-17 officers to enter the chapter room. The Bible on the altar was opened and everyone recited the Lord’s Prayer. Everyone saluted the U.S. flag with the Pledge of Allegiance and the singing of the National Anthem.

In the absence of retiring Worthy Matron Tina Walters, a welcome address was given by Monna Bennett. Special dignitaries were introduced.

Representing the Grand Chapter of Michigan:

∫ Andy Forgo of Lincoln, past grand patron

∫ Donna Anderson of Atlanta, grand Electa

∫ Rhonda Proulx of Alpena, grand committee on drills and formations

∫ Monique Williams of Alpena, grand representative of New Brunswick

Worthy Matrons of subordinate chapters present were:

∫ Paula and Jim Coleman of Lincoln Chapter #184

∫ Barbara Esper of Atlanta Chapter #487

Wolverine District Association officers were:

∫ Ed Bennett of Alpena, 2nd vice president

∫ Pat Dailey of Lincoln, secretary

∫ Rita Sands of Lincoln, assisting marshal

Past appointed grand officers were:

∫ Jeannette Schultz of Alpena, past grand Adah

∫ Joyce Forgo of Lincoln, past grand Esther

∫ Sue Weaver of Atlanta, past grand Esther

Worshipful Master of AuSable Lodge in Oscoda, Bob Hildebrand

Andy Forgo presided as installing officer, assisted by Rita Sands, installing chaplain; Joyce Forgo, installing marshal and Sue Weaver, installing organist.

New officers include: Ed and Monna Bennett, worthy matron and patron; Rhonda Proulx, associate matron; Brian Heldt, associate patron; Jeannette Schultz, secretary; Edith Schultz, treasurer; Monique Williams, conductress; Paula Coleman, chaplain; Douglas Kane, marshal; Janice Kane, Ruth; Betty Porter, Electa; Laura Coleman, warder; Helen Carls, sentinel.

Following the installation, refreshments were served in the fellowship hall decorated with beautiful trees and autumn leaves representing the theme of the coming year.

The Order of Eastern Star is the oldest fraternal organization in the world to which both men and women belong. It provides social fellowship and supports charities both locally and throughout Michigan.

Special charity support is given to Paws for a Cause, which provides for training and placement of service dogs to handicapped people.