By Emerald Greene
Greene Publishing, Inc.
The Madison Chapter of the Eastern Star entertained visitors and members, Thursday evening, March 17, and installed its new slate of officers for the ensuing 2011 year. The special event took place at the Masonic Lodge/Eastern Star building in downtown Madison.
The special slated meeting began at 5:00 p.m. with the 2010 officers of the local chapter opening the chapter in long form.
The installing officers, Helen Miller, Past Grand Matron of GA; Edward Morrow, Past Patron; Carolyn Boles, Past Matron; Mary Alice Dowdy, Past Matron; and Linda Peace, Past Matron, installed the new Madison Chapter officers with style and grace.
The Order of the Eastern Star, Madison Chapter 109 officers for 2011 year include: Worthy Matron, Edith E. Terry; Worthy Patron, Richard Terry; Assoc. Matron, Jennifer Stanley; Assoc. Patron, Homer Melgaard; Secretary, Karen FerDon; Treasurer, Beth Ward; Conductress, Marcia Sawin; Assoc. Conductress, Stacy Lundell; Chaplain, Albert “Bert” Banks; Marshal, April Lundell; Adah, Judith Lundell; Ruth, Mary Helen Studebaker; Esther, Nancy Banks; Electa, Imogene “Yvonne” Smith; Warder, Roy Hibbs; and Sentinel, C.D. Agner, Jr.
Following installation all guests, members and visitors enjoyed delicious refreshments downstairs, and then the regular March meeting was held at 7 p.m.
The Madison Eastern Star is a service organization, a sister group of the Masons.
The Order of the Eastern Star, or OES, is an adoptive rite of Freemasonry with its philosophy clearly based on the Holy Bible. Its objectives are charitable, and benevolent. OES is a social order, comprised of persons with spiritual values, but it is not a religion. Its appeal rests in the true beauty of the refreshing and character-building lessons that are so sincerely portrayed in its ritualistic work.