Grand Chapter of NSW & ACT Installation

The Annual Installation of the Grand Chapter of NSW & ACT was held on Saturday 20th March 2022.  Pictures from this event showing the newly installed WGM Sister Marylin Auld and WGP Brother Joseph Vavra and their Grand Office-bearers are below. Congratulations to all !!

 

Mortdale Chapter – 93 years of service

Mortdale ChapterNo.36 Order of the Eastern Star was instituted on 24th November 1928 and after 93 continuous years held its final meeting on 24th January 2022.

The Members have enjoyed social interaction with other Chapters in the District and throughout Australia.

Many Balls, Fetes, Card nights, lunches and dances have been held during our 93 years to assist in supporting various Charities and for the maintenance of our Hall.

Following the decision to close the Chapter due to the age of members and declining membership the Chapter Hall which was purchased in 1957 at a cost of two thousand two hundred and fifty pound was sold.  The Hall has served, and will continue to serve, as one of the only meeting places for community participation in the district.

Over the past 10 months the Chapter has been able to distribute approximately $1.7 million dollars for Charitable purposes in donations ranging from $10,000 to $250,000 dollars to 40 organisations.

We were pleased to be able to assist both St George and Sutherland Public Hospitals with donations of $250,000 each for vital equipment.   Local organisations such as Carinya School,  Morris Children’s Fund, Orana, One Meal Makes a Difference and Engadine Rural Fire Service were also amongst the recipients.  It was disappointing that due to Covid restrictions we were unable to hold several functions to present our donations and meet with the recipients.

Perth Chapter Installation

Perth Chapter No 46 Installation meeting took place on Saturday 4th December when Sister Anne Brogden was Installed as Worthy Matron and Brother Victor Tate was recycled into the position of Worthy Patron.  Sister Brogden was very pleased to have four of her five points present at the Installation.

At the same meeting Sister, Claire Moody and Allison Goldsby were presented with their Membership Certificate and Sister Elizabeth Conlon was presented with her appointment as Grand Representative to Nebraska.

Another busy meeting was followed by dinner at our “local”.

OES Home Fund & Home Management – Donation to the Smith Family

The President Mrs Margaret Down and Mrs Rosalyn Russ a committee member of the OES Home Fund & Home Management, recently presented a donation of $2,500 to Peta Bergan at the Smith Family.  This donation will be used for the Smith Family’s ‘learning for life’ program.  This program recognises that disadvantaged children need extra support to stay at school and go on to further studies or a job.  If you would like to know more visit Learning for Life Program | Creating Better Futures (thesmithfamily.com.au).

 

The latest ‘happenings’ from our Sisters and Brothers in the West

Well, what luck are we having with Bunning’s sausage sizzles!

For those who didn’t make it, the flames were high and the smoke column even higher in the premises across the road from Bunnings so the police advised Bunnings that we were not to start the sausage sizzle.  So some of us came back to Worthy Matrons home (Helen McLachlan’s) for a sausage in a bun.

However, all was not lost.  After a fair bit of phoning around as all charity places appeared to be closed on the weekends, I finally got in touch with Oz Harvest who, although they could not pick up from a private residence, gave us the name of Grandparents Rearing Grandchildren WA Inc.  It’s a registered charity offering support services to grandparents who are raising their grandchildren on a full-time basis.  The founder is Jan Standen who was awarded 2022 Senior Australian of the Year for her role as President of Grandparents Rearing Grandchildren WA Inc.

We took the sausages, buns and onions up to their premises in Warwick this morning and they were very pleased to receive them and us.  They were a delightful bunch of ladies and it was lovely to spend a little time with them and hear about the work they do.

Donation to Orange Sky

Constellation Chapter in NSW recently donated to Orange Sky.

Orange Sky Australia is the world’s first free mobile laundry service for people experiencing homelessness – an idea founded in a Brisbane garage by two 20-year-old mates, Nic Marchesi and Lucas Patchett.  In late 2014, the boys installed a couple of washing machines and dryers in the back of their old van and visited parks around Brisbane to wash and dry clothes for free. What started as an idea to improve hygiene standards and restore dignity to people doing it tough has evolved into something much bigger and more powerful.

From sitting down on our orange chairs and chatting with friends, we’ve learnt that although access to laundry and shower services is important, it’s the conversation and regular connection that create the biggest impact in the community. Each week, all over Australia, thousands of volunteers help to positively connect our friends doing it tough by providing access to free laundry, warm showers and genuine, non-judgemental conversation. We always partner with service providers, such as food vans or drop-in centres, and make sure that we set up at locations where our friends feel most comfortable.

To date, Orange Sky has provided Australians doing it tough with over 1.9 million kilograms of free laundry, 20,000 showers and 330,000 hours of genuine and non-judgemental conversation across 36 service locations.  If you would like to know more, visit Orange Sky Australia | Positively Connecting Communities.

Eastern Star Foundation Presentation

Queensland Members were disappointed that we were unable to publicly present the first three grants from the Eastern Star Foundation at our Installation Ceremony. So, we arranged to have a mock presentation after our Grand Committee Meeting. We were able to get a photograph of each recipient being presented with the large format cheque and then each representative gave a short address explaining how their organisation supports the aged and what their grant funds enabled them to provide. The presentation was followed by a lovely lunch and opportunity to mingle and visit.

 

Ms Karen Reid, Chief Executive Officer, Lady Musgrave Trust ($100,000 grant)
Lady Musgrave Trust – A Champion for Qld’s Homeless Women
https://ladymusgravetrust.org.au

Frank Vos, Blackall Range Care Group ($100,000 grant)
Blackall Range Care Group – Home care packages and more
https://www.agedcareguide.com.au/providers/blackall-range-care-group

John Haberecht, President , Palliative Care Queensland – Ambulance Wish ($50,000 grant).
https://ambulancewishqld.org.au/

Perth Chapter has been busy!

Perth Chapter has been fortunate, compared to our interstate Sisters and Brothers, during the reality of COVID 19 lockdowns. Our members kept positive and safe during these unknown times but still managed the odd BBQ fundraiser, made donation presentations and welcomed several new members into the Order. Perth Sisters are fast becoming known as the Order of the Eating Sisters :).  All members are experiencing expanding waistlines but blessed to be able to come together to celebrate amongst friends, over a coffee, slice of cake or pub meal.

Please visit the Perth Chapter page for plenty of fun to be seen!

Western Australia – Order of the Eastern Star Australia – Enrich Your Life (oesaustralia.org.au)

 

Christmas in July – Hobart Chapter Style

Despite bleak weather and snow settling to foothills of Kunyani/Mt Wellington, inside the Lindisfarne Masonic Centre, Hobart, the atmosphere was anything but gloomy. On Sunday, July 25th, the supper room was filled to COVID capacity for Hobart Chapter, Order of the Eastern Star’s major fundraising function, Christmas in July.  Chapter members, family, friends and brethren from local Masonic Lodges gathered for a traditional Christmas dinner of turkey, ham, roast vegies and plum pudding.  During the afternoon there was frivolity as children participated in games and, not to be outdone, some adults attempted the games.  The whiskey toss was clearly the favourite with adults.  Santa made a surprise visit, much to the delight of the children who each received a gift.  Santa’s sack also contained bags of chocolates for both children and adults.

During the preceding three months a Major Raffle was conducted and that was drawn during the afternoon.  An auction and raffle on the day contributed to help raise more than $2000 for Diabetes Tasmania, the charity of the 2020-21 Worthy Matron and Worthy Patron.

The Grand Master and his wife with other guests

Santa’s Little Helper

The Auctioneer

Adults playing one of the children’s games

Darren Sangwell entertaining with Christmas songs

A conversation with the Grand Master of Western Australia

Our Sister Helen McLaughlan PMWGM was given a wonderful opportunity to discuss the Order of the Eastern star through a podcast with the Grand Master of Western Australia.  If you would like to watch and listen, press play in the link below: