The days are getting shorter, the nights a little cooler, and the stores are filled with families buying school supplies. Those are true signs that summer is drawing to a close and fall is soon upon us. I hope you had an enjoyable summer and were able to spend time with family and friends.
Three of our four Area Conferences have been held. They have been well attended and provided our members with worthwhile learning experiences. The Grand Family has been honored to initiate nine new members; four in Moorhead, one in Rochester, and four in Duluth. A big thank you goes out to the Area Conference Team and to all those that helped in making these successful.
Over the summer, our Star travels have brought us around our great state and we have been met with fraternal love wherever we have been. It was fun to travel to Detroit Lakes to help Olive Branch Chapter celebrate 120 years of existence. Unforeseen road construction got us to Mapleton just in the nick of time, but we had a great time and then enjoyed a fabulous meal at Patti’s Place. We then traveled to Trinity Chapter in Duluth, where we had a great picnic at Enger Park. We enjoyed cool breezes and a spectacular view of Lake Superior followed by their meeting in their newly remodeled Lodge. The next day we had fun imagining we were in Hawaii with Bloomington Chapter. The room was filled with lots of smiles and tropical colors. Then our last Official Visit of the summer brought us to visit with more great Star friends at Lyra Chapter in Alexandria, where I had the honor of presenting a 50-year pin to a most deserving member. Each time WGP Roger and I are introduced at the Altar and then given Grand Honors, it fills my heart with so much love and pride. It is truly an honor to represent you, as your Worthy Grand Matron.
Many thanks to all who attended the luncheon honoring the Grand Officers of Minnesota Eastern Star and the Grand Lodge. It is an honor to work side by side with our Brother, the Grand Master of Masons in Minnesota, MWB John Studell. A huge thank you to Julia Tollgaard for her work in taking the reservations. Julia, I know it is not an easy task and your hard work is truly appreciated.
I have also had the honor of representing Eastern Star with our two youth organizations. It is always energizing to see our young people in action. I applaud the adult leadership for their assistance to the Job’s Daughters and DeMolay organizations. Ever remember these youth groups provide life experiences that will help mold these young men and women into fabulous adults.
As we look ahead, mark your calendar for November 4th for the 2nd Annual Cancer Benefit at the Masonic Heritage Center featuring a delicious meal and fantastic entertainment by The Sound Exchange. It is a wonderful opportunity to share our devotion to ending the struggle associated with cancer while experiencing cheerful companionship and social enjoyments.
In closing, I share with you this thought: It is not the things we get, but the hearts we touch that will measure our success in life. Let us continue to touch a lot of hearts in our journey through life.