DANDRIDGE – Tate Spring Chapter #425 Order of the Eastern Star recently observed the official visit of Beverly Rogers, Worthy Grand Matron of Tennessee. She was accompanied by Daryl Isham, Worthy Grand Patron. Due to the expectations of a large crowd, the meeting was moved from the Masonic Lodge in Bean Station to the Brazleton Lodge in Dandridge.
That morning the past Matrons and past Patrons of Middle East Tennessee hosted a brunch in honor of the Worthy Grand Matron, Worthy Grand Patron and the 2017 Grand officers. President Judy Hines of London Chapter #497 and Co-president Jim Dunn of Martha Dandridge Chapter #430 welcomed all to the “Garden Splendor” brunch.
That afternoon the Worthy Matron of Tate Spring, Kathryn Stewart, along with the Worthy Patron, Sylvan Jarvis, welcomed a large crowd of 150 members to the official visit. The Worthy Matron’s theme for the year is “service to others.” One of the gifts presented to the Worthy Grand Matron was a “Blue Lives Matter” wreath.
Officers serving this year are: Worthy Matron, Kathryn Stewart; Worthy Patron, Sylvan Jarvis, Associate Matron, Pam Byrd; Associate Patron, Gene Byrd; Secretary, Anna Dalton; Treasurer, Angie Dalton; Conductress, Donna Winstead; Associate Conductress, Glenda Davis; Chaplain, Joy Hartsell; Marshall, Barbara Jean Gilreath; and Organist, Rhonda Reagan. Representing the five star points are Lois Overbay, Kim White, Melissa Smith, Marie Jarvis and Jean Spakes. Kenneth Gilreath serves as warder and Ruth Brooks as sentinel.
The chapter made contributions to the Worthy Grand Matron’s foremost objectives of youth scholarships and Shriner’s Hospitals. Personal donations were made by several members to Shriner’s Hospital, youth scholarships and Daily Bread. The Worthy Grand Matron presented a certificate of appreciation to be given to Fred Miller for his many years of service to the order. Mr. Miller was unable to attend the visit due to health issues.
The secretary, Anna Dalton, informed the Worthy Grand Matron of the projects Tate Spring had chosen for this year. They include: school supplies for Bean Station Elementary, socks and hygiene products for Ridgeview Terrace Nursing Home, caps for cancer patients, lap blankets for nursing homes and water for first responders.
Introduced at the meeting were three General Grand Chapter Committee Members, two Past Grand Matrons, four Past Grand Patrons, five elected Grand Officers, 10 appointed Grand Officers, eight Grand Representatives, 12 Grand Instructors, 11 Grand Committee Members, eight Worthy Matrons, eight Worthy Patrons, 39 Past Matrons and 14 Past Patrons.
The Order of the Eastern Star is related by close ties to the Masonic fraternity, although it is not part of the institution. Master Masons and females with Masonic relations may become members.