OES WA Calendar

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Dream Camp 2017

Had a great time at Rainbow Dream Camp 2017 and a wonderful turnout of Grand Officers.





OV Welcome and Belfair


The room was full of Saturday, August 12, for the Official Visit with Welcome and Belfair Chapters.  Two fun suits added to the enjoyment of the day.  Mentors were Vicki Voorhees for Welcome Chapter and Gloria Schwartz Belfair Chapter.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Mt. Baker OV

The Dancing Lights Grand Family had another wonderful time at the OV of Mt. Baker Chapter in Mt. Vernon.  The Mentor award went to Laurel Jacobs!  Congratulations all on a great night.




Friday, August 11, 2017

Instructionf for cutting coupons!

Hi All,

Below are the instructions for cutting coupons for our troops.  I would like to track the $ amount of coupons we, as an organization, are sending to Support Our Troops.  Please report to Dee Johnson of Vida Chapter the $ amount each time you send a package of coupons.  Thank you! 

Jean Ballard, WGM

Troopons® -- Bagging Instructions --

The commissaries have requested that Troopons be bagged and delivered to them as follows.

1. Cut out the coupons. 2. Sort coupons into two piles by status: a. Expired.  Not expired more than 2 months. (e.g. if today’s date is 3/1/2013, you would cut out coupons with an expiration date that is not older than 1/1/2013.  b. Unexpired.  At least two months of life left.  3. Sort each of those two piles into four piles by type: a. Food items b. Non-food items c. Baby food/items d. Pet items (like dog food) 4. Stuff them into plastic baggies.  5. Write the status (Expired or Unexpired) and the type (food, non-food, baby, or  pet) on them. 6. Total the retail savings of the baggies and write it on them.  This helps us track the value of the overall program. 7. Mail them to SOT as follows: 

Support Our Troops®  P.O. Box 70 Daytona Beach, FL 32115-0070

Only "Manufacturer's Coupons" can be used. They can be from the newspaper, dispensers in grocery stores, tear-pads, and elsewhere as long as they state "Manufacturer's Coupon" on them. No assistance vouchers. No food stamps. No store coupons. No restaurant coupons. No Internet coupons. 

Thank you for making a difference in the lives of our military troops and their families!  

Happy clipping!

Sunday, August 6, 2017

First OV at Stanwood

The chapter room was packed for the first OV of Worthy Grand Matron Jean Ballard with Worthy Grand Patron Al Cramer at Stanwood Chapter.  The OV was held at the Everett Scottish Rite and it's a good thing because there was plenty of room for everyone.  Great job Worthy Matron Janice Dorsey and congratulations to Jennie Kelly for being awarded as the first Mentor, WGM Jean's recognition program for the year.



Friday, August 4, 2017

Square and Compass Jamboree

Our WGM Jean and WGP Al had a great time at the Square and Compass Jamboree.


Thursday, August 3, 2017

First OV update

With high heat expected on Saturday, and apparently with no air conditioning in the Hall (there will be several fans to blow the air around and the doors to the outside will be open once we have completed formal opening), please feel free to wear something very lightweight and comfortable.  Ladies, you do not need to wear hose.  Gentlemen, you do not need to wear jackets.

See you Saturday!

Hugs,
~Jean

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Sad News: Our Golden Chain has again been broken. Brother Chuck King, PGP, passed away on July 15th, surround by his family. Brother Chuck moved to Colorado Springs a number of years ago to be near his sons. A celebration of life will be held in the Seattle area sometime in the future. Brother Chuck served as WGP in 1977-78 with Sister Catherine Mace.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Memorial service for Andy Haapala, PGP, will be Sunday, July 30th at 2:00 p.m.

Fox Island Alliance Church
655 - 6 th Avenue Fi
Fox Island , WA. 98333

253-549-2831

(if not acquainted with Fox Island might want to check Map Quest for directions .)

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Sad News: We have lost another link in our Washington OES golden chain. Brother Andy Haapala, PGP 1976-77, passed away yesterday, July 10th. Services are pending. Cards may be sent to the family c/o address in the Blue Book.

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Another Project for WGM Jean and WGP Al

Terry Cramer is chairing our chemo caps program. 

Terry has yarn which she will be bringing to our Official Visits.  You may use yarn she provides, or provide your own.  The yarn should be soft, fragrance free, and pet hair free. 

The websites listed below have instructions on how to make chemo caps.  Please choose whichever pattern you would like to make.
https://www.allfreeknitting.com/Knit-Hats/Knitting-for-Charity-20-free-hat-patterns
http://www.knotsoflove.org/patterns
It has been requested that we make different size caps (not just for babies), and that we remember to make caps for both girls and boys.

We would also like to include in this project our members who are no longer able to attend meetings.  If you know of such a member, please choose some yarn from Terry and print a few of these cap instructions for them.  

Thank you in advance for your work on this project.  I know those who receive this gift of love are greatly appreciative of our efforts.

Hugs,
Jean Ballard,
Worthy Grand Matron

One of this year's projects!

Pill Bottle Donations

Sharon Spudich of Poulsbo Chapter is chairing this committee for us.  All pill bottles must be cleaned per the instructions below before she will accept them.  Any Grand Officer will be happy to gather your pill bottles and get them to Sharon.

Ministries accepts donations of empty plastic pill bottles for inclusion in shipments of medical supplies. Acceptable collection items include:
                  §  Prescription and over-the-counter pill bottles
§  Large and small pill bottles
§  Pill Bottles with and without secure caps (child resistant)

Pill bottles that are not appropriate to include with shipments of medical supplies are recycled for cash that goes towards Matthew 25: Ministries’ programs. If you wish to prepare bottles for shipment rather than recycling, please adhere to the following guidelines:

§  Bottles included in shipments of medical supplies must have an all plastic lid.
§  Sort bottles by color and type.
§  Remove labels, leaving no glue or residue.
§  Wash bottles in very hot water and dish soap.
§  Rinse and dry thoroughly. 
§  Replace lids on clean, dried bottles.
§  Place clean, recapped bottles in large ziplock bags marked “Clean Bottles.” These will be blended with medical supplies.

Thank you in advance for your willingness to participate in this service project.

Hugs,
Jean Ballard,
Worthy Grand Matron