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5/18/2020 Vermont Grand Chapter Suspends All Activities through June 30, 2020

05-18-2020 08:59:00
May 18, 2020Dear Sisters and BrothersOn May 15, 2020 Governor Scott extended Vermont’s "Stay Home, Stay Safe" to June 15, 2020. We believe that it is prudent, out of concern for the health and welfare of our membership, that we suspend allEastern Star activity in the jurisdiction of Vermont through and including June 30, 2020. While the "Stay Home, Stay Safe" may be lifted, out of concern for our membership, we have extended the suspension to the end of the month. This includes both Grand Chapter as well as local Chapter events. Per our Most Worthy Grand Matron Marianne R. Shenefelt:“Those who are in the high-risk group should not attend meetings until it is considered safe by health experts to do so. Those at high-risk for severe illness from COVID-19 are: people aged 65 years and older; people who live in a nursing home or long-term care facility; people of all ages with underlying medical conditions, particularly if not well controlled including chronic lung disease or moderate to severe asthma; serious heart conditions; diabetes; chronic kidney disease undergoing dialysis; liver disease; and people who are immunocompromised which includes cancer treatment, smoking, bone marrow or organ transplantation, immune deficiencies, poorly controlled HIV or AIDS, and prolonged use of corticosteroids and other immune weakening medications (source: cdc.gov/coronavirus).”As a majority of our members meet this criterion, we believe it is best to continue our suspension.For chapter regular meetings, during this time, chapters are not required to submit a request for dispensation. This is a one-time exception. Once this suspension of activity has been lifted, we will immediately continue with our regular schedule. Should a meeting need to be rescheduled after the suspension, you will be again required to submit dispensation requests. Further instructions for meetings will be provided prior to your first meeting. Should an urgent matter arise during this period, please contact either myself or Sister Jerri K. Riegler, Past Grand Matron, Grand Secretary via phone or e-mail. Please continue to watch for updates and public notices from the State of Vermont and the CDC.  Please be attentive to our elderly members and check in on them frequently as they are the group that will be the hardest hit. When there is a change in our status, we will notify the membership accordingly. Proud To Be, Jacqueline (Jacque) M. Shiner Bruce A. Johnson

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4/15/2020 Grand Chapter Session - Postponed to 8/17/2020 - 8/18/2020

04-15-2020 11:08:00
April 15, 2020Dear Sisters and BrothersOn April 10, 2020 Governor Scott extended Vermont’s Stay at Home to May 15, 2020 and announced that Vermont lodging businesses will be allowed to use their online reservation systems to begin booking reservations that begin on June 15 or later. Our 2020 Grand Chapter “Proud to Be” Session was scheduled for June 3 – 5, 2020. As a result, we are unable to hold our Grand Chapter Session on our dates. After careful consideration and discussion, we have decided to postpone our session to tentatively August 17 -18, 2020 This session will be restricted to business only with strictly Vermont members to accomplish only what is necessary for our state organization. While we are honored by members from other Grand Jurisdictions wanting to attend our session, we respectfully request that you cancel your plans to attend our session. For our members safety and due to our reduction to 1.5 day session restricted to business only, the following activities will not take place at our Session.·        Grand Representatives Hospitality Suite·        Basket Raffle and Craft Table·        Gifts for the 2020-2021 Grand Officers – these can be presented at the Grand Officers Reception·        Past Grand Matron and Past Grand Patron Banquet·        Reception of Masonic Appendant Bodies ·        Session Presentation of Bible, Altar Cloth and Emblems·        Reception of Distinguished Guests·        Reading of Annual Reports – these will be published in our Proceedings and are available by requestShould you have a question or concern, please contact either myself or Sister Jerri K. Riegler, Past Grand Matron, Grand Secretary via phone or e-mail.This is a very fluid situation and we may have to address this issue again depending on our State and Federal government guidelines. Please continue to watch for updates and public notices from the State of Vermont and the CDC.  Please be attentive to our elderly members and check in on them frequently as they are the group that will be the hardest hit. When there is a change in our status, we will notify the membership accordingly.Proud To Be, Jacqueline (Jacque) M. Shiner Bruce A. Johnson

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4/13/2020 Vermont Grand Chapter Suspends Activities through 5/31/2020

04-13-2020 09:52:00
April 13, 2020Dear Sisters and BrothersOn April 10, 2020 Governor Scott extended Vermont’s Stay At Home to May 15, 2020. We believe that it is prudent, out of concern for the health and welfare of our membership, that we suspend all Eastern Star activity in the jurisdiction of Vermont through and including May 31, 2020. While the Stay At Home may be lifted, out of concern for our membership, we have extended the suspension to the end of the month. This includes both Grand Chapter as well as local Chapter events. The Grand Chapter Events that are cancelled are:·        5/2/2020 Grand Representatives Association·        5/3/2020 Grand Officers Get Acquainted Party·        5/9/2020 Grand Officers Farewell PartyFor chapter regular meetings, during this time, chapters are not required to submit a request for dispensation. We recognize that it may be difficult to make up one or two meetings before Grand Chapter, therefore, any meetings that are missed during this period do not need to be made up. This is a one-time exception. Once this suspension of activity has been lifted, we will immediately continue with our regular schedule. Should a meeting need to be rescheduled after the suspension, you will be again required to submit dispensation requests.The following mandates shall apply:·        Chapters which have held Annual Meetings, Elections but not Installation: Installation must take place at the first stated meeting following the lifting of this mandate.·        Chapters which have not yet held Annual Meetings, Elections and Installation: Elections and Installation must take place at the first stated meeting following the lifting of this mandate. Further instruction will follow.·        All Worthy Matrons, Secretaries and Treasurers will continue to pay bills during this period.Should an urgent matter arise during this period, please contact either myself or Sister Jerri K. Riegler, Past Grand Matron, Grand Secretary via phone or e-mail. Please continue to watch for updates and public notices from the State of Vermont and the CDC.  Please be attentive to our elderly members and check in on them frequently as they are the group that will be the hardest hit. When there is a change in our status, we will notify the membership accordingly. Proud To Be, Jacqueline (Jacque) M. Shiner Bruce A. Johnson

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03-17-2020 10:37:00
3/17/2020 COVID-19 Update:3/28/2020 NH-VT Table Exchange CANCELLED4/18/2020 Charlotte Morris Meeting CANCELLED

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03-14-2020 14:31:00
3/14/2020 Grand Chapter of Vermont and Local Chapter meetings suspended until 4/15/2020March 14, 2020Dear Sisters and BrothersOn March 13, 2020 Governor Scott declared a State of Emergency for Vermont. As such, out of concern for the health and welfare of our membership, and the potential susceptibility they may have to contracting COVID-19, we have decided to suspend all Eastern Star activity in the jurisdiction of Vermont through and including April 15, 2020. This includes both Grand Chapter as well as local Chapter events. The Grand Chapter Events that are cancelled are:        3/29/2020 Grand Officers Entertainment: Forest-Unity Chapter, No. 82 & Lady Washington Chapter, No. 86 in Sharon, Vermont        4/4/2020 Hands Across the Border in Morrisville, Vermont        4/11/2020 Ice Cream Social in White River Junction, VermontNew Hampshire is hosting the New Hampshire – Vermont Table Dinner on 3/28/2020. At this time, they are not cancelling this event. We leave it up to the discretion of our members whether or not they attend. Please note that the status of this event is subject to change.For chapter regular meetings, during this time, chapters are not required to submit a request for dispensation. We recognize that it may be difficult to make up one or two meetings before Grand Chapter, therefore, any meetings that are missed during this period do not need to be made up. This is a one-time exception. Once this suspension of activity has been lifted, we will immediately continue with our regular schedule. Should a meeting need to be rescheduled after the suspension, you will be again required to submit dispensation requests.The following mandates shall apply:        Chapters which have held Annual Meetings, Elections but not Installation: Installation must take place at the first stated meeting following the lifting of this mandate.        Chapters which have not yet held Annual Meetings, Elections and Installation: Elections and Installation must take place at the first stated meeting following the lifting of this mandate. Further instruction will follow.        All Worthy Matrons, Secretaries and Treasurers will continue to pay bills during this period.Should an urgent matter arise during this period, please contact either myself or Sister Jerri K. Riegler, Past Grand Matron, Grand Secretary via phone or e-mail. Please continue to watch for updates and public notices from the State of Vermont and the CDC.  Please be attentive to our elderly members and check in on them frequently as they are the group that will be the hardest hit. When there is a change in our status, we will notify the membership accordingly. Proud To Be, Jacqueline (Jacque) M. Shiner Bruce A. Johnson

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03-13-2020 14:29:00
3/13/2020 URGENT! CANCELLATION of Grand Officers Entertainment for Gilman, No. 88 & Katherine, No. 83 on Saturday, March 21, 2020Dear Sisters and Brothers - The safety and health of our members is important as such, we have decided to cancel the Grand Officers Entertainment for Gilman, No. 88 & Katherine, No. 83 that was to be held in West Rutland. In addition, it is also important that we mitigate any and all spread from one region of the state to another, so meeting in person from all regions of the state is not prudent. This meeting will not be rescheduled. We will be taking this one-day-at-a-time. At this time future events are planned as scheduled. If you have questions or concerns, please contact Jacque Shiner, Worthy Grand Matron or Jerri Riegler, Grand Secretary, Past Grand Matron.

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3/12/2020 Vermont Grand Chapter Communication Regarding COVID-19

03-12-2020 10:39:00
March 12, 2020Dear Sisters and BrothersI am sure you have been monitoring the news regarding the COVID -19 outbreak, which the World Health Organization has announced as a pandemic. At this time, there is two (2) reported positive cases in Vermont, with 215 being monitored.At this time, our fraternal meetings and events will go on as scheduled in Vermont. However, being concerned for the health and welfare of our membership, here is guidance to follow when attending functions that should help keep our membership’s health and prevent the spread in Vermont:       If you are feeling sick and running a fever, please stay home and refrain from attending meetings or events.  Even if you think you may be coming down with something, please practice social distance policy and stay home        Avoid handshakes, fist pumps, hugs, and that sort of close physical contact as it is a way to spread the virus. Avoid touching your hands to your face or nose at all times. If you cough or sneeze, please do so into your elbow or tissues  .      Wash your hands as often as needed. Use the 20 second rule ("Row Row Row Your Boat" song). Use personal hand sanitizer when a sink with soap and water are not available.  Suggest to your lodge or church to have hand sanitizer stations strategically throughout the building         See that common areas in the building where you meet are being cleaned properly, using disinfectants to wipe down surfaces that are frequently touched         If you are concerned about attending events, particularly at this time, that could expose you to the virus, please feel comfortable to make the decision not to attend Please continue to watch for updates and public notices from the State of Vermont and the CDC.  Please be attentive to our elderly members and check in on them frequently as they are the group that will be the hardest hit. Should there be any changes in our status, we will notify the membership accordingly. Proud To Be, Jacqueline (Jacque) M. Shiner Bruce A. Johnson

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2018-2019 Over The Rainbow Session Special Projects

08-15-2018 10:50:00
For the 2018 - 2019 Over the Rainbow session, our Worthy Grand Matron, Diane Tracy and Worthy Grand Patron, Jody Small have chosen two charities for the special projects.Special Olympics Vermont was incorporated in February 1971 as a Vermont non-profit corporation [501(c)(3)] and is accredited every two years by Special Olympics, Inc. Through successful completion of this accreditation process, Special Olympics Vermont is officially recognized and agrees to abide by a set of general rules established by Special Olympics, Inc. For more information please go to their website at https://specialolympicsvermont.org/. Vermont Food Bank is a member of Feeding America, and locally service over 153,000 Vermonters each year. We work with over 215 network and agency partners to provide nutritious food in each county in the state. The Vermont Foodbank opened its doors in 1986, and is based in Barre, Vermont, with additional warehouse locations in Rutland and Brattleboro. For more information please go to their website at https://www.vtfoodbank.org/.Please help us support Sister Diane and Brother Jody!

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UPDATE on Grand Chapter Special Project Fundraising

04-16-2018 16:12:00
As of Saturday, April 14, 2018, we have raise $13,533.16 for our Worthy Grand Matron and Worthy Grand Patron special project Visiting Nursing Association (VNA). To learn more about Vermont VNA - go to their website https://vnavt.com/.

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E-Mail News: New Process Starting March 15, 2018

03-05-2018 09:30:00
Sisters and Brothers,The E-Mail News will be done differently this year. We will be moving to a new email address, and all notices will be sent from only one source. This will eliminate the duplicate emails so that you should receive only one email per announcement. This will streamline the distribution of OES News.In order for the new format to work, it is important that we have accurate names and email addresses from each of you. To sign up for the OES News you just need to send an email to grandchapternews@oes-vt.org and include you name and email address. We will then add you to the distribution list.With the cost of USPS stamps nearing $.50 per letter, using email saves the Grand Chapter mailing costs. The other advantage to email is that OES news can be more immediate, and members will get it in a more timely manner.The switch to the new system will take place on March 15th at noon. In order to continue to receive OES News after that date you MUST be signed up at: grandchapternews@oes-vt.org.Fraternally,James Bennett PGPJulia Bennett PM

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2017-2018 God and Country 146th Grand Chapter Session

01-25-2018 19:14:00
It is that time of year again! Time to get ready for Vermont's Grand Chapter session. Tentative agenda and registration forms for the 2017-2018 God and Country 146th Grand Chapter Session can be found on our website at http://www.oes-vt.org/resources/page.php?page=86.

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Update on Star Bytes

01-25-2018 18:33:00
January 23, 2018Dear “Star Bytes” Subscribers:Twenty years ago, our Worthy Grand Matron Jerri K. Riegler and Worthy Grand Patron Calvin K. Keyler founded our state newsletter “Star Bytes”.  Members in Vermont and beyond looked forward to getting their issue filled with photos, news and fun tidbits.  Since the passing of Brother Cal, it has been a difficult task to keep our newsletter up and running.  In the meantime, however, news has continued to spread through our web site, face book and our monthly electronic newsletter keeping our members up-to-date.  It is our feeling, therefore, that we retire our newsletter “Star Bytes” and donate the balance from our bank account to our Grand Chapter General Fund.  We thank each and every one of you for your donations, articles and support throughout the years and hope that you agree with our recommendation.  If you have questions or would like to discuss further, please contact Karen K. Price, Past Grand Matron by April 1, 2018.  Hearing none, we will close our account and make a presentation on behalf of you (our subscribers) at Grand Chapter.Newsletter CommitteeKaren K. Price, P.G.M.Melissa Chancey, P.M.Joanne T. Keyler, P.G.M.Jerri K. Riegler. P.G.M., Grand Secretary

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2017-2018 God and Country

06-11-2017 10:38:00
Check out our term information at http://www.oes-vt.org/resources/page.php?page=87 and the new Grand Officers at http://www.oes-vt.org/resources/page.php?page=88.  The Grand Chapter website calendar has been updated with the next year events http://www.oes-vt.org/events/. Please note that information for the events will not be available until the information is received. 

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Grand Chapter Special Project

06-29-2016 09:31:00
The 2016-2017 Stars of Service special project is the Vermont Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired (VABVI) Peer Assisted Learning & Support (PALS) group program for adults. This program allows our adult clients to cope with their vision loss surrounded by others who are facing similar challenges. Many are new to having a visual impairment, had to give up driving or hobbies due to their change in vision, and thus feel isolated and even depressed. PALS meetings enable our older clients to get together to discuss the social, emotional, and practical effects of vision loss. They discuss coping strategies, try out adaptive technology to assist with various tasks, and support one another in a social setting.PALS meetings are held twice per week in 11 different locations across the state. These meetings give our adult clients a chance to discuss the practical, social, and emotional effects of their vision loss. PALS group also gives these clients a chance to share coping strategies and socialize so they feel comfortable in their homes and communities again. They listen to guest speakers, many of whom are blind or visually impaired themselves. PALS group members also take part in activities in and around their community. These outings are important for the personal growth of our clients because they increase confidence and promote involvement in the community. Adults who participate in PALS groups become more comfortable traveling around their community and as a result a more likely to maintain their independence and sense of belonging.Worthy Grand Matron Sherrill Gould and Worthy Grand Patron James Chancey have a goal to raise $20,000 for this special project. We are off to a great start! As of June 25th we have raised  $1,333.26 of which $106 is from apron sales.

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Star Bytes

05-25-2015 15:12:00
Star Bytes is the Newsletter of the Order of the Eastern Star, State of Vermont Production StaffJoanne T. Keyler, Past Grand Matron Karen K. Price, Past Grand Matron Jerri K. Riegler, Past Grand Matron, Grand Secretary Jacqueline M. Shiner, Grand Esther Sandra Godin, Past Matron Please send all news materials to: Jacqueline M. Shiner P.O. Box 488 Stowe, Vermont 05672 E-Mail: vt.oes.starbytes.submissions@gmail.com Please send all subscription requests to: Karen K. Price, P.G.M. P.O. Box 221 Sharon, Vermont 05065 E-Mail: vt.oes.starbytes.subscribe@gmail.com Annual Subscriptions $10.00 Checks Payable to: Star Bytes Star BytesThe Newsletter of the Order of the Eastern Star, State of VermontPlease send all subscription requests to:     Karen K. Price, P.G.M.     P.O. Box 221     Sharon, Vermont 05065     E-Mail: vt.oes.starbytes.subscribe@gmail.com Annual Subscription $10 Two Years $20 Three Years $30 Canadian One Year $15 Renewal Please make checks payable to: Star Bytes Name Complete Mailing Address City, State, Zip Code Phone Gift From

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