Worthy Matron, Roberta Ekleberry, welcomed 32 members and three visitors to the Jan. 7 meeting of Warpole Chapter No. 366 OES at the Masonic Center in Upper Sandusky with a poem, “Winter In The Country”. Deputy Grand Matron, Marla Barber, was presented, followed by Darcie Miller, grand representative to Oregon in Ohio, and Rita Dropsey, worthy matron of Ruth Chapter. Twenty-four past matrons and four past patrons of Warpole Chapter were in attendance. Recognized was honored Mason, Larry Miller, High Priest of McCutchen Chapter #96, Royal Arch Masons of Ohio, as well as two 50 year members; OES Home Trustee, Pat Eyestone; district ten vice-president, Darla Hudson; Charity Director, Sylvia Webb; grand page to the DGM, Carol Grubel; grand aide to the DGM, Richard Hudson and fourteen former grand appointments.
Worthy Patron, Steve Ekleberry conducted the flag ceremony.
Charity Director, Webb spoke about the Childrens Dyslexia Center as the Sunshine offering was taken and this money will be donated to the center.
A memorial was conducted for Past Grand Patron, Clifford Houk, and a beautiful tribute was read by Chaplain Dan Harris in memory of JoAnn Histed and Dennis A. Ruth.
A thank you was received from the Sycamore Food Pantry and members were again thanked for their participation in the Fantasy of Lights along with reports of the success of the Angel Tree Project. Ekleberry reported where the many donated books by the chapter had been distributed.
Tables and a Bunn coffee maker purchased from the memorial fund have been delivered to the kitchen/dining room.
Deputy Grand Matron, Barber reminded members of the EOPS school of instruction at 10:30 a.m. Jan 30 at the Upper Sandusky Masonic Center and a lunch following with donations being used for the Charities Project. Reservations for the lunch should be made by Jan. 27.
Petitions for membership were read and a Pro Tem Initiation was conducted by the officers in preparation for the Inspection of officers by the Worthy Grand Matron on Thursday, March 3, 2016.
The Sunshine Report was given by Carol Grubel.
The group’s next regular meeting will be 7:30 p.m. Feb. 4. After the chapter closed in regular form , all were invited to the dining room for refreshments and fellowship provided by Marla Barber and Eve Traxler.