The Grand Chapter of Maryland was busy this past week with grand visitations at several chapters.
On Sept. 24 the Grand Chapter was the guest of honor at Pentelpha Chapter 38 in Germantown. Members were greeted by the Worthy Matron Sister Edna "Tink" Leimbach and Worthy Patron Brother Glen L. Sunderland.
On Sept. 25, Chapter 27 in Havre de Grace was the host chapter. About 110 officers from both the Grand Chapter of Maryland and the Grand Chapter of Delaware were greeted by the Worthy Matron Sister Pam Whitecavage-Kincaid and Worthy Patron Brother J. Thomas McLaughlin. One of the highlights of the evening was the presentation of a Grand Representative appointment to British Columbia and the Yukon by Worthy Grand Matron Sister Debbie Hirbar to the Worthy Matron of Havre de Grace Chapter Sister Pam Whitecavage-Kincaid. Another highlight was the fact that Havre de Grace Chapter 27 is my home chapter, and I'm the Grand Martha of the Grand Chapter of Maryland. Mayor Wayne Dougherty sent proclamations to the grand chapter officers honoring their visitation to Havre de Grace.
Those honored included Worthy Grand Matron, Debra L. Hribar – Harford 83; Worthy Grand Patron David L. Hall – McKinley 12; Associate Grand Matron Bette L. Bowen – Oakland 67; Associate Grand Patron William D. Gunn – Victory 40; Grand Secretary Donna Almony – Parkton 42; Grand Treasurer Patty Snell – Martha Washington 10; Grand Conductress Claudia A. Eaton – Annapolis 46; Associate Grand Conductress Nancy L. Ford – Highland 33; Grand Trustee Leslie R. Gilliam, PGM – Unity 112; Jon A. Thompson, PGP – Parkton 42; Joan E. Morris, PGM – Martha Washington 10; Grand Chaplain C. Elaine Niemeyer – Towson 70; Grand Lecturer Jean K. Chance, PGM – Annapolis 46; Grand Marshal Judith Birckhead; - Unity 112; Grand Organist Donna Runyan – Kensington 39; Grand Adah Winifred Harvey – Queen Esther 3; Grand Ruth Beverly J. Geisler – Harford 83; Grand Esther Sharon G. Earl – McKinley 12; Grand Electa Loretta M. Donaldson – Ionic 73; Grand Warder, Sheryl J. Peters – Wicomico 91; Grand Sentinel Cecil R. Jones – Howard 20; and me Grand Martha, Havre de Grace 27.
Also honored were general grand chapter committee members: Bonnie Tyree Wagner, PGM, Knights Templer Charities; Cheryl Johnson, PGM, International Headquarters; Raymond Rankin, PGP, ESTARL; Kevin Hribar, PGP, Payroll Committee and husband of the Worthy Grand Matron; as well as the Worthy Grand Matron of Delaware Kathleen Anderson and the wife of the Worthy Grand Patron Sister Judith Hall.
Being an exchange visit with the Grand Chapter of Delaware, their grand officers were also greeted by the Worthy Matron and Worthy Patron of Havre de Grace Chapter. The Grand Chapter of Delaware greeted included: Kathleen Anderson, Worthy Grand Matron; Bryan Ware, Worthy Grand Patron; Doris Egbert, Associate Grand Matron; Stephen Tolbert, Associate Grand Patron; Joan Edwards, PGM, Grand Secretary; M. Barbara Nakai, Grand Treasurer; Vicki Niclas, Grand Conductress; Euretta Schultheir, PGM; Grand Trustees, Robert Stineman, PGP, Sandra Sahutsky, PGM and Joyce Myslewica, PGM; Grand Chaplain, Leon Ware, PGP; Grand Lecturer, Hanrietta McKelvey, PGP; Grand Marshal, Brenda Stineman; Grand Organist, Frances Nowakowski; Grand Adah, Nancy Ware; Grand Ruth Jennifer Grassett; Grand Esther, Donna Austin; Grand Martha, Donna Hiddemen; Grand Electa, Maria Peterson; Grand Warder, Jeffrey Dennis, PGP and the Grand Sentinel Eddie Morris.
On Sept. 27, the Grand Chapter of Maryland was at Ionic Chapter 73 in Reisterstown. This is the home Chapter of Grand Electa Sister Loretta Donaldson. The grand officers were greeted by the Worthy Matron Sister Regina Widderich and Worthy Patron Brother Joseph V. Sill Jr. Prior to the meeting Sister Loretta Donaldson prepared a dinner for the grand officers who were visiting.
Remember, it's Fire Prevention Week. This year's theme is "Have Two Ways Out." The Cecil County Fireman's Association Fire Prevention Committee will be holding its ninth Cecil County Volunteer Fireman's Fire Prevention Awareness Day at the Elkton Super Wal-Mart on Sunday, Oct. 14 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. The program will include fire departments from Cecil County bringing fire equipment, the Maryland State Police, Elkton Police, Fire Prevention ambassadors, Sparky the Fire Dog, the new Command Center and the State Fire Marshall representative and several other programs.
In addition there will be a moon bounce and raffles and the Magic of GUIDO from noon until 1 p.m.. Smoke alarms, hearing impaired alarms and carbon monoxide alarms and batteries will be available free to those in need of one.
Fire safety is a year-round effort, but Fire Prevention Week, Oct. 7 to 14 is the prime opportunity to drive these messages home as the fire and emergency service and civilians across the country rally around the issue. Each day, fire and emergency personnel see real-life examples of how fire damages people's lives and the events that often precipitate them. Also remember to change your clocks on Nov. 4 and it's also time to check your smoke alarm batteries. Remember to practice fire prevention all year long.
The all-you-can-eat breakfast will be held at Harmony Lodge on Saturday, Oct. 13 from 7:30 to 10 a.m. Cost is $7 for adults and $3 for children $3. The lodge is at 1510 Tome Highway. Proceeds benefit the lodge's scholarship program.
Perryville High School Class of 1972 graduation is invited to a reunion Oct. 20 in Bel Air. For more information, email Linda Land Vest, email@example.com.
The USNTC Bainbridge Reunion was held at the Clarion Hotel in Aberdeen Sept. 26 to 30. One of the highlights of their reunion was the dedication of the Bainbridge Memorial Stone in Port Deposit.
If you love to sing, the Upper Chesapeake Chorus, Harford County's award winning women's a cappella show chorus, is for you. Call the hotline, 410-638-0777, for more information.
The 5th annual benefit 5K run/walk "Walk for Life" will be held on Saturday, Oct. 6 on the Ma & Pa Trail. This event is to benefit Alpha's Glory. Online registration at http://www.alphasglobry.org. Onsite registration will be held at 8 a.m.
Every Friday and Saturday through October visit the Havre de Grace Haunted Tours at 7 and 8:30 p.m. For more information, email http://firstname.lastname@example.org or call 410-939-1811.
A Basket & Bags & Pandora Bingo will be played today (Friday) at the American Legion Bernard Tobin Post, 44 N. Parke St. in Aberdeen. Cards are $12, extras are $5. It is sponsored by Aberdeen High School for a new scoreboard. Tickets are available by calling Brenda Conjour, 410-273-7332, or emailing Diana.email@example.com. Food and drink will be available. Bring a canned good and or a non-perishable food items for a bonus prize ticket.
Other bingos will be Oct. 13, 19 and 26.
Darell Cooper and Cathy Depew are sent birthday wishes Oct. 8.
Jean Chace is sent birthday wishes on her Oct. 9 and Madge Jones is wished a very happy Oct. 7 birthday.
Mike and Pam Kincaid are sent happy wedding anniversary greetings on their big day Oct. 11.
Condolences are sent to Dora Thurmond on the passing of her husband.
Get well and thinking of you wishes are extended to: Bessie Fettermanm, Thelma Frederick, Doris Hess, Meryl McLaughlin, Doris and Ralph Speakman, Betty McFadden, Frances Riale, Frank Whitecavage, Louise Fagan, Peggy Stone, Carol Itter, Carolyn Kulp, Ruth Bennett, John Witmer, Bonnie Wagner, Norris Cartwright, Sid Wooten, Kay Lewis, Gertrude Fassell, Mimsie Goodman, to the Johnston family especially baby Abigail, Ben Lim, Daisy Gue, Bob Reitz, Rita Clauss, Paula Jones, Jennifer Bortner, Sophie Hamel, Gail Burnheart, Shirley MacWilliams, Hazel Smith, Irene Stadick, Fay Coward, Charles Beckhardt, Sylvia Kirby, Stan Temple, Leona Vincent, Arthur Holley, Karli Trost, Judy Birckhead, Chris Walz, Mildred Martin, Ben Lim, Paula Jones, Wilbur Carr, Toby Harvie, Virginia Phillips, Helen Middleton, Bonnie Enderle, Ellen Belkie, Judy Birckhead, Jenilee Brookshire, Al Hart, Virgina Boatright, Beverly Pazak, Connine Yeagle, Andy Larkins, Donna Sword, Ted Shea, Sally Herling, Mary Beth and Eddie Tripplett, Jackie Ivins, Susan Carlos Bollinger, Leslie Dissick, Mary Ann Phillips, June Gangel, Marty and Joan Hamilton, Kit Mitchell, Pastor Henry Schaefer, Jim Miller, Marilyn Carlon, Darrell Cooper, Gisila Knapp, Carolyn Mitchell, Sylvia Miller, Susan Kogut, Pam Coakley, Rose Hunsicker, Anna Taylor, Tim and Sandy Brooks, Edith Goldsmith, Jim Gosweiler, Pauline Gosweiler, Travis Hollers, Mary Mitchell, Craig Walker, Quinton Stepney, Nancy Barr, Bonnie Donoho, Mary Lou and Herb Southall.
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Remember this – We live in the land of the free – because of the brave – thank a soldier today!
Today in Cecil County history – Oct. 5: WCTU convention was held in Elkton in 1892