ORDER OF THE EASTERN STAR
STATE OF ILLINOIS
Queen Beatrice Grand Chapter was organized on May 3, 1969. The name was selected in honor of Sister Beatrice Hudson. The first officers of Queen Beatrice Grand Chapter were George Hudson-Grand Patron, Rosie Humphries-Grand Matron, Gloria Thomas-Associate Grand Matron, Vernon Williams-Associate Grand Patron, Grace Bond-Grand Secretary, Freddie Smelley-Grand Treasurer, and Dorothy Young-Grand Conductress. They were elected to serve for two terms.
On June 20, 1969, Queen Beatrice Grand Chapter was adopted by the Most Worshipful St. James Grand Lodge A.F.&A.M. under the leadership of Brother John D. Means as Grand Master. The Grand Chapter petitioned to the Supreme Grand Chapter, O.E.S. of the United States of America, for a charter which was granted on August 11, 1970 in Gary, Indiana.
As Grand Matron, Sister Lovie Threadgill is working under the motto “Love-Unity”. Her goal is to build a stronger and more knowledgeable Grand Chapter. While she has been in office the past two years, the jurisdiction continues to feeling her positive impact. Sister Threadgill has recommended practical changes, which will help to promote membership in the upper houses. She has established the Queen Beatrice Library Committee, which will develop resources for the members to gain knowledge and proficiency in the Order. In addition, she has reestablished the Arts & Crafts Committee, which will help to display and support the various talents of our members. Each Chapter has a Deputy appointed to work with them. The School of Instruction and Administrative Council have continued to promote knowledge of the Order.
The years have been blessed with progress and unity. May we continue to grow in love and fellowship. May God continue to spread his rich blessings among our jurisdiction and may we forever be humbled enough to recognize those blessings and share them.