Updated:  1/21/12


Check out this new page filled with the latest news from Cardinal Chapter, District 20 and Ohio OES.  Why wait for the bulletins to come - read it here now!!!  Do you have an interesting story you would like to share or maybe just a get well or celebration of some type - please e-mail us and we will be happy to post it.  PS:  Maximizing your screen will make this page easier to view.

Stated Meeting - Saturday, February 4 at 7:30pm; Potluck at 6pm

Please join us on Saturday, February 4, 2012, starting at 7:30pm.  Potluck Dinner starts at 6pm in the Banquet Room   

District 20 is hosting a Patriotic Heart Dance on Saturday, February 11

Shake that Cabin Fever and join District 20 on Saturday, February 11, 2012 from 7:30pm - 9:30pm at the Norwood Masonic Center (Seven Hills Chapter), 2020 Hopkins Avenue, Norwood.  $10/person w/light refreshments.  Listen or Dance to the entertainment and music by DJ's:  Melody & Gary Nordmoe.  Bring your favorite card game or board game - even dominoes!!  Open to all family and friends.  Casual Dress.  Tickets available from Sue Booth (Marvin Chapter) or June Wilson (Cardinal Chapter).  If you are unable to attend, please consider a monetary donation as all proceeds benefit District 20 OES (ESTARL, Ohio Eastern Star Home, Children's Dyslexia Centers, Cancer, Heart & Youth) Charities.

Good Cheer

The Good Cheer Representative this year is Sister Shirley Mesley, P.M., so if you know of anyone who is ill, please don't hesitate to contact her so she can get a card out to the individual.  Also, please don't hesitate to send us an e-mail so we can post it to the website in order to let everyone know.

Heartfelt wishes go out to Brother Charles Verkamp, P.P., who has been moved into an assisted living facility in Puyallup, WA, after having two falls - one which resulted in a spinal cord injury.

Sister Kay Sheppherd, PM, would love to hear from members of Cardinal Chapter.  She is unable to get out to the meetings and misses everyone terribly, but would love to hear from you.


If you know of anyone who deserves a big congrats, please don't hesitate to send us an e-mail so we can let everyone know!!

On November 5, 2011, we were honored with the following:  Sister June Wilson, P.M., who was appointed Grand Page to the Worthy Grand Matron and Charities Representative for Heart.  Brother Ted Bailey, P.P., who was appointed Grand Page to the Worthy Grand Matron.  Sister Janice Mason, who was appointed Traveling Companion and Grand Page to Grand Adah and Brother Don Mason who was appointed Grand Escort and Grand Aide to Grand Adah.  Congratulations to all!!!

Congratulations to our Organist, Sister Cindy Lasonczyk, P.M., who was asked at Mt. Healthy's Installation of Officers on October 7, 2011, to play the piano at the 2012 Grand Chapter Session next September.  Sister Cindy and Sister Melissa Holmes (Mt. Healthy) who played the flute, played a beautiful rendition of "America the Beautiful" which moved the heart of our Worthy Grand Matron, Sister Jean Watters, who - right on the spot - asked both to play the same song next year.

What a Grand Chapter Weekend for Cardinal Chapter & District 20.  Friday, September 23, 2011, started with entrance of the 2011 Grand Officers and our own Grand Marshal, Sister Melody Nordmoe was looking as grand as ever.  We were so proud of her this year.  Saturday was a fun-filled day....starting off with Cardinal Chapter winning the 2011 Ritualistic Award (as a Chapter) from the Worthy Grand Matron, Sister Sue Kerns & Worthy Grand Patron, Brother Trevor Sproul.  Along with Cardinal, Hoffner, Marvin & Mt. Healthy Chapters also won this award.  Later that afternoon, the individual awards for the Ritual Competition were presented and guess what??!!!  Our Sister Beth Mason took 1st place for the Martha Star Point - her third straight 1st place finish!!  Congratulations, Sister Beth - that is quite the honor.  District 20 had another 1st Place winner that weekend in Sister Melissa Holmes (Mt. Healthy Chapter) who won for the Electa Star Point.  Sisters Libbey Macke & Dori Hanon got 3rd place finishes for Chaplain & Adah respectively.  Congratulations to all who competed!!! 

On Saturday, September 24, 2011, Sister Mary Ellen Webb, P.M. 1985, received her 50 year pin from PGM, Sister Sandy Edmisten behind the Grand Chapter Altar.  Congratulations!!

On Sunday, September 25, 2011, the following elected and appointed officers for 2012 are:  Worthy Grand Matron - Jean Watters (Dorcas); Grand Marshal - Peggy Furr (Mt. Healthy); Grand Adah - Beth Mason (Cardinal); Deputy Grand Matron - Phyllis Wolfe (Seven Hills); Grand Chapter Committee Chairman for the Childrens' Learning Centers, Inc. (formerly 32nd Degree Masonic Learning Center) - Cathy Duerler (Cardinal); ESTARL - PGP, Richard Manifold (Dorcas); Membership & Public Relations - Carole Phelps (Marvin); Out of State Registration - Jacqui Umbach (Mt. Healthy); Speakers & Resource Bureau - Beth Mason (Cardinal), Melody & Gary Nordmoe (Cardinal); Secretary to Worthy Grand Matron - Carolyn Huber (Mt. Healthy); Charities Director - Sue Booth (Marvin).  Later in the day, Sister Barbara Pelfrey announced that the 2013 Drill Directors are Melody & Gary Nordmoe (Cardinal).   

What's happening in District 20 and around the State?

Congratulations to our newest Pages & Aides who were announced at Big School on November 5, 2011.  Grand Pages to the Worthy Grand Matron:  Sisters Libbey Macke (Mt. Healthy); Shirley Brumfield (Dorcas); Margie Eggleston (Ida); Virginia Greenlee (Seven Hills); Judy Huber (Marvin); Nancy Moore (Seven Hills); Rachel Schroer (Hoffner); June Wilson (Cardinal) and Gay Steinhauer (Dorcas).  Grand Aides to the Worthy Grand Matron:  Brothers Al Watters (Dorcas); Harry Schube (Dorcas); David Holmes (Mt. Healthy) & Ted Bailey (Cardinal).  Grand Page & Aide to the Grand Marshal:  Sister Jacqui Umbach (Mt. Healthy) & Brother Mike Stewart (Marvin).  Grand Page & Aide to the Deputy Grand Matron:  Sister Sherri Siddal (Seven Hills) & Brother Don Huber (Mt. Healthy).

Congratulations to our new District Association Officers who were installed by Worthy Grand Matron, Sister Jean Watters at the October 19 meeting.  President - Cathy Duerler (Cardinal); 1st V.P. - Mike Bartholomew (Dorcas); 2nd V.P. - Debbie Nungester (Hoffner); 3rd V.P. - Carole Phelps (Marvin); Secretary - Jacqui Umbach (Mt. Healthy); Treasurer - Beth Mason (Cardinal); Chaplain - Carolyn McClure (Marvin); Marshal - Bob Duerler (Cardinal); and Parliamentarian - Phyllis Wolfe (Seven Hills).

Congratulations to Sister Mary Brakers (Dorcas Chapter) who accepted the position of Grand Representative of Nebraska in Ohio on Sunday, October 2, at the Grand Appointment Reception, from our Worthy Grand Matron, Sister Jean Watters.  Congrats!!! 

Moving - Please contact the Secretary

If you are moving or plan to be temporarily away from home, PLEASE notify the Secretary, Janice Mason.  The Post Office charges us DOUBLE for all returned bulletins.  Thank You!!!

December Bulletin (to be posted shortly)

Click the above link to view the December Bulletin.  Thanks to our "Out-of-Towners", even some Local Members now, who have told us how long it takes to receive their bulletins.  If you would like to just read your bulletin on-line and be taken off the mailing list, please send us an e-mail to let us know.  To the members who have already opted to do this, we hope you are enjoying reading your bulletins on-line!!

New Rituals Available

General Grand Chapter has revised our Ritual and they are finally available.  Please contact our Secretary, Sister Jan Mason if you are interested in ordering a new one.  Small Print Rituals are $21 + tax & postage; Large Print Rituals are $25 + tax & postage.   

P.S.:  Did you know our new rituals have (had) several "typos"?  The following were all found in the first printing of the new rituals and several corrections were made before the second printing of the ritual (so your ritual may not have all the typos listed below).  There is going to be a third printing to make even more corrections, until then, here is a list of the errors per the Right Worthy Grand Secretary of the General Grand Chapter:

                      Page 8  - 4th Line Reads:  "....incorporated FROM the pages of antiquity....."

                                          Should read:  "...the degrees, contemplated the themes, incorporated from the...."      

                                          Typo of the word "for" for the word "from" in both small and large print rituals

                      Page 30 - Very first line is the Chaplain's charge and the word "MAY" was left out

                                           Should read:  " life may be void of offense toward God and man."        

                      Page 53 - Paragraph 7 - 2nd line:  "...the admit the candidate, turning them on full after the..."

                                           Should read:  "...admit the candidate, turning them on full after the..."

                      Page 54 - 1st Line:  "...into this Order, dedicated to Charity, Truth, and..."

                                           Should read:  " this Order, dedicated to Charity, Truth, and..."

                      Page 55 - Last Line:  "...afford us mutual benefits and happiness..."

                                           Should read:  "...afford us mutual benefit and happiness."

                      Page 59 - Last Paragraph:  "Conductress with the sister leaves the Labyrinth keeping the Altar on the right, passes out the..."

                                           Should read:  "Conductress with the sister leaves the Labyrinth keeping the Altar on the right, passes out of the labyrinth...."

                      Page 61 - 2nd Line:  "Adah's Lecture, last word on Line 5, "a" is missing

                                           Should read:  "...surely be the Lord's and I will offer it up for a...."

                      Page 61 - (Large Print Rituals Only) 10th Line:  Adah's Lecture, extra word on line 10, "the" is extra

                                            Should read:  "...and, "behold! His daughter came out to meet him with timbrels and with dances.."

                      Page 77 - Paragraph 3, 1st Line:  "Here the members of the Order of Eastern Star"

                                           Should read:  "Here the members of the Order of the Eastern Star..."

                      Page 90 - 2nd Paragraph, 3rd Line:  "Fidelity may waver, constancy may fail, loyalty may falter and faith may grown dim..."

                                           Should read:  "Fidelity may waver, constancy may fail, loyalty may falter and faith may grow dim...."

                      Page 95 - Paragraph 3:  "When the Installing Office is a General Grand..."

                                           Should read:  "When the Installing Officer is a General Grand..."

                      Page 153 - 2nd Line:  Religious Service, "within in the church"

                                            Should read:  "...some other Religious Service, within the Church or..."

      Additional Mistakes since 2nd Printing was published:

                      Page 61 - Adah's Lecture:  "My father, if thou has opened thy mouth unto the Lord..."

                                             Should read:  "...if thou hast opened thy...."

                      Page 84 - 3rd Line from the bottom, "...teaches that by patience industry, ..."

                                             Should read:  "...teaches that by patient industry, ..."

                      Page 119 - Installation of Star Point Officers (fine print near the top of page): "In the Installation of the Star offices...."

                                           Should read:  "In the Installation of the Star officers..."

                      Page 161 - Membership - Eligibility for the Degrees Affiliated Master Masons in good standings

                                             Should read:  "....Master Masons in good standing"

                      Page 163 - under the heading of "CHARTER", first word says "Ever Grand Chapter..." and it should read, "Every Grand Chapter..."

Again, if you happen to find any additional mistakes, please don't hesitate to contact the Right Worthy Grand Secretary, Sister Alma Lynn Bane, PGM.

Meet the 2012 Worthy Grand Patron - Brother F. Lon Lowry

Click here to learn more about our Worthy Grand Patron. 

OES Endowed Memberships

Make one final dues payment for life - leave a legacy to your Chapter - all for only $850.00.  An idea whose time has come!  You pay no more Chpater dues, and your Chapter will receive the benefit of your endowed membership fund for as long as the Chapter exists.  Dues will probably go up!  But with an Endowed Membership, you will never have to worry about a dues increase again.

How it works:  You complete a registration form and send the completed form with a check payable to "OES Endowned Membership Account" to your Chapter Secretary.  Your Chapter Secretary will bill you one more time for payment of your annual dues while endowed membership funds are invested and begin to earn interest.  The next year, and each year thereafter, your Secretary will send you your dues card. 

If interested in purchasing an Endowed Membership to honor or memorialize someone, you may also do that.  Contact our Secretary, Sister Jan Mason for a registration form. 

OES Last Rites Request Form

Completion of the form is not required.  It is intended to provide comfort and relief for your family and loved ones at a time when you will be unavailable to guide them.  Should you decide to complete this form, please give careful thought to your responses.  Make a copy of your personal records and any other individual or group you deem necessary.  Give or send the completed form to your Chapter for their safekeeping.  In the even of your death, your Chapter will then be able to assist your family with the requested arrangements.  If you would like a form, please contact our Secretary, Sister Jan Mason. 

Rob Morris Membership Program

All members are eligible to receive a jewel and/or a bar to add to the jewel by participating in collecting 300 points for being a signer of Petitions for Degrees or Affiliations.  Points are accumulated as follows:

          100 points for top line signer of a Petition for Degrees

            50 Points for a second line signer of a Petition for Degrees

            50 Points for a signer on Affiliation Applications

Points can be collected over the next 3 years.  If you need a petition, please contact the Secretary.  We congratulate Sister Beth Mason and Brother Larry Gilland who were awarded the Jewel and bar in 2007.

Shop in The Children's Learning Centers, Inc. new "Private Store"

All members and their families are encouraged to check out The Private Store which benefits The Children's Learning Centers, Inc.  Support your local Learning Center by shopping online at this new private store.  Not only will you receive a discount on jewelry, electronics and other fine items, but you'll also be earning royalties for the Learning Center of your choice.  Go on-line today and check out the amazing deals that are available to you through the Private Store.


Company ID:  32lc

Password:  children

Ever Wonder What's Happening at the Children's Dyslexia Centers of Cincinnati?

Please check out all the events and happenings at the Children's Dyslexia Centers of Cincinnati by clicking on this website:

The Marine

As Veteran's Day is approaching - we want to give thanks for ALL of our troops who are fighting to protect our freedom.  Words cannot express our deepest thanks to them.  So, in this small column, we would like to help honor these brave men & women.  Click Here to read a poem and a letter from a Marine currently serving our Country.

Want to help our Soldiers?

Would you like to help out our Soldiers who are still fighting for our freedom?  If so, please click here to find the "Soldier's Wish List" of items that the Yellow Ribbon Program sends daily to our troops.  If you would like to donate, please bring your items to Chapter and give to Sister June Wilson or call Sister June and she would be more than happy to pick up the items from you.

Holiday Cards to the Troops:  If you would like to send a holiday card to our Troops, you can bring them to Chapter and give to Sister June Wilson or you can send cards on your own to:  Holiday Mail for Heroes, PO Box 5456, Capitol Heights, MD, 20791-5456.  Cards must be postmarked by December 9 for the Troops to receive them for Christmas.

Do you love animals? We do, won't you help us?

Hi to all the animal lovers - this request is pretty simple.  Please tell all of your family & friends ASAP!  The Animal Rescue Site (valid website) is having trouble getting enough people to click on it daily to meet their quota of getting free food donated every day to abused and neglected animals.  It takes less than a minute to go to their site and click on the purple box, "Fund Food for Animals" for free.  This doesn't cost you a thing and you don't have to sign up for anything.  The corporate sponsors/advertisers of this website use the number of daily visits to donate food to the animals in exchange for advertising.  Please pass this along to everyone you know.


Donate a Mammogram for Free with 1 Simple Click

Please tell ten friends to tell ten today!!  The Breast Cancer site is having trouble getting enough people to click on their site daily to meet their quota of donating at least one free mammogram a day to an underprivileged woman.  It takes less than a minute to go to their site and click on "donating a mammogram" for free (pink window in the middle).  This doesn't cost you a thing.  Their corporate sponsors/advertisers use the number of daily visits to donate a mammogram in exchange for advertising.  Please pass this site along to all the people you know.

Are you a True Cincinnatian??

Click here to find out if you remember enough to be considered a "True Cincinnatian"

Cardinal Courier Archives 

     Click here to see all the great stories about our members that we have received over the years.

Contact the WebMaster

If you would like to post any information to this website, donít hesitate to contact me. If you would like to add your e-mail address,

if there is other information you would like to see posted or information you would like not to be included, etc., please let me know.

Cardinal Chapter #140 Website  -  Contact:  Beth Mason