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2009 WGM & WGP



Shirley B. Capo
Worthy Grand Matron
Wenonah Chapter #124

Harvey F. Fishel
Worthy Grand Patron
Kittanning Chapter #277




It is with great pleasure that I extend fraternal greetings to you on behalf of Brother Harvey and myself. We are excited to be serving this grand jurisdiction and look forward to sharing in this excitement with you. The trust and confidence that you have placed in us will be aimed to serve our Order with enthusiasm and pride.

The perfect balance between service and social enjoyment requires constant fine-tuning. Our theme, Everything Old is New Again, provides the perfect opportunity. The purpose and principles of our Order will never change, but from time to time, we may need to adjust their pitch. We have that ability.

Our greatest reward for doing is the opportunity to do more. Our emphasis this year is to make each day count. Every act of kindness is measured in heartbeats. We can be active in our communities, our chapters and in our everyday lives. There are countless ways to make ourselves visible. And when your heart beats for others, it beats the loudest.

We welcome you to join us often as we travel around Pennsylvania this year and start to turn the beat around.

As you serve our beautiful Order, may you be of a constant, faithful pitch, tuned to vibrate in harmony with God’s purpose. If now and again you miss a note, may you never skip a beat.

Shirley B. Capo
Worthy Grand Matron

2009 Grand Officers

Seated, left to right:  Anna H. Miller, Associate Gr. Conductress; Cheryl D. Wilson, Gr. Conductress;Shirley B. Capo, Worthy Gr. Matron; Harvey F. Fishel, Worthy Gr. Patron; Paula K. Kauffman, Associate Gr. Matron; John E. Berger, Associate Gr. Patron.
Second Row:  Gary L Snodgrass, Gr. Trustee- 2 years; Robert C. Penoyer, PGP, Grand Trustee, 1 year; Mary Ann Rhode, Grand Secretary;  Harriet F. Senkinc, Grand Treasurer; Darlene R. Ellefson, Grand Warder; B. Monte Kemmler, Grand Sentinel.
Third Row:  Clyde C. Stine, PGP;Grand Trustee, 3 years; Ellen K. Fishel, Grand Adah;   Margaret A. McKillop, Grand Chaplain;  M. Patricia McCaulley, Grand Ruth; Linda L. Sipple, Grand Marshall;  Janet L Bish, Grand Organist;Emily I. Mertz, Grand Esther;  Barbara C. Sill, Grand Electa; Marilyn R. Oldfield, Grand Martha

Shirley B. Capo 124 Worthy Grand Matron
Dr. Harvey F. Fishel 277 Worthy Grand Patron
Paula K. Kauffman 65 Associate Grand Matron
John E. Berger 275 Associate Grand Patron
Mary Ann Rhode 449 Grand Secretary
Harriet F. Senkinc 97 Grand Treasurer
Cheryl D. Wilson 298 Grand Conductress
Anna H. Miller 129 Associate Grand Conductress
Robert C. Penoyer, PGP 517 Grand Trustee (1 year)
Gary  L. Snodgrass 231 Grand Trustee (2 years)
Clyde C. Stine, PGP 509 Grand Trustee (3 years)
Margaret A. McKillop 453 Grand Chaplain
Linda L. Sipple 345 Grand Marshal
Janet L. Bish 14 Grand Organist
Ellen K. Fishel 277 Grand Adah
M. Patricia McCaulley 64 Grand Ruth
Emily I. Mertz 394 Grand Esther
Marilyn R. Oldfield 179 Grand Martha
Barbara C. Sill 459 Grand Electa
Darlene R. Ellefson 125 Grand Warder
B. Monte Kemmler 280 Grand Sentinel
Linda M. Branthoover 491 Personal Secretary to the WGM







2008 WGM & WGP


Mary Ann B. Naugle
Worthy Grand Matron
Berwick Chapter 228

Clarence J. Echternacht
Worthy Grand Patron
Lititz Springs Chapter 499



Dear Sisters, Brothers and Visitors,

To serve as Worthy Grand Matron is quite an honor and I am pleased to be sharing this year with Brother Clarence J. Echternacht and all the members of the Order of the Eastern Star in PA.  2008-2009 will be a busy year for the Grand Officers as we travel throughout our Commonwealth greeting and meeting our Sisters and Brothers and participating in the many activities that our Appointed Grand Chapter Committee Members will have planned for us.

We invite you to attend our “All in the Family” Fraternal Gatherings that are scheduled for six different locations throughout PA.  The members of all Masonic Bodies, our families and friends and our community leaders will share in ecumenical worship, lunch and fellowship. These Gathering will be a highlight of our year!

We invite you to attend our Caring & Sharing and Homes Luncheon/Bazaars; you will enjoy the bargain, craft and baked goods tables and might possibly take home a basket filled with wonderful surprises.

We invite you to save foreign and domestic postage stamps, empty ink and toner cartridges and old cell phones to help us raise money for the Multiple Sclerosis Society and for the Ronald McDonald Houses.

We  invite you to send a monetary donation to our Grand Chapter to help us fight MS, to help us buy canteen booklets for the residents of our Veterans’ facilities, to purchase items that are on the Ronald McDonald Houses wish list or to support the Rett Foundation in their attempt to solve the mysteries of pediatric neurological brain disorders.

We invite you to attend our Grand Session in June of 2009 in York, PA.  There are educational programs and fun banquets with good food and great entertainment that surround our business meetings.

As was mentioned previously, we are busy in PA!  Read the information that our Committee Chairs have prepared for this web site to find out how you can help and be busy too!

“We are called upon to be loyal to ourselves and to the best there is in us.”  With this motto in mind, we must be true to ourselves, strive to discover our uniqueness and then blend our unique qualities with and enhance the unique qualities of others.  Uniqueness is not just characteristic of snowflakes, but of each and every one of us!

Mary Ann

Mary Ann B. Naugle
Worthy Grand Matron

Scriptures: WGM Have mercy upon me, O God. Blot out my transgressions.  Wash me and     I shall be whiter than snow.  Psalm 51: 1&7

Scriptures: WGP  For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower and bread to the eater.  Isaiah 55:10

Theme: Strive to discover and value your own uniqueness and allow yourself to enhance the uniqueness of others.

 Emphasis:   “….day by day we ae called upon to be loyal to ourselves and to be the best there is in us, loyal to our friends,  our country, and to our God.”


2008 Grand Officers

First Row- Seated Left to Right:  Cheryl D. Wilson, Associate Grand Conductress; Paula K. Kauffman, Grand Conductress; Mary Ann Rhode, Grand Secretary; Mary Ann B. Naugle, Worthy  Grand Matron; Clarence J Echternacht, Worthy Grand Patron; Harriet F Senkinc, Grand Treasurer; Shirley B Capo, Associate Grand Matron; Harvey F. Fishel,  Associate Grand Patron

Standing- Left to Right: Gary L. Snodgrass, Grand Trustee; Robert C. Penoyer, PGP, Grand Trustee; Jane L. Boone, Grand Adah; Dolores M. Fisher, Grand Chaplain; D. Kay Trudy, Grand Ruth; Joyce E. Plonka, Grand Marshal; Robert F. Trimble, Grand Organist; Patricia S. Sopp, Grand Esther; Judith A. Lewis, Grand Martha; Suzan Y. Freed, Grand Electa; Helen J. Garafalo, Grand Warder; Edward P. Prihode, Grand Sentinel

Mary Ann B. Naugle 228 Worthy Grand Matron
Clarence J. Echternacht 499 Worthy Grand Patron
Shirley B. Capo 124 Associate Grand Matron
Dr. Harvey F. Fishel 277 Associate Grand Patron
Mary Ann Rhode 449 Grand Secretary
Harriet F. Senkinc 97 Grand Treasurer
Paula K. Kauffman 65 Grand Conductress
Cheryl D. Wilson 298 Associate Grand Conductress
Joanne C. Reber 551 Grand Trustee (1 year)
Robert C. Penoyer, PGP 517 Grand Trustee (2 years)
Gary  L. Snodgrass 231 Grand Trustee (3 years)
Dolores M. Fisher 443 Grand Chaplain
Joyce E. Plonka 180 Grand Marshal
Robert F. Trimble 463 Grand Organist
Jane L. Boone 228 Grand Adah
D. Kay Truby 28 Grand Ruth
Patricia S. Sopp 359 Grand Esther
Judith A. Lewis 249 Grand Martha
Suzan Y. Freed 55 Grand Electa
Helen J. Garofalo 185 Grand Warder
Edward P. Prihode 491 Grand Sentinel
Helen M. Haines 228 Personal Secretary to the WGM