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.