Columnist misses mark regarding Eastern Star; men must be present | Letter

There was an error in Wally’s recent column. He has been contacted directly but it also seemed in order tooffer some additional information.

There was an error in Wally’s recent column. He has been contacted directly but it also seemed in order tooffer some additional information.

Wally mentioned that the organization of Free and Accepted Masons is for men only, which is correct. He then mentioned an affiliated group – Eastern Star, saying it is for women only. That is incorrect. In fact, The Order of the Eastern Star must have Master Masons as members in order for a chapter to exist. And, of the group of 18 officers in a chapter, at least two must be brothers. Nine of the officers must be sisters, and the remaining seven may be either sisters or brothers.

The Order of the Eastern Star exists worldwide in over 20 countries, with some 500,000 members. It is the largest organization to which both women and men belong.

Crystal Chapter #68, OES was chartered here in Enumclaw in 1902. The women must be wives, daughters, mothers, widows, sisters or other female relatives of Master Masons. The full list of women and men who have been or are members is extensive, however several of the Masons mentioned in Wally’s article were also members of Crystal Chapter.

The Enumclaw Masonic Center, which is the “home” of Crescent Lodge #109, and Western Cascade Lodge #61 (formerly of Buckley), is also the “home” of Crystal Chapter.

Judy Nielsen, Past Matron

Crystal Chapter #68

Enumclaw

More in Letters to the Editor

Anthem protests about equality, not disrespect

For all who write negative comments about the football players who took a knee and posted that “this is not the America we grew up in,” let me share a few of the personal events from my life growing up in Tacoma Washington as a white woman.

Former fan finished with disrespectful NFL players

I lived off the grid for 15 years and the one thing I missed the most was watching pro football.

Children of illegal immigrants should stay

You are not “making America great again.” You are just making it more intolerant to diversity.

More information needed on proposed recycling site

We want to bring awareness to your readers about a 34 acre wood recycling center that is in the permitting process with King County.

Congratulations, Jan Molinaro

In every election, one person must win and the other will lose. Now more than ever, it is important to show our children how to be gracious in victory and humble in defeat.

Enumclaw mayor deserves a thanks for a job well done

I have always been proud to say I live in Enumclaw.

Clarification on Expo Center funding vote

As a citizen that values our local paper and likes to stay informed about the upcoming elections, I have enjoyed reading the Courier Herald debate for the Enumclaw Mayoreal election.

Molinaro an excellent candidate for Mayor

Following my two interviews with candidate Malinaro, I feel that we are fortunate to have a candidate who is well prepared to provide the leadership we need for a growing community.

The definition of insanity

It is totally clear that the incumbent mayor lacks any ability to bring people together and get things done. She is a failure as mayor, making Black Diamond a laughing stock with her out of control behavior and outbursts at Council meetings.

Baxley and Young should have showed up at public forum

On Tuesday, October 17th, was the Black Diamond Maple Valley Chamber of Commerce Candidates Forum, where the Black Diamond candidates for Mayor and two City Council positions had the opportunity to talk with the citizens of Black Diamond, and to answer questions put to them by these citizens.

Enumclaw helped raise $3,500 for Special Olympics

The last couple of weekends the St. Barbara Knights of Columbus have been involved with our annual Tootsie Roll Program.

Baxley is an important choice for Black Diamond mayor

Judy Baxley has been part of our local civics for years, and thank goodness because citizen involvement is critical to monitoring big developers.