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Sunday, January 29, 2012

Polk City Eastern Star Dinner

The Freemasons of Operative Lodge #308 and their ladies were treated to a delicious, and filling, dinner on Saturday evening, Jan. 28, 2012, courtesy of the Polk City Chapter #361 Order of the Eastern Star. The O.E.S. prepared and served the dinner of ham balls, potato casserole, green beans, rolls, salads, and more at the Polk City Masonic Center. Over forty were in attendance including O.E.S. members, their spouses, members of Operative Lodge #308, and their spouses.

I had a great time Saturday evening. This was the first Star function I have attended, and let me tell you it will not be my last! This Star chapter knows how to put on a feast! The members of the chapter warmly welcomed me as soon as I arrived. I met last year’s Worthy Matron, Marilyn Whitmore, as well as other members of the organization. After dinner, past OES Grand Officer Jean Koss presented a brief program by sharing some of her memories as a long-time member of the chapter. I was very interested to hear about the history of the Polk City OES and I learned that it is 109 years old this year. Several other ladies spoke about their memories of the chapter and the history of the building.

Congratulations and thanks are due this year’s Worthy Matron, Carol Matthews, for a wonderful event.


  1. Eastern Star is the largest fraternal organization for men and women in the world. I am a 4th generation member of Laura Chapter in Ames. It has a beautiful ritual and is largely responsible for my becoming a Mason. Be sure to let me know when you and your wife join...:~)

    1. I do have two petitions on my desk at home!