Ma­sonic Or­der holds deb ball

Central and North Burnett Times - - LOCAL NEWS - ❏ Ge­orge Smith

A SO­CI­ETY with se­crets, but not a se­cret so­ci­ety, is how the Or­der of the East­ern Star de­scribes it­self.

The or­der be­gan in Aus­tralia in 1912 and the Monto chap­ter opened in 1961.

In hon­our of the mile­stone, a 50th In­stal­la­tion was held at Monto Shire Hall in­Novem­ber last year, with Queens­land Green Chap­ter of­fi­cials.

The cel­e­bra­tions have con­tin­ued this year, marked by sig­nif­i­cant meet­ings.

The high­point­was the Rain­bow Debu­tante Ball on Oc­to­ber 13 at the Monto Shire Hall where nine ju­nior debs and six debu­tantes were pre­sented to of­fi­cial dig­ni­taries of the or­der. MP Jeff Seeney was among the in­vited guests.

Monto chap­ter mem­ber Michele Goody said the or­der was show­ing the com­mu­nity they were friendly ci­ti­zens.

“We are try­ing to be more open,” Mrs Goody said.

The or­der is con­nected to the Ma­sons and open to men and women, with the one stip- ula­tion of be­liev­ing in a supreme be­ing.

Wor­thy Ma­tron of the Monto chap­ter Jan Moss­man says the or­der is not a re­li­gion but mem­bers have re­li­gious con­vic­tions; re­spect fam­ily val­ues and hon­esty and lead busi­ness lives and serve in the com­mu­nity. They be­lieve in fra­ter­nal love among mem­bers and OES is many things to many peo­ple but most im­por­tantly, it is a way of life.

The Monto chap­ter has 38 fi­nan­cial mem­bers and is look­ing for new mem­bers.

Photo: Contributed

HAPPY DEBS: Te­gan Sor­ley, Danielle Smith, Ash­leigh Laney, Wor­thy Grand Pa­tron Bro Arnold Horne, Brooke Sor­ley, Cassie Leigh John­ston, Me­gan O’Sul­li­van, Krys­tal Her­ring, Emily Green, United Grand Lodge of Queens­land Bro Nor­rie Mor­ris, TJ Larsen and Cheyanne Her­ring.

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