Local Eastern Star Group wins “Chapter Excellence” award


PORT JEFFERSON — Stokes Chapter 543 of Port Jefferson received a “Chapter Excellence Award” on Sept. 28 at the statewide meeting of the Grand Chapter of Ohio of the Eastern Star, held in Sandusky.

The award recognized chapter excellence in the areas of charity and community service, chapter social activities, performance of chapter officers and communications.

Stokes Chapter was one of 66 Ohio Eastern Star Chapters recognized as part of the organization’s “Chapter Excellence” awards program, and one of just 24 to receive the silver “Chapter Excellence” award. There are nearly 200 Eastern Star Chapters in Ohio. Award winners are selected by state officers and committee members of the Grand Chapter, who review reports submitted by the chapters.

It is the fifth year that Stokes Chapter has received statewide recognition for its programs, activities, and overall excellence.

The awards were presented by Worthy Grand Matron Kelly Cholodewitsch, of Tiffin, and Worthy Grand Patron Dennis Lawson, of Brunswick, during ceremonies at the Kalahari Resort and Conference Center.

Misty Wooddell Worthy Matron and Bruce Ailes Worthy Patron of Stokes Chapter, accepted the award on behalf of the chapter. Nine members of the Stokes Chapter attended the statewide meeting to support their Worth Matron and Patron.