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Meeting Time:7:30 PM
303 A North Main StAustin, MN 55912
In Recess:July & August
Constituted:May 26, 1890
Unity Chapter meets on both the 2nd and 4th Mondays in April and September.
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HISTORY OF UNITY CHAPTER #29, ORDER OF THE EASTERN STAR
Unity Chapter #29 had its inception on March 19, 1890, in the Hall of Fidelity Lodge #39, A.F. & A.M. Sixty persons were present to organize the Chapter. The group was under dispensation until May 28, 1890, when the charter was granted. The first officers were Abbie Crane, Worthy Matron, and Eugene Wood, Worthy Patron.
The name UNITY was selected because the group assembled to organize were united in the purpose of forming a chapter. The name has been significant because, through the years, the Chapter has remained united in carrying on the purposes and ideals of the Order of the Eastern Star.
In the early years, the Chapter met in the homes of members for its social events because it was difficult to heat the large hall, and wood and water had to be carried up the long flight of stairs. Kitchen facilities, also, were inadequate. But, in spite of these difficulties, Unity Chapter grew and prospered.
Records indicate a variety of methods to raise funds for yearly charitable projects and to aid Fidelity Lodge in projects for the hall. Really early projects included quilt block committees, dimity balls, book parties, and taffy pulls. The next era of projects included cake walks, silent auctions, salad luncheon - card parties, paper drives, bakeless bake sales, and chow mein luncheons. More recent projects include successful floral deliveries for Mothers Day and Valentines Day, Election Day Salad Luncheons, and Super Bowl Spaghetti Dinner.
Over the years, proceeds from these activities have allowed the Chapter to support not only Minnesota Grand Chapter projects but also projects that benefited the Austin area. Donations have been given to the Austin Public Schools, American Red Cross, Salvation Army, Austin Public Library, Mower County Humane Society, and Hormel Institute, to name a few. Some of the projects within the hall that benefit all groups which meet there include: carpet, drapes, kitchen equipment, dishes and silverware, card tables, cup racks, chairs, etc.
Through the years, Unity Chapter secretaries have recorded many special events in our minute books: receptions for Grand Officers, honorings of Past Matrons and Past Patrons and the stations of various officers, memorials to lost members, and other special observances.
Members have served Minnesota Grand Chapter as Grand Officers, Grand Pages, Grand Representatives, District Instructors, security, and chair -person and members of various committees. Several members have served in various positions at the General Grand Chapter level, also.
Worthy Matron Kathy Scabby Robe Parnett
Worthy Patron Forrest Miller
Associate Matron Mary Hanson
Associate Patron Neil Hanson
Secretary Kathy Foster
Treasurer Kim Boyne
Conductress Pam Mount
Chaplain Steve Neiswanger
Marshal Louise Andreson
Organist Betty Rabine
Adah Dorothymae Graves
Ruth Betty Volkert
Esther Helen Hecimovic
Martha Dusty Delaney
Electa Peg Adams
Warder Larry Amdahl
Sentinel Dean Johnson
Harriet Delaney (1) Steve Neiswanger (2) Helen Hecimovich (3)
CALENDAR OF EVENTS 2015 - 2016
April 13 Regular Meeting
April 27 Birthday
May 11 Mother's Day
June 8 Grand Chapter Reports, Melon Feed
June 20 Area Conference
September 14 Robert Morris Night
September 28 School Days
October 12 Halloween
November 9 Thanksgiving
December 7 Christmas Exchange
January 11 New Years, Stone Soup
February 8 Valentine's Day, Men's Night
March 9 Election, Memorial Service, Annual Reports