Unity #29

Meeting Time: 
7:30 PM


303 A North Main St
Austin, MN 55912
Phone Number: 
In Recess: 
July & August
May 26, 1890

Unity Chapter meets on both the 2nd and 4th Mondays in April and September.


About Us




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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.



            OFFICERS FOR 2015 - 2016


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

Associate Conductress

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)




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






Office Contact

11501 Masonic Home Drive
Bloomington, MN 55437

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