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Folands recognized by Order of the Eastern Star

Eastern Star recognition ... Vern and Carrol Foland were honored by the Philip Chapter #100 of the Order of the Eastern Star. Vern was presented a 60-year pin and Carrol was presented a 65-year pin. Pictured are Kaye, their daughter from Rapid City, who pinned the emblems on her parents, Carrol and Vern Foland.

Vern and Carrol Foland were honored during a special meeting on Friday, August 15, by the Philip Chapter #100 of the Order of the Eastern Star.

Vern was presented a 60-year pin and Carrol was presented a 65-year pin by Jan Hewitt, Worthy Matron. Their daughter, Dr. Kaye Foland from Rapid City, pinned the emblems on her parents.

Vern joined the Midland organization March 25, 1946. Midland has since joined with the Philip chapter. Carrol joined in Philip on March 20, 1941.

The Philip chapter was organized in 1910 and has met continuously since. It currently has 46 registered members, with 22 still living in the Philip area. In 1987, the chapter had 115 members. The local chapter meets at 7:30 p.m. every third Wednesday of the Month, the next meeting September 17. Anyone interested in more information, contact Hewitt or Shirley Parsons.

The OES is the largest fraternal organization in the world that both men and women can join. Established in 1850 and based on teachings from the Bible, it is now open to people of all monotheistic faiths. It has approximately 10,000 chapters in twenty countries and approximately one million members, ages 18 and older. Originally, men had to be Master Masons and women had to have specific relationships with Masons. The OES now allows other relatives of Masons, as well as Rainbow Girls and Job's Daughters, to become members when they reach 18. Other local chapters are OES Kadoka #97 and OES Murdo #105.