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Eastern Star celebrates 70th with gift that helps entire community

Pictured at the Prince Edward Masonic Lodge in Picton are PECMHF’s Executive Director Shannon Coull and Back the Build Campaign Chairperson Nancy Parks with members of the Picton Chapter #273, Order of the Eastern Star.

The Picton Chapter #273, Order of the Eastern Star (OES) presented a gift that will help the entire community, in recognition of the organization’s 70th anniversary.

The Prince Edward County Memorial Hospital Foundation (PECMHF) presented the $15,000 gift from chapter members to Nancy Parks, Back the Build campaign chairperson and Shannon Coull, executive director of the PECMH Foundation.

The funds will be used to help purchase a new x-ray machine needed in the current hospital and will transition to the new hospital in 2027.

The x-ray machine is used daily as the team of radiologists and Medical Radiation Technologists (MRT) rely on the current x-ray machine to perform more than 8,800 exams each year.

“We are incredibly grateful to be the beneficiaries of this wonderful gift from the Eastern Star,” said Coull. “Donor support is key to making the new hospital a reality and that includes arming it with leading edge medical equipment, including the new x-ray machine. We have an extremely rare opportunity to build and equip a modern facility that will improve the quality of care patients receive locally. This is a game changer for Prince Edward County and we are proud to partner with the Picton Chapter #273, OES to invest in the new Prince Edward County Memorial Hospital.”

Thanks to a current campaign by the PECMH Auxiliary, this gift will be matched dollar for dollar.

The Picton Chapter, made up of 45 members, has made consistent donations to local charitable causes over the past 70 years through fundraising efforts including catering, craft shows, silent auctions, monthly smorgasbords, yard sales, and through income earned on their investments.

“Because we are celebrating 70 years as a chapter this December, our members agreed it was time, once again, to share a larger portion of our investment income to support the purchase of the x-ray machine needed at our County hospital,” said Dawn Pressy, worthy matron of the Picton Chapter #273, OES. “We make these donations in honour of all members, past and present, who have been so diligent in our purposes and who work together with love and harmony. As proud members of Picton Chapter #273, Order of the Eastern Star, we are happy to share this labour of love with members of our community through this donation to the PECMHF Back the Build campaign.”

“Members of the Order of the Eastern Star, Grand Chapter of Ontario have been doing charitable work in the province for over 100 years, and members of the Picton Chapter have worked for the betterment of our community for 70 years. The hospital’s patients are very fortunate to have donors like them supporting diagnostic imaging services at PECMH. On behalf of the Campaign Cabinet, I extend thanks to the entire membership, who include our family, friends and neighbours, for choosing to Back the Build,” said Parks.

With more than 4,500 members spread across dozens of chapters in Ontario, the Order of the Eastern Star is a fraternal order that includes Master Masons and their female relatives among its membership.

Picton Chapter #273, OES was established on Dec. 19, 1952, and one year later, earned its charter from the Grand Chapter, Order of the Eastern Star of Ontario, Canada Incorporated. The Order of the Eastern Star is the largest fraternal organization in the world that welcomes both women and men to membership.

“We have always worked in the background to make our contributions to the community, and are not about the recognition more so than about giving where needed,” said Pressy.

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  1. Mike Rodgers says:

    It is nice to see that a long time charitable organization is able to still raise funds for our communities. Eastern Star an associate of the Masonic Lodges has been, not like other fine charitable organizations been quietly donating to good causes for decades. The Shiners also have been doing good work for decades, Shriner hospitals etc. in most cases quietly But the one organization that goes about its business in a quite and subdued way that was the founding organization of the before mentioned organizations is never mentioned for the charity work that they have done for centuries not decades, the Free Masons. Because of their desire to go about their charitable actions quietly and undetected is why you very seldom see a sign or placard mounted to promote their own actions. To me this is very refreshing to see an organization that does not continue to pat its self on the back each time it donates to some cause

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