Matanuska Valley Chapter #14 merged with Denali Chapter #16 on December, 26, 2016.
Claudianne Jones receiving her 50 year pin
History of Matanuska Valley Chapter No. 14
Matanuska Valley Chapter No. 14 was instituted on August 25, 1951 by the Most Worthy Deputy Grand Patron Almer J. Peterson. Anchorage Chapter No. 8 was the sponsoring chapter. Forty-two candidates were initiated by officers of Anchorage Chapter No. 8, thereby becoming Charter Members of Matanuska Valley Chapter No. 14, Order of the Eastern Star.
Installation of officers was held on at 8:00 p. m. on August 25, 1951, with DGP Almer Peterson as the Installing Officer. Ella Cuffel, Worthy Matron, Anchorage Chapter No. 8, presented Worthy Matron Margaret Snodgrass with an ivory gavel. Stanley Laird was the Worthy Patron.
Matanuska Valley Chapter No. 14 was constituted and consecrated at a special meeting on January 31, 1952, by Most Worthy Deputy Grand Patron Almer J. Peterson, who also installed the officers for 1952.
We have met at the Masonic Temple, 1022 South Cobb Street, in Palmer since we were constituted. Rent in 1951 was $15 per month!
Matanuska Valley Chapter has maintained a steady membership over the years and has enjoyed good relations with the community. Together with our Past Matrons and Past Patrons Club we provide a $1,000 scholarship to a local graduating senior. We also contribute to other national and local charities.
Installation of the 1959 officers was held after the close of the regular meeting.
Worthy Matron:Eileen Branton
Worthy Patron:Oscar Johnson
Motion made, seconded and carried that the Secretary’s dues be paid by the chapter for services rendered.
Motion made, seconded and carried that Matanuska Valley Chapter No. 14 pay half of the balance owing for insurance on equipment.Royal Arch had previously voted for pay one-fourth the cost, and the Blue Lodge one-half of¾ balance.
On June 17, it was announced that a new chapter, Denali, was forming in Anchorage.Extra chapter furniture was voted on to loan to this new chapter.
The Most Worthy Grand Matron, Juanita Killian, made her official visit on July 31.A courtesy initiation was performed by the officers, with Jill Cope and Betty Jo Wilson as courtesy candidates.
A gift of $25 was given to the newly formed Denali Chapter Under Dispensation in Anchorage.