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Grand Chapter Order of the Eastern Star presents $20,800 to Children’s Travel Fund

['Malagash and Area News with Marian Durling']
['Malagash and Area News with Marian Durling']

Malagash News with Marian Durling

Greetings from Malagash once again! The past week has proved to be a very busy one and it looks like the next one will be too!

The bear sightings have been fewer lately but I am sure they are still around! Last time we had a visitor he (she) was up on our back-door step at 7 a.m. – thankfully I didn't see it but a neighbour reported it to us. Too close for comfort.

On Monday, July 8 the 72nd Annual session of the Grand Chapter Order of the Eastern Star opened in Truro.

The Treasured Memories Session was presided over by WGM Darlene Amirault and WGP Ken Conrod with a registration of over 335 visitors which included the Most Worthy Grand Matron Marianne Shenefelt of Wyoming and Most Worthy Grand Patron Henry Martin of Texas.

The special project this past year was the Children’s Travel Fund of Shriners Philae Temple of N.S. and P.E.I.

cheque for over $20,800. was presented to Sir Ken Wheelans, Potentate and Sir Ed Corbett, Immediate Past Potentate. This amount certainly grew before the end of the Sessions on Wednesday evening.

Cedar Atlantic Chapter # 3, Wallace was very well represented with 8 members attending including Sister Shirley Blair who was installed as Grand Chaplain for the new slate of Officers in the "Wings in the Garden of Stars" Grand family. Congratulations Shirley.

The project for the coming year will once again deal with children, Camp Triumph which is located in Prince Edward Island. It is the only program of its kind in Canada and provides unique and unforgettable experiences for children, ages seven to 16, who have a family member with a chronic illness or disability.

This past Saturday (July 13), Russ and I drove to Pictou for the 26th commemoration ceremony for the No 2 Black Construction Battalion Memorial Tribute.

RCMP vets were invited to attend with regular members, military members, police services and join in the parade to the deCoste centre where the ceremony took place.

They were led by the Stadacona Band and paraded past a reviewing stand of dignitaries. The event was chaired by RCMP Sgt. Craig Smith, who is also president of the Black Cultural Society.

In 1914, when the First World War broke out, Canadian black men wanted to serve their country along with their fellow white men. This was not allowed, but the men persevered and the battalion of 600 was formed in 1916. Three hundred of these hard-working members were from Nova Scotia.

history of this battalion is very interesting and eye-opening. After providing valuable service to their country, even though they weren't permitted to carry guns (just picks and shovels), they returned to Canada in 1919, where the unit was disbanded in 1920. Canada's first and only black military unit was no more.

Douglas Ruck, son of the late Sen. Calvin Ruck, was the guest speaker and gave a very interesting history of the battalion and the difficulty the men had with discrimination in those days.

The history is worth Googling and reading for yourselves. I was so proud of my man who marched with pride alongside the rest of the troop, in step too, certainly not bad for not having marched in formation for many years.

Sympathy is extended to Wanda Cameron and family on the death of her husband, Erik, which occurred in Malagash just recently. Thoughts and prayers are with you all.

One of the scriptures read in church on Sunday (July 14) was the story of the Good Samaritan and the title of the sermon by Rev. Connie was "Being Open to Compassion in Action" which certainly tied in with the events of Saturday. So, I will leave you with a statement she made: "Sympathy says, "I'm Sorry" but Compassion says "How can I help?" so have a good week everyone and let's all practice compassion in action.

Marian Durling writes for the Malagash area for the Amherst News.

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