Collins Chapter No. 26
Order of the Eastern Star
Fort Collins, Colorado
Serving the Communities of Fort Collins, Loveland, and Estes Park

Collins #26

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An Eastern Star Vision Meeting was held in Trinidad CO on April 29, 2006.  This dynamic session was led by Mary Felton, PGM (Minnesota), Mary Puckett, PGM (New Mexico) and Barbara Johnson, PGM (Colorado).  Ideas regarding leadership, planning, communication, and membership tools were shared.




5 Steps to Planning

  1. Strategic Vision

    Where do we want to be?

  1. Assessment

    Where are we now?

  1. Objectives

    How can we get there?

  1. Goals

    How do we make it happen?

  1. Feedback

    Are we doing the right thing at the right time?


Strategic Vision

Not an easy task - Discussion is important

Features that make up an ideal chapter

Concise - no more than 3-4 sentences

Best if written by several people

"Collins Chapter #26 is: ...."



Current status of Chapter in all areas



Attendance and participation

Member support


Community Involvement





Where to concentrate effort

Plans for 3-5 years

Marketing ideas

Priority lists

Ongoing projects

Innovative ideas



Specifics of Planning - usually within one year

S - Specific

M - Measurable

A - Attainable

R - Results driven

T - Time-bound



Set regular times for planning meetings

Check results

Change focus if necessary


What is working well?  What is not working well?

What should we start doing?  What should we stop doing?

What should we do more of?  What should we do less of?


Strategic Plan - update periodically

Publicize objectives and goals

Remind membership periodically

Announce results

Celebrate successes



Share Vision Statement and Operating Plan with members

Get "buy-in" from membership

Donít just appoint a committee then file document away

Keep refining the plan

Create new or different goals when needed

Communicate, Communicate, Communicate


Most important - Get started and persist!






The 5 step communication process

  1. Be direct and to the point
  2. Always show consideration, respect, and recognition of the person with whom you are in communication
  3. Focus on specifics
  4. Explain your own reaction
  5. Make it a two-way communication.  Look at the person - not the walls, ceiling, or furniture


Communication goals

  1. Communication is the glue that holds an organization together.
  2. Communication strengthens the bond between sisters and brothers - regardless of distance.
  3. Any communication is a recognition of someone else and thus is a "pat on the back".
  4. Communicate only the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth.
  5. Communicate only that which is uplifting.
  6. Communicate worthwhile programs from other chapters.
  7. Communicate the OES programs on all levels that improve members' lives.  Be aware and eager to talk about them.


How to improve communication

  1. Broaden your circle of acquaintances and network
  2. Reinforce present relationships
  3. Phone members regularly to say hello and share information
  4. Utilize multiple communication media: e.g. telephone, letters, email



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This page was last updated March 14, 2015