Henrietta Dotting was presented with a life membership from the Order of Eastern Star, North Dakota Grand Chapter on Saturday after more than 82 years of membership. The membership was presented by members of the Woodbine Chapter, to which Dotting is now a member.
Dotting, who will turn 107 in January, joined the organization in 1930. She believes she is the oldest living Eastern Star member.
The Order of Eastern star is the largest fraternal organization in the world that both men and women can join. To be a member, one must have affiliation with the Masons, for example a husband, father or other family member. Dotting was sponsored by her father who was a Mason.
Members of the Order of Eastern Star are spiritual, though the organization is not a religious one.
Dotting, who spent most of her years in Sanborn, was first a member of the Prairie View Chapter of the Order of Eastern Star. Since joining, she has held nearly every leadership post, according to her nephew Duane Farnquist, including Worthy Matron (a post equal to club president).
Dotting remembers serving many years as secretary.
Dotting was married for 52 years to William Dotting and belonged to the Stewart Homemakers for many years. She was a teacher for 17 years and taught in Eckelson, Stewart and Pierce and was a school board member for Leal, Rogers and Dazey, all of which later formed the North Central School District.
Currently, Dotting resides in the Sheyenne Care Center in Valley City, where a party will be held on her 107th birthday.
Eastern Star chapters focus their efforts on community service. The state chapter guides the type of work done by local chapters who apply the mandates locally. Every year, local chapters support someone going into the ministry. This year the Woodbine Chapter will also support the library, Rainbow Girls and Delomay Boys (the Mason’s youth organizations), the Wounded Warriors Project, and the Humane Society.