On August 25, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. Worthy Grand Matron, Eileen Palmieri, kept her promise to the Eastern Star members, family and friends and soared into the air from the top of Mt. Seven for the flight of her life. She became a paraglider in an Extreme Sport, thanks to the expertise of Hugo Tschurtschenthaler of Altitude Adventures.
Eileen’s motivation, as the 100th Worthy Grand Matron, was firstly to celebrate the Centennial Year of the Order of the Eastern Star in British Columbia & Yukon. Secondly, she wanted to honour the memory of her mother, Kathleen Presley, who even at 89 years of age wanted to experience the same flight.
Many personal donations were given to sponsor her flight, all of which went to benefit the B.C. Children’s Hospital Foundation, the recipient of Eileen’s Special Project. To date over $700.00 has been given and the cost of the flight itself was generously donated by Altitude Adventures.
The Order of the Eastern Star is the largest Fraternal Order in the world with membership of both men and women, and began in this province 100 years ago – a remarkable achievement for any organization. Part of its activity is charitable, and since 1947, its main focus has been on Cancer Research and the making of Cancer Dressings which are distributed free of charge to Cancer patients. In fact, in the last 60 years, Eastern Star volunteers have devoted over 3.5 million hours to making more than 21 million dressings. Over the same period, they have also raised and donated more than 4.6 million dollars to Cancer Research and Equipment. The B.C. Cancer Agency has repeatedly lauded the efforts of the Eastern Star members as donors and supporters.
The Golden Chapter #25 of the Order began in 1921 and this past April concluded 90 years of service to this community. This is the first time that the provincial head of the organization, known as the Worthy Grand Matron, has been elected to this position from this Chapter and area. Over the years Golden Chapter has given generously to many people and projects in the area that have found themselves in need of financial support. Now they are celebrating their achievements and the election of Eileen.
This past weekend family, friends, and members joined together in a special afternoon of fun and fellowship to honour Eileen, the highlight of which was Eileen’s paraglide flight from Mt. Seven with Altitude Adventures.