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National Does president at state meeting in Riverton

Sep 9, 2013 - Staff

The Riverton Does Drove welcomed national Does Grand Lodge supreme president Esther Fister-Palmer this weekend.

A local audience greeted Fister-Palmer in a public ceremony Friday, with the state meeting and banquet following Saturday at the Riverton Elks Lodge.

Born in Missouri, Fister-Palmer worked for eight years at the Home State Bank in Jefferson, Iowa, and was elected and served for eight years as the county treasurer of Greene County, Iowa. She also was a supervisor in the Polk County (Iowa) Attorney's office for 18 years until her retirement in 2006.

She became a Doe in 1977, and the organization has been a major part of her life since then. Representing Jefferson Drove 196 in Iowa, she went to her first Grand Lodge convention in 1981. She served as her drove president in 1985 and received her Grand Lodge password that year at the Grand Lodge convention in Lubbock, Texas.

Fister-Palmer served a second term as drove president in 1994 and has been either an elected or appointed drove officer for more than 30 years. She also served as general chairman of the 1993 Grand Lodge convention in Des Moines, Iowa.

Nationally, she was elected to the office of supreme inner guard in 2007 and has progressed through the Grand Lodge elected officers to the office of supreme president.

She is the mother of a son, Jeremy, and the grandmother of three. Her second husband, Robert, died in 2003 after 10 years of marriage.

She still enjoys working part-time, helping the elderly. A favorite pastime is helping organize and playing bingo at the West Des Moines Elks Lodge in Iowa.

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