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Posting Requests to  Patti L Rhinesmith, RWG Secretary at NJOESGC@optonline.net     GC Ofc 908-725-0222
or Gail Naia, RWG Treasurer, RWGTNJ@optonline.net
Do you need the services of a Notary? 
Patti Rhinesmith, RWG Secretary can help you with that.
 Do you shop Amazon.com? Did you know that you can benefit the Eastern Star Charity Foundation when you do, at no additional cost? The next time you plan to shop on Amazon, simply log in as Smile.Amazon.Com. You can then designate the Eastern Star Charity Foundation as the charity you support. You use your existing Amazon account, there are no additional fees, and it's very easy to do! Please spread the word to family and friends, and any businesses who make purchases on Amazon - as long as they designate the Eastern Star Charity Foundation of NJ as the charity they support, the Charity Foundation will receive a small donation from most purchases. Any questions?  Please contact Jeannette Wallace, RWAG Conductress. Thank you for your help!

STAR JOURNAL March 2019 edition is on site.
Go to HomePage.  Top menu/Information/Star Journal


Grand Chapter is seeking interested, qualified candidates to run for Right Worthy Grand Trustee!
Due to the change to Grand Chapter Law, there has not been an election for Right Worthy Grand Trustee in two years. The next election will take place at Grand Session in May 2020. We're asking that any interested Sisters make themselves known now to the Right Worthy Grand Secretary, so you may be afforded opportunities to serve on Grand Chapter Committees and get insight into the running of Grand Chapter. This does not obligate you to run - it gives you the chance to learn more and make an informed decision. Any questions, please contact the Grand Chapter Office. Signed Petitions for Right Worthy Grand Trustee will be due March 1, 2020.
Receptions/GO Honor Nights/District Meetings
Sep 17, 2019
Wall #143 Ice Cream Social - $3
   David Bellhorn, WG Organist & Carolyn Howard, GR of Scotland
Masonic Lodge, 559 Church St, Spring Lake Heights 07762. Please RSVP $3 payable to Wall #143, mail to Andrea McCollum.   $5 at door.
Sep 18, 2019
Nutley #121 & Tilden #59 Honor Night
    Christine Fullam, WDD #32 & Joam Sharma, GR of FL
Nutley Chapter, 175 Chestnut St, Nutley 07110. Refreshments after. Please RSVP to Carole Moore, PGM.
Sep 28, 2019
Social 11:30am
Reception NOON
Dewey #155 & Fairview #219 Joint Reception - $45
   Norma J. Hines, MWGM & Danny Cooper, MWGP
Great Bay Country Club, 901 Mays Landing Road, Somers Point 08244.  Payable to Fairview #219, mail to Joan Smith, PGM. RSVP by Sep 20.
Oct 19, 2019
Lunch 12:30pm
Meeting 1:30pm
District 39 Meeting, Barbara Repp, WDD
     Daria Hamm, RWAGM will name her Associate Matrons

Musconetcong Lodge, Rte 46 & International Dr, Budd Lake 07828. Payable to & mail to Linda Pettenger, PGO. RSVP by Oct 1. Limited Seating.
Nov 1, 2019
Mt. Zion #116 & Lydia #41 Party Night Buffet - $33
   Betty Janco, GR of ND; Steve Kedmenec, GR of RI;
    Eugene Grace, GR of NM

Pantagis Renaissance-Snuffy's Restaurant, 250 Park Ave, Scotch Plains 07076. Payable to Lydia #41, mail to Nancy Sayedin, PGO RSVP by Oct 15.

Upcoming Dates  -- see Chapter & District Fundraisers below
Jun 20, 2019


Tee Time 1pm

Social 5:30pm

Dinner 6pm
Golf Outing, Mays Landing Country Club = FUN FORE ALL
1855 Cates Rd, Mays Landing 08330. Lots of activitieas in area for non-golfers. Putting Contest for ALL; Golfers vie for Longest Drive, Closest to Pin, and Best 4some Score.
Registration 11am incl Hot Dog, Potato Chips, Draft Beer or Fountain Soda.
Shot Gun/Best Ball - Tee Time 1pm.
Social 5:30pm; Picnic Dinner, Prizes, Awards at 6pm.
Golfers - $100 incl Cart & Dinner;  Non-Golfers - $40 Dinner;  Sponsor a Hole - $25
Questions & Information contact Wil Parsels, PGP.  Checks payable to GC Voluntary Donations, Golf Outing in memo; mail to Gail Naia, RWG Treasurer.
RSVP NO Later than June 10
Jul 14, 2019
Diana & Emil's 2nd Annual Christmas in July - $20
     hosted by Mischievous Elves
18 Park Way, Morris Plains 07950 (Visscher Home). Contact Karyn.
Jul 17, 2019
Rita & Gene's Summer Get-together - $33
Captain's Inn, 304 E. Lacey Rd, Forked River 08731. There will be 10 meal choices, incl Penne Pasta, Asian Salad, Desert, Coffee, Tea.  RSVP by Jul 12 to Rita M. Birne, PGM.
Sep 1-8, 2019 Sail Away to Bermuda with Norma & Dan
7 nights on the Norwegian Escape, incl taxes, fees, port fees. Ultimate Beverage Package and 4 Meal Specialty Dining incl for guest 1&2 sharing a cabin. Inside - $1,498; Balconies $1,868-1,898 (rates dbl occupancy).
Boscov's Travel contact Joey Bell-Dumoff 609-383-1880. Incl trans to pier NYC from Harbor Square Mall (Shore Mall), Toms River & Clifton.

Bermuda Flyer(pdf)
Sep 21, 2019 OES Home Tricky Tray
Manville VFW, 600 Washington Ave, Manville 08835.
PreRegistration Form  pdf
Pre-Registration forms must be postmarked no later than 9/14/19 to get the discount, $40, for the combo Package.
At the door the Combo Package will be $45.
Combinations ticket does not include the Entry Ticket.
Entry Ticket - $25 Low Tier - $10 Medium Tier - $15 High  Tier - $20 Grand Prize - $5 Super Grand Prizes - $10 Combo Package - $40   (Contains 1 sheet of Low, Medium and High Tier, plus 2 Grand Prize Tickets).
At the Door the Combo Package will be $45.
For information or questions please contact Diane Schmolze, PGM.

Nov 6-11, 2019 Motorcoach to Charleston, SC & Savannah, GA  with Norma & Dan
5 nights, 5 breakfasts, 3 dinners. Carriage Tour in Charleston; Dinner Cruise; Magnolia Plantation; Historic Savannah; Ghost Trolley Tour; Beaufort, SC. Travel tour expert, all tax & gratuities. Dbl $1,259pp; Trpl $1,155; Sgl $1,597.
Nov 6, 2019 (pdf)
Dec 3-6, 2019 Diana & Emil Affsa's Grand Representatives Bus Trip
 Oglebay & Pittsburgh.  Incl 3 Nights, 3 Breakfasts, 2 Dinners. Guided tour of Pittsburgh, the Duqyesne Incline, Oglebay Mansion & Festival of Lights.
Starr Motor Coach w/lavatory, WIFI, Meal taxes & gratutities. Cost PP Single $874; Dbl $674; Trpl $604; Quad $564. Insurance cost $50 - $80. Pickup in Bridgewater 7:30am or Laurel Springs 9am. Contact Diane Schmolze, PGM. Final paymnt Oct11.
Dec 3, 2019 pdf
March 26, 2020 Fly to Ireland with Norma & Dan
  details to follow
 Mar 26, 2020 pdf

Health Announcements

Jun 15, 2019 Mike VanHouten, GR of OK
  having tests after an episode of slurred speech. Keep him & Dale, WGB for OES Flag in your prayers.
Jun 15, 2019 husband of Laura Elko, WM Bethlehem #40
   Harry is undergoing procedure, hoping to correct serious heart issues. Keep him & Laura in your prayers.
Jun 15, 2019 husband of Dana Ivan, WGB for Christian Flag
   John is home recoving from knee replacement. Keep him & Dana in your prayers.
Jun 10, 2019 Mary Jane Lojewski, PGM
scheduled for long-awaited spine surgery on Jun 14. She's nervous but wants to get this finally over with. Please keep her in your prayers & send cards - they do help to let the patient know you are thinking of them.

Jun 14, 2019 Passing of Helen Weingart, PGO - Lydia #41 & Gloria #159
Helen Paulsen Weingart, born in Jersey City on Feb 22, 1942, later lived in Edison, New Brunswick and lastly in Tom's River. A light went out in the universe as "Aunt Helen" passed away on June 14, 2019. She was a force in the Universe and took the air out of every room she entered. Her huge personality and quick wit brought smiles to everyone who ever had the pleasure of her company. She loved to travel and got to walk in the footsteps of her beloved Henry the VIII. She was a PGO of Gloria Chapter #159 and Lydia #41 (formerly Ruth #12). She enjoyed her ladies of the Red Hats in Toms River and was active in Pocahontas. Love of family was very important to her and although everyone was so spread out, she tried to keep them in her life. She is preceded in death by her parents Theodore John and Angeline Pitora Paulsen and husband Thomas Weingart of New Brunswick. She was the youngest of five children and is preceded in death by her brother Theodore Edward Paulsen, sister in law Anna Proven Paulsen, sister Dorothea Carter, sister Anna May Chase and beloved niece and close friend, Janine Chase Braude. She is survived by a sister, Irene Paulsen Hewitt, of Shallotte, NC. Nieces and nephews, many great nieces and nephews and great-great nieces and nephews have all enjoyed Aunt Helen. She also leaves behind many friends who loved her dearly including Marie Garbolino of Waymart, Pa.
At Aunt Helen's request there will be no service or memorial. She is to be cremated and her ashes buried with her husband in New Brunswick. The family sends a special Thank You to her caregiver Grace, who became a big part of Aunt Helen's family. Also thank you to Serenity Hospice and their special nurses Jane and Bernadette, aides, Mara, Angelica, and all the friends she made there. Thank you all for recognizing in her what her family has always known. Arrangements by DeGraff Lakehurst Funeral Home, Lakehurst.
Jun 6, 2019 passing of son of Dorothy Haupt, AM Keystone #69
keep Dorothy in your prayers at this difficult time
Jun 5, 2019 passing of Kay Hodges, PGO Jephtha #134
Sister Kay was always all smiles at chapter....in her red, white, and blue.  At 99, she remained active as Warder for many years, until her recent fall. Her loving greetings and concern will be missed at all chapter functions. The family will receive their friends at Becker Funeral Home, 219 Kinderkamack Road, Westwood, NJ on Sun, 2-8pm. Eastern Star Service at 7pm.
Kathryn Kathryn Appley Hodges, 99, after a short illness on Jun 5, 2019. She was born Nov 1, 1919 in Union City to Mr. and Mrs. James A. and Frieda Appley. In 1924 Kay came to Emerson at the age of 5. She graduated from Westwood HS in 1937. She married the love of her life Donald Bradford Hodges in 1942. Kay served Zion Lutheran Church in Westwood as a parishioner and a member of the altar guild. She also served on Westwood Volunteer Fire Dept Ladies Auxiliary for many years. She was a devoted member of Temple Chapter 62 and Jeptha Chapter 134 for 72 years. She was proud to have her two sons and one grandson as members of the Masonic fraternity. Kay was part owner and operator of Fraternally Yours in Westwood from 1972 until she retired. Kay graduated from Hackensack Hospital School of Nursing in 1942. She was the oldest practicing Registered Nurse in the State of NJ working as the Public Health Nurse in Emerson from 1966 to April 4, 2019. She was predeceased by her husband of 71 years, Donald Bradford Hodges. She is also survived by sons James Bradford Hodges and his wife Helen Mandeville Hodges, son James Donald Hodges I and his wife Cheryl Hrbek Hodges. Grandsons, James Donald II and his wife Randi Whyard Hodges, Noel Bradford and his wife Kristin Blair Hodges, Robert Beau Hodges and his wife Nicole Broderick Hodges, Trevor James Hodges and his fiancÚ Jennifer Reilly, Amy and Dave Dellentash and Lori Hrbek. Great-grandchildren Conner McCarron, Luke Dellentash, Steven Christopher Hodges, Avery Kathryn Hodges, Jackson Bradford Hodges, Robert James Hodges, James Donald Hodges III, Sean Christopher Dellentash, Carter Blair Hodges, Jackson Christopher and Andrew Christopher Schager, Henry Michael Hodges, June Rose Hodges, Emily Grace Schager, Audrey Marie Hodges. Predeceased by grandson Sgt. Christopher Hrbek, USMC. Our family would like to thank the dedicated team at Care One at Valley, in Westwood for caring for Kathryn with respect and compassion. Each of you made her final journey much easier. The family will receive their friends at Becker Funeral Home, 219 Kinderkamack Road, Westwood on Sun, 2-8pm. Eastern Star Service at 7pm. Funeral at Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, Second Avenue and Elm Street, Westwood on Mon at 10am. Interment to follow at Westwood Cemetery, Westwood. Memorial donations to Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, 155 Second Ave, Westwood, NJ 07675 would be appreciated.

Grand Chapter Announcements
  Looking for excess Paraphernalia/Flags/Poles ?
For Chapters in need, please contact Sharon Rosequist, RWG Trustee.
3 electric Signets available, contact Lynn Billingham, MWGM
Five-point Altar with cushion available, contact RWG Secretary
Complete set of Chapter Officers' badges, excellent condition.
Proceedings available - Books $28, CDs $15

Capel/Parsons - 11 CD's
Bingenheimer/Robinson - 3 CD's
McGinley/Costello - 4 CD's 

  LOST & FOUND - please contact Kathy Zielinski, WG Marshal
FOUND:  a white jacket in Representatives section at Grand Session
a pair of glasses left on the podium at Grand Session (contact Patti Rhinesmith)


Good News
2019-2020 Norma & Dan's Grand Representatives
Lynn & Ken's Grand Representatives
2017-2018 Diana & Emil's Grand Representatives 
Chapter & District Fundraisers
  Starlight Chapter Cookbook - "Our Favorite Recipes"
Approx 350 recipes by OES members & friends. Hardcover, $15. Postage $7.25 for 1 or 2 books; $13.65 to mail 3-6 books. Payable to Starlight Chapter, mail to Barbara Repp, Jr.PM
  "Bethlehem Cooks" - $8
Cookbook of Old Favorites & New. Contact Lauretta Korejko, Secretary
General Information