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Editor's Notes

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. We appreciate the support!

MWGM, MWGP letter regarding Funeral Services:

Most Worth Grand Matron's Letter on Funerals
Release Form can be found in FORMS  

August 27, 2020 letter from the MWGM & MWGP
mwgm_ltr_5_covid19 8-27-20.pdf
The MWGM and MWGP along with Grand Chapter are inviting you to the Be Loyal to the Royal Bingo
Next Date to be announced  Tues, Sep 29, 2020. Please email our MWGM at njhines@comcast.net so she can email you your Bingo card and invite to the Bingo Party.
There is no cost to participate.  The MWGM & MWGP will be making a donation for each winner to the
Quinn's Quest in support of Cystic Fibrosis Winners can match the donations if they choose.  There will also be some surprises during the games.  Please join us for some fun and fellowship. You can make donations PAYABLE to Eastern Star Charity Fdn of NJ (in memo: _Quinn's Quest) and send your donations to: Kerry Milone-Clapp, 8 Allen Terr, Netcong, NJ 07857
The STAR JOURNAL September 2020 issue may be found under the Information Tab on NJOES home page.
The NJ EASTERN STAR HOME website is up & running.
Please check it out.  


Receptions/GO Honor Nights/District Meetings

Upcoming Dates  -- see Chapter & District Fundraisers below
Oct 18, 2020 Believe in Dreams Club Reunion
   postponed to Oct 18, 2021
Oct 25, 2020 This Moment in Time Club Last Reunion
   postponed until Oct 24, 2021
Nov 2020 Eastern Star Home Birthday Celebration Canceled
   the Home will have something special for the residents & employees
Dec 6, 2020 The Spirit of Christmas Club Reunion
   postponed until Dec 5, 2021
Jul 1, 2020  See info & pictures for MWGM & MWGP Jewelry
Jewelry Info

Jewery pictures

Health Announcements

Sep 16, 2020 Wil Parsels, PGP
message from Joanne :  Thank you for your prayers!  I just spoke with Wil & he has just a little pain. BUT he is Cancer FREE! The surgery (on Sep 15) was about 12 hours due to the complication of where the tumor was. It was close to the wall of the Pancreas and very close to a blood vessel so as a precaution they had a vascular surgeon on standby. Fortunately that was a great decision as they needed him. Also his Gall Bladder that over the years has given him trouble had holes all over it and was filled with puss. I talked with the Surgeon about 9 last night, he had just finished up. He said it went well. He called me 8:15 this morning to tell me how good Wil was doing and that he was sure he would like to talk to me. I did and he sounds great. He is in ICU and will walk today but today is a day of rest. Thanks be to God.

Sep 21, 2020 passing of Nancy J. (Torok) Psyhojos, PGO Bordentown #257
  a 50yr member. Formerly from Venus #153; GR of Kentucky 1976-78
Sep 17, 2020 passing of Jeanne Faloona, PGO  Morning Star #22
   GR of Louisiana 2006-08, a 53yr member

  details to follow, when available
Sep 6, 2020 passing of Thomas Passante, WP Little Falls #224
  and GR of NewYork

Keep Kathy and son Thomas in your prayers.
THOMAS J. PASSANTE, 68, of Little Falls died on Sept 6th, 2020. Born in Brooklyn, NY, Mr. Passante resided there where he proudly owned and operated his embroidery business, Sports Connection. Mr. Passante loved to do embroidery and screen printing when he moved to Little Falls, NJ and worked for Sign-o-Rama, and Akadema as well. Mr. Passante was a parishioner of the Little Falls United Methodist Church and was very active within the church community over his years. Coordinating praise services and movie nights/activities for kids and families to bring joy to people’s lives was something he loved to do. He was a member of Little Falls Lodge #154 and a member of Little Falls #224, OES. Tom was a lifelong NY Mets fan. Tom is survived by his wife, Kathy Flannagan, his son Thomas James Passante, his brother Alexander Passante, his sister Theresa McGlynn-Napoli, his aunt Theresa Amato and many other loving cousins, nephews, and nieces. Visitation will be held at the Little Falls United Methodist Church, 139 Main St., Little Falls on Wed, Sep 9th from 4-7pm followed by a funeral service at 7pm. Please follow social distancing protocols including wearing a mask or face covering. Memorial Contributions to the United Methodist Church of Little Falls would be appreciated. Bizub-Parker Funeral Home, 47 Main St., Little Falls is in charge of arrangements.
OES and Masonic Services will be held at a later time.
Sep 3, 2020 passing of Bob Miskelly, Shekinah #82
   husband of Betty, PGO
Keep Betty and family in your prayers and send cards.
     James Robert Miskelly, “Bob”, born to Louisa and Richmond Miskelly on Apr 22, 1929, passed away peacefully with his family at his side on Wed, Sep 2, 2020. After graduation from Bridgeton High School in 1947, Bob joined the Air Force and served from 1947 to 1951, and attended University of Maryland where he achieved his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Education. Bob began his teaching career at Wood School in Millville and became Principal of Culver School in Millville where he retired after 25 years of service. He was active in his community, serving as President of the former Y’s Men’s Club, Treasurer of the United Way and helped organize the Crop Walk. Bob was a 60 year member of the Shekinah Lodge # 58, Shriner’s International and Scottish Rite. He was also a 25 year member Shekinah #82, OES. He was a member of the American Legion Post 82 and the Veterans of Foreign Wars. Bob loved traveling and along with his wife Betty and their 3 children traveled to 49 of the 50 states, with Alaska being the only one missed. After their retirement, Bob and Betty traveled extensively in Europe and Asia. His favorite place was Disney World, and he visited every year since it’s opening. He was predeceased by his parents, Louisa and Richmond Miskelly, sister Ruth Hewatt and his beloved granddaughter Andrea Elyse Tepper. He is survived by his wife Betty of 52 years, daughter Kimberly Miskelly (Matt Fisher), son William Miskelly, daughter Heather Tepper (Ken Tepper) and three grandchildren, Brianna Mulvaney, Trinity and Robert Miskelly and niece Cynthia Hewatt Weston (Robert). Relatives and friends are invited to attend Bob’s viewing Tues, Sep 8, 7-9pm and Wed morning 10-11am at Barr Funeral home, 2014 East Main Str., Millville. A private service will be held at 11am and burial will follow in Cedar Hill Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Bob’s memory to the Alzheimer’s Association at www.alz.org, Bayada Hospice, or First United Methodist Church Scholarship Fund.

Grand Chapter Announcements
Coming Soon Updated Grand Chapter Highlights Book
A synopsis of NJ Eastern Star 1870-2020.
Aug 5, 2020 Message from Debbie LeDoux, OES Home Board President
Update on the Eastern Star Home.  First, I want to thank everyone who have made donations to the Eastern Star Home during these difficult times.  The Home needs iPads so residents can communicate with their loved ones.  They are also using it for Residents that are on Hospice or not doing well.  An iPad is a way to keep the residents in touch with loved ones and friends.  If you would like to make a donation to help with the cost to purchase an iPad; please make a check payable to New Jersey Eastern Star, Inc. and mail it to Carole Moore, PGM and in the memo line put iPad.  Thanks in advance for your help and please stay safe.
June 4, 2020 From the MWGM & MWGP:
It is with much pleasure that we announce the following MWGM's disbursements from the proceeds raised by Voluntary Donations during 2019-2020. We thank everyone who donated and participated in the events and projects. A deep gratitude is offered to all State and District project chairpersons, whose tireless efforts made these distributions possible. A special thank you is extended to Sister and Brother Judy and Dan Brown, PGOs, for all of their hard work and excellent record keeping. Sincerely and Fraternally,
Norma J. Hines, MWGM
Danny L. Cooper, MWGP

NJ Eastern Star Home, Inc.


NJ Eastern Star Home, Inc.  Building Fund


NJ Eastern Star Home, Inc.  Resident Fund


NJ Eastern Star Home, Inc.  Renew & Refresh Fund


NJ Eastern Star Home, Inc.  Furniture Fund


NJ Eastern Star Home, Inc.  Home Day


Eastern Star Charity Foundation, Inc.


Eastern Star Charity Fdn., Inc.  Scholarships


Past Matron/Past Patron Assoc., Inc.


Community Food Bank of NJ


American Diabetes Assoc.


Semper Fido


NJ Grand Assembly Rainbow


DeMolay of NJ


Melanoma Research Foundation


Atlantic County Canines


Cystic Fibrosis / Quinn’s Quest


Shriner’s Hospital of Philadelphia


Grand Chapter OES of NJ


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

Affsa - 11 Books
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)
FOUND:  Ladies size 8 brown Eastland casual shoes at a recent reception.

Good News
February 2020 Daria's Choices 
2019-2020 Norma & Dan's Grand Representatives
Lynn & Ken's Grand Representatives
Chapter & District Fundraisers
Deadline Oct 9, 2020 Haddonfield #140 Annual Pecan Sale + Cashews
12oz Mammouth Pecan Halves - $12
12oz Roasted & Salted Cashews - $12
12oz Bag Chocolate Covered Pecans - $10
8oz Pecan Carmel Clusters - $8
8oz Bag Glazed Pecans - $9
You will be notified for Curb-side Pickup at Haddonfield Lodge.
Orders & Money sent to Joanne Parsels, PGM
Any questions, give Joanne a call.
Nov 4, 2020 Haddonfield #140 Queen Esther at Sight & Sound - $125
Leave 8am Yardley Commons Senior Cntr, 209 Laurel Rd, Voorhees. Show, Buffet Meal at Shady Maple, home approx 6:30pm. $20 deposit to Joanne Parsels. Balance due Sep 3, 2020.
Mar 10, 2021 Fairview #219  Queen Esther at Sight & Sound
Any questions contact Joan Smith, PGM by phone or email.
  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, WDD #39
  "Bethlehem Cooks" - $8
Cookbook of Old Favorites & New. Contact Lauretta Korejko, Secretary
General Information