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Posting Requests to  Patti L Rhinesmith, RWG Secretary at NewJersey.OESGC@gmail.com   
GC Ofc 908-725-0222

Notary services are available, please call Grand Chaper Office for assistance. 

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Please contact Lorraine Altimus if you are interested in putting any photos on the website. 

Sister Lorraine Altimus, PGO will be serving as Sister Daria and Brother Bruce's photographer this year.  If you are looking to have pictures taken for the Grand Matron and Grand Patron's memory books, please contact her at your earliest convenience.  Her contact information is in the Official List Book. 

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We are NO LONGER accepting recycling itemsPlease do not bring them to your Chapter, there is no State Committee this year. 

New info - 7/26/21

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Due to the pandemic, we were unable to hold the Gown Boutique at the Eastern Star Home for Home Day. 

We are NOW happy to announce that we will be holding the "Annual Boutique Sale" on three separate dates.  Items for sale are gently used gowns, white and colored, tuxedos, shoes, gloves and other miscellansous items.  Gowns will remain the same price, $5.00. 

The 1st date is scheduled for Saturday, October 9th from 1:00 am to 4 pm at Gothic Fraternal Masonic Hall, 3682 Nottingham Way, Hamilton, NJ .  This is being hosted by the 38th District. 

The 2nd date will be Saturday November 13, 2021 from 9:00 am to 12:30pm at Merchantville Masonic Temple, Pennsauken, NJ.  This is being hosted by District #37 Home Chair Persons.

The 3rd  date is scheduled on Saturday, January 22nd from 10 am to 2pm at Little Falls Masonic Temple, Little Falls, NJ.  This will be hosted by Little Falls Chapter and the 31st District. 

Posted 9/2/2021


 Funeral Services:

Release Form to be signed by all members in attendance at a funeral. Can be found until FORMS   www.njoes.com/forms.html


Star Journal Issues can be found on the NJOES home page, under the information tab.

The August 2021 issue is now posted.   

Have you noticed the pin that our Most Worthy Grand Patron wears?  It looks like a shooting star with a paw print.  As he is also a member in Pennsylvania, he wears this pin which is a new public logo used by General Grand Chapter, mainly in conjunction with raising awareness for their main charity, Service Dogs.  Why this new logo?

General Grand has a member who is a marketing researcher.  She did a study about the general public's perception of the traditional Eastern Star.  As you can probably guess, the public has a lot of misconceptions about our Star.  Therefore, General Grand commissioned a new public logo. 

They are not looking to do away with the Traditional Star.  But they have found that the softer logo attracts many more individuals.  Membership has increased since they began using this logo on public advertisement. 

The Corporate Board is looking for a design of our own NJOES logo to use in public advertising.  As we are not part of General Grand, we are not able to use their trademarked logo.  Let me emphasize, OUR TRADITIONAL STAR IS NOT GOING AWAY!!!! 

Submit your design ideas to the Grand Chapter Office.  Prize will be awarded to any design we use. 

Aug 25, 2021 Grand Chapter is looking for individuals proficient with QuickBooks and Excel or with an accounting background to assist Grand Chapter on the Finance Committee.  (White Book 16.7).  If you are interested, please email Grand Chapter.  NewJersey.OESGC@gmail.com

7/15/21 Message from Sister Daria Hamm, MWGM
As we start this year of pandemic recovery, if you would like a special night in your Chapter, please send a request to me. 


Chapters to resume starting May 1, 2021

Please see attached questionnaire to be used at each meeting.  


Receptions/GO Honor Nights/District Meetings


Aug 17, 2021 Gloria #159 - 100th Year Celebration
Thursday September 23rd, 2021 - this is by invitation only, due to seating limitations.  Please contact Jessica Walton, WM if you are planning on attending. 

July 28, 2021 Scheduled District meetings for 2021-2022 calendar year
October 16, 2021 - District #36
November 20, 2021 - District #31
December 11, 2021 - District #34
New date
December 18, 2021 - District #32
January 8, 2022 - District #38
February 12, 2022 - District #33
February 26, 2022 - District #35
March 19, 2022 - District #37
March 26, 2022 - District #39

July 28, 2021

Sept 14, 2021
36th District Meeting - Saturday October 16, 2021
Place:  Shekinah Chapter - Lunch 12 Noon Sharp, District meeting to following.  Reservations to Sister Linda Thibault, WDD #36.  Cost $12.00. 

We will no longer be accepting reservations for the 36th District meeting lunch.  Thank you to those who have made reservations.  We look forward to seeing you on October 16th.   If you have not sent in your reservation, but would like to come, you may still attend the District Meeting.  

Upcoming Dates  -- see Chapter & District Fundraisers below
Sept 9, 2021 October 17, 2021 - "Believe in Dreams" 1st Reunion
Reunion hosted by the 38 and 33rd Districts on Octobe
r 17, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. at Loyalty Lodge, Union, NJ .  Buffet served.  Cost $25.00 / Club dues can be paid that day.  RSVP by October 1, 2021.  Checks payable to Elizabeth Young and mailed to her.

Flyer: Believe_in_Dreams_1st_ Reunion.pdf

Attendance at these Receivings are by Invitation Only.  Please check with the Worthy Matron of the Chapter before attending. 
September 14th - Homecoming of Jr. PGM - Norma J. Hines - Dewey Chapter #155
September 21st - Homecoming of Jr. PGP - Danny Cooper - Fairview Chapter #219
September 27th - Receiving - Daria Hamm, MWGM; and Michele Hess, PGM, RWGT
September 28th - Receiving - Joanne Byrne, RWG Conductress - Mt. View Chapter #205


Please check with the Worthy Matron of the Chapter before attending.  Some of these dates for honor nights and Top #3 are by invitation only. 
September 18th, Official Installation of DeMolay State Officers
September 24th, Honor night - Atlas #99
October 2nd - Grand Representatives meeting
October 5th - Honor Night - Stella #20
October 9th - PM & PP Association Annual Meeting
October 10th - Honor night - Emmaus #183
October 11th - Top #3 - Jephtha #134  100th Birthday Celebration
October 12th - Honor Night - Hobart #63
October 13th - Top #3 - Shekinah #82
October 18th - Honor Night - Monmouth #251 -
October 20th - Honor Night - Bordentown #257
October 23rd - Top #3 Dewey #155 Birthday - Invitation Only
October 26th - Honor Night - Williamstown #149
October 29th - Honor Night - Mt. View #205

Aug. 23, 2021

Updated 9/15/21
PM & PP Association annual meeting - October 9th, 2021
The Annual meeting of the PM & PP Association will be held at Musconetcong Lodge, Budd Lake.  Annual meeting to include reports from the previous year and Election of Officers.    This was postponed due to the pandemic.  Time 1:00 pm with banquet to follow.  Reservations NO LATER than 10/3 to Michele Hess, PGM, Secretary.  Cost $15.00 payable to "Past Matrons and Past Patrons Association".  

Aug 23, 2021 "Unity thru Simplicity" Christmas Party - December 12, 2021
The Christmas party will be on December 12, 2021, from 2 pm to 6 pm at CAMP INAWENDAWIN, Tabernacle, NJ .  Subscription $27.00.   Please contact Betty Robinson to make your reservation.  Checks to be made payable to:  Grand Chapter Voluntary Donations.

July 28, 2021 Halloween Hoot Halloween party - October 30, 2021
Wear your scariest costume, awesome music and surprises.
Sandwiches, desserts and beverages. 
To be held at the Scottish Rite Valley of Central NJ,  - Time 6pm to 11pm -
Cost $25.00, make checks payable to Voluntary Donations - subject line "Halloween Hoot" 
For tickets contact:  Karyn Visscher -

July 26, 2021 October 24, 2021 - "This Moment in Time" Club-10th & last Reunion

Sister Diane Schmolze, PGM and Sister Glenda Westenberger, PGP will be holding the tenth and last “This Moment In Time” Club reunion on October 24, 2021.  Come out and join the fun as we talk about the year 2010 -2011.   

Tenth Reunion This Moment in Time.pdf

Mar 17, 2021

Update 9-13-21

WOODLOCH EXTRAVAGANZA - November 8 to 12, 2021.

Join Sister Daria and Brother Bruce on a fall midweek escape to the Poconos.Activities and fun galore, along with a few surprises during our stay.  All meals, taxes and gratitudes included.

Update:  Final payment is due now. 


Good News and Health Announcements

Sept 7, 2021 Sister June Pfeifer-Bell, PGM
Sister June is having some health issues.  Please keep Sister June in your prayers and send cards to her home.

Sept 2, 2021 Angela DiDolce, GR of Bolivia, Atlas #99
Sister Angela and Brother Nicholas announce the births of their Twins Lia and Leo on August 10th.  Mom and Dad are doing great.  Send cards to their home.

Aug 26, 2021 Brother Bruce Zielinski, MWGP, Haddonfield #140
Brother Bruce and Sister Kathy became grandparents for the 1st time.  Tristan Thomas Zielinski was born on 8/25/21.  Mother, Son, and father all doing great.  Grandma and Grandpa very happy. 

Aug 21, 2021 Sister Diane Capel, PGM, Fairview #219
Keep Sister Diane in your prayers, as she was just released from the hospital and is now recuperating at home.

Aug 19, 2021 Sister Geraldine Showack-Pino, PGO, Williamstown #149
Sister Gerri is still recuperating from her surgery from last year.  Please send cards to her home.

Sept 9, 2021 Sister Lillie Clark, PGO, Alpha #288
Sister Lillie passed away on Tuesday September 7th.  There is no information at this time.  Services for Sister Lillie will be held on Friday, Saturday 17, 2021 from 9am to 11am (OES service at 10 am)  at Rose of Sharon Community Church located at 825 West 7th Street in Plainfield, NJ. 

All those who are not working on Friday and can help with the service please contact Sister Jane Strauss.  


Grand Chapter Announcements
 Now Available
Updated Grand Chapter Highlights Book - $24.33
A synopsis of NJ Eastern Star 1870-2020.  The Highlights Book has been published and is available for sale through the Grand Chapter Office.  The cost is $24.33 each, which includes postage.  Please make your check payable to "Grand Chapter OES of NJ" and mail to Grand Chapter Office, 111 Finderne Avenue, Bridgewater, NJ  08807-3101
  Looking for excess Paraphernalia/Flags/Poles etc
For Chapters in need, please contact Mary Elaine Guynn, RWG Trustee.
3 electric Signets available, contact Lynn Billingham, 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/Affsa - 11 Books
Capel/Parsons - 11 CD's
Bingenheimer/Robinson - 3 CD's
McGinley/Costello - 4 CD's


Good News
February 2020 Daria & Bruce's Grand Officers 

Daria & Bruce's Grand Representatives

Newly Appointed Grand Representatives
     Kentucky - Elizabeth Young, Bordentown Chapter No. 257, 38th District
     Louisiana - Nicole Dickerson, Starlight Chapter No. 107, 39th District
2019-2020 Norma & Dan's Grand Representatives
2018-2019 Lynn & Ken's Grand Representatives
Chapter & District Fundraisers
July 1, 2021


Eastern Star Tea Set - due to the fact that the 36th District Meeting was not held in the "Be Loyal to the Royal" year, this raffle was not drawn. It will now be drawn at this year's 36th District Meeting on Saturday, October 16th. Tickets can still be purchased until then. For more information, please contact chapter secretary Lynda McDowell, or Worthy Matron Betty Miskelly. Thank you!

  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
General Information
Charity Foundation News
  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!
Apr 13, 2021 The OES Charity Foundation will meet virtually this Wednesday, October 6, at 7pm.  To receive the meeting link please send an email to:  oescharityfoundationnj@gmail.com.

You will receive the link/invite for the meeting from that email account before Wednesday. 

The Board holds an Executive Session prior to the public portion of the meeting.  Our Executive Session may run slightly over, so please do not be discouraged if youare asked to wait in the "waiting room" (or to log off) for a few minutes. 

Please request the meeting link monthly.
Jan. 27, 2021 THE Eastern Star Charity Foundation of New Jersey, Inc. -
"Rays of Caring Capital Campaign.  "Be a Ray of Light to our Sisters and Brothers in Need".  


OES Home News - website:  www.njeasternstarhome.com
Aug 19, 2021 The person that emailed me about visiting the Eastern Star Home recently please contact me at 973-202-8857. 
Thanks Debbie LeDoux

Aug 19, 2021

Volunteer for the Eastern Star Home

If you would like to Volunteer at the Eastern Star Home to run a BINGO, hold a arts and craft program, celebrate birthdays, or anything else you must call Ashley Molnar at the Eastern Star Home and setup a date and time.  The day before you are going to the Home you need to email Ashley and CC it to Dawn and Lori (their email address are below), to let them know that you are coming and about what time you will be there, along with how many people you are bringing.  This way if Ashley isn’t in on the day you arrive at the Home, both Dawn and her secretary Lori will know that you will be there.  The CDC and the Governor’s Office has made some changes for Volunteers because the Covid cases are rising.  At the present time you will only be allowed to come in with a total of 4 people.  You will have to take a rapid Covid test that they will do for you at the Home.  You will have to fill out a questionnaire.  ONLY PERSONS THAT HAVE HAD THE COVID VACCINATION WILL BE ALLOWED IN.  On your first visit to the Home you will have to bring your Covid Vaccination Card.  They will make a copy of it so you will not have to bring it each time.  You will have to wear a mask the hole time you are in the Home (even if you are outside the Home). You will not be allowed to wander around the Home to visit the Residents.  They will be brough to you.  Because Covid cases are on the rise the rules change constantly.  Make sure you check with Ashley for any changes.  Here are the email addresses you will need:

Dawn Giakas – DGIAKAS@njeasternstarhome.com
Lori Patullo - lpatullo@njeasternstarhome.com
Ashley Molnar - 

Eastern Star Home phone Number – 908-722-4140

Dawn’s main goal is to keep the Residents and her employees along with anyone that comes into the Home safe.  If you have any questions please contact me.

In Star Love,
Debbie LeDoux




Jul 31, 2021


I hope you enjoyed the holiday weekend!  Again, I wanted to say THANK YOU for all the help you and everyone else has been giving me in regards to donations for the Boutique!  Friday July 30th, 2021 we will be hosting our THIRD pop up store already (time is flying bye!).  If you wouldn't mind helping me spread the word around to see if anyone would like to make some donations for the store this month, I would greatly appreciate it!  Items such as WATCHES, MEN & WOMENS tops sold out instantly last week!  The residents would very much enjoy finding more tops and watches in the mix next month.  ( Womens blouses from small-2xl / Men's tops from large to 2xl) Wallets are also still an item that is still being requested for along with ties, hats, and most importantly YARN!  Some of the ladies were asking to see some more lip sticks, and hairnets for the shower.  WORDSEARCH and SEDOKU puzzles are always a crowd pleaser!  ( Many of them do not care for cross word puzzles),  As always, any donations are greatly appreciated. Thanks for you time.

Ashley Molnar 
Director of Activities 
New Jersey Eastern Star Home
908-722-4140 ext. 3527


Jul 31, 2021


State Health Inspection has been completed.  We are proud to announce a Deficiency Free Annual Health Inspection.  We thank the staff who work extremely hard every day to deliver high quality, compassionate care to our residents. 

Delegate’s Meeting:  I want to thank everyone that attended and hopefully next year it will be back at the Chapel. We only had one Chapter missing. 

At the present time, the Home is open for visitors.  The Home is adhering to the requirements from the CDC and Governor’s office.  You need to call the Home to make an appointment to visit a resident.  Only two people can visit at a time with a resident.  They are doing both indoor and outdoor visitations.  It is also opened for volunteers.  If you or your Chapter, would like to do BINGO, craft projects or anything else you will need to contact Ashley Molnar, Director of Activities at 908-722-4140, ext. 3527 and let her know when and how many volunteers you will be bringing.  Masks must be worn while you are in the Home, and you need to take a rapid Covid test when you enter the Home.  With cold weather coming and COVID numbers on the rise, it is very important that you call to make an appointment before you go to the Home. 

Donations:  The Board of Directors and the New Jersey Eastern Star Home wants to thank everyone for your donations during these difficult times.  Because of the added expenses of COVID-19, Chapters not meeting, and Home Day canceled two years in a row, your donations are greatly appreciated.  If you would like to donate to the Home, please make a check payable to New Jersey Eastern Star Home, Inc. and in the memo line, put where you would like it to go.  Please mail all donations to Carole Moore, PGM.  

The Home is in need of BINGO prizes and items for the monthly Boutique.  Here are some of the suggestions, stuffed animals, jewelry, books, lap blankets, scarves, tissues, yarn, shirts for men and women, ties, hats, watches, or any other item you might want to donate.  Please make sure that you put it to the attention of Ashley Molnar, Director of Activities. 

Cards for the Residents:  The Department of Health is now focusing on preventing social isolation amongst residents. The Board of Directors is asking our membership to send cards to the Eastern Star Nursing Home.  If you know a resident there you can send it addressed to them.  If you don’t you can send your cards to the Activities Director, Ashley Molnar and she will pass them out among the residents. 

The mailing address for Ashley is:
New Jersey Eastern Star Home, Inc.
Attn: Ashley Molnar
111 Finderne Avenue

Bridgewater, New Jersey 08807

It doesn’t have to be a holiday; you can send thinking of you cards or anything that would benefit the residents.  The Eastern Star Home and the Board of Directors thanks you for all that you do for the residents.  

Refresh and Renew Project:  The A unit has been completed and looks beautiful.  We now must fix the B Unit and the shower room.  Attached below is information on the Refresh and Renew Project.

Becoming a Resident:  Attached below is information on becoming a resident at the Home.  If you have any questions, please contact Helen Bautista and she can get you the information you need.

Tree of Life:  If you would like to purchase a leaf or rock for the Tree of Life, the forms are on the NJ Eastern Star Home website.

Rehabilitation Unit:  We have a state-of-the-art Rehabilitation Unit and hope that you will consider our facility should you or someone you know need our services.  They provide physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy.  

Facebook/Website:  NJ Eastern Star Home has a Facebook page, please go on their page and follow them.  You can also visit the Home’s website at www.njeasternstarhome.com. 

Fundraiser:  COVID has put a stress on the Home financially.  I want to thank our members that have donated to the Home to help during these trying times.  In the Star Journal there is a calendar fundraiser.  Have some fun with it.  All donations for the calendar fundraiser can be sent to Carole Moore, PGM.  Please make sure you put Calendar fundraiser on the memo line.

Thanks in advance for your help and please stay safe.




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