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

GOWN BOUTIQUE
WE ARE CURRENTLY NOT ACCEPTING GOWNS, OR ANY ITEMS AT THIS TIME FOR OUR ANNUAL GOWN BOUTIQUE AT HOME DAY.  WE WILL KEEP YOU POSTED, IF AND WHEN WE DO START COLLECTING AGAIN. 

 
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EFFECTIVE MAY 19TH - WE WILL NO LONGER HAVE ACCESS TO OPTONLINE.  OUR NEW EMAIL ADDRESS IS:  NewJersey.OESGC@gmail.com.

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Notary services available, call Grand Chaper Office 
Patti Rhinesmith, RWG Secretary can help you with that.

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 MWGM, MWGP letter regarding Funeral Services:

Most Worthy Grand Matron's Letter on Funerals
 
Release Form can be found in FORMS   www.njoes.com/forms.html

 


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The New Star Journal - March 2021 is available on the NJOES home page, under the information tab.

The
September 2020 issue of the STAR JOURNAL may be found under the Information Tab on NJOES home page.



3/30/21

Chapters to resume starting May 1, 2021

Please read the attached letters and questionnaire.  

reopen_chapter_ltr.pdf
covid_release_questionnaire_2020_mtg.pdf

May 31, 2021 Grand Session election results
Michele Hess, Right Worthy Grand Treasurer
Mary Elaine Guynn, Right Worthy Grand Trustee

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!
June 4, 2021 Charity Foundation Officers 2021-2022
Joseph Herx, President
Jane Ann Farissier, PGM, Vice President
Norma J. Hines, Jr. PGM, Secretary
Dana Ivan, PGO, Treasurer


Charity Foundation newly elected and appointed Delegates

Dale Van Houten, GO, 4 year term
Norma J. Hines, Jr. PGM, 1 year term
Lisa Couch, GO, 1 year term
James Hine, PGO, 1 year term
Steve Wendowski, GO, 1 year term

May27, 2021

Charity Foundation Scholarship Award Recipients – 2021

The Charity Foundation is pleased to announce that the following applicants were chosen to receive a scholarship in the amount of a one-time award of $5,000.00 each.

General Scholarship to:

Alyssa Costello - She is sponsored by her grandmother, Sister Marion Canary, Gloria Chapter #159, District 35.

Ahnika Eberl - She is sponsored by her grandparents, Sister Linda Amme and Brother Ron Amme, Penns Grove Chapter #86, District 37.

Allied Health Scholarship to:

Peyton Rydholm - She is sponsored by her Grand Aunt, Sister Nancy Herbert, Ocean Chapter #214, District 34.

NJ Order of Rainbow Scholarship to:

Isabella Storie - She is sponsored by her mother, Christine Storie, Morning Star #22, District 38.

The Charity Foundation Board extends their very best wishes and success to all of this year’s recipients as they pursue their educational goals.

Respectfully submitted,

Judith Brown, Scholarship Committee Chairperson 2020-2021  

 

Apr 13, 2021 The OES Charity Foundation will meet virtually this Wednesday, July 7th, 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".  

CAPITAL.CAMPAIGN.FLYER.pdf





OES Home News - website:  www.njeasternstarhome.com
 
June 14, 2021 Message from the Director of Activites at the NJ Eastern Star Home

Hello everyone,

I am writing to you regarding some items that the residents are asking for this month's Boutique which will be hosted on 6/30/2021. Maybe you can help spread the word around to see if anyone would like to make some donations! Some of the items they are looking for are Shirts, men & women, ties, hats, watches, and most importantly YARN!  The residents basically wiped us out of all the donated/purchased yarn at last month's store.  Some of the ladies were asking to see some makeup like powders and brushes. Word Search Puzzles and the Sudoku Puzzles are in high demand also.  Many of them do not care for cross word puzzles.  As always, any donations are greatly appreciated.  Thanks for your time.

Kindly,

Ashley Molnar
Director of Activities 
New Jersey Eastern Star Home
111 Finderne Ave,
Bridgewater, NJ 08807
Phone 908-722-4140 ext. 3527


Feb 18, 2021 Dawn Giakas, Administrator of the NJ Eastern Star Home
Article written for the Star Journal


See attached article
StarJournalArticle.Dawn.Giakas.Administrator.pdf

June 27,2021 FORMS FOR THE NJ EASTERN STAR HOME

Renew_Refresh_Project.pdf

Becoming a resident_Flyer.pd


State_survey_press_release_April_2021.docx

Tree-of-Life-Order-Form-LEAF.pdf

Tree-of-Life-Order-Form-ROCKS.pdf
Receptions/GO Honor Nights/District Meetings



 

Upcoming Dates  -- see Chapter & District Fundraisers below
June 14, 2021 NJ OES GRAND CHAPTER & GRAND LODGE OF NJ -STATE MASTER MASONS NIGHT - SEPTEMBER 11, 2021
To be held at Masonic Fellowship Hall - 1114 Oxmead Road, Burlington, NJ  08016

RSVP - Friday, September 3rd.  Subscription $35.00 per person.  Make Checks payable to: Grand Chapter Voluntary Donations.  Sent to: Joanne Byrne, RWGC. 

Flyer: master_mason_night_invite_2021.docx

May 31, 2021 UPCOMING DATES
June 26th - Grand Representative Luncheon (See info below - Mischievous Elves Luncheon)

May 31, 2021 UPCOMING RECEIVING DATES
Attendance at these Receivings are by Invitation Only.  Please check with the Worthy Matron of the Chapter before attending. 
September 2nd - Receiving Bruce Zielinski, MWGP - Haddonfield Chapter #140
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
May 27, 2021 DIANA & EMIL'S MISCHIEVOUS ELVES - LUNCHEON
Diana and Emil's Mischievous Elves cordially invite you to attend their Spirit of Christmas Luncheon on Saturday, June 26, 2021, Time 12 Noon, Place: Tall Cedar Picnic Grove, Hamilton, NJ  08620.  Subscription $16.00 Adults, $8.00 child, Please RSVP to Sister Carol Feiler, PGO.

Mar 17, 2021




Update 6-14-21

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:  If anyone is still interested please contact Sister Lynn Billingham, ASAP. 
Additional payment of $150.00 will be due August 1st.  Make payable to GRAND CHAPTER VOLUNTARY DONATIONS and mail to checks to Sister Lynn.


TOTAL COST: $575(per person double); $465(per person triple); $660(single)
Contact Lynn Billingham for more details

Mar 27, 2021




Update 6-14-21
Sister Daria and Brother Bruce Bus Trip - Virgina Beach, Colonial Williamsburg & Historic Norfolk

Date of Trip - September 13th to 17th, 2021

If anyone is still interested in signing up for the bus trip, the deadline has been extended to July 13th .  Please contact Diane Schmolze for information.  

Trip must be paid in full by July 13th, and mail to Sister Diane.  All checks are made payable to Diamond Tours.  Please see the revised flyer also for a new venue.  


Flyer: 1751977-5A1602_MOD_1.pdf

TravelInsuranceFlyerVabeach.pdf

instructions_VirginiaBeach.docx

PassengerWaiver_1751977.pdf

Mar 16, 2021


Update 6-14-21
Sister Daria and Brother Bruce Trip - "RADIANCE OF THE SEA" Cruise - January 21, 2022

Still have openings for the cruise, please contact Sister Diane Schmolze for more information.

OES_JAN22.pdf


   

Health Announcements

   
June 22, 2021 Memorial Service for Elaine and Larry Dukin and Henry Pearce
On Sunday July 25th at 11 a.m. at Acacia Lodge in Dover, NJ, there will be a celebration of life for Sister Elaine, Brother Larry and Brother Henry.  There will be a Masonic Service as well as Eastern Star Service.  There will be a small repass to honor them.  For those who can't attend or feel uncomfortable, I will provide a zoom link closer to the date.  All are welcomed to come celebrate the lives of three amazing people who loved Star.  Please RSVP to Sister Mara Dukin. 

June 17, 2021 Sister Carol Merrill, PGO, Gloria Chapter #159
Sister Carol fell walking her dog and fraturned her shoulder.  She is in a sling with a great deal of pain.  Prayers and thinking of you cards would be appreciated.  They can be sent to her home.  Please check with the Chapter Secretary as her address is different then the Official List book. 


Sorrow
June 22, 2021 News from Haddonfield Chapter #140
It was announced that the following Sisters recently passed on to Grand Chapter on High. 
Sister Anna Hamilton, PGO - January 17, 2021
Estelle Klohocker, PM - May 2, 2021
Alfreda Lynch - May 16, 2021
Dorothy Pangborne, PGO - April 21, 2021
June 21, 2021 passing of Sister Sara Budd, PGO, Starlight #107
Sister Sara passed away on Friday, June 18th.  Eastern Star services will be held June 23rd, 7:00 p.m. at Newbaker Funeral Home, Blairstown.  Burial will be Thursday June 24th, 11:00 a.m. at Yellow Frame Presbterian Church, Fredon Twsp. 

Please keep her family in your prayers. 

Visit Newbaker Funeral Home for her complete Obituary. 
June 2, 2021 passing of Sister June Chamberlain, PGO, Lydia #40

Sister June Chamberlain, died Sunday, May 30, 2021. 

A memorial service with Eastern Star will be held at a later date at Hagan-Chamberlain Funeral Home, LLC, Bound Brook, NJ.   Shives Funeral Home, Trenholm Road Chapel, is assisting the family locally.

Memorial contributions may be made to the New Jersey Eastern Star Home, 111 Finderne Ave., Bridgewater, NJ, 08807. 

Visit Hagan-Chamberlain Funeral Home for a complete obituary.

May 31, 2021 passing of Brother Ronald Brining, WP of Haddonfield #140
Brother Ron, passed away this morning, May 31st.  Ron was born to Herbert and Margaret Brining and lived most of his life in Blackwood, NJ.  Ron was very active in Freemasonry.  He was a devoted member of the Masons, the Eastern Star, the Scottish Rite, as well as many other Masonic organizations.  He loved the Phillies and shared his love of baseball to anyone that would listen.  Ron put his time, energy, and heart into everything he did, always running at full speed.   Family and friends were invited to visit on Tuesday June 8th from 6 to 8pm at the Smith Funeral Home, Mantua, NJ and Wednesday June 9th, from 9:30 pm to 10:30am at Church of the Incarnation.  Visit the website of: Smith Funeral Home, Mantua, NJ for the complete obituary.  Please keep Sister Paula Brining, PGO and his two daughters Elizabeth and Kathlryn (Joe) in your prayers.  Cards can be sent to their home. 


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 ?
For Chapters in need, please contact Sharon Rosequist, 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
June 2, 2021 Sister Lillian Bott, PGO, Mt. View #205, birthday celebration
Sister Lillian turns 100 years young on June 23rd.  Please send cards to help celebrate her special day. 
February 2020 Daria's Choices 

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
 
  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