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Posting Requests to  Patti L Rhinesmith, RWG Secretary at NJOESGC@optonline.net   
GC Ofc 908-725-0222

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

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 ALL DONATIONS FOR VOLUNTARY DONATIONS, TO BE MAILED TO SISTER JUDY BROWN, CHAIRMAN. 
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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

 
August 27, 2020 letter from the MWGM & MWGP
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wgm_ltr_5_covid19 8-27-20.pdf
 

December 17, 2020 letter from the MWGM & MWGP
mwgm_ltr6_covid19 12-17-20.pdf

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The MWGM and MWGP along with Grand Chapter are inviting you to the Be Loyal to the Royal Bingo - To be annouced.

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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 staring May 1, 2021

March 30, 2021

Dear Sisters and Brothers:

After much consideration and discussion, along with the approval of the Most Worshipful Grand Master, we are allowing Chapters to resume meeting as of May 1, 2021.  In opening we must obey the NJ State guidelines:

Indoor Gatherings

Face coverings are required in indoor public spaces and in outdoor public spaces when social distancing is difficult to maintain. General indoor gatherings must be limited to 25 people. All attendees at indoor gatherings must wear face coverings and stay six feet apart.  Last Updated: 03/18/2021

https://covid19.nj.gov/search.html?utm_campaign=20201024_nwsltr_b&utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery&query=can+organizations+reopen+and+meet+again%3F

Grand Chapter is requiring that for Chapters to be able to hold meetings, the members that are attending and participating must adhere to the following:

1. Read, answer the attached questionnaire, and then sign the waver before the meeting starts. (Forms are to be in the secretaryís possession before the meeting can start. She will maintain copies of them on file. The Worthy Matron should maintain copies as well.)

2. Wear a facial mask that always covers both the mouth and nose. No exceptions.  If there is a medical reason one cannot wear a mask, it must be approved beforehand by the MWGM through the WDD.

3. Wear white gloves, including the Worthy Patron (Avoid using lace or open crochet gloves. Gloves are to be worn for your protection)

4. Maintain social distancing by standing and sitting 6 feet or more apart. No handshakes, hugs or touching.

5. There is to be no singing as part of the meeting.

6. Presentations of dignitaries or visiting guests are to be made from the sidelines. 

7. The number 25 people is 25 people in the building and not per room.  This must be adhered to, as per the Most Worshipful Grand Master. 

If any of these requirements are not complied with, the member(s) cannot attend or participate and will be required to leave.

We are giving a permission granted for chapters to elect and install officers on the same night.

We are giving a permission granted to install elected officers only and to declare all appointed officers installed.

We are giving a permission granted for chapters to meet with less than quorum but at least a minimum of five in attendance for it to be considered a legal meeting.

We are giving a permission granted allowing officers to sit in places other than their assigned stations to maintain social distancing.

These permissions granted will remain in effect until Sister Daria and Brother Bruce take office.

While refreshments are permissible, social distancing must remain in effect.  The decision to serve refreshments is a chapter-by-chapter decision.

The continued health and safety of our membership remains our priority. Should you have any questions, please contact your Worthy District Deputy, who has been given more detailed instructions from the Most Worthy Grand Matron.

We remind all of you to follow the recommendations to stay safe by practicing good hygiene, social distancing, and self-quarantining.

It is extremely important that you share this information with the members of your chapter. It is vital that they are kept informed of the determinations made by our Elected Line and the direction our Order is heading in during these unsettling times. In the meantime, we must ASK God for guidance and BELIEVE that He will send His Blessings for us to RECEIVE.

Fraternally,

 

Norma J. Hines, Most Worthy Grand Matron      

Danny L. Cooper, Most Worthy Grand Patron

 

Attest: Patti L. Rhinesmith, PGM

Right Worthy Grand Secretary

 

reopen_chapter_ltr.pdf
covid_release_questionnaire_2020_mtg.pdf

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!
Mar 4, 2020 Application to serve on the Charity Foundation Board

mea_culpa_letter_21.docx

ESCF_petition_rev_2021_v2.pdf


Feb 1, 2021 The OES Charity Foundation will meet virtually this Wednesday, April 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
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

Mar 27,2021 FROM THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS, NJ EASTERN STAR HOME

At the present time the Home is open for visitors.  The Home is adhering to the requirements from the CDC and Governorís office.  You need to call the Home to make an appointment to visitor a resident.  Only two people can visit at a time with a resident.  They are doing both indoor and outdoor visitations.

 Donations:  The Board of Directors and the New Jersey Eastern Star Home want 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 last year, your donation is 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.  Here are some of the suggestions, stuffed animals, jewelry, books, blankets, scarves, tissues, 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 donít you can send your cards to the Activities Director, Ashley Molnar and she will pass them out among the residents. 

The mailing address is:

NJ Eastern Star Home

Attn: Ashley Molnar
111 Finderne Avenue
Bridgewater, New Jersey 08807


It doesnít 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 thank you for all that you do for the residents.  

Refresh and Renew Project:  Attached below is information on the Refresh and Renew Project

Becoming a Resident:  Attached below is information on becoming a resident at the Home.  

Thanks in advance for your help and please stay safe.

Debbie

Renew_Refresh_Project.pdf

Becoming a resident_Flyer.pd

Receptions/GO Honor Nights/District Meetings


 

Upcoming Dates  -- see Chapter & District Fundraisers below
Mar 17, 2021

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.

DEPOSIT: $200 per person by May 15th, payable to GRAND CHAPTER VOLUNTARY DONATIONS.  Mail checks to Lynn Billingham

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

Mar 27, 2021 Sister Daria's Bus Trip - Virgina Beach, Colonial Williamsburg & Historic Norfolk

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

flyer_virginia_beach_1.pdf

TravelInsuranceFlyerVabeach.pdf

instructions_VirginiaBeach.docx

Mar 16, 2021 Sister Daria Trip - "RADIANCE OF THE SEA" Cruise - January 21, 2022

OES_JAN22.pdf


Mar 16, 2021
Saturday,March 27th, 2021 at 10 am we will have a lecture on Bohemian Masonic Glass given by Bro Jaap Sadilek MSc, from the Czech Republic.  The link to register is https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0vc-GorzIoG9DFGCafssCk6Qw4fU0hPlCK .

Bro Jaap Sadilek MSc is a retired international banker with Czech-Dutch roots. Initiated in Anglo-Dutch Lodge No 5862 in Londonís Masonic Hall in the Great Queen Street and passed there all degrees including the Royal Arch. Affiliated to lodge Jan Amos Comenius in Naarden No 208 (Netherlands) and subsequently affiliated in lodge Most No 3 in Prague of which he is Past Master. Became briefly Deputy Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of the Czech Republic and is Grand Representative of the Grand East of the Netherlands at the Grand Lodge of the Czech Republic. Is founder and chairman of the Praga Masonica, an independent society promoting the cultural heritage of freemasonry in the Czech lands. Praga Masonica is member of the Association of Masonic Museums Libraries Archives (AMMLA) in Brussels. In this capacity has given many public lectures at home and abroad.

In 2017 he was co-author of the exhibition Glass of Masonic Lodges in gallery PASK in Klatovy in  West Bohemia. In 2019 he was curator of the exhibition Alphonse Mucha Freemason in Kutna Hora in Central Bohemia. He regularly contributed to masonic magazines and yearbooks in the Czech Republic, Austria and Germany. With Dr. Lnenickova he is co-author of a pioneering study Bohemian Masonic Glass, which was published at the end of 2020.  He is also member of the Czech Society for Eighteen-Century Studies in Prague and is member of the Advisory Board of the Comenius Museum in Naarden.  

Bohemian Masonic Glass

 Bohemian glass is world famous. Less known is, that the Czech glassworks supplied the global market in the last two hundred years also with masonic glass. What are the typical Bohemian firing glasses, also known as cannons?  Who made them? With what symbols were they decorated? All of it and much more will be explained in this lecture.

 

Jan 27, 2021 
CANCELLED
Daria's Golf Outing - all outside event
Thursday June 10, 2021


CANCELLED

 

Jan 1, 2021
REVISED
3/30/2021
150th ANNUAL GRAND SESSION - May 26, 2021

March 30, 2021

Dear Sisters and Brothers:

It is with a great deal of sadness that we announce that the 150th Grand Session at Caesarís Casino and Hotel has been cancelled for this year.  We are required to obey the NJ State guidelines, which currently restricts indoor gatherings to 25 or less people.  Below is the official mandate from the Governor which can be found on the New Jersey State website:

Indoor Gatherings

Face coverings are required in indoor public spaces and in outdoor public spaces when social distancing is difficult to maintain. General indoor gatherings must be limited to 25 people. All attendees at indoor gatherings must wear face coverings and stay six feet apart.  Last Updated: 03/18/2021

https://covid19.nj.gov/search.html?utm_campaign=20201024_nwsltr_b&utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery&query=can+organizations+reopen+and+meet+again%3F

After much consideration and discussion, the Elected Line has voted that there will be an annual communication held on May 26th, to conduct only necessary business and officially elect and install Elected Line Officers, so that the business of Grand Chapter may continue.  Only those required to be present will be notified and allowed to attend.

We wish Sister Daria and Brother Bruce the absolute best as they assume the authority of leading our beautiful Order into the future.  It is important that we remind you that our year does not end until May 26th, when they are installed.  Until that time, we respectfully remind you to please continue to consult and work with the Worthy District Deputies and Worthy Grand Officers of 2019-2021 and to adhere to their instructions.

The continued health and safety of our membership remains our priority. Should you have any questions, please contact your Worthy District Deputy, who has been given more detailed instructions from the Most Worthy Grand Matron.

It is extremely important that you share this information with the members of your chapter. It is vital that they are kept informed of the determinations made by our Elected Line and the direction our Order is heading in during these unsettling times. In the meantime, we must ASK God for guidance and BELIEVE that He will send His Blessings for us to RECEIVE.

Fraternally,

Norma J. Hines, Most Worthy Grand Matron      

Danny L. Cooper, Most Worthy Grand Patron

Attest: Patti L. Rhinesmith, PGM

Right Worthy Grand Secretary



Grand_session_ltr.pdf

Jan 27, 2021 This Moment in Time Club Last Reunion
The Reunion is tentatively set for October 24, 2021.  We will let everyone know at a later date if and where it will be held. 


Jul 1, 2020  See info & pictures for MWGM & MWGP Jewelry
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Jewelry Info

Jewery pictures
 
 
   

Health Announcements

Mar 23, 2021 Sister Jane Ann Farissier, PGM
Sister Jane Ann had her second knee surgery on Thursday March 25th, and is now home resting.  Please send cards to her home.

Mar 23, 2021 Beverly Maqueda Chapter health annoucements for their members
Brother Firman's 81st birthday is coming up. Kevin and Heather Shoppas suggested that we do a Chapter "drive-by"  to celebrate the event on April 3, 2021, at 11:00.  We will depart for the birthday drive-by at 11:15.  We hope you can make this event to celebrate Firman's birthday.  Please contact Arleen, WM if you would like to meet and she will give you the location and if you want his mailing address to send him a birthday card.  


Sorrow
April 5, 2021 passing of Ruth Simpson, PGO, Nutley #121
passed away on March 15th, 2021.  She was also an active member in the Order of Eastern Star. Her accomplishments there include; Grand Soloist, Worthy District Deputy, Grand Representative and Worthy Matron of the Rutherford Chapter several times. 


Mar 16, 2021 passing of Brother Larry Dukin, PGO, Starlight #107
Brother Larry Dukin passed away Monday, March 15th.  Please keep Sister Mara in your prayers, on the loss of her father.  Sister Mara also is mourning the loss of her mother Sister Elaine. 

passing of Elaine Pierce -Dukin, PGO, Starlight #107

Sister
Elaine Dukin passed away Tuesday February 16th.    Once information is available for a memorial service, we will post it on the website. 

Mar 13, 2021 passing of Sister Henrietta Doty, Stella #20

DOTY, Henrietta P.  of Wood-Ridge, on March 9, 2021.  Born in Jersey City to the late Henry and Caroline Prahm.  She resided in Wood-Ridge since 1958.  She was a member of Stella Chapter #20, Order of the Eastern Star of NJ for 56 years, serving as Worthy Matron multiple times, and also District Deputy of the old 2nd District during 1985 - 1986. 

She was predeceased by her husband Roy C. Doty, Jr. in 1987.  She is survived by her loving daughters Laura VanDenHouten and her boyfriend Kenneth Sanderlin, Sandy Lind and her husband Jimmy, and Lisa Hjelm and her husband Patrick; two grandchildren Janet Gencarelli and her husband Ernesto, and Alec Doty; and two great grandchildren Dorian and Hannah. 

No services will be held at this time.  Cremation was private.  A memorial will be planned for a later date when it is safe to gather together.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to the New Jersey OES Home in Bridgewater, NJ.

Mar 8, 2021 passing of Vicky Mickiewicz, PGO, Gloria #159 - Treasurer Emeritas
Sister Vicky passed away on Saturday March 6, 2021.  She was a member of Gloria Chapter for 59 years.  If you wish to send a card to the family, it can be sent to her granddaughter.  Please call the Jessica Walton, Associate Matron of Gloria Chapter for her address.

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

Good News
February 2020 Daria's Choices 

NEW GRAND OFFICER ANNOUCEMENTS:
          Worthy Grand Private Secretary:  Cathy Fusaro, Bordentown Chapter #257, 38th
          Worthy District Deputy #39:  Lisa Couch, Starlight Chapter #107, 39th

  
2019-2020 Norma & Dan's Grand Representatives
 
2018-2019
Lynn & Ken's Grand Representatives
 
Chapter & District Fundraisers
Mar 7, 2021 Laurel Springs #227 - Spring Flower sale
Laurel Springs Chapter is currently holding their Spring Flower sale.  Orders must be in by April 1st.  Orders are to be submitted to Linda Read.  Contact the Secretary Freda Anderson for Linda's phone number.  Driveby pickup is on April 17, 2021 from 11am to 12 noon.

Hanging Baskets - $10 or $14.00
Specialty Hanging Baskets - $14.95, $19.85 and $29.60
Garden Planters
2 Gal. Perennials,
Tier 1 $9.90
Tier 2 $9.90
Tier 3 $10.85
Geranium Flats - $22.80
Flats $12.00
Chef's Delight Herb Flat $19.60
Mixed Veggie Garden Flag $18.00

 
  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