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Posting Requests to  Patti L Rhinesmith, RWGS at NJOESGC@optonline.net     GC Ofc 908-725-0222
or Gail Naia, RWG Treasurer, RWGTNJ@optonline.net
the Offering, Sale, or Recommendation of Insurance of any kind is not advocated by the Order of the Eastern Star of NJ.

see the newest edition SEPTEMBER 2017 STAR JOURNAL under "Information" link.
 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. From then on, every time you purchase eligible items on Amazon Smile, a small percentage of your purchases will be donated by Amazon to the Charity Foundation. 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 those small donations, which will ultimately benefit our members in need. Should you have any questions, please contact Jeannette Wallace, RWGT. Thank you for your help!
Past Matrons & Past Patrons Assoc, Inc
Proposed By-Laws is at the drop-down menu "Information"
the printed CALENDAR is posted in drop-down menu on Home Page. It was printed in time for early distribution, so there are a couple of changes. Please note Oct 1 and Jan 20 shown below.
Receptions/District Meetings
Sep 9, 2017

Reception Atlas #99  -  $45
   Diana D. Affsa, MWGM & Emil Affsa, MWGP
The Grand Marquis, 1550 Rte 9 South, Old Bridge 08857. Payable to
Atlas #99, mail to Mary Jane Lojewski, PGM.  RSVP by Sep 1st.
No refunds after RSVP deadline.  Include Name, Title, Chapter, District, Phone, Email

Sep 23, 2017
12 Noon
District #32 Meeting - $15      Cheryl Butler, WDD
Masonic Hall, 175 Chestnut St, Nutley 07110. Payable to & mail to Cheryl Butler by Sep 15th.  Limited seating.
Sep 30, 2017
12 Noon
District #37 Meeting - $18      Judy Brown, WDD
Masonic Lodge, 6926 Park Ave, Pennsauken 08110. Payable to 37 District 2017-18, mail to Judy Brown by Sep 20.
Oct 5, 2017
Reception Tuckerton #54 - $40
   Mary Beth Wegman, GR of NE; Anna Tews, GR of GA

The Element Restaurant, 635 Route 72, Manahawkin 08050. Meal Choice: Chicken Francaise; Sliced Flat Iron Steak; or Penne Vodka. Payable to Tuckerton #54, mail to Patricia Hoagland, PGO Sec'y. RSVP by Sep 28.
Oct 21, 2017
12 Noon
District #38 Meeting - $15    Cheryl McCarthy WDD
  at which time Lynn C. Billingham, RWAGM will name the Associate Matrons and they will receive their special pin

Masonic Lodge, 15 Garden St, Mt Holly 08060. Payable to Melissa Peterson, mail to Cheryl McCarthy, WDD by Oct 7. Seating limited.
NOTE: Do not park in Friends' Meeting House lot.
Oct 25, 2017
Honor Night Shekinah #82  -  $8
   Diana Miller, WG Chaplain; Lynda McDowell, GR of Bolivia;
Robert Karrer, GR of NC; Russell Parsons, GR of FL

Masonic Lodge, 1317 Fairton Rd, Millville 08332. Ice cream social to follow. Payable to Shekinah #82, mail to JoAnn Bingenheimer, PGM Sec'y
Oct 26, 2017
Reception Gloria #159 - $38
   Carol Orner, WG Warder; Dawn Betts, WDD #35;
Debbie Morrison, GR of AR; Adair Ruane, GR of Brit Col & Yukon; Dale VanHouten, GR of MT

Sea Oaks Country Club, 99 Golf View Dr, Little Egg Harbor 08087. Meal Choice: Roast Pork Loin; Chicken Francaise; or Cavtelli & Broccoli. Payable to Gloria Chapter #159, mail to Jessica Walton, PGO by Oct 6.
Nov 4, 2017
12 Noon
District 31 Meeting - $18    Susan Whitty, WDD
Masonic Lodge, 24 Franklin Turnpike, Ramsey 07446. Payable to & mail to Joanne Byrne, RWG Trustee by Oct 21.

Upcoming Dates  -- see Chapter & District Fundraisers below
Sep 15, 2017
Past Matrons & Past Patrons Assoc, Inc State Project
   An Evening of Entertainment featuring our own Sister Janice Harrison-Aikens, WM Alpha #288
24 Rector St., Newark 07102.  $30 Dinner incl - payable to PM & PP Assoc, mail to Carol A. Johnson, GO President by Sep 8, 2017
Free parking across street with an attendant.
If you cannot attend, a donation to this cause is greatly appreciated.
Oct 1, 2017 Key to Success Reunion canceled
due to unforeseen circumstances. Looking forward to a reunion in 2018.
Oct 17-20, 2017 Freedom Trail to Boston by Senior Tours
the Best of Boston, Coastal Gloucester, "Old Ironsides", Old North Church, Fanneuil Hall, Quincey Market, and more. Senior Tours "extras" - cocktails, snacks, soft drinks, juices with escort on board; videos, games, good times.  3 Dinners, 3 Breakfasts. Incl all taxes, tips to hotel & restaurant staff, luggage transfers & more.
Per person rate: Single $898; Double $779; Triple/Quad $753. Send $100pp Deposit to: Seniortours, Inc, 508 Irvington Road, Drexel, PA 19026. State your name, address, phone, email, "Eastern Star Oct 17-20 Freedom Trail to Boston". You will receive confirmation at our address.
Oct 28, 2017
Halloween Hoot - Halloween Party - $25
Scottish Rite, 103 Dunns Mill Rd, Bordentown 08505. Checks payable to GC Voluntary Donations, in memo: Halloween Hoot. Mail to Karyn Visscher, WG Marshal.
Music by DJ Mike.  Costumes encouraged.  Be there, or be scared!

Dec 9, 2017 Spirit of Christmas "Snow Ball"
   Holiday Inn, 195 Davidson Ave, Somerset 08873

Ad Form & Booster Sheet

Dec 15-17, 2017
Check-in 3pm
Christmas in Cape May at the Grand Hotel
1045 Beach Drive.  Incl Welcome Party; 2 Breakfasts; Holly Trolley Tour; Cocktails & Dinner; Entertainment; Visit from Santa with gifts for all.  Free time for shopping & use of pool.
Rates per person (pp) all inclusive: $407 Single occupancy; $269pp Double; $239pp Triple.  RSVP with Name, Address, Phone with Deposit of $100pp by Nov 1st. Payable to & mail to Lorraine Altimus, PGO. Balance due by Nov 22.
Jan 7-19,
Sail with Diana & Emil - 12 Night Southern Caribbean Cruise on "Anthem" from Bayonne
all the special features of a beautiful ship. Visit San Juan; Philipsburg, St Maarten; St Johns, Antiqua; Castries, St Lucia; Bridgetown, Barbados; St Kitts & Nevis.  Cabins start at $1,418. Contact Mike at Adventure Travel, 732-450-9200 or 800-883-8646.
Jan 20, 2018
Table Lodge date changed to Feb 10
Feb 10, 2018
new date
Table Lodge @ Parkertown
details later

Health Announcements

Aug 19, 2017 Request for prayers from Linda Sue Lyons, PGO Laurel Springs #227
Linda has relocated out west to be with family. In a lengthy email she highlights the struggle of her 11 yr old granddaughter Yael and her eating disorder, and the sorrow it has brought the family. Here is the last paragraph:
"My original intention in writing you this email was to request prayers for strength and healing, yet as I have watched this living hell unfold I feel it is just as important to make you aware of this devastating disorder.  If your child starts experiencing dietary changes that seem extreme in nature please remember this email and consider their change as a red flag to get help. We deeply appreciate your prayers, thank you."  God bless- Linda Sue Lyons
Aug 16, 2017 Roberta Shontz, PGO Medford #287
is in the hospital for tests and a diagnosis. Keep her in your prayers and send cards to her home.
Aug 16, 2017 Vivian Molnar, PGO Mt Zion #116 & Gloria #159
facing another series of chemo treatments in the hospital and then to rehab. Keep her in your prayers and send cards to her home.
Aug 7, 2017 Message from Diane Schmolze, PGM
I saw the Dr. and she showed me my xrays, I got to see my hinges.  I expected not to be so sore still, but itís all part of the procedure.  I told her Iím not angel, but my back feels like I was one and someone cut my wings off.  She thought it was an accurate description.  There is a lot of muscle to cut through, so that explains the pain.  Progress is slow, but Iím on the right time line.  I have to start physical therapy; I finished my in- home therapy, so Iím looking for a place down here in Forked River.  It may be another 2 or 3 months before I can drive.  I woke up very sore this morning, but after getting poked, prodded and hit with the reflex hammer, Iím not surprised.  I need to wear a compression sleeve on my left arm; since itís been almost a year, there could be permanent nerve damage, but letís hope time will improve that.  Any progress is progress and you know me Ė no patience.  Hope to be able to get out and about soon.  I think Iíve read as many books as there are in the local library, but need more.  Iíll see what physical therapy allows me to do.  Thanks for all you have done for me and please thank everyone for their cards and prayers.

Aug 19, 2017 Anne Favinger, PM  Penns Grove #86
Memorial service at Eastern Star Home - 10am. This will be a joint service for Anne and her mother Elizabeth. Elizabeth was a resident of the Home and passed away Thurs, Aug 17.

Grand Chapter Announcements
those members who attended Grand Session and who provided an email address at registration should have received a survey, asking for their input as we evaluate and plan for future Grand Sessions. Other members will also have an opportunity to express their opinions and share their ideas when the survey is printed in the next issue of the Star Journal. We are asking for honest, constructive input from our members as we look to make positive changes as needed - here is your chance to contribute to the continued success of our Order! Any questions, please contact the Grand Chapter Office. THANK YOU!!
June 20, 2017 Officer tie tac pins - $8.00 
Grand Chapter has a limited supply of Chapter Officer tie tac pins.  Please contact Grand Chapter Office if you are interested. 
2017-18 Voluntary Donations Chairmen Joan Kelly-Witzig, PGO & Rosalinda Frascati, PGO
Donations payable to GC Voluntary Donations and mailed to Joan
  Looking for excess Paraphernalia/Flags/Poles ?
there are Chapters in need. Contact a RWG Trustee - Jeannette Wallace, Joanne Byrne, or Sharon Rosequist
3 electric Signets available, contact Lynn Billingham, RWAGM

Starlight #107 paraphernalia - many items
Ballot box; Conductress pointers; Sheaf of Wheat; Electa Cup; Ruth Banners; Chaplain Stole; Crown & Scepter; Flagpole Topper fot Christian flag; Flag pole stand; Altar cloth. Contact Sharon Rosequist, RWGT
  Proceedings available - Books $28, CDs $15
Bingenheimer/Robinson - 4 Books, 6 CD's
McGinley/Costello - 7 CD's 
Moore/Wack - 13 Books, 25 CD's

Proceedings available - Books $25, CD's $15 - listed below
Rhinesmith/Milley - 13 CD's 
Schmolze/Westenberger 10 books
Hess/Brustlin - 6 books, 10 CD's
Wells/McGeoch - 3 CD's
Wyant/Carter - 4 CD's
  LOST & FOUND - please contact the WG Marshal

Good News
2017-2018 Diana & Emil's Grand Representatives 
2016-2017 Diane & Bob's Grand Representatives

2015-2016 JoAnn & Don's Grand Representatives

Chapter & District Fundraisers
Sep 16, 2017
Tuckerton #54 - 50's Doo Wop Dinner Dance - $40
      put on your poodle skirts & penny loafers and get ready to Rock n Roll
Eagleswood Firehouse, 219 Railroad Ave, West Creek 08092. 50's themed dinner by Blue Collar Catering; music by Pat & Jan. Contact Linda Aho, WM or Anna Tews, GR of GA
Sep 16 & 17, 2017 Shekinah #82 Crop 'til you Drop!  $50 Saturday - $65 two days
             Sat, Sep 16, 8am - 10pm   /   Sun, Sep 17, 8am - 5pm
Saturday incl Beverages, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Sunday incl Coffee, Tea, Water & Menus
Vendors, Make & Takes, Card Making and More.  Croppers Table - who do you want to sit with?   Payable to Shekinah Chapter, mail to Betty Miskelly, PGO. Incl Name, Address, Phone, Email. Space limited - RSVP ASAP.
Sep 22, 2017
Medford #287 2nd Annual Blood Drive
Masonic Lodge, 25 Bank St, Medford 08055.
Contact Anita Cole, PGO
ongoing  Shekinah #82 selling "Please Stop Me Before I Volunteer Again" T-shirts
saying is printed on the back. On the front, over heart is OES logo with "Eastern Star Volunteer".   Blue.
                 $10 = M - L - XL            $12 = 2X, 3X
Contact Betty Miskelly, PGO or Jeannette Wallace, RWG Trustee
General Information