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Editor's Notes

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


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


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
wgm_ltr_5_covid19 8-27-20.pdf

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


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

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


Chapters to resume staring May 1, 2021

Please read the attached letters and questionnaire.  


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



Apr 13, 2021 The OES Charity Foundation will meet virtually this Wednesday, June2nd, 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
Apr 18, 2021

Home Day

Due to COVID and because the Chapters are not meeting till May and to ensure the safety of the Residents, Home Day Has Been Canceled for this year.  See you next year.

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

See attached article


Health Inspection was conducted from 4/19/21 through 4/23/21.  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.  The news article is attached please read the wonderful care that our Home has to offer. 


Delegate’s Meeting has been scheduled for Saturday, June 5th.  All the information for the Delegates meeting has been sent to your Chapter secretary.  It is very important that we get the name of the person that will be on the WebEx meeting.  Please get that information to the Home, Attn: Lori Patullo as soon as possible.


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.


 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.  Here are some of the suggestions, stuffed animals, jewelry, books, lap 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 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 is:

NJ Eastern Star Home

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 thank 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.  

Thanks in advance for your help and please stay safe.



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 and Brother Bruce Bus Trip - Virgina Beach, Colonial Williamsburg & Historic Norfolk

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





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


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

Jan 1, 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 Caesar’s 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


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.


Norma J. Hines, Most Worthy Grand Matron      

Danny L. Cooper, Most Worthy Grand Patron

Attest: Patti L. Rhinesmith, PGM

Right Worthy Grand Secretary


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
Jewelry Info

Jewery pictures

Health Announcements

May 4, 2021 Sister Michele Hess, PGM, Northern #38
Sister Michele recently had surgery on her wrist.  Please remember her with cards. 

Apr 20, 2021 Sister Kay Zadoorian, PGO, Lydia Chapter #41
Sister Kay had a fall recently and is now in the Eastern Star Home.  Please remember her with cards.

May 6, 2021 passing of Fred Martin, PGO, and WP of Athene #201
and President of the Charity Foundation

Frederick H. Martin Jr., longtime Camden resident passed away Wednesday, May 5, 2021. He was 71. Fred dedicated many years working for the City of Camden in a variety of capacities in their public works and utilities departments. He was a member of the Camden Planning Board and Historic Review Committee., and St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. Fred was also a longtime member and Past Master of the USS New Jersey Lodge No. 62 F&AM and member of the Eastern Star where he was Patron numerous times. He was a caring husband, father, and son who loved a good cigar and any chance he could get to start a conversation with someone.

Son of the late Frederick Martin Sr.; he is survived by his loving wife of 47 years, Debbie; two children, Frederick H. Martin III “Ricky,” Helen Rebecca “Becky” Martin-Rosso (Chuck); his mother, Helen Martin; two brothers, David Martin (Patty), John Martin (Margaret); and numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews and friends.

Funeral service will be held 11 am, Wednesday at the Gaskill-Brown Funeral Home, 33 West Maple Avenue, Merchantville. Relatives and friends may visit Tuesday evening from 6 to 8 pm and again Wednesday morning from 10 am until time of service. A Masonic and Eastern Star Service will be held 8 pm Tuesday evening. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in his memory to the Eastern Star Charity Foundation, which he was President at 111 Finderne Ave., Bridgewater, NJ 08807. For condolences, please visit www.gaskillbrown.com

 Athene will be having a luncheon after Wednesday services at the Merchantville Lodge where the Chapter meets.  All are invited. 

Please keep Sister Debbie and family in your prayers.  Cards can be sent to her 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, 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 

          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
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
  "Bethlehem Cooks" - $8
Cookbook of Old Favorites & New. Contact Lauretta Korejko, Secretary
General Information