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Posting Requests to  Patti L Rhinesmith, RWG Secretary at NJOESGC@optonline.net     GC Ofc 908-725-0222
or Gail Naia, RWG Treasurer, RWGTNJ@optonline.net
Do you need the services of a Notary? 
Patti Rhinesmith, RWG Secretary can help you with that.
 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. Any questions?  Please contact Jeannette Wallace, RWAG Conductress. Thank you for your help!

STAR JOURNAL SEPTEMBER 2019 edition is on site.
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Grand Chapter is seeking interested, qualified candidates to run for Right Worthy Grand Trustee!
Due to the change to Grand Chapter Law, there has not been an election for Right Worthy Grand Trustee in two years. The next election will take place at Grand Session in May 2020. We're asking that any interested Sisters make themselves known now to the Right Worthy Grand Secretary, so you may be afforded opportunities to serve on Grand Chapter Committees and get insight into the running of Grand Chapter. This does not obligate you to run - it gives you the chance to learn more and make an informed decision. Any questions, please contact the Grand Chapter Office. Signed Petitions for Right Worthy Grand Trustee will be due March 1, 2020.
Receptions/GO Honor Nights/District Meetings
Nov 12, 2019 TOP3 & Honor RWG Officers Night at Hobart #63
   is postponed to Nov 22 due to impending storm
Nov 16, 2019
District 32 Meeting, Christina Fullam, WDD - $15
Masonic Lodge, 404 Tenafly Rd, Tenafly 07070. Payable & mail to Deborah LeDoux, PGO. RSVP by Nov 6. Limited seating.
Nov 17, 2019
OES Home 61st Birthday, Grand Visitation
 111 Finderne Ave, Bridgewater 08807. Entertainment by Joy Ride.  RSVP by Nov 7, 908-722-4140, Ext 3550
Nov 20, 2019
Bordentown #257 Party Night
  Cheryl McCarthy, WG Ruth; Cathy Fusaro, WG Electa;
    Martha Osburn-Henry, GR of CO; William Walling, GR of N
      Charles Peterson, GR of Brit Col & Yuk;
        Barbara Helfrey-Hayes, GR of MD
Mastoris, 144 US 130, Bordentown 08505. Attendees pay for own dinner & beverages. RSVP by Nov 13 to Bettye Young, PGO
Dec 14, 2019
District 38 Meeting, Anita Cole, WDD - $25
Masonic Lodge, 621 Chester Ave, Riverside 08075 (there is a chairlift). Hot Buffet - Ham, Turkey, GreenBeans, Pasta Salad, BakedBeans, Tossed Salad, Dessert. RSVP by Dec 1 to Virginia Hurley, WM Medford #287.
Jan 4, 2020
District 33 Meeting, Karyn Visscher, WDD - $18
Masonic Lodge, 1011 Central Ave, Westfield 07090. Payable & mail to Cynthia Errickson, GR of Oregon. RSVP by Dec 24. Limited seating.
Jan 6, 2020
Bethlehem #40 & Tuckerton #54 Reception - $22
   Dana Ivan, WG Bearer for Christian Flag
     & Linda Aho, GR of Montana
Eagleswood Firehouse, 219 Railroad Ave, West Creet 08092.  Buffet Dinner. Payable to Tuckerton #54; mail to Gail Naia, RWG Treasurer. RSVP by Dec 30, 2019.
Jan 14, 2020
Morning Star #22 Reception - $30
 Cynthia Errickson, GR of Oregon;
   Mary Elaine Guynn, GR of Louisiana;
    MaryBeth Tait, GR of Virginia; Elaine Bellan, GR of Saskatchewan;
     Gregory Guynn, GR of District of Columbia
Crescent Shrine, 700 Highland Drive, Southampton 08060. Payable to Morning Star #22, mail to Carole Moore, PGM. RSVP by Jan 4.

Jan 18, 2020
District 34 Meeting - Pamela Lindson, WDD - $15
Masonic Lodge, 2 Dutch Lane Rd, Freehold 07728. Payable & mail to Pamela Lindson, WDD. RSVP by Jan 1, 2020.
Jan 19, 2020
Atlas #99 Party Night
  Stephanie Bowen, WG Warder; Karyn Visscher, WDD #33;
    Patricia Affsa-Pydecki, GR of Bolivia;
      Roberta Russell, GR of Washington
Mastori's Diner, 144 US Hwy 130, Bordentown 08505. Choose your meal. Order & pay for what you would like. RSVP by Jan 5 to Diana Affsa, PGM to reserve your seat.
Jan 29, 2020
Shekinah #82 Honor Night - $10
   Jeannette Wallace, RWG Conductress
Masonic Lodge, 1317 Fairton Rd, Millville 08332. RSVP by Jan 15 to Pat Collins. Payable to Shekinah Chapter #82.
Jan 31, 2020
Raritan #58 Honor Night - $10  RESCHEDULED from Oct 16
   Alice B. Carter-Mead, GR of Alabama
      Geoffrey Bleich, GR of Idaho
Masonic Hall, 120 Old Bridge Trnpk, South River 08882. RSVP by Jan 15 to Elaine Stanton, PGO. Seating is limited.
Feb 24, 2020
6pm Social
6:30 Dinner
Ocean City #83 Reception - $38
  Bonnie Horan, WG Adah; Virginia Dickson, WDD #36
    Rita Germanio, GR of Minnesota
Mays Landing Country Club, 1855 Cates Rd, Mays Landing 08330. Roast Turkey Breast & Vegetables; (Pasta Primavera on request). RSVP by Feb 14 to Joan Narvell, AM.

Upcoming Dates  -- see Chapter & District Fundraisers below
OCT 26, 2019 Royal Ball Ad Book ads Deadline
Submit ads to Debbie LeDoux.  Email: debbie9011@gmail.com
 Ads may include greetings from clubs, groups, individuals, Memorials, Honorariums, shout-outs
Nov 6-11, 2019 Motorcoach to Charleston, SC & Savannah, GA  with Norma & Dan
5 nights, 5 breakfasts, 3 dinners. Carriage Tour in Charleston; Dinner Cruise; Magnolia Plantation; Historic Savannah; Ghost Trolley Tour; Beaufort, SC. Travel tour expert, all tax & gratuities. Dbl $1,259pp; Trpl $1,155; Sgl $1,597.
Nov 6, 2019 (pdf)
Nov 14, 2019
Grand Officer's Night Gloria #159
110 Rte 37 W., Toms River 08753.  RSVP Marie Clonan, WM
Nov 17, 2019
61st Birthday Celebration of NJ Eastern Star Home
111 Finderne Ave, Bridgewater 08807. Entertainment by "Joy Ride".
RSVP by Nov 7 to Cindy 908-722-4140, ext 3550.
Nov 23, 2019
Social 5pm
Dinner 6pm
Fair Bridge Hotel, 195 Davidson Ave, Somerset 08873. Music by "All Tuned Up". Payable to GC Voluntary Donations, mail to Diane Schmolze, PGM.
Dec 1, 2019
Spirit of Christmas 2nd Reunion
   Diana Affsa, PGM & Emil Affsa, PGP
Mastoris, 144 US 130, Bordentown 08505. Order off menu, pay your own. RSVP by Nov 17 to Cheryl McCarthy, GO to reserve a seat. Dues of $3 may be sent to Karen Visscher, GO.
Dec 3-6, 2019 Diana & Emil Affsa's Grand Representatives Bus Trip
 Oglebay & Pittsburgh.  Incl 3 Nights, 3 Breakfasts, 2 Dinners. Guided tour of Pittsburgh, the Duqyesne Incline, Oglebay Mansion & Festival of Lights.
Starr Motor Coach w/lavatory, WIFI, Meal taxes & gratutities. Cost PP Single $874; Dbl $674; Trpl $604; Quad $564. Insurance cost $50 - $80. Pickup in Bridgewater 7:30am or Laurel Springs 9am. Contact Diane Schmolze, PGM. Final paymnt Oct11.
Dec 3, 2019 pdf
Dec 6, 2019
Grand Officer's Night Delaware #50
Masonic Lodge, 400 Hillcrest Blvd, Phillipsburg 08865. RSVP RuthAnn Hoyt, WM
Jan 26, 2020
Believe in Dreams Winter Beach Party Reunion - $32
Kristy's, 562 Rte 9, Waretown 08758.  Sausage&Peppers, Pulled Pok, BBQ Chicken, Salads, Dessert Mini Apple Caramel Crumb. Payable & mail to Patricia-Jo Hoagland, PGO. RSVP by Jan 5, 2020.
Masonic Lodge, Rte 541, Burlington 08016. Details to follow. Contact Mary Elaine Guynn, PGO
Feb 28, 2020
Social 6-6:30pm
    Stage Front VIP Seating - $35

Crescent Shrine, 700 Highland Drive, Westampton 08060. Tables of 8-10 may be reserved.  Deli sandwiches & salads.  Payable to GC Voluntary Donations. RSVP by Feb 12, 2020.  Contact Paul Lojewski, PGO
March 8, 2020 IRISH TEA
Grow Hall, Masonic Home, 902 Jacksonville Rd, Burlington 08016. Details to follow. Contact Judy & Dan Brown, Voluntary Donations Co-Chairs
March 26, 2020 Fly to Ireland with Norma & Dan
  Contact Jane Ann Farissier, PGM. See details on flyer
 Mar 26, 2020 pdf

Health Announcements

Oct 31, 2019 Joan Auge, PGO  Wall #143
coming home from Rehab after a procedure. Send prayers & cards for healing.
Oct 25, 2019 Karen Sorbello, WM Haddonfield #140
recovery from a fall at her daughter's home. Please send prayers & cards.
Oct 23, 2019 Kathy Flynn, PGO Beverly Maqueda #276
recuperating at home after serious ear surgery. Send prayers & cards for healing.
Oct 22, 2019 Kathleen Murphy, GR of Maine
fell and severly broke her leg and ankle. She will be laid up quite awhile. Keep her in your prayers and send cards.

  Frances Prutzman, PGO  Haddonfield #140
Age 93, a 74 year member. Beloved wife of the late Walter Prutzman.  Dear mother of Susan Gail (Galen) Piper, Richard (Renee) Prutzman and P. Bruce (Christine) Prutzman.  Loving grandmother of Eric, Brett, Katelyn, Zachary, Rachel and Cole and great grandmother of Caleb and Jackson. "Fran" was a longtime registered nurse with West Jersey Health Systems, Camden and an active member of Collingswood Chapter #150 (now Haddonfield #140).  She was also a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Tatem-Shields Post #17 American Legion Auxiliary, Collingswood, Historical Society of Collings-Knight House, Colonial Dames, Altar Guild of Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, Nurse Corps and Civil Defense of Collingswood. Relatives and friends are invited to attend her visitation on Sat, Dec 7, 9:30-11am at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, Haddon and Fern Aves., Collingswood 08108.  OES Service at 10:30am.  Burial Office and Holy Eucharist will follow at 11am. Interment will take place in the church Memorial Garden.  In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Lighthouse Hospice, 200 Lake Drive East, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002.
Nov 3, 2019 William L. Tompkins, PP  Gloria #159
"Bill", born in Bayonne and a long time resident of Island Heights, passed away peacefully on Oct 26. He graduated from the original Toms River High School and promptly joined the Army to serve in World War II. His two years of service were spent in the Philippines during the war. He returned home in May of 1946 and married Jayne, his high school sweetheart, that following September 7th. In the years to follow, they would build their home in Island Heights and become parents to two boys, David and Jeffrey. William was an avid golfer and self-employed entrepreneur, owning South Jersey Title Search Co. in downtown Toms River for over 60 years. He held the title of borough clerk for Island Heights for several years as well. He was a spiritual man who was involved in many church activities, and also served as a Past Master of Harmony Lodge #18, and the Grand Lodge of New Jersey. He was a 7-time Past Patron of Gloria #159 OES. He enjoyed making people laugh--he always had a good joke or the perfect punchline. Bill will be deeply missed by his friends, family, and all who knew him. This past year marked 73 years married to his wife Jayne. He is survived by his wife Jayne, his children David and Jeffrey, nine grandchildren, and 15 great-grandchildren. A viewing will be held at Carmona-Bolen on Main St. in Toms River, Sunday, from 3-7pm. Masonic Service 5pm.
A funeral service is scheduled for 11 a.m. on Monday at the Island Heights Methodist Church. Pastor Blaire Goold will officiate. In lieu of flowers, donations may be offered to Island Heights Methodist Church in memory of William.
Nov 2, 2019 Sister Claire-Marie Scheffbuch, PGO
passed to the Grand Chapter on High on Friday, October 25, 2019.  Claire-Marie was 91 and resided at the Eastern Star Home in Bridgewater, NJ, formerly of Teaneck.  Beloved daughter of the late Daniel and Lydia Scheffbuch, cherished friend of Barbara Morrell and her family.  Before retiring Claire-Marie worked in logistics.  She was an active member of Tilden Chapter #59 and duel member of Nutley Chapter #121.  Claire-Marie was Worthy Grand Color Bearer in 1978-1979, Private Secretary to the Most Worthy Grand Matron in 1981-1982 and Grand Representative of the District of Columbia 2005-2006.  Claire-Marie was an active member on the Eastern Star Home Board for many years.  She also served on the Charity Foundation and many others. 
Viewing will be Sat, Nov 2 from 10am to 12pm, with Funeral Services and Eastern Star Service at 12pm, at Volk Leber Funeral Home, 789 Teaneck Road, Teaneck, NJ 07666.  Interment to follow at George Washington Memorial Park, Paramus.  In lieu of flowers donations can be made in Claire-Marie’s name to the New Jersey Eastern Star Home.

Grand Chapter Announcements
  Looking for excess Paraphernalia/Flags/Poles ?
For Chapters in need, please contact Sharon Rosequist, RWG Trustee.
3 electric Signets available, contact Lynn Billingham, MWGM
Five-point Altar with cushion available, contact RWG Secretary
Complete set of Chapter Officers' badges, excellent condition.
Proceedings available - Books $28, CDs $15

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

  LOST & FOUND - please contact Kathy Zielinski, WG Marshal
FOUND:  a white jacket in Representatives section at Grand Session
a pair of glasses left on the podium at Grand Session (contact Patti Rhinesmith)


Good News
2019-2020 Norma & Dan's Grand Representatives
Lynn & Ken's Grand Representatives
2017-2018 Diana & Emil's Grand Representatives 
Chapter & District Fundraisers
Dec 7, 2019
Bordentown #257 Christmas Tea & Luncheon - $14
Masonic Lodge, 121 Farnsworth Ave, Bordentown 08505. Please bring your special Teacup, a prize is awarded for the prettiest! Contact Christine Farmer or Chapter Secretary to reserve your seat.
Dec 7, 2019
Dewey #155 Christmas Tea
Masonic Lodge, 220 Philadelphia Ave, Egg Harbor City 08215. Light refreshments & desserts. Please bring own serving set. RSVP by Nov 30 to Heather Maderia, GR of Manitoba.
Dec 15, 2019
Keystone #69 Movie Matinee "The Polar Express" - $5
 808 Shore Rd, Linwood 08221. Includes refreshments. RSVP by Dec 8 to WM Brenda or WP Steve Daniels. Bring your camera for a photo with a special jolly visitor.
April 8, 2020 Fairview #219 Bus Trip to see "Esther" at Sight & Sound - $135
  includes a meal. Deposit of $25 for reservation. Leaving from SCUCS, Audubon at 9:30am and return 8pm. Payable to Joan G. Smith. Contact Joan with questions
April 25, 2020 Keystone #69 Trip to see "Esther" at Sight & Sound - $145
  includes bus, family style lunch at Hershey Farms, entry to 3pm show. 2 pickup locations - Linwood 9am and Hammonton about 9:30am. Contact Barbara Juniewicz, PGO
  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, Jr.PM
  "Bethlehem Cooks" - $8
Cookbook of Old Favorites & New. Contact Lauretta Korejko, Secretary
General Information