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


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. We appreciate the support!

MWGM, MWGP letter regarding Funeral Services:

Most Worthy Grand Matron's Letter on Funerals
Release Form can be found in FORMS  

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


The MWGM and MWGP invite you to please join us on WEDNESDAY, January 27, 2021, at 7:30 pm, when we will have a lecture on The Craft in the Clubhouse - Freemasonry & Baseball! 

Explore with us the relationship to the Masonic Fraternities and America's favorite Pastime. 
Enjoy an interesting history of the sport by Brother Nathan Tweedie.  Brother Nathan has earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and a Masters of Science in American History from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. He's a member of the New York State Baseball Umpires Association, Society for American Baseball Research and is the former Manager of On-site Learning at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum.  This series is opened to friends and family.  Feel free to invite others to participate.  Below is the link to register.



Posted 1/18/2021

Please send all voluntary donations to the: "Judy Brown - Chairman of Voluntary Donations" (see address in the Official List book).  Please designate in the memo line of  your check where it is designated to go.


The MWGM and MWGP along with Grand Chapter are inviting you to another  Be Loyal to the Royal Bingo, on  Monday, January 18th at 8 pm via WebEx. 

Please email our MWGM at  njhines@comcast.net so she can email you your Bingo card and invite to the Bingo Party .  There is no cost to participate.  The MWGM & MWGP will be making a donation for each winner to Community Food Banks in honor of the winners.  Winners can match the donations if they choose.  There will also be some surprises during the games.  Please join us for some fun and fellowship on Monday, January 18th.  During this time of need with so many unemployed it is important to support those who are struggling and remembering just how bless we are.

You can make donations to the Community Food Banks by making checks payable to the  NJ Eastern Star Charity Foundation, put Community Food Banks in the memo line and sending in the memo line and sending your donations to: Carol E. Orner, GO , NJ Eastern Star Charity Foundation V.P. , 9 Woodland Court, Manchester, NJ  08759-5683

Posted revised 1/7/2021
The STAR JOURNAL September 2020 issue may be found under the Information Tab on NJOES home page.

The NJ EASTERN STAR HOME website is up & running.

Please check it out.  


THE Eastern Star Charity Foundation of New Jersey,
. - "Rays of Caring Capital Campaign.  "Be a Ray of Light to our Sisters and Brothers in Need".
Flyer Download

Posted 12/2020

Eastern Star Charity Foundation monthly meetings

You may not know that being a Member of the Order also makes you a member of the of your Charity Foundation. 

As members of the Eastern Star Charity Foundation, you are always invited to attend the monthly meetings held on the 1st Wednesday of each month at 7pm. Normally, these meetings take place in the Board Room of the OES Home. 

Due to CoVid-19, we have been meeting via Grand Chapter's WebEx account.  We invite you to attend these meetings from the comfort of your own home. 

To receive the meeting link each month please send an email to: oescharityfoundationnj@gmail.com As the date of the meeting approaches, you will receive the link/invite for the meeting from that email account. 

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 you are asked to wait in the "waiting room" for a few minutes. 

Please request the meeting link monthly.

Posted 1/1/2021


Update on the Eastern Star Home.  I want to thank everyone for your donations to the Eastern Star Home during these difficult times.  Because of the added expenses of Covid your donation is appreciated.  As of today the Home is closed to visitors.  As this changing depending on the requirements from the CDC and Governorís office, you should call the Home to see if it is back open to visitors.  When they are open for visitors, you need to call the Home and make an appointment to visit with a resident.  At this time only two people can visit at a time with a resident.  If you would like to make a donation 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.  Attached below is information on the Refresh and Renew Project and information on becoming a resident at the Home.  Thanks in advance for your help and please stay safe, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

Please see the attached flyers from the home. 

Posted 12/2020

Needed BINGO prizes
- The NJ Eastern Star 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.  All donations can be dropped off at the Eastern Star Home and put it to the attention of Bridget Pody, Director of Activities.  On behalf of the Home I thank you for all your help.

Posted 1/18/2021
Receptions/GO Honor Nights/District Meetings
Jan 4, 2021 February 9th, 2021 -  Mt. View Chapter 205 - Virtual Grand Floral
Come join the Grand Officers on February 9, 2021 as the Grand Floral is presentated for Mountain View Chapter #205. 
Email Sister Norma Hines njhines@comcast.net to join in on the Webez meeting. 

Upcoming Dates  -- see Chapter & District Fundraisers below
Jan 1, 2021 150th Grand Session - Tentative Schedule
To be held on May 24 - 26, 2021 (Monday thru Wednesday)
at Caesars Atlantic City, NJ 

More information to follow, once we know the guidelines for New Jersey. 

Jan 1, 2021 Rose and Anchor Club
  scheduled for February is postponed to February 2022.

Nov 6, 2020 Winter Wonderland Club Reunion
  scheduled for April 2021 is postponed to April 24, 2022

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

Jewery pictures

Health Announcements

Jan 4, 2021 Sister Janet Wells, PGO, Secretary of Peace #98
Sister Janet was taken to the ER last night for severe abdominal pain, and turns out she has to have emergency gallbladder surgery today.  Please keep her in your thoughts and prayers.
Jan 4, 2021 Sister Kathleen Regn, member of Mt. Holly #147
Sister Kathleen is currently in the hospital and has been diagnosed with colon cancer, NO covid.  Please keep her in your prayers, and send cards to her home.
Jan 1, 2021 Brother Paul Korejko, WP of Bethlehem #40
Brother Paul is home recovering from Cervical spine surgery on December 21st.  He has a while to recover byt is coming along.  Prayers are most appreciated.

Dec 28, 2020 Sister Joan Carslake, PGO, Secretary of Bordentown #257
Sister Joan is currently home on hospice.  Please keep her in your prayers.  She is accepting phone calls, and would love cards. 

Jan 12, 2021 passing of Sister D. Barbara Affsa, sister of Brother Emil Affsa, PGP and sister-ln-law of Sister Diana Affsa, PGM - all members of Atlas Chapter #99
Brother Emil Affsa's sister passed away on January 11, 2021.   Funeral Services to be held on Friday, January 15th at Hillsborough Funeral Home, Hillsborough, NJ  Please keep Emil and Diana in your prayers.  Cards can be sent to their home.

Jan 1, 2021 passing of Marge McGinness, mother of Ruth McGinness, WM of Sirius #123
Sister Marge McGinness passed away on December 28, 2020.  Please keep Sister Ruth Ann and her family in your thoughts and prayers. Funeral Services will be held at Lytwyn & Lytwyn Funeral Home, Union, NJ on Saturday January 2, 2021.  Visitation from 12-3pm OES service at 1:30pm  Final Service at 3:00 pm. 

Jan 1, 2021 passing of Lois Bertel, mother of Sister Susanne Wells, PGM
Sister Susanne Wells, mother Lois Bertel passed away on December 31, 2020.  Funeral Services were held privately,    Please keep her and her family in your prayers. 

Dec 28, 2020 passing of Ernestine Spears Irvin, PGO, Alpha #288

Active member of National Council of Negro Women, honored for business career with the Bell System, 98 Ernestine moved to East Orange, NJ in 1942 where she started working for New Jersey Bell Telephone Company. In 1948, she became the first woman of color to be promoted to management in the company. She was honored by the Frontier's Organization and the New York YMCA for her achievements as a black woman in the business community. After 36 years of service, Ernestine retired from the Bell Telephone system, in November 30, 1984.  Ernestine was an active member of the National Council of Negro Women. In 1971, she became a charter member of the Eastern Star, Alpha 288 OES, where she served in a variety of posts, including Worthy Matron and District Deputy. She and her good friend, Lilly Clark, loved to travel.  Ernestine married the late S. Ferdinand Irvin on July 16, 1988. During that time, she was an active member of Bethany Baptist Church, Newark, NJ. After his death, in 1999, Ernestine relocated to Somerset, NJ and became an active member of Community Baptist Church, where she was known for her award-winning chili and peach cobbler. In December 2019, Ernestine relocated to Odenton, Md., to be closer to her brother and sister-in-law. She resided at Kris-Leigh Assisted Living where she became affectionately known as "peaches".  She was a mother figure, an aunt, a grandmother and a great-grandmother to many.  Ernestine survived by her brother, W. Charles Fuller (Linda); stepchildren Sonya Satterwhite (Arthur Jr), Anita Bowser (Cleveland), Donald Irvin (Vanessa); grandchildren Arthur Satterwhite lll (Safiyah), Robyn Roberts (Timothy), Craig Bowser (Kim), Erik Bowser (Liz), Adam Bowser (Heather), Donna Irvin, Crystal Irvin; nieces Renee' Westbrook, Monika Fuller, Karla Fuller, nephew William Westbrook, 6 great-grandsons, and a host of family and friends.  Arrangements are being handled by Hardesty Funeral Home, 851 Annapolis Rd, Gambrills, MD 21054. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Parkinson's Foundation Tribute Gift in Ernestine Irvin's name.


Dec 22, 2020 passing of Stephanie Hill, neice of Jennifer Schfrinn, GO
Sister Jennifer Schfrinn's neice recently passed away.  Please keep her 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 total cost is $24.33, which includes the book for $20.00, tax $1.33, postage of $3.00.  If you are purchasing more than one book, please send in the correct sales tax for them.    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 are still available.  Complete set of Chapter Officers' badges, excellent condition, contact RWG Secretary. 
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 
2019-2020 Norma & Dan's Grand Representatives
Lynn & Ken's Grand Representatives
Chapter & District Fundraisers
Mar 10, 2021 Fairview #219  Queen Esther at Sight & Sound
Any questions contact Joan Smith, PGM by phone or email.
  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