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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 Feb 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!
Charity Foundation President Candace Walling - correct contact info can be found listed as WM of Morning Star #22/District 38

 having an initiation on February 15 at 7:30 pm, and we are in need of an organist who can play an electric keyboard.  If you can help, please contact Anita Cole, Worthy Matron.
Receptions/District Meetings
Feb 23, 2017

Bethlehem #40 & Gloria #159 Reception - $38
    Scott Banks, WG Soloist; MaryLee Batesko, WDD #35;
 Emma Snook, GR of IN; Barbara Fucetola, GR of PA;
 Phil Fucetola, GR of OH; Joseph Herx, GR of TN

SeaOaks Country Club, 99 Golf View Drive, Little Egg Harbor 08087. Meal choices: Chick Francaise or Pork Loin or Cavetti & Broccoli Vegetarian.  Payable to Gloria #159; mail to Judy Carter, PGO by Feb 13.
Mar 4, 2017

Atlas #99 Reception & Rosepinning - $45
     Diana D. Affsa, RWAGM

Grand Marquis, 1550 Rte 9 South, Old Bridge 08857. Payable to Atlas Chapter #99, mail to MaryJane Lojewski, PGM by Feb 15
Mar 18, 2017

District 38 Meeting & Homecoming of Robert A. Parsons, MWGP - $15
Mt Holly Lodge, 15 Garden St, Mt Holly 08060. Payable to Candy Walling; mail to Lynn Costello, PGO
 NOTE: parking IS NOT available in the Friend's Meeting house parking lot. Parking is available behind our lodge, behind the building at 9-11 Garden Street, at St. Andrew's Church (behind the lodge, entrance for parking off of High Street), the Presbyterian church down Garden Street, street parking on High Street or the Public parking on the other side of High Street. If you park in the Friend's Meeting lot, the Chapter will be charged $100 for each incident.
Mar 25, 2017

District 37 Meeting & Homecoming of Diane S Capel, MWGM - $35
Fellowship Center, 1114 Oxmead Rd, Burlington 08016. Payable to 37th District Meeting; mail to Francine Zioance, WDD by Mar 10.
Meal choice: Turkey w/stuffing; Top Sirloin; Stuffed Tilapia Florentine; or Pasta Primavera. Please note any dietary needs


Upcoming Dates  -- see Chapter Fundraisers below
Feb 19, 2017
Social 3pm
Dinner 4pm
Chaffeur's Party - ALL are welcome - $30
Crescent Shrine, 700 Highland Dr, Westampton 08060. Meal choice: Top Sirloin Beef or Roast Turkey or Shrimp Scampi. Payable to & mail to Joan Smith, PGM no later than Feb 10.
Feb 24, 2017

VIVAT!!  VIVAT!!  VIVAT!!  Table Lodge by Grand Lodge of NJ
Open to ALL - over 21yrs.  Fellowship Center, 1114 Oxmead Rd, Burlington 08016.  Six course meal, 7 toasts (wine or grape juice).
$35 payable to and mail to Grand Lodge of NJ, 100 Barrack Street, Trenton, NJ 08608-2008. Mark envelope : GL Table Lodge.
Include Names of all in your group, with titles & organization.  Deadline: 2/17. No tickets sold at door.
Feb 25, 2017
Lunch follows
GRANJ Meeting & Luncheon - $15
Masonic Lodge, Rte 46 & International Dr, Budd Lake 07828. Meal Choice: Beef Pastie w/wo onion; Chicken Pastie; Cheeseburger Pastie w/wo onion; Veggie Pasta Bowl. Payable to GRANJ, mail to Candace Walling, WM Morning Star #22
Mar 11, 2017

12 Noon
Past Matrons & Past Patrons Association - $5
Laurel Lodge, 629 Stone Rd & Atlantic Blvd, Laurel Springs 08021
Lunch at 12:00, Governors meeting 1:00 pm and Board of Directors meeting following.  RSVP Linda Dickson, PGO (address Pg 58 in Off List). Payable to PM/PP Assoc.  All are welcome to attend.

Mar 12, 2017
2pm Social
3pm Hot Dinner
Carole & David's Circle of Friends Fourth Reunion - $20
Masonic Lodge, Rte 37 W, Toms River 08753. Payable to & mail to Jessica Walton, PGO. Yearly dues of $2 may be included.
Mar 19, 2017

Church Service and Grand Floral at OES Home
111 Finderne Ave, Bridgewater 08807
Apr 30, 2017

Patti & Carl's Winter Wonderland 5th Reunion
Musconetcong Lodge, Rte 46 & Internation Dr S, Budd Lake 07828. RSVP by Apr15.  Dinner $20, Dues $2 payable to Joanne Byrne, mail to Betty Robinson, PGO
May 22-25

May 22  6pm

May 23  Noon

May 24  Noon
GRAND SESSION 2017 - Bally's Hotel Atlantic City
  Meal Plan - 3 Options.  Payable to Grand Chapter, mail to GC Office, Patti Rhinesmith, 111 Finderne Ave, Bridgewater, NJ 08807
     Option ONE: 3 Breakfasts (Tue,Wed,Thur), 2 Dinners (Tue,Wed) - $160
     Option TWO:  2 Dinners (Tue, Wed) - $90
     Option THREE:  3 Breakfasts (Tue, Wed,Thur) - $80

Membership Dinner Honoring 50+ Members
; Entertainment Tommy Zito.  $50 payable to Grand Chapter, mail to Norma Hines, RWAGC - RSVP 5/12/17

51st Annual State Secretaries & Treasurers Club Luncheon - $30; $32 with Annual Dues. Payable to & Mail to Michele Hess, PGM - RSVP 5/1/17

"Reflectors" Grand Representatives Luncheon - $40  payable to The Reflectors, mail to Shirley Snyder, PGR Arizona - RSVP 4/20/17

May 23, 2017 GRAND SESSION PHOTO SCHEDULE Tuesday 6:30pm
Scholarship recipients; Hostesses & Hosts; Grand Line Pages; State Chairpersons; Rainbow; Demolay; Armarath; Grand Master; Potentates; Past Matrons & Past Patrons are the last for pictures

Health Announcements

Feb 9, 2017 Health product available
If any STAR member with diabetes needs Glucose Lancets I have 4 or 5 new, never opened boxes that the mail order company kept sending to me. I only test once a day so I have quite a few new boxes. If you need any contact Mary Jane Lojewski, PGM
Feb 6, 2017 Kay Hodges, PGO Jephtha #134 still going strong at 97
Kathryn Appley Hodges holds her 70 Year Membership Bar, was initiated into Temple #62 in 1944
exerpts from article in Asbury Park Press February 6, 2017.  As the digital numbers flashed on the blood pressure monitor, Emerson’s public health nurse got right to the point with her 82-year-old patient. “When did you have your last physical? Do you go for a physical every year?” Kathryn Hodges asked. “Not really,” he said. “Well, you should,” the nurse said, jotting on a form. “We always say if that number is over 90, you should get it checked out. Are you on blood pressure medication? Did you get a flu shot?” When “Kay” Hodges advises and cajoles, her words are bolstered by experience – three quarters of a century’s worth. At 97, she is both New Jersey’s oldest licensed registered nurse and a poster girl for people who stay active and productive at such an advanced age. Those over 90 are the fastest-growing segment of the population. By 2050, 10 percent of all senior citizens will be either a nonagenarian or a centenarian, the Census Bureau forecasts. Of course, physical or cognitive impairments, or both, enfeeble many in this age group. The most fortunate are like the fiercely independent Hodges, whose biggest complaint is a bothersome knee. Look around and you’ll find people in their 90s living in their own homes, driving, volunteering, serving their communities and churches – even continuing in their professions. Hodges, who walks unaided and tools around in a 25-year-old Buick Roadmaster wagon with oxidized paint and a GRAMPIE vanity plate, does all of those things. What she has no plans to do is stop. “I want to leave this Earth with my boots on,” Hodges said. “I want to keep working. It’s the love of my life, other than my husband, who was a great guy.” The former Kathryn Appley grew up in Emerson and graduated from Westwood High School in 1937. She had to wait until the following year, after her 18th birthday, to begin the nursing program at Hackensack Hospital. “Crazy, isn’t it?” she said, laughing. “I always wanted to be a nurse, and I’ve always been one!” She finished nursing school in 1941, months before Pearl Harbor. The following year, she married her high school sweetheart, Donald Hodges. The couple settled in Westwood. On her first job, Hodges performed physicals on employees of a medical laboratory. After taking a few years off when her two sons were little, she became a nurse for Westwood. She also started as a Westwood poll worker. Last Nov. 8, her 55th general election, she rose before sunrise and put in a 15-hour day as the judge at her district’s polling place. Hodges has been Emerson’s public health nurse – a part-time post that involves health screenings, education and prevention – since 1967. Her cheerful office is located in the senior center. Most who come to see her, for a blood pressure check or for the advice of a seasoned and accessible nurse, are elderly. “They talk about this little pain, that little pain. Maybe I can be of some help to them,” Hodges said. “You have to have a love of people and a real desire to keep them well, so they be active citizens and do their own thing.”  Besides seeing patients during her Thursday office hours, she has monthly obligations: attending the Emerson Board of Health meeting, where she gives a patient report, and taking continuing education classes in Hackensack through the Bergen County Department of Health Services. To many nurses, Hodges is something a rock star. “We’ve been in meetings together, we’ve been in classes together, and I can say she’s amazing, just amazing,” said a nursing in-service instructor for the county. “She knows everybody and makes it a point to speak with everybody. She sends cards, she sends stuffed animals to people when they’re sick. She’s such a positive force.” Three years after losing her husband, who was a career Navy man, Hodges carries on with the help of a loving support network. Her sons, both named James, live close by. “We try to let her do her thing and check on her every day,” said the wife of the older son. “She’s good at setting limits for herself, and we just see that she makes good decisions and stays safe. But she’s a strong-willed lady and pretty much runs her own life and calls her own shots.” Kay Hodges, who has been honored for her decades of service to Emerson and Westwood, shies from talk of the R (retire) word. Asked what she would do if she concluded she could no longer carry out her nursing duties, she said without hesitation: “I would hope the good Lord would take me. I would want him to say, ‘That’s it.’ ” “I want to leave this Earth with my boots on. I want to keep working. It’s the love of my life, other than my husband, who was a great guy.”
Jan 31, 2017 Bob Peterson, PGP
in hospital with respiratory problems. Please send cards to the home, no phone calls.

Apr 1, 2017

Celebration of Life - Charlie Levering, PGO
A Celebration of Charles’ Life will be held on April 1, 2017 at Mt. Holly Masonic Lodge, 15 Garden St., Mt. Holly at 2pm. All who knew “Charlie”, even if only by chance, are welcome to attend. The Family asks you to bring your memories and stay for refreshments.

Charles “Charlie” Raymond Levering, Sr. 80 years of age. Son of Raymond C. and LaRhedaa (Hunter) Levering passed away peacefully on Sunday February 12 th 2017 at his home surrounded by his loving family. Charlie was born in Wildwood, NJ and served 4 years in the US Air Force. He was employed by the US Postal Service for 35 years, retiring in 1993. He enjoyed family outings, fishing, camping, traveling and cross stitch. Charlie was proud of having visited all 50 states. Charlie served as Past Master of Mount Holly Lodge #14 F&AM, the Shriners, Consistory, Scottish Rite, and the Knights Templar. Charlie also served as Past Patron and Past Grand Officer for Mt. Holly Chapter #147, OES of NJ. Charlie was preceded in death by sisters Joan Snyder, Pauline (Pat) Stow, and brother Edwin H. Levering. He is survived by his Loving wife of 52 years, Frances T. Levering, his sisters Marie Gittle, Dorothy Forrest, Rae Forrest and Barbara Witte, his children Frances & James Smith, Chett & Debra Levering, F. William & Heather Levering, LaRhedaa Bowman, Charles & Altha Levering, Danielle & Clifford Wood, Edwin & Kimberly Levering, 26 grandchildren, 17 great grandchildren, numerous nieces & nephews, other family and many friends.
Jan 29, 2017 Passing of Michael Nase
brother of Ms. Kathleen Nase, Supreme Inspector of the International Order of Rainbow for Girls in NJ. Michael was a Past Master of Durand Lodge #179 in Point Pleasant, and a past member of the Executive Committee of NJ Rainbow.  Visitation will be held from 4-7pm this Thursday, Feb 2, at Weatherhead Young Funeral Home, 885 Mantoloking Rd, Brick 08723. A Masonic Service will be held at 6pm.

Grand Chapter Announcements
Feb 2, 2017 a message from the MWGM
To the Membership:
It is with regret that I inform you of the resignation of Sister Rosalinda Frascati, RW Grand Trustee,  due to serious health concerns. We wish her the very best . We know the Love she has for our Beautiful Order and know this was not an easy decision for her to make, but it was best for her and her future health.
This is to let everyone know that we will be electing two RW Grand Trustees at our Grand Session in May. If you know of anyone who may be interested in running for the position, please let them know as the deadline for petitions is March 1, 2017. They must be in Grand Chapter office completed and with a resume by that date. Best Wishes to all Chapters on their elections and installations of new officers.
In Star Love and Friendship
Diane S. Capel, MWGM

Jan 13, 2017  Grand Choir Rehearsals for Grand Session
Somerset Presbyterian Church 100 JFK Boulevard - Somerset, NJ 08873 The rehearsal dates are as follows:
SUNDAY -- February  12 &  26  --  3  PM
SUNDAY -- March 12  &  26  --  3  PM
SATURDAY --  April  2  &  22  --  time  TBA
(SATURDAY --   May 20  --   if needed!!!!)
                      Contact Mary Jane Lojewski, PGM
Dec 6, 2016 Revised 2015 Rituals are available - $15 + tax = $16.03
Order through your Chapter secretary
2016-17 Voluntary Donations Chairmen Joanne & Bernie Byrne of Mt View #205
Donations payable to GC Voluntary Donations and mailed to Joanne & Bernie
  Looking for excess Paraphernalia/Flags/Poles ?
there are Chapters in need. Contact a RWG Trustee - Rosalinda, Daria, or Jeannette
3 electric Signets available, contact Lynn Billingham, RWGC

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, PGO
  Proceedings available - Books $28, CDs $15
Bingenheimer/Robinson - 3 Books, 3 CD's
McGinley/Costello - 3 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
* at the GR Lunch 10/1 a Red, white & blue Umbrella and a Tan Raincoat with plaid lining.  Call Kathy Flynn, WG Warder


Good News
2016-2017 Diane S. Capel's Choices 
2016-2017 Diane & Bob's Grand Representatives

2015-2016 JoAnn & Don's Grand Representatives

Chapter & District Fundraisers
Feb 19, 2017

Masonic Lodge, 1484 VanHouten Ave, Clifton, NJ. RSVP Janet Wells, PGO Secretary.  “Everyone Welcome”
Feb 26, 2017

Silentia #56 Soup, Sandwich & Bunco - $10
Masonic Lodge, 28 Main St, Butler 07405. RSVP Patti Lee, WM
Feb 28, 2017

5 - 7pm
Morning Star #22 - 2nd Annual Fat Tuesday Breakfast for Dinner
Gothic Lodge, 3682 Nottingham Way, Hamilton Square 08690.  All You Can Eat - Pancakes, sausage & eggs.  Adults $8, Child 5 & under $5.
Contact Candy Walling, WM for tickets.   Tickets also sold at door.
Mar 5, 2017

Laurel Springs #227 Lunceon & Fun at Tomasello Winery - $30
225 N. White Horse Pike, Hammonton. Meal choice: Citrus Grilled Chicken, Seafood Crepe, or Vegetable Primavera. Payable to Laurel Springs Chapter, mail to Judy Alberti, PGO
Mar 5, 2017

Silentia #56 Paint Party - $35
Masonic Lodge, 28 Main St, Butler 07405. Light Refreshments. BYOB.
RSVP Patti Rhinesmith, PGM
Mar 5, 2017

Gloria #159 Mystery Dinner - $25  "Who Stole the Family Jewels"
with a Mardi Gras theme.  Masonic Lodge, Rte 37W, Toms River 08753. Mystery, Laughs & Great Food.  Payable to Gloria #159, mail to Dale VanHouten, GR of MT.
Mar 11, 2017

Peace #98 Bunco & Chocolate Festival - $10
Masonic Lodge, 1484 VanHouten Ave, Clifton, NJ. RSVP Janet Wells, PGO Secretary.
Mar 11, 2017

4pm - 6pm
Mt View #205 Pasta Dinner - $10
Lodge, 15 Hamburg Trpk, Pompton Lakes 07442.  Meatballs & Variety of Sauces, Green Salad, Plain & Garlic Bread, Beverage, Dessert.  $5 for under 10yrs. Bring Family & Friends. RSVP to Jennifer Schiffrin, GR of NS & PEI
Mar 19, 2017
District 35 OES Home Special Project - $15
       Spring into Fellowship Luncheon        
Masonic Lodge, Rte 37 W, Toms River 08753. Fun, Fellowship, Laughter and Good Food.  Payable to and mail to Dale VanHouten, GR of MT.
Mar 26, 2017
Eclipse #226 District-wide Spring Fling Luncheon - Surprizes & Fun - $30
Masonic Hall, 321 Second Ave, Lynhurst 07071.  Checks payable to Linda Kaplarczuk, WM.  All are welcome to support this event.
ongoing Morning Star #22 selling Polo Shirts in 5 Star Point colors until May 2017
logo is Eastern Star emblem with "OES of NJ" - no names or chapters. Payable to Morning Star #22 at time of order.
Ladies  S to 2X - $29 each        3X to 4X - $34 each
Mens  S to 2X - $29 each        3X to 10X - $34 each
Mail check & all info to Candace Walling, WM
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