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Update 1/28/22

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

Notary services are available, please call Grand Chaper Office for assistance. 

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Please contact Lorraine Altimus if you are interested in putting any photos on the website. 

Sister Lorraine Altimus, PGO will be serving as Sister Daria and Brother Bruce's  photographer this year.  If you are looking to have pictures taken for the Grand Matron and Grand Patron's memory books, please contact her at your earliest convenience.  Her contact information is in the Official List Book. 

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We are NO LONGER accepting recycling itemsPlease do not bring them to your Chapter, there is no State Committee this year. 

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Due to the pandemic, we were unable to hold the Gown Boutique at the Eastern Star Home for Home Day. 

We are NOW happy to announce that we will be holding the "Annual Boutique Sale" on three separate dates.  Items for sale are gently used gowns, white and colored, tuxedos, shoes, gloves and other miscellansous items.  Gowns will remain the same price, $5.00. 




 Funeral Services:

Release Form to be signed by all members in attendance at a funeral. Can be found until FORMS   www.njoes.com/forms.html


Star Journal Issues can be found on the NJOES home page, under the information tab.

The August 2021 issue is now posted.   

Dec 2, 2021

Letter from the MWGM and MWGP regarding meetings starting January 1st, 2022.

To be posted shortly.

Have you noticed the pin that our Most Worthy Grand Patron wears?  It looks like a shooting star with a paw print.  As he is also a member in Pennsylvania, he wears this pin which is a new public logo used by General Grand Chapter, mainly in conjunction with raising awareness for their main charity, Service Dogs.  Why this new logo?

General Grand has a member who is a marketing researcher.  She did a study about the general public's perception of the traditional Eastern Star.  As you can probably guess, the public has a lot of misconceptions about our Star.  Therefore, General Grand commissioned a new public logo. 

They are not looking to do away with the Traditional Star.  But they have found that the softer logo attracts many more individuals.  Membership has increased since they began using this logo on public advertisement. 

The Corporate Board is looking for a design of our own NJOES logo to use in public advertising.  As we are not part of General Grand, we are not able to use their trademarked logo.  Let me emphasize, OUR TRADITIONAL STAR IS NOT GOING AWAY!!!! 

Submit your design ideas to the Grand Chapter Office.  Prize will be awarded to any design we use. 

Aug 25, 2021 Grand Chapter is looking for individuals proficient with QuickBooks and Excel or with an accounting background to assist Grand Chapter on the Finance Committee.  (White Book 16.7).  If you are interested, please email Grand Chapter.  NewJersey.OESGC@gmail.com

Oct 18, 2021

Covid release quiestionnaire for Chapter meetings


Please see attached questionnaire to be used at each meeting.  



Receptions/GO Honor Nights/District Meetings


Jan 13, 2022 ***Change of date***
Mountain View Chapter #205 - GO Night and Reception

Mountain View Chapter has rescheduled the Grand Officer's night and Reception for Joanne Byrne, RWGC and Bernie Byrne, WG solo to February 22nd, 2022.  The original date was February 8th, 2022.  Due to the return of the cruise and quarantine time requested by the State of New Jersey. 

Please contact the Worthy Matron Meg Williams to confirm and/or cancel your reservation. 
Jan 13, 2022 33rd District Meeting - Saturday February 12, 2022
Place: Atlas Pythagoras Lodge, Westfield, NJ.    Reservations to Lisa Biczi-Helge, made payable to:  Stephanie Bowen,  Cost $20.00.  RSVP by February 5th. 

Food donations (non-perishable goods) will be taken that day.

Jan. 2022 Scheduled District meetings for 2021-2022 calendar year

February 12, 2022 - District #33
February 26, 2022 - District #35
March 19, 2022 - District #37
March 26, 2022 - District #39

Upcoming Dates  -- see Chapter & District Fundraisers below

Please check with the Worthy Matron of the Chapter before attending.  Some of these dates for honor nights and Top #3 are by invitation only. 

January 30th - Gown Boutique - Morning Star #22 - Hosting

February 5th, PM/PP of NJ Assoc. Meeting
February 10th - Honor Night - Gloria Chapter
February 12th - 33rd District meeting
February 17th - Honor Night - Laurel Springs #227
February 19th - GRANJ Annual meeting
February 22nd - Mt. View GO Night and Honor Night for RWGC and WG Soloist
February 26th - 35th District meeting

March 14, 2022 - Grand Officers night at Tuckerton Chapter #54. 
March 27, 2022 -  Rainbow Unity Day

Jan 24, 2022 Reception and Rosepinning - March 12, 2022
Shekinah Chapter No. 82 cordially invites you to the Reception and Rose Pinning of Sister Jeannette Wallace, RWAGM on March 12, 2022.  Luncheon at Noon followed by the Rose Pinning at 1:00 PM.  Cost $50.00 per person.  To be held at Ramada Inn, 2216 W. Landis Ave., Vineland, NJ  08360.  Reservations due by February 18, 2022, no refunds after February 28, 2022.  Checks payable to Shekinah Chapter No. 82, and mail to Sister Patricia Collins, PGO.
Jan 13, 2022 PM & PP Meeting Bd. of Directors and Governors meeting
Scheduled for February 5, 2022 at 12 noon Luncheon, Governors meeting at 1pm followed the Board of Directors meeting.   Place:  Musconetcong Lodge, Budd Lake, NJ. 

You are cordially invitated to attend the "Unity Through Simplicity" Celebration on March 20, 2022 at 2:00pm at the Crescent Shrine, Westampton.  Cost is $25.00 per person, made payable to Kathleen Zielinski by March 14th. 

Dec 27, 2021 "Simply Fabulous Masquerade Ball" - March 5, 2022
For those interested in making reservations to stay overnight after the Masquerade Ball, rooms are available.

Standard king room $129.00 per night
Standard double room $139.00 per night
Hotel tax 14. 625%
Hotel breakfast is not included in the rate.

Please call the hotel at 609-585-6789 and use group code OESMAR or the booking link by February 12th, 2022, to get the discounted rate.  Group rate and room availability are not guaranteed past the cut-off/release date 2/12/22.

To be held on May 23, 24, and 25, 2022 at Caesars Hotel, Atlantic City, NJ 
Formal Opening, Monday May 23, 2022, at 7:30 pm. 

The tentative schedule will be posted soon. 

Group information: 
                    Room Reservations - 888-516-2215 (8am - 2am est, 7 days a week)
                    Group name :  Order of Eastern Star 2022
                    Group code:  SC05ES2  (all callers will be asked for this code but can also book by saying
                                                               "Order of Eastern Star 2022")
Online registration:  Here is the link for the website: 

You will also receive a separate email from the Passkey system that will allow you all reservations and your pick-up.  

** If you have any questions or problems when signing in please contact Diana and Emil Affsa.**

Reception for MWGM & MWGP to be held on Monday May 23rd from 5 to 7 pm. flyer will be attached as soon it becomes available.

Meal Plan will include two Dinners and two breakfast.  Cost will be as follows:
              Option 1 is $150.00. 
              Option 2 is includes two dinners  for $110.00
              Option 3 is $60.00 for two breakfast. 
Flyer will be posted on line soon. 

Jan 3, 2022 JOINT RECEPTION - MWGM & MWGP - MAY 23, 2022
A joint reception will be held for Sister Daria Hamm, MWGM and Brother Bruce Zielinski, MWGP on Monday May 23rd, 2022 from 5-7pm at Empire Room Caesar's Palace - Atlantic City, NJ 

Flyer: Revised Reception Flyer

Saturday May 7, 2022 at Muscatcong Masonic Lodge, Budd Lake, NJ.  Meeting to start at 11:30am, followed by lunch at 12:30pm.  Lunch will be tossed salad, chicken pot pie, coffee, tea and dessert.  Price $15.00 and dues are $2.00 each, mail your reservations to Sister Michele Hess Treasurer. 
Oct. 25, 2021 SAVE THE DATE - APRIL 16, 2022
Day Trip to Washington DC is being planned

Dec 16, 2021 Haddonfield Chapter #140 - APRIL 9, 2022 Birthday Celebration
Haddonfield Chapter #140 will be celebrating their 101st Birthday on April 9th, 2022, 12 pm Social, 1pm Luncheon at "The Kove" Audubon, NJ  See the attached flyer for more information

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Jan 20, 2022 "Loyal to the Royal" 1st Reunion - Has been rescheduled
The Reunion for Loyal to the Royal with Sister Norma and Brother Danny has been Rescheduled to March 2023.

Jan 13, 2022 "Faith, Family, Friends Reunion" - Rescheduled to March 2023
Sister Diane and Brother Bob have canceled their reunion on March 24, 2022 and has rescheduled their "Faith, Family, Friends Reunion" to March 2023. 

Nov 8, 2021 20th REUNION - "SMILE AND A SONG CLUB"
The 20th reunion of the Smile and a Song Club will be held on Sunday, June 5th, 2022, at 3:00 pm at a new location to be annouced.  RSVP to Mary Jane, MJLSong@aol.com  All are welcomed to attend. 

The reunion date has been changed from Sunday April 24th, 2022 to May 1st, 2022.  It will be hosted by the 34th District.  Save the date, more information to follow.

Oct 18, 2021 "With God all things are Possible" Reunion - June 26th, 2022
Reunion hosted by the 34
th District, more information to follow.  Please note this new date of June 26, 2022, from the original date was February 13th. 


Good News and Health Announcements

Dec 21, 2021 Norma Hines, Jr. PGM, Dewey #155, 36th District
Sister Norma's surgery has been postponed, she is now waiting for further testing to be done.  Please keep her in your prayers.  Cards can be sent to her home.  Phone calls would be welcomed. 

Jan 23, 2022 Chrissy Rival Johnson, PGO, Fairview #219, 37th District
James Johnson, husband of Sister Chrissy and son-inlaw of Sister Judith and Brother Joseph Rival, PGP passed away suddenly on Friday January 21st.  Please keep Sister Chrissy and her family in your thoughts and prayers.  For more information visit the website at www.LPWoosterfuneralhome.com

Jan 20, 2022 Christina Fullam, WDD #32, Nutley #121
Sister Christina's grandfather passed away on Tuesday.  Please keep Christina and her family in your thoughts and prayers.

Jan 20, 2022 Kay Zadoorian, PGO, Lydia #41, 33rd District
Kay Zadoorians son passed away.  He lived in Ohio, and contracted CoVid, along with his M.S.  Please remember Kay with a phone call, a card, and mostly, prayers for comfort at this very unexpected time.  He would be celebrating his 61st birthday.  Cards can be sent to Kay at the NJ Eastern Star Home.

Jan 18, 2022 Jane Strauss, GO, Emmaus #183, 33rd District
Sister Jane's mom Patricia G. Koebel passed away on January 15th.  Please keep Sister Jane and her family in your prayers.  Cards can be sent to her home.  Please visit the website for further information at Flynn and Son/Koyen Funeral Home, Metuchen, NJ

Dec 27, 2021 Pat VanAlthius, PGO, Starlight #107, 39th District
Sister Pat passed away last night.  Please keep her husband Frank and her family in your prayers. 

Dec 27, 2021 Marion Mesick, PGO, Stella #20, 31st District
Sister Marion passed away on December 23rd.  Please visit Browning Forsay Funeral for more information.  www.browningforshay.com

Dec 27, 2021
Donald Hutchinson, GR of North Dakota and a member of Athene #201
Brother Don passed away after a brief illness.  Please keep his family in your prayers, Sister Laura Hutchinson White, Sister Holly Hartine and Marie Elcin.  A Memorial service will be held at a later time.  Visit the dankshinskifuneralhome.com

Grand Chapter Announcements
Please check with the WG Marshal if you lost or found any items. 
Found at the 36th District meeting a Crown pin

 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 etc
For Chapters in need, please contact Mary Elaine Guynn, RWG Trustee.
3 electric Signets available, 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 & Bruce's Grand Officers 

Daria & Bruce's Grand Representatives

Newly Appointed Grand Representatives
     Kentucky - Elizabeth Young, Bordentown Chapter No. 257, 38th District
     Louisiana - Nicole Dickerson, Starlight Chapter No. 107, 39th District
     Maryland - Joseph Herx, Gloria Chapter No. 159, 35th Distirct
     Idaho - Lisa O'Brien, Tuckerton Chapter No. 54, 35th District
     Dist of Columbia - Linda Starzman, Wall No. 143, 34th District
     Sao Paulo, Brazil - William Miller, Hobart No. 63, 39th District

2019-2020 Norma & Dan's Grand Representatives
2018-2019 Lynn & Ken'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
General Information
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!
Apr 13, 2021 The OES Charity Foundation will meet virtually this Wednesday, February 2nd, 2022, 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".  


The Eastern Star Charity Foundation of New Jersey awards scholarships to graduating high school seniors or related equivalent, and entering an accredited college or university in the Fall of 2022.  Request an application for a Scholarship through the Eastern Star Chairty Foundation of New Jersey today.

The Eastern Star Charity Foundation awards two (2) Regular Scholarships, one (1) Allied Health Scholarship and one (1) NJ Rainbow Scholarship.  Each of the four awarded recipients will receive a one time scholarship in the amount of $5,000.00.

Please contact Sister Judy Brown via mail or by email at
jandd11@verizon.net to request an aplications.  All requests must include the name and address of your graduating 2022 senior. 

Applications must be requested by February 1, 2022.

Completed Applications must be submitted by March 1, 2022, in order to be considered.

In Star Friendship
Judy Brown, Scholarship Committee
Eastern Star Charity Foundation of New Jersey.

OES Home News - website:  www.njeasternstarhome.com
Aug 19, 2021

Volunteer for the Eastern Star Home



If you would like to Volunteer at the Eastern Star Home to run a BINGO, hold a arts and craft program, celebrate birthdays, or anything else you must call Ashley Molnar at the Eastern Star Home and setup a date and time.  The day before you are going to the Home you need to email Ashley and CC it to Dawn and Lori (their email address are below), to let them know that you are coming and about what time you will be there, along with how many people you are bringing.  This way if Ashley isnít in on the day you arrive at the Home, both Dawn and her secretary Lori will know that you will be there.  The CDC and the Governorís Office has made some changes for Volunteers because the Covid cases are rising.  At the present time you will only be allowed to come in with a total of 4 people.  You will have to take a rapid Covid test that they will do for you at the Home.  You will have to fill out a questionnaire.  ONLY PERSONS THAT HAVE HAD THE COVID VACCINATION WILL BE ALLOWED IN.  On your first visit to the Home you will have to bring your Covid Vaccination Card.  They will make a copy of it so you will not have to bring it each time.  You will have to wear a mask the hole time you are in the Home (even if you are outside the Home). You will not be allowed to wander around the Home to visit the Residents.  They will be brough to you.  Because Covid cases are on the rise the rules change constantly.  Make sure you check with Ashley for any changes.  Here are the email addresses you will need:

Dawn Giakas Ė DGIAKAS@njeasternstarhome.com
Lori Patullo - lpatullo@njeasternstarhome.com
Ashley Molnar - 
Eastern Star Home phone Number Ė 908-722-4140

Dawnís main goal is to keep the Residents and her employees along with anyone that comes into the Home safe.  If you have any questions please contact me.

In Star Love,

Debbie LeDoux




Jul 31, 2021


I hope you enjoyed the holiday weekend!  Again, I wanted to say THANK YOU for all the help you and everyone else has been giving me in regards to donations for the Boutique!  Friday July 30th, 2021 we will be hosting our THIRD pop up store already (time is flying bye!).  If you wouldn't mind helping me spread the word around to see if anyone would like to make some donations for the store this month, I would greatly appreciate it!  Items such as WATCHES, MEN & WOMENS tops sold out instantly last week!  The residents would very much enjoy finding more tops and watches in the mix next month.  ( Womens blouses from small-2xl / Men's tops from large to 2xl) Wallets are also still an item that is still being requested for along with ties, hats, and most importantly YARN!  Some of the ladies were asking to see some more lip sticks, and hairnets for the shower.  WORDSEARCH and SEDOKU puzzles are always a crowd pleaser!  ( Many of them do not care for cross word puzzles),  As always, any donations are greatly appreciated. Thanks for you time.

Ashley Molnar 
Director of Activities 
New Jersey Eastern Star Home
908-722-4140 ext. 3527


Oct 21, 2021



At the present time, the Home is open for visitors.  The Home is adhering to the requirements from the CDC and Governorís 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, weather permitting.  It is also opened for volunteers.  If you, or your Chapter, would like to do BINGO, craft projects or anything else you will need to contact Ashley Molnar, Director of Activities at 908-722-4140, ext. 3527 and let her know when and how many volunteers you will be bringing.  Masks must be worn while you are in the Home and you need to take a rapid Covid test when you enter the Home.  Remember that this is flu season and the Home maybe closed to visitors from time to time because of flu or Covid.


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 and items for the monthly Boutique.  Here are some of the suggestions, stuffed animals, jewelry, books, lap blankets, scarves, tissues, yarn, shirts for men and women, ties, hats, watches, 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 donít you can send your cards to the Activities Director, Ashley Molnar and she will pass them out among the residents. 


The mailing address for Ashley is:

New Jersey Eastern Star Home, Inc.
Attn: Ashley Molnar
111 Finderne Avenue

Bridgewater, New Jersey 08807


It doesnít 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 thanks 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 Shelretha LaSure at 908-225-5446 or at the home on ext. 3581 and she can get you the information you need.   

Thanks in advance for your help and please stay safe.



Oct 31, 2021

OES HOME - calendar project

Calender Project



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