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Editor's Notes

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 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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Please support Voluntary Donations for 2023-2024.  Envelopes will be found in the Star Journal mailing in September 2023.   The Chapter Secretaries will not be mailing them out this year. 

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

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All "Star Journal" issues, current and past can be found on the NJOES home page, under the information tab.

There are two issues printed yearly, March and September.

Aug 28, 2023 Grand Representative of New Jersey Newsletter


June 7, 2022

Letter from the MWGM and MWGP

March 2023 letter from MWGM & MWGP.doc


October 1, 2023 letter to membership...to be posted



Receptions and District Meetings
Please join "The Barnstormers" of the Great 38th for a "Country Fair" District Meeting.  Wear your best "Country Attire" and be ready to join in with our Chapters for Line Dancing and Country Fair Fun on December 9th at 12:30pm at the Burlington Masonic Lodge, Burlington, NJ.  Subscription $20.00.  Barbeque Buffet - please list any dietary restrictions.  Make checks payable to Heather Shoppas, and mail to Lorraine Fazekas by 11/27/23.  seating is limited.  Please bring a nonperishable item to donate to Dominic Zulla, Food Pantry in Burlington Township.

Sept 3rd Honor Night for Akiko Decker, WG Color Bearer, Top Three Visit and the Celebration of Hobart Chapter's 111th Birthday
Tuesday November 14, 2023 at 7:00pm  Light refreshments after the meeting.  To be held at Host Masonic Center, High Bridge.  Reservations to Elizabeth Lanka, Secretary.  bettylanka@yahoo.com

Aug. 22nd Reception for Jacqueline Mabey, WG Marshal, Anita Erickson, WDD #33, Carol Johnson GR of Ontario and Lizette Priliszh, GR of Puerto Rico
Reception to be held on Thursday, November 2, 2023 at 6:30pm at Loyalty Masonic Lodge, Union, NJ.  Cost $25.00.  Reservations to Gina Aaron, make checks payable to Emmaus Chapter.  RSVP by October 19th.

The Forever Young 39th District invites you to attend the District meeting on Saturday, October 21, 2023.  Lunch at 12:30pm, Meeting to following at 1:30pm.  Cost $20.00.  To be held at Musconetcong Lodge, Budd Lake.  Reservations to Linda Pettenger, PGO - lindapettenger826@gmail.com

Aug. 9, 2023 Night of Celebration - Dawn Smith, RWG Conductress and Beth Barnish, WG Soloist
Honor night for Dawn Smith and Beth Barnish on October 17th, 2023 6:30pm to 10pm.  We will be having hotdogs, baked beans, deviled eggs, potato chips, cake and cookies.   Reservation:  Joan Smith, PGM, #856-846-2500, Reservations are due by October 10th, 2023

Sept 22nd Delaware Chapter #50 - Honor Night for Amy James GR of Arkansas, Donna Grogg GR of Michigan, Ruth Ann Hoyt GR of Pennsylvania, and Wanda Carmen, GR of Saskatchewan
Meeting at 7:00pm following by Honor night.  Refreshments to following the meeting.  At the Phillipsburg Masonic Lodge, Phillipsburg, NJ  **Limited seating**  RSVP to Cooke Dean by September 27th.   email:  cookiedean@embarqmail.com

Sept. 22nd Wall Chapter #143 - Honor Night, Ice Cream Social for Carolyn Howard WG Chaplain, David Bellhorn, WG Organist and Linda Starzman GR of District of Columbia
On October 3, 2023 at 7:30pm at the Como Temple, Spring Lakes Heights, NJ.  Reservations $3.00 in advance, $5.00 at the door.  Send reservations to Judith Horrocks, and checks payable to Wall Chapter #143.


Upcoming Dates  -- see Chapter & District Fundraisers below
June 1, 2023 UPCOMING DATES - 2023
     Sept 26th - Grand Floral at OES Home - Participating Grand Officers Only
     Oct. 3rd -    Honor Night @ Wall Chapter #143
     Oct. 5th -    GO Night at Haddonfield #140
     Oct 6th -     Honor Night - Delaware Chapter #50
     Oct. 7th -    Shriner's Hospital Walk for Love at Philadelphia Zoo
     Oct. 7th -    GRANJ Meeting, Freehold
     Oct. 8th -    Lady's Table Lodge, Crescent Shrine, Westhampton
     Oct. 9th - 13th - NY Bus Trip
     Oct. 15th -  Simply Unified Reunion, Musconetcong Lodge, Budd Lake
     Oct. 17th -  Honor Night - Fairview Chapter #219
     Oct. 21st -   39th District Meeting - Musconetcong Lodge Budd Lake
     Oct. 22nd - Believe in Dream Reunion
     Oct. 24th -  Conductress and Trustee Night, Morning Star Chapter #22, Hamilton
     Oct. 28th -  PM/PP Association, Place to be annouced
     Oct. 28th -  Halloween Hoot, Cincinnati Lodge, Morristown
     Oct. 29th -  Quinn's Quest, Tomasello's Winery, Hammonton
     Oct. 30th -  Honor Night - Ocean Chapter #214

June 6, 2023 Voluntary Distributions for the 2022-2023 star year
It was my pleasure to present to the Charity Foundation a check in the amount of $75,938.97 for our Voluntary Distributions for the 2022-2023 Star Year.   
                       Jeannette Wallace, Jr. PGM and Bernie M. Berne, Jr. PGP

                 $2,000.00 - NJ DeMolay                             
                 $2,000.00 - NJ Rainbow
                 $1,500.00 - PM & PP Association
                 $5,000.00 - Semper Fido 
                 $1,000.00 - Vineland Veterans Home-Activity Fund
                     $500.00 - Wounded Warrior
                 $7,499.00 - NJ Eastern Star Home - Operating fund
                 $1,000.00 - NJ Eastern Star Home - Commemorative Garden
                     $500.00 - NJ Masonic Home
                 $1,500.00 - Breast Cancer Research Foundation
               $10,000.00 - Shriner's Hospital for Children   
                  $1,000.00 - NJ Museum of Masonic Culture  
                  $1,000.00 - NJ Masonic Charity Foundation
                     $500.00 - Historic Organ Restoration Committee
                  $1,000.00 - Alzheimers Association
                $21,939.97 - NJ Eastern Star Corporate Board 
                  $2,000.00 - NJ Charity Foundation-Ed Loan
                $16,000.00 - Charity Foundation - repayment of $6,000.00 for previous distributions
                                        to NJ Demolay and NJ Rainbow as well as a $10,000.00 donation to the
                                        Charity Foundation's Operating Fund.

                $75,938.97 - Total

Sunday, November 19, 2023 - 1pm Social Hour, 2pm Luncheon
To be held at Crossroads at St Peter's Church, 33 Throckmorton Street, Freehold, NJ, Subscription $35.00.  Reservations to be made by November 1st, to Diane Prochnow by mail.  Email:

  Upcoming Trips for 2023-2024

Aug 1, 2023 Woodloch Extravaganza - March 4th - 8th 2024
4 nights/12 meals to Woodloch. All meals, taxes and gratuities are included.
Deposit $100.00 per person,
Total cost $675 per person double
$540.00 per person triple
$800.00 single

Mail checks to Lynn Billingham, PGM. 


Finger Lakes & Cooperstown, New York - 5 days - 4nights

October 9 - 13, 2023, see attached flyer for more information
parking release liability finger lakes.docx

Travel Insurance
White Star Tours_NTA-PlanFlyer 2022.pdf

  Grand Chapter Fundraisers
July 8, 2023

Christmas Tea - Save the date December 10, 2023
Musconetcong Lodge, Budd Lake
More information to following

July 9, 2023 CHARITY BALL - "Fantasy Night of Colors"- November 11, 2023
Saturday, November 11, 2023 at the Hilton Garden Inn, Hamilton Twsp, from 6pm to 10pm.  Reservations $75.00 per person.  Meal Choice Filet Mignon, Chicken with Lemon Herb sauce or Salmon with Teriyako Glaze.  Checks payable to Grand Chapter Voluntary Donations, Memo line:  Charity Ball.  Remit to Cathy Fusaro, PGO.  She can be reached at fusarocathy22@gmail.com

Charity Ball Reservation Form.docx

Place an ad in the Ad Book for the "Fantasy Night of Colors".

                   Whole Page $65.00, half page $40.00, Quarter Page $20.00

Deadline to place an ad is October 22, 2023.  Send your PDF file to Stacey Osherhoski at
staceylosherhoski@gmail.com  Please make all checks payable to:  Voluntary Donations and sent to Cathy Fusaro.  **All ads will be in black and white.

Charity Ball Ad Book.pdf
Sept 3rd
Halloween Hoot Halloween Party! - October 28, 2023
Saturday, October 28, 2023, Time:  6:00 - 11:00 pm
To be held at the Cincinnati Lodge, Morristown NJ 07960
Tickets:  $25.00 - Please contact Karyn Visscher, GO for tickets
Make checks to Voluntary Donations (Halloween Hoot in the subject line)

Halloween Hoot
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Aug. 9th Ladies at the Table - Sunday October 8, 2023

Please join us as we celebrate “Ladies at the Table”(A fun twist on a Table Lodge)
Sunday Oct 8, 2023, at 4:00 PM
Crescent Shrine

700 Highland Dr.  Westampton, NJ 08060
Five Course Dinner/6 Toasts
Cost $45.00

Open to members and non-members of Eastern Star  
Check payable to Linda Thibault and mailed to
Linda Thibault
609-694-2877 (cell)   oestraveler@comcast.net
No later than Oct 1
st, 2023 (no refunds after that date)

Aug 5th Shriners Hospital Walk of Love - October 7th
Eastern Star will be participating in the "Walk of Love" as a supporting sponsor at the Philadelphia Zoo.  If you are interested in joining in, please contact Sister Jeannette Wallace at jayimzadi@comcast.net with your request ASAP.  There are a few spots still available.

3,143 miles on his bike!!  NJ Eastern Star's very own Bryan Wallace, WG Sentinel is currently riding across the county!  Let's cheer him on with a donation to Voluntary Donations.  Donations to be sent to Sister Jessica Walton, Chairman of Voluntary Donations. 


  SAVE THE DATE - March 24, 2024 - 10th Reunion - "Celebate the Season" year.
To be held at Beverly Maqueda Lodge, Burlington, Social time 2:00pm Dinner at 3:00pm.  Dress will be casual.  More information will be posted as the date comes closer. 

Sept. 8th Jolly Holiday Reunion Year 2017-2018 on December 3, 2023
Sister Diana and Brother Emil's reunion to be held on Sunday December 3rd, Hosted by Judy Brown, WDD #37 2017-2018 and aka "Mary Poppins" and her Official family.   Cost $26.00 pp. 

See flyer attached.
Draft invite Reunion dec 2023 Diana & Emil.docx

  Believe in Dreams Reunion "Celebrating 2018-2019 on October 22, 2023
To be held on October 22, 2023, Social Hour 2pm, Dinner at 3pm at the Crescent Shrine, Westampton.  Cost $20.00, Dues $2.00.,  Make Checks payable to "Patricia Hogland (memo note - Reunion" and send reservations to Dawn Smith dsmith12@aol.com
Believe In Dreams
  1st Reunion of the Unity thru Simplicity Year 2021-2022
Date: October 15th, 2023, time @2:00 pm at Musconetcong Masonic Lodge #41, Budd Lake.  Cost $10.00 per person, $5.00 dues.  Send to Amy James, Phillipsburg, NJ 
Menu: Tossed salad, pot roast w/gravy, baked potato, baby carrots, green beans, rolls, dessert and beverages.



Good News and Health Announcements

Sept. 23rd Carl Milley, PGP and Wendy Milley, PGO
Brother Carl has not been feeling good and is having tests done this week, and Sister Wendy is still having problems with her back.  Please keep them both in your prayers.  Cards can be sent to their home.

Sept. 8th Tracey Jamerson, PGO, Beverly Maqueda #276
Please keep Tracey in your thoughts and prayers.  She is in the hospital with heart issues.  Please send cards to her home.

Sept. 17th Sue Ann Fry Giambalvo, mother of Sister Andrea McCollum, RWGT
Sister Andrea's mother Sue Ann Fry Giambalvo passed away on September 12th.  A celebration of life service will be held on Saturday, September 30, 2023 from 1-3pm at Francioni, Taylor and Lopez Funeral Home, Neptune, NJ.  Visit the funeral Home for more information.  Please keep Andrea and her family in your prayers.  Cards can be sent to her home.

Sept. 9th
Ken Schmolze, husband of Sister Diane Schmolze, PGM
Sister Diane's husband Ken passed away yesterday.  The funeral arrangements for Ken Schmolze are as follows: SW Brown & Son Funeral Home Inc., 267 Center Street, Nutley, NJ.  The viewing is Tuesday, September 12, 2023, from 4pm to 8pm.  Burial will be on Wednesday September 13, 2023 at 10:30am from the Funeral Home.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be sent to the Wounded Warrior Project.

Grand Chapter Announcements
Please check with Sister Jacki Mabey, WG Marshal if you lost or found any items. 

UPDATE - 5/28/23

Found at Grand Session:  Men's OES button cover, and a Past Deputy pin.

Also found at Grand Session - gray sweatshirt sweater with snaps

Found at Mt. View - hanging pierced earring with star & pearls.

 Now Available
Updated Grand Chapter Highlights Book - $25.33
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 $25.33 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
Proceedings available - Books $28, CDs $15

Affsa/Affsa - 1 Books
Capel/Parsons - 11 CD's
Bingenheimer/Robinson - 3 CD's
McGinley/Costello - 4 CD's


Good News
2023-2024 Joanne & Jim's Grand Officers for 2023-2024

Joanne & Jim's Grand Representatives 2023-2024
     Kentucky - Jim Boulger, #201/#37
     Louisiana - Suzanne Hutchinson, #258/#38
     Manitoba - Bobbie Bechtal, #201/#37
2022-2023 Jeannette & Bernie's Grand Representatives

Jeannette & Bernie's Grand Officers
2021-2022 Daria & Bruce's Grand Officers 

Daria & Bruce's Grand Representatives


2019-2020 Norma & Dan's Grand Representatives
2018-2019 Lynn & Ken's Grand Representatives
Chapter & District Fundraisers & Notices
Sept. 23rd Northern Chapter #38, District #9

Make a resident of the Eastern Star Home's day brighter by purchasing a mum plant for them

Starlight Chapter is running a fall mum fundraiser.  We were hoping to give our members the option of ordering mums for the OES Home and do so in memory or honor of someone.  Starlight would then publish these dedications in an article in the next Star Journal.  The orders need to be in by October 7th.  They are $8.00 and the check is payable to Starlight Chapter and can be mailed to our Secretary Ellen Mason, her address is in the Official List Book.  Don't forget to include a dedication if you wish.

Sept 4th

Sept. 23rd.
Northern Chapter #38, District #39

Due to some plumbing issues in the building, Northern Chapter will not be holding the meeting scheduled for September 11, 2023.  This was Master Masons night and a guest speaker - Tomb Guard, a former guard of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. 

This program is being rescheduled for November 13, 2013.

Northern Chapter #38 building still has some plumbing issues.  The meeting scheduled for Monday, September 25th, will be held at the Musconetcong Lodge in Budd Lake.  The meeting will start as usual at 7:30pm.  Northern Chapter invites everyone to join them on Monday September 25th when they will adopt Michele Hess, PGM as their Fraternal Mom. 

Sept 3rd Tuckerton Chapter #24, will be holding a Gift Basket Auction
On October 14, 2023 at the West Tuckerton Firehouse.  Doors will open at 11:00am and Tuckerton Lodge is going to do the food and drinks.  They will also have a 50/50.  Please contact Chairman Mary Ann Riley for more information. 

General Information

Charity Foundation News
July 29, 2023 Charity Foundation Scholarships given at Grand Session - May 2023
Rainbow Scholarship -  Alexandra Sardis
Allied Health - Lily Tews
Regular - Giavana McManus
Regular - Adrieanne Castrati

Amazon smile program has ended as of  2/20/2023

Jan 21, 2023 Charity Foundation Life Skills Grant Application


CF flyer - Linda Penin.pdf.................

July 15, 2023 The OES Charity Foundation meeting will be held on October 4th at 7pm. It will be virtual using the link provided by below.  To receive the meeting link please send an email no later than 6pm on the day of the meeting.

To receive the meeting link each month please send an email to: 

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

As the time of the meeting approaches, you will receive the link/invite for the meeting from that email account (approximately 6pm).

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.

As the time of the meeting approaches, you will receive the link/invite for the meeting from that email account (approximately 6pm)

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" (or to log off) for a few minutes. 

Please request the meeting link monthly.

Jan. 27, 2023 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




Becoming a resident_Flyer.pd



Delegates Alternates and Officers Election Report Form.docx