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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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PHOTO GALLERY ON WEBSITE
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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VOLUNTARY DONATIONS 2023-2024


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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One Call

Sign up for One Call - Expires 5/31 of each year.   The cost for the new year 2024-2025 will now be $10.00 per line. 

ONE CALL NOW.2024.docx


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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.

Visit the the new issues of the Star Journal for January 2024, on the information bar.

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Aug 28, 2023 Grand Representative of New Jersey Newsletter

NEWSLETTER JANUARY 2024 GRANJ.pdf

NEWSLETTER OCT 23 GRANJ.pdf.......



September 2023

Letter from the MWGM and MWGP

September 2023 letter.pdf

Quorum letter - 2-6-24.doc


2024_March_letter.pdf


Receptions and District Meetings, Holiday Party
March 26 Mountain View #205, 100th Birthday Celebration
Join Mt. View Chapter on Sunday, May 5th at 6pm at The Village Inn, Wayne, NJ  Cost $46.00 per person, includes pasta, salad, choice of 2 entrees, birthday cake, and coffee/tea/soda.  Cash bar available.  Reservations required by April 26th.  Make checks payable to Mt. View Chapter #205 (100th birthday in memo line) and mail to Jennifer Schiffrin.

   

Upcoming Dates  -- see Chapter & District Fundraisers below
June 1, 2023 UPCOMING DATES - 2023

     April 21st - Chauffeurs Party
     April 25th - Home Board Meeting
     April 28th - Reunion - Winter Wonderland Reunion
     May 1st - Charity Foundation
     May 16th - Home Board Meeting
     May 20 - 22nd - 154th Grand Session, Tropicana, Atlantic City
     May 22nd - Installation of Grand Officers



  GRAND SESSION - MAY 20, 21, 22 2024
at Tropicana Hotel, Atlantic City, NJ


Formal Opening, Monday, May 20, 2024 at 7:30pm.

We look forward to greeting you at the “Let OES Animate Your Life” 153rd Grand Session. This year Grand Session will be held at Tropicana Hotel, Atlantic City, NJ. The price of the rooms will be $69 base plus taxes for single and double rooms. (Approx. $109.00 total). Please make all reservations directly with Tropicana at 1-888-516-2215 (8am-2am EST seven days a week) under the name of the Order of Eastern Star 2024 group using code: STESR4

 Reservations can be made at: http://book.passkey.com/go/STESR4

 

Please understand all reservations should be made by giving the Grand Chapter reservation code. By not using this Code, you will be costing Grand Chapter extra money. Our meeting room for Grand Session is not free. A percentage of these costs are incorporated in our room rate and meal rates. So please register using our Code. Casino Comps may be applied to your room.

 

Please be advised that April 20th is the deadline to use the Group Code above.  After this date, prices will be adjusted by Tropicana and will increase. 



Flyers attached for the following: 

2024 Tentative Grand Session flyer:
2024 - Revised - GS Tentative Schedule(1).pdf

Meal Plan
2024 Revised - Meal Plan.pdf

Membership Dinner
2024 Membership Dinner.pdf

Grand Representative's Luncheon

G. Representative wildflower luncheon invitation.pdf

Feb. 2nd 102nd Annual Past Matrons and Past Patrons Assoc. Meeting
To be held on May 11, 2024, Meeting at 1:00 pm followed by banquet.  To be held at Musconetcong Lodge, Budd Lake.  Subscription $25.00, reservations by May 5, 2024.  Checks to be made payable to "Past Matrons & Past Patrons Association" and mailed to Michele Hess, PGM, Secretary. 



  Upcoming Trip for 2024-2025

  Triennial General Grand Chapter
Come join us as we travel to the Triennial at Myrtle Beach, South Caroling on October 26th through November 1st, 2024.  See attached flyer for more information.

Flyer to be attached soon.....


 
  Come join Sister Sharon and Brother Joe a Cruise
Sailing from Bayonne to St. Maarten, St. Lucia, Barbadoes and St. Kitts
January 16, 2025 to January 27, 2025

Book now with: Cruise Concepts Travel, Pompton Plains, NJ - 973-616-9662

Eastern Star St. Lucia 2025.pdf



  Niagara Falls & Toranto - Sept. 30 to October 4, 2024
Come join Sister Sharon and Brother Joe on a bus trip to Niagara Falls and Toronato. 

For more information contact Diane Schmolze.


2099877-5A04061907.pdf

 
  Grand Chapter Fundraisers
 


  **REUNIONS & GET-TOGETHERS**
  Winter Wonderland Reunion - April 28, 2024
The Winter Wonderland Reunion is hosted by the Grand Representatives of 2011-2012 and will be held on Sunday April 28th at 2pm, at Olive Branch Lodge, Freehold, NJ.  Dinner to be:  salad, meatloaf, roasted potatoes, vegetables, rolls, dessert, coffee, tea, and water.  Cost $18.00, Make checks payable to and mail to Jacqueline Mabey by April 20, 2024 jackibill@comcast.net.  


  Chauffeur's Party - April 21, 2024
All members should be merrily, merrily, merrily on their way to the Chauffeur's Party on Sunday, April 21, 2024.  Social Hour 2pm, Dinner 3pm, Crescent Shrine, Westhampton.  Salad, chicken francese, farfalle with peas and bacon, desserts, coffee, tea, water and cash bar.  Cost $20.00 per person, make checks payble to and mail to Bernard M. Byrne - bbyrnepm88@gmail.com.  deadline is April 15th. 

   

Good News and Health Announcements

April 15 Rita Birne, PGM
Sister Rita recently fell in her home.  Please keep her in your prayers.  Cards can be sent to her home.

April 9 Phil Brustlin, PGP
Brother Phil is home recovering from surgery.  Please keep him in your thoughts and prayers, cards can be sent to his home.

April 4 Diane Schmolze, PGM
Sister Diane is now home from the hospital.  Continue to keep her in your thoughts and prayers.  Cards can be sent to her at home.

 

 

4-17-24 - Note from From Diane Schmolze

I want to thank everyone for all the cards and prayers sent to me on my recent hospital stay.  I am very thankful to have so many caring friends.  Under doctors’ orders, I will not be traveling for the next month.  Can’t wait to see everyone.





   
Sorrow
   

 

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


UPDATE - 9/27/23

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 for 2022-2023 - Books $35.00, CD's $15.00
Wallace/Byrne (2022-2023) - Books and CD's available


Proceedings available - Books $28, CDs $15

Affsa/Affsa (2017-2018) - 1 Books
Capel/Parsons (2016-2017) - 11 CD's
Bingenheimer/Robinson -(2015-2016) 3 CD's
McGinley/Costello (2014-2015) - 4 CD's

  

Good News
2024-2025 Sharon & Joe's appointed Grand Officers - 2024-2025
            
 
Most Worthy Grand Patron - select - Joseph Herx, #159/35
    Worthy Grand Chaplain - Gina Aaron, #183/33
    Worthy Grand Marshal - Debbie LeDoux, #121/31
    Worthy Grand Adah - Ruth Ann Hoyt, #50/39
    Worthy Grand Ruth - Betty Robinson, #107/39
    Worthy Grand Esther - Dale Van Houten, #159/35
    Worthy Grand Martha - Melissa Peterson, #257/38
    Worthy Grand Electa - Amy James, #50/39
    Worthy Grand Organist - Pamela DeLisa, #201/37
    Worthy Grand Color Bearer - Patricia Hoagland #54/35
    Worthy Grand Bearer for the Christian Flag - Diana Miller #82/36
    Worthy Grand Bearer for the Eastern Star Flag - Stephanie Donlay, #166/39
    Worthy Grand Soloist - Karyn Visscher, #99/33
    Worthy Grand Warder - Lizette Priliszh, #183/33
    Worthy Grand Sentinel - Matthew Aaron, #183/33
    Worthy Grand Fraternal Correspondent - Kerry Milone-Clapp, #107/39
    Worthy Grand Private Secretary - Jacki Mabey, #183/33
    Special Appointment - Prompter - Denise McCarthy, #99/33
    Special Appointment - Official Floral Narrator - Barbara Helfrey, #257/38

    WDD #31 - Judith Wood - #205/31
    WDD #33 - Debbie Mundy - #99/33
    WDD #34 - Maryadele O'Neil - #214/34
    WDD #35 - Renee Gresko - #54/35
    WDD #36 - Donna Leavitt - #83/36
    WDD #37 - Lisa Crank - #147/37
    WDD #38 - Tammy Wilkie  - #276/38
    WDD #39 - Tammy McQuaid - #50/39




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


Joanne & Jim's Grand Representatives 2023-2024

     Arizona - Robin Bernice, #205/31
     Connecticut - Adair Ruane, #159/35
     Delaware - Donna Wagenheim, #95/31
     District of Columbia - Kathy Haughy, #257/#38
     Idaho - Sarah Sambucini, #251/34
     Kansas - Matthew Macready, #155/36
     Kentucky - Jim Boulger, #201/#37

     Louisiana - Suzanne Hutchinson, #258/#38
     Maine - Theresa Casper, #121/#31
     Manitoba - Bobbie Bechtal, #201/#37
     Maryland - Sheila Sugar, #38/#39
     Massachusetts - Marie Clonan, #159/35
     Michigan - Joan Kelly-Witzig, #58/33
     Minnesota - Margo Mathis, #257/38
     Mississippi - Kathy Zielinski, #140/37
     New Brunswick - Drew Jardine, #183/33
     New Hampshire - Mary Ellen Thoren, #50/39
     New York - Joan Sharma, #159/#31
     Ontario - Elaine Meehan, #143/#34
     Sao Pablo, Brazil - Lauren Plasket, #83/36
     South Dakota - Katherine Robinson, #276/38
     Vermont - Cindy Sheldon, #54/#35
     Wisconsin - Dawn Shellock, #140/37
 

2022-2023 Jeannette & Bernie's Grand Representatives - 2022-2023


Jeannette & Bernie's Grand Officers - 2022-2023
  
2021-2022 Daria & Bruce's Grand Officers - 2021-2022 


Daria & Bruce's Grand Representatives - 2021-2022

  

2019-2020 Norma & Dan's Grand Representatives - 2019-2021
 
2018-2019 Lynn & Ken's Grand Representatives - 2018-2019

Chapter & District Fundraisers & Notices
April 17th Set of Proceedings and PGM's pins available
One of our members is asking that if you are interested in a set of Proceedings they are available.  Also they have many PGM's pins available.  Please contact Grand Chapter Office if you are interested in any of these items.

April 17th

Lincoln Chapter

Lincoln Chapter has postponed our Installation till May 8th.  See everyone then.  Donna Wagenheim

 

 

April 17th

Nutley Chapter

Hi All,

Because Diane Schmolze, elected Worthy Matron, is just out of the hospital and will not be able to attend a meeting till June, we will be postponing our installation till then.  After we get back from Grand Session, we will decide on weather to do Installation on June 5th or June 19th.  As soon as I know which date Installation will be I will advise everyone.  Debbie LeDoux

 



General Information
   

 
Charity Foundation News
Feb. 11, 2023 Chartiy Foundation New Secretary
Sister Joann Bingenheimer has announced that their is a new Secretary for Charity Foundation, Sister Linda Penin.

Please send all communications to her.


Jan 21, 2023 Charity Foundation Life Skills Grant Application

OES CHARITY FOUNDATION LIFE SKILLS GRANT APPLICATION PDF.pdf

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

Dec. 2023 The OES Charity Foundation meeting will be held on May 1, 2024 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: 
oescharityfoundationnj@gmail.com

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".  

CAPITAL CAMPAIGN FLYER.pdf


OES Home News - website:  www.njeasternstarhome.com



 
Mar 1, 2023 FORMS FOR THE NJ EASTERN STAR HOME

Renew_Refresh_Project.pdf

Becoming a resident_Flyer.pd


Tree-of-Life-Order-Form-LEAF.pdf

Tree-of-Life-Order-Form-ROCKS.pdf

Delegates Alternates and Officers Election Report Form.docx