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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 2024-2025

Envelopes for the new 2024-2025 will be in the Star Journal mailing in September 2024.   Again, 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 recent 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

Letters from the MWGM and MWGP 2023-2024

September 2023 letter.pdf

Quorum letter - 2-6-24.doc

2024_March_letter.pdf



Letter from the MWGM and MWGP 2024-2025



April 27th GOWN BOUTIQUE

Please be advised that the RWG Trustee and RWG Conductresses are not collecting any more gowns at this time.  Please wait until dates are announced. 


Update:
A date has been set for the gown boutique of September 21, 2024.    We will keep you posted of the time and place.  



Receptions and District Meetings, Holiday Party


 

Upcoming Dates  -- see Chapter & District Fundraisers below
June 1, 2023 UPCOMING DATES - 2024-2025

    
June 3rd - Starlight #107 - Receiving of the MWGM
     June 6th - Gloria #159 - Receiving of the MWGP
     June 8th - All day rehearsal at Musconetcong Lodge
     June 11th - Morning Star #22 - Receiving of the RWAGM
     June 14-16th - NJ DeMolay Convention
     June 17th - Ocean #214 - Receiving of RWAGC
     June 18th - Fairview #219 - Receiving of RWGC
     June 23-26th - Pennsylvania OES Grand Session
     June 29th - Smithville Inn

June 26th - Prince Hall OES Informal Opening - Cost for registration is $75.00.  If you are interested in attending please contact Sister Mary Elaine Guynn ASAP.  Registration must be received no later than May 22nd.  


  2023-2024 MWGM DISTRIBUTIONS

Past Matrons & Past Patrons Association $1000.00
Semper Fido
$1500.00
Wounded Warriors
$ 500.00
New Jersey Eastern Star Home, Inc.
$4500.00
(Building Fund—Includes WG Sentinel donation)
New Jersey Eastern Star Home, Inc.
$1000.00
(Member Resident Welfare Fund)
OES Charity Foundation of NJ
$4000.00
(General Fund)
OES Charity Foundation of NJ $1000.00
(Ed Loan Fund)
New Jersey DeMolay
$4000.00
Grand Assembly IORG of NJ
$4000.00
Shriners Children’s Philadelphia
$2500.00
Comfort Zone Camp
$7200.00
Scottish Rite Learning Centers
$2000.00
National Kidney Foundation
$  200.00
American Diabetes Foundation
$  800.00
Daughters of the Nile
$  100.00
St. Jude’s
$  300.00
Salaam Shriners Transportation Fund
$1000.00
Crescent Shrine Transportation Fund
$1000.00
Grand Chapter OES of NJ
$20,566.63




  Upcoming Trip & Fundraising for 2024-2025

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

2024 Triennial Trip.pdf

 
  WINE TASTING - October 13th
Afternoon of fun with wine tasting of 12 samples of different wines, and delicious appetizers and desserts.  To be held at the Crescent Shrine, Westhampton cost is $25.00.


2024 OES Wine Tasting Event.pdf






STATE MASTER MASONS NIGHT - CELEBRATING SISTERS IN OUR SERVICE - September 7th

You are cordially invited to attend the Grand Mason/Grand Chapter Master Mason's Night on Saturday September 7, 2024 from 5pm to 9pm.  Food provided by "207 Main".  To be held at Masonic Fellowship Center, Burlington, NJ  Cost $45.00 to be payable to "Voluntary Donations", and mailed to Lisa Helge.   Deadline is August 24, 2024. 

Presenters:  Sister Diana Brown, Colonel, Chief of Staff Air National Guard, Sister Shannon Neville, Company Commander, USCG, Tracen, Cape May and Sister Margaret BRescio, Colonel, Army National Guard, Joint Base McQuire Dix.  Music by RW Brother Donald R. Tuttle, Grand Musician. 


State Grand Lodge-Grand Chapter Event 9-7 With Border.docx

  Come join Sister Sharon and Brother Joe on a Cruise
Sailing from Bayonne to St. Marten, 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

  Christmas in July - Saturday July 27, 2024
Bubba's Christmas in July Party - at the Visscher Home.  Time 3:00 pm, $20.00 per person.  Checks to "Voluntary Donations"  Veterans Project in the memo line.  Proceeds to benefit Lupus.  Please contact Karyn Visscher at kbvisscher@gmail.com for more information and to RSVP.

Christmas in July Party Flier-2024.pptx

 
  Grand Chapter Fundraisers
 


  **REUNIONS & GET-TOGETHERS**

 

Good News and Health Announcements

May 30 Katherine Robinson, GO, Beverly Maqueda #276
Sister Kathy is in Capital Health Hospital in Hopewell, NJ.  The doctors have told her she may have had a strock or TIA.  Asking for prayers, cards can be sent to her home. 


   
Sorrow
May 23 Sister Evelyn A. MacKenzie, PGM
It is with deep sorrow that I announce the passing of Evelyn A. MacKenzie, PGM, on Sunday May 19th, 2024.  Viewing will be Wednesday, May 29th, at Gerity & Chubenko Funeral Home, 411 Amboy Ave., Woodbridge, NJ.  OES services will be Wednesday  at 7:30pm.  Interment will be Thursday, May 30th at Crest Haven Cemetery,  Clifton, NJ.


May 13 Sister Jennifer Morris-Heath, PGO, Fairview #219
Sister Jennifer passed away suddenly on Saturday May 11th.  She is the daughter of Cheryl and Alan Morris.  Viewing and Eastern Star services will be held at Gardner Funeral Home, Runnemede, NJ.  For more information go to Gardner Funeral Home website.  Cards can be sent to the family via Cheryl Morris, Secretary of Fairview #219.  
 
May 6th Brother Al Hann, PGO, Haddonfield #140
Brother Al passed away this morning with his family by his side.  Please keep his family in your prayers.  Services to be held on May 8, 2024 at Ora L. Woocester Funeral Home, Clementon, NJ  Viewing from 4 pm to 7pm, Eastern Star Service at 7 pm, Masonic Service 7:30 pm, with Veterans Service to follow.   For more information visit the website www.oralwoosterfuneralhome.com




 

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


UPDATE - 5/23/24 - Nothing at this time to post. 

 


 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

Newly elected Grand Trustee on May 22, 2024 - Lisa Helge, #58/33

Sharon & Joe's Grand Representatives 2024-2025
    
 Illinois - Ashley Zanellato, #50/39
     Iowa - Martha Hudson, #159/35
     Ohio - Jessica Franklin, #214/34

     Pennsylvania - Elsie Van Dusen, #214/34
     South Carolina - Candy Walling, #257/38
     Tennessee - Cookie Dean, #107/39

      
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
     Indiana - Beth Willer, #205/31    
     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
     Missouri - Linda Percy, #155/36
     Nevada - Charlene Ottaviano, #201/37
     New Brunswick - Drew Jardine, #183/33
     New Hampshire - Mary Ellen Thoren, #50/39
     New York - Joan Sharma, #159/#31
     Ontario - Elaine Meehan, #143/#34
     Phillipines - Carole Enterkind, #155/36
(Brand new Grand Jurisdiction)
     Sao Pablo, Brazil - Lauren Plasket, #83/36
     Saskatewan - Linda Gentert, #201/37
     South Dakota - Katherine Robinson, #276/38
     Utah - Sabrina Busico, #198/34
     Vermont - Cindy Sheldon, #54/#35
     Virginia - Cathy Sardis, #58/33
     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

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 June 5, 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



ANNUAL HOME DELEGATES MEETING - JUNE 1ST

The zoom meeting has been set for the Delegates Meeting on June 1st.  If you wish to join by zoom and did not receive the link please let me know as soon as possible at debbie9011@gmail.com

 

Thank you Debbie LeDoux

 

 

 



                       
 
May 9, 2024

Dear Family and Friends,

I hope this letter finds you well. First off, on behalf of the residents as well as myself we would like to thank everyone for their generous donations to contribute to our monthly boutique as well as our community.

Our monthly Boutique is a social event our residents are
always looking forward to attending. You are all truly
making a difference for the residents and community here at
New Jersey Eastern Star.

Here at New Jersey Eastern Star Home we aim to develop
various programs, that encourage and allow our residents to strive in growth and their personal capabilities and cater to their diverse interests. Thanks to your contributions, our residents have had the opportunity to create festive holiday decorations to display in their rooms and throughout our facility. Moreover, your donations have
enabled our residents to make and supply much-needed beds and blankets to our local animal shelter. These activities, exemplify just a fraction of the positive impact of your generosity. I am reaching out to see if you would be willing to help me spread the word around the community to see if anyone would be interested and willing to donate supplies to help enrich our seniors through programming and more as well as, to our monthly boutique.

Below is a list of items our residents have expressed interest in seeing at our next monthly boutique.

As always, any donations are greatly appreciated.

Thanks for your time.
Kindly,
Simone Rudich
Director of Activities
New Jersey Eastern Star Home
111 Finderne Ave Bridgewater, NJ 08807
908-722-4140 ext. 3527
srudich@njeasternstarhome.com 

SEE ATTACHED FLYER...
Newsletter Article NJESH.pdf


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