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Posting Requests to  Patti L Rhinesmith, RWG Secretary at NJOESGC@optonline.net     GC Ofc 908-725-0222
or Gail Naia, RWG Treasurer, RWGTNJ@optonline.net
Do you need the services of a Notary? 
Patti Rhinesmith, RWG Secretary can help you with that.
 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!
STAR JOURNAL  MARCH 2020 edition is on site.
Go to HomePage.  Top menu/Information/Star Journal

From the MWGM, MWGP, RWAGM April 26, 2020:

The MWGM and MWGP along with Grand Chapter are inviting you to the Be Loyal to the Royal Bingo
Check back for date & time of next Bingo 
Please email our MWGM at
njhines@comcast.net so she can email you your Bingo card and invite to the Bingo Party.
There is no cost to participate.  The MWGM & MWGP will be making a donation for each winner to the _________________.  Winners can match the donations if they choose.  There will also be some surprises during the games.  Please join us for some fun and fellowship. You can make donations
PAYABLE to Eastern Star Charity Fdn of NJ (in memo: ____________) and send your donations to: Kerry Milone-Clapp, 8 Allen Terr, Netcong, NJ 07857
The Eastern Star Charity Foundation is proud to announce the 2020 Scholarships.
Kira Parsons, sponsored by her grandfather, Brother Russell C. Parsons, Sr., will be attending Towson University, MD.  Her major is Mathematics with a concentration in Actuarial Science.  She also is focused on furthering her track and field career.
Thomas J. Ulmer, sponsored through Grand Chapter for his grandmother, Sister Virginia E. Stevenson, who entered Grand Chapter on high and was a member of Ruth Chapter #12. Thomas will be attending Moravian College.  His goal is to go into Law Enforcement or Homeland Security and strives to serve his community.
Tyler J. Boyle, sponsored by his grandmother, Sister Patti L. Rhinesmith, PGM.  Tyler has been awarded the Nursing Scholarship and will be attending Roger Williams University, RI.  He is pursuing a career in Physical Therapy with a strong desire to be able to help others.
The NJ EASTERN STAR HOME website is up & running.
Please check it out.   
Receptions/GO Honor Nights/District Meetings

Upcoming Dates  -- see Chapter & District Fundraisers below
Jul 1, 2020  See info & pictures for MWGM & MWGP Jewelry
Jewelry Info

Jewery pictures
Aug, 2020 NJ Rainbow Grand Assemply is postponed til Aug 2021

Health Announcements

Jun 30, 2020 Betty Lanka, PGO - Sec'y Hobart #63
  in Rehab at the OES Home. Recuperating the serious effects after a tick bite.  Send prayers and cards.
Jun 20, 2020 Phyllis Bowman, PGM in need of prayers
 she is in rehab in DE. She has long road ahead as she recuperates.

Jul 1, 2020 passing of Kenneth Birne son of Rita Birne, PGM
age 64, passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family, following a courageous 6 month battle with pancreatic cancer. A long time resident of Beachwood, OH, Ken was originally from Tenafly, NJ. Ken was a proud member of the Tenafly 100 Marching Band, and performed at the Rose Bowl Parade in 1973. As an avid Boy Scout, Ken traveled to the World Jamborees in Idaho and to Mt. Fuji, Japan. He attended The Ohio State University, and graduated with a B.A. in Political Science. There he met his lovely wife, Pamela Beth (Ross) Birne, and served as President of Zeta Beta Tau Fraternity, Nu Chapter. Ken then attended Case Western Reserve School of Law, during which time he married Pam and graduated with a J.D. degree in 1981. Initially, Ken opened his own personal injury law practice. In 1984, Ken met Attorney Richard Peltz, and together they formed a law firm, Peltz & Birne, LLC, beginning a lifelong professional relationship practicing auto and job injury law. As the firm's trial attorney from 1984 to 2000, Ken devoted his life to his work. He became a distinguished legal expert in the field of pediatric drowning, and represented several high-profile cases in this area of the law. He was a highly respected mentor and peer, and his brilliant legal mind remained razor-sharp up until his passing. Ken was a great husband and father, as well as a proud and devoted "Papa," to his three beautiful granddaughters. He loved good food and drink, tinkering around the house, and watching Buckeye football games. Ken was also a member of University Heights Masonic Lodge #738 F.&A.M. in Lyndhurst, OH. Ken drew inspiration from his late father Al who taught Ken, "When the going gets tough, the tough get going." Ken is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 39 years, Pam, who provided him with immense strength during his illness. She was his rock, soul mate, BFF, and the driving force behind his fight for survival. Ken is also survived by his three beautiful children, Jenna Ottenheimer (Scott) of Northbrook, IL, Allison Zofan (Gilli) of Bexley, OH and Jonathan Birne of Beachwood, OH. Ken also leaves behind his loving mother, Rita M. Birne, and the late Alvin A. Birne, of Tenafly, NJ, his beloved sister, Wendy Osur (Stan) of Tenafly, and by his beloved brother Robert Birne, Esq. (Cindy) of Dallas, TX. Ken sadly will be missed by his beautiful granddaughters, Maya Ottenheimer, Noa Ottenheimer, and Livia Zofan, who brought him so much joy. Ken also leaves behind many nieces and nephews. Ken was loved by many. Last but not least, Ken loved his dogs Wilson and Cooper. Special thanks to Dr. Eric Yasinow and Dr. David Bajor, and the University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center, who helped Ken battle his illness with care, compassion and professionalism. Thanks also to Rabbi Moshe Gancz of Fromovitz Chabad for his weekly love, guidance, wisdom, and prayer. The funeral services will be held on Friday, July 3rd in Beachwood, OH.

Due to Covid -19 visits by friends for the traditional mourning period at Rita's home is limited. Calls and prayers are welcome.
Jun 26, 2020 passing of Pauline Hand, PGO Dewey #155 & Keystone #69
   WDD #10 1981-82

Pauline C. Hand died suddenly of a massive stroke. Until recent years, she had been a life-long resident of Mays Landing, NJ where she and husband Walter N. Hand owned and operated N.E. Hand and Son Hardware store on Main St. They retired after over 50 years in the business to enjoy more time with their 8 grandchildren: Heather, Holly, Laurel (McGarvie); Katie, Christopher (Hand); Ryan, Kyle, Sean (Morris). Last summer, Pauline celebrated her 90th birthday by attending a Phillies game where her entire section sang, cheered and "high fived" her.
   Pauline was the firstborn child of Mary and John D. Meyer of Minotola. Later, the family included brothers Martin and John and sister Marie. In 1947, Pauline was graduated from Vineland HS, and shortly afterwards met future husband, Walt, at the Mays Landing skating rink in what was then Lenape Park. They were married at the Mays Landing Methodist church in 1951, directly across from what would be their future business. Pauline and Walt enjoyed 58 years of marriage until Walt's death in 2009. In later years, Pauline and Walt both had enjoyed the Presbyterian services of pastor John Ash.
   As a young mother to Carolyn (Paul McGarvie), Walter Hand Jr. (Bernadette) and Valerie (John Morris), Pauline was a Sunday school teacher, Cub Scout leader, and community supporter always cheerfully helping others. Known for playing with the children, she will be missed by her 9 great-grandchildren who expected her "to live to be 100...maybe even 200!"
   The Order of the Eastern Star enjoyed the benefit of Pauline's membership for 59 yrs. She also had held various positions of leadership at the district and state levels. In lieu of flowers, the family requests any donations be made to Eastern Star Charity Foundation of NJ; please designate SCHOLARSHIP FUND and send checks to Kerry Malone Clapp (8 Allen Terrace Netcong, NJ 07857).
   Services for Pauline will be conducted at Boakes Funeral Home in Mays Landing on Thur, July 2. Public viewing: 9:30-11am followed directly by funeral services.


Jun 20, 2020 passing of Margaret DeMatteo, PGO Lydia #41, a 45 yr member
   GR of WV 1980-82; WGB ESFlag 1999-2000
Margaret (Bogoney) DeMatteo died Sat, Jun 20 at the New Jersey Eastern Star Home in Bridgewater. She was 75. Born in New Brunswick to the late John G, and Jean (Krause) Bogoney, she resides in Milltown and Vermont. She was a teacher in Franklin Township for 30 years before her retirement. Margaret was a member of Christ Church Episcopal in New Brunswick. She was PM of Ruth Chapter #12. She was predeceased by her brother Richard A. Bogoney. Surviving are her husband Lawrence DeMatteo; her daughter Anna Marie Jasonowski and her husband Ralph of Milltown; her son Ryan DeMatteo of Middletown, Connecticut; brother-in-law Kenneth DeMatteo of Damascus, Maryland; sister-in-law Elettra Sorrentino of California; and three grandchildren. Private funeral services with cremation are under the direction of Selover Funeral Home, 555 Georges Rd, North Brunswick.
Condolences and prayers to husband Larry and family.
Jun 20, 2020 passing of Sadie Wilkes, Hobart #63, a 74 year member
  sister of David Wack, PGP
Sadie is 100 years. Please send prayers and cards
Jun 20, 2020 passing of Virginia Feairheller Ocean City #83, a 39 yr member
   mother of Virginia Dickinson, WDD #36
Send prayers and cards.

Grand Chapter Announcements
June 4, 2020 From the MWGM & MWGP:
It is with much pleasure that we announce the following MWGM's disbursements from the proceeds raised by Voluntary Donations during 2019-2020. We thank everyone who donated and participated in the events and projects. A deep gratitude is offered to all State and District project chairpersons, whose tireless efforts made these distributions possible. A special thank you is extended to Sister and Brother Judy and Dan Brown, PGOs, for all of their hard work and excellent record keeping. Sincerely and Fraternally,
Norma J. Hines, MWGM
Danny L. Cooper, MWGP

NJ Eastern Star Home, Inc.


NJ Eastern Star Home, Inc.  Building Fund


NJ Eastern Star Home, Inc.  Resident Fund


NJ Eastern Star Home, Inc.  Renew & Refresh Fund


NJ Eastern Star Home, Inc.  Furniture Fund


NJ Eastern Star Home, Inc.  Home Day


Eastern Star Charity Foundation, Inc.


Eastern Star Charity Fdn., Inc.  Scholarships


Past Matron/Past Patron Assoc., Inc.


Community Food Bank of NJ


American Diabetes Assoc.


Semper Fido


NJ Grand Assembly Rainbow


DeMolay of NJ


Melanoma Research Foundation


Atlantic County Canines


Cystic Fibrosis / Quinn’s Quest


Shriner’s Hospital of Philadelphia


Grand Chapter OES of NJ


May 20, 2020 Norma J. Hines MWGM & Danny L. Cooper, MWGP are happy to announce the following 4 Commissions
GEORGIA - Marie Clonan - 159/35
MONTANA - Joseph Naples - 86/37
OREGON - Chrissie Gionfriddo - 214/34
WASHINGTON - Isabella Cooper - 219/37
Apr 11, 2020 message from Debbie LeDoux, President OES Home Board
The Home has purchased an iPad so residents can communicate with their loved ones. They are also using it for Residents that are on Hospice or not doing well so they can see and speak to their loved ones. The Eastern Star Home has several empty beds and at the present time they are not allowed to accept any new residents, which is hurting them financially. Also because of the increase in purchasing protective equipment supplies needed for the Residents and Staff combatting the Covid-19 virus, our medical supply bill is high.
If you would like to make a donation to help with the cost of the medical supplies or so they could purchase another iPad; please make a check payable to New Jersey Eastern Star, Inc. and mail it to 111 Finderne Avenue, Bridgewater, NJ 08807 and in the memo line put Covid- 19.
I thank you in advance for your help and please stay safe.
  Looking for excess Paraphernalia/Flags/Poles ?
For Chapters in need, please contact Sharon Rosequist, RWG Trustee.
3 electric Signets available, contact Lynn Billingham, Jr PGM.
Five-point Altar with cushion available, contact RWG Secretary.
Complete set of Chapter Officers' badges, excellent condition.
Proceedings available - Books $28, CDs $15

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

  LOST & FOUND - please contact Kathy Zielinski, WG Marshal
FOUND:  a white jacket in Representatives section at Grand Session
a pair of glasses left on the podium at Grand Session (contact Patti Rhinesmith)
FOUND:  Ladies size 8 brown Eastland casual shoes at a recent reception.

Good News
February 2020 Daria's Choices 
2019-2020 Norma & Dan's Grand Representatives
Lynn & Ken's Grand Representatives
Chapter & District Fundraisers
Aug 12, 2020 Rescheduled Fairview #219  Queen Esther at Sight & Sound
contact Joan Smith, PGM as there are a few seats available
Sep 25, 2020
Little Falls #224 Master Mason's Night
Masonic Lodge, 14 Lincoln Ave, Little Falls 07424  Guest speaker RW Moises I. Gomez, Grand Historian of the Grand Lodge of NJ.  RSVP Kathy Flannagan, WM
Nov 4, 2020 Haddonfield #140 Queen Esther at Sight & Sound - $125
Leave 8am Yardley Commons Senior Cntr, 209 Laurel Rd, Voorhees. Show, Buffet Meal at Shady Maple, home approx 6:30pm. $20 deposit to Joanne Parsels. Balance due Sep 3, 2020.
  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
  "Bethlehem Cooks" - $8
Cookbook of Old Favorites & New. Contact Lauretta Korejko, Secretary
General Information