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Editor's Notes

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!

MWGM, MWGP letter regarding Funeral Services:

Most Worth Grand Matron's Letter on Funerals
Release Form can be found in FORMS  

August 27, 2020 letter from the MWGM & MWGP
mwgm_ltr_5_covid19 8-27-20.pdf
The MWGM and MWGP along with Grand Chapter are inviting you to the Be Loyal to the Royal Bingo -

Next Date to be announced  Thurs, Oct. 29, 2020. 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
SEMPER FIDO 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: - Semper Fido) and send your donations to: Kerry Milone-Clapp, 8 Allen Terr, Netcong, NJ 07857
The STAR JOURNAL September 2020 issue may be found under the Information Tab on NJOES home page.
The NJ EASTERN STAR HOME website is up & running.
Please check it out.  


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".  Flyer will be attached shortly.


Receptions/GO Honor Nights/District Meetings
Nov. 23, 2020  Grand Floral Degree - Online/Virtual meeting
Hosted by Molly Pitcher #198 and Monmouth Chapter #251 for the 34th District.  7:30pm.  Please send an email to mollypitcher198@gmail.com to request the online link and registration to attend. 

Upcoming Dates  -- see Chapter & District Fundraisers below
Nov 1, 2020 PGM & PGP Annual Meeting
   postponed to Nov 7, 2021

Oct 18, 2020 Believe in Dreams Club Reunion
   postponed to Oct 18, 2021
Oct 25, 2020 This Moment in Time Club Last Reunion
   postponed until Oct 24, 2021
Nov 2020 Eastern Star Home Birthday Celebration Canceled
   the Home will have something special for the residents & employees
Dec 6, 2020 The Spirit of Christmas Club Reunion
   postponed until Dec 5, 2021
Jul 1, 2020  See info & pictures for MWGM & MWGP Jewelry
Jewelry Info

Jewery pictures

Health Announcements

Oct 12, 2020 Phyllis Bowman, PGM,
Phyllis is now home from rehab and has a live-in caretaker.  Please keep her in your prayers.  Please remember her with cards. 

Oct 12, 2020 Geraldine Showack-Pino, GO, GR of Wyoming
message from Mike:  Gerry  was operated on last week for an acoustic neuroma at Jefferson Hospital, Philadelopia.  Gerry came through the surgery well, but developed some face swelling and problems with her eyestight, but Dr. feels this will pass when the swelling goes down.  Gerry is now in rehab, please keep her in your prayers.  Cards can be sent to her home.  


Oct 19, 2020 passing of Sister of Suzanne Hutchison, PGO
Please keep Suzanne and her family in your prayers.  Cards can be sent to her home. 
Oct 10, 2020 passing of Marian Souder, Mother of Diane Capel PGM,
Marion Souder, mother of Diane Capel, PGM, passed away on Saturday, October 10, 2020.  Services are to be held at Mathis Funeral Home, 43 N. Delsea Dr., Glassboro, NJ  Thursday, October 15, 2020, viewing 9:30 am - 12 Noon.  Services to be held at 12:00 noon.  Masks are to be worn.  In lieu of flowers donations may be made to:  Shriners Hospital for Children - Philadelphia, 3551 N. Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA  19140
Sep 24, 2020 passing of Helen Bechtold, PGO, Tilden #59
  Helen Bechtold, of Old Bridge, NJ died on September 24th, 2020.  Born in Teaneck, NJ, lived in Cliffside Park, and Edison before moving to Old Bridge.  She held a number of Secretarial positions before leaving the workforse to raise her two children and later became treasurer and business director for the New Jersey Dance Theatre Guild Inc. from 1972-1981.  Helen was a member of the ORG for Girls, and joined Guilding Star Chapter #36 OES and served for 70 years. Served as WDD #2 1968-1969 and WG Chaplain 2004-2005.  She was also a Girl Scout leader 1970 to 1972; Charter member Central Jersey Chapter National Asthma Center and listed in the Who's Who of American Women 1977-1978.  Predeceased by her husband, Charles L. in 2012, Helen is survived by her children, Charles F. Bechtold and his wife Belinda of Whippany, N.J., Linda Bechtold of Westfield, N.J.; and grandchildren, Emily Clauss, Christine Bechtold and Kevin Clauss.   Visitiation was held on Sunday from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. followed by a funeral serve at 5:30pm, at Bernheim Apter Kreitzman Suburban Funeral Chapel, Livingston, N.J. Burial at Grove Church Cemetery, North Bergen, N.J., will be private

Sep 21, 2020 passing of Nancy J. (Toro) Psyhojos, PGO Bordentown #257
 a 50 yr. member.  Formerly from Venus #153; GR of Kentucky 1976-78

Grand Chapter Announcements
 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
Aug 5, 2020 Message from Debbie LeDoux, OES Home Board President
Update on the Eastern Star Home.  First, I want to thank everyone who have made donations to the Eastern Star Home during these difficult times.  The Home needs iPads so residents can communicate with their loved ones.  They are also using it for Residents that are on Hospice or not doing well.  An iPad is a way to keep the residents in touch with loved ones and friends.  If you would like to make a donation to help with the cost to purchase an iPad; please make a check payable to New Jersey Eastern Star, Inc. and mail it to Carole Moore, PGM and in the memo line put iPad.  Thanks in advance for your help and please stay safe.
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


  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

Affsa/Affsa - 11 Books
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
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
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.
Mar 10, 2021 Fairview #219  Queen Esther at Sight & Sound
Any questions contact Joan Smith, PGM by phone or email.
  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