Quick Links
Editor's Notes | Receptions/District Meetings | Upcoming Dates |Health Announcements | Sorrow | Grand Chapter Announcements
Good News | Chapter Fundraisers | General Information | Charity Foundation News | OES Home News |

News Index
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. 

* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *

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. 

 * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *

Sign up for One Call - $5.00 per phone line.  Expires 5/31 of each year.


* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *

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

* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *

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.

June 7, 2022

Letter from the MWGM and MWGP

March 2023 letter from MWGM & MWGP.doc


Receptions and District Meetings

Upcoming Dates  -- see Chapter & District Fundraisers below
     June 5 - Receiving of RWAGM at Starlight Chapter #107
     June 6 - Receiving of RWGC at Morning Star Chapter #22
     June 12 - Top #3 Northern Chapter and Receiving of WDD #39
     June 13 - Receiving of MWGM/Homecoming of Jr. PGP at Mt. View Chapter #205
     June 14 - Homecoming of Jr. PGM at Shekinah Chapter #82
     June 20 - Receiving of RWAGC at Fairview Chapter #219
     June 29 - Receiving of "New" RWG Trustee


Here are flyers for 2023-2024 Star Year.

Join Joanne and Jim - Cruise to Canada from Bayonne
August 24, 2023 to September 2, 2023
For more info contact Cruise Concepts - 973-616-9662
Flyer attached shortly..............

Travel Insurance
White Star Tours_NTA-PlanFlyer 2022.pdf

Finger Lakes & Cooperstown, New York - 5 days - 4nights
October 9 - 13, 2023, see attached flyer for more information
parking release liability finger lakes.docx

May 29, 2023 "Disney 100:  The Exhibition", The Franklin Institute on Sunday July 30, 2023  2pm
                       Join NJ OES as we take a trip to “Disney 100: The Exhibition”
                      The Franklin Institute, 271 N 21st St Philadelphia, PA
Sunday, July 30, 20232:00pm

(This is a timed ticketed exhibit)Fee:
  Ages 12-64 $45.00; 65+ $43.00; Children 3-11 $41.00. 

All Masonic organizations and their families are welcome to join us on this day!
Expect to spend at least 1-1 ½ hours in the Disney 100 exhibit.  Some folks may take longer.

Your ticket purchase includes admission to the Franklin Institute and a Fels Planetarium show, all to be experienced at your own discretion.

+++++Please join us in the Atrium Area at 1:45pm before entering the exhibit for a Group Picture++++Transportation and ticket purchases are ON YOUR OWN.

Onsite garage parking is available.
  Main entrance to the Museum is located on N 20th St.

How to purchase tickets (screen by screen instructions):
www.fi.edu. Click on Disney100: The Exhibition Buy Tickets (yellow oval). Click on Buy Tickets (black oval).  Select Daytime Admission: Disney 100:The Exhibition + Museum Access. Go to gray bar and use the calendar option to select the date and select the time. Add your tickets to your Cart; click cart and pay with a credit card. You’re set to go! Questions?  Please contact Nancy Rudolph Myers, GR of OK in NJ @ Nanisworld@aol.com

see flyer attached -  Star Disney Franklin Institute.docx

Apr 10, 2023 Magical Summer Event at Smithville - Sunday, July 16, 2023
Luncheion to be held at Smithville Inn, Galloway, NJ on Sunday July 16, 2023 at 12:00 noon.  Cost $40.00 pp and $25.00 for children.  There will be prizes, phot ops, shopping, raffles and more.  A special grand prize will be awarded at the end of the day.   Checks made payable to "Voluntary Donations", RSVP to Jessica Walton, Chairman at Starbuck1332@comcast.net.

April 10, 2023 Bubba's Christmas-In-July Party - Sunday July 9, 2023 - 3pm
To be held at the Visschers Home, Cost $20.00 PP.  Proceeds to benefit Semper Fidol.  Please make checks to "Voluntary Donations", Veteran's Project in the Memo Line.   Please contact Karyn Visscher for information and to RSVP at kbvisscher@gmail.com


Good News and Health Announcements

May 28, 2023 Mary Jane Lojewski, PGM, Atlas #99
Sister Mary Jane is currently in the hospital.  Please keep her in your prayers.  Cards can be sent to her home. 

May 30, 2023 Carol Feiler, PGO, Special Appt. - Prompter 2022-2023 - Tilden #59
Sister Carol Feiler, mother of Cheryl Butler, passed away this morning.  Services to be conducted at Vorhees-Ingwersen Funeral Home, 59 Main Street, Ridgefield Park.  Visiting hours on Friday June 2nd from 1 to 5pm and 7 to 9pm with OES Services at 7:30pm.  Saturday June 3rd visiting and services from 9:30 to 11:30a.m. at the funeral home.   Cards can be sent to Sister Cheryl's home. 

May 20, 2023 Kay Zadoorian, PGO, Lydia #41
Sister Kay passed away this morning.  Please keep her family and Chapter in your prayers.  Sister Kay was an activie member of star, serving for Grand Chapter and served on the PM & PP Association as President and Secretary for many years. 

5/26/23 - UPDATE:   A memorial service for Sister Kay will be held on Wednesday June 28th, 2023 at 11:00 am in the Chapel of the Eastern Star Home, Bridgewater, NJ.  Attendence is limited to 50.  Please RSVP to Sister Linda Penin at lindapenin@aol.com if you are planning to attend.  Mask are not required but may be worn.

May 10, 2023 Candy Moore, WDD #37
Sister Candy Moore passed away on April 29th.  A celebration of life will be held at a later time.  Please keep Brother Gary and her family in your prayers.  Cards can be sent to their home. 

SISTER CANDY MOORE, WDD #37 - 2022-2023 

Location:    Merchantville Masonic Lodge,
                      Merchantville, NJ   08110

Sunday, June 4, 2023   2PM 

Sister Candy belonged to four of the five Chapters in the 37
District and we invite you to a Memorial Service which will begin at 2PM in the Chapter Room of Merchantville Masonic Lodge.  All Eastern Star Members and Masonic Brothers are invited to attend.  Chapter Officers are asked to wear white.  Family and Friends are welcome. Business Casual dress please. 

The Celebration of Life Meal will take place in the dining room downstairs immediately following the Memorial Service.  There is a lift to assist those who cannot do steps. Please let Sister Charlene Ottaviano, Worthy Matron of Athene Chapter, know if you will be sharing the meal with us by Friday, June 2nd so we may have enough food prepared. 

You may call her or email her at charsmaddy@verizon.net

V. Kaye Jenking, WM              Penns Grove Chapter #86
Francine Zioance, WM
            Haddonfield Chapter #140

Blanch Jaggers, WM
                Williamstown Chapter#149

Charlene Ottaviano, WM
        Athene Chapter #201



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.

 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

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
May 18, 2023 Antique Appraisal at Tuckerton Chapter on August 12th
Cost is $15.00, includes a luncheon and appraisal of one item for $15.00.  If you wish to have a couple of items approved the cost is $10.00 per item up to 3.   RSVP to Pat Hoagland, Secretary of Tuckerton Chapter

General Information

Charity Foundation News
Amazon smile program has ended as of  2/20/2023

Jan 21, 2023 Charity Foundation Life Skills Grant Application


Apr 10, 2023 The OES Charity Foundation will be Wednesday, June  7th 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 fromthe 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

The Annual Meeting of the New Jersey Eastern Star Home is set for Saturday, June 3, 2023 at Burlington Masonic Lodge, Route 541, Burlington, NJ. If you are uncomfortable being in large crowds, we will also be having it virtually. If you would like to participate in the virtual meeting, please send me your name and email address to
debbie9011@gmail.com. If the Delegate or one of the Alternates cannot attend, the Worthy Matron, Worthy Patron, or Associate Matron can attend and one of them may vote for your Chapter.

We have four three-year terms open. Please think about submitting a petition, it is a very rewarding experience. If you have any questions, please contact one of the Board members. If you would like to be on the Home Board, please fill out a petition and return it by May 1 st .


May 3, 2023

Dear Family Member or Resident Representative:

Thank you for being a valued member of our facility’s community.
We will be celebrating the 2023 National Skilled Nursing Care Week June 4 th – June 10th. Skilled nursing care centers and their staff provide a steadfast commitment to providing a high-level of care for their residents.

The theme this year is “Cultivating Kindness”. We are focusing our events for the week around doing acts of kindness, and cultivating relationships within our community.

We are asking for your help in celebrating our residents and staff by contributing to our week- long celebration. This can be done in a number of ways, by donating a service, plants, food, give-a-way items, gift cards, etc.   Donations can be mailed to Lori Patullo, NJ Eastern Star Rehabilitation & Nursing, 111 Finderne Ave.,
Bridgewater, NJ 08807 or dropped off for Lori or Simone at the reception desk any day between 9a-5p.

If you are interested in helping in any way, please contact Lori Patullo, Administrative Support Manager at 908-722-4140, Ext. 3550, lpatullo@njeasternstarhome.com or Simone Rudich, Director of Activities, at Ext. 3527, srudich@njeasternstarhome.com.
Please respond by May 26, 2023 or sooner so we can plan a great week for our facility!

Thank you in advance for your continued support to our staff and facility.

Dr. Dawn Giakas



Becoming a resident_Flyer.pd



Delegates Alternates and Officers Election Report Form.docx