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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. Any questions?  Please contact Jeannette Wallace, RWAG Conductress. Thank you for your help!

STAR JOURNAL SEPTEMBER 2019 edition is on site.
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Grand Chapter is seeking interested, qualified candidates to run for Right Worthy Grand Trustee!
Due to the change to Grand Chapter Law, there has not been an election for Right Worthy Grand Trustee in two years. The next election will take place at Grand Session in May 2020. We're asking that any interested Sisters make themselves known now to the Right Worthy Grand Secretary, so you may be afforded opportunities to serve on Grand Chapter Committees and get insight into the running of Grand Chapter. This does not obligate you to run - it gives you the chance to learn more and make an informed decision. Any questions, please contact the Grand Chapter Office. Signed Petitions for Right Worthy Grand Trustee will be due March 1, 2020.
Receptions/GO Honor Nights/District Meetings
Jan 4, 2020
District 33 Meeting, Karyn Visscher, WDD - $18
Masonic Lodge, 1011 Central Ave, Westfield 07090. Payable & mail to Cynthia Errickson, GR of Oregon. RSVP by Dec 24. Limited seating.
Jan 6, 2020
Bethlehem #40 & Tuckerton #54 Reception - $22
   Dana Ivan, WG Bearer for Christian Flag
     & Linda Aho, GR of Montana
Eagleswood Firehouse, 219 Railroad Ave, West Creet 08092.  Buffet Dinner. Payable to Tuckerton #54; mail to Gail Naia, RWG Treasurer. RSVP by Dec 30, 2019.
Jan 14, 2020
Morning Star #22 Reception - $30
 Cynthia Errickson, GR of Oregon;
   Mary Elaine Guynn, GR of Louisiana;
    MaryBeth Tait, GR of Virginia; Elaine Bellan, GR of Saskatchewan;
     Gregory Guynn, GR of District of Columbia
Crescent Shrine, 700 Highland Drive, Southampton 08060. Payable to Morning Star #22, mail to Carole Moore, PGM. RSVP by Jan 4.

Jan 15, 2020
Medford #287 Honor Night - $10
  Anita Cole, WDD #38
Masonic Lodge, 25 Bank Street, Medford 08055.  RSVP by Jan 6 to Susanne Wells, PGM.
Jan 18, 2020
District 34 Meeting - Pamela Lindson, WDD - $15
Masonic Lodge, 2 Dutch Lane Rd, Freehold 07728. Payable & mail to Pamela Lindson, WDD. RSVP by Jan 1, 2020.
Jan 19, 2020
Atlas #99 Party Night
  Stephanie Bowen, WG Warder; Karyn Visscher, WDD #33;
    Patricia Affsa-Pydecki, GR of Bolivia;
      Roberta Russell, GR of Washington
Mastori's Diner, 144 US Hwy 130, Bordentown 08505. Choose your meal. Order & pay for what you would like. RSVP by Jan 5 to Diana Affsa, PGM to reserve your seat.
Jan 22, 2020
Dewey #155 Honor Night
   Dawn Freney, WG Fraternal Correspondent;
     Carole Enterkine, WG Private Secretary;
       James Hines. GR of Alberta
Masonic Lodge, 220 hiladelphia Ave, Egg Harbor City 08215. Limited Seating; Lite refreshments following. RSVP by Jan 15 to Linda Thibault, WM.
Jan 29, 2020
Shekinah #82 Honor Night - $10
   Jeannette Wallace, RWG Conductress
Masonic Lodge, 1317 Fairton Rd, Millville 08332. RSVP by Jan 15 to Pat Collins. Payable to Shekinah Chapter #82.
Jan 31, 2020
Raritan #58 Honor Night - $10  RESCHEDULED from Oct 16
   Alice B. Carter-Mead, GR of Alabama
      Geoffrey Bleich, GR of Idaho
Masonic Hall, 120 Old Bridge Trnpk, South River 08882. RSVP by Jan 15 to Elaine Stanton, PGO. Seating is limited.
Feb 1, 2020
District 31 Meeting - Jennifer Schiffrin, WDD - $18
Masonic Lodge, 24 Franklin Trnpk, Ramsey 07446. RSVP by Jan 18. Payable to Jennifer Schiffrin; mail to Robin Bernice, WM Stella #20.
Feb 13, 2020
Penns Grove #86 & Fairview #219 Reception - $30
   Geraldine Pohlig, WG Color Bearer
     Dawn Smith, WDD #37
Masonic Lodge, 187 W. Cohawkin Road, Clarksboro 08020. RSVP by Jan 31. Payable to Fairview #219, mail to Joan Smith, PGM.
Feb 15, 2020
District 35 Meeting - Jessica Walton, WDD - $20
Masonic Lodge, Rte 37W, Toms River 08755. RSVP by Jan 31. Payable & mail to Dawn Orner-Betts, GR of Iowa.
Feb 24, 2020
6pm Social
6:30 Dinner
Ocean City #83 Reception - $38
  Bonnie Horan, WG Adah; Virginia Dickinson, WDD #36
    Rita Germanio, GR of Minnesota
Mays Landing Country Club, 1855 Cates Rd, Mays Landing 08330. Roast Turkey Breast & Vegetables; (Pasta Primavera on request). RSVP by Feb 14 to Joan Narvell, AM.
Mar 7, 2020
Northern #38  Rosepinning of Daria Hamm, RWAGM - $48.50
Chandelier at Flanders Valley, 80 Pleasant Hill Rd., Flanders 07836. RSVP by Feb 21. Payable to Northern Chapter #38, Mail to Ann Write, PGO.

Upcoming Dates  -- see Chapter & District Fundraisers below
Jan 9, 2020
Grand Officer's Night - Emmaus #183
1912 Morris Ave, Union 07083
Jan 12, 2020
State Holiday Party - $20
ALL are welcome to come & CELEBRATE.
Crescent Shrine, 700 Highland Drive, Westampton 08060. Fellowship, Fun, Food, & Door Prizes. Entertainment by the Worthy Grand Star Points.
4pm Appetizers, 5pm Light Dinner. RSVP by Jan 3. Payable & mail to Kathleen Zielinski, WG Marshal.
Jan 16, 2020
Grand Floral - Laurel Springs #227
629 Stone Road, Laurel Springs 08021
Jan 26, 2020
Believe in Dreams Winter Beach Party Reunion - $32
   Lynn & Ken Billingham, Jr PGM & PGP

Kristy's, 562 Rte 9, Waretown 08758.  Sausage&Peppers, Pulled Pok, BBQ Chicken, Salads, Dessert Mini Apple Caramel Crumb. Payable & mail to Patricia-Jo Hoagland, PGO. RSVP by Jan 5, 2020.
Feb 4, 2020
Grand Visitation NJ/PA Exchange Night
Signet Chapter #129, 6500 Tabor Rd, Philadelphia 19111 (at the Protestant Home Fellowship Hall). All Grand Officers - Please sign up with Carole Enterkine, WG Private Secretary
Feb 6, 2020
Grand Visitation NJ/DE Exchange Night - Penns Grove #86
330 Georgetown Road, Carneys Point 08069
All Grand Officers - Please sign up with Carole Enterkine, WG Private Secretary
Feb 7, 2020
Grand Floral - Bethlehem #40
692 East Bay Ave, Barnegat 08005
Feb 9, 2020
Social 2pm
Dinner 3pm
Rose & Anchor Reunion - $20
   JoAnn Bingenheimer, PGM & Don Robinson, PGP
Masonic Lodge, 15 Garden St, Mt Holly 08060. RSVP by Jan 31. Payable & Mail to Kathryn Flunn, PGO.  Dues may be included: $5 first year, $2 thereafter.
Feb 23, 2020
Royal Grand Chauffeurs Party - $30 - EVERYONE WELCOME
Crescent Shrine, 700 Highland Drive, Westampton 08060.
join us for FUN, FELLOWSHIP, GAMES, PRIZES, and MORE! Catered by Mastoris.
Hot Buffet: Salad, Chicken Francaise, Roast Beef Au Jus, Penne Vodka, Red-skinned Potatoes, Mixed Vegetables, Dessert, Coffee, Tea. Cash Bar.
RSVP by Feb 8.  Payable & Mail to Isabella Cooper, PGO
Feb 28, 2020
Social 6-6:30pm
    Stage Front VIP Seating - $35

Crescent Shrine, 700 Highland Drive, Westampton 08060. Tables of 8-10 may be reserved.  Deli sandwiches & salads.  Payable to GC Voluntary Donations. RSVP by Feb 12, 2020.  Contact Paul Lojewski, PGO
March 8, 2020
Grow Hall, Masonic Home, 902 Jacksonville Rd, Burlington 08016. Bring your own cup, saucer & plate.  RSVP by Feb 22 to Judy & Dan Brown, Co-Chairs. Payable to GC Voluntary Donations.
March 26, 2020 Fly to Ireland with Norma & Dan
  Contact Jane Ann Farissier, PGM. See details on flyer
 Mar 26, 2020 pdf
Jan 15, 2021 Daria Hamm and her "Ship Mate" Cruise to Caribbean
9 Nights on Royal Caribbean Explorer of the Seas. Depart Miami, then Labadee, Aruba, Curacao, Bonaire, back to Miami. Balcony cabins from $1,169. Airfare & Hotel packages will be available. Deposit $500 per cabin, final due Oct 2020. Contact Diane Schmolze, PGM.

Health Announcements

Dec 8, 2019 Ruth Schulze, PGO wife of Bob Schulze, PGP
 Ruth suffered congestive heart failure last week. She is home on hospice. Please send prayers & cards.

Dec 9, 2019 Son-in-Law of Elsie VanDusen, AM Sirius #123
   husband of Diane Kavanagh Sirius #123

Gregory Kavanagh, a Master Mason, passed away after a long battle with cancer. Please keep the family in your prayers
Dec 2, 2019 Gladys Jacobus, PGO  Little Falls #224
   resident of Eastern Star Home; WDD #1 1993-94. Details to follow
Nov 28, 2019 passing of Margaret Abdill, PGO  Beverly Maqueda #276
  Margaret Nichols Abdill passed on Nov. 20, 2019.  She was a woman who always dedicated herself to be a helper. She lived a life of service giving so much to others.  Margaret was preceded in death by her parents, Grace E. & Frank L Nichols Sr., her brother, Frank L Nichols Jr., his former wife, Marsha Nichols and her nephew, Ernest F. Nichols. She is survived by her loving husband of 47 years, Firman H Abdill Jr., several special cousins including Karla J Lippincott (Eddie), Kenneth Pullen Jr., and dear friend, Dr. Michael G Torline and Barbara Stiles Packard. She loved to decorate her home for the holidays and entertain her many friends. She was a member of the Beverly United Methodist Church for over 60 years, starting in the Cradle Roll. She earned ten consecutive years of Sunday School Bars for perfect attendance. There she served in many capacities, as President of the Methodist Youth Fellowship and on many committees. She was a Sunday school teacher, sang in the choir and was President of the United Methodist Women for several years. She will probably be most remembered for her homemade pies and organizing many dinners and fund-raising adventures for the church. In her early years she was active in Girl scouts. She was a Brownie Scout and Girl Scout, earning many of the merit badges and then becoming an assistant leader. She was a member of Delaware Valley Assembly # 65, Rainbow for Girls.  Margaret always gave much credit to the lessons she learned and the leadership of this organization to her success in life. She served on many committees, as Worthy Advisor and was appointed Grand Representative of Mississippi in NJ. She was awarded the highest honor that can be given to a Rainbow Girl. In her adult years she served on the Advisory Board of the Assembly and as Mother Advisor. She later was appointed to the Adult Grand Executive Committee. This was a position she treasured deeply with the hope that she could give back to the young women involved today. She was Past President of the Tri-County Activity Coordinators Association for Burlington, Camden and Gloucester counties. She was also a founding member and Past President of The New Jersey Activity Professional's Association. She was later awarded the Madison E Weidner Lifetime Achievement Award for outstanding service to the Activities Profession. Margaret was a Past Matron of Beverly Maqueda #276 and a Past Grand Officer. Margaret's life was eventful and fulfilling. She had two exciting and successful careers. She always felt that it was a special blessing to work in the delivery room and new-born nursery and experience the gift of new life. Later she worked with the geriatric population, which was also a bIessing, as it gave her the opportunity to enhance the quality of life for those residents she served. Margaret attended BurIington City High School then Palmyra High School graduating In 1965. She was employed at Zurbrugg Memorial Hospital in Riverside for 8 years In the Obstetrics Department. She later worked for a private practice of OBGYN for ten years and ended her career at The Masonic Home of New Jersey, first as an LPN then as the Director of Activities for 26 years. In addition to many new programs that were created for the facility she developed an extensive Animal Assisted/Pet Therapy Program. She presented workshops and assisted many facilities in setting up programs. She also prepared a book to assist Health Care Facilities to provide "Pet Therapy programs." During that time, she and her husband became parents of several dogs. Some of them made it into the program while others failed and became lifelong residents of their home.
Come celebrate 72 great years at Beverly United Methodist Church, 133 Warren Street, Beverly. On Wed, Dec 4 at 6-8pm with an OES service at 8pm & Thurs, 9-11am with a service 11am. Interment at Lakeview Cemetery. It was Margaret's desire that any memorial donations be sent to the International Order of the Rainbow for Girls' c/o Miss Kathryn Nase, Supreme Inspector in New Jersey, 34 Regent Court, Brick, NJ 08723, or the Beverly United Methodist Church Meals of Love ministry, 133 Warren St., Beverly NJ 08010.
Nov 25, 2019 Elizabeth "Betty" Mason, PGO  Wall #143
Betty, 92 of Toms River, passed away peacefully on Mon Nov 25 at Ocean Medical Center, Brick. Betty was a resident of the Chelsea of Toms River for the past 9 years.  Born in Newark, NJ on October 28, 1927 Betty moved to Brick in 1953 where she taught school for Brick Township schools until her retirement in 1990.   After retirement she moved to Forked River and then a snow bird in Frostproof, Florida.  Betty served on the Brick board of education for 4 years and was a member of the Eastern Star for the past 50 years. Betty is predeceased by her husband Stanley in 2001 and son Frank in 2018.  She is survived by her brother Richard Schultz of Newark, DE,  son Donald of Alpha, NJ, daughter Carol Schultz and her husband John Toms River, 5 grandchildren: Christopher, Sean, Susan, Mathew, Andrew, 7 great-grandchildren: Morgandy, Lindsey, Riley, Kaiden, Emily, Abigail and Benjamin, 1 niece Nancy Morris of DE and 1 nephew Ken Schultz of NY. Cremation will be private.
Nov 25, 2019 passing of William "Buddy" Franklin  Molly Pitcher #198
father of Jessica, WG Esther
Visitation Sat, Nov 30 from 4-8pm; Masonic service 7pm. Evergreen Memorial FH, 1735 Rte 35, Middleton 07748.
Celebration of Life Sun, Dec 1 hosted by Caesarea Lodge #64, 60 Osborn St, Keyport 07735.
William “Buddy” Franklin, 57, of Hazlet died on November 25 at Bayshore Community Hospital after a courageous four-month battle with cancer. He was a devoted husband, father and brother who was full of life and always there when you needed a helping hand, a smile or a laugh. Born on the U.S. Army military base in Stuttgart, Germany, Buddy grew up in South Belmar before moving to Hazlet 29 years ago. For the past 15 years, he was a Freemason, serving in 2013 as Worshipful Master at the Caesarea #64, Keyport. Bottom of Form Every Sunday, he and his daughter, Rebecca, spent time at the Menlo Park Veterans Home in Edison, bringing the veterans to church. And for more than a decade, Buddy was instrumental in the Freemasons’ participation in the Arc of Monmouth County’s annual walk.  Buddy was employed by Shop-Rite for 17 years, starting in Belmar in 1978 and working at several other locations, including Middletown, where he met his wife, Cheryl. For the past 15 years, he worked for Mitre Corp. at its Eatontown location, where he served as facilities and engineering support manager. Buddy is predeceased by his father, Daniel Joseph Franklin, and mother, Mary Jane Franklin, and brother, Daniel Franklin.  He is survived by his wife, Cheryl Franklin; two daughters, Jessica and Rebecca; brother, Sean Franklin of Lake Como and his partner, Cathy Goetz; three sisters, Dawn Franklin of Horn Church, England, and her fiancé, Daniel Negus, Elizabeth Franklin of San Antonio, and her partner, Dee Smith, and Lorraine Franklin of San Antonio; his uncle and aunt, Antonio and Robin Sportiello of Piscataway, as well as many nieces and nephews.
Nov 22, 2019 Helen Killoch, PGO  Wall #143
Helen A. Killoch (nee Emmons), 96, passed away on Fri, Nov 22 at Willow Springs Rehab & Health Care Cntr in Brick. She was a life time resident of the Manasquan/Wall area. Born on July 11, 1923 in Manasquan, Helen attended Manasquan Elementary and High Schools, graduating in 1940. She graduated from Drake Business College of Newark. Helen married James A. Killoch in 1941.  She worked as a secretary and housewife over most of her life. Helen was a 75-yr member of the First Presbyterian Church of Manasquan and the OES, Wall #143. As a 67-yr member of the OES, she was a Grand Representative of Massachusetts 1986-88, a Past Matron and Chaplin for many years. Helen was predeceased by her parents, Joseph and Eva Emmons, brother George and husband. She is survived by her daughter, Joan Auge of Pt. Pleasant; son Donald of Brick; grandchildren Karen Crane (Matt), Jennifer McKinley (Chris), Donald Killoch Jr., Heather Cranny (Karl); great grandchildren, Eva, Erin, Morgan and Ryan. Visitation will be on Fri, Nov 29, 10-11am at the Neary Quinn Funeral Home, 39 South Street, Manasquan. Funeral services will follow at 11am. Interment will be at Atlantic View Cemetery in Manasquan. In lieu of flowers, family requests that donations be made to the Eastern Star Charity Foundation of NJ Inc. C/O Carolyn Howard, GR of Scotland.
Nov 21, 2019 passing of Alice W. Beaton, PGO  Nutley #121
 a 64-yr member. WG Chaplain, 1999-2000; WG Adah 1963-64.
Alice W. Beaton, 83, passed away peacefully on Wed, Nov 20 at Rose Garden Nursing Home with her family at her bedside. Alice was born in Kearny, NJ on Mar 29, 1936 to Alice L. and Alexander Beaton. She attended Kearny public schools and continued her education at Montclair State College where she earned her Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Education and English. She then spent her entire career teaching and mentoring young adults as a teacher, department head, and administrator in the Kearny School System, retiring in 1992. She moved to Greenbriar Woodlands, Toms River in 2011. An avid reader and world traveler, Alice was also a 60 year member and a Past Grand Officer of the Order of the Eastern Star, Nutley Chapter #121. She was also named Citizen of the Year by the West Hudson -South Bergen Chamber of Commerce for her tireless efforts on behalf of the youth of the community in 1998. Predeceased by her parents and brother Daniel, she is survived by her brother Thomas A. Beaton and his wife Judy of Toms River, her sister-in-law Mary Lee Beaton, her nephews Lee Beaton (Marlena), Scott Beaton (Melissa), Timothy Beaton (Kristine) and her nieces Jennifer Beaton and Sherril Jose along with many great nieces and nephews. A celebration of life will be held Sun, Nov 24 from 1-3pm at Silverton Funeral Home, Toms River. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation, in Alice's name, to your favorite charity.


Grand Chapter Announcements
  Looking for excess Paraphernalia/Flags/Poles ?
For Chapters in need, please contact Sharon Rosequist, RWG Trustee.
3 electric Signets available, contact Lynn Billingham, MWGM
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)


Good News
2019-2020 Norma & Dan's Grand Representatives
Lynn & Ken's Grand Representatives
2017-2018 Diana & Emil's Grand Representatives 
Chapter & District Fundraisers
April 8, 2020 Fairview #219 Bus Trip to see "Esther" at Sight & Sound - $135
  includes a meal. Deposit of $25 for reservation. Leaving from SCUCS, Audubon at 9:30am and return 8pm. Payable to Joan G. Smith. Contact Joan with questions
April 25, 2020 Keystone #69 Trip to see "Esther" at Sight & Sound - $145
  includes bus, family style lunch at Hershey Farms, entry to 3pm show. 2 pickup locations - Linwood 9am and Hammonton about 9:30am. Contact Barbara Juniewicz, PGO
  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, Jr.PM
  "Bethlehem Cooks" - $8
Cookbook of Old Favorites & New. Contact Lauretta Korejko, Secretary
General Information