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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. 

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Please contact Lorraine Altimus if you are interested in putting any photos on the website. 

Sister Lorraine Altimus, GO 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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We are NO LONGER accepting recycling itemsPlease do not bring them to your Chapter, there is no State Committee this year. 

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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.

June 7, 2022

Letter from the MWGM and MWGP


Virtual bingo and its a pajama party, wear your best PJ's and join us on Thursday, March 30th, at 7:30pm.  Contact Norma Hines at njhines2020@gmail.com for your Bingo Card,  instructions and Zoom invite.  Donations to the NJ Eastern Star Home, Inc., Checks can be sent directly to Barbara Helfrey,PGO Treasurer of the Home Board. 

Bingo Home 03.30.23.pdf
The Corporate Board has scheduled for Sunday afternoon February 5th from 2pm to 4pm, an informal meeting for any Potential Candidate who is looking to run for R.W. Grand Trustee.  There will be information given to those attending, which will include a question and answer period for all.   


It It was an exciting afternoon on Saturday Dec.10th! After the District Meeting the winner of the Christmas Cash 50/50  was announced.

Sister Michele Hess is our First Prize winner of $2075.00
Sister Nancy Rudolph Myers is the 2nd prize winner of a lovely quilt.
Brother John Pedrick is the 3rd prize winner of a gift card

Many thanks to the District Deputies for selling tickets, to our Members and Chapters for purchasing Tickets and to Sister Denise McCarthy for
making and donating the lovely quilt.

If you didn't win this time, our next raffle will be held at Grand
Session.  What a great way to make money for Voluntary Donations and to
have a chance of winning some cash! Details will be announced in January.

Linda Thibault, Chairman

To be held at Molly Pitcher Chapter #298, Freehold, NJ

Also held this same day is the State Secretary & Treasurers meeting from 10am to 12 noon followed by Past Matrons and Past Patrons Association meeting with a luncheon at 12 noon, meeting at 1:00pm to 3:00pm.

See attached flyer.
Gown Boutique_Flyer_Feb 2023.pdf

Receptions and District Meetings
Jan 11, 2023 36th District Meeting - March 25th, 2023
District meeting to be held on Saturday March 25th with lunch of soup and sanwiches at 11:am, District Meeting to follow.  Cost $20.00 by March 14th.  Reservations to Patricia Collins, PGO, jjcplc11@gmail.com

Jan 17, 2023 Raritan #58 - Reception - March 20, 2023
Party night for Alice Carter-Mead, WG Warder on March 20, 2023, to be held at Omega Diner, North Brunswick.  Dress - Business casual , no jeans.  Choose off menu - separate checks.  No cash bar - can BYOB.

January 24th Mt. View Chapter #205 Reception and Rose Pinning of Joanne Byrne, RWAGM
Mt. View Chapter invites you to attend the reception and rosepinning of Sister Joanne Byrne, RWAGM, on March 11, 2023.  Luncheon at noon, rose pinning and reception at 1:00pm.  To be held at Double Tree by Hilton, Fairfield, NJ.  Mail checks to Robin Bernice

Reservation due by February 17th, no refunds after February 28th.  Choice of entrees:  Stuffed free range Chicken with fontina cheese and spinach, or Herb crusted tilapia spinance risotto, vegetables, champagne cream. 
January 24, 2023 37th District Meeting - March 4, 2023
District meeting to be held on Saturday March 4th, with luncheon at 1:00 pm, District meeting to follow.  To be held at Merchantville Masonic Lodge, Pennsauken.  Cost $15.00, seating is limited.  Make checks payable to Debbie Martin.  Mail Check and reservation due by February 22nd to V. Kaye Jenking. 
Nov 6, 2022 33rd District Meeting - February 25, 2023
District meeting to be held on Saturday, February 25th, with Luncheon at 1pm, District meeting immediately to follow.  To be held at Loyalty Masonic Lodge, Union.  Subscription $25.00, rsvp by February 9th to Lisa Biczi-Helge at Bizer81@aol.com.

Jan 12, 2023 34th District Meeting - February 11th, 2023
District meeting to be held on February 11th with social hour at 12 noon and 1pm luncheon, meeting to follow.  To be held at Olive Branch Lodge, Freehold.  Subscription $20.00, checks payable to Jessica Franklin, and sent to Pam Lindson - email plindson@gmail.com

Jan 8, 2023 Ocean #214 - Reception on February 6th, 2023
Open reception celebrating Andrea McCollum, WG Ruth, Jeanne Gionfriddo, WG Electa, Chrissie Martin, GR of Oregon, and Christine Lindberg, GR of Arizona on Monday, February 6th, at Jumping Brook Country Club, 210 Jumping Brook Road, Neptune.  Dinner at 6:30 pm with reception to follow.  Cost $48.00 due by January 20, 2023.  Reservations and checks to Maryadele O'Neil.

Nov 4, 2022

Athene Chapter #201 - Honor Night on RESCHEDULED FROM January 6th TO February 13, 2023.
Honor night for Becky Martin-Rosso, WG Adah, Candy Moore, WDD #37 and Charlene Ottaviano, GR of Arkansas.  To be held at Merchantville Masonic Temple, Pennsauken, Time 7:30pm.   RSVP To Linda Gentert, Assoc Matron. 

Upcoming Dates  -- see Chapter & District Fundraisers below
     February 3rd - Honor Night for WG Martha - Delaware #50
     February 7th - Grand Visitation - Signet Chapter, PA
     February 9th - GO Night - Beverly Maqueda #276
     February 10th - Top 3 - Stewart #166
    February 13th -  RESCHEDULED - From January 6th - Honor Night - Athene #201, WG Adah, WDD #37 and GR of Arkansas
     February 15th - Grand Floral - Nutley #121
February 18th - GOWN Boutique IS 9:00 AM TO 2:00PM TO BENEFIT THE NJ EASTERN STAR HOME. - Place:  Molly Pitcher Chapter #298, Freehold, NJ.  Also the State Secretary & Treasurers meeting from 10am to 12 noon followed by Past Matrons and Past Patrons Association meeting with a luncheon at 12 noon, meeting at 1:00pm to 3:00pm.
      February 20th - Top 3 - Ocean City #82
      February 25th - 33rd District Meeting
      March 4th - 37th District Meeting
      March 6th - Conductresses Night - Starlight #107
     March 9th - Honor night - Gloria #159
     March 11th - Rose Pinning - RWAGM
     March 14th - GO Night - Fairview #219
     March 18th - LAST GO Night and MWGP Homecoming - Mt. View #205
     March 25th - 36th District Meeting and Homecoming of MWGM

  Grand Session - Caesar's, Atlantic City, NJ
May 22, 23, and 24th, 2023

Reservations can be made now.
Room reservations - 888-516-2215 (8am-2am EST, 7 days a week)
Group name:  Order of Eastern Star 2023
Group Code:  sc05es3
***All callers will be asked for this code but can also book by saying "Order of Eastern Star 2023"

On line:  The link for the website is hhtps://book.passkey.com/go/sc05es3

More Information wil be posted soon.
Tentative flyer -
2023 Grand Session Tentative Schedule.pdf
Membership dinner -
2023 Membership dinner invite.pdf
Meal Plan -
2023 Meal Plan.pdf
Grand Representative's luncheon -
2023 Grand Representative luncheon Birthday bunch flyer.pdf
Landmark Tour for out of state visitors
Boardwalk Hall Tour Flyer - 2023.pdf

Jan 11, 2023 Annual Secretary/Treasurers Meeting - April 23, 2023
To be held at Olive Branch Lodge, Freehold.  Meeting at 3pm, dinner to follow.

flyer to be attached soon. 

Jan 11, 2023 Annual Grand Representative Meeting - May 13th, 2023
To be held at the Burlington Lodge, Burlington, NJ.  Meeting at 11:00 am, luncheon to follow. 

be held at Masonic Fellowship Center, Burlington Twsp.
Time 6:00pm to 11:00 pm, Cost $25.00, Sandwiches, desserts, soda and water.
Basket tickets: $10/sheet.  For tickets send checks to Karyn Visscher, GO.  Make checks payable to:  Grand Chapter Volutary Donations, ("Spring Fling" in the memor line).

January 24, 2023 Starlight Chapter #107 - Right Worthy Grand Conductress
Come join Starlight Chapter #107 as we celebrate the Right Worthy Grand Conductress and those of the 39th District on Monday March 6, 2023, fellowship dinner (no cost) at 6:30pm meeting to follow at Musconetcong Lodge, Budd Lake

RSVP by March 3rd, to Lisa Couch, WM at


Here are flyers for 2023-2024 Star Year.

Join Joanne and Her first - 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

Jan 2, 2023 Loyal to the Royal Club 1st Reunion - March 12, 2023
Sunday, March 12, 2023, 2PM, cost $50.00 per person, Dues $5.00.  To be held at "Josie Kelly's Public House, Shore Rd., Somers Point.  Reservations due by March 6, 2023.
Hosted by the Virginia Dickinson, PGO and the 36th District

Jan 4, 2023 Circle of Friends last Reunion - March 5, 2023
Sunday March 5, 2023, 2PM cost $25.00 Pork dinner, $5.00 dues.  To be held Emmaus Chapter, Loyalty Masonic Lodge, Union.  Reservation due by February 11, 2023.  Checks to be payable to Carol Feiler PGO  and send to Elsie Van Dusen. 

Good News and Health Announcements

Jan 4, 2023

Updated 1/19/23
Gloria Salerolli, GR of Minnesota
Sister Gloria recently had back surgery, and is now in rehab.  Her husband Harry is also in rehab.  Both of them are in different rehab.   Please keep but Gloria and Harry in your prayers.  Cards can be sent to their home.

Jan 31, 2023 Sister Margaret Bair, mother of Sharon McGinley, PGM
Sister Margaret Bair a member of Bordentown Chapter and mother of Sister Sharon McGinley passed away.  Her funeral services will be held at Mt. Laurel Home for Funeral, Mt. Laurel twsp. NJ  Services will be on Thursday February 2nd, viewing from 10 to 11 am, funeral service at 11am, interment immediately following.  Please keep Sister Sharon and family in your prayers.  Cards can be sent to her home.
Jan 27th, 2023 Warren "Sandy" Sandbach, PGP
It is with sadness that we have been informed of the passing of Brother Warren Sandback, PGP on January 27, 2023.  Please keep Sister Marge and family in your prayers.  Services will be conducted in Virginia and will be posted on the site once we receive them.

Jan 23rd, 2023 Carl F. Wheeler, PGP
It is with sadness that we inform you of the passing of Brother Carl F. Wheeler, PGP on January 15, 2023.  Please keep his family in your prayers
As per Carl's wishes, any service will be private and for the family only. 

Jan 21st, 2023

Daria Hamm, Jr. PGM
It is with sadness that we inform you of the passing of Sister Daria Hamm, Jr. PGM.
Please keep her family in your prayers. 

Services will be held on Saturday January 28, 2023 at the McCracken Funeral Home, 63 High Street, Newton, New Jersey.  Services were from 2pm to 4pm with OES services at 4:00pm.  There will be a repast following the OES service hosted by Northern Chapter to be held at Harmony Lodge, 519 US 206, Newton, NJ.  If you are planning on attending, please RSVP to Ellen Mason at masonellen@hotmail.com.

Jan 11th, 2023 Joan Auge, PGO, and Treasurer of Wall Chapter #143
Sister Joan passed away on Tuesday, January 10th.  There will be no OES funeral service.  There will be a service at Presbyterian Church in Manasquan, 16 Virginia Avenue, Manasquan at 11:00 am on Monday January 16th.  A repast will be held following the service at there fellowship hall.

Jan 6, 2023 Sister Dorothy Honeywell, PGO, Beverly Maqueda No. 276
Sister Dorothy passed away on January 5th.   A memorial service will be held at the Burlington Masonic Lodge, 2308 Mt. Holly Road, Burlington on Saturday, February 11, 2023 at 11:00 a.m.  All are invited for the luncheon following the services.  Please contact Tammy Wilkie, WM of Beverly Maqueda for more information and if you plan to attend. 

Jan 6, 2023 Brother Frank Lee, Little Falls #224
Brother Frank, husband of Patti Lee, PGO passed away on December 29th.  A memorial service will be held in North Carolina and one on April 1, 2023 in New Jersey.  More information will be posted once received.

Jan 6, 2023 Sister Jane Westra, Starlight #107
It is with great sadness that the family of Jane S. Westra annouces her pass on December 17, after a long battle with Alzheimers.  She was a very dedicated member of Starlight Chapter #107 for many years.  Jane Held several positions within your organization.  She was predeceased by her loving husband John G. Westra who also was a dedicated member.  Sincerely Mary Jane Westra


Grand Chapter Announcements
Please check with the WG Marshal if you lost or found any items. 

 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

Aug. 3, 2022
Looking for excess Paraphernalia/Flags/Poles etc
For Chapters in need, please contact , Dawn Smith, RWG Trustee.
3 electric Signets available, Five-point Altar with cushion available, contact RWG Secretary.

Dewey Chapter has an altar and altar cushions if anyone is interested in them.  Contact Linda Thibault, Secretary of Dewey Chapter if you are interested in them. 

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Proceedings available - Books $28, CDs $15

Affsa/Affsa - 6 Books
Capel/Parsons - 11 CD's
Bingenheimer/Robinson - 3 CD's
McGinley/Costello - 4 CD's


Good News
2023-2024 Joanne and her mystery man Grand Officers

2022-2023 Jeannette and Bernie's Grand Representatives
     Alabama - Lisa Crank, #149/37th
     Alberta - Lisa Couch, #107/39th
     Arkansas - Amy James, #50/39th
     Bristish Columbia & Yukon - Brenda Sozanski, #166/39th
     California - Bernie J. Byrne, #205/31st
     Florida - Joan Bowers, #54/35th
     Illinois - Linda McDowell, #82/36

     Iowa - Karyn Visscher, #99/33
     Italy - Cathy Fusaro, #159/35
     Nebraska - Eugene Grace, #41/33
     North Carolina - Barbara Wentzien, #159/35th
     Ohio - Susan Whitty, #205/31st

     Oklahoma - Nancy Rudolph Myers, #22/38th
     Pennsylvania - Ruth Ann Hoyt, #50/39th
     Puerto Rico - Lizette Priliszh, #183/33rd
     Rhode Island - Linda Aho, #54/35th
     Scotland - Jessica Walton, #159/35th
     South Carolina - Dawn Altimus, #147/38

     Tennessee - Rose Tesoroni, #82/36
     Texas - Pamela DeLisa, #140/37

Jeannette and 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
January 24, 2023 Fairview Chapter #219 - Chicken Pot Pie Dinner - Pennsylvania Dutch Style
Served Family Style - Adults $20.00 and Children $10.00
February 25, 2023 from 4:00 to 6:00 pm.
Tickets at the door or call Judy Rival

January 24th, 2023 Make a joyful Noise at the 33rd District Variety Show on Saturday February 4, 2023, at 6:00 pm.  at Loyalty Masonic Lodge, Union.  RSVP to Janice Harrison Aikens.  Entertainment and refreshments.  Cost $15.00.  Fundraiser for OES Charity Foundation

General Information

Charity Foundation News
  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!
Jan 21, 2023 Charity Foundation Life Skills Grant Application


Jan 11, 2023 Nomination form for Charity Foundation

Charity Foundation Nomination Form.docx

Jan 11, 2023
**Scholarship Applications**
** Reminder to get those Scholarship Application requests in by February 1st.    Time is flying by and we need to get them filled out and sent back to Dale by March 1st. 2023. 

Send application requests to:  Dale Van Houten

Apr 13, 2021 The OES Charity Foundation will be Wednesday, February 1st 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, 2021 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
Nov 15, 2022 Holiday Gift List for the Eastern Star Home Residents

NJ Eastern Star Home Nov 2022.docx

The NJ Eastern Star Home has had several cases of COVID among their Staff and Residents.  At the present time we are strongly suggesting that you don't visit any of the residents.  Instead, we are asking that you call them.  We have suspended all activites till after the New Year.  Remember that in order to go to the Home to perform an activity you must have had your COVID vaccination and at least one booster.  You also need to have this year's flu shot.  You will have to have your COVID vaccination card and a receipt that you did get this year's flu shot in order to help with the activity.  You can ask your doctor or Pharmacy for a document stating that you received your flu shot.  If you have any questions, please contact Simone Rudich the Director of Activites at 908-722-4140 ext. 3527 or email her at srudick@njeasternstarhome.com.

Thank you
Debbie LeDoux


At the present time, the Home is open for visitors.  The Home is adhering to the requirements from the
CDC and Governorís office.  The community transmission rate for Somerset County is HIGH; the Home isstrongly DISCOURAGING visits at this time. If you do plan to visit, we strongly encourage being tested.The facility is offering free COVID testing if you feel the need.

If you, or your Chapter, would like to do BINGO, craft projects or anything else you will need to contact Simone Rudich, Director of Activities at 908-
722-4140, ext. 3527 and let her know when and how many volunteers you will be bringing. Masks must be worn while you are in the Home and you need to have your temperature recorded when you enter the Home. You can only enter through the main lobby. 

Donations:  The Board of Directors and the New Jersey Eastern Star Home wants to thank everyone for
your donations during these difficult times.   We are grateful for the Road Show Gown Boutique and BasketAuctions which have helped tremendously since we have been unable to hold Home Day and other FundRaisers. Please support these activities as the proceeds benefit the Home. If you would like to donate tothe Home, please make checks payable to New Jersey Eastern Star Home, Inc. and in the memo line, putwhere you would like it to go.  Please mail ALL donations to Barbara Helfrey, PGO. 

Your generous donations to the Resident Welfare Fund are greatly appreciated. Many of our members are
unaware that we have two separate funds:
The New Jersey Eastern Star Member Resident WelfareFund, and the Non-Eastern Star Member Resident Welfare Fund. Please make it clear in the memoline into which fund your donation should go. This will make it easier for our Treasurer, BarbaraHelfrey, to make sure it is deposited correctly.The Home is in need of BINGO prizes and items for the monthly Boutique.  Here are some of thesuggestions, stuffed animals, jewelry, books, lap blankets, scarves, tissues, yarn, shirts for men andwomen, ties, hats, watches, or any other item you might want to donate.  Please make sure that you put itto the attention of Simone Rudich, Director of Activities.  Please see Simoneís article. It will be updatedagain shortly to include our usual Christmas donations for the residents. 

Cards for the Residents:  The Department of Health is now focusing on preventing social isolation amongst  residents. The Board of Directors is asking our membership to send cards to the Eastern Star Nursing Home.  If you know a resident there you can send it addressed to them.  If you donít you can send your cards to the Activities Director, Simone Rudich and she will pass them out among the residents. 

The mailing address for Simone is:
New Jersey Eastern Star Home, Inc.
Attn: Simone Rudich
111 Finderne Avenue
Bridgewater, New Jersey 08807

It doesnít have to be a holiday; you can send thinking of you cards or anything that would benefit the

The Eastern Star Home and the Board of Directors thanks you for all that you do for the
residents.   Refresh and Renew Project:  The A unit has been completed and looks beautiful. We now must fix the B Unit and the shower room.

Attached below is information on the Refresh and Renew Project.
 Becoming a Resident:  Attached below is information on becoming a resident at the Home.

If you
have any questions, please contact Shelretha LaSure at 908-225-5446 or at the home on ext. 3581 and she can get you the information you need.  

Thanks in advance for your help and please stay safe.
Diane Schmolze, PGM,
President Board of Directors OES Home



Becoming a resident_Flyer.pd