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

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

STAR JOURNAL March 2019 edition is on site.
Go to HomePage.  Top menu/Information/Star Journal


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
Sep 17, 2019
Wall #143 Ice Cream Social - $3
   David Bellhorn, WG Organist & Carolyn Howard, GR of Scotland
Masonic Lodge, 559 Church St, Spring Lake Heights 07762. Please RSVP $3 payable to Wall #143, mail to Andrea McCollum.   $5 at door.
Sep 18, 2019
Nutley #121 & Tilden #59 Honor Night
    Christine Fullam, WDD #32 & Joam Sharma, GR of FL
Nutley Chapter, 175 Chestnut St, Nutley 07110. Refreshments after. Please RSVP to Carole Moore, PGM.
Sep 19, 2019
Alpha #288 & Lincoln #95 Reception - $38
   Janice Harrison-Aiken, WG Soloist; Denise Vitiello, GR of WV;
    Gina Aaron, GR of Puerto Rico
Russian Hall, 4 Woodhull Ave, Little Falls 07424. Fruit cup, Salad, Pork Chops, Roasted Chicken & Potatoes, Seasonal Veggies, Ice Cream, Coffee, Tea, Soda. Payable to Lincoln #95, mail to Donna Wagenheim, WM.
Sep 28, 2019
Social 11:30am
Reception NOON
Dewey #155 & Fairview #219 Joint Reception - $45
   Norma J. Hines, MWGM & Danny Cooper, MWGP
Great Bay Country Club, 901 Mays Landing Road, Somers Point 08244.  Payable to Fairview #219, mail to Joan Smith, PGM. RSVP by Sep 20.
Oct 10, 2019
Gloria #159 Reception - $18
   Carol Orner, WG Chaplain;
    Dale VanHouten, WGB for Eastern Star Flag;
     Jessica Walton, WDD #35

Masonic Hall, Rte 37 W., Toms River 08753.  Payable to Gloria #159, mail to Dawn Betts, GR of Iowa. RSVP by Sep 26.
Oct 19, 2019
Lunch 12:30pm
Meeting 1:30pm
District 39 Meeting, Barbara Repp, WDD
     Daria Hamm, RWAGM will name her Associate Matrons

Musconetcong Lodge, Rte 46 & International Dr, Budd Lake 07828. Payable to & mail to Linda Pettenger, PGO. RSVP by Oct 1. Limited Seating.
Nov 1, 2019
Mt. Zion #116 & Lydia #41 Party Night Buffet - $33
   Betty Janco, GR of ND; Steve Kedmenec, GR of RI;
    Eugene Grace, GR of NM

Pantagis Renaissance-Snuffy's Restaurant, 250 Park Ave, Scotch Plains 07076. Payable to Lydia #41, mail to Nancy Sayedin, PGO RSVP by Oct 15.

Upcoming Dates  -- see Chapter & District Fundraisers below
Jul 17, 2019
Rita & Gene's Summer Get-together - $33
Captain's Inn, 304 E. Lacey Rd, Forked River 08731. There will be 10 meal choices, incl Penne Pasta, Asian Salad, Desert, Coffee, Tea.  RSVP by Jul 12 to Rita M. Birne, PGM.
Aug 17, 2019
Final Reunion of Spirit Wings Club
    at the home of "Mom" Michele
Please RSVP to Michele by Aug 13.  Food & beverages provided. Please bring a lawn chair.
Sep 1-8, 2019 Sail Away to Bermuda with Norma & Dan
7 nights on the Norwegian Escape, incl taxes, fees, port fees. Ultimate Beverage Package and 4 Meal Specialty Dining incl for guest 1&2 sharing a cabin. Inside - $1,498; Balconies $1,868-1,898 (rates dbl occupancy).
Boscov's Travel contact Joey Bell-Dumoff 609-383-1880. Incl trans to pier NYC from Harbor Square Mall (Shore Mall), Toms River & Clifton.

Bermuda Flyer(pdf)
Sep 14, 2019
Social 5pm
Dinner 6pm

   NJ OES Grand Chapter & Grand Lodge of NJ
     Master Masons Night
Fellowship Hall, 1114 Oxmead Rd, Burlington 08016.
Guest Speaker: Ret. Brig. Gen. Stephen J. Hines, formerly of Homeland Security.
Buffet: Meat Loaf, Baked Chicken, Mashed Potatoes, Fresh Vegetables, Salad, Breads/Rolls, Dessert, Soda/water/coffee. Cash Bar.
Attire: Business Casual. RSVP by Sep 7.
Payable to GC Voluntary Donations, mail to Jeannette Wallace, RWG Conductress.
Open to Master Masons, Eastern Star, Family & Friends of Freemasonry.
Sep 21, 2019 OES Home Tricky Tray
Manville VFW, 600 Washington Ave, Manville 08835.
PreRegistration Form  pdf
Pre-Registration forms must be postmarked no later than 9/14/19 to get the discount, $40, for the combo Package.
At the door the Combo Package will be $45.
Combinations ticket does not include the Entry Ticket.
Entry Ticket - $25 Low Tier - $10 Medium Tier - $15 High  Tier - $20 Grand Prize - $5 Super Grand Prizes - $10 Combo Package - $40   (Contains 1 sheet of Low, Medium and High Tier, plus 2 Grand Prize Tickets).
At the Door the Combo Package will be $45.
For information or questions please contact Diane Schmolze, PGM.

Nov 6-11, 2019 Motorcoach to Charleston, SC & Savannah, GA  with Norma & Dan
5 nights, 5 breakfasts, 3 dinners. Carriage Tour in Charleston; Dinner Cruise; Magnolia Plantation; Historic Savannah; Ghost Trolley Tour; Beaufort, SC. Travel tour expert, all tax & gratuities. Dbl $1,259pp; Trpl $1,155; Sgl $1,597.
Nov 6, 2019 (pdf)
Nov 23, 2019
The Royal Ball - $50
Fair Bridge Hotel, 195 Davidson Ave, Somerset 08873. 
Dec 3-6, 2019 Diana & Emil Affsa's Grand Representatives Bus Trip
 Oglebay & Pittsburgh.  Incl 3 Nights, 3 Breakfasts, 2 Dinners. Guided tour of Pittsburgh, the Duqyesne Incline, Oglebay Mansion & Festival of Lights.
Starr Motor Coach w/lavatory, WIFI, Meal taxes & gratutities. Cost PP Single $874; Dbl $674; Trpl $604; Quad $564. Insurance cost $50 - $80. Pickup in Bridgewater 7:30am or Laurel Springs 9am. Contact Diane Schmolze, PGM. Final paymnt Oct11.
Dec 3, 2019 pdf
March 26, 2020 Fly to Ireland with Norma & Dan
  details to follow
 Mar 26, 2020 pdf

Health Announcements

Jul 15, 2019 message from Mary Jane Lojewski, PGM
Just a note of thanks to my OES Sisters and Brothers for all your prayers, cards, and visits.  All have helped me to recover!  The surgery was successful; there are no related or unrelated medical issues.  In case you havenít already heard, my rehab is taking place at our Eastern Star Home.  Should you be in the neighborhood, come by and say hello!   Now, the only thing left is for me to get stronger and the wonderful staff here will see to that.   See you on the road soon.   Mary Jane
Jul 5, 2019 Marion Puglisi, GR of Kentucky
recovering after a fall and partial hip replacement. Keep her in your prayers and send cards.
Jul 2, 2019 Joan Sharma, GR of Florida
at home recuperating from foot surgery.
Jun 23, 2019 Doreen Sweigart, PGO  Starlight #107
she was GR of Missouri 2012-2014. She had 2 falls, 2 broken ankles.  Surgery on one and will be in rehab. Keep her in your prayers and send cards.

Jun 30, 2019 passing of Dorothy M. Lorenz  -  Beverly Macqueda #276
Dorothy Mae Lorenz (nee Schmidt) age 88, of Beach Haven Terrace, Long Beach Island passed away on Sun, June 30 at Southern Ocean Center, Manahawkin.  Dorothy was born in Syracuse, NY, formerly of Lincroft before moving to Beach Haven Terrace in 1975 where she had been a summer resident since 1956.  Mrs. Lorenz was a very active member of the Terrace First United Methodist Church, she was a Chili cookoff champion and a member of the International Chili Society. She was a supporter of Holly Assembly #56 Rainbow in the 1980's.
Dorothy was predeceased by her husband Julius in 1997 and her sister Marion Celic.  Surviving are her 2 sons, Stephen and his wife Linda, of Medford, David and his wife Cindy, of Marlton and daughter Linda Ewan and her husband Bill of Edgewater Park. Also surviving are her grandchildren Scott, Julia, John and her care giver for the past 4 years Jackie Arthur.
A memorial celebration of her life will be held on Sat, July 20 at 2pm from The Terrace First United Methodist Church, 101 East New Jersey Ave (corner of Beach Avenue), Beach Haven Terrace 08008. In lieu of flowers contributions should be made to the Church.

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
Oct 13, 2019
doors open 1pm
Show 2pm
Lincoln #95  - Wings of Magic with Mark Dolson - $10 Adult
8 Smull Ave, Caldwell 07006.  A day of fun and magic, refreshments to follow.  $5 children under 12; Rainbow & DeMolay with advisors $7.50.  All are welcome. Contact Donna Wagenheim, WM
  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