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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
Oct 16, 2019
Raritan #58 Honor Night - $10  to be RESCHEDULED
   Alice B. Carter-Mead, GR of Alabama
      Geoffrey Bleich, GR of Idaho
Masonic Hall, 120 Old Bridge Trnpk, South River 08882. RSVP by Sep 28 to Elaine Stanton, PGO. Seating is limited.
Oct 28, 2019
Molly Pitcher #198 Reception - $38
    Jessica Franklin, WG Esther & Pamela Lindson, WDD #34
Jumping Brook Country Club, 210 Jumping Brook Rd, Neptune 07753. RSVP by Oct 21 to Diane Prochnow, PGO Secretary
Oct 30, 2019
Mountain View #205 Honor Night - $5
   Joanne V. Byrne, RWAGC; Kimberly Wendowski, WG Martha
      Jennifer Schiffrin, WDD #31
Masonic Lodge, 15 Hamburg Tpk, Pompton Lakes 07442. Light refreshments to follow. RSVP by Oct 15. Payable to Mt. View Chapter #205, mail to Jane Ann Farissier, PGM. No refunds after Oct 25.
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.
Nov 16, 2019
District 32 Meeting, Christina Fullam, WDD - $15
Masonic Lodge, 404 Tenafly Rd, Tenafly 07070. Payable & mail to Deborah LeDoux, PGO. RSVP by Nov 6. Limited seating.
Nov 17, 2019
OES Home 61st Birthday, Grand Visitation
 111 Finderne Ave, Bridgewater 08807. Entertainment by Joy Ride.  RSVP by Nov 7, 908-722-4140, Ext 3550
Nov 20, 2019
Bordentown #257 Party Night
  Cheryl McCarthy, WG Ruth; Cathy Fusaro, WG Electa;
    Martha Osburn-Henry, GR of CO; William Walling, GR of N
      Charles Peterson, GR of Brit Col & Yuk;
        Barbara Helfrey-Hayes, GR of MD
Mastoris, 144 US 130, Bordentown 08505. Attendees pay for own dinner & beverages. RSVP by Nov 13 to Bettye Young, PGO
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 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.

Upcoming Dates  -- see Chapter & District Fundraisers below
Oct 25, 2019
Morning Star #22 120th Birthday Celebration - $27
Town & Country Diner, 177 Rte 130 at 206, Bordentown 08505. Incl Fruit Cup, Garden Salad, Cinnamon & Cheese Bread, Penne Vodka. Your Choice of many Entrees, Potato, Vegetable, Non-alchoholic Drinks, Coffee, Tea, Dessert. RSVP by Oct 11. Payable to & Mail to Lynn Billingham, JrPGM.
At the door $30 cash, if space available.
OCT 26, 2019 Royal Ball Ad Book ads Deadline
Submit ads to Debbie LeDoux.  Email: debbie9011@gmail.com
 Ads may include greetings from clubs, groups, individuals, Memorials, Honorariums, shout-outs
Oct 26, 2019 HALLOWEEN HOOT - $25
Scottish Rite, 103 Dunns Mill Rd, Bordentown 08505. Costumes optional, but encouraged. A fun time for all. Contact Karyn Visscher, WDD #33 or Glenn Visscher. Payable to GC Voluntary Donations.
Oct 27, 2019
2pm Social
3pm Dinner
9th Reunion This Moment in Time Year - $30
   Diane Schmolze, PGM
      Charlie Westenberger, PGP (In Memoriam)
Beverly-Riverside Lodge, 621 Chester Ave, Riverside 08075.  RSVP by Oct 12.  Payable and mail to Tracey Jamerson, PGO. Dues of $4 may be included.
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 14, 2019
Grand Officer's Night Gloria #159
110 Rte 37 W., Toms River 08753.  RSVP Marie Clonan, WM
Nov 23, 2019
Social 5pm
Dinner 6pm
Fair Bridge Hotel, 195 Davidson Ave, Somerset 08873. Music by "All Tuned Up". Payable to GC Voluntary Donations, mail to Diane Schmolze, PGM.
Dec 1, 2019
Spirit of Christmas 2nd Reunion
   Diana Affsa, PGM & Emil Affsa, PGP
Mastoris, 144 US 130, Bordentown 08505. Order off menu, pay your own. RSVP by Nov 17 to Cheryl McCarthy, GO to reserve a seat. Dues of $3 may be sent to Karen Visscher, GO.
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
Dec 6, 2019
Grand Officer's Night Delaware #50
Masonic Lodge, 400 Hillcrest Blvd, Phillipsburg 08865. RSVP RuthAnn Hoyt, WM
Jan 26, 2020
Believe in Dreams Winter Beach Party Reunion - $32
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.
Masonic Lodge, Rte 541, Burlington 08016. Details to follow. Contact Mary Elaine Guynn, 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 IRISH TEA
Grow Hall, Masonic Home, 902 Jacksonville Rd, Burlington 08016. Details to follow. Contact Judy & Dan Brown, Voluntary Donations Co-Chairs
March 26, 2020 Fly to Ireland with Norma & Dan
  Contact Jane Ann Farissier, PGM. See details on flyer
 Mar 26, 2020 pdf

Health Announcements

Oct 22, 2019 Kathleen Murphy, GR of Maine
fell and severly broke her leg and ankle. She will be laid up quite awhile. Keep her in your prayers and send cards.
Oct 21, 2019 Jane Ann Farissier, PGM
in hospital couple of days under observation due to a virus. Keep her in your prayers and send cards to the home.
Oct 14, 2019 Prayers for Richie Bowers
Donald and Eleonora Bowers son is improving after a medical emergency.  Please keep the family in your prayers.

Oct 21, 2019 Nicola "Mario" Palmieri, PGO  Tilden #59
 79 of Cliffside Park, passed away peacefully on Sat, Oct 19. Born in Pietracatella, Italy in 1940 to a US citizen, Mario came to America when he was 15 years old as a citizen. He lived in Massachusetts with his Uncle Fred before moving to Union City to live with his Uncle Pasquale, also spending time living with his Uncle Vincenzo in NYC. In 1963 Mario met the love of his life, Carol Kursen, on a blind date. Only five months later they would marry. A marriage that will last eternally. Mario and Carol would spend their honeymoon in Italy. Upon his return home, Mario was greeted by his "Uncle Sam". He was drafted into the Army. Mario and his loving bride were stationed in Fort Dix, Fort Riley, KS as well as Hanau, Germany. After the Army, with his good friend Carlo Lupica, Mario owned and operated C & M Auto Body in Cliffside Park, then Fairview. He was self-employed for 40 years. Mario helped anyone who was in need, bringing happiness wherever and whenever he could. He was a member of the VFW #337 in Fairview, as well as serving the Masonic Organization as Grand Chaplin serving under MW Leo Ottay. Mario was a member of Eculid Lodge in Hasbrouck Heights recently receiving his 40-year pin, and eventually becoming Master of his Lodge. Mario enjoyed being a Mason. He was also a member of the OES serving many times as Worthy Patron in Guiding Star #36 as well as serving under Diane Schmolze as WG Sentinel. Mario is survived by his loving wife Carol of 56 years, his adoring son Mario Nicholas. As well as family residing in Italy, Greece and here in the USA. Mario was predeceased by his parents Giuseppe and Maria his brother Donato and son Joseph Anthony; who will be receiving his favorite sport coat. Funeral Mass to be celebrated at Our Lady of Grace Church 395 Delano Pl, Fairview, at 9:30am on Wed, Oct 23. Please gather at church. Interment to follow at Fairview Mausoleum, Fairview, NJ. Visiting hours on Tue, Oct 22 from 2-4 & 6-9. In lieu of flowers donations in Mario's name to Masonic Charities, 902 Jacksonville Rd, Burlington NJ 08016
OES Service at McCorry FH, 780 Anderson Ave, Cliffside Park 07010 on Tue, Oct 23 at 7:30pm.
Oct 19, 2019 Mary Walther, PGO Starlight #107 & Bethlehem #40
WDD #6 1998-99; WDD #16 2009-10
Barnegat - Mary I. (Bowers) Walther, 89, of Barnegat formerly of Netcong, NJ passed on October 14, 2019. She is survived by her two sons, Alan and John Walther; seven grandchildren; two great grandchildren; her sister, Faith Bowers Cook. She was predeceased by her loving husband, Kurt Frank Walther and two grandchildren, John and Lora. Viewing Sunday, October 20, 2019 from 1 to 4 PM at Barnegat funeral Home, 841 W. Bay Ave. (at Gunning River RD), Barnegat, NJ. Interment will be held Monday 11 AM in Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Chester, NJ.
Eastern Star service 2pm on Sunday.  Call out to sisters for help with service due to conflicts, contact Laura Elko, WM Bethlehem #40
Oct 14, 2019 passing of Nancy Fitzgerald, PGO Gloria #159
in NC after an illness. Burial will be in Military Cemetery, Arneytown at a later date. WG Chaplain 1987-88; WDD #16 2002-03
Nancy Ruth Fitzgerald, 81, of Cape Carteret died Oct. 12, 2019, at CarolinaEast Medical Center. Funeral will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday at Jones Funeral Home, Swansboro with burial following at Coastal Carolina State Veterans Cemetery. Survivors include husband, Richard Edwin Fitzgerald of the home; son, Paul Louis Jenison of Maysville; stepson, Richard E. Fitzgerald Jr of Cape Coral, Florida; stepdaughter, Kathleen Velasco of Tawas City, Michigan; and sister, Lois Eva Craig of Emerald Isle.

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
Nov 2, 2019
Lunch 12 noon
Calling 1pm
Bethlehem #40 & Tuckerton #54 Gift Auction & Catered Luncheon - $20
Edw Thornton Community Center, 319 Calabreeze Way, Little Egg Harbor 08087. Supports Scholarships, Chapter events, Local Food Pantry, Family Promise, Local Youth. Contact Anna Tews, PGO or Lauretta Korejko, PGO (Sec'y Bethlehem).
Nov 10, 2019
Northern #38 Ceramics Party - $38
Masonic Lodge, 336 Rte 206, Branchville 07826.  Make a beautiful Pumpkin Basket under the direction of Patti Rhinesmith. Contact Elaine Dukin, PGO to reserve a seat.
Dec 7, 2019
Dewey #155 Christmas Tea
Masonic Lodge, 220 Philadelphia Ave, Egg Harbor City 08215. Light refreshments & desserts. Please bring own serving set. RSVP by Nov 30 to Heather Maderia, GR of Manitoba.
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