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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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The "Star Journal" current and past issues can be found on the NJOES home page, under the information tab.

The NEW ISSUE FOR SEPTEMBER 2022 is now out.  It is also posted on the website.   

June 7, 2022

Letter from the MWGM and MWGP


Receptions and District Meetings
Sept 3, 2022 Fairview Chapter #219 - Reception on October 26th
Reception to honor Dawn Smith, RW Grand Trustee, Beth Barnish, GR of British Columbia & the Ukon, Jessie Earle, GR of Connecticut, Francine Zioance, GR of Nevada, Lynn Lowe Gr of Tennessee, Isabella Cooper, GR of Washington, John Zioance GR of Alabama, Jerry Barnish, GR of Califonia, James Earle, GR of Maine.
Place: Paris Caterers, Berlin, NJ.  Cost $50.00pp.  Reservaitons due September 30th, no refunds after October 16th.  Make checks payable to Fairview Chapter #219 and mail to Sister Diane Capel, PGM.

Sept. 13, 2022 Top 3 and Honor Night - Mt. Holly #147 - October 21, 2022
Honor Night for the WG Sentinel and WDD #38 at Mt. Holly Lodge, Mt. Holly.  Dinner 6:30pm, Honor night to follow.
Sept. 13, 2022 Dewey #155/Shekinah #82 - Honor Night - October 19th, 2022
Honor night for WG Chaplain, and WDD #36 to be held at Shekinah Lodge Millville,.  Time 7:30pm

Sept. 13, 2022 Gloria Chapter #159 - Honor Night - October 13, 2022
Honor Night for the WDD #35, GR of Georgia, and GR of Maryland at Harmony Lodge, Toms River, at 7:30pm.  Ice Cream Social following the Honor Night.  No cost; however, they are requesting canned goods for their local food pantry.  Please RSVP to dawnornerbetts@gmail.com,
 Subject Line:  Honor night. 

Sept. 3, 2022 Hobart Chapter #63 - Honor Night on October 11, 2022
Honor Night for Janet C. Miller, WG Organist, and William Miller, GR of Sao Paulo, Brazil. Meeting at 7:00pm, honor night to follow the meeting.  Place:  Host Masonic Center, High Bridge, NJ.  Refreshemtns served following meeting.  RSVP to Betty Lanka, at bettylanka@yahoo.com
Sept 3, 2022 31st District Meeting - October 8th
Place Clifton Masonic Lodge, Clifton, NJ, Pictures at 12:30pm, Luncheon at 1:00pm, Meeting to follow.  Cost is $16.00.  Please contact Jane Ann Farissier for a reservation.  ladybugjane@ptd.net.    Our RWAGM Sister Joanne Byrne will be presenting her Associate Matrons.
Sept 3, 2022 Emmaus Chapter #183 - Reception on September 29th
A reception to honor Anita Erickson, WGB of the Eastern Star Flag and Janice Harrison Aikens, WDD #33.  Place Loyalty Lodge, Union, NJ.  Time 6:30pm, Cost $27.00.  Reservations are due by September 15th, make checks payable to Emmaus Chapter #183, and mail to Jacki Mabey.

Upcoming Dates  -- see Chapter & District Fundraisers below
     September 29th - Reception, Emmaus Chapter #183 for WG OES Flag Bearer, and WDD #33
     October 3rd - Grand Officer Night - Starlight Chapter #107, Budd Lake
     October 7th - Grand Floral - Athene Chapter #201, Merchantville Temple, Pennsauken
     October 9th - Demolay Legion of Honor, Crescent Shrine, Westampton
     October 17th - Top #3 - Monmouth Chapter #251, Matawan
     October 24th - Grand Officer Night - Northern Chapter #38, Branchville
Hilton Garden Inn Hamilton, 800 US 130, Hamilton, NJ, Time 6 to 10pm
Reservations by November 4, 2022 to Karyn Visscher.  $55.00 pp/ cash bar
Music by Goody Blue Shoes
Meal Choice - Chicken Francaise/Salmond with Orange Hoisin Glaze/Vegan

Aug 23, 2022 TRAVELING GOWN BOUTIQUE - October 22, 2022
Time 9am to 2pm at Starlight Chapter, Budd Lake
Gowns, accessories, Tuxedos for sale.  Price is still the same of $5.00.  All monies from the Gown Sale will be given to the OES Home.   

Being held this same day at Starlight Chapter will be the State Secretary/Treasurer meeting from 10am to 12noon, followed with a luncheon and meeting with the Past Matrons and Past Patrons Association from 1 to 3pm

Gown Boutique_Flyer.pdf

Aug. 7, 2022 October 30, 3022 - Quinn's Quest - Tomasello's Winery
Contact Glenda Westenberger for more information.

Aug. 7, 2022 October 29, 2022 - Halloween Hoot
To be held at Scottish Rite, Dunns Mill Rd., Bordentown, NJ
Wear your costome, and enjoy awesome music, surprises and lots of fun.  Sandwiches, desserts, beverages.  Cost $25.00, make checks payable to Voluntary Donations (Halloween Hott in subject line).  For tickets contact Karyn Visscher at
August 7, 2022 Fall Campout - Sea Shore Campground
More information contact Joann Bingenheimer.

Sept 21, 2022 Grand Representative Assoc.of NJ Meeting - October 1, 2022
Grand Representative Assocition meeting to be held on Saturday October 1, 2022 at 11 a.m., luncheon to follow at 12 noon.  Please contact for reservations Lisa Biczi-Helge @
bizer81@aol.com   Reservation deadline is September 24th. 

Aug. 1, 2022 Tour of the Grand Lodge Museum in Trenton - September 25th.
An afternoon at the Grand Lodge of NJ Museum of Masonic Culture, Sunday September 25, 2022 at 2pm, Trenton, NJ .  Tours; Scavenger Hunt; and learn about our Masonic History.   For more information contact kbvisscher@gmail.com

Feb 28, 2022 SOUTHERN CARIBBEAN CRUISE - January 16 thru January 27, 2023
Come join Sister Jeannette and her mystery man on board the Vision of the Seas for a Southern Caribbean Cruise from Monday January 16th, through Friday January 27, 2023.  There are three flyers attached, with various prices and ways to arrive to Ft. Lauderdale, FL.  Please contact Diane Schmolze for any questions. 

OES - RCL Vision cruise only flyer- 011623 (4).pdf
OES - RCL Vision EWR air flyer- 011523.pdf
OES - RCL Vision PHL air flyer - 011523.pdf

Sept 20, 2022 Spirit of Christmas Reunion - December 4, 2022
Please join Diana and Emil Affsa, for their 2022 Reunion. Sunday December 4th at Musconetcong Lodge at 2pm.  Cost will be $20/person (checks payable to Ruth Ann Hoyt).  Dues will be collected on that day in the amount of $3.00.  Please contact Ruth Ann Hoyt for reservations.

June 22, 2022 Believe in Dreams Reunion - October 16, 2022
Come join the Believe in Dreams Reunion with Lynn and Ken Billingham on Sunday October 16th, 2022.  Social 2pm, Dinner at 3pm at Calloway's Restaurant, West Creek Eaglewood Twp. Price $30.00 per person, cash bar, $2.00 dues for the club will be collected.  RSVP to Joan Bowers at joanmarie1956@comcast.net

Aug. 7, 2022

Key to Success Reunion- October 2, 2022
The reunion scheduled for October 2, 2022 has been cancelled. 

Good News and Health Announcements

Sept 15, 2022 Sister Susan Brustlin, PGO, Stella Chapter #20
Please keep Sister Sue in your prayers, as she has been admitted to the hospital in serious condition.  Please also send prayers of strength to Brother Phil, PGP to help him throught this.  Cards can be sent to their home. 

Sept 20, 2022 Daughter of Sister Suzanne Jackson, Ocean City #83
Sister Suzanne Jackson, Associate Conductress of Ocean City Chapter #83 passed away.  No details, but will post once received.  Please keep Suzanne and her family in your prayers.  Cards can be send to her home.

Sept 15, 2022

UPDATE 9/25/22
Sister Dorrie Myers, PGO, Peace Chapter #98
Sister Dorrie Myers passed away on September 14th.  A memorial service will be conducted sometime in October.

Update:  Memorial funeral services for Sister Dorrie will be held on Sunday, October 23, 2022, at 3pm at Christ Episcopal Church, 105 Cottage Place, Ridgewood, NJ.  OES services will be held at 2:15pm.   Any memorial donations may be made to:  Christ Church Scholarship Fund.  Address above. 
Sept 6, 2022 Brother James Parsio, Jr., Dewey #155
Brother Jim passed away, Sunday September 4th.  Please keep his family in your prayers.  Visit Langley Loveland Funeral Home for more information. 

Sept. 3, 2022 Sister FayAnn Pelczar, PGO, Peace Chapter #98
Sister FayAnn passed away on Saturday, September 3rd.  Her funeral services will be held at Allwood Funeral Home, Clifton, NJ.  Visit the website of Allwood Funeral Home for more information.
Aug 25, 2022 Sister Anne H. Dawley, PGO, Laurel Springs Chapter #227
Sister Anne Dawley passed away to Grand Chapter on High on August 24th.  Anne was an active member for over 50 years.  Please keep her family in your thoughts and prayers.  Funeral services for Sister Anne are as follows.  Viewing Sunday August 28th, 2022 from 2-4pm at Ora L. Wooster Funeral Home, Clementon, NJ.  OES Service will begin at 3pm, funeral service will start at 4pm.  Visit the website of Ora L. Wooster Funeral Home for more information.  


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
2022-2023 Jeannette and Bernie's Grand Representatives
     Illinois - Linda McDowell #82/36
     Iowa - Karyn Visscher #99/33
     Italy - Cathy Fusaro #159/35
     Ohio - Susan Whitty #205/31

     Oklahoma - Nancy Rudolph Myers #22/38
     Pennsylvania - Ruth Ann Hoyt #50/39
     Puerto Rico - Lizette Priliszh - #183/33
     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
Aug. 1, 2022 37th District Church Service - August 28, 2022 - 10am
at Clonmell United Methodist Church, Gibbstown
Sister Gerry Pohlig will deliver the message on Judges Chapter 11 - Jephtha the Gileadite. 

After the service you are welcome to join for lunch at Riverwinds Restaurant.  Contact Kaye Jenkings by 8/20/22, email

Sept. 13, 2022

Gift Auction - October 22, 2022

Sponsored by Tuckerton Chapter #54
Entrance donation $10Doors open at 11am,.
Calling starts at 1pm

Lunch for purchase available

Gift baskets, gifts and 50-50

West Tuckerton Fire Coí
509 Route 9 south

Little Egg Harbor

Information call: Anna Tews

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!
Apr 13, 2021 The OES Charity Foundation will be Wednesday, September 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, 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

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



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