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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 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

Upcoming Dates  -- see Chapter & District Fundraisers below
Apr 28, 2019
Winter Wonderland Reunion
Patti L. Rhinesmith, PGM & Carl Milley, PGP
          Hosted by Sue Fries, WDD 33 in 2011-12. Mastori's Diner, 144 Us Hwy 130, Bordentown.  Dinner is "Off the Menu" - order & pay for what you would like. Please RSVP by Apr 15 so you have a place reserved. Contact Sue Fries.  Dues of $2 may be sent to Joanne Byrne, RWG Trustee.
May 4, 2019
Home Day at the Beach
111 Finderne Ave, Bridgewater 08807.  The day will start with a pancake breakfast.  We will have food, vendors and of course the awesome gown boutique.
For information contact co-chairs Andrea McCollum
anj920@aol.com or Susan Foster  sueyachnik@aol.com.  
NOTE: some Home Day Registration Slips are incorrect. Please make payable to NJ Eastern Star Home & mail to address above.
PlantSaleDistrict39 (PDF)
MAY 20-23 149th Grand Session - Bally's Atlantic City
    2018-19 "Believe In Dreams"

please make Room Reservations directly with Bally's 1-888-516-2215, Order of Easter Star Group Code #SB05EA9. To make online https://book.passkey.com/go/sb05ea9 .  Base cost $69 per night for single/double plus taxes and fees (approx $109).
Mon, May 20, 6pm - Magic Under the Sea Membership Dinner
   Dinner & Entertainment by Michael Healy, Magician - $50 Payable to Grand Chapter, mail to Jane Ann Farissier, PGM by May 1.
     GS_MembershipDinner (pdf)
Tues, May 21, 12noon - 51st Secretary/Treasurer Luncheon & Meeting
   $32 Payable to Michele Hess (may incl Dues of $2), mail to Michele Hess, PGM by May 1.
     GS_SecyTreasLuncheon (pdf)
Tues, May 21, 7pm - Opening Processional
Wed, May 22, 9am - Business Session
Wed, May 22, 12noon - Grand Representatives Luncheon
   $33 Payable to Paul Lojewski, GO, mail to Elaine Dukin, PGO by May 1.
     GS_GRluncheon (pdf)
Wed, May 22, 2pm - Afternoon Session
Wed, May 22, 7pm - Evening Session
Thurs, May 23, 9am - Business Session
Thurs, May 23, 7pm - Evening Session & Open Installation of Officers 2019-20

Meal Plan:
Payable & Mail to Grand Chapter, 111 Finderne Ave, Bridgewater, NJ 08807
   Option ONE - 3 Breakfasts - Tues, Wed, Thur & 2 Dinners - Wed, Thur - $170
   Option TWO - 2 Dinners - Tues, Wed - $95
   Option THREE - 3 Breakfasts - Tues, Wed, Thur - $85

Jun 20, 2019


Tee Time 1pm

Social 5:30pm

Dinner 6pm
Golf Outing, Mays Landing Country Club = FUN FORE ALL
1855 Cates Rd, Mays Landing 08330. Lots of activitieas in area for non-golfers. Putting Contest for ALL; Golfers vie for Longest Drive, Closest to Pin, and Best 4some Score.
Registration 11am incl Hot Dog, Potato Chips, Draft Beer or Fountain Soda.
Shot Gun/Best Ball - Tee Time 1pm.
Social 5:30pm; Picnic Dinner, Prizes, Awards at 6pm.
Golfers - $100 incl Cart & Dinner;  Non-Golfers - $40 Dinner;  Sponsor a Hole - $25
Questions & Information contact Wil Parsels, PGP.  Checks payable to GC Voluntary Donations, Golf Outing in memo; mail to Gail Naia, RWG Treasurer.
RSVP NO Later than June 10
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)
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)
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

April 17, 2019 Thomas Passante, WP Little Falls #224
in hospital after surgery. Send prayers and cards.
Apr 14, 2019 Cheryl McCarthy, PGO Bordentown #257
had a bad fall. Keep her in your prayers for a quick recovery.

Apr 14, 2019 Danny Cooper, WG Sentinel & Isabella, PGO  have lost a Sister-in-law
 please keep the family in your prayers for traveling mersies
Apr 11, 2019 Passing of Helen LeDoux, PGO Nutley #121
   mother of Debbie LeDoux, PGO
viewing will be Mon, April 15th, from 4-8pm at Van Tassel Funeral Home, 337 Belleville Ave., Bloomfield 07003, with an OES Service at 7:30pm.   On Tues, April 16th, meeting at Van Tassel Funeral Home at 9am, then go to Watchung Presbyterian Church, 375 Watchung Ave., Bloomfield 07003 with a service at 10am and the burial to follow.
Message from Debbie:
  On behalf of my family and myself we want the thank everyone for your prayers, calls, emails, and texts messages.
Apr 4, 2019 Passing of the Sister of Harry Casper  Nutley #121
 Cheryl, daughter of Lorraine; sister-in-law of Theresa Casper, PGO. Please keep the family in your prayers

Grand Chapter Announcements
Anyone interested in joining our choir and singing at Grand Session please come to REHEARSALS as listed.
Somerset Presbyterian Church, 100 JFK Blvd, Somerset 08873.
March 3 & 24 - 3pm on Sundays
April 2 & 27 - time TBA - Saturdays
May 5 (if needed) - 3pm Sunday
Come out and join the fun singing and laughing and having a great time!!!!!!
  Are you a photographer? Interested in sharing your talent? Lorraine Altimus is looking for help for when she is unavailable. Contact Lorraine. The RWG Secretary has contact info.
  Pampered Chef Fundraiser for Operation Shoebox
THANK YOU to everyone who ordered for the first event. There will be another event - but, in the meantime, please continue to shop at
all proceeds to benefit the MWGM's project. For info contact Elaine Dukin or Elaine Stanton or Stephanie Bowen, PGO (PC consultant)
  Looking for excess Paraphernalia/Flags/Poles ?
For Chapters in need. Contact a RWG Trustee - Joanne Byrne or Sharon Rosequist
3 electric Signets available, contact Lynn Billingham, MWGM
Five-point Altar with cushion available, contact RWG Secretary
NEW ENTRY - 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 the WG Marshal


Good News
2019-2020 Norma's Choices
Lynn & Ken's Grand Representatives
2017-2018 Diana & Emil's Grand Representatives 
Chapter & District Fundraisers
  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