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

Sister Lorraine Altimus, PGO will be serving as Sister Daria and Brother Bruce's 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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RECYCLING PROJECT

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

New info - 7/26/21

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GOWN BOUTIQUE
WE ARE NOT ACCEPTING GOWNS, OR ANY ITEMS AT THIS TIME FOR OUR ANNUAL GOWN BOUTIQUE.  
Updated 7/26/21

 
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 Funeral Services:

Release Form can be found in FORMS   www.njoes.com/forms.html
 


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Star Journal Issues can be found on the NJOES home page, under the information tab.

The August 2021 issue will be posted soon, you will find it on the home page. 



7/15/21 Message from Sister Daria Hamm, MWGM
As we start this year of pandemic recovery, if you would like a special night in your Chapter, please send a request to me. 

3/30/21

Chapters to resume starting May 1, 2021

Please read the attached letters and questionnaire.  

reopen_chapter_ltr.pdf
covid_release_questionnaire_2020_mtg.pdf


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!
June 4, 2021 Charity Foundation Officers 2021-2022
Joseph Herx, President
Jane Ann Farissier, PGM, Vice President
Norma J. Hines, Jr. PGM, Secretary
Dana Ivan, PGO, Treasurer


Charity Foundation newly elected and appointed Delegates

Dale Van Houten, GO, 4 year term
Norma J. Hines, Jr. PGM, 1 year term
Lisa Couch, GO, 1 year term
James Hine, PGO, 1 year term
Steve Wendowski, GO, 1 year term

May27, 2021

Charity Foundation Scholarship Award Recipients – 2021

The Charity Foundation is pleased to announce that the following applicants were chosen to receive a scholarship in the amount of a one-time award of $5,000.00 each.

General Scholarship to:

Alyssa Costello - She is sponsored by her grandmother, Sister Marion Canary, Gloria Chapter #159, District 35.

Ahnika Eberl - She is sponsored by her grandparents, Sister Linda Amme and Brother Ron Amme, Penns Grove Chapter #86, District 37.

Allied Health Scholarship to:

Peyton Rydholm - She is sponsored by her Grand Aunt, Sister Nancy Herbert, Ocean Chapter #214, District 34.

NJ Order of Rainbow Scholarship to:

Isabella Storie - She is sponsored by her mother, Christine Storie, Morning Star #22, District 38.

The Charity Foundation Board extends their very best wishes and success to all of this year’s recipients as they pursue their educational goals.

Respectfully submitted,

Judith Brown, Scholarship Committee Chairperson 2020-2021  

 

Apr 13, 2021 The OES Charity Foundation will meet virtually this Wednesday, September 1, at 7pm.  To receive the meeting link please send an email to:  oescharityfoundationnj@gmail.com.

You will receive the link/invite for the meeting from that email account before Wednesday. 

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 youare 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".  

CAPITAL.CAMPAIGN.FLYER.pdf





OES Home News - website:  www.njeasternstarhome.com
   
Jul 31, 2021

MESSAGE FROM THE ACTIVITY DIRECTOR OF THE OES HOME

I hope you enjoyed the holiday weekend!  Again, I wanted to say THANK YOU for all the help you and everyone else has been giving me in rearguards to donations for the Boutique!  Friday July 30th, 2021 we will be hosting our THIRD pop up store already (time is flying bye!).  If you wouldn't mind helping me spread the word around to see if anyone would like to make some donations for the store this month, I would greatly appreciate it!  Items such as WATCHES, MEN & WOMENS tops sold out instantly last week!  The residents would very much enjoy finding more tops and watches in the mix next month.  ( Womens blouses from small-2xl / Men's tops from large to 2xl) Wallets are also still an item that is still being requested for along with ties, hats, and most importantly YARN!  Some of the ladies were asking to see some more lip sticks, and hairnets for the shower.  WORDSEARCH and SEDOKU puzzles are always a crowd pleaser!  ( Many of them do not care for cross word puzzles),  As always, any donations are greatly appreciated. Thanks for you time.

Kindly,
Ashley Molnar 
Director of Activities 
New Jersey Eastern Star Home
908-722-4140 ext. 3527

 

Jul 31, 2021

FROM THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS, NJ EASTERN STAR HOME

 

State Health Inspection has been completed.  We are proud to announce a Deficiency Free Annual Health Inspection.  We thank the staff who work extremely hard every day to deliver high quality, compassionate care to our residents. 

 

Delegate’s Meeting:  I want to thank everyone that attended and hopefully next year it will be back at the Chapel. We only had one Chapter missing. 

 

At the present time, the Home is open for visitors.  The Home is adhering to the requirements from the CDC and Governor’s office.  You need to call the Home to make an appointment to visit a resident.  Only two people can visit at a time with a resident.  They are doing both indoor and outdoor visitations.  It is also opened for volunteers.  If you or your Chapter, would like to do BINGO, craft projects or anything else you will need to contact Ashley Molnar, 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 take a rapid Covid test when you enter the Home.  With cold weather coming and COVID numbers on the rise, it is very important that you call to make an appointment before you go to the Home. 

Donations:  The Board of Directors and the New Jersey Eastern Star Home wants to thank everyone for your donations during these difficult times.  Because of the added expenses of COVID-19, Chapters not meeting, and Home Day canceled two years in a row, your donations are greatly appreciated.  If you would like to donate to the Home, please make a check payable to New Jersey Eastern Star Home, Inc. and in the memo line, put where you would like it to go.  Please mail all donations to Carole Moore, PGM.  

The Home is in need of BINGO prizes and items for the monthly Boutique.  Here are some of the suggestions, stuffed animals, jewelry, books, lap blankets, scarves, tissues, yarn, shirts for men and women, ties, hats, watches, or any other item you might want to donate.  Please make sure that you put it to the attention of Ashley Molnar, Director of Activities. 

 

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 don’t you can send your cards to the Activities Director, Ashley Molnar and she will pass them out among the residents. 


The mailing address for Ashley is:
New Jersey Eastern Star Home, Inc.
Attn: Ashley Molnar
111 Finderne Avenue

Bridgewater, New Jersey 08807



It doesn’t have to be a holiday; you can send thinking of you cards or anything that would benefit the residents.  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 Helen Bautista and she can get you the information you need.

Tree of Life:  If you would like to purchase a leaf or rock for the Tree of Life, the forms are on the NJ Eastern Star Home website.

Rehabilitation Unit:  We have a state-of-the-art Rehabilitation Unit and hope that you will consider our facility should you or someone you know need our services.  They provide physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy.  

Facebook/Website:  NJ Eastern Star Home has a Facebook page, please go on their page and follow them.  You can also visit the Home’s website at www.njeasternstarhome.com. 

Fundraiser:  COVID has put a stress on the Home financially.  I want to thank our members that have donated to the Home to help during these trying times.  In the Star Journal there is a calendar fundraiser.  Have some fun with it.  All donations for the calendar fundraiser can be sent to Carole Moore, PGM.  Please make sure you put Calendar fundraiser on the memo line.

Thanks in advance for your help and please stay safe.

Debbie

June 27,2021 FORMS FOR THE NJ EASTERN STAR HOME

Renew_Refresh_Project.pdf

Becoming a resident_Flyer.pd


State_survey_press_release_April_2021.docx

Tree-of-Life-Order-Form-LEAF.pdf

Tree-of-Life-Order-Form-ROCKS.pdf


Receptions/GO Honor Nights/District Meetings
  DURING THIS YEAR OF PANDEMIC RECOVERY, PLEASE CHECK WITH THE WORTHY DISTRICT DEPUTY FOR DISTRICT MEETINGS OR WORTHY MATRON OF THE CHAPTER FOR A RECEPTION BEFORE ATTENDING ANY MEETING. 

IN SOME CASES, ATTENDANCE WILL BE LIMITED AND BY INVITATION ONLY. 


July 28, 2021 Schuduled District meetings for 2021-2022 calendar year
October 16, 2021 - District #36
November 6, 2021 - District #34
November 20, 2021 - District #31
December 18, 2021 - District #32
January 8, 2022 - District #38
February 12, 2022 - District #33
February 26, 2022 - District #35
March 19, 2022 - District #37
March 26, 2022 - District #39



July 28, 2021


36th District Meeting - Saturday October 16, 2021
Place:  Shekinah Chapter - Lunch 12 Noon Sharp, District meeting to following.  Reservations to Sister Linda Thibault, WDD #36.  Cost $12.00. 




Upcoming Dates  -- see Chapter & District Fundraisers below
July 28, 2021 Halloween Hoot Halloween party - October 30, 2021
Wear your scariest costume, awesome music and surprises.
Sandwiches, desserts and beverages. 
To be held at the Scottish Rite Valley of Central NJ,  - Time 6pm to 11pm -
Cost $25.00, make checks payable to Voluntary Donations - subject line "Halloween Hoot" 
For tickets contact:  Karyn Visscher -
kbvisscher@gmail.com


July 26, 2021 October 24, 2021 - "This Moment in Time" Club-10th & last Reunion

Sister Diane Schmolze, PGM and Sister Glenda Westenberger, PGP will be holding the tenth and last “This Moment In Time” Club reunion on October 24, 2021.  Come out and join the fun as we talk about the year 2010 -2011.   

Tenth Reunion This Moment in Time.pdf

June 14, 2021 NJ OES GRAND CHAPTER & GRAND LODGE OF NJ -STATE MASTER MASONS NIGHT - SEPTEMBER 11, 2021
To be held at Masonic Fellowship Hall - 1114 Oxmead Road, Burlington, NJ  08016

RSVP - Friday, September 3rd.  Subscription $35.00 per person.  Make Checks payable to: Grand Chapter Voluntary Donations.  Sent to: Joanne Byrne, RWGC. 

Flyer: master_mason_night_invite_2021.docx

May 31, 2021 UPCOMING RECEIVING DATES
Attendance at these Receivings are by Invitation Only.  Please check with the Worthy Matron of the Chapter before attending. 
September 2nd - Receiving Bruce Zielinski, MWGP - Haddonfield Chapter #140
September 14th - Homecoming of Jr. PGM - Norma J. Hines - Dewey Chapter #155
September 21st - Homecoming of Jr. PGP - Danny Cooper - Fairview Chapter #219
September 27th - Receiving - Daria Hamm, MWGM; and Michele Hess, PGM, RWGT
September 28th - Receiving - Joanne Byrne, RWG Conductress - Mt. View Chapter #205
Mar 17, 2021




Update 6-14-21

WOODLOCH EXTRAVAGANZA - November 8 to 12, 2021.

Join Sister Daria and Brother Bruce on a fall midweek escape to the Poconos.Activities and fun galore, along with a few surprises during our stay.  All meals, taxes and gratitudes included.

Update:  If anyone is still interested please contact Sister Lynn Billingham, ASAP. 
Additional payment of $150.00 will be due August 1st.  Make payable to GRAND CHAPTER VOLUNTARY DONATIONS and mail to checks to Sister Lynn.


TOTAL COST: $575(per person double); $465(per person triple); $660(single)
Contact Lynn Billingham for more details

Mar 27, 2021




Update 6-14-21
Sister Daria and Brother Bruce Bus Trip - Virgina Beach, Colonial Williamsburg & Historic Norfolk

Date of Trip - September 13th to 17th, 2021

If anyone is still interested in signing up for the bus trip, the deadline has been extended to July 13th .  Please contact Diane Schmolze for information.  

Trip must be paid in full by July 13th, and mail to Sister Diane.  All checks are made payable to Diamond Tours.  Please see the revised flyer also for a new venue.  


Flyer: 1751977-5A1602_MOD_1.pdf

TravelInsuranceFlyerVabeach.pdf

instructions_VirginiaBeach.docx

PassengerWaiver_1751977.pdf

Mar 16, 2021


Update 6-14-21
Sister Daria and Brother Bruce Trip - "RADIANCE OF THE SEA" Cruise - January 21, 2022

Still have openings for the cruise, please contact Sister Diane Schmolze for more information.

OES_JAN22.pdf


   

Health Announcements

   
   

Sorrow
July 28, 2021 passing of Susan Gannett - Starlight #107
Sister Susan passed away on July 24, 2021.  Service to be held on August 1, 2021, from 4pm to 7pm.  Please visit the funeral home website for more information. Maguire Scala Memorial Home, Hackettstown, NJ

July 26, 2021 passing of Jane Haines, PGO - Bethlehem #40
Sister Jane passed away on Wednesday July 14, 2021.  She joined in 1948 and was a 70 year member of our Star.  Please visit the website for more information.  www.maxwelltobiefh.com
 

Grand Chapter Announcements
July1, 2021 Order of Rainbow for Girls Annual Convention
Due to the pandemic, attendance is limited and is by invitation only.  If you have any questions, please contact Roberta Russell. 

 Now Available
Updated Grand Chapter Highlights Book - $24.33
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 $24.33 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
 
  Looking for excess Paraphernalia/Flags/Poles ?
For Chapters in need, please contact Sharon Rosequist, RWG Trustee.
3 electric Signets available, contact Lynn Billingham, PGM.
Five-point Altar with cushion available, contact RWG Secretary.
Complete set of Chapter Officers' badges, excellent condition
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Proceedings available - Books $28, CDs $15

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

  

Good News
   
February 2020 Daria & Bruce's Grand Officers 

Daria & Bruce's Grand Representatives

Newly Appointed Grand Representatives
     Kentucky - Elizabeth Young, Bordentown Chapter No. 257, 38th District
     Louisiana - Nicole Dickerson, Starlight Chapter No. 107, 39th District
  
2019-2020 Norma & Dan's Grand Representatives
 
2018-2019 Lynn & Ken's Grand Representatives
Chapter & District Fundraisers
July 1, 2021

SHEKINAH CHAPTER FUNDRAISER

Eastern Star Tea Set - due to the fact that the 36th District Meeting was not held in the "Be Loyal to the Royal" year, this raffle was not drawn. It will now be drawn at this year's 36th District Meeting on Saturday, October 16th. Tickets can still be purchased until then. For more information, please contact chapter secretary Lynda McDowell, or Worthy Matron Betty Miskelly. Thank you!

  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, WDD #39
 
General Information