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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, PGO 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 February 2022 issue is now posted.   

June 7, 2022

Letter from the MWGM and MWGP



Receptions/GO Honor Nights/District Meetings


Upcoming Dates  -- see Chapter & District Fundraisers below

     June 28th - Bernie Byrne, MWGP & Joanne Byrne, RWAGM - Grand Visitation

     July 16th - Karaoke for a Cure
     July 17th - Masonic Youth Picnic
     July 23rd - PM/PP meeting
     July 24th - Star Summer Send off at Smithville
     July 30th - Aug. 3rd - IORG Supreme - Oklahoma City, OK
     August 12th - August 14th - NJ Grand Assembly
     August 20th - August 27th - Bus Trip to Mackinac Island

July 3, 2022 PM & PP Association meeting - July 23, 2022
Saturday, July 23, 2022, Luncheon at 12 noon, Governor's meeting at 1 pm and Board of Directors meeting at 2 pm.  Location Burlington Masonic Lodge, Burlington.  Reservations to Michele Hess,  $10.00 for lunch payable to PM/PP Association.   Deadline for reservations is July 18th.
June 1, 2022
Unity Day - July 17, 2022


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

May 26, 2022 "Simply Fabulous Masquerade Ball" - had been canceled.  A raffle had been held in its place.

First Price of the 50/50 was won by Sister Bonnie Horan.

Second price was a one night stay at our 2021-2022 Grand Session, was won by Sister Deborah Lynn LeDoux. 

Third Prize a handmade quilt was won by Lauren Plasket. 

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

May 3, 2022 Come join "Diana and Emil" for Bubba's Christmas In July Party
on Sunday July 10, 2022, at the home of "The Visscher's" Morris Plains, NJ at 3:00pm.  $20.00 per person.  Make checks payable to "Voluntary Donations" Veteran's Project in the memo line.  Proceeds to benefit Veterans Charities.  Please rsvp to Karyn Visscher at kbvisscher@gmail.com

Apr 6, 2022 Annual "Mid Summer Get-Together" with Sister Rita, PGM & Brother Gene, PGP and their staff of 2000-2001 Grand Officers
Enjoy an afternoon of "Star-fellowship" combined with a luncheon on Wednesday July 20, from 1pm to 4pm at the Captains Inn, Forked River, NJ.  $38.00 per person, cash bar.  RSVP to Sister Rita Birne, PGM. 

April 2, 2022 "WINTER WONDERLAND" REUNION - JULY 9th, at 11:30 am.
The reunion date is scheduled for Saturday July 9th at 11:30am.  It will be hosted by the 34th District.  To be held Town & Country Inn, 48 Highway 35, Keyport, NJ.  Order off the menu, dues is $2.00.   Please rsvp by July 1st, to Pamela Lindson. 

Good News and Health Announcements

July 3, 2022 Charles Haupt, husband of Sister Dottie, Jr. PM of Dewey
Sister Dottie Haupt's husband passed away.  Please keep Sister Dottie and her family in your prayers.  Cards can be sent to her home.  Her address is listed in last years Official List book. 

June 13, 2022 Bert Kovash, PGO
Brother Bert is not home, he is still in the hospital, please keep him in your prayers.    

June 13, 2022
Norma Hines, PGM, Dewey #155, 36th District
Sister Norma continues recouperating at her sister-in laws home.  You can text or call and continue to send cards to her home. 

June 13, 2022 Daria Hamm, Jr. PGM, Northern Chapter
Please continue to keep Sister Daria in your prayers during this time.   

June 16, 2022 Sister Ella Kovash, PGM, MWGM 1998-1999
Sister Ella passed away on Thursday June 16th.  When more information is available we will post here on the website.  Please keep Brother Bert and her family in your prayers.  Brother Bert is now in the hospital.  The family will have Eastern Star services and Celebration of Life at a later time.

June 7, 2022 Wayne Shontz, husband of Roberta Shontz, PGO, 38th District
Wayne Shontz, husband of Roberta Shontz, PGO, passed away on Sunday.  Please keep Roberta and her family in your prayers.

Grand Chapter Announcements
Please check with the WG Marshal if you lost or found any items. 

 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 etc
For Chapters in need, please contact Mary Elaine Guynn, RWG Trustee.
3 electric Signets available, Five-point Altar with cushion available, contact RWG Secretary.

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
     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
  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
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,  July 6th 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".  


Nov 12 2021 NJ Eastern Star Charity Foundation - Notice of 2022 Scholarship Recipients

The Eastern Star Charity Foundation of NJ is proud to announce the 2022 Scholarship recipients.

Allied Health
– Sarah Gleason, sponsored by her mother Lauren Plasket.  Sarah has been accepted to Ramapo College of NJ.  She plans to pursue a degree as a Registered Nurse.

– Nicole Leonard, sponsored by her grandmother, Athena Leonard.  Nicole plans to pursue her Bachelors and Masters in Business Administration.  She has been accepted to Centenary University, NJ.   

Regular – Daniel  Brooksbank, sponsored by his grandmother, Marilyn Brooksbank.  Daniel has been accepted to Fairleigh Dickenson University of NJ.  He plans to pursue his degree in Computer Science and Cyber Security.

Rainbow – Amaya Nieves, a member of Mistletoe NJ Rainbow Assembly No. 20., Mother Advisor, Carolyn Hiller.  Amaya has been accepted to Rutgers New Brunswick.  She plans to pursue a degree in Social Work or Criminal Justice and then continue on to law school.

OES Home News - website:  www.njeasternstarhome.com
May 29th Message from Simone Rudich, Director of Activities

Dear Family and Friends, 


I hope you are all doing well and keeping safe during these trying times.  My name is Simone Rudich, I am the new Director of Activities, here at New Jersey Eastern Star Home.  I have years of experiences working in nursing homes, memory care assisted living, and various continuing care communities.  I graduated from Gwynedd Mercy University with my bachelor’s degree in Gerontology and am currently in the process of earn my MBA.   I am extremely grateful to be giving the opportunity to become a member of this community.   


I  wanted to reach out to introduce myself and to thank all of you and everyone for bringing in donations to contribute to our monthly Boutique.   It is a monthly social event the residents are always looking forward to attending.  Our Boutique days are scheduled to take place on the 4th Thursday of every month.  


I am reaching out to see if you would be willing to help me spread the word around the community to see if anyone would be interested and willing to make some donations for the store this month, I would greatly appreciate it!  

Currently the residents expressed interest in finding more items such as Men’s and Women’s watches and clothing in the mix next month.  (Women’s blouses from small-2xl / Men's tops and jackets from large to 2XL).  Word search books and Sudoku puzzles are always a crowd pleaser!  

In addition, to our boutique day,
I strongly believe that even as we get older, we should continue to encourage others and ourselves to strive in growth and personal capabilities.  Here at New Jersey Eastern Star Home, we are interested in developing a variety of different programs some of which include music, art, horticulture, as well as taking part in community outreach organizations.  I am reaching out to our community to ask if anyone is willing to donate supplies to help enrich our seniors through programming and more.

As always, any donations are greatly appreciated.  

Thanks for your time.


Simone Rudich 

Director of Activities  

New Jersey Eastern Star Home  




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