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From MWGM 3/22/2020:
I had wished that my next communication with you would have been one of good news and inspiring for all of us, but sadly, due the continuing increases of the cases of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and the heightened directives/orders from the CDC, Federal and State Governments limiting the ability to assemble, the NJ Grand Lodge’s moratorium on meeting, social distancing, and imposed quarantines along with our concern for the welfare and safety of our membership, we have decided the following actions are needed to be taken:   The directive sent out on March 13th, 2020, to suspend all Order of the Eastern Star of New Jersey activities in the Grand Jurisdiction of New Jersey, will remain in effect until further notice.  We will reevaluate at the end of April. 
From the MWGM 3/13/2020
:  Based upon the emerging situation and current recommendations from the CDC, Federal and NJ state governments, and in conjunction with the Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of New Jersey, Gregory J. Scott, we are directing the suspension of all Order of the Eastern Star of New Jersey activities in the Grand Jurisdiction of New Jersey, effective midnight tonight, March 13 th, 2020, and until further notice.
We are
targeting the first of April for a reevaluation of this situation and will notify you and the membership at that time.  If anything changes in the interim, we will notify the membership immediately via OES One Call, our District Facebook Groups and the NJOES website Daily News. We did not come to this determination lightly.  We believe these measures are especially necessary and are taken out of an abundance of caution to safeguard the well-being of our membership, who many are in the “high at-risk category”.
We know there will be many questions.  We ask that those
questions be forwarded to the district deputy who will then contact the MWGM directly if further information is required.
Receptions/GO Honor Nights/District Meetings
Mar 14, 2020
District 37 Meeting - Dawn Smith, WDD - $20
    and Homecoming of Danny L. Cooper, MWGP
POSTPONED until further notice as a precautionary measure
Masonic Lodge, 6926 Park Ave, Pennsauken 08109. Payable and mail to Diane Capel, PGM.
Mar 21, 2020
District 36 Meeting - Virginia Dickson, WDD - $10
   and Homecoming of Norma J. Hines, MWGM
POSTPONED until further notice as a precautionary measure
Masonic Lodge, 563 Zion Rd, Egg Harbor Twsp 08234. Payable to Shekinah #82, mail to Patricia Collins, PGM. RSVP by Mar 15.

Upcoming Dates  -- see Chapter & District Fundraisers below
April, 18, 2020  Roaring 20's Gatsby Gala - $50

Souvenir Ad Book: Full Page $100; 1/2 $50; 1/4 $25. Mail to GayLee Benedict; email: OESGatsbyGala@gmail.com
Apr 19, 2020
Semper Fido Day at the Races - $25 advance
Apr 26, 2020
Winter Wonderland Reunion - $20, Dues $2
   Patti Rhinesmith, PGM & Carl Milley, PGP
CANCELED - Pam Lindson will host next year
May 2, 2020
May 18-21, 2020 150th GRAND SESSION
   Be Loyal to the Royal Within You
Bally's Hotel, 1900 Pacific Ave, Atlantic City 08401. $69 (single/double room) plus taxs & fees appox $109 per night. RSVP directly to 888-516-2215 please announce: Order of Eastern Star code SB05EA0.
Proper attire at all times for admittance to sessions - jeans & shorts not permitted.
A day trip to Smithville is planned for out of state visitors.
May 19, 7pm - Opening Processional followed by Informal & Formal Opening
May 20, 9am - Business Session - addresses of MWGM & MWGP, Reports of RWG Secretary & RWG Treasurer.
May 20, 2pm - Afternoon Session - Rpt of Auditor; Charity Fdn Meeting & Election; Election of RWG Officers; Necrology & Memorial.
May 20, 7pm - Evening Sess - Presentation of All GOs; Rpt of Fraternal Corres.; Grand Representatives Commissions.
May 21, 9am - Business Session - Election of RWG Trustee; Rpt on OES Home; Vote on Recommendations. Followed by RWAGM rehearsal.
May 21, 7pm - Evening Sess - Presentation of Grand Session Committees.
May 18, 2020
6pm Social
6:30 Dinner
Royal Membership Dinner
  Royal Rock & Roll Evening with the "King" Gentleman Jim. Music of Elvis & Old Time Rock & Roll. Dinner of Garden Green Salad; Salisbury Steak; Seasonal Vegetables; Mashed Potatoes; Chocolate Shelled Cheesecake; Coffee/Tea.
RSVP by May 1 - $50 Payable to Grand Chapter, mail to JaneAnn Farissier, PGM
May 19, 2020
12 Noon
54th Annual State Secretary/Treasurer Meeting & Luncheon
All are invited. Chicken Noodle Soup; Chef Salad; Apple Turnover; Coffee/Tea.
RSVP by May 1 - $33 Payable to & Mail to Michele Hess, PGM.
All Past & Present Secretaries & Treasurers are invited to join the club - Annual Dues $2.
May 19-21, 2020 MEAL PLAN
OPTION 1 - $170 - 3 Breakfasts (Tues, Wed, Thur) + 2 Dinners (Tues & Wed)
OPTION 2 - $95 - 2 Dinners (Tues & Wed)
OPTION 3 - $85 - 3 Breakfasts (Tues, Wed, Thur)
Breakfast - Assorted Juices; Oatmeal; Donuts/Pastries/Muffins; Dry Cereals; Fresh Fruit; Srambled Eggs; Potatoes; Toast; Bacon; Sausage; Coffee/Tea
Dinner Tues - Salad Bar; Crispy Skinned Chicken Breast & Filet Mignon; Vegetables; Mashed Potatoes; Dessert/Coffee/Tea.
Dinner Wed - Marinated Pork Loin w/Roasted Apples & Roasted Turkey w/Gravy; Vegetables; Potatoes; Dessert/Coffee/Tea.
RSVP by May 1 - Payable to Grand Chapter, mail to Patti Rhinesmith, RWG Secretary, 111 Finderne Ave, Bridgewater NJ 08807. Include Name, Address, Phone, Email, Option.
May 20, 2020
12 Noon
Grand Representatives "Spirit of Christmas" Luncheon
  Hosted by Diana & Emil's Mischievous Elves
All are invited. Garden Salad; Chicken Francoise; Vegetables; Rice Pilaf; Chocolate Blackout Cake; Coffee/Tea. RSVP by May 8 - $38 Payable to Patricia Affsa-Pydeski, Mail to Carol Feiler, PGO.
Jun 18, 2020 Daria & Bruce's Golf Outing
Gambler Ridge Golf Club, 121 Burlington Path Rd, Cream Ridge 08514.
12:30pm Shotgun Start; Scamble Format; Picnic to follow.
Golfers $95 (incl Picnic). Non-Golfers $25 Picnic; Hole Sponsor $25; Boosters $1. Payable to GC Voluntary Donations, in memo: Golf Outing. Mail to David Wack, PGP.

Health Announcements

Mar 28, 2020 M. Frances Hagins, PGO
recuperating at home after surgery. Please send prayers & cards.
Mar 27, 2020 Janice Lathrop, PGO Williamstown #149
 suffered a stroke. She is wife of Harold, WP. Please send prayers & cards.
Mar 25, 2020 Kathleen Murphy, PGO  Secretary of Monmouth #251
she has been in rehab for an extended length of time. Please let her know she is not forgotten
Mar 25, 2020 M. Jane Raps, PGO Tilden #59
she is back in OES Home recuperating from a stroke.
Keep her in your prayers and send cards.
Mar 16, 2020 Gil Mundy, WP Emmaus #183
in OES Home for rehab. Unfortunately, no visitors are allowed in the Home. Please send prayers & cards.
Mar 16, 2020 Phyllis Bowman, PGM in need of prayers
 she is in rehab in DE. She has long road ahead as she recuperates.

Mar 27, 2020 passing of Joan Jasinkiewicz, PGO  Gloria #159
after a short illness. Keep her family in your prayers. For address of daughter Madelyn Barrett (also a member), contact chapter secretary.
Mar 18, 2020 Mother of Cindy Sheldon, GR of MI & AM Tuckerton #54
 Hilda Sheldon, also a member, passed away at home under the loving care of her daughter Cindy. Please keep Cindy in your thoughts & prayers.
Mar 17, 2020 Mother of Joanne Byrne, RWGA Conductress
  Marion VanHoorebeke passed peacefully last night. Please keep her family in your thoughts & prayers.

Grand Chapter Announcements
Mar 10, 2020 NOTE:  Deadline to extend date to submit Petition for Nomination to the Board of Directors of the Eastern Star Charity Foundation, Inc. has been extended to APRIL 2, 2020
  "That completed applications with signatures can be filed electronically with the Secretary of the Board of Directors (Kerry Milone-Clapp, PGO, kerrymc611@yahoo.com), provided that the signed original is postmarked April 2, 2020."
March 2020

OES Grand Choir Rehearsals for Grand Session
NJ Eastern Star Home is closed to all activities until further notice

Note from Mary Jane Lojewski, PGM Choir Director
We are meeting to prepare songs for Grand Session. The following is our schedule (we already met twice in Feb).
March 15 NOW 22 & 29   --   April 18   --   May 3
There are 4 rehearsals left. The songs are easy but the committment to be a choir member is up to you.  Come join the fun!
Sundays are at 3pm & Saturdays are at 1pm.
Somerset Prebyterian Church (choir room), 100 JFK Blvd, Somerset 08873
  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)
FOUND:  Ladies size 8 brown Eastland casual shoes at a recent reception.

Good News
February 2020 Daria's Choices 
2019-2020 Norma & Dan's Grand Representatives
Lynn & Ken's Grand Representatives
Chapter & District Fundraisers
Aug 12, 2020 Rescheduled Fairview #219  Queen Esther at Sight & Sound
contact Joan Smith, PGM as there are a few seats available
Sep 25, 2020
Little Falls #224 Master Mason's Night
Masonic Lodge, 14 Lincoln Ave, Little Falls 07424  Guest speaker RW Moises I. Gomez, Grand Historian of the Grand Lodge of NJ.  RSVP Kathy Flannagan, WM
Nov 4, 2020 Haddonfield #140 Queen Esther at Sight & Sound - $125
Leave 8am Yardley Commons Senior Cntr, 209 Laurel Rd, Voorhees. Show, Buffet Meal at Shady Maple, home approx 6:30pm. $20 deposit to Joanne Parsels. Balance due Sep 3, 2020.
  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
  "Bethlehem Cooks" - $8
Cookbook of Old Favorites & New. Contact Lauretta Korejko, Secretary
General Information