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Editor's Notes

Posting Requests to  Patti L Rhinesmith, RWG Secretary at NJOESGC@optonline.net   
GC Ofc 908-725-0222

Notary services available, call Grand Chaper Office 
Patti Rhinesmith, RWG Secretary can help you with that.


MWGM, MWGP letter regarding Funeral Services:

Most Worth Grand Matron's Letter on Funerals
Release Form can be found in FORMS   www.njoes.com/forms.html

August 27, 2020 letter from the MWGM & MWGP
wgm_ltr_5_covid19 8-27-20.pdf

December 17, 2020 letter from the MWGM & MWGP
mwgm_ltr6_covid19 12-17-20.pdf

The MWGM and MWGP along with Grand Chapter are inviting you to the Be Loyal to the Royal Bingo - To be annouced.


The September 2020 issue of the STAR JOURNAL may be found under the Information Tab on NJOES home page.

The New Star Journal - March 2021 is available on the NJOES home page, under the information tab.



Dear Sister and Brothers,

On behalf of my family I would like to thank everyone for the many prayers, notes, cards, phone calls, mass cards and donations made in memory to Gail.  We appreciate the outpouring of love and care for us during the period she was ill and in the months following her death.  

 I hesitate to call out particular groups for fear I would miss one.  As so many have expressed, Gail will be missed throughout the state.  However I would be remiss if I did not mention Gloria Chapter 159 and Tuckerton Chapter 54.  I know you both held a special place in her heart and she will be with you in spirit when you hold your next chapter meeting.   

This experience has taught me so many lessons, but most importantly the key to happiness is living to serve others.  

Thank you and bless You all.

Gail K. Cooley,
AM Pelzer Chapter #84 (SC)
Gloria Chapter #159

 Posted 2/5/2021


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!
Mar 4, 2020 Application to serve on the Charity Foundation Board



Feb 1, 2021 The OES Charity Foundation will meet virtually this Wednesday, February 3rd, 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".  


OES Home News - website:  www.njeasternstarhome.com
Feb 18, 2021 Dawn Giakas, Administrator of the NJ Eastern Star Home
Article written for the Star Journal

See attached article


Saturday , January 30th we had a problem in the Sub-Acute section of the Eastern Star Home.  A pipe burst which caused significant flooding in the E-Wing.  All of the residents in that area of the building have been relocated to other available rooms.  No one was injured during this event and there has been no interruption of service.  The immediate issue has been resolved and remediation of the Sub-Acute unit is already underway.  Residents are safe and being cared for as they have always been.  Thank you for your cooperation and understanding. 

Jan 31, 2021 Message from Debbie LeDoux, OES Home Board President
At the present time the Home is closed to visitors.  The Home is adhering to the requirements from the CDC and Governor’s office.  You should call the Home to see if it is open to visitors before you go there.  Once they are open for visitors, you will need to call the Home and make an appointment to visit with a resident.  At that time only two people can visit at a time with a resident. 

The Board of Directors and the New Jersey Eastern Star Home want to thank everyone for your donations during these difficult
times.  Because of the added expenses of COVID-19 your donation is 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.  Here are some of the suggestions, stuffed animals, jewelry, books, blankets, scarves, tissues, or any other item you might want to donate.  Because the Home is closed to visitors, all donations can be dropped off at the door of the Eastern Star Home.  Please call the reception desk and let them know that you left the donation at the door.  The phone number is posted on the door.  Please make sure that you put it to the attention of Bridget Pody, Director of Activities.   

Attached below is information on the Refresh and Renew Project and information on becoming a resident at the Home.  Please pull them up and read them. 

Thanks in advance for your help and please stay safe.


Feb 8, 2021

New Jersey Eastern Star Home – 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, Bridget Pody and she will pass them out among the residents. 



The mailing address is:

NJ Eastern Star Home

Attn: Bridget Pody

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 thank you for all that you do for the residents.  

Receptions/GO Honor Nights/District Meetings
Feb 18, 2021 Virtual Grand Floral - Laurel Spring Chapter, March 17, 2021 at 7:30 pm
Laurel Springs Chapter has requested a Virtual Grand Floral, as their original date was cancelled due to the pandemic. 

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 674 593 7169
Passcode: STAR

(By phone Dial: +1 646 876 9923, Meeting ID: 674 593 7169, Passcode: 323310)


Upcoming Dates  -- see Chapter & District Fundraisers below
Jan 27, 2021 
Daria's Golf Outing - all outside event
Thursday June 10, 2021



Jan 1, 2021 150th ANNUAL GRAND SESSION - May 24, 25, 26, 2021
More information to follow, once it becomes available.

Jan 27, 2021 This Moment in Time Club Last Reunion
The Reunion is tentatively set for October 24, 2021.  We will let everyone know at a later date if and where it will be held. 

Nov. 2021 Winter Wonderland Club
The Reunion scheduled for April 2021, has been postponed til April 2022.  More information will follow at a later time. 

Jul 1, 2020  See info & pictures for MWGM & MWGP Jewelry
Jewelry Info

Jewery pictures

Health Announcements

Mar 7, 2021 Sister Jane Ann Farissier, PGM
Sister Jane Ann had knee surgery on Thursday March 4th, and is home recuperating.  Please send cards to her home. 
Feb 25, 2021 Beverly Maqueda Chapter health annoucements for their members
Charlotte Eager, PGO was in the hospital this past weekend, she came home completely well and is back to her normal routine.

Peggy Marshall is now home from the hospital.  She is doing better. 

Please remember these sisters with cards. 

Feb 10, 2021 Brother Paul Korejko, WP
Paul is improving slowing and they appreciate the prayers, well wishes and cards.  Update...Paul is home and is continuing with a slow recovery. 

Feb 9, 2021 Evelyn McKenzie, PGM
Today February 9th, Sister Evelyn is celebrating her 94th birthday.  If you have the chance please send her a card, she would love to hear from you.
Feb 9, 2021 Brother Larry Dukin, PGO
Please keep Brother Larry in your prayers. Sister Mara has requested that any cards for the family be sent to her and she will see that he receives them.

Feb 27, 2021 passing of Joan Carslake, PGO, Secretary of Bordentown #257
Sister Joan passed away on February 27th.  When more information is received we will post it here on the website. 

Feb 25, 2021 passing of Janet Eichlin, PGO, Hobart #63
Janet Eichlin passed away on Sat., Feb. 20. She served as a Grand Representative to Georgia 2000-2002 (Rita Birne) and WDD#13 2005-2006 (Joanne Parsels).

Feb 17, 2021 passing of Elaine Pierce -Dukin, PGO, Starlight #107
Sister Elaine Dukin passed away Tuesday February 16th.  Please keep Brother Larry and her daughter Sister Mara in your prayers.  Please send cards to Mara. 

Grand Chapter Announcements
 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, Jr PGM.
Five-point Altar with cushion available, contact RWG Secretary.
Complete set of Chapter Officers' badges, excellent condition.
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's Choices 
2019-2020 Norma & Dan's Grand Representatives
Lynn & Ken's Grand Representatives
Chapter & District Fundraisers
Mar 7, 2021 Laurel Springs #227 - Spring Flower sale
Laurel Springs Chapter is currently holding their Spring Flower sale.  Orders must be in by April 1st.  Orders are to be submitted to Linda Read.  Contact the Secretary Freda Anderson for Linda's phone number.  Driveby pickup is on April 17, 2021 from 11am to 12 noon.

Hanging Baskets - $10 or $14.00
Specialty Hanging Baskets - $14.95, $19.85 and $29.60
Garden Planters
2 Gal. Perennials,
Tier 1 $9.90
Tier 2 $9.90
Tier 3 $10.85
Geranium Flats - $22.80
Flats $12.00
Chef's Delight Herb Flat $19.60
Mixed Veggie Garden Flag $18.00

Feb 25, 2021
Beverly Maqueda - Annual Mothers Day Flower Sale
Beverly Maqueda is having their annual Mother’s Day Flower sale.  It will be contactless pickup from the Burlington Lodge  Tuesday, 5/4/2021.  You will stay in your vehicle and we will deliver your order to your car.PLEASE have orders to Heather Shoppas by March 11, 2021.

Please choose from:
BRADLEY BEACHPetunia Purple Vein, Verbena Bright Pink, Calibrachoa Yellow
Calibrachoa Yellow, Verbena Red Y White, Lobelia Dark Blue10” HANGING BASKET = $158” PLANTER = $10
 DAY COMBO - 8” Hanging basket = $10Can be any assortment
Please make checks payable to Beverly Maqueda #276 & MAIL to Heather Shoppas.  Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact her!!  As always, we thank you for your support!
  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