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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, GO 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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All "Star Journal" issues, current and past can be found on the NJOES home page, under the information tab.

There are two issues printed yearly, March and September.

June 7, 2022

Letter from the MWGM and MWGP


The Corporate Board has scheduled for Sunday afternoon February 5th from 2pm to 4pm, an informal meeting for any Potential Candidate who is looking to run for R.W. Grand Trustee.  There will be information given to those attending, which will include a question and answer period for all.   

Receptions and District Meetings
Nov 6, 2022 33rd District Meeting - February 25, 2023
District meeting to be held on Saturday, February 25th, with Luncheon at 1pm, District meeting immediately to follow.  To be held at Loyalty MAsonic Lodge, Union.  Subscription $25.00, rsvp by February 9th to Lisa Biczi-Helge at Bizer81@aol.com.

Nov 4, 2022 Molly Pitcher #198 - Open Reception on January 9th     
Open Reception celebrating Jessica Franklin, WDD #34 and Ed Adamek, GR of New York on Monday January 9th, Dinner/Reception at 6:30pm.  Cost $20.00.  To be held at Olive Branch Masonic Lodge, Freehold.  RSVP to Diane Prochnow before December 15th or email at Mollypitcher198@gmail.com
Nov 4, 2022 Athene Chapter #201 - Honor Night on January 6th
Honor night for Becky Martin-Rosso, WG Adah, Candy Moore, WDD #37 and Charlene Ottaviano, GR of Arkansas.  To be held at Merchantville Masonic Temple, Pennsauken, Time 7:30pm.   RSVP To Linda Gentert, Assoc Matron. 
Nov 4, 2022 39th District Meeting - December 10, 2022
District Meeting to be held on Saturday December 10th, with informal fellowship at 12 noon, traditional boxing day luncheon at 1pm.  District meeting to follow.  To be held at Musconetcong Lodge, Budd Lake.  Subscription $20.00, rsvp by December 1st to Linda Pettenger, at llpettenger@embarqmail.com.

Oct 17, 2022 Haddonfield Chapter #140 - Honor Night on December 1st
Honor night for Kathleen Zielinski, WG Private Secretary, Susan Sharpe-Corliss, GR of Florida, and Karen Sorbello, GR of North Carolina at Haddonfield Masonic Lodge.  Refreshements will be served following the meeting. 

Oct 15, 2022 Nutley Chapter #121 and Tilden Chapter #59 - Honor Night - November 30th
Honor night for Cheryl Butler, WG Marshal and Deborah LeDoux, WDD #32 on Wednesday November 30th at 7:30pm, at Nutley Chapter.  Refreshments will be after the Honor Night.  Please contact Diane Schmolze, PGM for reservations at schmolzekermie@aol.com


Upcoming Dates  -- see Chapter & District Fundraisers below
     November 30th - Honor night - Nutley #121 & Tilden #59 at Nutley
     December 1st - Honor Night - Haddonfield #140, WG Private Secretary,
          GR of Florida and North Carolina
     December 3rd - Feast of St. John
     December 4th - Spirit of Christmas Reunion
     December 5th - Top 3 and Star Points Night - Ocean #214
     December 8th - GO Night - Gloria #159
     December 10th - 39th District Meeting, Musconetcong Lodge
     December 11th - Home for the Holidays Music - CANCELLED
December 25th - MERRY CHRISTMAS!

January 6th - Honor Night - Athene #201, WG Adah, WDD #37 and GR of Arkansas
     January 7th - 38th District meeting, Beverly Riverside Lodge
     January 8th - Wonderful Worlds of Star Holiday Party
     January 9th - Reception - Molly Pitcher #198 - WDD #34 and GR of New York
     January 10th - Grand Floral - Dewey #155
     January 13th - Honor Night - Little Falls #224, WDD #31 
     January 15th - 27th - OES Southern Caribbean Cruise - Aboard the Vision of the Seas

Nov. 2022 UPCOMING TRIPS FOR 2023-2024

Here are flyers for 2023-2024 Star Year.

White Star Tours_NTA-PlanFlyer 2022.pdf
parking release liability finger lakes.docx

Please join us as we Celebrate the "Wonderful Season of Christmas" on Sunday January 8th, 2023 at 2pm. at the Freehold Masonic Temple, Freehold.  Cost $18.00.  RSVP by December 28th to Cheryl Butler, WG Marshal.

Oct 15, 2022 Ocean Chapter #214 - Top 3 and Star Point Night - December 5th
Ocean Chapter invites you to a celelbration of our Eastern Star Heroines at a Top 3 and Star Point Night.  Dinner at 6:30pm,meeting to follow.  Contact Maryadele O'Neil for reservations at maryadele@verizon.net, and indicate STAR POINT NIGHT in the subject line.
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

Sept 20, 2022 Spirit of Christmas Reunion - December 4, 2022
Please join Diana and Emil Affsa, for their 2022 Reunion. Sunday December 4th at Musconetcong Lodge at 2pm.  Cost will be $20/person (checks payable to Ruth Ann Hoyt).  Dues will be collected on that day in the amount of $3.00.  Please contact Ruth Ann Hoyt for reservations.


Good News and Health Announcements

Nov 4, 2022 Sister Betty Ann Carter, PGO and Brother Charles Carter, PGP, Little Falls #224
Betty is scheduled for surgery on Tuesday, November 9th, and Charlie has had health problems since June.  Please keep both of them in your prayers.  Cards can be sent to their home.
Nov 2, 2022

Brother Richard Anderson, PGP, Tilden #59
Rich is having unanticipated cardiac bypass surgery tomorrow 11/3.  Prayers and cards would be appreciated.  Please no phone calls.  Arlene will keep us updated.  Thanks.

UPDATE:  Rich had double cardiac by pass.  He is off ventilator and sleepy but talking.  Asking for continued prayers

Nov 26, 2022 Sister Dorothy Cusworth, Monmouth #251
Sister Dorothy recently celebrated her 100th birthday passed on Friday early am.  OES services for Dottie will be on Sunday at 3pm at Claytons and McGirr funeral home, Freehold, NJ.  Please visit their website for further information on Sister Dorothy. 
Nov 26, 2022 Sister Lydia Eckman, PGO
Sister Lydia Eckman, PGO and wife of Brother Kenneth Eckman, PGP 1975-1976 passed away on Monday at the OES Home.   Please visit the west site of Clayton's and McGirr funeral home, Freehold, NJ.  Viewing is Wedesday, no OES Services will be held.  

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

 Now Available
Updated Grand Chapter Highlights Book - $25.33
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 $25.33 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

Aug. 3, 2022
Looking for excess Paraphernalia/Flags/Poles etc
For Chapters in need, please contact , Dawn Smith, RWG Trustee.
3 electric Signets available, Five-point Altar with cushion available, contact RWG Secretary.

Dewey Chapter has an altar and altar cushions if anyone is interested in them.  Contact Linda Thibault, Secretary of Dewey Chapter if you are interested in them. 

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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
     Nebraska - Eugene Grace #41/33
     Ohio - Susan Whitty #205/31

     Oklahoma - Nancy Rudolph Myers #22/38
     Pennsylvania - Ruth Ann Hoyt #50/39
     Puerto Rico - Lizette Priliszh - #183/33
     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
Nov 4, 2022 Williamstown Chapter #149 - Soup Sale
Please submit all orders by Friday November 25th.  All soups are $10 a quart, with the exception of crab soup
Available - Tortellini, Pasta Fagioli, Turkey Chile, Lentil Barley Ham, Split Pea, Butternut Squash, and Vegetable Beef
Crab- quart $15 and pint $8.00

Please pick up your soup order on Saturday December 3rd between 10 am and 11 am at Williamstown Lodge.  Please contact Shirley Jennings to place an order at
wesmj@verizon.net or you can call her.

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, December 7th 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".  


OES Home News - website:  www.njeasternstarhome.com
Nov 15, 2022 Holiday Gift List for the Eastern Star Home Residents

NJ Eastern Star Home Nov 2022.docx


At the present time, the Home is open for visitors.  The Home is adhering to the requirements from the
CDC and Governorís office.  The community transmission rate for Somerset County is HIGH; the Home isstrongly DISCOURAGING visits at this time. If you do plan to visit, we strongly encourage being tested.The facility is offering free COVID testing if you feel the need.

If you, or your Chapter, would like to do BINGO, craft projects or anything else you will need to contact Simone Rudich, 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 have your temperature recorded when you enter the Home. You can only enter through the main lobby. 

Donations:  The Board of Directors and the New Jersey Eastern Star Home wants to thank everyone for
your donations during these difficult times.   We are grateful for the Road Show Gown Boutique and BasketAuctions which have helped tremendously since we have been unable to hold Home Day and other FundRaisers. Please support these activities as the proceeds benefit the Home. If you would like to donate tothe Home, please make checks payable to New Jersey Eastern Star Home, Inc. and in the memo line, putwhere you would like it to go.  Please mail ALL donations to Barbara Helfrey, PGO. 

Your generous donations to the Resident Welfare Fund are greatly appreciated. Many of our members are
unaware that we have two separate funds:
The New Jersey Eastern Star Member Resident WelfareFund, and the Non-Eastern Star Member Resident Welfare Fund. Please make it clear in the memoline into which fund your donation should go. This will make it easier for our Treasurer, BarbaraHelfrey, to make sure it is deposited correctly.The Home is in need of BINGO prizes and items for the monthly Boutique.  Here are some of thesuggestions, stuffed animals, jewelry, books, lap blankets, scarves, tissues, yarn, shirts for men andwomen, ties, hats, watches, or any other item you might want to donate.  Please make sure that you put itto the attention of Simone Rudich, Director of Activities.  Please see Simoneís article. It will be updatedagain shortly to include our usual Christmas donations for the residents. 

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 donít you can send your cards to the Activities Director, Simone Rudich and she will pass them out among the residents. 

The mailing address for Simone is:
New Jersey Eastern Star Home, Inc.
Attn: Simone Rudich
111 Finderne Avenue
Bridgewater, New Jersey 08807

It doesnít have to be a holiday; you can send thinking of you cards or anything that would benefit the

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 Shelretha LaSure at 908-225-5446 or at the home on ext. 3581 and she can get you the information you need.  

Thanks in advance for your help and please stay safe.
Diane Schmolze, PGM,
President Board of Directors OES Home



Becoming a resident_Flyer.pd