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Posting Requests to  Patti L Rhinesmith, RWG Secretary at NJOESGC@optonline.net     GC Ofc 908-725-0222
or Gail Naia, RWG Treasurer, RWGTNJ@optonline.net
Do you need the services of a Notary? 
Patti Rhinesmith, RWG Secretary can help you with that.
 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!
STAR JOURNAL  MARCH 2020 edition is on site.
Go to HomePage.  Top menu/Information/Star Journal

MWGM, MWGP letter regarding Funeral Services:

Most Worth Grand Matron's Letter on Funerals
Release Form can be found in FORMS  

The MWGM and MWGP along with Grand Chapter are inviting you to the Be Loyal to the Royal Bingo
Next Date to be announced 
Please email our MWGM at
njhines@comcast.net so she can email you your Bingo card and invite to the Bingo Party.
There is no cost to participate.  The MWGM & MWGP will be making a donation for each winner to the _____________________.  Winners can match the donations if they choose.  There will also be some surprises during the games.  Please join us for some fun and fellowship. You can make donations
PAYABLE to Eastern Star Charity Fdn of NJ (in memo: ________________.) and send your donations to: Kerry Milone-Clapp, 8 Allen Terr, Netcong, NJ 07857
The Eastern Star Charity Foundation is proud to announce the 2020 Scholarships.
Kira Parsons, sponsored by her grandfather, Brother Russell C. Parsons, Sr., will be attending Towson University, MD.  Her major is Mathematics with a concentration in Actuarial Science.  She also is focused on furthering her track and field career.
Thomas J. Ulmer, sponsored through Grand Chapter for his grandmother, Sister Virginia E. Stevenson, who entered Grand Chapter on high and was a member of Ruth Chapter #12. Thomas will be attending Moravian College.  His goal is to go into Law Enforcement or Homeland Security and strives to serve his community.
Tyler J. Boyle, sponsored by his grandmother, Sister Patti L. Rhinesmith, PGM.  Tyler has been awarded the Nursing Scholarship and will be attending Roger Williams University, RI.  He is pursuing a career in Physical Therapy with a strong desire to be able to help others.
The NJ EASTERN STAR HOME website is up & running.
Please check it out.  


Receptions/GO Honor Nights/District Meetings

Upcoming Dates  -- see Chapter & District Fundraisers below
Aug 4, 2020 Happy Birthday Chester Clark, PP - 99yrs young, 53 yr Member
address same as son David Clark, WP Mt Holly #147
Aug 2020 NJ Rainbow Grand Assemply is postponed til Aug 2021
Jul 1, 2020  See info & pictures for MWGM & MWGP Jewelry
Jewelry Info

Jewery pictures

Health Announcements

Aug 6, 2020 Paul Korejko, PGO WP Bethlehem #40
His heart cath resulted in showing further procedures are needed. Please keep him & Lauretta in your prayers and send cards.
Aug 1, 2020 Congratulations Norma, MWGM & Jim Hines, PGO
 on birth of Granddaughter Ave James Martinez
Jul 27, 2020 Millie Edwards, PGO
  Mother of JaneAnn Farissier, PGM
in hospital for tests. Please send prayers and cards. Same address as Jane Ann.
Jul 19, 2020 Betty Lanka, PGO - Sec'y Hobart #63
  came home last Wed, 7/15, is now under the care of visiting nurses and phys. therapists, who are keeping her very busy!  She is doing very well on the road to recovery and thanks ALL for the cards, thoughts, and prayers.
Jul 17, 2020 Congratulations to Grandpop Doug Dickinson, PGP
      and Nana Ginny Dickinson
, WDD #36
 on the birth of Grandson, Kyle Nolan.

Aug 7, 2020
late notice
passing of Evelyn Spinweber, PGO Lincoln #95
  WDD #5 1974-75; WG Color Bearer 1983-84
Evelyn Maude Gertrude Spinweber (née Pfleger) of Verona passed away on Tues, April 21 at the age of 93. She was best known as Evie to her family and friends. Evie was a devoted wife, caring mother of five, loving grandmother of 11, and a precious great-grandmother of 6 children. She will be deeply missed by her family and all who knew her. Evie was predeceased by her parents, George, and Maude (Tepe) Pfleger of Jersey City, her brother Elwood Pfleger, her late husband of 36 years Stanley Alan Spinweber, and grandson Chad. Evie is survived by her loving children, Cheryl and her husband Michael Bruich, David and his wife Carol, Donna and her husband Henry Kalinoski, Steven and his wife Ann, and Barbara. She is also survived by her cherished and adored grandchildren, Sean, Gregory, Elly (John Burke), Allison (Dan Jones), Caitlin, Kristen, Wendy (William McMullen), Kyle, Amanda, and Sara Evelyn. Her great grandchildren include Grace, Noah, Abigail, Emily, Max, and Adelaide. Growing up in Jersey City, Evie played on the table tennis team in high school. She was a member of the Second Reformed Church in Jersey City for many years. She earned her diploma as a Registered Nurse from Christ Hospital and served in the Cadet Nursing Corp from 1945 - 1948. After marrying Alan in 1949, they lived in State College, PA while he finished his degree at Penn State, and she worked as a nurse. They returned to Jersey City afterwards where she focused her efforts as a homemaker. Evie and Alan moved the family to Lynwood Road in Verona in 1957. Evie volunteered as a Girl Scout Leader, Classroom Parent, and activities coordinator for her children's many pursuits. She supported all of her five children's interests with loving devotion and was her grandchildren's biggest fan. Evie is well known for her talents in ceramics, needlepoint, gardening, cooking and baking. Her chocolate crumb cake recipe is legendary among her family and friends. She will also be remembered as the creator of magical Halloween costumes that have been worn by the children in the family over many years. As a dedicated member of the First Presbyterian Church of Verona, Evie served for many years as both a Deacon and an Elder. Evie was a 50-year member of Caldwell Chapter #61, OES. She served as Worthy Matron, District Deputy of the 5th District, as well as Grand Representative. Evie traveled throughout New Jersey for many years supporting the Order's philanthropic endeavors. Above all, Evie was devoted to her husband Alan. When asked why she never pursued another relationship after his untimely death in 1985, Evie simply replied that she "already had the love of her life." We can imagine their joyous reunion in Heaven. The family of Evelyn Spinweber is concerned about the well-being of those they love and care about. Funeral Services will be private at this time. We ask that you please keep Evelyn's family in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. Donations in memory of Evelyn Spinweber to the First Presbyterian Church of Verona, 10 Fairview Avenue, Verona, NJ 07044, or to the Verona Rescue Squad, 12 Church Street, Verona, NJ 07044, would be greatly appreciated.
Jul 21, 2020 passing of Carol Montrose, PGO Lincoln #95, 47yr member
Our beloved Carol traveled from Earth to Heaven in the space of a breath to be greeted with a kiss from her husband, Ron, while wearing a blue outfit on July 22, 2020. She was 91. Born in New Rochelle, NY, she lived in Bloomfield, NJ before moving to East Hanover in 1958 with her husband, Ronald, and their two year-old daughter, Susie. Carol graduated from Bloomfield HS before attending Secretarial School. Carol worked as an Office Manager for 20 years for the practice of Drs. Weine and Renna in Chatham. She was active in the OES of NJ. She was Worthy Matron of Livingston #271 and Lincoln #95. She was appointed Grand Officer on many occasions. Carol was a loving daughter, mother, grandmother, auntie and god-mother to numerous family members. She is pre-deceased by her husband, Ronald Montrose, her sister Martha Montignani, her brother Joseph Gaston, her sister Jane Howe, and her son-in-law, Alanson (Jay) Bien. She is survived by her sister, Beverly Stutzman and brother-in-law Andy, of Rochester, NY; daughter, Susan Bien of Florham Park, and two sons, Scott Montrose (married to Katherine), of Midlothian, VA and Todd Montrose, of Parsippany. She is also survived by 6 grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. Carol remained lifelong friends with her Bloomfield HS chums. Carol loved to sing and dance, especially the jitter bug at any opportunity. She was an avid game-player; she especially loved playing Canasta with her High School friends. As their parents aged, Carol was the caregiver to her mother, mother in law and dear friends. Carol was devoted to her children, grandchildren, nephews and nieces. She was the original short-order cook, making hamburgers or peanut butter and jelly sandwiches on-demand for baseball games or band practices. She has baked numerous cakes and brownies - too many to count. Carol was a hostess for many parties, picnics, wedding and baby showers and family reunions. She loved swimming in her pool and was often the first one in…no matter how cold it was! Her home has always been the gathering place. Carol was the original NY Yankees Fan. She enjoyed watching their games while cheering the players or yelling at them for bad plays or behavior. Carol was a member of Grace Church in Madison for over 60 years. She was a frequent volunteer for their many programs, a member of their Choir, and a Sunday School teacher, along with her husband. Traveling outside our country and especially trips to Hawaii and Las Vegas were fun vacations. Carol loved everything in God’s green earth, birds, flowers and her cats and dogs. She loved to be outdoors. Carol Montrose was the definition of the word Love. She freely loved everyone in her sphere. Her Goddaughter, Melanie Hunt, said “a light has gone out.” Now her light, laughter and love shine in Heaven with her Lord. We are sad to lose her, but fond memories of our times together have no end.
A private family gathering will be held at Bailey Funeral Home, in Mendham, NJ. A celebration of life will be held at a later date at Grace Episcopal Church in Madison, NJ.
Jul 18, 2020 Message of Thanks
Rita M. Birne, PGM and  Sr. Wendy Osur send most heartfelt thanks to all Sisters, Brothers, Chapters, Clubs , for the many phone calls and  sympathy cards with beautiful notes and comforting words in the  loss of our beloved Son and Brother, Kenneth. We are most appreciative as we are strive to move forward in our grief.

Grand Chapter Announcements
Aug 5, 2020 Message from Debbie LeDoux, OES Home Board President
Update on the Eastern Star Home.  First, I want to thank everyone who have made donations to the Eastern Star Home during these difficult times.  The Home needs iPads so residents can communicate with their loved ones.  They are also using it for Residents that are on Hospice or not doing well.  An iPad is a way to keep the residents in touch with loved ones and friends.  If you would like to make a donation to help with the cost to purchase an iPad; please make a check payable to New Jersey Eastern Star, Inc. and mail it to Carole Moore, PGM and in the memo line put iPad.  Thanks in advance for your help and please stay safe.
June 4, 2020 From the MWGM & MWGP:
It is with much pleasure that we announce the following MWGM's disbursements from the proceeds raised by Voluntary Donations during 2019-2020. We thank everyone who donated and participated in the events and projects. A deep gratitude is offered to all State and District project chairpersons, whose tireless efforts made these distributions possible. A special thank you is extended to Sister and Brother Judy and Dan Brown, PGOs, for all of their hard work and excellent record keeping. Sincerely and Fraternally,
Norma J. Hines, MWGM
Danny L. Cooper, MWGP

NJ Eastern Star Home, Inc.


NJ Eastern Star Home, Inc.  Building Fund


NJ Eastern Star Home, Inc.  Resident Fund


NJ Eastern Star Home, Inc.  Renew & Refresh Fund


NJ Eastern Star Home, Inc.  Furniture Fund


NJ Eastern Star Home, Inc.  Home Day


Eastern Star Charity Foundation, Inc.


Eastern Star Charity Fdn., Inc.  Scholarships


Past Matron/Past Patron Assoc., Inc.


Community Food Bank of NJ


American Diabetes Assoc.


Semper Fido


NJ Grand Assembly Rainbow


DeMolay of NJ


Melanoma Research Foundation


Atlantic County Canines


Cystic Fibrosis / Quinn’s Quest


Shriner’s Hospital of Philadelphia


Grand Chapter OES of NJ


May 20, 2020 Norma J. Hines MWGM & Danny L. Cooper, MWGP are happy to announce the following 4 Commissions
GEORGIA - Marie Clonan - 159/35
MONTANA - Joseph Naples - 86/37
OREGON - Chrissie Gionfriddo - 214/34
WASHINGTON - Isabella Cooper - 219/37
Apr 11, 2020 message from Debbie LeDoux, President OES Home Board
The Home has purchased an iPad so residents can communicate with their loved ones. They are also using it for Residents that are on Hospice or not doing well so they can see and speak to their loved ones. The Eastern Star Home has several empty beds and at the present time they are not allowed to accept any new residents, which is hurting them financially. Also because of the increase in purchasing protective equipment supplies needed for the Residents and Staff combatting the Covid-19 virus, our medical supply bill is high.
If you would like to make a donation to help with the cost of the medical supplies or so they could purchase another iPad; please make a check payable to New Jersey Eastern Star, Inc. and mail it to 111 Finderne Avenue, Bridgewater, NJ 08807 and in the memo line put Covid- 19.
I thank you in advance for your help and please stay safe.
  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 - 11 Books
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 Fairview #219  Queen Esther at Sight & Sound
          RESCHEDULED to March 10, 2021             

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.
Mar 10, 2021 Fairview #219  Queen Esther at Sight & Sound
  GOOD NEWS - RESCHEDULED              
Any questions conntact Joan Smith, PGM by phone or email.
  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