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Editor's Notes
  Posting Requests to  RWGS at NJOESGC@optonline.net
or Gail Naia, RWG Treasurer, RWGTNJ@optonline.net
the Offering, Sale, or Recommendation of Insurance of any kind is not advocated by the Order of the Eastern Star of NJ.

see the newest edition STAR JOURNAL under "Information" link.
   ES Charity Foundation, Inc.  Notice.....
As members of the Eastern Star, we are called upon to give to our Sisters and Brothers, advice in their troubles, sympathy in their sorrows, and aid in their misfortunes. The Eastern Star Charity Foundation of New Jersey, besides providing aid in the form of emergent and monthly assistance, educational loans, scholarships, and life skills grants, seeks to offer advice to our members through our new Community Resource Guide. This guide lists various state and county agencies that can provide guidance and assistance to individuals facing a variety of situations. Phone numbers, websites and descriptions of services are provided. This guide is meant to help a member obtain services that might prevent a situation from becoming a crisis, utilizing resources that already exist in their community. We hope this Resource Guide will become another means for the Eastern Star Charity Foundation to fulfill its mission to serve our members in need. A copy of this guide is available on njoes.com, just follow the link on the Charity Foundation page.
Receptions/District Meetings

Upcoming Dates  -- see Chapter Fundraisers below
Jun 18, 2016 Diane & Bob's Golf Outing - Mays Landing Golf Club
1855 Cates Rd, Mays Landing 08330. Shotgun & Best Ball 1pm. Social 5:30pm. Dinner, prizes, Awards 6:30pm. Contests: Putting, Longest Drive, Closest to Pin, Best Foursome score.  Golfers $95 incl Cart, BBQ Buffet Dinner & More. Non-golfers Dinner Only $30.  Hole sponsors $40 for a Colorful sign on tee box.
Payable to GC Voluntary Donations, Golf Outing in Memo. Send Name, address, phone, email to Divots for Diane, PO Box 276, Clarksboro, NJ 08020. Incl names of ALL golfers.
Jul 20, 2016
Rita Birne & Gene Merrill's Summer Get-together
All are welcome to join us. Captain's Inn, 304 East Lacey Rd, Forked River 08731. Entree Choice: Broiled Seafood; Broiled Herb-crusted Salmon; Broiled Chicken Breast(Tequila-Lime); Prime Rib.
Send $30 & Meal choice to Rita M. Birne, PGM
Sep 8,
Bayonne to Canada with Diane Capel & her "special man"
on Anthem of the Seas. Nine nights, 3 private performances of the Bobby Byrne Show. Boston, MA; Portland, ME; Bar Harbor ME; Halifax, NS; St John (Bay of Fundy). Cabins - Balcony $1549, Outside $1449, Inside $1249 per person. Book with Adventure Travel 732-450-9200 or 800-883-8646.
Travel Chair Diane Schmolze, PGM
Oct 24-27,
Shenandoah Valley & Lost Symbol Tour in Washington, DC with Diane Capel and her "special man"
by Senior Tours. Visit Washington Masonic Memorial, House of Temple Scottish Rite, Monticello and much more. $625 each Double; $775 Single; $595 each Triple. $100 deposit to Diane Schmolze, PGM
Dec 10-11,
Diane & Bob's Holiday Weekend in Lancaster, PA- Eden Resort
One night, Dinner, Breakfast, Show at American Music Theater, Lunch Brandywine Museum, all tips for guide & driver. Shopping Kitchen Kettle Village; tour countryside, stop at farm/home, hear stories of local traditions. Depart from Senior Community Tours, Audubon, NJ. Single $320; Double $270pp; Triple $260pp. $100 deposit payable to GC Voluntary Donations by May 31. Mail to F. Zioance, PO Box 5740, Deptford, NJ 08096. Final due 10/31.

Health Announcements

May 21, 2016 Harry Casper - Raritan #58 & Eclipse #226
husband of Theresa, WG Frat Corr 2013-14. He is having complications from hip replacement. Facing long recovery and another surgery in August.  Send cards to their home and keep him & Theresa in your prayers.
May 16, 2016 Thank you from Phil Brustlin, PGP
I want to thank all my Sister and Brothers for all their calls, cards, e-mails and most of all prayers which I received after my hip replacement surgery.  I  am in out patient therapy and getting stronger every day.  Can not wait to be able to drive, which should be another 3 weeks, and to get these anti embolism stockings off.  I hope to see all of you soon.
We found out last Thursday that Sue needs more hand surgery on her right hand to release two more trigger fingers and at the same time the Dr. will inject two trigger fingers on her left hand ( which will probably need surgery in the future ) all due to the arthritis in her hands.  This being so we will have to postpone our celebration of our 50th Wedding Anniversary on May 21st.
Phil Brustlin, PGP
May 6, 2016 Janet Sherman, PGO  Secretary of Ocean 214
is at home, starting chemo treatment. Keep her in your prayers and send cards.
May 6, 2016 Beverlyann Hubbard, PGO AM (2015-16) Ocean 214
is at home recuperating after a heart attack and 3 stents. Keep her in your prayers and send cards.

May 17, 2016 Passing of Russell Freeborn, PP Stewart #166
husband of Sandy Freeborn, GR of Wisconsin
Russell 'Ding' Wayne Freeborn Sr., age 79, of Lebanon Twp. passed away on Tues, May 17 at the Hunterdon Medical Center. Born April 15, 1937 in Hornell, NY. He was a resident of Hunterdon County for most of his life, living in Lebanon Twp for the past 47 years. He was the son of the late Arleigh Monroe and Edna Fredericka Heinonen Freeborn. Russell was the husband of Sandra Jean Moore Freeborn, celebrating 56 years of marriage. He was a General Superintendent for Vollers Excavating in North Branch, NJ until his retirement in 2005. Prior to working for Vollers Excavating, Russell was a Dairy Farmer at Hill and Dale Farm in Oldwick and also Scott Farm in Long Valley. He was a member of Host Lodge #6, a Past Grand Tall Cedar #13 in Lebanon, Past Patron of Stewart Chapter #166, Antique Caterpillar Machinery Owners Club and Collector of Antique Tractors Chapter #8. In his spare time, Russell enjoyed spending time with his family. He adored his 8 grandchildren and his great-granddaughter. He also loved restoring antique tractors. Survivors in addition to his loving wife include 4 children, Russell Freeborn Jr. of Washington, NJ, Janice Fechtman and her husband Dan of Phillipsburg, Sheryl Crampton and her husband William of Washington, NJ and Steven Freeborn and his wife Gina of Lebanon Twp. 8 grandchildren, Brian Fechtman, Gregory Freeborn, Melanie Crampton, Kelsey Fechtman, Jonathan Freeborn, Amanda Crampton, Kayla Freeborn and Ryan Freeborn. 1 great-granddaughter, Kiley Fechtman. Predeceased by 6 siblings. Calling hours Sun, May 22, 1-3pm with Eastern Star Services at 2pm and 5-8pm with Masonic Services at 7pm. Funeral Service will be Mon, May 23 at 10am. Scarponi-Bright Funeral Home, 26 Main St, Lebanon. Interment at Spruce Run Cemetery in Lebanon Twp. Memorials can be made to Lebanon Township Fire and Rescue, 532 West Hill Road, Glen Gardner, NJ 08826 or Clinton Rescue Squad, PO Box 5265, Clinton, NJ 08809.
May 12, 2016 Passing of Liz Bizarte, Treasurer Athene #201
after long illness, No details available at this time.
May 11, 2016 Passing of Betty Whritenour, PGO Silentia #56
WDD #1 1980-81. Lately a resident of the Eastern Star Home. Memorial May 21, 7:30pm at Richards Funeral Home, 4 Nwk-Pmptn Trpk, Riverdale 07457
May 9, 2016 Passing of Mary Feaster, mother of Cathy Fusaro, PGO
after a very long illness. Keep Cathy & her family in your thoughts

Grand Chapter Announcements
May 23-26, 2016 146th GRAND SESSION 2016  Harrah's Resort, Atlantic City
May 23, 2016
Eastern Star Charity Foundation of NJ, Inc Scholarship Awards and Membership Dinner
Light Refreshments. Cash Bar. $22 payable ES Charity Fdn of NJ, mail to Linda Thibault, PGO. Deadline May 9, 2016
May 24
State Secretary & Treasurer's Club Luncheon
Soup DuJour, Classic Grilled Chicken Caesar Salad, NY Cheesecake, Beverage.  Lunch $37, Dues $2 payable to Michele Hess, PGM. Deadline May 1, 2016
Invitation extended to all Past & Present Secretaries & Treasures to join our club.
May 24
Processional & Informal Opening
May 25
Business Sessions
May 25
Evening Session
May 25
Grand Representatives Luncheon - Celebrate the Seasons
    with Snoopy & Casper's Puppies
$38 payable & mail to Theresa Casper, PGO. Deadline May 9
May 26
Business Sessions
May 26
Open Installation of Grand Officers 2016-2017
May 24-26
deadline extended to May 10
Option One $145
- 3 Breakfasts: Tues, Wed, Thurs.
                                  2 Dinners: Tues & Wed.
Option Two $80 - 2 Dinners: Tues & Wed.
Option Three $70 - 3 Breakfasts: Tues, Wed, Thurs,
Payable to Grand Chapter OES of NJ, mail to Diana Affsa, RWGC.
  Looking for excess Paraphernalia/Flags/Poles ?
there are Chapters in need. Contact Norma Hines, RWG Trustee
3 electric Signets available, contact Lynn Billingham, RWAGC

Bordentown has excess paraphernalia
5 Adah veils (1 blue & 4 lace); 4 Altar cloths (3 regular & 1 "I Memorium");
Officers badges; 19 Batons (6 ivory plastic & 6 wood & 3 white & 4 silver); 3 ballot boxes (2 wood & 2 white); 1 large Bible (O.E.S.); 2 Bible markers (1 white & 1 Purple); 6 Chaplain stoles (4 white & 2 purple); 3 Electa cups; 6 Esther crowns (5 silver & 1 golden); 1 Esther Crown & Sceptre; 4 Flags (1 American, 2 Christian, 1 O.E.S. - all with poles &  1 Flag Stand); 20 Funeral Badges with black ribbons; 2 Martha broken column (1 silver & 1 plastic); 28 Pedestal Covers; 1 Silver Sceptre; 1 small White crocheted tablecloth (O.E.S. colors); 4 Sheaves of Wheat (2 regular & 2 Memorial with black ribbon).
Contact Joan Carslake, PGO or Chapter Sec'y
  Proceedings available - Books $25, CDs $15 except Moore/Wack - Books $28
Moore/Wack - 14 Books, 25 CD's
Schmolze/Westenberger 10 books, 2 CD's
Hess/Brustlin - 6 books, 11 CD's
Wells/McGeoch - 5 CD's
Wyant/Carter - 6 CD's
  LOST & FOUND - please contact the WG Marshal
LOST:  Hunter's Horn - pin of the year 1990-91. Missing since beginning of March
                Contact Marlene Hoffman, PGM

FOUND: Contact WG Marshal to claim


Good News
2016-2017 Diane S. Capel's Choices 
2014-2015 Sharon & Bill's Grand Representatives

2015-2016 JoAnn & Don's Grand Representatives

Chapter Fundraisers
June 12, 2016 Little Falls #224  Uncorked Brush - 2pm - $35
a social afternoon of fun. Contact Kathy Flanagan, WM or Patti Rhinesmith, PGM
ongoing Morning Star #22 selling Polo Shirts in 5 Star Point colors
logo is Eastern Star emblem with "OES of NJ" - no names or chapters. Payable to Morning Star #22 at time of order.
Ladies  S to 2X - $29 each        3X to 4X - $34 each
Mens  S to 2X - $29 each        3X to 10X - $34 each
Mail check & all info to Mary Elaine Guynn, PGO
ongoing  Shekinah #82 selling "Please Stop Me Before I Volunteer Again" T-shirts
saying is printed on the back. On the front, over heart is OES logo with "Eastern Star Volunteer".   Blue.
                 $10 = M - L - XL            $12 = 2X, 3X
Contact Betty Miskelly, WDD #36 or Jeannette Wallace, WG Private Secretary
General Information
March 2016 Laws, Rules & Regulations
With the consent of Sister JoAnn Bingenheimer, Most Worthy Grand Matron, this PDF file is being made available by the Revision Committee for any member of the Order who desires a copy.

This PDF file contains information concerning the Revised Laws, Rules, and Regulations; that have been prepared by the Revision Committee, and which will be proposed for adoption at the Annual Grand Session in May 2016: