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Update 10-1-2021

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, PGO will be serving as Sister Daria and Brother Bruce's 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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Due to the pandemic, we were unable to hold the Gown Boutique at the Eastern Star Home for Home Day. 

We are NOW happy to announce that we will be holding the "Annual Boutique Sale" on three separate dates.  Items for sale are gently used gowns, white and colored, tuxedos, shoes, gloves and other miscellansous items.  Gowns will remain the same price, $5.00. 

The 1st date will be Saturday November 13, 2021 from 9:00 am to 12:30pm at Merchantville Masonic Temple, Pennsauken, NJ.  This is being hosted by District #37 Home Chair Persons.

The 2nd  date is scheduled on Saturday, January 22nd from 10 am to 2pm at Little Falls Masonic Temple, Little Falls, NJ.  This will be hosted by Little Falls Chapter and the 31st District. 

The 3rd date is scheduled for January 30th from 10am to 2pm at Gothic Lodge, Hamilton, NJ.  This will be hosted by Morning Star Chapter and the 38th District. 


 Funeral Services:

Release Form to be signed by all members in attendance at a funeral. Can be found until FORMS   www.njoes.com/forms.html


Star Journal Issues can be found on the NJOES home page, under the information tab.

The August 2021 issue is now posted.   

Have you noticed the pin that our Most Worthy Grand Patron wears?  It looks like a shooting star with a paw print.  As he is also a member in Pennsylvania, he wears this pin which is a new public logo used by General Grand Chapter, mainly in conjunction with raising awareness for their main charity, Service Dogs.  Why this new logo?

General Grand has a member who is a marketing researcher.  She did a study about the general public's perception of the traditional Eastern Star.  As you can probably guess, the public has a lot of misconceptions about our Star.  Therefore, General Grand commissioned a new public logo. 

They are not looking to do away with the Traditional Star.  But they have found that the softer logo attracts many more individuals.  Membership has increased since they began using this logo on public advertisement. 

The Corporate Board is looking for a design of our own NJOES logo to use in public advertising.  As we are not part of General Grand, we are not able to use their trademarked logo.  Let me emphasize, OUR TRADITIONAL STAR IS NOT GOING AWAY!!!! 

Submit your design ideas to the Grand Chapter Office.  Prize will be awarded to any design we use. 

Aug 25, 2021 Grand Chapter is looking for individuals proficient with QuickBooks and Excel or with an accounting background to assist Grand Chapter on the Finance Committee.  (White Book 16.7).  If you are interested, please email Grand Chapter.  NewJersey.OESGC@gmail.com

Oct 18, 2021

Covid release quiestionnaire for Chapter meetings

Please see attached questionnaire to be used at each meeting.  


Receptions/GO Honor Nights/District Meetings


July 28, 2021 Scheduled District meetings for 2021-2022 calendar year
November 20, 2021 - District #31
December 11, 2021 - District #34
New date
December 18, 2021 - District #32
January 8, 2022 - District #38
February 12, 2022 - District #33
February 26, 2022 - District #35
March 19, 2022 - District #37
March 26, 2022 - District #39

Oct 18, 2021 31st District Meeting - Saturday November 20, 2021
Place:  Clifton Masonic Temple - Lunch 12 Noon Sharp, District meeting to following.  Reservations to Sister Robin Bernice, WDD #31.   


Upcoming Dates  -- see Chapter & District Fundraisers below
Oct 18, 2021 June 26th, 2021 - Reunion - "With God all things are Possible"
Reunion hosted by the 34
th District, more information to follow.  Please note this new date of June 26th, from the original date was February 13th. 

Aug 23, 2021

Please check with the Worthy Matron of the Chapter before attending.  Some of these dates for honor nights and Top #3 are by invitation only. 

October 18th - Honor Night - Monmouth #251 -
October 20th - Honor Night - Bordentown #257
October 23rd - Top #3 Dewey #155 Birthday - Invitation Only
October 26th - Honor Night - Williamstown #149
October 29th - Honor Night - Mt. View #205

Aug 23, 2021 "Unity thru Simplicity" Christmas Party - December 12, 2021
The Christmas party will be on December 12, 2021, from 2 pm to 6 pm at CAMP INAWENDAWIN, Tabernacle, NJ .  Subscription $27.00.   Please contact Betty Robinson to make your reservation.  Checks to be made payable to:  Grand Chapter Voluntary Donations.

July 28, 2021 Halloween Hoot Halloween party - October 30, 2021
Wear your scariest costume, awesome music and surprises.
Sandwiches, desserts and beverages. 
To be held at the Scottish Rite Valley of Central NJ,  - Time 6pm to 11pm -
Cost $25.00, make checks payable to Voluntary Donations - subject line "Halloween Hoot" 
For tickets contact:  Karyn Visscher -

July 26, 2021 October 24, 2021 - "This Moment in Time" Club-10th & last Reunion

Sister Diane Schmolze, PGM and Sister Glenda Westenberger, PGP will be holding the tenth and last “This Moment In Time” Club reunion on October 24, 2021.  Come out and join the fun as we talk about the year 2010 -2011.   

Tenth Reunion This Moment in Time.pdf

Mar 17, 2021

Update 9-13-21

WOODLOCH EXTRAVAGANZA - November 8 to 12, 2021.

Join Sister Daria and Brother Bruce on a fall midweek escape to the Poconos.Activities and fun galore, along with a few surprises during our stay.  All meals, taxes and gratitudes included.

Update:  Final payment is due now. 


Good News and Health Announcements

Oct 15, 2021 Sister Diane Capel, PGM
She had an operation, Oct., 13, 2021, and is doing well.  Her pain in her leg is gone, just some surgery pain.  She is waiting to hear about being released from the hospital by the weekend, but has to wait to see if she will be going to a rehab facility.  Will have more information on that later.    Cards can be sent to her home.

Sept 27, 2021 Brother Warren "Sandy" Sandbach, PGP
Brother Sandy is now homeboard and unable to go anywhere.    Please keep Brother Sandy in your prayers.  Sister Marge says, he really enjoys receiving cards.

Oct 12, 2021 Sister Mildred Edwards, PGO, Mountain View #205
Sister Millie, Mother of Sister Jane Ann Farissier, PGM and Sister Nancy DiMartino, PGO passed away on October 12th.  Please keep her family in your prayers.  You can visit the website for more information.  Bizub-Parker Funeral Home, Little Falls, NJ. 

Oct 7, 2021 Sister Dorothy Prochnow, PGO, Molly Pitcher #198
Sister Dorothy passed away today October 7, 2021.  Sister Dorothy was a 45 plus year member of Molly Pitcher Chapter No. 198, she served as secretary, Worthy Matron and was honored as a Grand Representative of South Carolina.  Please keep her family in your prayers.  Funeral arrangements can be found on Higgins Memorial Home, Freehold, NJ.  Please visit the website for more information. 

Oct 5, 2021 Sister Lynda McDowell, PGO, Secretary of Shekinah #82
Sister Lynda's mom Carol Elwell passed away on September 30, 2021.  Please keep Lynda and her family in your prayers.  Funeral services can be found on Spilker Funeral Home, Cape May, NJ

Oct 5, 2021 Sister Fran Hagins, PGO - Keystone #69
Sister Fran passed away today, A celebration of life for Fran will be held at a later date. 
Oct 1, 2021 Sister Ann Greimel, PGO, Jephtha #134
Sister Ann passed away September 30th, she was recently a resident of the Eastern Star Home. 
Funeral services will be Tuesday October 5th, Eastern Star services will be conducted at 7:30pm at Scillieri-Arnold/Manke Funeral Home, Paterson, NJ  07514.  


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 etc
For Chapters in need, please contact Mary Elaine Guynn, RWG Trustee.
3 electric Signets available, contact Lynn Billingham, 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 & Bruce's Grand Officers 

Daria & Bruce's Grand Representatives

Newly Appointed Grand Representatives
     Kentucky - Elizabeth Young, Bordentown Chapter No. 257, 38th District
     Louisiana - Nicole Dickerson, Starlight Chapter No. 107, 39th District
     Maryland - Joseph Herx, Gloria Chapter No. 159, 36th Distirct

2019-2020 Norma & Dan's Grand Representatives
2018-2019 Lynn & Ken's Grand Representatives
Chapter & District Fundraisers
Bordentown invites you to join them for a Christmas Tea, Saturday December 4, 2021 at 1:00pm  Place:  Mount Moriah Masonic Lodge, Bordentown, NJ  Advance Reservations required.  Contact Christine at
cmfarmer68@msn.com.  Admission is $15.00.  Children under 12 pay their age.  Remember your Special Teascup, a price to the prettiest!

July 1, 2021


Eastern Star Tea Set - due to the fact that the 36th District Meeting was not held in the "Be Loyal to the Royal" year, this raffle was not drawn. It will now be drawn at this year's 36th District Meeting on Saturday, October 16th. Tickets can still be purchased until then. For more information, please contact chapter secretary Lynda McDowell, or Worthy Matron Betty Miskelly. Thank you!

  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
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 meet virtually this Wednesday, November 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
Aug 19, 2021

Volunteer for the Eastern Star Home

If you would like to Volunteer at the Eastern Star Home to run a BINGO, hold a arts and craft program, celebrate birthdays, or anything else you must call Ashley Molnar at the Eastern Star Home and setup a date and time.  The day before you are going to the Home you need to email Ashley and CC it to Dawn and Lori (their email address are below), to let them know that you are coming and about what time you will be there, along with how many people you are bringing.  This way if Ashley isn’t in on the day you arrive at the Home, both Dawn and her secretary Lori will know that you will be there.  The CDC and the Governor’s Office has made some changes for Volunteers because the Covid cases are rising.  At the present time you will only be allowed to come in with a total of 4 people.  You will have to take a rapid Covid test that they will do for you at the Home.  You will have to fill out a questionnaire.  ONLY PERSONS THAT HAVE HAD THE COVID VACCINATION WILL BE ALLOWED IN.  On your first visit to the Home you will have to bring your Covid Vaccination Card.  They will make a copy of it so you will not have to bring it each time.  You will have to wear a mask the hole time you are in the Home (even if you are outside the Home). You will not be allowed to wander around the Home to visit the Residents.  They will be brough to you.  Because Covid cases are on the rise the rules change constantly.  Make sure you check with Ashley for any changes.  Here are the email addresses you will need:

Dawn Giakas – DGIAKAS@njeasternstarhome.com
Lori Patullo - lpatullo@njeasternstarhome.com
Ashley Molnar - 

Eastern Star Home phone Number – 908-722-4140

Dawn’s main goal is to keep the Residents and her employees along with anyone that comes into the Home safe.  If you have any questions please contact me.

In Star Love,
Debbie LeDoux




Jul 31, 2021


I hope you enjoyed the holiday weekend!  Again, I wanted to say THANK YOU for all the help you and everyone else has been giving me in regards to donations for the Boutique!  Friday July 30th, 2021 we will be hosting our THIRD pop up store already (time is flying bye!).  If you wouldn't mind helping me spread the word around to see if anyone would like to make some donations for the store this month, I would greatly appreciate it!  Items such as WATCHES, MEN & WOMENS tops sold out instantly last week!  The residents would very much enjoy finding more tops and watches in the mix next month.  ( Womens blouses from small-2xl / Men's tops from large to 2xl) Wallets are also still an item that is still being requested for along with ties, hats, and most importantly YARN!  Some of the ladies were asking to see some more lip sticks, and hairnets for the shower.  WORDSEARCH and SEDOKU puzzles are always a crowd pleaser!  ( Many of them do not care for cross word puzzles),  As always, any donations are greatly appreciated. Thanks for you time.

Ashley Molnar 
Director of Activities 
New Jersey Eastern Star Home
908-722-4140 ext. 3527


Jul 31, 2021


State Health Inspection has been completed.  We are proud to announce a Deficiency Free Annual Health Inspection.  We thank the staff who work extremely hard every day to deliver high quality, compassionate care to our residents. 

Delegate’s Meeting:  I want to thank everyone that attended and hopefully next year it will be back at the Chapel. We only had one Chapter missing. 

At the present time, the Home is open for visitors.  The Home is adhering to the requirements from the CDC and Governor’s office.  You need to call the Home to make an appointment to visit a resident.  Only two people can visit at a time with a resident.  They are doing both indoor and outdoor visitations.  It is also opened for volunteers.  If you or your Chapter, would like to do BINGO, craft projects or anything else you will need to contact Ashley Molnar, 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 take a rapid Covid test when you enter the Home.  With cold weather coming and COVID numbers on the rise, it is very important that you call to make an appointment before you go to the Home. 

Donations:  The Board of Directors and the New Jersey Eastern Star Home wants to thank everyone for your donations during these difficult times.  Because of the added expenses of COVID-19, Chapters not meeting, and Home Day canceled two years in a row, your donations are greatly 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 and items for the monthly Boutique.  Here are some of the suggestions, stuffed animals, jewelry, books, lap blankets, scarves, tissues, yarn, shirts for men and women, ties, hats, watches, or any other item you might want to donate.  Please make sure that you put it to the attention of Ashley Molnar, Director of Activities. 

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, Ashley Molnar and she will pass them out among the residents. 

The mailing address for Ashley is:
New Jersey Eastern Star Home, Inc.
Attn: Ashley Molnar
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 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 Helen Bautista and she can get you the information you need.

Tree of Life:  If you would like to purchase a leaf or rock for the Tree of Life, the forms are on the NJ Eastern Star Home website.

Rehabilitation Unit:  We have a state-of-the-art Rehabilitation Unit and hope that you will consider our facility should you or someone you know need our services.  They provide physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy.  

Facebook/Website:  NJ Eastern Star Home has a Facebook page, please go on their page and follow them.  You can also visit the Home’s website at www.njeasternstarhome.com. 

Fundraiser:  COVID has put a stress on the Home financially.  I want to thank our members that have donated to the Home to help during these trying times.  In the Star Journal there is a calendar fundraiser.  Have some fun with it.  All donations for the calendar fundraiser can be sent to Carole Moore, PGM.  Please make sure you put Calendar fundraiser on the memo line.

Thanks in advance for your help and please stay safe.




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