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

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. Any questions?  Please contact Jeannette Wallace, RWGT. Thank you for your help!
Past Matrons & Past Patrons Assoc, Inc
Proposed By-Laws is at the drop-down menu "Information"
STAR JOURNAL March 2018 edition is on site. Go to HomePage.  Top menu/Information/Star Journal
Receptions/District Meetings
Feb 25, 2018
Party Night Atlas #99
   Karyn Visscher, WG Marshal; Susan Fries, WG Ruth;
 Mary Jane Lojewski, PGM, WG Soloist; Paul Lojewski, GR of CT

Mastori's Restaurant, 144 US 130, Bordentown 08505. Open Menu, Individual checks. No speeches, No presentations, just Fun & Fellowship. RSVP Roberta Russell, WM by Feb 15.
Feb 27, 2018
Honor Night Delaware #50 & Hobart #63  -  $15
     Janet Miller, WG Organist; Linda Dickson, WG Color Bearer;
Ruth Ann Hoyt, WDD #39

Masonic Lodge, 2 Ridge Rd, High Bridge 08829. Soup & sandwiches. Payable to Hobart #63, mail to Elizabeth Lanka, Sec'y by Feb 14, no phone or email, no refund after deadline.
Mar 3, 2018
Morningstar #22 Reception & Rosepinning - $45
     Lynn C. Billingham, RWAGM

Stone Terrace, 2275 Kuser Rd, Hamilton Twp 08610. Herb Roasted Chicken - Vegetarian on request, Cash Bar. Payable to Morningstar #22, mail to Jennifer Bonnelli by Feb 17
Mar 12, 2018 Reception Laurel Springs #227 - $45
   Judith Brown, WDD #37 & Daniel Brown, GR of Kentucky
Paris Caterers, 281 Cross Keys Rd, Berlin 08009Choice: Roast Sirloin; Grilled Salmon w/Garlic Dill; Chicken Francaise. Payable to Laurel Springs #227, mail to Susanne Wells, PGM by Feb 26.

Mar 22, 2018
POSTPONED from Feb 7
Bordentown #257 Honor Night - $35
     Nancy D'Annunzio, WG Adah; Candy Walling, WG Private Sec; Cheryl McCarthy, WDD #38; Sharon Sheppard-Blades, GR of WA

Crescent Shrine, 700 Highland Dr, Westampton 08060. Payable to Bordentown #257, mail to Sharon McGinley, PGM
If you made a reservation for Feb 7 and can't make this date, contact Sharon McGinley to cancel.
Mar 24, 2018 District 33 Meeting, Lizette Priliszh - $25
    Homecoming of MWGM & MWGP

Masonic Lodge, 1912 Morris Avenue, Union 07083. Payable to & mail to Roberta Russell, WM Atlas #99. RSVP by Mar 14. No refunds after Mar 16.

Upcoming Dates  -- see Chapter & District Fundraisers below
Feb 24, 2018
11 am
Noon Lunch
Grand Representatives Assoc of NJ  Annual Meeting & Election
Starlight Chapter, Rt 46 & International Dr, Budd Lake 07828. Payable to GRANJ, mail to Ella Kovash, PGM
Lunch $15 - Dues $5.  RSVP by Feb 16

Mar 11, 2018
2pm social
3pm dinner
Circle of Friends 5th Reunion - Carole Moore & David Wack
   Hosted by Carol Feiler & the Busy Bees

Masonic Lodge, Main & Hobart Sts, Ridgefield Park 07660.  Buffet Dinner $20, Dues $2. Payable to & mail to Carol Feiler, GO
Mar 17, 2018
111 Finderne Ave, Bridgewater 08807
Stars, Masons, Rainbow, DeMolay, Friends - Please come help Diana, MWGM & Emil, MWGP pack boxes for our Military

Mar 23, 2018
social 6:00pm
Benefit for Shriners Hospital Philadelphia - $25
   Entertainment by Tommy Zito, The Piano Man

Crescent Shrine, 700 Highland Dr, Westampton 08060. Stagefront VIP Seating $35.  Payable to GC Voluntary Donations, mail to Paul Lojewski, GO.
Refreshments, Cash Bar
Apr 7, 2018
Spring Fling Tricky Tray Basket Auction & 50/50 Drawing
AASR, 103 Dunns Mill Rd, Bordentown 08505.
$25 Admission & Food(sandwiches & salads). Basket Tickets available on site. Join us for an evening of Food, Music, Fun, Fellowship
Please RSVP Karyn Visscher, WG Marshal
April 14, 2018
Past Matrons and Past Patrons of the 39th District - $22
Taste of Italy Dinner (Buffet) - rescheduled from an earlier date. 
At Musconetcong Lodge, Budd Lake 07828. Social Hour at 4pm, Dinner at 5pm. Movies and Music to entertain. For more info call Donna Grogg, Governor
Apr 28, 2018 Save the date - Movie Under the Stars
     presented by the Traveling Stars

the GRs of JoAnn & Don fundraiser for the luncheon at Grand Session 2018.  $15 incl movie, hot dog & drink. More details to be announced
Apr 29, 2018
2pm Social
3pm Dinner
Winter Wonderland Reunion - Patti Rhinesmith & Carl Milley
Masonic Lodge, 404 Tenafly Rd, Tenafly 07670.  Dinner - $15
Dues $2 current Members - $5 New Members. Checks payable and mail to Joanne Byrne, RWG Trustee.  Deadline Apr 15th


Health Announcements

Feb 21, 2018 Pat Hoagland, PGO, secretary Tuckerton #54
in hospital few days. Send prayers & cards
Feb 2, 2018 Prayers & cards to Joan Kelly-Witzig, PGO
recovering from surgery
Feb 2, 2018 Prayers & cards to Alice Carter-Mead, new GR of Alabama
recovering from surgery

Feb 4, 2018 passing of Ruth DiMenno, PGO, Gloria #159 a resident of OES Home
age 98, passed away peacefully surrounded by family. A visitation will be held at McCracken Funeral Home 1500 Morris Ave, Union, on Fri, Feb 9th, from 3-7pm. The Eastern Star Service will be held at 4:00pm and a funeral service at 6:30pm. Ruth was a cashier with Overlook Hospital in Summit before her retirement. She was a long time member of the Eastern Star serving as Worthy Matron and Grand Officer. She was currently a member of Gloria #159 of Toms River, and Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Somerville. Ruth graduated from Irvington High School and was predeceased by her husband of 35 years, Henry Benke, and husband of 38 years, Constantine "Connie" DiMenno, and a brother Roy Schmidt. She is survived by her daughters Judith McCarthy, Barbara Siegert, Nancy & her husband George Fields, Connie & her husband Dr. Joseph DeFazio, Barbara-Jean & her husband Mark Kennedy. She also leaves behind grandchildren Gregory and Glenn Reinhardt, Bryan Siegert, Michael & wife Danielle Fields, Melissa and Peter Fields, Maria & her husband Brad Chiappetta, Marc Joseph DeFazio, Scott & his wife Dina DiMenno and Charles & his wife Laurie DiMenno. Ruth is also survived by ten great-grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the NJ Eastern Star home, 111 Finderne Ave, Bridgewater, NJ 08807, or the American Diabetes Association.

Grand Chapter Announcements
2018       OES Grand Choir Rehearsals for Grand Session 3:00pm on Sundays as listed
Somerset Presbyterian Church, 100 JFK Boulevard, Somerset. Dates are tenative, contact Mary Jane Lojewski, PGM. If you enjoy music - come join us. Reading music not required - having fun is!
February 11
March 4, 11 & 18
April 5
May 6

You may have already received forms from Dorothy Westdyke to be completed by you and returned.   I need your Personal Profile as well as your Grand Representative's Partial Report Form. This partial report is information about your counterpart's name, Session information etc.   As of this date I have very few responses.  These forms help me prepare my report for Grand Session.   As time flies by -- before we know it, we will be in Atlantic City for Grand Session.   If you need any additional copies of these forms, please contact Dorothy Westdyke
  NOTICE - Checks to Eastern Star Charity Foundation of NJ, Inc.
The bank is cracking down how how checks are written. On the Payee Line it must be "ES Charity Foundation of NJ, Inc." 
On the Memo Line please say "General Assistance" or "Scholarship" or "Life Skills".
Thank you for your attention to this, Jennifer Schiffrin, Treasurer
Dec 15, 2017 White Chapter Altar, pentagon shape and 5 white Star Point pedestals with emblem are available. Contact Gail Naia, RWG Treasurer if interested.
  Pampered Chef Fundraiser for Operation Shoebox
THANK YOU to everyone who ordered for the first event. There will be another event - but, in the meantime, please continue to shop at https://pamperedchef.com/go/NJOESNov2017
all proceeds to benefit the MWGM's project. For info contact Elaine Dukin or Elaine Stanton or Stephanie Bowen, PGO (PC consultant)
2017-2018 COPPER PROJECT - Jessica Walton & Joe Herx Co-Chairs
they will be collecting fines & donations for Acts of Kindnes & Little Mistakes.  The Penny Brigade jar is available. Items for sale will be Law Book & Ritual Covers, greeting cards and Ruby Klabenesh's famous shortbread. Be sure to stop at their table at District Meetings.
June 20, 2017 Officer tie tac pins - $8.00 
Grand Chapter has a limited supply of Chapter Officer tie tac pins.  Please contact Grand Chapter Office if you are interested. 
2017-18 Voluntary Donations Chairmen Joan Kelly-Witzig, PGO & Rosalinda Frascati, PGO
Donations payable to GC Voluntary Donations and mailed to Joan
  Looking for excess Paraphernalia/Flags/Poles ?
there are Chapters in need. Contact a RWG Trustee - Jeannette Wallace, Joanne Byrne, or Sharon Rosequist
3 electric Signets available, contact Lynn Billingham, RWAGM
  Proceedings available - Books $28, CDs $15
Bingenheimer/Robinson - 1 Books, 6 CD's
McGinley/Costello - 6 CD's 
Moore/Wack - 13 Books, 24 CD's

Proceedings available - Books $25, CD's $15 - listed below
Rhinesmith/Milley - 13 CD's 
Schmolze/Westenberger 10 books
Hess/Brustlin - 6 books, 10 CD's
Wells/McGeoch - 3 CD's
Wyant/Carter - 4 CD's
  LOST & FOUND - please contact the WG Marshal
FOUND: pair of black-rimmed prescription glasses at Gloria Honor Night Oct 26

Good News
2017-2018 Diana & Emil's Grand Representatives 
2016-2017 Diane & Bob's Grand Representatives

2018-2019 Lynn's Appointments

Chapter & District Fundraisers
Mar 10, 2018
Mountain View #205 Pasta Dinner - $10 / $5 under 10 yrs
Masonic Lodge, 15 Hamburg Tpke, Pompton Lakes 07442. Sauces include Pesto, Marinara, Oil & Garlic, Alfredo; and Meatballs. Salad, Italian Bread, Beverages, Dessert. Contact Jennifer Schiffrin, WM
Mar 17, 2018
Noon - 3pm
Starlight #107 Calendar Party - $10
Musconetcong Lodge, Budd Lake 07828
Lunch & entertainment & surprizes. Contact Ellen Mason for tickets
Mar 17, 2018
Mount Holly #147 Second Annual Pork Chop Dinner- $15
Lodge, 15 Garden St, Mt Holly 08060. Family style - all you can eat. Contact Fran Levering or Shirley Snyder.
Mar 23, 2018 Bethlehem #40 Paint Party - $40
  OES logo predrawn for convenience

Masonic Lodge, 692 East Bay Ave, Barnegat 08005. Limited seating - Advance Sales Only.  Snacks provided, BYOB. Register online www.easelondown.com
ongoing Lincoln #95  Christmas Cookie Collection - $5
This Wonderful collection of cookie and bar recipes has been dedicated to the memory of Sister Julia Olsen, PGO.  They will be a delicious addition to any cookbook and can be used for Christmas or any occasion.   Your check for $5 per book made out to Lincoln Chapter # 95 can be sent to Donna Wagenheim , GR of Maryland  along with your email or postal address. Please include an extra dollar to pay for postage.  Email is encouraged.  I will also have copies with me when I am out and about.
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, PGO or Jeannette Wallace, RWG Trustee
General Information