Local Chapters & links to National and
The Order of the Eastern Star
Order of the Eastern Star is the largest fraternal organization in the
world to which both men and women may belong. Only men who are Masons are
eligible, and only women with specific Masonic affiliation maybe members.
DOES ONE BELONG?
Those desiring membership must petition to do so. Petitions are carefully
read, eligibility investigated and election to membership must be by
unanimous vote. The Order strives to select persons of mental, moral and
spiritual quality who will work together in harmony to perform its
Dr. Robert Morris, the poet laureate of Masonry, founded this Order using
beautiful and inspiring biblical examples of heroic conduct and moral
values to portray the noble principles which should adorn the personal
lives of Eastern Stars. Eastern Star strive to take good people and
through uplifting and elevating association of love and service, through
precept and example, build an order which is truly dedicated to Charity,
Truth and Loving Kindness. The magnitude of the Order has grown beyond the
fondest dreams of its founder -- conclusive evidence of its need, its
worth and its value to society.
The heart of the Eastern Star is in the subordinate or local Chapter. For
proper administration these Chapters join to form a larger Province or
State organization, the Grand Chapter. To facilitate uniformity and
coordination of effort, these jurisdictions work together under a General
Grand Chapter. In those cases where there are too few Chapters to form a
Grand Chapter, the General Grand Chapter has Jurisdiction over these
Subordinate Chapters. There are more than thirteen thousand Subordinate
Chapters with a membership in excess of two million which serves this
Order. The membership encompasses fifteen countries which have active
Chapters, and others have expressed interest in becoming associated with
the beneficial work of the Order.
International Temple, located at 1618 New Hampshire Avenue, N.W.,
Washington, D.C. 20009, is the headquarters for all the Chapters and Grand
Chapters throughout the Eastern Star world. A once-in-a-lifetime
contribution of one dollar per member to each Chapter to which you become
a member helps with the maintenance of the Temple. Many sources of
information and supplies are available from the office of the Right Worthy
Master Masons in good standing, the wives, daughters, legally adopted
daughters, mothers, widows, sisters, half sisters, granddaughters,
stepmothers, stepdaughters and stepsisters of affiliated Master Masons, or
of Master Masons in good standing at the time of death, are eligible for
membership in the Order upon attainment of the age of eighteen.
EASTERN STAR - A WAY OF LIFE
Eastern Star is a social Order comprised of persons with deep religious
convictions and spiritual values, but is not a religion. Its appeal rests
in the true beauty of the refreshing and character-building lessons that
are so sincerely portrayed in its ritualistic work. A deep fraternal bond
exists between its members. It is the wholesome relationship of brotherly
and sisterly love brought about through high principles exemplified in our
daily lives which makes us near and dear to each other.
While this is an Order composed of people
of deep spiritual convictions it is open to all faiths, except no faith.
The personal welfare of our members is vital to all Stars and it is
considered a privilege to help one whenever we can. It is a social Order
of members with sincere and purposeful objectives.
Concrete evidence of the charitable nature of the organization as it
affects others is the millions of dollars which have been raised within
the membership to support ESTARL (Eastern Star Training Awards for
Religious Leadership), Cancer Research Project, Arthritis Fund, Heart
Fund, Knights Templar Eye Foundation, Shriners Hospital for Crippled
Children, orphanages, and may other charities within each Grand
Jurisdiction. Many Grand Jurisdictions have Homes for their senior
INTERNATIONAL PEACE GARDEN
The International Peace Garden is located on the
boundary between North Dakota and Manitoba, Canada. The members of the
Order of the Eastern Star donated a lovely Chapel to the Peace Garden and
provide for it through a Maintenance Fund.
Eastern Star gives support to young people who are members of Rainbow for
Girls, Job’s Daughters, and the Order of DeMolay. These fine young people
who are training themselves to be leaders are likely prospects to become
valued Eastern Stars. The Order of the Eastern Star and the Masonic
fraternity are highly rewarded by their support of and interest in these
The members of the Order of the Eastern Star are dedicated women and men
who sincerely reflect the spirit of fraternal love and the desire to work
together for good. It gives them the opportunity to give a part of their
time to many projects that benefit mankind.
The Eastern Star Chapter meetings are interesting and important. We need
the energies of our members to increase the membership of our Order.
We are proud of our Order’s heritage.
Thousands of our members have contributed their time energy and wisdom in
unselfish service to our Order and for the good of the world. It is
through this fraternal service to humanity that together we build a better
life for all.
Order of the Eastern Star
Order of the Eastern Star