Dedicated to Charity, Truth & Loving Kindness
The Order of the Eastern Star is an adoptive rite of Freemasonry with teachings based on the Bible and objectives that are charitable and benevolent. The founder of OES was Dr. Robert Morris, a lawyer and educator from Boston, Massachusetts, who was a Master Mason and Past Grand Master of Kentucky. Dr. Morris intended his creation to become a female branch of Freemasonry, but he failed to overcome the great opposition this idea engendered. After his first published ritual in 1849-50, he became associated with Robert Macoy who wrote and published a ritual based on Morris's in 1867. The first Grand Chapter was organized in Michigan in the same year. (There is evidence of an organization of the same name founded variously in 1788 or 1793, but this group was defunct by 1867.) Subordinate (local) chapters operate under charter from state level grand chapters which are responsible to the General Grand Chapter at the International Eastern Star Temple in Washington, D.C.
Members must be eighteen years of ago or older and either Master Masons in good standing or properly related to a Master Mason in good standing: wives, daughters, legally adopted daughters, mothers, widows, sisters, half-sisters, granddaughters, stepmothers, stepdaughters, stepsisters, daughters-in-law, grandmothers, great-granddaughters, nieces, great-nieces, mothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, aunts, first and second female cousins; also members in good standing who are at least 18 years old, and active for at least three years, as well as majority members of the International Order of the Rainbow for Girls and/or Job's Daughters International.
Each chapter has eighteen officers, some elected and others appointed. Two offices are specifically male (Patron and Associate Patron) while nine offices are specifically female (including Matron and Associate Matron). While the Worthy Matron is considered to be the presiding officer of the chapter, the degrees cannot be conferred without a presiding brother in good standing (hence the Patron and Associate Patron).
Each chapter retains the right to decide who shall be a member of the organization. Election to the degrees must be unanimous, without debate, and secret. The successful candidate must profess a belief in a Supreme Being and be initiated. (When Eastern Star was created, it was intended to be the first of a three degree series. The second and third degrees were Queen of the South and the Order of the Amaranth, respectively.)
The lessons of the Order are spiritual and teach to have a deep love for God, country and family.
The Order of the Eastern Star is benevolent and charitable in its actions, raising millions of dollars annually, throughout the world for projects that benefit all human kind.
Local charities have support as project of the presiding officer of the Chapters across the State.
The Order is proud and happy to sponsor and support the youth through the rainbow for Girls, Job's Daughters, and the Order of DeMolay for young men.
The membership is admonished to aid, comfort and protect each other by sharing the joys and sorrows of life. The rewards are many as members work and play together in love and charity and become life long friends, sisters and brothers.
The Order of the Eastern Star is composed of three bodies: General Grand Chapter with headquarters in Washington, D.C., Arizona Grand Chapter with offices in Phoenix and Sub-ordinate or local chapters located state and world wide.
The Order is governed by a set of rules and regulations from General grand Chapter, Our Grand Chapter, and by a set of by-laws of each subordinate chapter.
To be a member of the Order is a wonderful and fulfilling way of life, a life of love, and through this fraternal service to humanity, a better life is built for all.
Those who desire membership must petition to do so. The petitions are carefully investigated for eligibility then the petition is voted on by the members of the Chapter receiving the petition. The order wants persons with high moral and spiritual qualities who will work together to perform its objectives.
If you are interested in becoming a member of the Order of the Eastern Star, contact someone who is in a local chapter to obtain a petition. Use the Contact Us form to learn who to call in your area.