Rose Valley Chapter #33
What Is The Order Of The Eastern Star?
Purposes and Goals
Who Can Join Eastern Star?
The Masonic affiliation required for a woman to become a member must be one of the following: the wife or widow, sister, stepsister, daughter, half-sister, stepdaughter, sister-in-law, legally adopted daughter, niece, daughter-in-law, granddaughter, mother, great granddaughter, step mother, grandmother, mother-in-law of an affiliated Master Mason. The Master Mason whom a woman might be using for her affiliation to belong to the Eastern Star does not have to be a member of the Order himself
• In addition to the above requirements,
to join Eastern Star, you must also:
How Do I Become A Member?
The Chapter you intend to join will provide you with a petition, which you must fill out completely. It should be returned to the Chapter Secretary as soon as possible with the appropriate fees.
Your petition will be submitted to an Investigation Committee composed of members of the Chapter that you wish to join. Shortly thereafter, each individual member of the Investigation Committee will contact you to set a time and place for a meeting. This is done:
• to ask a few very simple questions.
The information that the Investigation Committee receives will be reported to the Worthy Matron.
If all of the information is in order, the report of the Committee will be submitted to he Chapter members at a stated meeting and a vote will be taken. If the vote is favorable, you will have been elected to receive the Degrees of the Order of the Eastern Star. The Secretary will notify you of the results and arrange for you to be initiated into the Order. Usually, your initiation will take place within sixty days.
A Way of Life in Eastern Star
Each of us has an inner need to do something for others, and sometimes it is difficult to determine just how to begin. The Order of the Eastern Star offers that guidance and provides an outlet, as well as serving as a resource center and support group.
Both women and men join a Fraternal Order to make friends and enjoy the fellowship. Members and their families can enjoy interacting with others who share their beliefs.
Most importantly, the Order of the Eastern Star takes good citizens and makes them even better. We continue to be central in the development of the American promise of human opportunity and personal fulfillment.
When And Why Was Eastern Star Formed?
Even though our ceremonies are based on heroines from the Bible, the Order of the Eastern Star is clearly not a religion. It does not pretend to take the place of a religion, or serve as a substitute for the religious beliefs of its members. Our members come from all denominations.
You can afford membership in the Order of the Eastern Star. Financial position is not considered in the Order. Members come from all economic stations of life.
Members of all religions may belong to the Order of the Eastern Star. We only require a belief in a Supreme Being.
After your Initiation in our Order, you may attend meetings and social affairs as your time permits. There is no “required” obligation of time.
There is no mandatory memory work except the means of making yourself known as a member if you wish to visit a Chapter, or if you become an officer. A short proficiency examination is strictly voluntary, but encouraged.
Members are patriotic. We strongly support the government of the United States of America.
Masonic Youth Group Support
Eastern Star’s Special Charity Projects
Annual Chapter Dues
Santa Rosa Masonic Lodge, 855 7th Street, Santa Rosa, CA 95404