Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Who may join?
A: Men must be Affiliated Master Masons in good standing. Women must be the 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, and first and second female cousins of affiliated Master Masons in good standing, or if deceased in good standing at the time of their death; as well as members – either active for three (3) years or majority – in the International Order of the Rainbow of Girls or in Job’s Daughters International, each of whom having attained at least the age of eighteen (18) years, are eligible to membership in the Order of the Eastern Star.

Q: How do I join?
A: Speak to someone you know is a member, or contact one of your local chapters. You can find a local chapter for Virginia on our web site.

Q: Is the Eastern Star a secret society?
A: No. While we do have some secrets (mainly modes of recognition, just like any other fraternal organization), we operate in the public sphere.

Q: Can I afford membership?
A: Yes. Your financial position is not considered in the Order.  Members come from all economic stations of life.

Q: Is my religious faith allowed?
A: Yes. Members of all religions may belong to the Order of the Eastern Star.  We only require belief in a Supreme Being.

Q.  Is the Order of the Eastern Star time consuming?
A.  After your initiation into our Order, you may attend as your time permits.

Q: Is there memory work?
A: There is no mandatory memory work except the means of making yourself known if you wish to visit a Chapter or if you become an officer.

Q: Is the Order patriotic and democratic?
A: Yes. Members are taught an allegiance to preserve the good of their country.