What is the Eastern Star?

The Order of the Eastern Star Is the largest fraternal organization in the world for both women and men.  Members of the Order of the Eastern Star are aged 18 and older; men must be Master Masons and women must have specific relationships with Masons. Originally, a woman would have to be the daughter, widow, wife, sister, or mother of a Master Mason, but the Order now allows other relatives as well as allowing Job’s Daughters, Rainbow Girls.

Worldwide, millions of dollars are raised annually by our membership for numerous projects that benefit mankind.  Many national and local charities are among the projects supported by our members.  Through this fraternal service to humanity, our members strive to build a better, more fulfilling way of life for all.

 

Eastern Star Membership

Who may join:  Only men who are Master Masons are eligible and only women with specific Masonic relatives may be members.

Affiliated Master Masons in good standing and any female relatives who are related by birth, marriage, or adoption to Affiliated Master Masons in good standing, or if deceased were in good standing at the time of death; as well as members–either active for three (3) years or majority–in the International Order of the Rainbow for Girls or in Job’s Daughters International, each of whom has attained to at least the age of eighteen (18) years, are eligible to membership in the Order of the Eastern Star.

How to join:  To inquire about membership, talk to a current member, or contact a local chapter.  Contact the Grand Secretary of that state or province to find chapters in your area.  Petitions are carefully read, eligibility investigated and election to membership must be by a vote of the Chapter.  The Order strives to select persons of mental, moral, and spiritual quality who will work together in harmony to perform its objectives.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Q. Is the Order of the Eastern Star a secret society?

A. Secret societies are underground and hard to find.  We are easily found within the community, but we enjoy a distinctive means of identifying each other.  Only members are allowed in a closed meeting.

Q. Can I afford membership in the Order of the Eastern Star

A. Yes. Financial position is not considered in the Order.  Members come from all economic stations of life.

Q. Is my religious faith allowed in the Order of the Eastern Star?

A. Yes. Members of all religions may belong to the Order of the Eastern Star.  We only require a 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 any 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 allegiance to preserve the good of their country.