What is the Order of The Eastern Star (OES)?
THE ORDER OF THE EASTERN STAR was organized by Dr. Rob Morris during the years 1849 – 1850. Its purpose was to go hand in hand with the Masonic Fraternity in giving to the world Brotherly Love, Relief, and Truth. It is world-wide and is the largest fraternal organization to which both men and women may belong. The Masonic Families of our state contribute approximately $1,750,000 annually.
A Way of Life
Our principles of Brotherly Love, Relief, and Truth are expressed through ritualistic ceremonies portrayed through stories of several Biblical heroines. Business is never conducted without an open Bible on the altar, nor the presence of the flag of the country where the meeting is being held. Some think of the Order as setting itself up as a religion in competition with established religions. This is a misconception. Those members who best understand and most truly live by the teachings of the Order are better members of their respective churches and communities.
Because of our relationship with Masonic brothers, members of the Eastern Star assist them in many of their projects such as the Minnesota Masonic Home and Care Center and the Masonic Memorial Cancer Research and Pavilion at the University of Minnesota.
Our chapters are dedicated to charity, truth and loving kindness and throughout the years have contributed millions of dollars to Cancer Research, Heart Foundation, Educational Scholarships, Arthritis, Hospital Funds and other worthy causes. Our order contributes over $7,560,000 worldwide per triennium.
One of the largest world-wide projects is our ESTARL FUND. This word is coined from Eastern Star Training Awards for Religious Leadership. This project, which began in 1952, has assisted many young men and women studying for the ministry, the mission field, youth leadership, religious teachers or church music. Awards are based upon need, scholastic record and funds available. A student need not have Masonic or Eastern Star affiliation to apply, but must be sponsored by a chapter.
We also give our support to our young people who are members of Job’s Daughters, Rainbow Girls and DeMolay, for they are the leaders of tomorrow.
While our beneficent projects require much time and effort, we are also committed to assist each other by cheerful companionship and social enjoyment. Parties, receptions, dances, and other activities broaden horizons and lead to friendships and fellowship. Members and their families can enjoy interacting with others who share their beliefs and interests.
The members of the Eastern Star invite inquiries and interest in membership. For information contact any Eastern Star member or the presiding officer of a local chapter.