The Order of the Eastern Star
Eastern Star is a unique organization with many qualities you won’t find anywhere else – beautiful ceremonies, meaningful lessons that focus on moral values, and the friendship of like-minded Sisters and Brothers.
Our objective is to promote and practice Charity, Truth and Loving Kindness. As a social Order, we are dedicated to fraternal service to humanity. We are involved in this service at local levels as well as at state and national levels. Eastern Star offers many opportunities to make new friends, practice leadership skills and to participate in our charities. We support each other, as family members, through good times and bad.
Membership in the Order of the Eastern Star is a family tradition for many … something new for others. There are many personal rewards of membership in the Order of the Eastern Star, such as:
- Chapter meetings are open to all members, not just the officers or delegates.
- Social hours and refreshments at the meetings.
- Opportunity to help others through volunteer service in the community each year, adopting and helping to support “State Charitable Projects” and striving State-wide to make meaningful contributions. (Examples of projects supported: Cancer, Arthritis, Diabetes, Multiple Sclerosis, Heart and Eye Banks, Mobil Meals, Make-A-Wish, Autism and funded the purchasing of major medical equipment for research and use at the University of Iowa Hospitals.)
- Lasting friendships.
- Travel – visiting other chapters! Enjoying old and developing new friendships. Additionally, members may attend the Grand Chapter Session which is usually held the last week in October with some of the sessions and social events open (to which you may bring non-member friends and/or family). Along with the business meetings, there are many social events you may attend. The same applies to our General Grand Chapter which holds its session triennially (every 3 years).
- Inspiration of the ritual. The founder and author of our Ritual (the book that defines, explains and clarifies our Organization) was written by the late Dr. Rob Morris. Dr. Morris, a successful lawyer, lecturer and instructor in Masonry, based our Ritual on the teachings of the Holy Bible. He wrote the Ritual in 1850 to provide the female relatives of Masonic Brothers a way in which they could share the same inspirations that prompted men to noble deeds of Benevolence and Charity. The Ritual is written in English, Spanish, German and Italian languages.