General Information about the Order of the Eastern Star
The Order of the Eastern Star is the largest fraternal organization in the world to which men and women may belong. It encircles the earth with over 5,500 chapters in the United States, Canada, and 13 other countries.
Though its teachings are based on the Bible, the Order of the Eastern Star espouses no religion and is neither secret nor political. Like the Masonic fraternity, membership in the Order is open to members of all religious affiliations, but petitioners must profess a belief in a Supreme Being.
The Nevada Grand Chapter has 20 Chapters located throughout the State of Nevada. We have a total membership of over 1,900. 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 sisters and brothers around the world. Members find that, wherever their jobs or circumstances take them, they can be assured of a warm welcome in an Eastern Star Chapter. Would you like to know more? Here are some of the reasons why the Order of the Eastern Star is so very special.
We Are Coeducational
The Order of the Eastern Star is the largest fraternal organization in the world to which both men and women may belong with more than 500,000 members in 5000 Chapters worldwide. In Eastern Star Chapters, Masons and their female relatives promote the values and charitable purposes that are such an important part of the Masonic fraternity. Male petitioners must be members in good standing of a regular Masonic lodge. Female petitioners must be at least 18 years of age and be related to a Master Mason. A woman always serves as the presiding officer of an OES chapter, but Masons are there to advise and support.
We Are Inter-generational
An Eastern Star Chapter has members of all ages. Some are young men and women who are in college or just beginning their careers. Some are “Baby Boomers” or “Gen-Xers,” and still others have been members of the Order of the Eastern Star for 50 years or more. It is an amazing mix that results in shared wisdom and ideas as members grow to appreciate and learn from the knowledge and talents of their sisters and brothers, both young and old.
We Believe in a Supreme Being
Like the Masonic fraternity, membership in the Order is open to members of all religious affiliations, but petitioners must profess belief in a Supreme Being. The Order is not a substitute for religion but, rather, a complement to each member’s church and faith. The initiation ceremony features character-building lessons based on Biblical characters found in the Old and New Testaments.
We Do Good Works
OES chapters serve their communities in a variety of ways. They collect food for needy families, donate school supplies to disadvantaged students, offer scholarships, support Little League teams and hospitals, participate in walkathons to fund research to cure cancer and other deadly diseases, and sponsor Masonic youth organizations (Job’s Daughters International, the International Order of Rainbow for Girls and the Order of DeMolay). Chapters also work together to support several charities. You can view additional information about our charities on our website, or at the Nevada Grand Chapter website.
We Share Good Times
Eastern Star members have an active social life, as well. Activities range from road trips, dinners and dances to Christmas parties for children, picnics and pot lucks.
We Support One Another
Eastern Star members call each other Sister and Brother because the organization is very much like a family. In the Order of the Eastern Star, members become fast friends who not only work together for good causes, but also support one another in good times and bad.
We’d Like to Make You a Star
The Order of the Eastern Star is always on the lookout for adults of all ages who are trying to better themselves and the community around them. If you would like to add your light to this Star, contact us, or locate a chapter near you to join.