About the Order of Eastern Star


           The Order of the Eastern Star is the largest organization in the world that both men and women can belong.

Eastern Star is a social order comprised of persons with spiritual values that all hold very dear.  Its appeal is in the true beauty of the refreshing and character-building lessons that are portrayed in its ritualistic work, that is from the women of the bible,  Adah, The Daughter - Ruth, The Widow -  Esther, The Wife - Martha, The Sister and Electa The Mother.

The stated purposes of the organization are: Charitable, Educational, Fraternal and Scientific; but there is much more to it than that. Eastern Star strives to take good people and through uplifting and elevating associations of love and service, build an Order which is truly dedicated to charity, truth and loving kindness. Concrete evidence of the charitable nature of the organization as it affects others is the millions of dollars which have been raised within the membership to support national, jurisdictional, and local charities. Many Grand Jurisdictions have homes for their senior members.  Ohio is one of those jurisdictions, supporting a home in Mt. Vernon, Ohio

Membership and Joining

                  Only men who are Masons are eligible and only women with specific Masonic affiliation may be members.  

                  These affiliations include:

                      Affiliated Master Masons in good standing ** Wives ** Daughters **  Legally adopted daughters  

                            Mothers **  Sisters ** Half sisters ** Granddaughters ** Stepmothers ** Stepdaughters 

                              Stepsisters ** Daughters-in-law ** Grandmothers ** Great granddaughters ** Nieces 

                                   Great niece ** Mothers-in-law ** Sisters-in-law ** Aunts ** Widows ** Female 

                                          first and second cousins of affiliated Master Masons in good standing, 

                                               (or of deceased Master Masons who were in good standing at the 

                                                    time of their death), as well as members - either active for 

                                                         three (3) years or majority-of International Order of 

                                                               Job’s Daughters or of the International Order 

                                                                   of the Rainbow for Girls, each of whom 

                                                                          having attained to at  least  the  

                                                                              age  of eighteen (18)  years.


       To inquire about membership, talk to a current member, or contact a local chapter. If neither of these work, go to the 

       web site of the Order of the Eastern Star, Grand Chapter   http://www.ohoes.org .  There will be chapters and names 

       that can be contacted. Petitions are carefully read, eligibility investigated and election must be a unanimous vote. 

       Petitioner shall be at least eighteen years of age to petition for membership in the Orderof the Eastern Star.  


© Joan Wedge 2013   j.wedge@sbcglobal.net     Updated 03/03/2021