The Order of the Eastern Star gathered for a banquet and awards ceremony on Aug. 17 at the Stettler Masonic Hall. Three organizations received cheques from the order. From the left front row: Patti Parker, Ronald McDonald House accepting $3000 (for Red Deer, Edmonton and Calgary houses), Verna Rock accepting $1500 for Bar Harbor Camp and Leona Thorogood accepting $1000 for Stettler Hospital Foundation. Middle row: Debbie Matvichuk, Worthy Grand Matron and Dan Gyulai, Worthy Grand Patron both of Grand Chapter of Alberta. Back row: Paul Caples, Associate Worthy Patron, Gwen Lee, Associate Worthy Matron, Bonnie Nelson, Worthy Matron and Robert Coxen, Worthy Patron, all of Victoria Chapter #14, Stettler
The members of the Order of the Eastern Star are dedicated women and men who sincerely reflect the spirit of fraternal love and the desire to work together for good. It gives them the opportunity to give a part of their time to many projects that benefit mankind. Our lessons are scriptural, our purposes are beneficent, and our teachings are moral.
Eastern Star is a social order comprised of persons with spiritual values, but it is not a religion. Its appeal rests on the true beauty of the refreshing and character-building lessons that are so sincerely portrayed in its ritualistic work.
A deep fraternal bond exists between its members. It is the wholesome relationship of sisterly and brotherly love brought about through high principles exemplified in our lives which make us near and dear to each other.
While this is an order comprised of people of deep spiritual convictions, it is open to all faiths, except no faith. The personal welfare of our members is vital to all of those in the Eastern Star, and it is considered a privilege to help another member whenever we can.
The stated purposes of the organization are: Charitable, Educational, Fraternal and Scientific but there is more to it than that. The order was founded using the beautiful and inspiring Biblical examples of heroic conduct and moral values. These portray the noble principles which should adorn the personal lives of Eastern Star members.
Eastern Star strives to take good people and through uplifting and elevating associations of love and service, and through precept and example 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.
Eastern Star supports the education for ministerial students through the Eastern Star Awards for Religious Leadership (ESTARL)scholarships.
Provincially, Alzheimers Association, Juvenile Autism, Autism Society including Caregivers, Diabetes Association, U of A Glaucoma Department for research, and many more.
Each chapter contributes locally – we are currently disbursing dollars as follows: Ronald MacDonald Homes in Edmonton, Calgary and Red Deer; Stettler Hospital Operating Room Campaign; Learning Centre for Dyslexia in Edmonton and Calgary; Masonic Lodge in Stettler; Order of Eastern Star Foundation, thus covering local, regional and provincial bodies.
Membership in Eastern Star is dwindling as in many fellowships. Originally designed for daughters, widows, wives, sisters and mothers of Master Masons in good standing now or at time of their death, over time the parameters have been broadened to include legally adopted daughters, half sisters, granddaughters, stepmothers, step daughters, step sisters, daughters-in-law, grandmothers, great granddaughters, nieces, great nieces, mothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, and aunts. First and second female cousins of affiliated Master Masons have just been added. Females must be 18 years of age; males must be Masons.
To inquire about membership, talk to a current member or contact a local chapter. To find a chapter in your area, contact the Grand Secretary of your province.
Petitions for membership are carefully read, eligibility investigated and voted on by chapter members. The Order strives to select persons of mental, moral and spiritual quality who will work together in harmony to perform its objectives.