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Happy Thanksgiving! November 2020

11-20-2020 09:32:00


November 20, 2020

Dear Sisters and Brothers,

For each new morning
with its light
for rest and shelter
of the night
for friends and love
For Everything
Thy goodness sends
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

It may not feel like we have much to be thankful for during these trying times, but we do. We have to remind ourselves how fortunate we are especially having a second family in the Eastern Star. But not everyone is as blessed as we are. Some may be struggling with finding money to pay their heating bill or need medical assistance. The Eastern Star has an organization that may be able to help, our Vermont Eastern Star Home, Inc. (Home Board).

While our Grand Chapter and local Chapters have not been holding meetings, the Home Board has not been idle. We have been working virtually to review applications and grant money to those in need. The Eastern Star Benevolent Fund was established when the Vermont Eastern Star home in Randolph was sold. These funds have been invested and are managed by Wells Fargo Securities. There are 12 members on the Board of Trustees, eight of whom are elected to either a one or three year term at the annual meeting held at the Grand Chapter session in June. The other four members are the Worthy Grand Matron, Worthy Grand Patron, Associate Grand Matron and Associate Grand Patron. The Vermont Eastern Star Home, Inc. is a non-profit 501(c)(3) charity and as such is a tax exempt corporation.

The Benevolent Fund assists our Vermont Eastern Star members as well as non-members who are Vermont residents. In addition, each year the Benevolent fund gives donations to several Vermont charities at our Grand Chapter Session. The Benevolent Fund assists with medical bills, medicines, lifelines, fuel, glasses, house repairs, handicapped needs such as wheelchairs and lifts and many other items. Payments are made directly to the service providers. The fund does not pay for the salaries of health care providers.

Applications are available from any board member as well as chapter secretaries. All applications and information which comes to the board is kept in the strictest confidence unless the recipient chooses otherwise. The board relies on our Vermont membership to recommend individuals in need.  Applications are available on our website. You can also donate to the Fund. Please contact the Board’s Secretary Mrs. Deborah F. Litchfield, Past Grand Matron 802-874-4957 or

We give thanks to the member of this Board for their dedication and hard work!

Stay Home – Stay Connected – Stay Safe – Stay Strong – STAY POSITIVE!

Proud To Be,

Jacqueline (Jacque) M. Shiner

Bruce A. Johnson