What is it? The Order of the Eastern Star is the largest fraternal organization in the world to which both men and women may belong. Eastern Star is a social Order comprised of persons with religious convictions and spiritual values, but is not a religion. Its appeals rests in 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 brotherly and sisterly love brought about through high principles exemplified in our daily lives which make us near and dear to each other. While this is an Order composed of people of spiritual convictions, it is open to all faiths. The personal welfare of our members is vital to all Stars and it is considered a privilege to help members with sincere and purposeful objectives. For our pamphlet about our Order, please go to Reach for the Star.
Government The heart of the Eastern Star is the local Chapter. For proper administration these Chapters join to form a larger Province or State organization, the Grand Chapter. To facilitate uniformity and coordination of effort, these jurisdictions work together under the General Grand Chapter.
Purposes Dr. Robert Morris, the poet laureate of Masonry, founded the Order in 1855 using 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, to build an Order which is truly dedicated to Charity, Truth and Loving Kindness.
Youth Groups Eastern Star gives support to young people who are members of the International Order of the Rainbow for Girls and the Order of DeMolay for Boys and in some states, Job’s Daughters International. These fine young people who are training themselves to be leaders are likely prospects to become valued Eastern Star members. The Order of the Eastern Star and the Masonic fraternity are highly rewarded by their support of and interest in these youth organizations.