|Jacob Eby Chapter #571,
Order of the Eastern Star
About the Order of the Eastern Star
Heritage: Dr. Rob Morris, a creative genius recognized the need for an organization where families might benefit from Fraternal
teachings. Dr. Morris created the Degrees of the Eastern Star around the lives of five Biblical women. They were Adah, Ruth, Esther,
Martha, and Electa. The reason was, that each of these Biblical examples stands for one of the tenets of the Order. They are Fidelity,
Constancy, Loyalty, Faith and Love. Through his foresight and understanding we share the priceless lessons of our religious heritage.
We are humbly grateful for his inspiration and competence.
Purpose: The Order of the Eastern Star is the largest fraternal organization in the world to which both men and women may belong.
Worldwide, there are currently more than 1 million members under the General Grand Chapter.
Eastern Star is a social order comprised of persons with spiritual values but it is not a religion. Its appeal 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 sisterly and brotherly love brought about through high principles exemplified in our lives
which makes us near and dear to each other.
While this is an Order composed 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.
Our Generosity: Eastern Star Training Award for Religious Leadership is given to assist seminary students. Over $126,000 have been
given thus far.
Cancer Research: Grants for Cancer Research and cancer patient assistance of more than $48,000 has been donated by Eastern
Heart Fund: The Ohio Heart Association received about $18,000 from donations, projects and chapter sunshine collections.
Eastern Star Membership
Only men who are Masons in good standing and women with specific Masonic affiliation may join. These affiliations include:
Wives or Widows
Majority Rainbow Girls
Majority Jobs Daughters
Who shall have attained to at least the age of eighteen (18) years, are eligible to membership in the Order of the Eastern Star.
How to join: To inquire about membership, talk to a current member, or contact the chapter secretary. Petitions are carefully
read, eligibility investigated and election to membership must be by unanimous vote. The Order strives to select persons of
mental, moral and spiritual quality who will work together in harmony to perform its objectives.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Q. Is the Order of the Eastern Star a secret society?
A. No. Secret societies are underground and hard to find. We are easily found within the community but we enjoy a distinctive
means of identifying each other. Only members are allowed in a closed meeting.
Q. Can I afford membership In the Order of the Eastern Star?
A. Yes. Financial position is not considered in the Order. Members come from all economic stations of life.
Q. Is my religious faith allowed In the Order of the Eastern Star?
A. Yes. Members of all religions may belong to the Order of the Eastern Star. We only require a belief in a Supreme Being.
Q. Is the Order of' the Eastern Star time consuming?
A. After your Initiation into our Order, you may attend as your time permits.
Q. Is there any memory work?
A. There is no mandatory memory work except the means of making yourself known if you wish to visit a Chapter or if you
become an officer.
Q. Is the Order patriotic and democratic?
A. Yes. Members are taught an allegiance to preserve the good of their country.