Order of the Eastern Star
The Order of the Eastern Star is a fraternal organization that was established in the mid-19th century. It is open to both men and women and is structured as a series of degrees, with members advancing as they demonstrate their knowledge and commitment to the organization.
The members of the Order of the Eastern Star believe in a Supreme Being and adhere to moral and ethical values such as charity, truth, and loving kindness. They also strive to practice the principles of their faith in their daily lives. The organization places a strong emphasis on philanthropy, and members are encouraged to participate in charitable activities and support worthy causes.
The women of the Order of the Eastern Star participate in a variety of activities and events, both within their local chapters and at the regional and national level. Some common activities and events include:
Chapter meetings: Women gather for regular chapter meetings, which may include rituals, educational programs, and social events.
Charitable work: Eastern Star chapters are often involved in charitable activities, such as supporting local schools, hospitals, and nursing homes, or contributing to disaster relief efforts.
Social events: The Eastern Star also provides opportunities for members to socialize and bond with one another, through events such as picnics, dinners, and parties.
Conventions: Women can attend regional and national conventions, where they can participate in events and activities, learn more about the organization, and meet other members from around the country.
Degree work: Members have the opportunity to progress through a series of degrees, which are based on the lives of five Biblical heroines. As they advance through the degrees, they learn more about the principles and teachings of the Eastern Star and develop a deeper understanding of the organization.
Additionally, the Eastern Star encourages members to bond with one another and develop close relationships, as well as promoting education and personal growth through study and reflection.