What is the Order of the Eastern Star?
The Order of the Eastern Star is the largest fraternal organization open to both women and men. It was established in 1850 by lawyer and educator Rob Morris, a noted Freemason. The Order is based on teaching from the Bible, but it is open to people of all religious beliefs. Members of the Order are aged 18 and older. Men must be Master Masons. Women must have a specified relationship with a Master Mason or be current/majority members of affiliated youth organizations (Rainbow Girls, Job's Daughters).
The General Grand Chapter, Order of the Eastern Star, was organized in 1876 and is headquartered in Washington, DC. Forty-six (46) states, the District of Columbia, eight (8) Canadian provinces, Bolivia, Brazil (Sao Paulo) Italy, and Puerto Rico are Grand Jurisdictions that are joined together under General Grand Chapter. One of these is the Grand Chapter of Ohio.
What is the Charitable Foundation?
The Grand Chapter of Ohio Order of the Eastern Star Charitable Foundation was established in 2013 to:
Who are the Board of Directors?
There are five elected members of the Board of Directors, who:
- Must represent each of the five regions (Northwest, Northeast, Southwest, Southeast, & Central) of the State of Ohio
- Must be members in good standing of Grand Chapter of Ohio, Order of the Eastern Star
- Must include at least two sisters (women) and two brothers (men)
- Serve for 5 years (after staggered initial terms); then ineligible for 5 years
- Cannot be a Past Grand Matrons, Past Grand Patrons, or elected Grand Chapter Line Officer
- Report directly to the Grand Trustees of the Grand Chapter of Ohio, Order of the Eastern Star
- Serve without any compensation