Order of the Eastern Star Starlight Chapter 107 of New Jersey

by Elsie Walker

When people see Betty Robinson’s ring with the star on it, they sometimes ask her about it.   “I belong to the Eastern Star which is the women’s group of the Masonic lodge,” she tells them.  “Oh, my grandmother used to be in that,” is one common reply.  However, many times, people aren’t quite sure what the Eastern Star is.   Robinson, of Flanders, belongs to the Order of the Eastern Star Starlight Chapter 107 of New Jersey.   Recently, Robinson and Sharon Rosequist, of Netcong, talked about the Order of the Eastern Star and about their chapter which meets at Musconetcong Masonic Lodge #42 F.& A.M., 20 Old Budd Lake Road, Budd Lake.

Within the Order of the Eastern Star, Robinson and Rosequist are both Grand Officers for the State of New Jersey. They are also both Past Matrons (presidents) of their chapter.  Robinson is a 58 year member of the Eastern Star;  Rosequist is a 50 year member.  

The women explained that the Order of the Eastern Star was started in the 1800s by a member of the Masons (fraternal organization) for the wives of that organization’s members.  Besides the Order of the Eastern Star offshoot, there is the Order of DeMolay for boys and young men and Rainbow Girls for girls and young women.   The Order of the Eastern Star has a website, easternstar.org, which describes the organization this way: “The Order of the Eastern Star is a worldwide fraternal, non-profit, charitable service organization that is an associated body of the family of Masonry similar to Shriners, Scottish rite, York Rite and others.”

Rosequist noted that the Order of the Eastern Star is “a faith-based [group]”.   The faith emphasis of the organization is reflected by the Eastern Star symbol itself.  It is made up of different colors.  Each color represents a different woman with a biblical significance, role models after whom the chapter members endeavor to live their lives.  Robinson and Rosequist shared the colors and the women they represent:  Indigo is for Adah, yellow is Ruth, white is Esther, green is Martha, and red is Electa.  Electa is not a person named in the Bible but comes from 2 John which was addressed to “the elder to the elect lady and her children.”

In addition to holding monthly meetings, Starlight Chapter 107 is involved in outreach.  It raises monies for the Eastern Star Home for the Aged, Nursing and Resident Home in Bridgewater.  There those who can’t stay in their homes can live with the support and care they need.  Other outreaches include the Eastern Star Charity Foundation which helps members in need and Past Matrons and Past Patrons Association, a fund which helps anyone in need referred by a member.   In addition, the chapter does outreaches in the local area such as adopting a family for Christmas through Mt. Olive Social Services.  “We’re assisting them to have a great Christmas,” shared Rosequist.

The group also holds a variety of fundraisers throughout the year. Last month, they had breakfast with Santa.  Other fundraisers include a line dance luncheon in the spring and fall, a spaghetti dinner, and a calendar party (type of Bingo) plus various other events. 

The group is also looking for new members.  Meetings are held twice a month on the 1st and 3rd Monday at 7:30pm.  Yearly dues are $42 and help to pay for expenses like rent for using the building where they meet.   


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