The Order of the Eastern Star (O.E.S.) is the largest fraternal organization in the world to which both men and women may belong. Only men who are Masons are eligible, and only women with specific Masonic affiliation may be members.
Membership (Eligibility for the Degrees). Affiliated Master Masons in good standing, the wives, daughters, legally adopted daughters, mothers, widows, sisters, half sisters, granddaughters, stepmothers, stepdaughters, stepsisters, daughters-in-law, grandmothers, great-granddaughters, nieces, mothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, and daughters of sisters or brothers of affiliated Master Masons in good standing, or if deceased were in good standing at the time of their death; each of whom shall have attained to at least the age of eighteen years, are eligible to membership in the Order of the Eastern Star.
How Does One Belong? Those desiring membership must petition to do so. 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 work together in harmony to perform it objectives. If you would like to join us in Eastern Star or just want more information, contact someone from one of the Eastern Star Chapters near you. Chapters in the Hill Country are located in the left-hand scroll box on this page. Or, go to the Grand Chapter of Texas link below to find other Eastern Star chapters in Texas.
Purposes. Dr. Robert Morris, the poet laureate of Masonry, founded this Order 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. Click here to find out more about Dr. Robert Morris.
Eastern Star - A Way of Life. Eastern Star is a social Order comprised of persons with deep religious convictions and spiritual values, but is not a religion. Its appeal rests in the true 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 makes us near and dear to each other. While this is an Order composed of people of deep spiritual convictions, it is the wholesome relationship of brotherly and sisterly love brought about through high principles exemplified in our daily lies 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 Stars and it is considered a privilege to help one whenever we can. It is a social order of members with sincere and purposeful objectives.
Projects. Concrete evidence of the charitable nature of the organization as it affects others is the millions of dollars which have been raised within the membership to support ESTARL (Eastern Star Training Awards for Religious Leadership), Cancer Research Project, Arthritis Fund, Heart Fund, Knights Templar Eye Foundation, Shriners' Hospital for Crippled Children, orphanages, and many other charities within each Grand Jurisdiction. Texas has a retirement home for our senior members.
(This information was copied from The General Grand Chapter pamphlet, "Follow the Star, Together We Build a Better Life." Copies can be ordered through General Grand Chapter, 1618 New Hampshire Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20009-2549.)