The Order of the Eastern Star
The Order of the Eastern Star is the largest fraternal organization in the world
to which both men and women may belong. In Pennsylvania, there are approximately
40 thousand members.
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.
The stated purposes of the organization are:
Charitable, Educational, Fraternal and Scientific; but there is much more to it
than that. Dr. Rob Morris, the Poet Laureate of Masonry, founded the 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, build an Order which is truly dedicated to charity, truth and
Source: General Grand Chapter Order
of the Eastern Star