Going to an Eastern Star Event?
Want to know what is happening?
Here’s some information to help understand what we do!
3 raps of the Gavel - Everyone Stand
2 raps of the Gavel - Officers only stand
1 rap of the Gavel - Everyone can be seated
East is the head of the room (no matter which direction it is actually facing)
West is the back of the room
Grand means at the State Level
General Grand is the International Level
If you are attending an Eastern Star event, more than likely there will be people there in formal-wear. Men regularly wear tuxedos and women are in floor length formals. This DOESN’T mean you need to get a new wardrobe just to attend the event. Wear what you would to a nice wedding and you will fit in fine.
Emblem and Heroines
The emblem of the Order is a five-pointed star with the white ray of the star pointing downwards towards the West. The character-building lessons taught in the Order are stories inspired by Biblical figures:
Adah (Jephthah's daughter, from Judges)
Ruth, the widow
Esther, the wife
Martha (sister of Lazarus, from the Gospel of John)
Electa (the "elect lady", from II John), the mother
Officers representing the heroines of the order sit around the altar in the center of the chapter room.
There are 18 main officers in a full chapter:
Worthy Matron - presiding officer
Worthy Patron - a Master Mason who provides general supervision
Associate Matron - assumes the duties of the Worthy Matron in the absence of that officer
Associate Patron - assumes the duties of the Worthy Patron in the absence of that officer
Secretary- takes care of all correspondence and minutes
Treasurer- takes care of monies of the Chapter
Conductress - Conducts Escort
Associate Conductress - Assists with Escort
Chaplain - leads the Chapter in prayer
Marshal - presents the Flag and leads in all ceremonies
Organist- provides music for the meetings
Warder - Sits next to the door inside the meeting room, to make sure those that enter the chapter room are members of the Order.
Sentinel - Sits next to the door outside the chapter room, to make sure those that wish to enter are members of the Order.
Traditionally, a woman who is elected Associate Conductress will the following year be elected to Conductress, then the next year Associate Matron, and the next year Worthy Matron. A man elected Associate Patron will usually the next year be elected Worthy Patron. Usually the woman who is elected to become Associate Matron will let it be known who she wishes to be her Associate Patron, so the next year they will both go to the East together as Worthy Matron and Worthy Patron.
There is no male counterpart to the Conductress and Associate Conductress.
Only women are allowed to be Matrons, Conductresses, and the Star Points (Adah, Ruth, etc.) and only men can be Patrons.
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