The Order of Eastern Star is
the largest fraternal
organization in the world to
which both men and women may
Where it started
The organization was created
in the United States in 1850 by
Dr. Rob Morris, Past Grand
Master of he Grand Lodge of
Kentuckyb (1858-59) and "Poet
Laureate of Freemasonry"
Dr. Morris felt that all the
good in Masonry should not be
confined to men. Along with his
wife, Charlotte, he developed
the Order, based on selected
iblical women who demonstrated
heroic and moral integrity.
The Order of eastern Star
continues todaywith more than
Order of Eastern Star is open to both men
and women. As in Masonry, prospective
members submit a petition tom the Eastern
Star chapter that they wish to join.
Male petitioners must be Masons who are in
good standing with their lodge.
Females must be 18 years of age or older,
and related to Masons in good standing. If
the Masonic relative is deceased, he must
have been in good standing at the time of
Approved Masonic relationships include:
Legally adopted daughters
First and second cousins
In addition, women who were/are active
members of the International Order of Jobs
Daughters or the International Order of
the Rainbow for Girls may petition for
membership. These petitioners must be at
least 18 years of age and must have been
active in their youth group for at least
three(3) years or have reached "majority".
website is dedicated to the Masonic fraternity of Sidney and
Shelby County Ohio.