The Order of the Eastern Star is a Masonic-related fraternity of women and men dedicated to charity, truth and loving kindness. Although not a part of the Masonic fraternity, membership is based on a Masonic affiliation or relationship, a belief a Supreme Being, a desire to acquire additional knowledge and for self improvement.
The degrees of the Order of the Eastern Star teach lessons of fidelity, constancy, loyalty, faith and love. These degrees are presented in a beautiful ritualistic ceremony designed to not only teach the lessons, but also to provide insight for future study and understanding.
Local Eastern Star Chapters select their own charities and places of service in their own communities. Some projects include scholarships for ministerial students, support for Juvenile Diabetes and for Alzheimers. In addition, each year a special charity is selected for emphasis, examples being Multiple Sclerosis, Kids Cancer Camps, Women's Shelters.
The Eastern Star is also a social organization with frequent formal events and ceremonies. Being a member is a wonderful and fulfilling way of life.
This Order was conceived, written and taught by a Master Mason to provide a place where both men and women could work and serve side by side. It is now the largest Fraternal organization in the world to which both men and women belong. It encircles the world with over 10,000 Chapters in the United States, Canada and 18 other countries. There are now more than 1.2 million members.
Master Masons in good standing, the wives, mothers, daughters, legally adopted daughters, widows, sisters, half-sisters, step daughters, step-sisters, granddaughters, stepmothers, daughters-in-law, grandmothers, great granddaughters, aunts, nieces, great nieces, mothers-in-law, sister-in-law and daughters of sisters or brothers of Master Masons in good standing at the time of death are eligible for membership, also, Rainbow Girls and Job's Daughters with proof of membership for three (3) years or certificate of majority membership in the International Order of Rainbow for Girls or in the International Order of Job's Daughters, recommended by two members of the Chapter.
This fraternal Order is comprised of people with deep religious convictions and spiritual values. It is open to all faiths. The membership is admonished to aid, comfort and protect each other by sharing the joys and sorrows of life. The rewards are many as members work and play together in love and charity and become life long friends, sisters and brothers.
The Order is governed by a set of rules and regulations from General Grand Chapter, the Grand Chapter of each jurisdiction, and by a set of by-laws in each subordinate Chapter.
Those who desire membership must petition to do so, are investigated for eligibility, and are voted on by the membership. Any member of the Order is pleased to provide an application, or contact the Grand Secretary, Grand Chapter of Alberta.
The Grand Chapter of Alberta's Charitable Donations provide assistance for:
The Scottish Rite Charitable Foundation Learning Centres
Calgary and Edmonton
Dyslexia is defined as a learning difficulty characterized by trouble reading despite a normal intelligence. Different people are affected to different degrees. Problems may include sounding out words, spelling words, reading quickly, writing words, pronouncing words when reading aloud, and understanding what was read. Often these difficulties are first noticed at school. The difficulties are not voluntary and people with this disorder have a normal desire to learn. The Scottish Rite Charitable Foundation Learning Centers provide free tutoring for children to help them overcome their reading difficulties and by training a dedicated team of expert tutors.
Any donations should be sent to Ruth Blakey If you are writing a cheque to the WGM please make the cheque out to both Sister Debbie Matvichuk and Sister Ruth Blakey, and indicate which of the learning centers you would like your chapter donation to go to. Any donations not indicated will be divided equally between the two learning centers.