What is Eastern Star?


The  Order of the Eastern Star is the largest fraternal organization in the  world to which both men and women may belong. Worldwide, there are  currently more than 1.2 million members under the General Grand Chapter.  Maine Grand Chapter has about 6,000+ members.
Although not a part of the Masonic  fraternity, membership is based on a Masonic affiliation or  relationship, a belief in God, and a desire to acquire additional  knowledge and self improvement. 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  degrees of the Order of the Eastern Star teach lessons of fidelity,  constancy, loyalty, faith and love. They are presented in a beautiful  ritualistic ceremony designed to not only teach the lessons, but also to  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 loving kindness.

The  stated purposes of the organization are: Charitable, Educational,  Fraternal, and Scientific. To this end, the Grand Chapter of Maine  proudly supports the statewide community through its Eastern Star  Training Awards for Religious Leadership, Shriner's Hospitals, Knights  Templar Eye Foundation, Cancer Research and Education, and The Heart  Foundation.

Local  Eastern Star chapters select their own charities and places of service  in their respective communities. Many actively support young women’s  organizations such as the Order of Rainbow for Girls, along with DeMolay for Boys.  Collectively, millions of dollars are raised by members throughout the  General Grand Chapter for its various charities each triennium.
The  Eastern Star is also a social organization with frequent formal events  and ceremonies. Being a member is a wonderful and a fulfilling way of  life. Please ask an Eastern Star member to tell you more about it, or  contact the Grand Secretary on our  Contact Page for more information on how to become a member.