The Order of the Eastern Star is an organization with teachings based on the Bible and objectives that are charitable and benevolent. Dr. Robert Morris, a lawyer and educator from Boston, Massachusetts, who was a Master Mason and Past Grand Master of Kentucky published the first ritual in 1849-50. Dr.Morris became associated with Robert Macoy who wrote and published a ritual based on Morris' in 1867. The first Grand Chapter was organized in Michigan that same year. Subordinate (local) chapters operate under charter from state level grand chapters which are responsible to the General Grand Chapter at the International Eastern Star temple in Washington, D.C.
Members must be eighteen years or older and either Master Masons in good standing or properly related to a Master Mason in good standing. The latter category includes wives, widows, sisters, daughters, mothers, granddaughters, step-mothers, step daughters, step-sisters, half-sisters, nieces, daughters-in- law, and grandmothers.
Each chapter has eighteen officers comprised of both men and women.
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