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The Order of The Eastern Star strives to take good people and through uplifting associations of love and service and through precept and example build an order which is truly dedicated to charity, truth and loving kindness. The noble principles, which should adorn the personal lives of all Eastern Star members, portray the purposes laid forth by Dr. Robert Morris, the poet laureate of Masonry, when he used beautiful and inspiring biblical examples of heroic conduct and moral values to found the Order.

The Order of The Eastern Star is the largest fraternal organization in the world to which both men and women may belong. Only men who are Master Masons in good standing are eligible and only women with specific Masonic affiliations may be members, i.e.: wives, daughters, legally adopted daughters, mothers, widows, sisters, half-sisters, granddaughters, stepmothers, stepdaughters, stepsisters, daughters-in-law, grandmothers, great granddaughters, mothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, grandnieces, and Job's Daughters of affiliated Master Masons in good standing (or, if deceased, were in good standing at the time of their death) each of whom shall have attained at least the age of 18. Rainbow Girls may join; however, they must show majority cards or proof of membership in an assembly.

The heart of The Eastern Star is in the subordinate, or local, chapter, of which there are more than 13,000 subordinate chapters with a membership in excess of two million in 15 countries. For proper administration, chapters join to form a larger state organization, or province, which is the Grand Chapter. To facilitate uniformity and coordination of effort, those jurisdictions work together under a general Grand Chapter. (In cases where there are too few chapters to form a Grand Chapter, the General Grand Chapter has jurisdiction.)

The Grand Chapter of Pennsylvania, Order of The Eastern Star, supports the research of multiple sclerosis. A donation of more than $110,000 was given last June to the MS Society of Central Pennsylvania. The Order also gives educational scholarship awards, as well as ESTARL (Eastern Star Training Awards for Religious Leadership) awards. Help is given to members in their own homes through the Fraternal Fund. Cancer victims are given help through the Fraternal Cancer Fund. The Grand Chapter helps to support the Masonic-Eastern Star Homes in Elizabethtown, Warminster and Pittsburgh. The members of the Order sell clown pins for the Shriners Hospitals for Children. Eastern Star gives support to young people who are members of Rainbow for Girls, Job's Daughters, and the Order of DeMolay. In many personal ways, the membership is reaching out in the communities by helping those who need assistance, whether it is to take someone to the store, to the doctor, for treatment, or just by being a friend.

The Order of The Eastern Star is proud of its heritage, demonstrating today that, "through fraternal service to humanity, together we build a better world and a better life for all."

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