Frequently Asked Questions

Am I eligible to join the Order of the Eastern Star?

If you are a woman who is at least 18 years of age, are of good moral character and have a belief in the existence of a Supreme Being or, a male belonging to the Master Masons, you may be eligible. Click here to view a full listing of the the criteria.

Once I register online, when will I hear back?

Once you complete the online registration form, you will be contacted within 5 business days to discuss your registered interest.

How do I know where my closest Chapter is?

Easy. To find the details for your closest chapter, please visit our National Directory where you can do a search. Alternatively, send us an email with your local area and we can assist.

What if I am interested but am not 100% sure? Can I change my mind?

Completing the online registration form is only an expression of interest. We will be in touch shortly, to discuss your interest and suitability and next steps. There will be a number of opportunities for you to meet other members before making a commitment?

What if I do not know any current members who can support my application?

To be approved, all new membership applicants require a proposer and seconder. Don’t worry if you do not yet know anyone who can support your application. Complete the online registration form anyway and someone from your local chapter will be in touch shortly, they can assist you with your application.

Are there lots of rules and regulations?

There are some rules (i.e. dress code) but don’t worry, they do not stop us from having fun and making a positive contribution to the community. We will discuss the rules, regulations and expectations with you so that you understand and feel comfortable with our organisation.

What is the dress code?

The Order of the Easter Star has a dress code. At Chapter meetings, Sisters dress in white (i.e. long white dress and white/silver shoes) and Brothers wear suits or a kilt. You must wear this dress at any Regular Chapter meeting.

How often do Chapters meet?

There is one main General or Regular Chapter meeting each month. The Chapter is opened and closed according to ritual. This ritual is designed to remind all members of the purpose of the Order and the virtues all members aspire to follow. The rest of the meeting concentrates on business matters such as the minutes of previous meetings, correspondence, financial status etc. and then depending on the time of year, a service may be held to celebrate Christmas, Easter, Anzac Day or any other events.

In between the Regular meetings, various Committee meetings may be held to address Chapter business in more detail and to provide recommendations to the General meeting.

Each Chapter determines what day of the month their meetings will be held. Some Chapters meet in the evening and others meet during the day.

What does membership entitle one to?

Membership allows you to join an extraordinary community of likeminded people who are passionate about enriching the lives of others.

As a member, you can attend the monthly meetings held by your local Chapter and be part of their work to support the wider community.

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How much does membership cost?

A one-time fee will be asked for as well as your annual dues to the Chapter in which you are applying (dues range from $30.00 to $100.00/year depending on that Chapter). Your annual dues are the only financial commitment you will have in any Chapter.

As we strive to enrich the lives of others and work for the betterment of the community, there are always fundraising activities taking place so please be prepared to join in and support each Chapter’s Charity drive for the year.

How long does membership last?

Once you take an obligation to the Order at your first meeting, your membership never expires. Even if for some reason, you become non-financial in your Chapter, your Order of the Eastern Star membership stays with you forever.