Eastern Star Membership Criteria

Who may join?

Men, who are affiliated Master Masons in good standing.

Women, who are 18 years old and:

*    the wives

*    daughters

*    legally adopted daughters

*    mothers

*    widows

*    sisters

*    half sisters

*    granddaughters

*    stepmothers

*    stepdaughters

*    stepsisters

*    daughters-in-law

*    grandmothers

*    great granddaughters

*    nieces

*    great nieces

*    mothers-in-law

*    sisters-in-law

of affiliated Master Masons in good standing, or if deceased were in good standing at the time of their death;

Members - either active for three (3) years or majority - of the International Order of the Rainbow for Girls or of the International Order of Job's daughters, each of whom having attained to at least the age of eighteen (18) years, are eligible to membership in the Order of the Eastern Star.

How to join: To inquire about membership, talk to a current member, or contact a local chapter. To find chapters in your area, contact the Membership Development Committee of Indiana. Petitions are carefully read, eligibility is investigated, and election to membership must be by unanimous vote. The Order strives to select persons of mental, moral and spiritual quality who will work together in harmony to perform its objectives.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Q.      Is the Order of the Eastern Star a secret society?

A.      No. Secret societies are underground and hard to find. We are easily found within the community. We enjoy a distinctive means of identifying each other. Only members are allowed in a closed meeting.

Q.      Can I afford membership In the Order of the Eastern Star?

A.      Financial position is not considered in the Order. Members come from all economic stations of life. Annual dues are set by each Chapter.

Q.      Is my religious faith allowed In the Order of the Eastern Star?

A.      Yes. Members of all religions may belong to the Order of the Eastern Star. We only require a belief in a Supreme Being.

Q.      Is the Order of' the Eastern Star time consuming?

A.      After your Initiation into our Order, you may attend as your time permits.

Q.      Is there any memory work?

A.      There is no mandatory memory work except the means of making yourself known when you visit a Chapter or if you become an officer.

Q.      Is the Order patriotic and democratic?

A.      Yes. Members are taught an allegiance to preserve the good of their country.