Grand Chapter of Missouri Order of the Eastern Star
The Grand Chapter of Missouri was Constituted on October 13, 1875.
Our state is divided into 28 districts and we have approximately 170 Chapters and approximatley 10,000 members.
Missouri was the 24th state in the USA; it became a state on August 10, 1821. Our state capital is located in Jefferson City, Missouri and the largest city is Kansas City. Missouri covers 69,709 square miles and is the 21st largest state in the USA. It is the presidential birthplace of Harry S. Truman, 33rd President of the USA, serving from 1945 to 1953.
Missouri was named from an Algonquian Indian word that means "river of the big canoes" and the state song is the Missouri Waltz.
Missouri State Flag
The flag has a red, white, and blue background (representing Missouri's French heritage; it was part of the Louisiana Purchase from France.) The circular center is surrounded by 24 white stars (the number of states when Missouri entered the Union). Two grizzly bears represent bravery and strength. A knight's helmet and another 24 stars are above the bears. The motto, "UNITED WE STAND, DIVIDED WE FALL" is around the inner circle. The motto, "SALUS POPULI SUPREMEA LEX ESTA" (meaning "Let the welfare of the people be the supreme law") is on a yellow ribbon under the bears. The inner circle has an eagle holding the olive branch of peace and the arrows of war (representing the federal government), a cresent moon, and another grizzly bear. The Roman numberal MDCCCXX is under the two bears (1820 was the date of the Missouri Compromise).
State Bird is the Bluebird
State Flower is the White Hawthorn
State Tree is the Flowering Dogwood
State Nut Tree is the Eastern Black Walnut Tree
Landmarks of the Order of the Eastern Star
A belief in the existence of a Supreme Being.
In the Order of the Eastern Star, there are only five degrees, known as Adah, the daughter; Ruth, the widow; Esther, the wife; Martha, the sister; and Electa, the mother.
The name of the Order, the names of its degrees, and modes of recognition are unchangeable.
Its lessons are Scriptural, its teachings moral, and its purposes beneficent.
Its obligations are based on the honor of those who obtain its secrets, and are framed upon the principle of whatever benefits are due from Masons to the wives, daughters, legally adopted daughters, mothers, widows, sisters, half sisters, granddaughters, stepmothers, stepdaughters, stepsisters, daughters-in-law, grandmothers, great granddaughters, nieces, mothers-in-law, sisters-in-law and daughters of Sisters and Brothers of affiliated Master Masons in good standing; or if deceased, were in good standing at the time of their death; as well as members - either active for three (3) years or majority - of the International Order of Rainbow for Girls or the International Order of Jobs 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.
The Obligation of our order, voluntarily assumed, is perpetual, from the force of which there is no release.
The ballot upon canidates for the degrees or for membership, must be unanimous to secure election, and must be without debate and kept inviolably secret.
The degrees cannot be conferred unless a Brother in good standing shall preside; provided that in cases of extreme emergency, the Most Worthy Grand Matron may grant permission in writing for a Sister to act in place of a Brother.
Every member is amenable to the laws of the Order; and may be tried for offenses, either by the Chapter to which the member belongs, or by the Chapter whithin whose jurisdiction the member resides or the offense was committed.
The right of every member to appeal from the decision of a Subordinate Chapter to the Grand Chapter or its executive head.
The right of each Chapter to decide, from among eligible candidates, who shall be admitted to membership.
The right of every member to visit any Chapter unless lawful objection is made to such visitor.
Questions and Answers
Q. What is the Order of the Eastern Star?
A. The Order of the Eastern Star is a social, charitable and Fraternal Organization to which both women and men can belong. There are over 10,000 members throughout the State of Missouri. The Order of the Eastern Star is comprised of 173 Chapters and is divided into 29 regional Districts within Missouri. The regional Districts are usually comprised of one of more counties.