The State of Ohio is divided into fourteen (14) Regions, twenty-eight (28) Districts and a myriad of Chapters in each District. In 2011, the total number of Chapters was 230 with a total membership of 38,000.
Each subordinate Chapter requires 18 Officers, they are as follows:
|Worthy Matron||Presiding Officer|
|Worthy Patron||a Master Mason who provides general supervision|
|Associate Matron||assumes the duties of the Worthy Matron in the absence of that officer|
|Associate Patron||assumes the duties of the Worthy Patron in the absence of that officer|
|Secretary||takes care of all correspondence and minutes|
|Treasurer||takes care of monies of the Chapter|
|Conductress||Leads visitors and initiations.|
|Associate Conductress||Assists with introductions and handles ballot box.|
|Chaplain||leads the Chapter in prayer|
|Marshal||presents the Flag and leads in all ceremonies|
|Organist||provides music for the meetings|
|Adah||Shares the lesson of Duty of Obedience to the will of God|
|Ruth||Shares the lesson of Honor and Justice|
|Esther||Shares the lesson of Loyalty to Family and Friends|
|Martha||Shares the lesson of Faith and Trust in God and Everlasting Life|
|Electa||Shares the lesson of Charity and Hospitality|
|Warder||Sits next to the door inside the meeting room, to make sure those that enter the chapter room are members of the Order.|
|Sentinel||Sits next to the door outside the chapter room, to make sure those that wish to enter are members of the Order.|
Traditionally, a woman who is elected Associate Conductress will the following year be elected to Conductress, then the next year Associate Matron, and the next year Worthy Matron.
A man elected Associate Patron will usually the next year be elected Worthy Patron. Usually the woman who is elected to become Associate Matron will let it be known who she wishes to be her Associate Patron, so the next year they will both go to the East together as Worthy Matron and Worthy Patron. There is no male counterpart to the Conductress and Associate Conductress. Only women are allowed to be Matrons, Conductresses, and the Star Points (Adah, Ruth, etc.) and only men can be Patrons.
Questions and Answers:
Any member may submit questions within their own Chapter and/or to the deputized authority in each District (Deputy Grand Matron) for clarification or explanation regarding the Ritual, By-Laws or Grand Law.
Within the structure of the Grand Chapter, several ceremonies take place on an annual basis.
- The Grand Chapter of Ohio Annual Convention is currently scheduled the fourth week-end in September and presently held at the Dayton Convention Center through 2015. Legislation, reports, entertainment, election and installation of Grand Officers completes the agenda. The convention is open to all members in good standing.
- Installation of Officers of Subordinate Chapters is held annually during the months of October and November.
- Initiation of New Members can take place in each subordinate Chapter upon receipt of petition, investigation of the petitioner by an Investigating committee and an affirmative vote by the Chapter members.
- Inspection of Subordinate Chapters is held annually during the months of March, April and May. The purpose is to inspect the Officers for their Ritualistic work in addition to the auditing of the chapter books.
Terms unique to the Order of the Eastern Star can be found in the Ritual, Book of Instructions and Grand Law. Clarification and explanations are included as well as proper pronunciation for selected words used within the ritualistic work of the Order.