How It Works

Chapters:

The State of Ohio is divided into fourteen (14) Regions, twenty-eight (28) Districts and a myriad of Chapters in each District. In 2014, the total number of Chapters was 218 with a total membership of 31,807.

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.
  Past Matron    
  Past Patron    

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.

Ceremonies:

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.

Definitions:

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.

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