Since 1925, The Order of the Eastern Star has served an important role in the community. Though not always in the spotlight, the Order of the Eastern Star provides support for the needy, and anyone else who may need their assistance. Since 1925, The Order of the Eastern Star has served an important role in the community. Though not always in the spotlight, the Order of the Eastern Star provides support for the needy, and anyone else who may need their assistance.
In its earliest days, the Order provided a sense of belonging to African-Americans when there were no organizations for them to join. Now, much of their members are getting older, and the organization is searching for new membership to keep it going strong.
“We need younger members to take the reins,” said Doris Tenner, Grand Matron of the Prince Hall Grand Chapter of Minneapolis and St. Paul.
The Order of the Eastern Star is a non-profit organization, and with an aging membership, it’s beginning to outgrow its resources. The current temple that serves as home to the chapter needs improvement to serve the needs of a growing and changing organization, and Tenner hopes for a new building soon, for, among other reasons, to provide greater accessibility to disabled and elderly members.
The current temple is not only home to chapter events, but also open to the community at large. In addition to several other programs, the Order holds a community church service and opens its doors to wedding receptions and other functions.
Tenner also noted that the Order of The Eastern Star has provided an outlet for youth as well. The Daughters of Isis, an auxiliary of the Order of the Eastern Star, sponsors a youth group, the Isiserettes. This youth step team is open to children in the entire community.
Most impressive, however, may be the scholarship program headed by both the Order of the Eastern Star and the Masons.
Cornelius Davis, president of the scholarship fund, was pleased to say that monies awarded this year were nearly doubled. The Scholarship Fund awards scholarships to youth in Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and Winnipeg, Canada. This year, 12 scholarships were awarded.
But in order to continue existing as a pillar of the community, The Order of the Eastern Star needs younger members to carry the legacy. Tenner stressed that the organization is actively soliciting for new members, both male and female.
To become a member of The Order of the Eastern Star, you must be 18 years of age, and be directly related to a Mason. Direct relations include fathers, uncles and grandfathers. For more information, visit the Prince Hall Grand Chapter web site at www.phgcmn.net.