We have seen His star in the East, and we have come to worship Him.

Grand Chapter, Order of the Eastern Star of Illinois

Janet M. Schmidt, Worthy Grand Matron
Edward R. Walker, Worthy Grand Patron

The Eastern Star Home at Macon

The Order of the Eastern Star of Illinois operates a nursing and life care facility in Macon, Illinois that is open to members, Master Masons and those with a Masonic affiliation.  Click Here to learn more about this amazing facility!

A Few Words from Our Leaders

Dear Sisters, Brothers and Friends,

Welcome to the newly-redesigned web page for the Grand Chapter of Illinois!  We intend for 2018 to be an exciting year - one of new beginnings.  We thought that the best way way to convey that message is with a new look and feel for our most visible communication tool.

This year, we'll be asking your help as we seek to have fun while accomplishing three main goals:
  • Building our membership by actively seeking new members and retaining current members.
  • Supporting our youth orders, which represent the future of our organization.
  • Visibly improving our communities by our activities to support our most vulnerable youth.
Along the way, we will seek to encourage our Sisters and Brothers through acts of kindness.

Thank you for the  great honor of serving as your leaders this year.  We look forward to working with you to make this a GREAT year for our wonderful Order!


Janet and Ed
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Key 2018 Initiatives

Here are some new ideas for 2018!

Membership is a priority in 2018!

When your chapter receives a new petition for membership, or initiates a new member, Sister Janet wants to share the good news!  Worthy Matrons and Worthy Patrons can call her on the Membership Hotline, and she'll let the state know, and will follow up with a personal letter to your new member once they are initiated!

Help care for foster kids in Illinois!

More than 16,000 Illinois children are in foster care.  When they are moved to a new placement, most have nothing but trash bags to hold their belongings.  We want to change this by providing duffel bags and personal care kits for these most vulnerable kids.

Reading is fundamental for Illinois Students!

 That's why the Reaching Out to Our Communities Committee will be collecting books for Kindergarten through 8th grade classrooms. Our goal is to help Illinois children develop the important skill of reading. All books collected will remain in your community to help local students!
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Check Out These Photos From Grand Chapter!
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