|The Order of the Eastern Star is a Masonically-related fraternity of women and men banded together by spiritual values and beliefs which exemplify the noble characteristics of charity, truth and kindness to all mankind. This Fraternity is international and has about one million members worldwide.
It is not a secret organization and not a part of the Masonic Fraternity. The Order is also not a religion and does not practice any religious dogma. Membership eligibility, however, is based on a Masonic affiliation or relationship, and the belief in the existence of a Supreme Being. In this country, the Christian Bible rests upon an altar within the chapter room. In other countries, books of other religious faiths may be used.
The Order is primarily social and charitable in nature. Our members feel a sincere camaraderie and extend respect and a wholesome affection toward their Sisters and Brothers. Each year, millions of dollars are donated to needy causes such as cancer and heart research. The Order also supports youth needs and organizations such as Job’s Daughters, DeMolay, and Rainbow for Girls in helping to build exceptional character and personal responsibility. Like the benevolent endeavors of other Masonic Fraternities, the Order supports many local services and charities.
There are five degrees in the Order with one presented at each of the five points of our emblematic Star. Each degree teaches various lessons and gives insight into the attributes of our honored Biblical Heroines, Adah, Ruth, Esther, Martha, and Electa. These beautiful ritualistic ceremonies are designed to enhance our foundations for the conduct we should adapt and portray in our daily lives.
There are 39 local Chapters and 4 Eastern Star Clubs in South Dakota. The Chapters are individually chartered and operate under their own by-laws as authorized and instituted by the Constitution and Laws of the Grand Chapter of South Dakota. The Grand Chapter is governed under the Jurisdiction of the General Grand Chapter, head-quartered in Washington DC.
Please click on the accompanying links for information on local and State meeting dates and times, functions and listings of State Grand Officers.