FAQ – Petitions

We are delighted that you would like to become an Eastern Star member!

For your convenience, our most common questions are answered right here, not finding what you want? Reach out directly through our Grand Secretary .

Q: Who is eligible to join Eastern Star?

First there are requirements that you must fulfill.  One is that you are related to a Mason.  Our Constitution and Laws state the following:
“Wherever it is stated, whether in Constitution, Ritual, Laws, Rules or Regulations, eligibility for membership in the Order of the Eastern Star shall consist of affiliated Master Masons in good standing, the wives, daughters, legally adopted daughters, mothers, widows, sisters, half-sisters, granddaughters, step-mothers, step-daughters, step-sisters, daughters-in-law, grandmothers, great granddaughters, mothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, aunts, nieces, great nieces and first and second female cousins of affiliated Master Masons in good standing or, if deceased, were in good standing at the time of their death, each of whom shall have attained the age of eighteen (18) years, and members of the International Order of the Rainbow for Girls and the International Order of Job’s Daughters who have been active for three years and have attained the age of eighteen (18) years, or have reached their majority.  Further it shall be required that persons applying for membership shall believe in the existence of a Supreme Being, shall not be addicted to the use of intoxicating liquors or drugs, shall be a person of good moral habits, and shall be so reported by the Committee of Investigation.”

Q: How to join?

If you have a Masonic affiliation that meets the requirements, you will need to provide proof of that relationship (a current dues card for the Mason or a letter or email from the Grand Lodge Secretary indicating he was in good standing at his death).  Contact information for Pennsylvania is as follows:
The Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania
1 North Broad St.
Philadelphia, PA 19107-2598
Phone:   215-988-1917
Email for Grand Secretary requests:  gsoffice@pagrandlodge.org

Q: How to obtain a Petition?

Once you have you have your proof of relationship information ready, you will then need two members of a chapter in your area that will help you complete and submit your petition for membership.  If you are not acquainted with any Eastern Star members, contact the Grand Secretary of the Grand Chapter of Pennsylvania Order of the Eastern Star, Inc at gs@paoes.org .  She will be able to put you in touch with current members in your area to assist you with the process.  (It can take several months).