Updated 02/29/2024

Fraternal Committee

The Grand Chapter Fraternal Committee encourages those members who may be experiencing financial difficulties to make inquiries concerning the application process.  All members of the Fraternal Committee will be empathetic and responsive to your inquiry.  Most importantly, sensitive information will be handled with respect and confidentiality.  The Fraternal Committee will review each application and make a determination based on established guidelines and extenuating circumstances.  Applicants may also be referred to alternate sources of assistance to best meet their needs and alleviate financial burdens.  Please review the following instructions and do not hesitate to contact any member of the Fraternal Committee.

ALL current, dues-paying members of the Pennsylvania Order of the Eastern Star who desire to inquire or apply to the Grand Chapter Fraternal Committee for emergency or monthly assistance can find the procedure to follow on the instruction forms listed below (green links), OR they can inquire with their Chapter Secretary, who will refer them to the appropriate Sectional representative on the Grand Chapter Fraternal Committee.

You can use the following “links” to access the instructions and the application forms:

Fraternal Instructions for Emergency Assistance
Fraternal Application for Emergency Assistance

Fraternal Instructions for Monthly Assistance
Fraternal Application for Monthly Fraternal Assistance

Contact information for current members of the Grand Chapter Fraternal Committee follows:

Western Section (Regions 1-5)

Gail Brenkus, PM (1 Year) Chairperson
344 Southridge Drive
Pittsburgh, PA  15241
(C) (412) 328-4456
E-mail:  gailbrenkus@verizon.net

Central Section (Regions 6-10)

Debra J. Johnson, PM
81 Plum Tree Circle
Newville, PA  17241
717-579-1588 cell
717-776-5605 home
Email: debkwilt@comcast.net

Eastern Section (Regions 11-15)

Kim Hanshaw, PM
804 Lakeview Place
1404 Hemlock Farms
Lords Valley, PA. 18428

(C) (215) 901-6434
E-mail:  kmhanshaw@gmail.com