Members of the Ladies of the Order of the Eastern Star are pictured at an installation event in Bernardsville on April 9, 1942. The man seated in the front row is Worthy Patron E.S. Spinning, a master mason who provided “general supervision,” according to the Order of the Eastern Star New Jersey. A Freemasonry-related organization open to both men and women, the group notes that “Eastern Star” is one of the largest fraternal organizations in the world to which both men and women can belong. Unlike masonic groups, the order notes it is not a secret organization, with meetings and activities conducted in open settings.
As with most fraternal organizations, charitable causes are a priority; the national order has contributed more than $500,000 to Alzheimer’s disease and juvenile diabetes research since 1986. The state headquarters of the order, the Eastern Star Home, is located in Finderne, Bridgewater Township, and was dedicated on Feb. 14, 1959.
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(source: Greg Hatala/The Star-Ledger The Somerset Reporter, http://www.nj.com/somerset/index.ssf/2013/03/glimpse_of_history_ladies_of_t.html)