The Order of the Eastern Star is a related Masonic organization open to both men and women. Members of the Order are aged 18 and older; men must be Master Masons and women must have specific relationships to Masons. Originally, a woman would have to be the daughter, widow, wife, sister, or mother of a Master Mason, but the Order now allows other relatives as well.
Local Eastern Star Chapters select their own charities and places of service in their own communities. Some projects include scholarships for ministerial students, support for Juvenile Diabetes and for Alzheimer’s. In addition, each year a special charity is selected for emphasis, examples being Multiple Sclerosis, Kids Cancer Camps, and Women’s Shelters.