Worthy Grand Matron

Worthy Grand Matron

Sister Betty Swisher is married to her high school sweetheart, Charlie, and has 2 sons and 5 grandchildren. She has been an OES member for 45 years, Worthy Matron 4 times, and held each Star Point station. She is a member of First Landmark Baptist Church.

Worthy Grand Patron

Brother Fred Smith, Bristol #273, District 20

Indiana Order of the Eastern Star

Welcome to Eastern Star in Indiana!

If you are looking for a way to do something for others, and have a great time in the process, you are at the right place. We are a fraternal organization that is always on the lookout for adults of all ages who are trying to better themselves and the community around them.

Our Values
We strive to live our lives by the enduring beliefs of Brotherly Love, Relief, and Truth, along with certain core values:

Friendship: We are the largest fraternal organization in the world to which both women and men can belong. With Chapters in almost all 50 states and in 27 countries around the world, members can go anywhere and know that they can find friends and a helpful hand when they are in need.

Community Service: Our members are encouraged to help one another and to reach out to their communities. Members are active in many community-based projects that provide for those requiring assistance.

Diversity: The members of our Order reflect the social, cultural, educational, ethnic, and religious diversity of the community around them. We value each other’s strengths and opinions.

Charity: As an organization, we raise funds to aid our members in need. We support cancer and heart research, provide college/university scholarships for students regardless of age or membership status, and financially support many other charities. We fund and operate a Senior Living Community for our older members who belong to Indiana Chapters.

Who May Join
Men who are Masons and women with specific Masonic affiliation may be members.

These affiliations include:
Master Masons in good standing or deceased Master Masons in good standing at the time of their death and their:

  • wives
  • daughters
  • legally adopted daughters
  • mothers
  • widows
  • sisters
  • half-sisters
  • granddaughters
  • stepmothers
  • stepdaughters
  • stepsisters
  • daughters-in-law
  • grandmothers
  • great granddaughters
  • nieces
  • great nieces
  • mothers-in-law
  • sisters-in-law
  • aunts
  • female 1st & 2nd cousins

Also eligible for membership in the Order of the Eastern Star are:

Members - either active for three (3) years or majority -
of the International Order of Job's Daughters or
of the International Order of the Rainbow for Girls,
each of whom has attained at least the age of eighteen (18) years.

How to Join
To inquire about membership, talk to a current member or contact a local chapter. To find chapters in your area, contact the Grand Secretary of that state or province. Petitions are carefully read, eligibility investigated, and election to membership must be by a vote of the Chapter. The Order strives to select persons of mental, moral, and spiritual quality who will work together in harmony to perform its objectives.