|The Order of the Eastern Star is the largest fraternal organization in the world to which both men and women may belong. Worldwide, there are approximately 1 million members under the General Grand Chapter.
Eastern Star is a social order comprised of persons with spiritual values but it is not a religion. It is open to all faiths, except no faith.
The stated purposes of the organization are charitable, educational, fraternal and scientific. Dr. Rob Morris, the Poet Laureate of Masonry, founded the Order using biblical stories of heroic conduct and moral values. These portray the principles that members live by. The names "Martha," "Esther," "Adah," "Ruth" and Electa," refer to these stories. (More Information.)
The Grand Lodge of Iowa can be reached at:
The Iowa Masonic Library
813 First Avenue SE
P.O. Box 279
Cedar Rapids, IA 52406-0279
Phone: (319) 365-1438
Fax: (319) 365-1439
Library Information, Bill Kruger, Iowa Masonic Librarian