NEW BETHLEHEM – New Bethlehem Chapter No. 230, Order of the Eastern Star, celebrated its 100th birthday with a banquet on March 25 at the Oakland Church of God in Distant.
The celebration was attended by special guests, Worthy Grand Matron Diana N. Michael and Worthy Grand Patron William D. Johnston, of the Grand Chapter of Pennsylvania. Also in attendance were 86 members and guests.
The dinner was catered by Zack’s Shack of New Bethlehem, and the birthday cake was made by Eastern Star member Sandra Young. Jimmy Swogger and Friends provided the entertainment for the event.
Meeting at Crestwell Hall, the local chapter of the Easter Star was constituted on March 21, 1917 with 50 charter members.
The chapter’s oldest living member is Vivian Lowther, who at 101 years old, was initiated into the Eastern Star in 1938.
For it’s 50-year milestone, the chapter moved to the New Bethlehem Fire Hall.
Over the years, the New Bethlehem Chapter has been joined by East Brady, Punxsutawney and Brookville chapters, bringing the current enrollment to 256 members.
Eastern Star holds meetings on the first Tuesday of the month at the Masonic Lodge along Broad Street in New Bethlehem.
Eastern Star is an organization dedicated to charity and fraternity. Over the years, it has helped raise money for charities such as cancer, heart disease, regenerative medicine, veteran’s outreach, education and more.
Membership is open to Master Masons and women with Masonic relationships.
For more information, contact Jean English, Worthy Matron, at (814) 849-8431.