On Oct. 11, 1911, the fraternity known as The Order of the Eastern Star opened in Glen Rose and met at the local Masonic Lodge building.
A century later, the Masonic-related fraternity of women and men dedicated to truth, charity and loving kindness is holding its 100th anniversary. An open house will be held this Saturday, Sept. 17, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the lodge, 204 N.W. Barnard St. Cookies and soft drinks will be served. The public is invited.
Cristi Nickels, the local chapter's chief executive officer, and her husband and primary supporting officer, Brad Nickels, will host the event.
The best part of the open house may well be the photo albums that will be available for viewing. These historical records of the years should be a source of pride, curiosity and interest for all those who attend the open house.
Local Eastern Star chapters are not a part of the Masonic fraternity, but membership is based on a Masonic affiliation or relationship, belief in God and a desire to acquire additional knowledge and for self-improvement. The fraternal order is comprised of people with deep religious convictions and spiritual values open to all faiths except no faith.
Local Easter Star chapters select their own charities and places of service in their own communities. Some statewide projects include scholarships for ministerial students, other general scholarships for youth and supporting a home for aged members.
Each year special charities are selected for that year's emphasis and might include volunteer programs in elementary schools or volunteers in literacy programs and specific community outreach.
The Glen Rose Eastern Star also supports the young women's organization know as Rainbow for Girls.