Welcome to Star of the Redwoods Chapter Order of the Eastern Star.
We are part of the Masonic family. We meet on the first and third Wednesdays of each month at the Mill Valley Masonic Center at 19 Corte Madera Avenue in Mill Valley. In the Masonic tradition, we provide a ritual experience and activities for personal growth, fellowship and fun! As you can see by our calendar we have plenty of our events for our members. If you had ever been to a Mill Valley Star Chapter meeting, you know that fun had always been a part of their way of doing things.
We are a new chapter. The first installation of officers of our chapter was held in April of 2015. We held the first regular meeting that same month. Our members are members of the former Mill Valley Eastern Star and former Marin Star Chapters, as well as members of the earlier Novato and Fairfax Chapters. Are you a member of the Order of the Eastern Star? By all means come and visit us. An Eastern Star Chapter has been meeting in this setting since 1904. Enjoy one of the most beautiful chapter rooms in the Bay Area, music and a group of friendly officers and members. We have fun! Our members come from all over Marin county as well as from Sonoma, San Francisco and the East Bay.
Our events for this year will be announced shortly. Please join us for our events this year, We had a number of fun events last year in different venues.
Our New Officers for 2018
In October, some of our Officers attended a tea in honor of our Deputy Grand Matron.
On October 14th, we visited Nicasio Valley Farms for our second fall event.
In August, we went on a tour of the Budweiser brewery. We enjoyed the tour. A lot of information was provided by the staff at the brewery. Fourteen of us attended the lunch at Black Bear restaurant.
In August, we held our Annual Potluck and Penny Rolling event. We enjoyed a potluck dinner and proceeds from our efforts were given to charity.
On the weekend of May 6th and 7th, 2017, we participated in the annual American Cancer Society Relay for Life event in Marin county. We helped to raise funds to fight cancer. The members of our Chapter have participated in this event many times over the years. We have lost many members over the years. We would like to thank those who participated. We hope that you will join us in our future efforts.
On April 8th, we took part in a tour at the Green Strings Organic Farm. In March, we visited the Ferari-Cerano Winery Gardens to take in the tulips on their grounds. Our turnout was small, but we enjoyed our visit. The winery gardens are a beautiful, peaceful place to visit.
In May, we welcomed two new members into our Chapter, Sister Janet Rowen and Brother Markos Balopolos PM of Fairfax Lodge. We hope they enjoy their membership in our Chapter<./spn>
On February 15th, we celebrated the Annual Chapter Birthday with a dinner.
2017 Installation of Officers
We would like to thank our officers for their service this year. As you can see, we have had a event filled year.
For Our Members
If you would like a calendar of events for the new year, please contact our Secretary, Sister Mimi Davis PM. We hope that you can join us for many of our events in the coming months.
Are you a member of our chapter and do you need a ride to a meeting or to an event? We encourage all of our members, old and young, to attend our events. If it has been a while since you have visited, one of our traditions has been giving rides to members to our events and to our meetings. This is what sisters and brothers do for one another. Just reach out and we can arrange a ride for you. Visitors from other Chapters are always welcome to our events and to our meetings.
If you were a member of the original Mill Valley Chapter or a member of former Marin Star Chapter and you like to learn more about our chapter, please contact our Worthy Matron, Sister Marsha Molloy PM. We hope to continue in the spirit of when you first joined the Order of the Eastern Star. Interested in learning more about Eastern Star or in joining our chapter? You are also welcome to contact Sister Marsha.
Just a reminder, we meet on the first and third Wednesdays of the month at 7:30 p.m. at the Mill Valley Masonic Center. We have a dinner for our members on the second meeting night of the month a5 6:15 p.m. If you would like a ride, just ask!
The members of Marin Star Chapter together with the members of Mill Valley Chapter decided to consolidate to form a new chapter, the Star of the Redwoods Chapter. Each Chapter had been a part of their community and the Masonic order for 100 years: Mill Valley Chapter since 1904 and Marin Star which began in 1975 and was the legacy of three earlier Star Chapters in Marin county: San Rafael Chapter, Fairfax Chapter and Novato Chapter. Our new chapter combines the vibrancy of Mill Valley Chapter and the effort and dedication of the members of Marin Star Chapter.