Story & History of the Millennium Star
I wished upon a star and my dream came true. The Millennium Star
is now a reality. Something new! Something different! A pin for
all to wear and enjoy. A piece of jewelry that will be admired by
everyone who sees it - But star members will recognize the "secret
of the star".
star in the background is an old-fashioned filigree star. It represents
the Past, happy times, old friends who have passed on, and things
that "used to be". In 1969, I served as the Worthy Matron of Signet
Chapter #129, OES in Philadelphia, PA. I was 27 years old at the
time. I dearly loved all the sisters of my chapter who I lovingly
called my "little blue haired ladies". I enjoyed hearing them talk
to the good times they had at convention when they were Worthy Matron,
how they worked together on Ways & Means projects, but most of all
the Fun they had together. I can still hear them say, "it's not
the way it used to be!".
I'm one of those little blue-haired ladies and I look back with
a few tears in my eyes when I think of all the sisters of my chapter
who are no longer with us. Among them my own dear Mother, my Mother-in-law,
my Sister, Grandmother and so many friends. But, I have every confidence
in the lessons I've learned from teh teachings of our star and I
know that someday we'll be together again. This pin is lovingly
dedicated to the memory of all of those Sisters.
front of the Star is a modern stylish Star. It represents the Future.
It is edged in Swarovski crystals of the finest quality. The large
stone in the center represents the light that shines from our beautiful
Eastern star that will guide us into the 21st century. I like to
think that we are all women of the new century. As we stand on the
threshold of this new millennium, we should all renew our enthusiasm
for our Order so that our light will shine, just as bright as this
pin and others will see our light.
hidden secret of the Star is found in the emblems of our starpoints.
We think of the 'first' point we held, or our Initiation night.
The sward and veil represent Adah's fidelity to her convictions.
The sheaf of wheat reminds us of the young widow Ruth Queen Esther
and one of the most touching love stories of all time. I chose to
honor the Esther charm with an extra special crystal. In 1980, I
had the pleasure of serving as Grand Esther of Pennsylvania. That
year was a highlight of my Eastern Star life. Esther will always
be special to me. And, could the cup represent any other than Electa,
the mother point of our star? Would we be strong and faithful to
our beliefs as Electa was? These lovely emblems represent our Heritage
in Eastern Star. They sparkle and dangle and 'catch the light'.
70 years, Master Masons in the state of Pennsylvania could not belong
to Eastern Star. June 1991, Grand Master Stoner gave Pennsylvania
Masons the opportunity to join any fraternal organization which
required Masonic affiliation for membership. My husband Mercer joined
Signet Chapter as soon as it was possible and we truly became "Two
Stars". Look close and you'll see a small star tucked in at the
very top of the star pin. That little star is an enhancer, and if
you simply clip it onto your favorite chain, presto you can also
wear the Millennium Star as a pendant.
1st, 2001, my husband Mercer and I were installed as Worthy Matron
and Worthy Patron of Signet Chapter #129 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Our theme for our year was "Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow". At our
installation we said we did not want to turn back the pages of time
but rather learn from yesterday, so we would be better prepared
for today, and look forward to a brighter tomorrow.
your own Millennium Star today and put a little 'twinkle' in your
life. Wear the Star with pride for our beautiful Order, and let
your light shine bright so that everybody can see our good work.
With star love and angel hugs, Sara & Mercer Quinby.