History of Hope Chapter #41

The Order of the Eastern Star is the largest Fraternal Organization in the world to which both women and men can belong.  Dr. Rob Morris, the Poet Laureate of Masonry conceived the Order of the Eastern Star in 1850.

 

In August, 1892, Ezekiel Bates Lodge, A.F. & A.M., and its members were most anxious to see the realization of their desire for an Eastern Star Chapter in Attleboro.  They had many meetings and were assisted greatly by Sister Hattie E. Ewing, Worthy Grand Matron, and Brother Adams Franklin Brown, Worthy Grand Patron, of Massachusetts.  On October 23, 1893 the Grand Officers, came to institute Hope Chapter.  By invitation, Providence Chapter, No. 1, conferred the degrees on thirty-eight Charter Members.  The Chapter Seal is an anchor, expressive of the name “Hope”.

 

Thus Hope Chapter came to be, and has been part of the Ezekiel Bates family and the City of Attleboro for 122 years!  We are a fraternal, social and benevolent organization, contributing to many worthwhile causes: Shriners Hospitals,  cancer, heart, MDA, and our own benevolences.

 

Our ritual is based on five Biblical heroines:  Jephthah’s daughter (Adah), Ruth, Esther, Martha, and “the elect lady” (Electa),  each of whom are examples of heroic conduct and moral values.  These heroines represent the Tenants of the Order which are Fidelity, Constancy, Loyalty, Faith and Love.