Century Lodge #492 2005 Bring-a-Friend Meeting was held in June 11, 2005. Brothers and friends were in attendance from California, Montana, Arizona, Wisconsin, Florida, New York and from around Illinois. The focus of this meeting was to share a day of brotherhood with Oddfellows that have either been part of Century Lodge 492 by associate or full membership but more importantly to friends that have never been exposed to Oddfellowship. The impact on friends coming to such a meeting for the first time is overwhelming to say the least. The day starts out with a cocktail hour, and awesome meal prepared by our great chef's and is compliments of the house. Upon finishing the meal all are urged to enter the meeting room. The meeting room is darkened and once all are seated at the front of the lodge is the one and only Brother Hans Olson. Hans is a world famous Blues recording artist that has played with such greats as Muddy Water and Sonny Terry and Brownie McGee. We actually met Hans via his song of true brotherhood, Golden Rule. This song is played at the begining of every meeting and can be heard on the home page of this website. After a little musical introduction, speaker John "BJ" Goldberg PG tells the story of Oddfellowship. The story covers everything from the establishment of Oddfellowship to what is going on right now. The focus of this talk is to inform the newer members and guests about our order. The meeting is integrated with speakers and music from Hans. At the end of this meeting each of the rebirth lodges in Northern Illinois and Southern Wisconsin had a representative that passed a large donation to the charity of their choice. The impact on the guests kept coming. Emotions were high and the feeling of what we really do was in the air. After the meeting the entertainment takes off as Hans cuts loose and the refreshments are flowing. Thanks to all that realize the value of attending this type of meeting and for bearing the expenses of travel to be present. See you at the next BRING -A- FRIEND MEETING!!!!!!
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