On July 13th Jamestown Lodge #352 of Arkansas was formally reinstated as a rebirth lodge after being closed for many years. Brother Ken Palikij from Ben Hur Rebirth Lodge #870 accepted the assignment of riding 8 hours to represent the rebirth lodges here in Illinois and Wisconsin. Brother Ken was met by Grand Master and brother of the great state of Arkansas Chuch Alt. This Grand Master is a go getter and is working very very hard to reestablish lodges across his state. Brother Ken attended the ceremony and offered words of congratualtions and encouragement to the new members that are willing to accept the responsibilities and duties of reestablishing a rebirth lodge. The brothers of Century Lodge are having rebirth lodge shirts made up and will be sent out in the beginning of October as an offer of congratulations and support.
The brothers of Mineola-Pacific Lodge #125 have sadly reported the sale of their building. They were forced into sale as the property taxes exceeded $55,000.00 per year. Although the membership worked hard on maintaining the funding required to operate the building the tax had finally taken its toll. According to them State and Local governments don't want to have fraternal organizations around anymore since they can't get any tax reform.
This issue strikes hard to the core of many of our Oddfellow lodges across the United States. Although a shame, our New York brothers have the crust to get back on their feet. We sincerely wish them the best from Century Lodge and all the Rebirth Lodges.
Congratulations to Brother Carmine Manzolillo on completing a successful year as Grand Master of the State of New York.
Congratulations also to Brother Richard Backofen for his appointment as District Deputy Grand Master of Nassau District. Brother Richard has always been a pivotable member of Mineola Lodge.
Congratulations to Brother Vinny Bila, formerly of Mineola Lodge #125, in honor of his elected position as Grand Warden for the State of Florida.