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.
1.) Research the order. Information is in every library and all over the internet
2.) Attend lodge dinners and functions so you have the opportunity to get to know the members and see first hand some of the benevolent programs we are involved in.
3.) Visit other Oddfellow Lodges in the area.
4.) Keep in mind you are considering joining a world wide fraternal order.
5.) Consider the time you have to offer. Oddfellows are Oddfellows 24/7 365.
6.) If after you have contemplated the above and wish to proceed you will need a sponsor. If you don`t personally know someone in the lodge and wish to join and have made your intention to become a member clear then one will be appointed for you.
7.) This becomes your official start. You will be educated on what is expected and you will be asked to be invovled in various lodge functions and activities as well.
8.) When your sponsor feels confident you have gained the knowledge to make a well informed decision on joining the order, your sponsor will let the lodge know and the members will vote on you at a regularly scheduled meeting.
9.) If the vote is favorable you will be brought to the next initiation and start a life long journey of helping your fellow man and expanding your fraternal relations with the world.
I AM AN ODD FELLOW!
I believe in the Fatherhood of God and the Brotherhood of Man.
I believe in Friendship, Love and Truth as basic guides to the
ultimate destiny of all mankind. I believe my home, my church
or temple, my lodge and my community deserve my best work,
my modest pride, my earnest faith and my deepest loyalty as I
perform my duties to: Visit the Sick, Relieve the Distressed,
Bury the Dead and Educate the Orphan, and as I work with
others to create a better world because, in Spirit and in Truth, I
am, and must always be, Grateful to my Creator, Faithful to my
Country and Fraternal to my Fellow Man.
I AM AN ODD FELLOW!