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.
Sunday August 20th, 2006 Century Lodge #492 held our annual Poker Run. The weather was as awesome as was the attendance. Participants began to gather at the sign up location, the infamous Penny Road Pub. special thanks to the owner Dave and his staff for making this location once again home base. Participants kept rolling in, signing up and getting that all important map and first card. First bikes out were on the road at 11 am. The first stop was at the Campground clubhouse west of Marengo, Il. As the participants pulled in it was amazing to see to the parking lot jammed full of motorcycles. After getting a refreshment and a card it was off to Clausens Bar in Union, Il. As you can see by the picture below that the party was on a roll. Once again everyone grabbed a refreshment and a card. By now I had 3 tens and though I was going to be in the money. After this we were off to JB's Bar and Grill in Elgin for another card and refreshment and from there back to Penny Road Pub for the last card, raffles, prizes, entertainment and of course the big raffle. That raffle prize was a 2006 Harley Davidson FXDBI Dyna Street Bob. There were over 450 motorcylces and 1000 raffle tickets sold. Everyone wants to be the winner of this fine prize. Unfortunatley only one lucky person would take home this $15,000 prize. I must give Brother George from Mineola Hemsptead lodge in New York a special thanks for selling 50 tickets out his way. Well with everyone having a great time and listening to great music supplied by Bob Panec, special thanks once agian, it was time to draw the ticket everyone was waiting for. Eric Bentely pictured in the white tee shirt with the big smile on his face was the winner. Eric just purchased his first bike two months prior and this was his first big event. By the way Eric road up from the Indianapolis area just to participate. We were very happy for Eric and he actually came to our next meeting and thanked us. We think Eric will be back next year! to Erics right is Brother Larry "Butterball" Clavel PG and to his left is Brother John "BJ" Goldberg PG and Brother Rob Bakes PG. With that being said there were plenty of other winners of cash prizes and gifts. Fun was had by all. Special thanks for those bar owners that let us overtake their establishment for an hour or so. Thank you to all the participants, because of your participation we were able to raise over $10,000.00 for Oddfellow Charities. We will look forward to seeing you at our next big event!!! Thank you so much for your ongoing support. Your donations go right back to those in need.