Ok guys, so I’m going to brag on us a little bit, so bear with me here! I have a lot on my heart as an Odd Fellow today, having just returned from the meeting of the Grand Lodge of the Jurisdiction of North Carolina at Myrtle Beach this past weekend. My spirit as an Odd Fellow has most definitely revived! It can be assumed that the caliber of people that want to join a fraternal organization such as ours, are what I would call “ above and beyonders”.
To be surrounded by such a plethora of individuals, all with the same agenda of truly being servants to our communities and to our brothers and sisters in need, was beyond heartwarming.
Each time I watch our Lodge move swiftly in compassion, we plant a seed of hope in our community. Hope is contagious, and each seed we plant, the more our community positively grows and thrives. A true Odd Fellow tenaciously watches and listens to the needs and concerns of their community and puts all efforts into forming solutions; with things ranging from fundraising, to helping the child that does not have the money to attend a field trip they have earned, or to put emergency resources together such as food; whatever the need, we sit with a watchful eye and open ear, ready to help.
It has been a true pleasure as an Odd Fellow to witness so many caring people, putting their minds and hearts together; putting their strifes and distresses aside, so that they can help others with their burdens.
An Odd Fellow has a responsibility. A brother or sister that has truly taken our cause to heart, pauses to think during times of distress, anger or frustration, “what would an Odd Fellow do?’. The answer to that, is always, to take the high road and ask, “how can I be of service, and which is the path of love and friendship?”
We are to be trailblazers in the business of relief. Every single person that I had the pleasure of encountering or meeting this weekend at Grand Lodge, were exactly that. Trailblazers in love, friendship and truth. I felt so honored to be there, and so honored to be an Odd Fellow. It reignited a flame of gratitude for my Lodge, Jefferson Lodge #38, and called attention to just how much work and devotion my brothers and sisters have put into our own special lodge. Therefore, I felt a need to express that gratitude to everyone. So an official Thank You for all you do as an Odd Fellow. Thank you and know that your work and devotion has not gone unnoticed. I will end with an excerpt from our ode, but lastly, always remember before taking action on an issue, “What would an Odd Fellow Do?”. The bar is set high, for we are Odd Fellows, and it’s an honor to hold the title of one.
In Friendship, Love and Truth,
Sister Blythe Hilliard
Brethren of our friendly Order,
Honor here asserts her sway;
All within our sacred border
Must her high commands obey.
Join, Odd Fellowship of Brothers,
In the song of truth and love;
Leave disputes and strife to others,
We in harmony must move.