We would love to wish our brothers in the Grand United Order of Odd Fellows a happy 175th Birthday. Read more about the GUOOF here. https://guoof.org/looking-back-175-yearsof-excellence-looking-forward/?fbclid=IwAR2GS5H6QQ4My3PNzUxQs6RXI4HxIjYDXB5QtBT9O0lhmZ0dqz8dFet7beE
And here we are at the end of another year. I just realized this will be my 10th year as an Odd Fellow! Time sure does fly these days. The Jefferson Lodge has certainly been a hive of extremely busy bees this year! We've helped so many people in our community it's hard to count… Continue reading Happy New Year
Sigh.. it's a running refrain with me .. I'll do really well posting to the blog, then I drop the ball for two months (or twelve). I'm sorry guys, I do know how important this is, sometimes the words just won't come ! This is your reminder.. encouragement.. that everyone is welcome to write this… Continue reading Here We Grow Again
viaDaily Prompt: Faceless Yesterday our Lodge was able to contribute $235 to a fund for a local child to attend a Chorale trip to Nashville TN. No, it's not a lot, but if you think it's not a big deal... Then you've never been that kid. The one who is making up excuses to… Continue reading Faceless Distress
Jefferson Odd Fellows Lodge # 38 What is true compassion? According to almighty google, compassion summed up in one sentence is to have sympathetic compassion of others' distress together with a desire to alleviate it! I must agree! It is that part of the heart and soul that empathitcally can feel the sufferings of… Continue reading Compassion: What It Means to An Odd Fellow!
via Daily Prompt: Invisible Our Odd Fellows Lodge has been located on this block of Main Street in Jefferson, NC directly across the street from the old courthouse, now the Museum Of Ashe County History, since 1906. In 1958 we traded property with the Bank of Ashe and moved into that building. Most folks don't… Continue reading Removing Our Invisibility Cloak
via Daily Prompt: Identical Identical Our wonderfully Odd fraternity is ancient and far-reaching with members all over the world. The basic tenets of Odd Fellowship are the same wherever you go. But identical? Nope! If we were all alike, we wouldn't be Odd, now would we? The other day a Noble Grand from Cuba texted… Continue reading One And The Same
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I greet you all quite early this morning in the bond of Friendship Love and Truth!
Many historians note the #GrandUnitedOrderofOddFellows as one of the most significant black mutual aid societies even at its beginning stages in the 1840’s. By the 1880’s, the Grand United Order of Odd Fellows underwent a remarkable expansion period and went far beyond the local pockets of membership of its early days. The development occurred in a time of increased racial consciousness and institutionalized self-help for blacks.
I reflect on the fact that today marks our 175th anniversary of existence in this country !!!! Hmmm….. I am not even sure where to go with my thoughts on the subject matter being that we have done so much with so little light shined upon us that we have nearly secreted ourselves to death ! I am grateful for…
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via Daily Prompt: Patience How poor are they who have not patience! What wound did ever heal but by degrees. WilliamShakespeare Do you ever feel like growing our membership is like watching the first seeds in the garden sprout ? Those tiny shoots poke their tender green heads through the soil, and that extremely adorable… Continue reading Slow & Steady Wins The Race… It Also Builds The Lodge
via Daily Prompt: Incubate What a fantastic word! Incubate As a farmer, my mind goes to years of raising chicks... Just the word conjures thoughts of nurturing life, actions that are life giving. Isn't this what we do as Odd Fellows? Our Lodges are incubators to help people grow! To elevate the character… Continue reading Incubators… Oddly Enough