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Compassion: What It Means to An Odd Fellow!

  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!

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Removing Our Invisibility Cloak

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

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One And The Same

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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GUOOF: Looking back at 175 years of excellence, then looking forward… -by Bro. Supreme Page

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By Brother Supreme Page

Originally posted on GUOOF.org

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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Slow & Steady Wins The Race… It Also Builds The Lodge

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

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Incubators… Oddly Enough

  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

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Do You Have a Plan? by Toby Hanson DGM, WA

Worth thinking about!

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Do You Have a Plan?
Toby Hanson, Deputy Grand Master, Grand Lodge of Washington, IOOF

On a cold December day I finally realized something important about my knowledge of Odd Fellowship: I knew how to find answers to just about any procedural question in the Code of General Laws; I knew the signs and passwords of the lodge, Grand Lodge, encampment, and Grand Encampment; I knew the Grand Secretaries of all the neighboring jurisdictions; but I didn’t know how to turn on the heat in the lodge hall.

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My lodge, Buckley #75, has produced a Sovereign Grand Master, Art Craig.  His portrait looks benevolently down on the Noble Grand’s station, keeping watch over everything we do in our lodge.  However, when it comes to getting information on how to operate the systems of the lodge or its building, the portrait is frustratingly mute.  Until two years ago, we had a…

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