“Those emblems are there for a reason.” The artwork showing our emblems is enticing– even beautiful. In fact those emblems are one of 3 things that pulled me into the Order. Before I joined the Order I used to think “What do those things even MEAN?!” The mystery behind them did the trick– I joined […]Read More Using the Emblems for Reflection and Contemplation
The Nature of Truth in Sierra Leone This essay was written by Jessica Dickinson Goodman, a member of the Mountain View, California Lodge #244, touching on a lesson about truth she learned while teaching this past summer in the west African country of Sierra Leone. Last summer, I went to visit a friend’s tech center […]Read More The Nature of Truth in Sierra Leone -by Jessica Dickinson
The Dirty Diary is a one man band that hails from Denmark. Music style is a dirty gritty slide guitar blues and spaghetti western themed songs that sound like they could come from a Sergio Leone Western. Musical influences are: Tom Waits, The Kills, Ennio Morricone, Jimi Hendrix, The Black Keys. Grab a beer, and […]Read More Odd Fellows Music: “Odd Fellows Rest” by the Danish band The Dirty Diary.
Submitted by Seth Anthony Triune Lodge #307 Middletown, PA I have a question for you. Would you rather have the very best of a lesser product or the bare minimum of the best product? Let me share some examples. Would you like to have a loaded Kia sedan, with all the bells and whistles, or […]Read More I Have a Question for You. – by Seth Anthony
PART ONE: The following quote is from an early charge used by the 18th century Order: “The science of astronomy lifts our minds above the world and its doings, and leads us to exclaim: An undevout astronomer is mad. The sun, the centre of our system, diffusing light and heat to the world. The planetary […]Read More Space Aliens and 18th Century Odd Fellows
We need members that have certain strengths that may get overlooked when simply trying to “fill the chairs”. We don’t all want to work at the Grand Lodge level and attend formal events or even hold leadership positions in the lodge that require a member to do a lot of speaking in front of groups. While it is nice to have a lot of people show up for the business meetings, I have learned from many of my Lodge family that they feel uncomfortable reading the roles out loud and it gives them a lot of anxiety, even though they know no one would judge them for messing up. Instead of twisting the arms of members like these to only participate in the traditional method of belonging to a Lodge, there are alternative ways that they can be active members and contribute to the Order in effective and valuable ways.Read More There is More than One Way to Be an Odd Fellow
Using Technology to Improve the “Lodge Experience” Scott Robinson Lewisburg, PA, Lodge No. 96 Since 1844 http://www.iooflewisburg.org I started my government career, back in the day, as an engineer for DoD and NASA…yes, I was a rocket scientist! I retired from Federal Law Enforcement, a far cry from my engineering days. I have found that […]Read More Using Technology to Improve the “Lodge Experience” by Scott Robinson