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Ainslie Heilich and Jenn Sereno sit down and chat about their experiences as active members of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. The conversation spans a big span of topics from getting new members, putting on events, community outreach, the value of learning from long time members, and the future of the IOOF.
Read More Odd Fellows of Today: Our first VLOG!
The easiest way to share the story of Odd Fellowship is person-to-person. When the grocery checker asks if you have any plans tonight, you can answer her by saying that you’re going to your lodge meeting. That’s a great opener for talking Odd Fellowship because it always leads to a question about the lodge. Wearing an identifying piece of clothing like a hat or shirt is another great way to prompt questions about Odd Fellowship. Make sure that you’re able to give a concise, accurate answer when the question comes up…
Read More How to Promote Your Lodge – by Toby Hanson, GM
I didn’t even realize the show existed, until we were several episodes into the season. I was shocked,”How did we not hear about this? How were Lodges not involved in the marketing? How did our Grand Lodge not notify us of it? Every great movement in history always has echoes in art, fashion, media and lifestyle. The West is in the midst of a revival in Fraternal Orders and we must capitalize on the awareness and exposure!” I had to check it out.
Read More How AMC Installed a Lodge in Every TV in America, & We Missed It -by Ryan Sumner
“We found all this great, old regalia that was hidden up in the crawlspace … Almost like National Treasure, it’s like you start down a path of little bread crumbs and it just kinda ropes you in further and further … and here we are,” says Heilich.
Read More Ainslie Heilich talks ODD on Local News
Interviewing Committee: A committee appointed to call on applicants for membership, to check their references, to determine the moral character and other qualifications of said applicant and recommend the admission or rejection of said applicants. This committee shall also determine the proficiency of applicants for admission by card in the degrees indicated on the card. […]
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Some of our staff at Heart In Hand have compiled a list of things we’d like to see Sovereign Grand Lodge discuss. Some of these ideas may already be under discussion and we may not be aware of it. Collect data, and use it to develop specific and measurable plans to grow membership. Encourage the SGM […]
Read More What We’d Like To See From Sovereign Grand Lodge
I would like to think that part of my personal growth through that transition could be attributed to the philosophical lessons our Order teaches and how they can be used as a member of the LGBT+ community. At the end of this piece you will find my interpretation of the Degrees through the lens of the LGBT+ experience.
Read More Reflections on Being an LGBT+ Odd Fellow.