True, he was known to many now living; but even they were not admitted to the knowledge of his private walks, or to witness those home scenes which more than any other indicate the man. He was at all times reticent, or entirely silent, about himself, and his solitary life gave no glimpse into the obscurity of his domestic secrets. He was manifestly of humble extraction, and might be ranked one remove above a common laborer.Read More Thomas Wildey’s Life and Love of Odd Fellowship
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
By Ainslie Heilich, PG Tuscola #316 ArtofVintageKarma.com Why am I an Odd Fellow? This is a question that people either ask me that we as members should look deep inside and ask ourselves from time to time so that we can honestly answer why we are so invested in fighting for our beloved Order. I […]Read More Why am I an Odd Fellow? Part 1
As current members, we should be aware of skepticism by some “youth”
about all things old or traditional or fading away (like many see the
Order). It was not until I turned 50 that I sought out what I thought I was
missing. I asked many questions. The members I asked were patient
with me. Eventually, I found what my lodge and I could give each other.
Dear Brothers and Sisters, I have recently read a book entitled Secret Ritual and Manhood in Victorian America by Mark C. Carnes. This book is an academic treatment of the role our Order along with several others played in the United States during the 19th century. Although I do not agree with every conclusion that […]Read More On Finding our Value and Potential Place in Contemporary American Society – by Michael Greenzeiger
So many feel powerless in their daily lives, from dead end jobs and corporate slavery to societal expectations and financial limitations, people are craving empowerment over their chaotic lives. Odd Fellows can do all that and more. We just have to look inward to see the built in value that we have to offer our members that is currently being ignored.Read More What the Odd Fellows of Tomorrow Could Look Like
Revision to a minimum scale maybe one thing but our three degree system was in place for a reason and should never become one degree, one pass, or grip. The problem a lot of us do not know how to find the treasure in these degrees this system is meant to imprint on your mind. I also disagree with the mere thoughts of being social for if we are just social there would not be a need for a degree system. The degrees are meant to teach morals, or for some to reiterate common morals amongst man. That is one of our down falls we do not focus enough on this aspect.Read More Conversation about “Streamlining the Ritual.” Counter to the Dedicated Members for Change’s opinion.