Why Can’t We Have Nice Things? By Michael Greenzeiger

Quality takes on many forms. In addition to our lodge halls themselves, we must also think about the lodge furnishings, regalia, and grounds. When we put on an event, the event needs to be well-planned. If food is served, it should be nicely presented in addition to tasting good. There should be options to fit the requirements and tastes of all those present so far as possible. When we perform ritual, it needs to be done competently and with feeling even if we don’t have the time or ability to do memorization work. If we can memorize and recite fluently, all the better!

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PSGM Humphrey joins the GUOOF by Bro. Page

I am honored to have had the pleasure of bringing PSGM Bro. Jimmy Humphrey into the Grand United Order of Oddfellows, Florence lodge 2212 ! He along with six more gentlemen answered the call to come forth and help us to build something greater than ourselves. Even more awesome was that it was in the presence of my father who is also a proud new member of our Illustrious Order ! He drove six hours to attend lodge, and be a part of history brethren!  

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The Inclusive Order of Odd Fellows by David Scheer

Regardless of what the “I” in I.O.O.F. officially stands for, in our hearts as Odd Fellows, it should stand for Inclusiveness. Inclusiveness is the actual historic meaning of Odd Fellows. When our Order was born from the trade guilds in England, ODD meant DIVERSE, (as in odd jobs.) A fellow was a member of a trade. Other trade guilds were exclusive. The Masons only allowed masons. The Foresters only allowed foresters. The Odd Fellows were inclusive, they encouraged diversity and allowed members of any trade to join their fraternal guild.

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