Thursday, July 20, 2017

An Evening With The Odd Fellows

As the Worshipful Master of Homer Lodge No. 199, one of the things I wanted to do during my term was to make our meetings better, which includes having a robust education program.  So each month we're working to line up a special guest, a speaker, or offer a presentation for the good of the Brethren.  And we invite local lodges to join us.

WM Todd E. Creason, Homer Masonic Lodge No. 199 (seated) and Noble Grand Ainslie Heilich, Tuscola Odd Fellows Lodge No. 316 (standing)
The last month, we invited the Odd Fellows to join us.  There is a new Lodge of Odd Fellows in nearby Tuscola, and their Noble Grand, Ainslie Heilich, joined us for a discussion about the Odd Fellows, their history, and their new Lodge.  It was a terrific presentation, and a lot of really great questions and answers followed.  

Our organizations are very similar in some ways and very different in others as we learned.  Both have been around since the 18th Century.  And both have been helping to build strong communities for hundreds of years--each in their own unique way.  

You can learn more about the Independent Order of Odd Fellows here. And they have a blog, much like The Midnight Freemasons except for Odd Fellows called the Heart in Hand: The Modern Odd Fellows Guide.  You'll find a lot of really interesting pieces there.  In fact, I've been invited to write a little something for their blog, which I definitely plan on doing.  Don't worry, you'll be the first to know when it goes up.

~Todd E. Creason

1 comment:

  1. Cool Todd! I am an OddFellow from the Netherlands and our IOOF Lodge als keeps in contact with a local Freemasonry Lodge. We can get along really well.

    Looking forward to your contribution on the Heart In Hand Blog.

    Brotherly greetings in Friendship, Love and Truth.
    Teike, OddFellow from the Netherlands.


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