Saving Lodges in Pennsylvania
This jam-packed episode of the Three Links Odd Cast begins with a musical tribute to the Keystone State courtesy of Sovereign Grand Musician Toby Hanson. Ainslie issues a correction regarding President Chester Alan Arthur’s lapels and Toby explains why Harry Truman wasn’t in the Presidential Odd Fellows episode (hint: he wasn’t an Odd Fellow). The episode gets rolling in earnest with Grand Secretary Justin Bailey, PGM, of Pennsylvania who shares some of his experiences working with lodges to help save them. He tells the stories of three different lodges he saved working with the Grand Lodge. Brother Justin’s optimism and can-do attitude have brought a huge amount of success to Pennsylvania. Along the way we discuss the number of hits the Sovereign Grand Lodge website receives, the benefits of expressing care and concern toward members who don’t participate regularly, Thomas Wildey’s westward voyage, social media engagement for lodges, and the Keystone Travel Book’s amazing journey across the United States from Bethlehem, PA to the Pacific Coast and back. This episode’s Shoutout goes to Riverton Lodge #44 in Wyoming and also to the Grand Lodge of Wyoming for their recent efforts to construct a new website.
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Evolving from earlier Orders of Odd Fellows first founded in England during the 1700’s, the Independent Order of Odd Fellows (IOOF) is a non-political and non-sectarian co-ed international fraternal order founded in 1819 by Thomas Wildey in Baltimore, Maryland.
The command of the IOOF is to “visit the sick, relieve the distressed, bury the dead and educate the orphan.” The mission is to “improve and elevate the character of mankind.”
So ask yourself:
Do you want to learn to be a better person and empower yourself to be more successful in all parts of your life?
Do you want to help make your community a better place and help those in need?
Do you feel lonely or crave quality social interactions and want to be part of something important?
If you answered YES to any of these questions then you are ODD enough to be an Odd Fellow! If you are interested in becoming a member of one of the oldest active “Secret Societies”, then take a look around and decide if you want to be a part of the HISTORY and the MYSTERY of being an Odd Fellow.