GRAND MASTER'S MESSAGE
Welcome to the Missouri Independent Order of Odd Fellows web site. I hope you'll fine all the information easy to find and enjoy the web site. This year I will be dedicating my year as Grand Master, to my family and two past Grand Masters and my friends, who took me under their wings, and showed what it means to be ODD Fellows, and how much fun it could be working with our community. To my parents Lummie & Velma Watson who have passed on, who raised me to use common sense, and to treat people with respect.
The first past Grand Master is the late Jim Martin, when I first became a Grand Lodge Representative, Jim without hesitation started to teach me the ropes.
The second past Grand Master, is my longtime friend Lloyd Rathgeber, who over the years has taught me about law enforcement and what community relationships are, and why we should get involved with our communities as ODD Fellows. To help me accomplish my mission, I have developed a motto.
FRIENDSHIP LOVE AND TRUTH
MISSOURI GRAND LODGE
INDEPENDENT ORDER OF ODD FELLOWS
MY MOTTO is to have the Strength and Courage to protect our families & friends.
MY EMBLEM is the Missouri Bear, not only is the bear a symbol of our great State of Missouri. The Bear invites you to embrace your power, the power of your spirit.
I have chosen the American Diabetic Association as my special charity for this year. May we all join together in helping to find a cure for this dreadful disease to help. In afford to encourage lodges to help support this special charity. The following awards programs have been established.
The Grizzly Bear Award: This award will be presented to any lodge that donates $100.00 or more to the Grand Master’s Special Project.
Brown Bear Award: This award will be given to any lodge that donates $25.00 or more but less than $100.00 to the Grand Master’s Special Project.
Black Bear Award: This award will be presented to any lodge that donates at least $25.00 to any of the following projects: Arthritis Foundation, Visual Research and the Educational Foundation.
Special Grand Master’s Award: Presented to any lodge that initiates or reinstates five members or more between June 1, 2018 and April 30, 2019.
Please send all donation checks to the Grand Secretary and make checks payable to the Grand Lodge of Missouri and indicated for which charity it is intended. Report all new members to the Grand Secretary, and he will report them to the Sovereign Grand Lodge Office.
May the world find peace
Missouri Grand Master
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