The brothers of Knox enterprises 9499 of the Grand United Order of Oddfellows participated in the cleanup of a historic cemetery in the Old South neighborhood of Baton Rouge Louisiana. The cemetery is called the Lutheran Cemetery. Lutheran Cemetery was first formed in 1872 when the Lutheran Benevolent Burial Society bought a 6-acre plot of land along the roadway for a burial plot, said Lillie Petit Gallagher, chairwoman of Friends of City Park and a lead organizer of the cleanup event.  The land was a site for former slaves and freed slaves burial sites  prior to being purchased. Although the Lutheran Society no longer exists , community members have been charged with keeping up the sites. Many prominent African American figure form Baton Rouge area are buried there including leaders from Southern University.  Brothers that volunteered were Noble Grand  James Hart , Brother Byron Washington , and Brother Ronnie Jackson.

The Grand United Order of Oddfellows have continued to be involved in the community both seen and unseen.  We were able to help in clearing trees, weeds,removing debris and touching up gravesites.  Knox enterprise 9499 will continue to part of the greater Baton Rouge community to assist wherever the need is. In Friendship Love and Truth.

Yours in the Fellowship

Byron Washington Knox Enterprises #9499

I got a chance to meet Past Grand Master @kingvon__thefirst of District #29 (Another Country)
Aurora Lodge #810 #Nassau #Bahamas. This #brother travels all over the #world. We met at the old District #18 Grand Lodge on Auburn ave. We talked about the #history of our cultures. THE GRAND UNITED ORDER OF #ODD #FELLOWS is a non #secular non #discriminating #fraternity #all races are welcome. As Distict Deputy Grand Master some of my own personal goals are to #grow #connect #rebuild our anicent orderand its presence in the Georgia jurisdiction.

Oddfellowship is an important aspect of #American culture. It’s history predates the organized history of the country itself.  Its global presence has garnered influences from the countries it is practiced in. With English origins it is practiced in may languages and still remains intact as a productive friendly society. With the G.U.O.O.F. one can feel the importance of what this order means to its membership. While reactivating an entire district, one can only feel the possibilities of building and leaving a lasting #LEGACY just as the men and women have done before us all. There is more to come and remeber to stay vigilant for there is strength in numbers.

#FLT #friendship #love #truth #AAV #amistad #amor #verdad

This post might be a little late but we have the entire year to celebrate and commemorate our history in this country!  Three by three with #FLT to all the #oddfellows of the world !!!! Today is extra special because it is the 176th Anniversary of the #GrandUnitedOrderofOddFellows in #America and #Jurisdiction !

Something that has lasted for centuries and survived long enough for US, the new faces of the #GUOOF to carry it high on OUR shoulders to ensure this Order’s existence is felt in perpetuity ! Brothers Hail Hail thrice Hail!!!!! From the mountains to the valleys on this day and forever more ! Eternal thanks to the creator for deeming us worthy enough to be gifted with our founder……The Illustrious Past Grand Master, Brother Peter Ogden !!!! We owe him for our eternal bond……

        ⌛Institution of the First Lodge⌛

The free colored men residing in #NewYorkCity and #Philadelphia organized and maintained societies for literary improvement and social pleasures many years before the #CivilWar.

The leading organization in the former city was styled the #PhilomatheanInstitute; and in the latter qty, the Philadelphia Library Company and Debating Society, Quite naturally they turned to the “Friendly Society” of Odd Fellows, and accordingly, in 1842, Patrick H. Reason, James Fields and others, of New Yorkpetitioned the IOOF for a dispensation on behalf of Philomathean Institute, which organization had already resolved itself into an association with a view of becoming an Odd Fellow’s Lodge. It is said that the petitioners were treated with contempt, and their application pre-emptorily refused. However, our early brethren were not so easily repulsed, but continued negotiations with some kindly disposed members of that Order, who held out the vain hope that the dispensation would ultimately be granted.

About that time, #PeterOgden, a colored man, steward of the ship Patrick Henry sailing between #NewYork and #Liverpool, England, arrived and was informed of the desire of these men and of the effort to obtain admission to #OddFellowship in this country. He averred that the dispensation could be secured through his Lodge in Liverpool, and that to be connected with England and the #GrandUnitedOrder was to obtain Odd Fellowship in its pristine purity.
Yet the forlorn hope held out to the Association at New York had given the members some encouragement, and they did not readily accept Peter Ogden’s advice. So, after several more ineffectual attempts to procure a charter, the members of the Association were sickened and convinced that the Independent Order would never grant it, and for no other reason under Heaven, than that the petitioners were colored men. They accepted Peter Ogden’s philosophy and his generous offer to ask for a dispensation through his Lodge, Victoria, No. 448. As the duly accredited deputy of these, our early brethren, he went on his mission. Braving the dangers of the deep, Peter Ogden arrived safely in Liverpool, and to Victoria Lodge he presented his applicaton. The Lodge did not hesitate, it is said, but gladly  accepted. In the presence of Peter Ogden and others it immediately communicated with the Committee of Management at the headquarters, then at Leeds. The Committee of Management, being true Odd Fellows indeed, and knowing no men by color, were overjoyed at this promised extension of the Order in America. They therefore promptly granted the dispensation to institute Philomathean Lodge, No. 646, New York City,  N. Y..  It was duly set apart on the first day of March, 1843, and from that time we date our beginning in America.


The question has often been asked why the first Lodge is not No. 1, and why do the breaks appear in the numerical order of our dispensations ? The reason is : Because all dispensations of the Grand United Order are issued first from the Committee of Management, England, and are numbered consecutively by them without regard to what Sub-Committee or country they go. For instance : all Lodges from #1 to #645 are in England ; and the numbers from #647 to #709 were granted to English Lodges after our first number, #646 was granted and before we applied for the second, Hamilton lodge #710……..

Just a little history for you to get some understanding of our journey into the greatest fraternal order to ever exist !!!!

I have included some pictures from District 13’s celebration held at Wayman lodge #1339 in Columbia!  Might have to make it a post on its own….Representatives from the majority of lodges in SC came together in FL&T !

Noble Grand Albert Davis III of Hartsville is the council’s newest member for Darlington County. Davis will represent District 6 on the council. He is accompany by his wife Whitney Davis who is holding the bible while he is doing the swearing- in ceremonies, officiated by Darlington County Judge of Probate Marvin Lawson.

We the members of Distinct Grand Lodge No. 13 of South Carolina Grand United Order of Odd Fellows in America are proud that one of our very own is now in office serving his community.  As he is about our Order and all about Friendship, Love, and Truth. Good luck Brother Davis.

Albert Davis III swearing-in

As the title states,  I am pleased to inform everyone of our latest news ! Firstly, congrats are in order for Bro. Supreme Page jr for being appointed by the Committee of Management to again Chair the Historic Committee.  Our District Grand Master Shawn Cannon has been appointed by the Grand Master to Chair the Grand Legislative Committee as well as Co-chair the Membership Committee.  They will be duly installed in Philadelphia next month !  

On top of S.C.’s District 13 touting two National positions, Bros Shawn Cannon, Bruce Benjamin, and Kevin Williams also recently acquired the degrees for the Past GrandMaster’s Council !!!! The brethren in South Hill, Va welcomed them to move up n delve further into the higher degrees of our Order this past weekend. 

The brethren of Wayman lodge 1339 are still moving strong with their philanthropy and charity with their 2nd annual Toys for Tattz program !  Stay tuned as more will be shared in the near future!  In FLT and PHP..




I am pleased to announce to the world that our Brother and #NobleGrand Albert Davis lll of #Hartsville, #SC won a seat on the Darlington County Council for District 6 on Tuesday November 6, 2018 !!!!  Bro. Davis is in charge of Darlington Central Lodge No. 3440 #GUOOF , which was originally founded September 12, 1891 in #Darlington #SouthCarolina !!!!! We are so proud of him and as he takes a step further into political positions of prominence,building up the community , we shall move with him ! This is a proud moment for #District13 and all of the #Oddfellows around the world! Feels good to post something that just happened ! Anyhow time to raise the bar oddfellows !  #salutes are in order and we all are truly blessed to have him in our Mysterious Three!  #guoofof #oddfellows #oddfellow #Oddfellowship #3links #flt #threelinks #oddhistory #InFriendshipLoveandTruth

#election2018 #midterms

It’s such an honor to post our District Session pics For District Grand Lodge #7 and District Grand Household of Ruth #10, State of North Carolina. We have as always, our two sisters that’s 90 and 92, Sis. Lucy Sligh and Sis Clara of Shaffman HHR#683 Greensboro, NC.  Two of the oldest sisters, that gave me such a smile and inspiration to see them. Lighting candle of our deceased and word of inspiration by Bro Greg Holden.

Joanne Robinson-Irby, DGMNG


The Grand United Order of Odd Fellows of North Carolina and South Carolina helped revive The Knights of Pythias back to South Carolina. The Odd Fellows And Knights of Pythias were brought back to South Carolina with aid of young men who knew of the historical significance these older fraternal orders. There were two members of both orders who were on the first in each to being brought into each order.  They are Brother Rev. Dr. Ralph Singleton and Brother Kevin N. Brown. Brother Singleton and Brother Kevin N. Brown were initiated in Knights of Pythias in October 2015, and also were initiated in the Grand United Order of Odd Fellows in Florence, SC, by members of Riley Hill Lodge No.7224 and their Grand Lodge, Noble Grand Melvin Holden, P.S. Greg Holden and others. There were 11 candidates brought into The Grand United Order of Odd Fellows at United Masonic Lodge in Florence, SC, located on Lucas and Stackley Street. The Grand Chancellor of South Carolina is Brother Kevin N. Brown who is a member of Riley Hill Lodge No.7224. Brother Ralph Singleton serves as The Grand Keeper of Records and Seals of South Carolina Grand Lodge and Brother Bruce Benjamin serves as Grand Master of Works in The Grand Lodge of The Knights of Pythias in South Carolina. “I am proud to be a part of a dream  to bring back these two older fraternal orders back to South Carolina,” said Brother Kevin Brown who was originator who proposed to the Orders back to South Carolina.

Delaware District prepares meals for the homeless on Sundays

Farewell My Brother in FLT, PHP
Attending Celebration of Life Services for Brother John Mitchell on June 9, 2018 are Hon. Charles Bishop, Past Grand Master Prince Hall Masons, Pa. and Bro. Leroy Langston, District Grand Master of Pa., Grand United Order of Odd Fellows In America & Jurisdiction. Also attending are officers and members from Delaware and Penna. Districts.