Greetings in FL&T,
from the desk of Bro. Supreme Page :
Worthy Brothers and sisters of the Grand United Order of Oddfellows in America and Jurisdiction Happy New Year !!!! The past year for District 13 was chock full of ups and downs yet we are still going strong and still moving forward. Our strength is only as strong as our weakest members though. With that being said I would emplore all the members who read this to extend your heart in hand to a brother or sister whom you haven’t seen at the last meeting, someone who you almost forgot about. Doesn’t necessarily have to be an Elder but even so, check on them often !!!!!
Our national communication should be more than death notices and Facebook Groups !!!!
It is my sincerest attempt to inspire potential candidates to bring new life into our mysteries yet, I feel compelled to speak with our elders. Understanding that time isn’t on our side, we must seek out, and bring all our elders back to the “Light” of Oddfellowship. Not saying you have to go out and hit yelp n look up every past member (although I do) , but how much would it hurt to call and inquire about our lodge or household pioneers? The torch can’t be passed if we fail to extend our hands ! These brothers and sisters are our living libraries and some very important events in our history are stored in their minds.
I am on the hunt for stories, old programs, old photos, etc. Ultimately it is time for our story to be told to the public, letting the world know about this beacon of light we have been shining since 1843!
I am writing a book on our history, possibly two, because so much has been left unsaid for too long ! I am grateful for the opportunity to speak on behalf of our brethren, to do research about US ! To browse the personal effects of those who came before us is in itself a jewel worth it’s weight in gold ! Being able to teach a wider audience about all we have done throughout history is a labor of love ! My only hope is that some of you will reach out to me with your own stories about a lodge, household, or specific members. You can send me an email at:
To my up and coming researchers I need your help as well. Many college libraries have special collections waiting for someone like you to spelunk their volumes ! You can start online and so your journey begins. If you’re interested in our rich history and it’s preservation hit me up…..
I leave as I came in the bond of Friendship Love and Truth!
Bro. Supreme Emanuel Page jr NG Wayman lodge 1339, Dist.13 Gr. Historian and National Historian for America and Jurisdiction
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.
It is with esteemed honor that I announce the resurrection of St. John Lodge #1455 of the Grand United Order of OddFellows out of Atlanta, Georgia ! With the consolidated efforts of South Carolina’s District 13 another step forward has been taken! Our chief goal is to breathe life back into this order and I am proud to say that we are bearing fruit from the oddfellows tree. This lodge was initially brought into existence in 1870, a mere 5 years after our brothers and sisters were emancipated! There are many who share a hand in this arduous task that is indeed worth our consolidation ! We must press on and continue to be a light so bright the sun gotta wear shades …….
Atlanta’s Auburn community was a beacon for black business and quickly rose to prominence and prosperity……like them, our new torch bearing brothers will again shine bright !
This has been one of the most important weekends for the brothers in South Carolina and the order in general ! Many many more to come yall so stay tuned! Special thanks to District 13 Grand Master Shawn Cannon and Brother Tim Reed and the rest of the degree team that traveled south to assist in our growth! Speaking of growth, I want to welcome my brother Geoffrey Powell into our #Mysteriousthree ! I am honored to be among you brothers and together we will be a force for #Friendship #Love and #Truth! #guoof #guoofof #oddfellow #Oddfellowship #3links #flt #oddhistory #philanthropy #doforself #fraternal #threelinks
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..
As we grow as GUOOF members , we must remember the reasons we are searching for our history is a lack of communication between the Seniors and new members. Our senior member are responsible for education the new members on the rules, history, and all things required to enrich us so that we become as they are, well educated in our past. Finding ways to gain this information from our senior members, sometimes puts us at odds with them. But as a Senior they should be proud to pass on their knowledge because we are their future, as they were when they came to the understanding which lead them to become members. Every member of our order is a history lesson in work because as we travel as Guoof members we shine light on people we come across and we are remembered by our deeds. We are a family and each member with members above and below them in status are beckons of light to each other, because we will not harm one another but only educate and help as a Family does. Our founding Father did his job to bring light to the Order. When things did not go as planned in the beginning, he continued to move forward and do a remarkable job to start and maintain the ideals of our Order as we know it today. When speaking with our Senior advise them that you are not being disrespectful to them, but only trying to make them proud to see that after they have moved on the lessons they taught us are working. History is being made everyday by our Brothers and Sisters. Holding true to our Order and reaching one and teaching one is the key. When you look at the words Friendship, Love and Truth, they are not just words but words that a Family will live and die by. As a member who wants the security of our Order to be secure, I only express my views and hope all who read these words understand that we continue to exist because we live by our creed. I leave you as I came in Friendship, Love and Truth
Bro. Emanuel Page Sr.
Wayman lodge #1339