Congratulations are in order to Noble Grand, Brother A-Sean Malik Bey , Noble Father, Devon Smith, and the brethren of #NorthernStarLodge No. 715!

  These worthy oddfellows attended the Area I Session in Philadelphia where they received their lodge charter.  For those who don’t know,  these brothers have been putting in a tremendous amount of work with building their lodge from scratch, to solidifying Our presence in Syracuse.

They were recently in Rochester visiting one of the sisters of the Diamonique Household of Ruth.

Literally everything that we as members are supposed to be striving for,  this lodge is Doing !!!!

Their forthright positive attitude provides us all with a fine example of what we should be working on!   Three by three with #FLT and some #PHP !!! Please join me in saluting this lodge three times, Hail Hail Hail !!!!

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

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I can say it’s a great time to be an #Oddfellow ! Here you witness greatness as DGM Shawn Cannon received our long overdue district charter as well as our charter for #Sumterlodge2173 this past weekend at the Area II Meeting . Now if everyone comes together in this collective we can make something happen….No time for celebration now fellows, we aren’t at the finish line yet ! the race has just begun brethren! I want ever individual reading this to do a brutally honest assessment of yourself when it comes to the membership…….Ask yourself when is the last time you reached out to your brothers and sisters ? Ask yourself when is the last time you spoke proudly with nonmembers about the Order which you swore to uphold? Ask when is the last time you contributed time,money, or anything to the order? Let’s not only uplift each other but also hold eachother accountable for our part in uplifting the Order ! If we all do a little, no one carries the burden of keeping this illustrious thing of ours alive !!!! I leave as I came in the bond of #Friendship #love and #truth
#guoof #guoofof #oddfellows #threelinks #flt #php #brotherhood

As promised I thought it would be a good idea to post some pictures from the District shindig hosted by the brethren of Wayman lodge #1339, in celebration of 176 years of Friendship Love and Truth!

Brothers from Florence lodge,  Darlington Central, as well as Emmanuel lodge were in attendance to help us commemorate this moment in time!  The bonds were strengthened while our bellies were filled. A worthy candidate by the name of Robert who is an entrepreneur farmer and chef blessed us with some amazing food as well as a bounty of fruits and vegetables he cultivated to the delight of all present.  Remarks were given by NG brother Page, DGM Cannon, and DGD brother Bruce Benjamin.

Some artifacts were on display courtesy of PNF Bro.Page Sr who sent items he got from the Order in England as well as gifts from Bro. Humphrey and the IOOF from the Pelzer Canton. Also on display was a 100 year old copy of the #OddfellowsJournal and a special notice sent to the subordinate lodges of District 13 in 1924 concerning our fight to overcome the forces that had all but decimated our existence in the Palmetto State!

Everybody had a good time,  and finally,  we got to get to the most important aspect of our Order, fellowship with eachother!  I find that far too often we forget the purpose of our collective is to bond with eachother and build upon our memories fond recollection of the last time we were together……….

My only concern/regret is that everyone wasn’t able to attend!  Next year will be bigger and better though, that I can assure you of, and I hope that you, the reader will be there to witness it….

 

Til then I leave as I came in the bond of Friendship Love and Truth!

#salute #GUOOF #IOOF #DoubleOdds #flt #threelinks #District13 #DistrictGrandLodge #AreaII #InFriendshipLoveandTruth #fraternal #faithhopecharity #amicitiaamoretveritas

I have to take time out to honor our sisterhood know by all as the Household of Ruth.  I am a little upset about the timing of this find because I was a day late and a dollar short of having the pleasure of interviewing this local heroine….She was District 22’s Most Noble Governor and her husband served as District 13’s Grand Chaplain.

Their names are Donella and John R. Wilson Sr . Her obsequie from Bostick and Tompkins reads :

Roberta Brown Wilson quietly entered into her eternal rest.

Donella Wilson was the only child of the late Henry Brown and Minnie Bryant Brown Logan.  She was born May 24, 1909 on the Peterkin Plantation in Fort Motte, SC, lands on which her grandparents and great-grandparents had worked as slaves. Her paternal grandmother read the Bible to her, taught her to pray, and to bless her food. Early on, Donella wanted to learn to read and to teach others to read and write. By the light of an oil lamp and a Sears catalog, she first learned to read. A teaching assignment took her back to those same lands in Fort Motte as a teacher in a multi-grade, one-room schoolhouse.

In 1933, Donella earned her teaching credentials from Allen University; and when she retired in 1971, she had worked all of her years teaching in the rural counties of South Carolina—serving, training, and helping to shape multiple generations of students.

Donella was married to the late Reverend John R. Wilson, Sr.  At the time of his death in 1998, they had been married 66 years and for 62 of those years, had lived and raised their four children at 1214 Heidt Street, the home they purchased in 1937.

A true Christian woman, she was a lifelong member of Union Baptist Church. Over the years, Donella served in many organizations, following and supporting her husband as he served as pastor and interim pastor in several churches in the Midlands of South Carolina. Until her health began to decline, she served as Mother of the church at Union Baptist.

For many years, Donella and her late husband were active in the Waverly Community, always working to make the community a better place to live.  She voted in every local, state, and national election since 1947.

Over her lifetime, Donella was the recipient of many honors, awards, and citations. Her many associations include: Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., lifetime membership in the NAACP, District 22 Grand Household of Ruth , Women’s Home Aid Society, the South Carolina and the Richland County Retired Teachers Associations, Allen University Alumni Association, Interdenominational Alliance of Ministers Wives and Widows, Inc., the Columbia Counsel of Garden Clubs and the Carver Garden Club.  Donella was National Superintendent Emeritus of the United Order of Tents, Southern District #4. She was a 2011 honoree of the AT&T African-American History Calendar. In 2017, she was awarded South Carolina’s highest civilian honor, the Order of the Palmetto, by Governor Henry McMaster. She left this earth at the Grand old age of 108 !!!! I can only hope and dream that somehow she saw our work on behalf of the Grand United Order of Oddfellows and we made her proud ! Now and forever she will be known……..

CHARITABLE DONATIONS MAY BE MADE TO:

The John and Donella Wilson Scholarship Fund
Allen University, 1530 Harden Street, Columbia SC 29204

 

 

 

If anyone asks……….it’s for the cause of so many of our predecessors whose souls I hope to stir, as we honor their all but forgotten legacies……..

I attended the Grand opening for an exhibit titled “Justice for All” at the University of South Carolina’s special collections department in the library. There are over 300 rarely seen telics of a time not too long ago.  These displays highlight the contributions of South Carolina’s own Black American freedom fighters.  Dr. Donaldson was the Master of Ceremonies for the evening,  for what it’s worth,  he has been a motivating force for highlights of our history as the head of African American studies at University of South Carolina.  This vast body of work, the culmination of himself and his team of dedicated archivists and researchers.  The guest speaker needs know introduction,  but I will speak with great esteem, at having the honor of conversation with Dr. Cleveland Sellers.

His story:

A three-year-old mascot; pardoned civil rights activist; author; educator; devoted husband and father. These are the roles that have indelibly shaped the legacy of Cleveland L. Sellers Jr., PhD, the eighth president of Voorhees College.

He grew up in Denmark – in the shadows of Voorhees – and became active in the 1960’s civil rights movement as an advocate for voting rights, justice and human rights. He aligned himself with veterans of the movement such as Ella Baker, Fannie Lou Hamer, Esau Jenkins, Modjeska Simpkins and Septima Clark. He was a victim of the Orangeburg Massacre that resulted in only one arrest – his. He used the detention to rededicate his life to empowering others through education – his life’s calling.

Under Dr. Sellers’ leadership, the South Carolina State Commission on Higher Education has recognized Voorhees College as the only Historically Black College and University (HBCU) to receive the 2008-2009 Service Learning Award for exemplary academic service learning programs of public and private higher education institutions. The college also made history as one of only two HBCU’s to be featured in the first Inauguration Debate Series held at the National Museum of Natural history in Washington, D.C.

Previously, Dr. Sellers served as director of the African American Studies program at the University of South Carolina. An alumnus of Shaw University, Harvard University, and the University of North Carolina-Greensboro, his affiliations include the Kosmos Club, South Carolina State Board of Education, South Carolina African American Heritage Committee, the Organization of American Historians, and Southern Historical Association. Among his numerous awards are the 2009 “Preserving Our Places in History” Lifetime Achievement Award, South Carolina African American Heritage Commission……He is a remarkable figure whom everyone should know. 

Now if that wasn’t enough,  lets get into the displays!  Did you know that Martin Luther King Jr was originally scheduled to speak in Columbia when he was killed?  Yeah, he rescheduled to make that trip to Memphis instead and paid the ultimate price for us.  There’s proof within those displays.  While viewing I met a white photographer who was ultimately beaten within inches of his life by police officers, because he was  filming the carnage ensuing because brothers and sisters were boycotting stores in downtown Columbia.  His pictures tell a story,  his films even more.

I met sons and daughters of some of our members as well.  They were proud to know that District 13 is back,  I plan to do some interviews with them so stay tuned !!! I read the names of a good bit of our brethren mentioned amongst the greats, like Luther James Battiste, Isaiah DeQuincey Newman, Judge Matthew Perry, and J.C. Artemus…..If you don’t recognize the names a quick Google search will set you straight….

There aren’t that many ancestors left so we must focus on a new generation to care for the and carry the torch…..

I won’t post anymore pictures in hopes that you will take time off to come and see it for yourselves.  For the Grand United Order of Oddfellows?! I am working with Dr. Donaldson currently to assist with telling our unique history.  Hopefully we will be able to host an event like this all our own.  Til then though I will continue to bring you the latest and greatest ,as I find new information…..

Black History is this month, March should be “Odd History Month” !!!

 

I leave as I came in the bond of Friendship Love and Truth with a touch of  Peace Hope and Prosperity…..

 

Bro. Supreme Emanuel Page jr,  Noble Grand: Wayman lodge 1339, Dist.13 Gr. Historian and National Gr. 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.

Albert Davis III swearing-in

I am pleased to announce our 2nd annual Toys for Tatts drive on behalf of the #oddfellowstattoosociety of Wayman Lodge 1339 !  In conjunction with the Diamond Cut Tattoo Company we are putting our talents to work for a worthy cause! We need gift cards, unwrapped toys, new clothing, bedding, and luggage. All of the proceeds will go to Epworth Children’s home as well as St. Lawrence Place for battered families…..

 

If you would like to participate you can contact Vice Grand Jarrett Jenkins jnx1378@gmail.com or Bro. Terrance Hayes terrancehayes925@gmail.com.

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

There are three types of people in this world :

1. Those who make things happen.

2.Those who watch what happens.

3. Those who wonder what happened.

It pleases me to announce that here in Columbia, SC.  The brethren of Wayman Lodge 1339 are growing.  It goes without saying that fraternal organizations are experiencing a decline worldwide.  There exists a social and generational gap between these organizations and the world in which we live. The world is in a state of disarray with accountability being the word of the day!   The lodge however is managing to capitalize and fulfill the needs of worthy brethren  through our bond of Friendship, Love, and Truth  !  We still manage to shine a light through societal darkness. This past month we initiated two individuals who are more than worthy….. May I introduce to the world Brothers Tim Reed and Terrance Hayes !

These two new additions to our Lodge are living proof that we’re on the right path. These two fellows are a testament to our plight as their presence in turn brings more light and life to the Order. No longer are we a thing of the past but a staple for the future ! Many good things are in order for this new young brand of Odd fellows,  sticking to traditional values while implementing innovative methods of fellowship and continuing this rich legacy……

Pictured above is the brethren from left to right (PNF) Emanuel Page, (OG) Andrew Williams, (W) Andre Williams, newly initiated Brothers Terrance and Tim, myself (NG) seated left, and (VG) Jarrett Jenkins, but minus (WC) Bro. Humphrey and our Double Odds from Texas…..

At our last gathering we were presented with an apron that was worn by our predecessors,  gifted to the lodge by our Past Noble Father, who continues to enlighten us….He still travels 6 hours one-way to attend meetings and assist us, never letting the lodge down!  

Some might not understand this brotherhood,  and we’re okay with that, because Oddfellowship isn’t for everyone, but our earnest goal is to help everyone that we can.   Being a part of history is a rewarding feeling of itself,  making history shall be the reward of those who come after us……

I leave as I came in the bond of friendship, love, and truth……