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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:

Supremelyodd@gmail.com

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

 

 

The 63rd Biennial Movable Conference was a memorable experience for all inattendance this year. The scene: The Astor on Canal Street, the heart of New Orleans. The mood: intense yet warming  The mantra: Moving forward with integrity and love…

It was among the most august of events with the sisters and brothers from all over the United States as well as our family from the Islands in attendance.  Me being able to attend was a blessing although I wasn’t afforded the opportunity to address everyone. I found myself quite content just to make small talk with individuals whom I had only seen in pictures.   The mayor and current president of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. Gave us warm wishes and thanks for hosting our event in their city. 

MNGS Sis. Martin @ the grand opening

There is much to be gained from the wisdom our predecessors possess if we only take the time to look listen and learn.  Current advice taken, I learned when to be fierce and when to be humble. I also learned that there is a plethora of knowledge about the order I have yet to attain.  To be a good teacher one must also be a good student.  The brethren of Wayman Lodge should be proud as one of their own received an award, in recognition of the work done for the preservation of the History of the Grand United Order of Oddfellows .  It is a must for next BMC to have more from the carolinas in attendance ! #squadgoals

My takeaway prize from attending the BMC was that my family was able to travel with me. My wife, my mother, my daughter and my big sister got to see me in action ! The looks on their faces ! How proud they were to see me dressed up in a suit n tie, which is not my daily attire !!!   Priceless !

As a business owner and tattoo enthusiast I may not look like many of the others, but I’m proud that they  accept me as I am, tattoos and all ! They recognize they taken the same oath as I, some before I was born…. I only see a bright future ahead for my lodge, my district,  my area, and the entire jurisdiction if only I can bring more light to the mysterious three that aren’t that mysterious, lol….

 

 

I would like to further my writings about the future of the Order and I will absolutely be trying to contact as many who attended for their wisdom and insight. But for now, I  will drop some pictures for your viewing pleasure!  I leave as came in the bond of friendship love and truth…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Brother Supreme Emanuel Page Jr. NG, Wayman Lodge 1339, District 13 Gr. Historian. National Historian GUOOF America and Jurisdiction

 

 

On June 4th, The Grand United Order of Oddfellows in America and Jurisdiction said their final farewells to Most Honorable Grand Master Emeritus, Brother Labon Malachi Lundy of Nassau, Bahamas.

Aged 70 years Bro. Lundy was born Oct. 25th 1947, and departed this life on May 23 2018. He leaves behind a host of family as well as Brothers and Sisters from Various levels of the Order.

The memorial service and rites were delivered by Most Honorable Grand Master John W. Green @ Aurora Lodge #810.

There were innumerable members in attendance as well as the District Grand Masters of Cuba and the Dominican Republic.

 

 

 

 

 

Today we pay homage to Patrick H. Reason of the original Philomathean Lodge #646

Patrick Henry Reason, first named Patrice Rison (March 17, 1816 – August 12, 1898), was one of the earliest and greatest African-American engravers and lithographers in the United States. He was active as an abolitionist (along with his brother Charles Lewis Reason).With his two brothers Elver and Charles L. Reason, Patrick attended New York’s African Free School. At the age of 13, his drawing of the school building was engraved for the frontispiece of Charles C. Andrews’ history of the school published in 1830. He was apprenticed to Stephen Henry Gimber (1806-1862), an English engraver and lithographer in the city.

His engravings include an 1835 version of the kneeling female slave, an 1840 portrait of Ohio Senator Benjamin Tappan, and the frontispiece portrait for the 1849 autobiography of Henry Bibb, a fugitive from slavery and an abolitionist lecturer. An 1840 lithograph portrait of Bibb has also been attributed to Reason.

Patrick Reason was the first to apply to become an oddfellow as a man of color during the 1800s. Though unsuccessful, he later met with the likes of our beloved Peter Ogden of the Original Grand United Order of Oddfellows. Reason expressed his Philomathean society’s desire to join the Order and Ogden suggested that they get a charter directly from the mother lodge and delivered the request personally. It was granted and on March 1,1843, our collective was brought into existence in the United States.  The cultural climate of the time, the hate, the disdain for a fellow human based on the hue of one’s skin couldn’t stop #FriendshipLoveandTruth from making a home here.

Reason designed the membership certificate and at one point served as the lodge’s grand master, and in 1858 composed the Ruth degree, the first to be conferred upon female members…….#salutes #oddfellows #oddfellow #guoof #guoofof #blackhistory #lithograph  #americanhistory #engraving

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