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……
In the bond of Friendship Love and Truth the Brethren of the Mighty District 13 greet you all !!!! Provided below are more pictures for your viewing pleasure from this year’s Grand Officers Installation for the Grand United Order of Oddfellows in America and Jurisdiction. …
We are blessed to come amongst a group of individuals dedicated to the preservation of the Order ! If District 13 continues on this path, there will be nothing that can stand in the way of our righteous endeavors.
MAJORS, MONROE ALPHEUS
(1864–1960). Monroe Majors, a black physician, civil rights leader, and writer, was born to Andrew Jackson and Jane (Barringer) Majors on October 12, 1864, in Waco, Texas. At the age of ten he worked as a page in the Texas legislature. He attended Tillotson College (now Huston-Tillotson College) and normal school in Austin from 1878 to 1883; he also worked for the post office. After graduating from Central Tennessee College, Nashville, with a bachelor of science degree, in 1883 he enrolled at Meharry Medical College at Nashville, from which he graduated as salutatorian of his class in 1886. In college he worked as a reporter for several local newspapers. In 1886 Majors began practicing medicine in Brenham, Texas. During that year he became the principal guiding spirit and one of the fourteen founders of theLone Star State Medical, Dental, and Pharmaceutical Association. Shortly afterward his name appeared on a list, prepared by a group of racists, of influential blacks who were to be uprooted from their positions of importance in the community. Dr. Majors received advance warning about this threat and left his practice in Brenham for Calvert and then Dallas. He ended up teaching in a small country school for a year (1887–88). He later found out that two of the other persons on the list had been hanged.
In 1888 he moved to Los Angeles and became the first black physician to practice medicine west of the Rocky Mountains. He was invited to lecture on medical topics at Los Angeles Medical College; in California race was not a bar to participation in the medical societies. In 1889 Majors married Georgia A. Green. In 1890, after the birth of their daughter, he moved back to Waco to practice medicine and serve as lecturer in hygiene and sanitation at Paul Quinn College. He was at the college from 1891 to 1894. During this time he built and operated a hospital for blacks in Waco. Between 1893 and 1895 he was editor of Texas Searchlight, a serial publication that addressed issues facing blacks. During 1893 Majors worked in Chicago at the newly established Provident Hospital and with Frederick Douglass for five months. He also published Noted Negro Women (1893), a book of biographies of prominent black women of the period, which he had written in California. In the preface to this book Majors states the motivation for his literary efforts: “The world is full of books yet few of them appeal directly and peculiarly to the Negro race….[I] commend these pages to the reading world, trusting that they will for long stand out in bold relief, a signification of Negro progress.”
Majors moved to Decatur, Illinois, around 1896 and to Indianapolis, Indiana, in 1897. In Indiana he served as associate editor of the Indianapolis Freeman (1898–99). He returned to Waco, where he was superintendent of his hospital for two years, but moved back to Chicago in 1901. From 1908 to 1911 he was the editor of the Chicago Conservator, and for two of those years he was on the Chicago Board of Health. During this time he became a close friend of the poet Paul Lawrence Dunbar. Majors was active in civic and political affairs, especially in racial issues, an involvement that no doubt caused some of his frequent moves. He was also a member of the Grand United Order of Odd Fellows, the Knights of Pythias, the National Business League, and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. He was a Mason, a Methodist, and a Republican. In 1921 he wrote First Steps and Nursery Rhymes, the first book of nursery rhymes written specifically for black children. He contributed articles and poems to other publications, including the Chicago Defender, the Bee, and the Chicago Broad Ax. In 1908 he divorced his wife and in 1909 married Estelle C. Bonds. They had one daughter. In 1925 Dr. Majors lost most of his vision; thereafter he was less active politically and professionally. He returned to Los Angeles in 1933 and died there on December 10, 1960.
Fraternal Greetings from District 13 !
As the title states, today was a very productive day for the Grand United Order of Oddfellows in America and Jurisdiction…..especially if you belong to one of the lodges in the Palmetto State! Firstly, based on the love from our Grand Master as he took time out of his busy schedule to stop into our state for an impromptu meeting of the minds. Secondly with all who were present this unusually warm morning we were able to gaze upon a piece of our history….our (former) District Grand Lodge! The presence of our brethren and sisters past could be felt throughout. We had the opportunity to fellowship amongst the brothers both old and new, which was truly a blessing. Last but definitely not least, the Charter for Wayman no.1339 was passed from the Grand Master’s hands to the brothers of the newly reinstated Lodge out of Columbia, SC ! One of the oldest dispensations granted in Oddfellows history for South Carolina. We would like to thank the Grand Master for his tutelage although brief, but we look forward to his lessons as time progresses ! We would also like to thank the Committee of Management in aiding us in our Growth as a state and District. The future looks bright for Oddfellowship as long as we continue on the path of righteousness, under the watchful eye of the Creator,with our hearts in our hands…..FLT !