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