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Grand Lodge of Illinois IOOF

Independent Order of Odd Fellows Grand Lodge of Illinois

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Ainslie

Ainslie is a Tattoo Artist and owner of Vintage Karma in Tuscola, IL. He is an Odd Fellow and founding member and Past Grand of Tuscola #316 which is right above the tattoo studio. Ainslie is also a member of Owl Creek Rebekah #91, Champaign Encampment #68, and Zonar Canton #18, all of Fisher, IL. He is also on the Grand Lodge of IL IOOF Web Committee and the Sovereign Grand Lodge Communications Committee and built/maintains their websites and Facebook Pages and is a founder of the Heart in Hand blog. When he is not tattooing or Odd Fellowing he built/maintains the official website and Facebook page for guitarist G.E. Smith and helps keep the fans connected.

TOMB OF THE UNKNOWN ON MAY 5-7

Tomb of Unknown

Click on the link for the details for the weekend

AMOS Central Division hosted in Tuscola, IL on June 16th-17th

Greetings Sheiks and Samaritans,
We’re excited to invite you to attend the Annual Gathering of the Central Division from Friday, June 16-Saturday, June 17, 2023 in Tuscola, Illinois. Tuscola is known for its nearby Amish communities featuring unique shopping and dining experiences. We invite your spouses to travel with you and spend Saturday meandering through Amish Country. A volunteer has been confirmed to drive a carpool and be the trip guide. As a special treat, we have confirmed that several of our International Officers will be able to attend!

CLICK HERE to view/download Invitation

CLICK HERE to view/download Hotel Form

 

 

Scholarships

img_2479 Please visit our Forms page to view and download the IOOF Scholarship forms.

All applications are due March 1st, 2023! Any received after the deadline WILL NOT be considered.

Since 1985, the Scholarship Committee has awarded $606,000.00 in Scholarships to deserving students throughout the state of Illinois. Which is an average of $17,823.53 per year and 20-30 scholarships per year.

Also, be sure to check out the scholarships available through the Sovereign Grand Lodge at https://odd-fellows.org/programs/education-foundation/

Grand Lodge Insurance Program Questionnaire

The Grand Lodge is looking into a group insurance program to insure lodge building around the state. We want you to understand this is a voluntary program, but preliminary results show possible savings as well as improved coverage. To be able to proceed we need some help from your lodge. Please fill out the online questionnaire below or print out the physical copy and return as soon as possible.

CLICK HERE TO FILL OUT THE QUESTIONNAIRE

Be an Odd Fellow!

Why be Odd? Why Not!

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Friendship

You gain a new family in the members of your Lodge and a vast network of Brothers and Sisters worldwide. By joining Odd Fellows with your friends it helps to give a deeper purpose and meaning to your friendship.   We are a diverse organization and have members of all faiths, races, genders, occupations and abilities with over 600,000 members in over 10,000 Lodges in 26 countries.

Love

The historic command of the Odd Fellow is to “visit the sick, relieve the distressed, bury the dead and educate the orphan.”

You get to take an active role in helping your community and the world be a better place. Local Lodges help out their communities in any way they choose and are unified together in State/National/Worldwide projects.

Truth

Be a part of the HISTORY and the MYSTERY. As an Odd Fellow you get to be a member of one of the world’s oldest and largest fraternal Orders AKA “Secret Societies”. Secret password, rituals, symbols, and more, all designed to “elevate and improve the character of mankind.”  By taking these lessons to heart you become a better person and in turn make help to make the world around you a better place.

Interested in joining us?  We would love to have you!

Odd Fellows Valediction

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