History of the Illinois Scholarship Fund and Committee
In October 1984, Brother Robert Wick Rockford Lodge #140 requested permission to present Resolution #6-1986; Motion was made by Wilkens #190 and seconded by Griffith #17 that permission be granted. Motion carried. Wick #140 read Resolution #6-1984.
WHEREAS: the careful investing of Grand Lodge Funds has resulted in providing income, which should be used for the benefit of mankind and also reflect with favor upon the Order, and
WHEREAS: many deserving students are in need of assistance to complete their college education, and
WHEREAS: a properly conducted Scholarship Program could be very beneficial to the Youth of Illinois and to the Odd Fellows and Rebekahs of this State:
NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED: that the sum of One Hundred Thousand dollars ($100,000.00) presently held in the “Investment Income” account be transferred on the books of the Grand Lodge to an account to be known as “The Odd Fellow-Rebekah Scholarship Fund” and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED: that an Organizational Committee for the Illinois Odd Fellow-Rebekah Scholarship Fund be appointed to establish the guidelines for the fund, method of seeking additional funds, duties of the selection committee, qualifications and requirements for applicants and establishment of general rules and regulations.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED: that if this program appears to be beneficial and meets the needs of the Order, then legislation be presented to establish the project as a permanent addition to the Order.
AN EMERGENCY EXISTING THIS RESOLUTION SHALL BECOME EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY UPON ITS ADOPTION.
Signed: Executive Committee Member
To the Grand Lodge of Illinois, I.O.O.F.
Your Committees on State of the Order, Legislative and Finance to whom was referred Resolution #6-1984 wish to report as follows:
The State of the Order Committee in conjunction with the Legislative and Finance Committees have decided favorably on Resolution #6-1984 and recommend the adoption of same.
Donald H. Dawson #2
State of the Order Committee
Lloyd Schell, P.G.M. #630
John Mrizek, P.G.M. #630
Mrizek #630 made a motion, seconded by Sanders #32 to accept and adopt the resolution. Motion carried. Resolution #6-1984 Adopted.
George Rendek, Grand Master who was raised in the Odd Fellow’s Children’s Home, appointed the Organizational Committee consisting of: Matt Hills P.G.M., Roger Drackley P.G.P., Don Klockenga, Lloyd Jenkel, Darlene Wick, Bernice Wood, PP, IARA, Opal Albin (Miss Perfect).
The Next Year Grand Master Ray Clayton appointed the first Scholarship Committee and GM Clayton assigned the same committee to start the actual Scholarship review. In the last 32 years the Scholarship Committee has awarded $519,000.00 in Scholarships to deserving students throughout the state of Illinois. Which is an average of $16,218.75 per year.