State grand master visits local lodges
Rebekahs and Odd Fellows
By Liz Blann
On July 12, Mount Jefferson Odd Fellows Lodge No. 196 and Juniper Rebekah Lodge No. 224 hosted a joint visitation for Grand Master Pattie Olson of McMinnville and Assembly President Georgia Bollinger of Klamath Falls.
The Madras Rebekahs cooked and served a dinner of barbecued ribs, baked potatoes and a variety of salads and desserts to an attendance of 35 people.
Noble Grand Ron Blann opened the meeting with a welcome and invocation. Grand District Deputy Charlie Carter introduced the guest speaker.
Bollinger expressed how the need of increasing our membership is so important -- to educate the public of who and what the Rebekahs are. She said, too often, the many projects that we do in our community are not known. One state project is the Odd Fellows home in Portland.
Olson is the first woman to serve as state grand master in the United States. Olson went over her program for the year, which has the theme "Commit to do two projects."
Olson also emphasized the importance of membership growth. This year IOOF gave out three $500 scholarships to high school graduates, one each in Culver, Madras and Prineville. "Did the community know that the lodge did this?" she asked.
She explained her "Pass It On" program, where members gave out wooden nickels with Pass It On printed on one side and www.ioof.org on the other for interested new members. The Web site explains and gives more information about Odd Fellows.
The grand master noted the importance of meetings with training and learning about the degree work, understanding the needs in our community and working with other groups.
It was a very enjoyable and informative meeting that was fun and that had great food.
Traveling with Grand Master Olson were Grand Marshal Marilyn Walters and past president of the Rebekah assembly.
Traveling with Rebekah Assembly President Georgia Bollin was Assembly Marshal Carolyn Bollin.