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IOOF Picnic & Ex-Students Banquet Reminder
Posted on Apr 25th, 2017
Brothers and Sisters,
 
This is a friendly reminder that the I.O.O.F. Annual Picnic and Ex-Students Banquet is this Saturday, April 29th.  If you plan to attend either event, please take some photos and email them to jdobson@nctv.com for the Odd Fellow News.  See you there!
 
RSVP for IOOF Picnic
Posted on Apr 12th, 2017
Brothers and Sisters,
 
You will need to RSVP for the I.O.O.F. Annual Picnic by this Saturday, April 15, 2017.  Please call either Fran Ryals at (940) 231-8796 or Donna Weeks at (214) 529-5469 to let them know how many from your lodge will be attending. 
 
Also, the Dallas County Association will not be serving chicken, but they will have hamburgers and hot dogs.  It is requested that each lodge bring one dessert only, instead of everyone bringing a dessert each.
 
Please also bring lawn chairs and bug spray, and RSVP as soon as possible so there will be enough seating and food for everyone.  The picnic will be held April 29, 2017 (see the attachment for more details).  See you there!
 
Odd Fellow News April 2017 Edition
Posted on Apr 4th, 2017
 
The April 2017 Edition of Odd Fellow News is now available!  To view the newsletter, click the image below:
 
From the Grand Master (George Richards):
 
Brothers and Sisters,
 
I want to thank the Grand Body for elevating me to the office of Grand Master for the jurisdiction of Texas.  I also want to thank my wife Pat; my daughters – Becky Anderson of Abernathy #809 and Anita Roberson of Prosper, Texas; four granddaughters – Spring McDonnell of Abernathy #809; Farah Criner and husband Caleb of San Antonio; Kacie Birkes of Abernathy #809 and Roberson, Texas; and Summer Reed and husband Tyson of Lubbock; and 11 great-grandchildren: Chloe, Cutter, Cal, and Cash Criner; Cayden, Landen, and Presley Birkes; Parkyr and Prestyn Reed; and Keely and Brody McDonnell.
 
To read more on this article and more, click the following link:  OFN Apr 2017
 
 
 
Welcome to the Grand Lodge Sessions!
Posted on Mar 16th, 2017
It's here! The 177th Annual Session of the Grand Lodge I.O.O.F. of Texas and the 123rd Annual Session of the Rebekah Assembly I.O.O.F. of Texas! We'll see everyone tomorrow evening at the Reception for Grand Master Johnny Cantrell and Rebekah Assembly President Margaret Snyder, as well as Monday night's Banquet for Deputy Grand Master George Richards and Vice President Amy Box. There will be other meetings, luncheons, banquets, exhibits, and of course, Sessions.
 
May God be with the Odd Fellows and Rebekahs traveling to be here this weekend.  We pray that they have safe travels. May He bring peace, healing, renewed friendships, clarity of mind, purpose and joy to the Order.
  
In F., L. & T.,
Members and Staff at the I.O.O.F. Event Center and I.O.O.F. Administration Office
 
Odd Fellow News March 2017 Edition
Posted on Mar 1st, 2017
 
The March 2017 Edition of Odd Fellow News is now available!  To view the newsletter, click the image below:
 
 
From the New Grand Master:
 
This is my final letter to you as Grand Master. I want to thank all of the members for the courtesies and honor afforded to me. It has been a once-in-a-lifetime experience serving in this position. I know I didn’t get everything I wanted accomplished, but we did make progress this year.
 
To read more on this article and more, click the following link:  OFN Mar 2017
 
 
 
Odd Fellow News February 2017 Edition
Posted on Jan 31st, 2017
The February 2017 Edition of Odd Fellow News is now available!  To view the newsletter, click the image below:
 
From the New Grand Master:
 
This Grand Lodge year is winding down rather quickly now. The lodges have the information for the Session, and I invite all who are eligible to attend.  I look forward to seeing all of you. There was an error on the original meal order form.  The 50 Year Boys Luncheon is for the 50 Year Boys and their guests only.
 
To read more on this article and more, click the following link:  OFN Feb 2017
 
Odd Fellow News January 2017 Edition
Posted on Dec 28th, 2016
 
The January 2017 Edition of Odd Fellow News is now available!  To view the newsletter, click the image below:
 
 
From the New Grand Master:
 
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
 
By the time you read this, Christmas will have passed and we will be headed into another calendar year. I hope Santa brought you what you needed. I wish all of you a safe and prosperous New Year. Our Grand Lodge term has a few months left, and it will be over before we know it.
 
During the month of December, I attended the Executive Committee, Event Center, and General Arrangements meetings for the year. I never made it into the W. & O. Homes Grand Lodge Board meeting. I made official visits to Austin #23 and Granbury # 237 in December. 
 
To read more on this article and more, click the following link:  OFN Jan 2017
 
Previous editions of Odd Fellow News are now available online.  CLICK HERE!
 
 
~ Upcoming Events ~
2017 Ex-Students Homecoming
Friday, April 28th to Sunday, April 30th at Corsicana, Texas
(Class of 1934)
 
2017 Ex-Students Homecoming
Friday, April 28 - Sunday, April 30, 2017
Corsicana, Texas
 
Banquet tickets are $20.00 each
Picnic tickets are $10.00 each
 
Please register by April 26, 2017.  If you plan on attending, please notify Zelma Bielat.
 
Zelma Bielet
P.O. Box 314
Covington, TX  76636
Phone: (254) 854-2178
Cell:  (972) 533-7076
 
 
 
15th Annual I.O.O.F. Picnic
Saturday, April 29th, 10:00 a.m. at I.O.O.F. Park in Corsicana, Texas
 
15th Annual I.O.O.F. Picnic
Saturday, April 29, 2017
at the
I.O.O.F. Park
45th Street
Corsicana, Texas
 
 
 
The Association would like to know ahead of time how many to plan for.  Please contact Fran Ryals, President of the Association,  or Donna Weeks by April 15th to let them know how many members of your lodge and guests plan to attend. 
 
Fran’s phone #: (940) 231-8796 
Donna’s phone #: (214) 529-5469
 
 
 
Balch Spring Lodges's BBQ Luncheon for the Youth
Sunday, May 7th, 11:00 a.m. at Balch Springs Lodges, Balch Springs, TX
 
Balch Springs Lodges' BBQ Luncheon
to benefit the Youth
Sunday, May 7, 2017
11:00 a.m.
Balch Springs Lodges
Balch Springs, TX
 
 
Wreath Laying Ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknowns
Sunday, May 7th, 1:00 p.m. at Arlington, Virginia
 
Wreath Laying Ceremony at the
Tomb of the Unknowns
Sunday, May 7, 2017
Arlington National Cemetery
Arlington, Virginia
 
 
Dallas Co. Association Potluck Dinner
Saturday, May 20th, 10:00 a.m. at Friendship Towers I, Dallas, Texas
 
Dallas County Association Potluck Dinner
Saturday, May 20, 2017
10:00 a.m.
Friendship Towers I
Dallas, Texas
 
 
Institution of new Golden Rule Encampment No. 44
Saturday, May 20th, 9:00 a.m. at Dallas Lodge No. 44, Dallas, Texas
 
Institution of new
Golden Rule Encampment No. 44
Saturday, May 20, 2017
9:00 a.m.
Dallas Lodge No. 44
Dallas, Texas
 
 
Grand Junior Lodge & Theta Rho Assembly Sessions
Thursday, June 8th to Sunday, June 11th at Corsicana, Texas
  
Grand Junior Lodge &
Theta Rho Assembly Sessions
06/08/2017 thru
06/11/2017
Grand Lodge Admin. Bldg,
IOOF Event Center, &
Corsicana Lodge Hall
Corsicana, Texas
 
 
 
Friendship Tower Board Meeting
Sunday, June 25th, 12:00 noon at Dallas, Texas
 
Friendship Towers Board Meeting
Sunday, June 25, 2017
12:00 noon
Friendship Towers I
Dallas, Texas
 
 
United Nations Tour Departs
Saturday, July 15th, TBA at DFW Airport, Dallas, Texas
United Nations Tour Departs
Saturday, July 15, 2017
D.F.W. Airport
Dallas, Texas
 
 
Mid South Conclave 2017
Thursday, July 20th to Sunday, July 23rd, TBA at Ramada Shreveport Airport, Shreveport, LA
 
Mid South Conclave 2017
07/20/2017 thru
07/23/2017
Ramada Shreveport Airport
Shreveport, Louisiana
 
 
United Nations Tour Returns
Tuesday, July 25th, TBA at D.F.W. Airport, Dallas, Texas
 
United Nations Tour Returns
Tuesday, July 25, 2017
D.F.W. Airport
Dallas, Texas
 
 
Dallas County Association Meeting
Saturday, August 5th, 11:00 a.m. at Friendship Towers I, Dallas, Texas
 
Dallas County Association Meeting
Saturday, August 5, 2017
11:00 a.m.
Friendship Towers I
Dallas, Texas
 
 
Youth Days at Sovereign Grand Lodge
Friday, August 18th to Saturday, August 19th at Hyatt Regency at the Arch, St. Louis, Missouri
 
Youth Days at Sovereign Grand Lodge
08/18/2017 thru
08/19/2017
Hyatt Regency at the Arch
St. Louis, Missouri
 
 
Sovereign Grand Lodge/I.A.R.A. Sessions
Monday, August 21st to Friday, August 25th at Hyatt Regency at the Arch, St. Louis, Missouri
 
Sovereign Grand Lodge &
I.A.R.A. Sessions
08/21/2017 thru
08/25/2017
Hyatt Regency at the Arch
St. Louis, Missouri
 
 
I.O.O.F. Retirement Center Pilgrimage
Sunday, September 10th, 2:00 p.m. at I.O.O.F. Retirement Center, Ennis, Texas
 
I.O.O.F. Retirement Center Pilgrimage
Sunday, September 10, 2017
2:00 p.m.
I.O.O.F. Retirement Center
Ennis, Texas
 
 

     

 

 
 
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