|To: Lodge Secretary’s|
February 11, 2019
To All Odd Fellows Lodges:
Please be advised that on Saturday March 30,2019. An Odd Fellows Degree Rally will be held at Kearsarge Lodge #23 513 Park Ave. Contoocook NH 03229-132.
There will be a coffee/social hour from 9 Am until 10 AM and then the degree work will begin. .
A luncheon will be served.
Dress Code Business Casual dress required.
The Grand Master is Requesting his Officer to be present.
For Meal planning purposes an RSVP is requested a Week in advance to: Grand Lodge at 603-224-0121
In Friendship, Love and Truth
Patirick Doughty Kevin R. Taylor
Grand Master Grand Secretary
To all Officers and Members of the Grand Lodge of New Hampshire, and Odd Fellow Lodges of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows.
You are hereby notified that the 174th
Annual Session of the Grand Lodge of New Hampshire will be held on April 26 and 27 2019. at the Town and Country Inn, Shelburne, New Hampshire. Our Official Sovereign Grand Lodge Visitor will be Brother Charles Lusk, Sovereign Grand Warden from the jurisdiction of Ohio.
The Grand Lodge Session will convene in the Lamplight Room on the Lower Level, Main Building at 2:00pm, Friday April 26th
and continue at 9:00am, Saturday April 27th
. Handicapped accessibility is available via the stair lift within the hotel lobby.
North on Interstate 93 past Franconia Notch, NH to exit 35, follow Route 3 north to Twin Mountain, NH and Route 115 through Jefferson, NH, onto Route 2 East to Shelburne. The hotel is just after the Gorham/Shelburne town line on the right.
From the Portsmouth area: Take Rte. 16 (The Spaulding turnpike) north to Rte. 2, then east to Shelburne.
If you will be using a GPS Unit, the appropriate address is 2 Main Street in Gorham, NH.
All directions are from the hotel's web site www.townandcountryinn.com
Badge and Attendance Committees:
Registration and sale of the session badges to members in good standing will begin at 1pm on Friday and 8am on Saturday.
Badge Fee for session is $5.00.
The Committee will be setup in the hallway adjacent to the Rose Room. Badges are only purchased once, but you must re-register on Saturday for an attendance count.
When registering one must show an Official Receipt showing dues paid for current term. (An Unexpired Dues Card MUST be shown to register). Grand Lodge of New Hampshire Members also must present their Grand Lodge Membership Cards.
On Friday afternoon at 1pm, the Credential Committee will be setup in the hallway adjacent to the Rose Room. Any Past Grand wishing to receive the Grand Lodge Degree must present his/her Past Grand Certificate to the Committee. The Grand Lodge Degree will be conferred on candidates as soon as the session is declared officially opened and before any business is conducted. The Committee will also be in place again on Saturday at 8am for anyone who missed Friday’s Session. The Grand Lodge Degree will be conducted for anyone who is eligible, but could not attend on Friday afternoon, immediately after the session reconvenes at 9am.
Third Degree Members in good standing are eligible to attend the Grand Lodge Session and have voice, but, no vote. They shall be admitted after the Grand Lodge has been opened and is lowered to the Third Degree. All business shall be conducted in the Third Degree and third degree members shall be issued special badges indicating that they are members of the jurisdiction without voting privileges.
Dress Code: The Grand Master desires to inform the Officers of the Grand Lodge, of the dress code for the business session of the Grand Lodge shall be business suit on Friday afternoon and black tuxedo with red accessories on Saturday. The Installation of Officers will be in black tuxedo on Saturday afternoon.
The Friday evening banquet will be formal attire, officers in Black tuxedo with Black accessories and pocket regalia.
Reservations: Reservations shall be made directly with the Hotel, mentioning that you are with the Grand Lodge of New Hampshire, Odd Fellows. A special room rate of $104.00 plus tax per room for Doubles and Single occupancy will be $104.00 plus tax per night. For members who desire to stay on Saturday evening a rate of $104.00 plus tax (double) and $68.00 plus tax (single) is available and should be requested at the time of booking. The deadline for these special rates is April 15, 2019 the hotel may be reached via telephone at 603-466-3315 or 1-800-325-4386. Mention that you are with the Odd Fellows when reserving your room.
Meals; Breakfast is available within the Hotel Restaurant which is open from 6am until 10am daily.
Memorial Service the Grand Chaplain is requesting a list of all Deceased members of the Lodges between our Last Session and March 31, 2019 be sent to the Grand Lodge Office so that they may be included into this year's memorial service. Please include the Members name, Lodge, Highest Rank attained. If any Members pass away after March 31, Please call the Grand Lodge Office so that we can include them into the Memorial service.
Installation of Officers will be conducted within the Rose Room immediately following the session's order of business and prior to closing the Grand Lodge followed by presentation of jewels.
The Session will be called back to order for the Presentation of the Grand Master’s programs, Officers and Committees and ratification by the Grand Lodge. The Session shall then be officially closed.
At the present time legislation has been submitted to the Grand Lodge for action during the upcoming session.
Luncheon Menus as Provided by the Rebekah Assembly of NH
Luncheon Friday April 26
(All Prices include Taxes and Gratuities)
Alternate choices for Dietary requirements should be communicated when making your reservation.
Luncheon Saturday April 27
Cold Deli Buffet ($21.00)
Rebekah Assembly of New Hampshire
Dyana Draper, Secretary
39 Stanley Rd.
Springfield VT. 05156 Telephone 603-995-6603
Please note: Reservations are required as there will be no tickets will be available at the session. The cutoff date is April 15, 2019.
Friday Evening Banquet Sponsored by the Past Grand Officer’s Association
April 26, 2019
In the Shelburne Banquet Room
Doors will open at approximately 6PM for the Seating of the Head Table.
Dinner shall be served at approximately 6:30 PM.
Select one of the following
(All Prices include Taxes and Gratuities)
Baked Boneless Breast of Chicken ($29.00)
with cranberry-sage stuffing and pan gravy
Grilled Filet of Fresh Atlantic Salmon ($33.00)
with creamy dill sauce or Béarnaise sauce
Center-Cut New York Sirloin Steak ($34.00)
that’s 12 oz. of char-broiled perfection
A vegetarian pasta dish is also available. ($29.00)
Spinach lasagna or similar pasta dish
If you have special diet needs, please let Dave know.
Your entrée selection will be accompanied by:
Tossed Garden Salad
Potato and Fresh Vegetables in Season
Home Made Rolls
Coffee or Tea
Make banquet reservation checks payable to: The Past Grand Officers Association
Send check to:
Past Grand Officers Association
David A. Lent, Sec. Treasurer
260 River Rd.
Epsom NH 03234
We look forward to seeing you all at our Annual Grand Lodge Session as we hear reports of the Officers and committees work for the previous year and look forward to hearing from our visiting Officers of the Northeast jurisdictions and from our Sovereign Grand Warden concerning the current and upcoming activities of the Sovereign Grand Lodge.
In Friendship, Love and Truth
Patrick Doughty Kevin R. Taylor PGM
Patrick Doughty Kevin R. Taylor, PGM
|Brothers and Sisters,|
Below you will find the new Grand Lodge of New Hampshire IOOF Nondiscrimination policy. This new policy has been adopted by the Sovereign Grand Lodge in August of 2017 and has been Adopted by the Grand Lodge of New Hampshire as of November 2017. This policy will replace and supersede any previous policies of this type.
I will leave the policy posted here for a period of 30 to 60 days after which it will be moved to the section entitled public forms. Please feel free to copy this if you did not receive one in the mail.
| Non-Discrimination Policy|
The Grand Lodge of New Hampshire of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows (I.O.O.F) will not discriminate against any individual on the basis of disability, age (other than that of minimum to join the Order, lodge, club or group), ethnicity, gender, race, sexual orientation, religion or other social identity. The Grand Lodge of New Hampshire I.O.O.F. will make reasonable modifications in policies, practices, or procedures when such modifications are necessary to afford its service and facilities to individuals with disabilities unless the modifications would fundamentally alter the nature of its services. The Grand Lodge of New Hampshire I.O.O.F will not exclude any individual based on disability, age, ethnicity, gender, race, sexual orientation, religion or other social identity from the full and equal enjoyment of its services and facilities, unless the individual poses a direct threat to the health or safety of others, or him/herself, that cannot be eliminated by a modification of policies, practices, or procedures or by the provision of auxiliary aids or services. The Grand Lodge of New Hampshire I.O.O.F will not exclude any individual from the full and equal enjoyment of its services and facilities because of the individual’s association with s person of disability, age, ethnicity, gender, race, sexual orientation, religion or other social identity.
This was adopted by the Grand Lodge of NH Executive Committee on November 6, 2017, and Adopted by Sovereign Grand Lodge August 2017