Calendar of Events for the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, PA Grand Lodge.

March 2018
March 10
GL Board Meeting
Middletown, 10AM

March 11
Unified Session Meeting
Red Lion Hotel
Harrisburg 2PM

March 23-25
Mid-Atlantic States Conclave
Williamsburg, VA +

April 2018
April 7
All State Rally
Allentown, PA * +

April 21
Odd Fellows Home of PA
Middletown Annual Meeting

April 28
Odd Fellows & Rebekahs Association of W/PA
Annual Meeting, Orchard Mano

June 2018
June 22-27
Unified Session
State College +

July 2018
July 21
Knoebel's Fun Day
Elysburg * +

August 2018
August 20-23
SGL Session
200th Anniv. Of American Odd Fellowship
Baltimore, MD +

Note: On the second Sunday of each month, at 1:00PM, year round, Centre Lodge #153 of Bellefonte is still conducting their Music Jams!

All Lodges are reminded when planning an activity,
if you would like your state officer's support please
contact the Planning Board secretary: Mary Giebel
PO Box 49 Cassville, PA 16623
Call: 814-305-2011
Email: * Denotes Furnished By Planning Board
+ Denotes Details To follow

Eighty-fifth I.O.O.F. Pilgrimage to the
Tomb of the Unknown

May 4-6, 2018
Arlington, Virginia

Greetings to all members, families and friends of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows:
You are cordially invited to attend the Eighty-fifth Annual Independent Order of Odd Fellows Pilgrimage to the Tomb of the Unknowns. Members of all units of the Order are encouraged to participate.

The Pilgrimage Committee is pleased to provide the following information about this annual event. The 2018 Pilgrimage will take place on Sunday, May 6, 2018 at Arlington National Cemetery. The memorial services will begin at noon followed by the wreath laying ceremonies at the Tomb immediately after the 1:00 p.m. changing of the guard. Please note the dates and times the program will be held this year. The Pilgrimage address at the Tomb will be delivered by the Honorable John A. Miller Sr., Sovereign Grand Master.

The Hilton Alexandria Mark Center, at 5000 Seminary Road, Alexandria, Virginia 22311, will be our headquarters. Room reservations are to be made directly with the hotel, at toll-free 1-800-Hiltons (1-800-445-8667) or 1-703-845-1010. You MUST mention “Odd Fellows Pilgrimage” when reserving your room to receive the special rate of $117, single/double, $127 triple, and $137 quad. All room rates are subject to applicable hotel tax. (See attached information about hotel accommodations.)

The annual Pilgrimage banquet will be held in the hotel on Saturday, May 5, 2018, at 7:00 P.M. (Advance ticket purchase required – see attached pre-registration form.) A social hour will be held from 5:45 P.M. to 6:45 P.M. After the banquet, all present will have the opportunity to meet and greet The Honorable John A. Miller Sr., Sovereign Grand Master, Independent Order of Odd Fellows from the Jurisdiction of Connecticut; Sister Linda L. Thompson, President, International Association of Rebekah Assemblies from the Jurisdiction of Arizona; General R. L. “Ken” Laswell, General Commanding, General Military Council, Patriarchs Militant, from the Jurisdiction of Illinois/Indiana; and Lady Estella Crowder, President, International Association of Ladies Auxiliaries Patriarchs Militant from the Jurisdiction of Ontario.

We recommend that you schedule flights to and from Ronald Reagan National Airport (DCA), the nearest airport to take advantage of the free shuttle service to the hotel provided by the Hilton Alexandria Mark Center. The Washington metro area is also served by Dulles International Airport (IAD), located 30 miles southwest of the Capital in Northern Virginia. (There is no free hotel shuttle from this airport.)

We encourage you to publicize this special annual event in your I.O.O.F. community. The contact information for the various events is listed on the reverse of this page or on the attached forms. We look forward to seeing you May 4-6, 2018 in Alexandria, Virginia.

Information sheets may be downloaded here.

In Friendship, Love, and Truth,

Jennie Sue Pearson and Chuck Renninger
General Co-Chairmen

Journey Through Old Virginia
Middle Atlantic States Conclave of Virginia, I. O. O.F.

March 23-25, 2018
The Virginia Conclave Committee

A cordial welcome to 'The South!” Virginia will be hosting the Middle Atlantic States Conclave for the first time in historic Williamsburg. Using the theme Journey Through Old Virginia, we will demonstrate our southern charm and will also celebrate our 400+ year heritage.

Plans have been made for each of us to enjoy the weekend of March 23-25, 2018, at the Holiday Inn & Suites Gateway located at 515 Bypass Road, Williamsburg, VA 23185. We ask that each of you book directly with the Hotel by telephoning (757) 229-9990 by February 21, 2018. Mention you are with the Mid Atlantic Conclave. The cost of the room; is $114.95 plus taxes per night. You may come earlier or extend your stay fur a day or two at the same rate if you wish to increase your experience of Williamsburg. All checks are to be made out to 1.0.0.F. Middle Atlantic States Conclave - Virginia. For further information or questions, please contact one of the following committee members: Emil Suder 304-621-4257; Bernita Roberts 540-667-3743; Sandra Brown 540-254-1883.

Information sheets about Colonial Williamsburg and the surrounding area as well as forms for the various events throughout the weekend can be found below. We look forward to your visit!

Information sheets may be downloaded here.

The Virginia Conclave Committee

Sandra Brown
Jack Gibson
Janet Gibson
Judy Gordon
Rene Kreutter
Bernita Roberts
Jack Roberts
Emil Suder


Thomas J. McHugh, PGM - Chairman

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

It's time once again to remind you about the Odd Fellow-Rebekah of Pennsylvania Scholarship Program. Each year we have been able to provide young men and women with help toward their education.

Enclosed is one (1) nomination form for your lodge. Please copy it for your members. No nominations will be accepted if not on this form. Please make sure you complete the nomination form correctly and meet all deadlines. Members of any branch of the order who are making the nomination MUST be members in good standing of their lodge.

Last year we received 77 nominations, and were able to award 41 scholarships of $500 each.

Be sure to mail the nomination to the address on the form. DO NOT MAIL TO GRAND LODGE. The deadline for completing and mailing the nomination form is January 30, 2018, and is strictly adhered to. Upon receipt of the nomination form, the scholarship application will then be mailed directly to the nominee.

Please Remember, only children, grandchildren and step children under the age of 25 are eligible to be nominated by members of the order. Nieces, nephews, brothers, sisters, neighbors and friends are not. But, if they really want to apply, try getting them or their parents to become a member and then they WILL be eligible. Anyone 25 and over must be an active Odd Fellow or Rebekah member in order to nominate themselves.


    The "Rules" and "Application" may also be downloaded here.

Odd Fellows and Rebekahs
Association of Western Pennsylvania

2017 Graduate Scholarship Awards
Offering Two - $3,000 Graduate Scholarship Awards

The Odd Fellows and Rebekahs Association of Western Pennsylvania is once again offering two - $3,000 Graduate Scholarship Awards. These scholarship awards were inaugurated in 2016 and the Association was pleased to present the 2017 Graduate Scholarship Awards to two very worthy recipients in February.

Regarding this new scholarship award, the applicant or a living family relative must be a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows (1.O.O.F.) or Rebekahs of Western Pennsylvania and enrolled in the graduate program of an accredited college/university.

A copy of the "Rules" and an "Application" for the Graduate Scholarship Awards can be obtained by contacting Robert Grant (address below) or by emailing your request to

The "Rules" and "Application" may also be downloaded here.

For "Rules" and an "Application" Please Contact:
Robert Grant
40 Cypress Way
Charleroi, PA 15022

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