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

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

April 28
Odd Fellows Home of PA
Middletown Annual Meeting

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

June 2018
June 2
Encampment Rally
Johnstown +*

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 +

October 2018
October 6
PGP Oertel Testimonial
Shartlesville, PA 6PM +

October 20
Freedom Lodge #88
175th Anniv. +
November 2018
November 3
Flight 93 Memorial Service
Shanksville, PA*+

November 3
M/LAPM Rally, Johnstown* +

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

Odd Fellows and Rebekahs
Association of Western Pennsylvania

2018 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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