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Issue 2 • March/April 2015
In Memoriam
Leonard M. Burger,
PSG Messenger, PGM, PGP, PGS
10.10.44~02.05.15
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Welcome to
The Samaritan
the newsletter of the
New Jersey Grand Lodge
of Independent Order
of Odd Fellowship.
Please send any and all
IOOF related news, events,
photos, buildings, memories
of days gone by, etc, with
any identifying info to
[email protected]
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comments or suggestions are
always welcome, too!
Our success depends on YOU!
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Odd Fellows
are the Cat’s Meow
Beth Obiedzinski-Garvin
Editor/Art Director
Robert Wooton
Proofreader/Assistant Editor
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It’s all about the
Gravy!
Debbe McClelland
Grand Secretary
4527 Rt. 130 South
Burlington, NJ 08016
United States of America
Tel: 609-386-0025
or 609-519-8504
GRAND LODGE
MEETINGS
1st Saturday of
each month at 9:00 am
Grand Master Message ...............................3
Grand Patriarch Message............................4
Canton Corner............................................3
Rebekah President Message........................4
New Members.............................................7
Events .........................................................6
Philanthropy...............................................7
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A Message from
The Grand Master
Intense Winter Weather Can’t Keep Us From Our Goals
I
hope everyone had a good Holiday
andthat everyone is off to a good start
as we begin the 2015 New Year.
I’m looking forward to our next big
event, The Middle Atlantic States
Conclave, which as
we all know, is being held this year in
the jurisdiction of
New Jersey. We are
working very hard
in order for it to be
a success.
We would like to
ask for everyone’s
support on all future events.
Toy Drive
To Benefit
Hudson Co.
Women
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We would like to ask for everyone’s
support on all future events.
Due to the intense winter weather we
have not been able to conduct some of our
regularly scheduled meetings but we have
kept in touch.
I would also like to thank everyone for
their condolences on my father’s passing.
They meant a lot to me and are very much
appreciated.
Dates to Remember:
• March 14, 2015: Charity Ball
• March 27-29, 2015: Middle Atlantic
States Conclave, Swedesboro, NJ
• April 19, 2015: Testimonial Dinner for
the Rebekah State Assembly
Hope everyone stays warm and let’s
hope for an early spring!
In Friendship, Love, & Truth,
Guido Miranda,
Grand Master
T
he Rebekahs of Amor
y Verdad Lodge No.
118 held a Toy Drive to
benefit Women Rising, Inc. of
Hudson County.
Women Rising, Inc. has been
helping women and their families for over 100 years. Our
clients are in need - in need of
jobs, safety from domestic violence, freedom from substance
abuse, safe homes for children.
For more information about
Women Rising, Inc. please visit www.womenrising.org or
call 201-333-5700.
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PGM, PGP, Captain (R)
Ridgely Canton No. 5 Clerk
H
ello from Ridgely Canton No. 5! New Jerseys’ Highest Branch of Odd Fellowship,
The Canton, also known as the Patriarch
Militants. Membership is open to an Encampment
member who has attained the Royal Purple Degree. The name “Patriarchs Militant” conveys the
two-fold idea of peace and soldierly valor. This
branch is semi-military in character and formed
solely for the purposes of chivalric display.
Members are admirably fulfilling its mission
through the “Tomb of the Unknown Soldier”
dedication ceremonies held in Washington DC,
Canada and other military dedication ceremonies
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conducted by Odd Fellows in various countries
worldwide.
Welcome to our newest members: GM Guido
Miranda, GP Roman Pastor, Raul Rodriquez and
Thomas Calabrese.
If you are interested in becoming a Chevalier,
please contact me at [email protected]
and join us at our next meeting which will be held
April 29th at Burlington Lodge. The Canton meets
on the 5th Wednesday of every month. Normally we meet in Gloucester, NJ, but since we are the
only Canton in the State we occasionally move the
location of our meetings.
A Message from
the Grand Patriarch
Mejora De La Orden Toma Muchos Maestros De Tareas
D
urante los pasados días,
muchos han sido los
compromisos a cumplir por parte de los miembros
de la Gran Logia, el Gran Campamento y
la Asamblea
de Rebecas,
hemos estado presente
en casi todos
los Christmas Party
del Estado
de New Jersey, asistimos al intercambio de regalos
de fin de año en la logia Amor
y Verdad No. 118 y culminamos con la fiesta de navidad de
la Logia Álvarez del Portal No.
285 que se celebró en el Restaurant Don Ramon con una asis-
tencia de más de 200 personas,
luego de esta actividad, nos
concentramos en las fiestas de
la familia, los hermanos, los hijos y el fin de año lo pasamos
tranquilamente en la casa.
Luego de haber terminado
el año comenzamos con más
bríos en las labores de la logia y
el campamento y nuevamente
una tarea nos es encomendada,
la secretaria del Testimonial
dinner de la hermana Marcia
López Araujo, presidenta de
la Asamblea de Rebecas del
estado de New Jersey, muchos
son las tareas que debemos de
cumplir para el engrandecimiento de nuestra orden.
Otra tarea encomendada
es recopilar informes o hacer
escritos sobre la vida fraternal
de los hermanos oddfellows
Our deepest sympathy
goes out to
the Burger family
for the passing
of our brother
Lenny Burger.
May he rest in peace.
In Friendship, Love and Truth,
Marcia Lopez-Araujo
President, Rebekah State Assembly
cubanos en otros países, esto
a petición de la Gran Logia
de Cuba y hacia allí también
van encaminados nuestros
esfuerzos para llevarles a estos
hermanos cubanos nuestros
conocimientos sobre la fraternidad de la Independiente
Orden de Oddfelows en los
Estados Unidos.
Dentro de poco tenemos
las instalaciones de nuestro
campamento Michael Popik
Jr. Y allí también nos espera
el puesto de secretario que
el patriarca Hermes Gutiérrez declino en ocupar por
problemas de salud, como
responsables que somos no
dudamos en aceptar ese puesto tan importante en una logia
o en el campamento.
Ya se acercan las nominaciones de la Gran Logia del estado de New Jersey y también
nos vemos en las listas de las
nominaciones para ocupar el
puesto de Diputado Gran Maestro, esto nos lleva directo a
ocupar dentro de año y medio
el puesto de Gran Maestro que
con el favor de Dios trataremos
de desempeñar a cabalidad.
En A., A., & V.,
Pastor Román,
Gran Patriarca
Enhancing The Order
Takes Many Task Masters
I
n the past days, the members of the Grand Lodge, the
Grand Encampment, and
the Rebekah Assembly have had
many commitments to meet.
We have been present at almost
all the Christmas parties in the
State of New Jersey, attended
the New Year’s gift exchange in
Amor y Verdad Lodge No. 118,
and finished with the Christmas
party of the Alvarez de Portal
Lodge No. 285; which was held
at DON RAMON Restaurant,
with an attendance of more than
200 people. After these activities, we then concentrated on
family festivities with siblings
and children and quietly spent
the year’s end at home.
After finishing the year, we tackled with more vigor the work of
the Lodge and Encampment, a
task has again been entrusted
to us, the secretary of the Testimonial Dinner of sister Marcia
López-Araujo, President of the
Rebekah Assembly of the State
of New Jersey. There are many
tasks to be fulfilled for the enhancement of our Order.
Another task is compiling reports or creating write-ups on
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the fraternal life of Oddfellow
Cuban brothers in other countries. This is at the request of the
Grand Lodge of Cuba and it also
goes towards our efforts to bring
to these Cuban brothers knowledge about the fraternity of the
Independent Order of Oddfellows in the United States.
Soon we’ll have the installation
of the new officers of our Encampment Michael Popik Jr.
And there awaits us the post
of Secretary, which Patriarch
Hermes Gutiérrez declined to
hold due to health issues; as per
our responsible demeanor, we
didn’t hesitate to accept a position so important in a Lodge or
Encampment.
The nominations of the Grand
Lodge of the State of New Jersey
are fast approaching and see us
in the nomination list for the
post of Deputy Grand Master,
this would directly lead, within
a year and half, to occupying the
post of Grand Master; which
with God’s favor we will try to
faithfully execute.
In F., L., & T.,
Pastor Román,
Grand Patriarch
Chef Robér’s Secret Ingredient
Is the Key To Spaghetti Success!
F
rench Lodge No. 89 held their Annual All-YouCan-Eat Spaghetti Dinner on February 7, 2015
from four to seven p.m. at the First United Methodist Church of Glassboro, Glassboro, New Jersey. The
dinner included salad, spaghetti, meatballs, sausage in a delicious
homemade gravy by Chef Robér of Chateau Pedrick.
Attendees were also treated with homemade deserts that included
brownies, cheesecake cupcakes topped with fruit, chocolate cake, fruit
jello, pies (both regular and sugarfree), poundcakes (blueberry and
crumb topped, and other assorted baked goods.
All proceeds from this event go to local southern New
Jersey families in need. Thanks to everyone who helped
make this evening a success!
Welcome!
May we have
your tickets, Please?
Oui!
I am Chef Robér!
Diane and family enjoying dinner.
Photos courtesy Beth Garvin
We’re ready to serve, Frank.
I know Tina, But Where did you park?
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EVENTS
YOUR PRESENCE IS REQUESTED
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March 17: Official Visit, French Lodge No. 89, Baker Encampment No. 1
March 23: Schuyler Colfax Day
March 27-29: Mid Atlantic States Conclave, (info below)
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April 11: Trap Shoot, New Brunswick Lodge No. 6
April 15: Official Visit, Mariam Rebekah No. 112
April 18: Save the Date! “Backwards Dinner Fund-
raiser” with Clinton Lodge. For more information please contact Karen Barker 908-821-5179.
April 18: Make a Difference Day
April 19: Rebekah State Asssembly President Testmonial,
For info contact Pastor Roman.
April 26: Founder’s Day, 196th anniversary of the founding of the IOOF in Baltimore, MD.
April
June
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Atlantic City, NJ. For more info, check www.IOOFNJ.org
Is Your Event Missing?
3 Please send us your lodge events so we can get the word out and increase attendance! Email [email protected]
net or call Beth at 609.294.0237 Thanks!
Deadline for the Session Issue of
The
Samaritan
May 1, 2015
The Grand Jurisdiction of New Jersey will be hosting the
58th Annual Middle Atlantic States Conclave
March 27-29, 2015
Holiday Inn, 1 Pureland Dr. • Swedesboro, NJ 08088
Hotel room rates are $99 per night, plus applicable state and local taxes. Guest Room Reservation: call
877-784-5889, or online www.holidayinn.com/swedesboronj. Room reservations must be made using code "ODD ".
The hotel has rooms with 2 Double Beds, 1 King with Sofa Bed, and 1 King Bed. Reserve early to get your choice. IHG®
Rewards Club points will be awarded to IHG® Rewards Club members. Give them your membership information or
ask to join when you are making you reservations. The cut-off date for the special room rate is February 27, 2015.
ADVANCE REGISTRATION Deadline: February 27, 2015
Cost is $3.00 per person (Includes Booster listing)
Registration at the door is $5.00 per person
For questions or more information please call
Debbe McCelland 609-386-0025
All information, forms, costs, and contacts are
on the website: www.IOOFNJ.org
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Philanthropy
IOOF and Kappa Sigma
Partnering For The Greater Good Of NJ
O
n Sunday,
January 11,
2015, Steve
Wo oton ,
Sr. and Beth Garvin
delivered a sizable
donation to the
Rho-Omega chapter
of the Kappa Sigma
Fraternity at Stevens
Institute of Technology in Hoboken, NJ.
Kappa Sigma held
a fall fundraiser for
The Liberty Humane
Society (LHS) of Jersey City, NJ, during
academic break, inviting students to re-
Photo courtesy Beth Garvin
Pictured (l-r): Robert Garvin, Steve Wooton, Joncarlo Defazio, Patrick Murphy, and Jake Witter.
lieve study stress by playing with kittens and dogs
for a suggested donation of
$4.00 and minimum donation of $2.00. All proceeds
are to benefit the LHS Jer-
Liberty Humane Society
sey City Dog Run Fund.
Robert Garvin contacted The Independent
Order of Odd Fellows of
New Jersey Grand Lodge
donated $2,250.00 and
French Lodge No. 89
donated $500.00.
For more information about LHS call
201.547.4147 or visitlibertyhumane.org.
New Members
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New Members
On January 20, 2015,
French Lodge No. 89
hosted a new member
initiation ceremony for
Union Lodge No. 213.
Front row (left to right):
Bob Ifert, Mario Guzman,
and Tom Robey.
Photo courtesy Beth Garvin
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Burlington, NJ 08016
March/April 2015
family
women
youth
universal justice
fun
help
hope
reliable
humanity
volunteer
love
truth
faith
unity
leadership
universal justice
relief
fellowship
honorable
research
what iscommunity
an
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fellow?
charity
friendship
men
respect
harmony
I am an Odd Fellow!
I believe in the
Fatherhood of God, and
the Brotherhood of man.
I believe in Friendship, Love and
Truth as basicguides to the
ultimate destiny of all mankind.
I believe my home, my church or
temple, my lodge, a
nd my
community deserve
my best work, my modest pride,
my earnest faith, and m
y
deepest loyalty, as I perform
my duty"to visit the sick,
relieve the distressed,
bury the dead and
educate the orphan"
and as I work with others
to build a better world, because,
in spirit and in truth, I am and must
always be, grateful to my Creator,
faithful to my country
and fraternal to my fellow-man;
I am an Odd Fellow!
creative
faith
pro active
education
conscientious
devlopment
universal fraternity
What’s so ODD about helping others?
visit the sick
bury the dead
educate the orphan
relieve the distressed
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