DID YOU KNOW THAT WHEN I TOOK THE SECRETARY'S OFFICE IN 1985 THERE WERE 390 MEMBERS OF LODGE NO. 5
DID YOU KNOW THAT THE FIRST GRAND LODGE SESSION I ATTENDED WAS IN COLUMBIA, MISSOURI AND AT THAT TIME THE GRAND LODGE STRUGGLED TO HAVE ENOUGH MONEY TO PAY THE REPRESENTATIVES. GRAND SECRETARY HIGGINS WAS ELECTED TO OFFICE AT THAT TIME, HE'S BEEN GRAND SECRETARY FOR OVER 30-YEARS.
There is an interesting article in the latest edition of the International Odd Fellow written by Brother Jon Peterson, Sovereign Grand Lodge Membership Chairman. He states "unless we set down and reconsider what we stand for, where we are going, what we are attempting to accomplish, and change to 2018 needs and requirements - WE ARE DEAD and should start making arrangements for an orderly demise within the next few years." There maybe some truths in this for us to consider but Lodge No. 5 is far from DEAD.
Other lodges in Missouri and elsewhere are struggling to stay alive. Let's hope and pray our leaders come up with a solution.