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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.
Per the previous article appearing here, the Sovereign Grand Lodge had raised Per Capita Dues by $10.00.  At the 2018 Grand Lodge Session of Missouri it was decided to raise Per Capita Dues in Missouri by $2.50 June 30th and $2.50 on December 31st.  The other $5.00 will be due in 2019.  Lodge No. 5 will have to take a look to see what that will do for our dues.  Currently we pay $40.00 annually
and we may have to change our By-Laws.  Our last By-Law changes were approved at the 2018 Session.

Brother Charles Watson will be serving an unprecedented third term as Grand Master.  Brother Gene Collins will move up to Deputy Grand Master.  The Grand Warden station will be decided at the 2019 Grand Lodge Session.  Grand Master Watson was advised by the Sovereign Grand Master that this was the best way to handle vacancies.  The present Deputy Grand Master, Doyle Cox has decided to withdraw from office at the end of his term due to health reasons.  We wish him the best.
"St. Louis Lodge No. 5"
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