"St. Louis Lodge No. 5"
INDEPENDENT ORDER OF ODD FELLOWS
FRIENDSHIP  LOVE AND TRUTH
AROUND THE LODGE ROOM
 
With the approach of the holiday season, in spite of the many problems we face today, this Lodge and it's members have much to be thankful for.

While many lodges in Missouri have struggled both financially and with membership to stay alive, our Lodge has no such problem.  Over the years this Lodge  has been blessed by our Creator with a strong treasury and a dedicated membership.  Members still come forward to serve in needed offices.  New members are coming in, maybe not as frequent as we would have it, but new members non the less.

We have a new building that has been well received.  One of the many problems the Directors of the Odd Fellows Association dealt with was the thought that moving from our location on Lindell would result in a significant loss of membership.  To our delight, and the hard work of the Board, our membership stayed the same and new members are coming in.  With lower operating costs the supporting lodges will receive bigger regular distributions going into their treasuries.  There are still updates and modifications to be made to the building for improvements, but they are minor compared to what would have been had we stayed on Lindell.

Lodge No. 5 will be donating $97,000.00 to local charities and the Robertson Benevolent Fund will be adding another $50,000.00 to this.  We can be proud to say that since our involvement with the MOCHIP Program, we have donated over $100,000.00 to the Program that still has our support.

On December 18th, at the Adults Christmas party, represetatives from the chairities we are contributing to will be present to receive their checks and give a better understanding of what they do. 

A first for Lodge No. 5 will be morning meetings on December 24th and December 31st which are Fridays.  The regular holidays, Christmas and New Years fall on a Saturday.  Saturdays are our usual meeting day. 

AS YOU CAN SEE, THERE IS MUCH TO BE THANKFUL FOR AND WITHT THE GOOD LORD'S ASSISTANT THE FUTURE LOOKS BRIGHT. 

FROM THE OFFICERS AND MEMBERS OF LODGE NO 5, I.O.O.F. - MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A JOYOUS NEW YEAR.