I have been informed by Grand Secretary Kenneth Higgins that at the last Sovereign Grand Lodge Session, 2019, legislation has been passed that all branches of the Odd Fellows now require all elected Grand Lodge officers and Assembly officers to be nominated and elected at each annual session by Representatives. There will be no more nominations from the field. However, the requirement that a Grand Lodge officer, or nominee, must be have, or be entitled to, the Grand Lodge Degree still stands.
What this means for us, there will be several changes to the Grand Lodge Constitution and By-Laws, eliminating those sections referring to nominations and voting from the field. There will be no more Grand Lodge ballots sent to lodges with no more balloting by Past Grands. The reasoning for this is that Representatives are being asked to vote for candidates they know nothing about. I understand this is the same way elections are being done at the Sovereign Grand Lodge level.
"St. Louis Lodge No. 5"
FRIENDSHIP LOVE AND TRUTH
INDEPENDENT ORDER OF ODD FELLOWS
In other news, after decades in office, Grand Secretary Kenneth D. Higgins had decided to retire at the end of his term that ends in 2021. Over the years he has done outstanding work in keeping the Grand Lodge affairs in order. He has faced many problems both financial and legal besides his normal duties as Secretary. I wish him the best for both him and his wife in his retirement. Just who will succeed him remains to be determined. I only hope who ever succeeds him will be as contentious, devoted and hard working as he has been