Odd Fellows and the Arthritis Foundation
In 1985, George Shaw, SGM, had the vision to recognize that a relationship with the Arthritis Foundation could be beneficial to our organization as well as to the millions who are affected by this disease. In 1986, with the encouragement of PSGM Hugh Bradley of Tennessee, legislation was presented and passed making Arthritis an approved SGL charity.
Odd Fellows and Rebekahs embraced the opportunity to have a role in the search for a cure for arthritis by volunteering time, donating money, and devoting their efforts at the local, state, or province and national levels. The continued and on-going participation by the members in support of this program has been evident by the amount of money raised over the past 14 years. Creative and innovative ways of raising money have taken place; in addition, volunteers have manned telephones, stuffed envelopes, and made themselves available to local chapters.
Odd Fellows and Rebekahs have been blessed with a sincere and giving membership. Millions are given each year to all related and community charities. Although our numbers have shrunk somewhat, the support given to those charities is greater than ever before.
It took almost seven years to raise the first $1,000,000 and only three years to raise the second. As we head into a new century, the total amount raised since 1985 to find a cure for arthritis is in excess of 4.2 million dollars! WE ARE MAKING A DIFFERENCE!
Making the world a better place to live is a principle of Odd fellowship. As we head into a new century, join the Odd Fellows and Rebekahs in accomplishing this goal by accepting the challenge of finding a cure for arthritis.
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Order of Odd Fellows and Rebekahs
Grand Lodge in Tennessee
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Ridgetop, TN 37152-0323
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