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Don Blomgren preparing to install a new door on Walter’s house during the “house painting project.
On a bright and sunny Saturday morning on the 6th of Sept 2014, 20 members of Elgin Lodge #12 arrived at the home of Walter Allen, a Korean War Veteran. With paint brushes, scrapers, rollers, tarps and ladders in hand, these energetic Odd Fellows proceeded to convert Walter’s home into a freshly painted work of art. This photo was taken of Walter, with the red stripe on his shirt, along with the Elgin Members
The winning raffle ticket for the Grill was won by Larry (Butterball) Clavel.
Larry immediately upon winning the Grill, donated it to Little Angels, this generous act
was not only appreciated by Little Angels but also by his Lodge brothers and everyone present at the drawing.
Three Cheers for Brother Larry…
At noon on a beautiful 2013, September Saturday morning, Elgin #12 members, having packed up their paint brushes, rollers, tarps, scrapers and ladders, posed for this photo just before getting into their vehicles and heading off into the sunset. This bunch of Odd Fellows accomplished in four hours, a miracle of house painting prowess as another needy home in Carpentersville Illinois felt the touch of our charitable organization. Thank you brothers, you make our Order proud.
On a bright sunny day on September 9th 2012, thirteen members of Elgin Lodge #12 gathered at a home in Carpentersville for our annual paint-a-thon project. After 5 hours of scraping and painting the ladders, tarps, and brushes were gathered up and loaded in our vehicles, goodbyes were said and the elderly couple whose house we painted seemed totally elated with the results.
Elgin Lodge #12 members holding the Airborne flag sent to the lodge in exchange for an Elgin Odd Fellow Flag that the Solders will all be signing and returning to the Lodge.
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On a brisk Fall morning, Sunday November 28th 2010 to be precise, these hardy members of Elgin Lodge #12 braved the elements and cleaned up the section of an Illinois State Highway that has been assigned to them. A mile and a half of Illinois Highway 31 south of South Elgin is now squeaky clean as a result of their efforts. From left to right, Mike Melvin, Dave Martin, Larry (Butterball) Clavel, Nick Paxton, Ron Paxton, John Kirkman, Joe Pagone, Danny (Gascap) Blomgren (kneeling), Mike Schultz, Larry Sitkiewicz, Paul Riley, Mike (Dagwood) Lejsner, and Mike Turner. The photographer who is never in these event photo’s is Jim Turner (I’m also wearing a green vest).
On Friday November 12th, Mike Turner representing Elgin Lodge #12, presented four $75 dollar Jewel Gift cards to Paula Dettman, the Secretary for the Community United Methodist Church of South Elgin and home of the South Elgin Food Bank. These cards will be handed out before Thanksgiving to 4 needy families in the South Elgin community. As Odd Fellows, we are trying to bring a little ray of sun shine to some families that are in need of help.
At the October 6th 2010 meeting of the Elgin #12 Lodge, NG Matt Gallois and PNG Bill Maplesden presented Kelly Lidbury of Whitewater Wisconsin, with a $1000 dollar check for being the winner of the Vacation Raffle drawn at the Elgin #12’s Annual Oddoberfest family picnic. Congratulations Kelly.
On Saturday October 17th 2009, Elgin Lodge #12 again hosted it’s annual Octoberfest family picnic. Butterball’s back 40 was again the site for this gala event. Food, beverages, games and a hayride for the kids, took place. Above is a picture taken at the event of most of the Elgin Lodge #12 members
Grand Opening of New Lodge Hall
Elgin Lodge #12 had it’s first official meeting in it’s new Lodge Hall on Wednesday evening June 3rd 2009. Approximately 40 people had dinner and helped celebrate our grand opening. 35 Odd Fellows from throughout the district attended this first meeting in our new lodge hall.
On Wednesday evening February 18th, 2009, Elgin Lodge #12 held an initiation which brought 4 new members into the Order. The evening started with a great meal prepared by our chef, Dan Blomgren. A total of 40 members attended this event. We were privileged to have in attendance Deputy Grand Master John Goldberg and DDGM Bill Maplesden. The 4 new members kneeling between the DGM and the DDGM are from left to right: Adam Stredwick from Legend Lodge #212; Mark Barbar and Ross Solak from Sycamore #105; and Jim Newby from Elgin Lodge #12. A gracious thank you to everyone involved for a very successful evening. in FLT, Jim Turner, NG