Welcome to Elgin Lodge #12

Welcome to the  IOOF Elgin Lodge #12 website.  To navigate this website simply scroll this page down or click on the topics on the right hand sidebar.  Articles, Lodge information, Elgin Lodge History, Videos, meeting  and calendar of events, can easily be obtained at this sidebar. Thank you for visiting our website.
For information about becoming a member please access contact info from the sidebar


Elgin 2019 Oddtoberfest




On Saturday May 4th Elgin Lodge #12 held its first .22 Caliber Shoot Out.


200 shirts


Elgin 2018 Oddtoberfest2



Parade Float

On July 4th 2015 the Elgin 12 Odd Fellows participated in the South Elgin 4th of July Parade.


The following is a sponsors application for businesses or individuals

who wish to be added as a sponsor to this charitable event  



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.

IMG_0110On 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.

 This photo was taken toward the end of the Breakfast/Donation event outside of the Elgin #12 Lodge Hall.

Sunday morning July 15th 2912, was a bright shiny day when Elgin Lodge #12 and Rebekah Samaritan #120 hosted what turned out to be a huge success with both a large attendance and enough donations to fill forty boxes.  The boxes, by the way, were filled with a variety of merchandise and non-perishable food and desert items to be sent to the 82nd Div.1st brigade 2nd battalion 504th airborne infantry bravo company 1st platoon, which is comprised of approximately
35 soldiers stationed in Afghanistan.  A hearty breakfast was served to all who attended.



More video’s can be accessed from “Video History”  in sidebar


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

15 Responses to “Welcome to Elgin Lodge #12”

  1. Paula Says:

    The site looks great Jim. You’ve really mastered the concept and have it looking really great.

  2. butterball Says:

    look jim i found the web site you have out done your self

  3. Melissa Richards Says:

    Well this is REALLY Great!!!! It is so easy to navigate

    Great Job!! Tell your neighbor she MUST come to brunch so we can repay her for all her work!!!!


  4. Nick's Dad Says:

    Brother Jim
    Nice job on the web site, I think this is what we’ve been looking for. Keep updating the site & again JOB WELL DONE ! ! !

    Brother Ron

  5. Don Says:

    Nice job Jim Keep up the good work.

    Brother Don

  6. butterball Says:

    Hi Jim just letting you know I look four new things now and then

  7. Melissa Richards Says:

    Hi Jim

    What can Samartan do to help with June 20th

    Let me know


  8. DAGWOOD Says:


    Thanks for the great job on the web site.

    Hey butter, I found it too!

  9. Guy Rossi Says:

    Great web page!! Looking for support for our Veterans at a poker run I organize through my electrical union. Its Sunday September 13th, first bike out by 10:45 $20 includes pig roast and chance at prizes. Location is 28600 Bella Vista Parkway Warrenville Il 60555. Was a big hit last year for the first run!! Love to see some of my bros Go!

  10. Louie Blake Sarmiento Says:

    Greetings from I.O.O.F in the Philippines. This is a nice website and especially the pictures. Keep it up brothers and sisters.

    In Friendship, Love and Truth!

  11. Scott Engel Says:

    hi guys I’m in the phillipines and I met with Rex,kenneth and kahlil of the Dumaguete Oddfellows they are very good guys and trying to get there 3 lodges up and going and also there grand lodge we had a very nice junch together. I also met Shine Roble and Sheema and a couple more there names I can’t recall. life here is very different than in the states it makes me appreciate our great counttry even more than I did before we should make an effort to give them a hand when possible

  12. Mike Schultz Says:

    Very nice site Jim

  13. anthony Says:

    We like to invite you club to join us on July 6th, 2013 in celebrating our 100th Anniversary of hosting the 1st sanctioned motorcycle race in the United States. More information is listed below. Please feel free to share any and all this. If your club would be interested in a FREE Vendor spot to promote yourself just let us know and we be glad to make that happen.

    Elgin National Motorcycle Show: A celebration 100 years in the making Elgin, IL – One hundred years ago (July 4th, 1913), Elgin, IL was host to the first nationally sanctioned motorcycle race in the United States. 45 motorcyclists registered for the race, 43 made it to start the race, and 10 tough racers had the equipment, strength and endurance to complete the race.
    This year, on Saturday, July 6th, riders will meet in downtown Elgin’s DuPage Court (where DuPage meets Spring Street) to celebrate that first race, and all things motorcycle and scooter related. There will be a motorcycle and scooter show on DuPage Court, a ride along the original course, a burn out area, and live music. This event will have food, vendors, art, beer gardens, local restaurant and shopping for riders and their families.
    “The event is FREE, but for a $10 registration fee, you can enter your motorcycle or scooter in the show. Registration starts at 10:00am, and the show will run from 12:00 – 4:00pm. Awards will be presented just before we make our commemorative ride along the original race route — at legally posted speeds” said Alice Moring, one of the event organizers. “After the ride, cyclists are welcome back to DuPage court where they can listen to My Lazy Elephant, visit the burn out area hosted by the Elgin Fire Museum, visit vendor booths, view the art and photography area, restaurant or beer gardens.” If you’d like to learn more about the history of the race, or the racers who lived it, the Elgin Area Historical Society and Museum is hosting an event on Sunday, June 23rd, from 2:00pm – 4:00pm where local motorcycle enthusiast Bill Moring will discuss the race, and John Arcand will present stories and memorabilia focusing on some of the original racers.
    If you’d like more information, visit us on Facebook or follow along at our blog sitehttp://www.elginnational.wordpress.com/

  14. Tee Bird Says:

    Great Job on the upkeep of the website your lodge is a rock kudos to you all in F.L.T. ………………….

  15. Carpentersville pail Says:

    Simply fantastic!

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