Dear Dedicated Members for Change,

A member of my Odd Fellows Lodge saw the following poem on Instagram and sent it to me. It’s interesting, and it could easily apply to the Odd Fellows and Rebekahs, as well as a number of fraternal orders. Here is the poem:

Which of these are you?

Some members keep their Lodges strong,
while others join and just belong;

Some dig right in, some serve with pride,
some go along, just for the ride.

Some volunteer to do their share,
while some lay back and just don’t care;

On meeting days some always show
while there are those who seldom go.

Some always pay their dues ahead,
some get behind for months, instead.

Some do their best, some build, some make,
some never give, but always take.

Some drag, some pull, some don’t, some do.
Consider, which of these are you?

That last question is the clincher. Did you recognize yourself in this little poem? Are you a doer, puller and giver in the description above. Or are you the one who just goes along for the ride, seldom attends, and always takes?

F – L -T

Dave Rosenberg
Past Grand Master
Jurisdiction of California
Independent Order of Odd Fellows

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