posted on Oct, 2 2008 @ 02:15 PM
I am a member of the Rebekahs as well as a former Theta Rho girl. I have been in the Order since I was 12 so that makes it 20 years. Anyway, as a
Theta Rho girl I was involved in many community activities such as highway clean ups, serving at teas and helping our Rebekah sisters when ever we
can. The Oddfellows and Rebekahs offer many scholarships for students and they also have a Pilgrimage for Youth to the UN in New York of which I was a
My Rebekah Lodge is involved in planning birthday parties for the personal care home that we run, raising money and awareness for the Artiritis
Society. We also have a Memorial Eye Fund which raises money to purchase equipment for hospitals to help with eye care. We also do vision screening in
the schools. Many of our members knit mittens and scarves for the needy school kids. At Christmas we raise money and provide hampers for needy
families in the community. We also provide luncheons for the funerals of members and their family.
The majority of our members are reaching the age of 80 and we are having a hard time finding younger members. Some of the rules are pretty strict and
a lot of these older ladies don't seem to understand that us younger ladies (I'm 33) have full time jobs that take us outside of the home and have
small children. When I was Noble Grand (AKA President) I had a 2 year old and a six month old which made it very difficult to meet my obligations.
Most of the ladies understood that but there were a few that made it known that they weren't impressed. I guess there's a few in any group!
Anyway, that's a brief outline of my life with the IOOF. If anyone has any questions please feel free to ask! Oh and for the record, we do like to go
out and have a few drinks. Some of those sweet, little old ladies are not as sweet as they would like you to believe!