Fonds - Independent Order of Odd Fellows, Eureka Lodge No. 50 fonds

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Independent Order of Odd Fellows, Eureka Lodge No. 50 fonds

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  • 1905-2004 (Creation)
    Independent Order of Odd Fellows. Eureka Lodge No. 50 (Enderby, B.C.)

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77 cm of textual records

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The Eureka Lodge #50 of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows received its charter in Enderby on June 15, 1905. Signing members were William Mack, John Gaylord, Roy Wheeler, William Allen and Andrew Paul. The objectives of the society were to promote social and fraternal spirit among the members and to oversee social and benevolent work in the community. The fraternal order's motto is Friendship, Love and Truth. Eureka Lodge #50 worked closely with its sister organization Olive Rebekah Lodge #44 to sponsor eye research and eye banks, provide student bursaries, support local health services and support community projects. Eureka Lodge #50 was joined by members from Salmon Arm in 1978, and in 2004 the lodge disbanded.

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When the club disbanded in 2004, past presidents Sid Bidwell and Eric Grayston cleaned out what was left in the Fraternal Hall and donated the records, ceremonial artifacts and framed prints and certificates.

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The fonds consists of records kept by members of the fraternal society. Included are minutes, membership applications, member and visitor registers, correspondence, receipt books and catalogues. Also included is a laser copy of the charter and the original constitution published by 'Enderby Progress' press.

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BCAUL control number: EDM-3715

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