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Independent Order of Odd Fellows. Mt. Ida fonds
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1910-1920 and 1948-1978 (Creation)
- Independent Order of Odd Fellows. Mt. Ida Lodge No. 71 (Salmon Arm, B.C.)
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34 cm of textual records
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The Independent Order of Odd Fellows Mt. Ida Lodge No. 71 was first organized in 1908, operating for approximately 25 years. In June 1948 the Lodge was re-instated with at least two of the original charter members, M.M. Carroll and P.A. Ruth. The slate of elective officers included Vern Solberg, Harry Bushby, Clayton Wilson, Gilbert Calam and Frank Marshall. The appointed officers included Fred Lee, Gordon Robertson, W. Brown, (?) Robinson, Kelly Hayter, Percy Ruth, Mat Carroll, C. Drew, Glen Miller, H. Malone and H. Jamieson.
The local order sponsored a Christmas show for children in the area for the price of a food hamper item. The food hampers were distributed to local needy residents at Christmas. Between 1954 and 1967 the Mt. Ida Lodge, along with other lodges in the Okanagan, were instrumental in sponsoring young people as delegates in the Order's United Nations Pilgrimage for Youth. There were eleven young people from the Shuswap and North Okanagan who made the pilgrimage, meeting official delegates and observing the workings of the United Nations. The Independent Order of the Oddfellows was the only organization granted the privilege of taking High School Students on this pilgrimage.
Article 23 of the Constitutions and By-laws summarizes the focus of the organization. It states that 55% of the dues paid by its members and all the interest from invested capital be paid into a Sick and Funeral Fund to assist sick members and pay for the funeral expenses of deceased members.
In 1979 the Lodge amalgamated with Eureka No. 50, Enderby, B.C. and disbanded altogether in 2005.
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The fonds consists of minutes, cash books, attendance rolls, one motion, a copy of another club's constitution, a mortgage, rules for a travelling gavel, a record of new members, receipts, a Bible and a scrapbook. The fonds is divided into 13 series and consists of minutes, correspondence, constitution, ledger, reports, roll book, cemetery plot, and a photograph album.
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BCAUL control number: SAM-3384