Independent Order of Odd Fellows. Myrtle Rebekah Lodge, No. 28 (Lennoxville-Ascot, Que.)

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Independent Order of Odd Fellows. Myrtle Rebekah Lodge, No. 28 (Lennoxville-Ascot, Que.)

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The Myrtle Rebekah Lodge No. 28 was instituted in Lennoxville-Ascot in 1913. Like other Rebekah Lodges, it was founded on the principles of 'Friendship, Love and Trust.' The Rebekah Lodges, while affiliated with the Odd Fellows, were designed especially for women, with the author of the Rebekah Ritual being American statesman Schuyler Colfax. The Sovereign Grand Lodge has jurisdiction over the entire fraternity. Within Quebec, all Rebekah Lodges are under the jurisdiction of the Rebekah Assembly of Quebec, which is divided in five Districts consisting of various number of lodges. Locally, the Lodge is under the leadership of a Noble Grand. According to the bylaws of the organization, the Rebekahs meet twice a month. In 1930, a Past Noble Grands' Club was organized by members of the Myrtle Rebakah Lodge No. 28, and meets once a month. This club was the first of its kind in Quebec. In keeping with the bylaws of the order, the Myrtle Rebekah Lodge No. 28 has a long history of charity work. The Lodge helped to maintain the Edith Kathan Home I.O.O.F. for senior citizens in West Brome, organized fund raising activities (card marathons, rummage sales and bazaars, socials, suppers, and teas) to help local homes, hospitals, and schools, as well as the Canadian Cancer Society, the Canadian Red Cross Society, the Institute for the Blind, and many other humanitarian organizations.

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