From the Members of
Garland I.O.O.F. Lodge No. 304
June 25, 1884
We would like to thank you for visiting our new website.
Our Lodge meets the first and third Mondays of each month at 6:30 p.m.
We are located at
713 B Main Street in downtown Garland, TX
see map and photo of our lodge location below.
Garland I.O.O.F. Lodge invites you to explore the Community that is Odd Fellowship. Our lodge is a family of brothers and sisters working to build a world that we want to leave to our children's, children's, children. We offer: A unique environment of caring and supportive folks to learn and grow with. We strive to become better people. A way to support many local, national and international charities. The moment you walk into our Odd Fellowship Hall you will be met with the warmth and comradery that 200 years of our foundational beliefs of Friendship, Love, and Truth have built. Garland I.O.O.F. Lodge is, amongst other things, a charitable organization that uses much of the money it brings in to give help to worthy organizations, events and individuals. If you are looking for a opportunity to be of service to your community, while enjoying making new friends, there is a place for you in this organization.
We seek people of good character that believe we can make a difference in our world. Our Lodge can use your help. The work we do is worthwhile and important. The more active members we have, the easier it becomes to do our work and the more we can take on. We invite you to join in that work by becoming a member of the Lodge. The Independent Order of Odd Fellows is a fraternal organization founded upon the principles of Friendship, Love and Truth. These three principles, we believe are essential for the future of our country, our community, our society. Friendship is the strongest bond of our association. As a member you are bound to participate with your brothers and sisters to safeguard our members and families in times of adversity and aid those in distress. Love is the link which requires neighborliness to our fellow human beings, which comes only after all hatred, envy and selfishness have been laid aside. Truth is the standard by which we value people. It is the foundation of our society. United together we can make a greater impact on our community than we can as individuals. We hope you will consider joining us at Garland Lodge No. 304 in our effort to make a better community and world.
If you would like to join our ranks and become an Odd Fellow; talk to the person who directed you to our website. If you found us through a Internet search and have questions feel free to fill out our contact form. We will be sure to get back with you as soon as possible.
2017 Installation of Officers for the New Term
Garland Lodge No. #304 had their installation of officers for the new term. The following members were given the charge of their office Noble Grand - John S. Beaber, Vice Grand - Butch Ford, Secretary - Bob Cooper and Treasures Billy Watson. See slideshow below. Click F5 if picture do not show.
MEET OUR TWO NEWEST MEMBERS
Garland #304 Outdoor Degree Rally
On Saturday May 7th Garland #304 sponsored an Outdoor Degree Rally at Grady Smith’s home place in Caddo Mills, Texas. Around six o’clock about forty five Odd Fellows from Garland lodge and visiting lodges gathered for a hotdog dinner around the outdoor kitchen which was located next to a cool pond. The white catfish were jumping, the atmosphere was inviting and the fellowship was fantastic.
At dark the members and visitors met under the canopy of several huge oak trees. There were torches at each lodge station. The podiums were made from logs. Nearby there were two bonfires. The warmth and entrancing flames from the bonfires and the torches gave off a mysterious and inspiring atmosphere. The degree was presented in robes with all the proper equipment including music and slides.
Garland lodge brought in two more candidates receiving the Initiatory Degree. We welcome brothers T.K. Kneedler and William Pardue to our ranks. All who attended the degree came away with a lesson that was extremely meaningful. It will not be soon forgotten.
Many thanks go to Grady Smith, Noble Grand, and wife Peggy who worked tirelessly to prepare the food and his son Chris Smith, who did the cooking and helped arrange the outdoor setting for the degree.
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Garland IOOF #304 initiated three new members on March 28th. In the picture above (from left to right) are Charles A. Wall Jr., Dennis L. Williams, and Roy L. Bragg.... pictured with Garland #304 NG Grady Smith. We also reinstated Chris Lambert on March 7th. (not pictured). We are very happy to have them as brothers.
Noble Grand Grady Smith and his lady Peggy worked the Garland lodge Booth
for two days at the Grand Lodge, raising money for Our lodge!
for two days at the Grand Lodge, raising money for Our lodge!
2016 Installation Of Officers
On January 18th DDGM Jerry Miller installed the new officers for Garland Lodge #304. The following members were installed in to their chairs. Noble Grand - Grady Smith, Vice Grand - Michael Dyer, Secretary - John S. Beaber and Treasurer - Larry Christensen. Grand Master John Linden worked as part of the installing team. Past Grand Master BJ Miller was also present. Garland #304 Lodge served a wonderful meal and we all had great fellowship.
GARLAND #304 has more 3rd DEGREE MEMBERS
On January 16, 2016 five of our lodge members went to Corsicana Lodge #63 to receive their 1st, 2nd, & 3rd degrees. We also had two new candidates that received all the degrees including the initiatory degree. The top picture shows all of them in a group and the second row has individual pictures of our newest members. Corsicana Lodge served a wonderful lunch which is depicted on the bottom row. Donations received go to the Texas Visual Assistance Program.
OUR NEWEST MEMBERS
Garland Lodge # 304
Donates an Ice Maker to the IOOF Retirement Center in Ennis, TX
MEMBERSHIP IS GROWING
On November 16th Garland #304 initiated four more candidates. We have doubled our membership since January 2015 and we have four more candidates to interview in the next month. The four candidates form left to right are Justin Fonseca, Archie Anderson, Ricky Cortez and Xavier Hernandez (left pic.) The picture to the right shows the degree team with the new members. A special thank you goes to PGM B.J. Miller from Dallas Lodge #44 for his help with the degree work.
2015 Garland Labor Day Parade
Our 131st Birthday
Garland Lodge #304 celebrated their 131st birthday (June 25, 1884) by bringing in six new members. They traveled to Corsicana Lodge #63 in Corsicana, Texas on June 25th to receive the Initiatory Degree. One of the six new members is Butch Ford, who is a newly reinstated member (single picture at left). The other five new members are (R to L in group picture on right) Jerry R. Garey, Reezin Swilley, Kenoth H. Flournoy, Larry B. Christenson, and Tom Fulton. Included in the picture are Jane Dobson (who works for the I.O.O.F. Grand Lodge office and is a new member of Corsicana Lodge #63) and PGM B. J. Miller (far left in group photo) who was the Degree Captain. Corsicana Lodge served a wonderful meal. All present enjoyed themselves and had wonderful fellowship.
On June 15, 2015 Garland #304 had a good meeting and the chicken dinner was good too. We ended up having three official visitors rather than just one . The Official visitors were Deputy Grand Master Johnny Cantrell., Grand Treasurer Henry Blahuta, and District Deputy Grand Master Jerry Miller. There were several other visitors from different lodges in the area. We all had good fellowship and our lodge meeting went well. We have great plans for our lodge. We now have six candidates waiting for their initiatory degree. We will schedule that soon. If there is anyone in the Garland, Texas area that would like to be a part of a great organization please feel free to contact us.
Two Members transferred to Garland Lodge on June 15, 2015
On April 27, 2015 District Deputy Grand Master Jerry Miller made her official visit to Garland Lodge No. 304. Pictured above from left to right are Grady Smith, Michael Dyer, NG. Billy Cryer, Horace Ransome, D.D.G.M. Jerry Miller, Jerry Cortez, and Don Bean.