Members of the lodge, along with several Johnstown Firefighters
Grand Master Visits Alma Lodge: On August 18th, Gr.and Master Sherman F. Wooden visited us at Alma Hall. He was joined by Grand Warden David Whitlinger. Grand Master Wooden shared his vision for this year and praised our lodge for our work in the community and in promoting Odd Fellowship. DDGM and Grand Musician Shawn Miller presented the Grand Master with a gift from the lodge and with the proceeds from the pins our lodge purchased. We thank Grand Master Wooden, Grand Warden Whitlinger, and their wives for joining us for our meeting.
As a proud member of the Johnstown community, Alma Lodge #523 is proud to give back to our local community in a variety of ways. From sponsorships to donations, we are proud to continue the principals of benevolence and charity in our community each and every day. Here are some of the community events and organizations that our lodge supports:
|Light Music at the Cambria County Library||Celebration Johnstown!|
|Local Food Pantries||Orchard Manor|
|Odd Fellow and Rebekah Scholarship Fund||Paws House|
|Mom's House||The Christian Home of Greater Johnstown|
|Johnstown Police Department K-9 Unit||Johnstown Fire Department Coat Drive|
|West End Ambulance||Johnstown Symphony Orchestra|
|Tomorrow's Hope Veterans Shelter||Greater Johnstown Halloween Parade|
|Arthritis Foundation||Shamrock Fund for Muscular Dystrophy|
|Willis Eye Institute||American Cancer Society|
|Discover Downtown Partnership||Make A Wish Foundation|
|Arbutus Park Retirement Community||Windber Hospice|
|Roxbury Bandshell Lighting Project||Johnstown Reed Band/Johnstown Civic Concert Band|
Alma Lodge #523 in the Community
Lodge Provides Donations For Local Food Pantries:Twice each year, our lodge provides donations to six of our local food pantries during the Easter season and during the Thanksgiving/Christmas season. For our a recent donation, we decided to invite representatives from the pantries to join us for our monthly spaghetti dinner.
Representatives from the Walnut Grove Food Pantry, West End Food Pantry, Franklin Street UMC Food Pantry, and the Interfaith Community Food Pantry joined us for dinner. Members had the opportunity to meet these local volunteers, while the volunteers got to learn more about the lodge.
We thank the hard working volunteers who staff these pantries and provide such an important resource for our community.
Lodge Participates in Ghost Tours: On May 27th 2016, Alma Lodge #523 participated in downtown Johnstown ghost tours, sponsored by Col. Jacob M. Campbell Camp #14, Order of the Sons of the Union Veterans of the Civil War. (Fun Fact: Jacob Campbell was the first Noble Grand of Alma Lodge #523!)
The tours provide participants with the history of some of the oldest buildings in the Johnstown area. Several members from the lodge met the tour groups in front of Alma Hall to discuss the history of the building, while sharing information on our lodge and Odd Fellowship. Several participants shared that they had heard of the lodge, or that they had family members that were Odd Fellows.
Supporting Our Veterans: During the months of October and November, the lodge partnered with the members of Bethany Presbyterian Church to collect donations for Tomorrow's Hope Homeless Veterans Shelter, The lodge also provided a monetary donation for the shelter. For more information on Tomorrow's Hope, click here.
Past Grand Don Margroum and Noble Grand Sandra Huchel present a donation to Tom Horner, Asst. Fire Chief
Lodge Donates To Project Warm: On October 9th 2016, members of Alma Lodge #523 presented a donation to members of the Johnstown Fire Department for Project Warm. The fire department participates in the program by providing coats to needy children in the area. The lodge is proud to support such an important program in our community. For more information on the program, click here.
Lodge Partners With Bandits Baseball: Our lodge is proud to sponsor the Bandits Baseball Team for the 2018 season. The Bandits compete in the Pony Division of the Johnstown Recreational League and play at Roxbury Park in Johnstown. On April 13th, the players and coaches from the team, along with their families were invited to the lodge for a pre=season spaghetti dinner. The dinner gave the members the opportunity to meet the players and coaches carrying the lodge name on their hats and jerseys this season, while also providing the opportunity to introduce the team and their families to our lodge and membership.
Along with playing baseball, the team also participates in community service projects. We look forward to cheering on these young men all season long, as they look to have an excellent season on and off the diamond. For more information on the Bandits, click here.