Orillia's oldest Fraternity
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A few Questions and answers about Orangeism
Q - What does Orangeism offer it’s members?
A - High on the list is encouragement to lead a more rewarding life by being a good citizen and neighbour; a good husband, father, son or brother; a friend to those in need; and to be a man of honour and of good morals. Orangeism also offers a place where every member, regardless of age or occupation, can enjoy a sense of brotherhood in an evening of fellowship.
The Lectures of Orangeism are of a serious nature, but lodge meetings and social events are meant to be enjoyed. Orange Lodges can also provide ways in which a member can serve his community through a variety of charitable activities.
Q - How much time does it require?
A - To most new members and their families the first months in the Orange Lodge seem full of memory work and meetings. After the member receives his degrees things settle down to one, or sometimes two monthly meetings. One must remember though that the rate of advancement through the degrees is fully decided by each individual candidate. However, if the Lodge is working in a higher degree, those who do not hold the eligible degree must retire from the Lodge, until it reduces back down to the degree in which they hold. Hence most new members will want to advance with the least possible delay.
Additionally, if a member joins a committee or becomes an officer the time required naturally increases. Therefore, in making all such decisions, an Orangeman is expected to consider the needs of his family and of his work.
Q - What about Secrecy?
A - The Orange Lodge has no secrets to come between a member and his family, his religion or his occupation. Many lodges hold "open house" events and other occasions to show and explain the Orange Lodge to member's families and to the public. Most organizations manage their affairs in private and membership almost always provides privileges. So it is with the Orange Lodge.
Three Membership types to choose from
Here at the Orillia Lodge, we offer 3 types of membership. Each Membership type allows one certain privileges and perks. As well, each membership type has different levels of commitment that is required. Which Membership is right for you? You decide.
Auxiliary Membership - Is suitable for anyone who is new to the concept of Fraternal Lodges and would like to support the Lodge. Or that they may have very busy schedule, or may work out of town, etc... It allows one to choose which Lodge Charitable projects that they would like to help out in, perhaps manning the Salvation Army Kettle during the Christmas season for an hour or so. Maybe it would be to offer to paint a room once a year. Or help clean the Lodge every other week. The commitment level is chosen by each Auxiliary Member, based on what he feels that he can contribute. There is no strings attached. It allows one more perks and privileges than someone who is not a member in exchange for offering their help here and there. This membership can be upgraded, if ones circumstances change and they feel that they would like to become more involved.
Associate Membership - Would be ideal for someone who knows that they may not be able to make it out to all the Regular Lodge meetings that is necessary for those with Full membership to attend. It is better suited for those who know about the Lodge and it's principles. They may have more time available and would like to be active within the Lodge. Associate membership would require one to commit more time, but they would have more of a choice as to what they could get involved in. Maybe organizing fundraisers or social events is up your alley. Maybe you like being hands on and enjoy fixing things. Yes there is obviously more of a commitment, if you are wanting to get involved with more at this level, but so increases ones privileges and status within the Lodge. Not quite on par with a Full Lodge member, but greater than your basic Auxiliary Membership.
Full Membership - Although it requires the most time, it can also be the most fulfilling, as one enjoys all the privileges and perks of being and Orangeman. Getting involved in all the charity works that the Lodge does throughout the year allows one the most opportunity to be able to better our Community. It allows one to attend the Regular Lodge meetings where governing and the direction of the Lodge is discussed and planned. It not only allows them the chance to voice their opinions, but they are able to vote on all matters. At this level one can become a member of any of the Lodge's committees and help in maintaining the building and organizing events and fundraisers. It doesn't limit a person as to which events that they can attend and they enjoy the benefits of the full fraternal structure.
For more detailed information on the levels of membership that our Lodge offers, feel free to contact us, or talk to one of the members at any time.
Interested in joining?
If you are interested in becoming a member, please download and fill out one of our various application formats. For those interested in emailing us your application, please download and use either the WordPerfect format, or the Microsoft Word format (depending on which word-processing application that you have), fill out the application and then attach it to an email and email it to the Lodge. Our email address is contact[at]orangelodge[dot]ca
Attention Military Servicemen!
If you are a current serving member of the Canadian Armed Forces and are thinking joining the Lodge, please be advised that Harmony Lodge offers to waive your Annual Dues, for the time that you are in active service! We Support our Troops! If you are no longer in active service, or a Veteran post 1990, Harmony Lodge offers you a discount on your Annual Dues.
For those wishing to fill out the application form and mail it in please print off and fill out the application. Then mail or drop it off to our location listed below.
We will be in touch with you to let you know that your application has been received and will be forwarded to the Lodge at the next 'Regular Meeting'. Applicants will then be further contacted. This whole process could take anywhere from 1 to 30 days, depending upon how close to the 'Regular Meeting' your application is submitted.
Sending by Mail or Delivering in Person? If so then print off your
application and mail it directly to the Lodge. Our Mailing address is..
Orillia Loyal Orange Lodge
1037 Mississaga Street, West.