A Message from the Grand Master. There will be no Official Reception this year.

Brothers and Sisters:

This year things will be a bit different from past years. The first thing that you will notice is that there is no date for a Grand Masters Banquet. That’s because I am not having one. In 2018 when I was first elected as Grand Master I held a banquet in Orangeville. It was fun, A lot of you attended. It was a wonderful meal with lots of good fellowship.

The world has changed. Food has increased dramatically in price, fuel costs have gone crazy and hotel costs have increased . I will not ask you to spend your money on coming to see me at a banquet then expect you to spend money to come see me when I visit your District. What I am proposing is that you calculate what you would have spent coming to a dinner in Orangeville. Think about your gas, the meal and possibly a hotel. Add those three things up. Now divide it in half or even four . Write a cheque to the IOOF Senior’s Home, in Barrie, and in remarks put Grand Master’s Project. I am the Vice Chair of the Board at the Barrie Home . We are undergoing a 63 million dollar expansion. Every penny will help. Oh wait, we don’t have pennies anymore. Every nickel will help! Come see me when I come to your District!

The other thing that you will notice is that none of the Officers are wearing white jackets. And not all of the officers are wearing black tuxedos, some might be wearing a black suit. Being a Grand Lodge appointed officer is an honour. I don’t want it to be a financial burden to my officers. I spoke with Brother Jason Walt and told him I was not going to use white dinner jackets. He will not be next year. Brother Mark Volkov will not be using them in 2 years. It’s enough that these folks have to pay all the expenses that come with attending sessions. I didn’t want to add the price of a dinner jacket. I also didn’t want them to have to buy/rent a tuxedo. I told them if they had a three piece black suit that would suffice.

I just wanted to you know what I was thinking about when I made these decisions. I hope that you all have a great year and I REALLY look forward to coming out to see you in your Districts.

Yours in Friendship , Love and Truth,

Bro Gene Dopp,
Grand Master, 2024- 2025.

FW: Another scam email purporting to be from the Grand Lodge.

From: accounts@ioof.net <accounts@ioof.net> Sent: Thursday, June 13, 2024 9:32 AM To: accounts@ioof.net Subject: FW: Another scam email purporting to be from the Grand Lodge.

From: accounts@ioof.net <mailto:accounts@ioof.net> <accounts@ioof.net <mailto:accounts@ioof.net> > Sent: Thursday, June 13, 2024 9:31 AM Subject: Another scam email purporting to be from the Grand Lodge.

Hello all!

If you remember back before sessions an email came out purporting to be me, that was a scam. That email was asking for individuals to do an e-transfer. No one from the Grand Lodge will ask you to do an e-transfer. Please ignore any message asking for that.

Now another email has come out purporting to be from Bob Schwalm. The email is NOT from Bob.

When you see something of the sort, check the email address. In this case the email address was: “Robert G. Schwalm” <treasurerexecutive77@gmail.com <mailto:treasurerexecutive77@gmail.com> >

We will never send you a gmail email for official business. The only time I will ever send a gmail email is if you contact me at my personal email address.

The email reads:

“Hi,
I am trying to set up an E-Transfer in the amount of $1,950 for an expense, also i will have to visit the bank to set it up as we don’t E-transfers or pay bills online as we have a 2 signature account, I would like to know if you can initiate the E-transfer from your personal account? I will send you a reimbursement cheque in your name tomorrow. Let me know so i can send you the details.
Regards, Robert G. Schwalm”

This is a scam email. Please never respond to these emails but quickly delete them.

The scam artists are getting trickier in their scams. It is impossible, in this day and age, to avoid having such scams go out even with the very best online security.

If you ever have a question about the authenticity of an email please contact us.

Yours in Friendship, Love, and Truth,

Brother John R. Nichols,
Grand Secretary.

FW: 50/50 Raffle Launches May 1!

From: accounts@ioof.net <accounts@ioof.net> Sent: Thursday, May 2, 2024 10:45 AM Subject: FW: 50/50 Raffle Launches May 1!

Hey Folks!

I have been asked to send this information out to you! It is for the Raffle, to support redevelopment for the IOOF Senior’s Home in Barrie!

john

From: Elyse Martin <emartin@ioof.com <mailto:emartin@ioof.com> > Sent: Tuesday, April 30, 2024 10:44 AM To: gbarron@xplornet.ca <mailto:gbarron@xplornet.ca> ; ichadwick@rogers.com <mailto:ichadwick@rogers.com> ; largecalibre2@hotmail.com <mailto:largecalibre2@hotmail.com> ; jasedwards1@gmail.com <mailto:jasedwards1@gmail.com> ; ianthehunter@gmail.com <mailto:ianthehunter@gmail.com> ; dougjure.inc@gmail.com <mailto:dougjure.inc@gmail.com> ; janicemarshallIOOF@gmail.com <mailto:janicemarshallIOOF@gmail.com> ; judybobmcmahon@gmail.com <mailto:judybobmcmahon@gmail.com> ; John Nichols <jnichols@ioof.net <mailto:jnichols@ioof.net> >; accounts@ioof.net <mailto:accounts@ioof.net> ; juneandherb70@gmail.com <mailto:juneandherb70@gmail.com> ; june.ventresca@sympatico.ca <mailto:june.ventresca@sympatico.ca> Cc: Garry Hopkins <ghopkins@ioof.com <mailto:ghopkins@ioof.com> >; Cathie Foley <CFoley@ioof.com <mailto:CFoley@ioof.com> >; Jillian Sliter <jsliter@ioof.com <mailto:jsliter@ioof.com> > Subject: 50/50 Raffle Launches May 1!

Good morning,

The IOOF Seniors Homes is excited to announce our May 50/50 raffle is launching TOMORROW (May 1st) in support of our redevelopment campaign. Tickets will be available for purchase with new pricing for increased odds to win – 10 tickets for $10; 40 tickets for $20; 150 tickets for $50; 400 tickets for $100. The grand prize draw will be held on Friday, May 31, 2024.

Purchasers will have an opportunity to win a $500 early bird prize on Friday, May 17th generously sponsored by Home Care Assistance Barrie Simcoe County <www.homecareassistancebarrie.ca/> .

Purchase your tickets at <www.IOOF.com> www.IOOF.com or by phone at Jillian (705-725-4614) or Elyse (705-725-4610).

Please share with your co-workers, friends, family, and networks and help us to raise essential funds for the IOOF!

<www.rafflebox.ca/raffle/ioof>

Thank you,
Elyse

<www.ioof.com/>
Elyse Martin Capital Campaign Manager, IOOF Seniors Homes Inc.

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FW: reception

Here we go folks!

john

From: Kathryn Bellmore <kathrynebellmore@hotmail.com> Sent: Sunday, March 3, 2024 5:37 PM To: John Nichols <accounts@ioof.net>; rebekah assembly <raofont@cogeco.net>; Wayne Geurts <wayne.geurts@gmail.com>; Ruth Mousseau <ruth.53@live.com>; Brian Leeder <brian_3@live.ca> Cc: ebcrowder2@gmail.com Subject: reception

Would you please send this out to all the lodges, encampments< auxiliaries and cantons. I thank you in advance Kathryn Bellmore

FW: President Elect Banquet Notice

Dear Sisters and Brothers;

I have been asked to send you the notice for the Reception for Sister Bonnie Desjardins, President Elect, of the Rebekah Assembly of Ontario.

Please let your Lodge Members know about this reception and post the notice on your Lodge Bulletin Board.

Brother John R. Nichols,
Grand Secretary.

From: Bonnie Desjardins <bonniedesjardins1@hotmail.com> Sent: Wednesday, February 7, 2024 6:46 PM To: John Nichols <accounts@ioof.net> Subject: President Elect Banquet Notice

Hello Brother John,
Would you kindly send this notice out to the Odd Fellow Lodges with your next mailing. Thank you!
In F, L, and T,
Sister Bonnie Desjardins
VP RAO

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FW: New Member Reports and Advising Grand Lodge as New Members Receive Degrees.

From: accounts@ioof.net <accounts@ioof.net> Sent: Wednesday, February 7, 2024 6:22 AM Subject: New Member Reports and Advising Grand Lodge as New Members Receive Degrees.

Brother and Sister Lodge Secretaries;

I have had a request from our Grand Master, Sister Shirley Blakey, to remind Lodge Secretaries that it is really important to send in the New Member Form as soon as a New Member has received their Initiatory Degree. We need that form to report the New Member to Sovereign Grand Lodge, and to generate the Third Degree Certificate for the New Member. The Third Degree Certificate is given to the New Member when they receive their Third Degree.

Sister Shirley is also asking the Lodge Secretaries to keep the Grand Lodge Office and Grand Master advised as the New Member receives their Third Degree.

Thanks for all you do!

Brother John R. Nichols,
Grand Secretary.

FW: Make A Difference Award

From: accounts@ioof.net <accounts@ioof.net> Sent: Thursday, February 1, 2024 2:00 PM Subject: FW: Make A Difference Award

Here is the updated announcement from the Joint Planning Board, folks.

Sorry for the mix up!

john

From: Marilyn WILSON <dmgwilson@cogeco.ca <mailto:dmgwilson@cogeco.ca> > Sent: Thursday, February 1, 2024 12:49 PM To: Grand Lodge Accounts <accounts@ioof.net <mailto:accounts@ioof.net> > Subject: Make A Difference Award

Hi John,
So sorry for the mix up. My computer is playing games with me.
Here is the new flyer with the due date of April 20, 2024.
Thank you again.
Marilyn

FW: Make A Difference Award Flyer

From: accounts@ioof.net <accounts@ioof.net> Sent: Thursday, February 1, 2024 9:22 AM Subject: FW: Make A Difference Award Flyer

Hello All!

A Communication from the Joint Planning Board. Please read this announcement to your Lodge.

Brother John R. Nichols,
Grand Secretary.

From: Marilyn WILSON <dmgwilson@cogeco.ca <mailto:dmgwilson@cogeco.ca> > Sent: Wednesday, January 31, 2024 11:30 PM To: Grand Lodge Accounts <accounts@ioof.net <mailto:accounts@ioof.net> > Subject: Make A Difference Award Flyer

Hi John,
Hope you are well.
Would you please send this flyer out to all the Lodges.
Thank You
Marilyn Wilson

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FW: the fillable forms…

From: accounts@ioof.net <accounts@ioof.net> Sent: Wednesday, January 31, 2024 12:18 PM To: accounts@ioof.net Subject: the fillable forms…

Hi folks!

I have heard from 3 that they can’t fill in the registration forms I sent. This is odd because they are fillable on my computer.

I have gone in and adjusted the forms. They are still fillable on my computer. I will reattach the forms in case there was a some glitch in the transmitting.

As for the Registration Forms for Sessions, you will see the form is two different pages. One side is to fill in if the Lodge is sending a Representative, the second page is to fill in and send if the Lodge is NOT sending a Representative. Please ensure that your Lodge sends in one page or the other.
When filling in the form, fill in all fields, and save the file to your computer (I would suggest, as an example, that you name the file as follows: “Avon 41 Rep certificate” to clearly show which lodge it is coming from. Attach that file to an email to accounts@ioof.net <mailto:accounts@ioof.net> , and send it to me).

Officers, Past Grand Masters, and Past Elective Grand Lodge Officers, your form also is in two parts. Please return the appropriate page to accounts@ioof.net <mailto:accounts@ioof.net> .
When filling in the form, fill in all fields, and save the file to your computer (I would suggest, as an example, that you name the file as follows: “Mark Blakey PGM Rep certificate” or “Shirley Blakey Grand Master Rep certificate” to clearly show in which capacity you are attending. Attach that file to an email to accounts@ioof.net <mailto:accounts@ioof.net> , and send it to me).

glsREPREScert is for Lodges to Register their Lodge Representative.

glsGLOFFICregis is for current Grand Lodge Elective and Appointed Officers.

glsPGMregis is for our Past Grand Masters.

glsPELOregis is for our Past Elective Grand Lodge Officers.

Thanks so much!

Brother John R. Nichols, Grand Secretary

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