The Oklahoma Workman (Guthrie, Okla.), Vol. 13, No. 10, Ed. 1 Thursday, October 1, 1908 Page: 4 of 8
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THE OKLAHOMA WOBKMAN.
The Oklahoma Workman.
GUARANTEED CIRCULATION 7.00U.
Published Monthly by Grand Lodge ot
Oklahoma A. O. U. W.
W. J. LEATHERMAN, Editor.
JOHN S. ALLAN, Associate Editor,
Subscription prices 25c per year. Free
to all members of the Order
Entered at the postofflce at Guthrie,
Oklahoma, as second class matter,
October 5, 1900.
IMPORTANT TO RECORDERS.
Each month we send a PRINTED LIST
to the lodge containing name and ad-
dress of each brother. Examine this slip
carefully, and If any corrections or ad-
ditions are to be made make name on
printed list and return to this office.
PLEASE NOTE—DO NOT WRITE the
entire membership over but make nli
corrections necessary on the PRINTED
Do not report temporary suspensions,
but strike from the printed slip only
those members who are DEAD. WITH-
DRAWN. TRANSFERRED. EXPELLED
or UNDER SUSPENSIONS FOR THREE
Grand Lodge Officers.
P. G. M. W. H. E. Rakeman, Sapulpa,
G M W. S. L. Johnson, Okmulgee, Okla.
G*. F.', James M. Wells, Kingfisher, Okla.
G. O., James A. Darnell, Chlchasha,
G Recorder, W. R. Welch, Guthrie, Okla.
G Reclver. J. E. Sater. Stillwater. Okla.
G. Guide, G. W. Harsln. Oklahoma Cil.v,
Okla. „ .
G. I. W., W. R. Hunter, Pryor Creek,
G o W., A. A. Muse. Spiro, Okla.
g'. Med. Ex., E. G. Sharp. Guthrie, OkU.
H. D. Todd, Chm., Guthrie, Okla.
A. A. Ware, Stillwater, Okla.
E H. Howell, Enid. Okla.
Dudley B. Madden, Chm., Tecumseh,
M. W. Hlnch, Kingfisher, Okla.
M. D. Llbby, El Reno, Okla.
APPEALS AND GRIEVANCES.
I. w. Saunders, Chm., Davis, Okla.
E. E. Bechtel, Muskogee ,Okla.
W. N. Elliott. Purcell, Okla.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS.
S. L. Johnson, Okmulgee, Okla..
W. R. Welch, Guthrie, Okla.
J. E. Sater, Stillwater, Okla..
D. B. Madden, Tecumseh, Okla.
J. S. Tatman, Chickasha. Okla.
Harry Horner, Enid, Okla.
J. P. McLarty, Wilburton, Okla.
H. D. Todd, Guthrie, Okla.
S F. Allenbaugh, Payson, Okla.
Next Session Grand Lodge meets at
Muskogee, Oklahoma, First Tuesday In
PRICE LIST OF SUPPLIES.
The following Is a list of supplies kept
on hand in the Recorder's office, also
prices on the same.
These supplies will not be sent un-
less the cash accompanies the order. So
remember in the future when ordering
supplies, plejise send the price with the
order and it will receive prompt atten-
Rituals, each ®
Financiers Receipt Book, each 25
Receivers Receipt Book, each 25
Recorders Warrant Book, each 25
Semi-Annual P ,W. Book, each.... 1.00
Monthly Report Book, each 100
Buttons, per dozen 50
Medical Examiners blanks free.
Clearance Cards, each
Ode Cards, each p2
Officers Bonds, each 05
Constitution and By-Laws, each 10
Traveling Cards, each nf>
T-antern and Slides, each 35.00
Financier's Record, each 3.00
Minute Books, each 4.00
Gold Seals, 100...' 50
Lodge seals $2.50 3.00
All supplies ar to b ordered from th«
W. R. WELCH.
The Progress that this order is go-
ing to make depends solely upon you
as a member. The life of a plant will
soon leave it if the fertility of the soil
is all absorbed or the refreshing water
i > ceased to be poured on. A healthy
slalk requires all that nature has for
the plant to make it grow. Just so
with the Order- Its members are the
ones to supply the nourishment. They
are supposed to do this by active
work and filling up the ranks as fast
as they are depicted either by deaQi
or suspension, with new blood and new-
members. They must also overcome
the advanced age of the membership
by securing young men to fill these
places- This work cannot be done by
sitting back and watching a few do
it all. but each must be an active unit,
otherwise the leaven will soon run
out and the good done by the few will
not amount to very much.
We know some members that, when
asked about their opinion of the Work-
men. will exclaim very vociferously.
"It is fine; wouldn't be without it for
a minute, and if I don't happen to get
around on time don't let me suspend.
No, sir, I like the Workman and am
GOING TO KEEP IT UP AS LONG
AS I LIVE." Well, how many mem-
bers has your lodge that repeats this
same statement several times a year?
How many of these staedfast, well
meaning members ever bring in an ap-
plication? How often are these mem-
bers heard In the councils of the lodge''
You can count them all on one hafcid
and often have room to spare. One
member says I never lose an oppor-
tunity to talk- That is true, but it is
guessed that this member has not in
the last five years devoted more than
ten minutes actual time to the Order
only when paying his assessment.
Talk without action amounts to noth-
ing. Talk, of the right kind, and ac-
tion together will accomplish a great
deal- If this Order, and the protec.
tion it gives to the family is such a
good thing for the member who don't
want to suspend why then it is not
good enough for this kind of a mem-
ber to strive to at least get one n«ewi
number a year and thus perpetuate
the Order in the good it is doing him
Some gains have been made during
this year, and good, hard, conscien-
tious work has been done by the rank
and file of the membership. Thosw
who are interested in the welfare of
the Order and of their lodge bave had
their labors rewarded and have bene-
fitted both themselves and their lodge
by the work they have done. '\ ere
is still plenty of work to be done and
the time for making a splendid show-
ing for the year is growing short- If
your lodge has not been active no
better time to begin can be found than
right now- If you have a member who
never comes to lodge that says it is a
good thing for him have that member
show that it is good by bringing in
an application- Nothing better than
this will show his real appreciatijn
and worth of the Order. Progress de -
pends upon each individual member
and the interest he takes. We must
ali work and work together, by doing
so we will place the A- O. TT. W- in a
position that will make future ad-
vancement much easier.
impress it upon your minds. Thel
good Financier and Recorder will work!
to keep their membership in tact while)
an indifferent officer don t care and
will let them slip through his fing<>s.
We can tell from the reports from
month to month what lodges-have good
officials and what ones don't. It is
shown by the kind of reports sent in.'
If the Recorder and Financier reports
that this one or that one has suspend,
ed but will reinstate next month you
can easily count on it that that will be
the last of the member, so far as ')ie
officers of the lodge are concerned-
We do not mean to say that the Rec-
order and Financier are all of the of-
ficers, for the Master Workman has an
important part to play. It is his duty
to see that all the officers perform
their duties as required by the by-
laws of the local lodge and to instruct
the suspension committee to look after
tfie suspended ones and use every
means to reinstate them. A clear ap-
plication to business will be the means
of a large gain in membership.
Several lodges have declared for a
class initiation on or about the night
of the 28th of this month. This is to
be in celebration of the anniversary
of the Order, which was founded forty
years ago. If your lodge has not de-
cided to have a candidate on that
night do so now and get busy at once.
It seems to be apparent that a great
many of the members to not fully un-
derstand that the Grand Lodge will
pay them a commission on everv
new member they secure. Some of
the lodges think that they have to pav
this commission out of the general
funds of the lodge. This is not the
case. The Grand Lodge has paid and
will pay any member of any lodge the
sum of $2.00 for a member taking out
an Insurance for $2,000. This Is worth
working for and a little effort on the
part of an individual member this
commission can be easily earned.
The only requirement is that the
members sccurcd must pay three as
sessments and then the commission
Wa have often weld that the Fin-
ancial officers of the lodge were in
position to eliminate the suspension
evil. We want to say again just to
THE TIME HAS ARRIVED.
We trust this headline will catch
your eye and hold your interest for
awhile, for we want to have a heart to
heart talk to you on a subject that vit-
ally interests you and yours.
You joined the A- O. U. W. for the
purpose of protecting those near and
dear to you- You were solicited by
some one who was already a member.
This certainly should have impressed
you with the idea that this was a mu-
tual cooperative association- Each
member, when he joined the order,
obligated himself to "labor to extend
its limits." There was a purpose ir.
placing these words in the obligation,
that purpose was to cheapen the cost
of your protection. Nothing in this
world can be inactive. Inactivity
The men whom you elect, from time
to time, as your Grand Lodge officers
come from the ranks. They are not
in office long until this question of in-
crease confronts them, if it never has
before. They realize that the life, th<i
prosperity of the order depends en-
tirely upon a good increase. They
realize that the members count every
cent of expense and their effort is to
get along with as little money expense
The time has arrived when our mem-
ers must face this proposition of in-
crease in members. If they want
their insurance cheap, then they must
do the only one thing that will make
the total cost less and that is to go
out and hustle for new members.
Now don't misunderstand us- We
don't mean to say that you can lessen
the actual insurance cost, for that is
controlled by law over which man has
no power. We are using the word in
its broadest sense. Our members count
their lodge dues and per capita tax
as part of the insurance cost. If the
members do not live up to the obli-
gation to "labor to extend the limits"
then deputies must be employed to do
the work. Deputies cost money. The
added cost of Paying deputies to do
the work that each of us has obligat-
ed himself to do means an increase in
per capita tax. Every member must
realize this to be a true statement of
There is no member so old. he can-
not say a kind word for the Order.
Kind words, and active interest '
what is needed at this time. The
knocker should get out- If he has no
feith in the Order he is foolish to re-
main in and pay in his money. If he
remains in. then he should do all ih
his power to advance the interests of
tlie Order by proclaiming his memln r-
ship and his faith in the Order and
back it up by securing a new member.
Every member in the Order ought
to secure at least one new member
every year. With an increase of this
nature the Order would prosper as
ntver before in its history. You. as a
member of the Order, are virtually
interested in the proposition and the
question for you to answer is: Can 1
afford to ignore it?—Minnesota Guide
WORK ALL ALONG THE LINE.
Nearly all of the lodges of the juris-
diction seem to be in the mood to do
some good active vvoik during ill1; ir n
and winter months. Already indications
show that an active campaign is being
made in many lodges that have liereto-
tore been dormant, it wu.nu ic a i >< dic-
ing sight to see not only one lodge but
every one of them get right down to busi
ness during the remaining months of
the year and show what can be done
in their locality. It used to be in Okla-
homa that when the Workmen started
out to do anything or to accoi.ipiisii
a certain result, that they done it with-
out any trouble. What has become cf
that old time spirit? Why cannot the
same zeal and interest be shown now?
If the Workmen was good ten or twelve
years ago isn't it just as good now, or
a little better? If those members who
have held on for years and years still
think, as they do, that they are deep-
ly interested in the welfare of the Order
it is beginning to be time they were
showing how hard they ...link it. it
the young members that has been con-
vinced that the Workmen would lie a
benefit to him, and he certainly believes
it or he would not have become a mem-
ber, would endeavor to associate with
him in the lodge some of his young
friends there wrould not need to be the
dryness in the meetings that are so often
complained of but there would be life.
This dryness and new life can be touch-
ed up a little if every member will take
it upon himself to see that there is at
least one initiation each month in his
lodge. The time to begin work is now
and let those lodges that are doing noth-
ing fall in line with those that are busy
Make October a busy month and cele-
brate the anniversary of the Order by at
least one initiation on the last meeting
night of the month.
DO YOU PASS IT UP
How often have you seen a member
oil the street with the Button on his
lapel? Every day perhaps. Maybe it is
a stranger or an acquaintance. How
often do you pass these members by
without a word or a look of recognition?
Every day and nearly every hour. Lo-
cally, when a member is passed up in
tliis manner without notice it makes him
feel just like you would feel to have
a very intimate acquaintance meet you
and look the other way without speaking
A nod or a look to a member, no mat-
ter where you meet him or under what
conditions will go a long way toward
making him feel that, should it be neces-
sary, he has someone he can call upon
without fear of being turned down.
The stranger in town, with tue em-
blem on his coat, will go away feeling
that the people are hospitable, and es-
pecially Workmen, if you will but rec-
ognize him. It will drive away that lost
teeling that strangers often have when
coming into a town for the first time. It
cements closer the brotherhood that
should exist between ail men at all time.
A Workman is just as much a Work-
man outside the lodge room as in it.
Don't pass up a man who is wearing
the emblem of the Order just because
you don't have time to talk with him
or because he is not well dressed, but
make it known that you are united
with an Order whose purpose it is to
help every one at any time and in any
way tiiat assistance can be rendered.
SUPREME RECEIVER RESIGNS.
Bro. II. B. Dickinson, Supreme Re-
ceiver during the past six years has re-
signed that position and Bro. E. F. Dan-
forth, of the Maine jurisdiction has been
appointed to fill the vacancy.
In severing his connection with the
Order in al official capacity Bro, i icK-
inson carries with him the esteem and
respect of the entire membr.'ship and
especially those with whom he his been
closely associated in tne discharge
the duties of his office. Bro. Dickinson
has given much time and talent to the
Order and private business arrangements
makes it necessary for him to rjl'nqulsh
Bro. E. F. Danforth. the new Su-
preme Receiver has for many years been
upon several important committees m
(lie Supreme Lodge and at the time cf
his appointment to succeed Viro. Dick-
inson In- was chairman or the Finance
At any rate the automobile can
scarcely eliminate the dark horse from
Once in a great while a woman actu-
ally believes that her husband knows
as muuh as he thinks he knows.
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