The Independent Order of Odd Fellows Grand Lodge of Maine recently elected David Gulya of Blue Hill as grand master. Gulya was recently installed after serving as a district deputy, grand warden and deputy grand master.
Gulya joined Blue Hill Lodge #79 shortly after retirement having been in public service most of his adult life. For over 20 years Gulya’s career was in public safety. He says “the Oddfellows has allowed me to continue helping people”.
The Oddfellows helps people in 30 countries around the world. Their mission is to help others build a better world by promoting the principles of friendship, love and truth. Their legacy has been 200 years of helping others by funding and support for education scholarships, pilgrimages for youth, visual eye research, pilgrimages to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, housing and the Arthritis Foundation.
The Oddfellows and Rebekahs have proudly participated in the Rose Bowl Parade since 1908 and continuously since 1955. In 2020, the Oddfellows and Rebekahs again sponsored a float, “First Responders Bring Hope” to honor all of our first responder professionals. The Grand Lodge of Maine recognized Farmington Fire Department Capt. Michael Bell by sending two Farmington first responders to the Rose Bowl Parade.
Here in Maine, Oddfellows and Rebekahs fund training scholarships for nurses, Camp N.E.O.F.A. (a Maine summer camp for children) and the Oddfellows and Rebekah’s Nursing Home. The local Lodges reach out in their respective communities to support local projects. The annual Potato Run is a project we have taken on the past few years. Oddfellows and Rebekah’s gather at a Houlton potato farm, then transport and deliver more than 10,000 pounds of locally grown potatoes to food pantries as far South as the Dover Children’s Home in Dover, New Hampshire
Our special project this year is The Travis Mills Foundation. Oddfellows and Rebekahs will raise money for The Travis Mills Foundation new building project from events this year. We are planning a charity motorcycle ride and a 5K race to raise money.
Gulya says, “I’m pretty excited for the next year. I’m looking forward to a great session with Rebekah’s President Joyce Young.”