Montezuma No. 50

A Letter From the Arthritis Foundation

Odd Fellows and Rebekahs have embraced the opportunity to help the Arthritis Foundation prevent, control and cure arthritis by volunteering time, donating money and devoting their efforts at the local, state or province and national levels. The continued and ongoing participation of the members in support of this program has been evident by the amount of money raised since their initial involvement in 1985. At that time, George Shaw, Sovereign Grand Master, had the vision to recognize that a relationship with the Arthritis Foundation could be beneficial to the organization as well as to the millions who are affected by this disease. In 1986, the governing body of the Odd Fellows and Rebekahs, The Sovereign Grand Lodge, passed the necessary legislation making the Arthritis Foundation an approved charity.

By 1987, a relationship was developed with the Arthritis Society of Canada ensuring that the funds raised in the Canadian provinces would be dedicated to the same purpose as those raised in the United States. It took almost seven years to raise the first $1 million and three years to raise the second million. It is now a new century and since this program was adopted the total contributions exceed $5.2 million dollars! WE ARE MAKING A DIFFERENCE!

Odd Fellows and Rebekahs have been blessed with a sincere and giving membership. Members volunteer their time and services to assist local chapters in their activities as well as develop creative and innovative methods of raising money. In addition to arthritis, millions are given each year to educational programs, scholarships, visual research and other related and community charities. Although our numbers have shrunk somewhat, the support given to all charitable activities is greater than ever before. Making the world a better place in which to live is a principle of Odd Fellowship through the practice of Friendship, Love and Truth. We invite you to join the Odd Fellows and Rebekahs in attaining this worldwide goal and to accept the challenge to make a difference in the lives of the millions affected with arthritis.

Barbara Corfield, PPIARA

Chairman, Arthritis Advisory Board

Just for the Record:

The Arthritis Foundation is the only nationwide, non-profit health organization helping people take greater control of arthritis by leading efforts to prevent, control and cure arthritis and related diseases - the nations number one cause of disability. Since 1948, the Arthritis Foundation has been serving Americans with arthritis, their families and health professionals. Nearly 43 million people (or one in six) in the United States alone are affected by arthritis, and the numbers are rising significantly as our population ages.

Contributions have enabled the Arthritis Foundation to sponsor research that has resulted in major treatment advances for most arthritis conditions. Through generous support, we have improved the physical well being of people with arthritis through education and community based services to make life with arthritis easier and less painful.

The Arthritis Foundation is dedicated to helping families take control of this serious and disabling disease. 'With your help, imagine what we could do.'