It has been 154 years since a Newburyport member was on the Grand Lodge Board. Bro. Charles Henry Teague Jr., Grand Senior Warden of the Grand Encampment of Mass., will become Grand Patriarch in March of 2014.
Grand Marshal Teague Jr. has also been elected a trustee of the Odd Fellows’ Home in Worcester. The 100-bed facility is the pride of Mass. Odd Fellowship and a wholly owned enterprise of the Grand Lodge of Mass. Odd Fellowship also offers a uniformed military branch of membership known as the Patriarch’s Militant. Grand Master Gayton, with the rank of major serves as the Battalion Commander of Mass. and Capt. Teague Jr. serves as the Department Chaplain of the Patriarch’s Militant of Southern New England.
Bro. Teague Jr. noted that it was only 10 years ago when the Odd Fellows of Newburyport were down to 10 members and only three were active. They are now growing again and have just shy of 50 members. He also stated that the lodge is very active in local charitable needs, as well as state and national works. The Odd Fellows are one of the country’s largest supporters of arthritis.
Newly installed Noble Grand of the lodge, Bro. Charles Henry Teague III is the third generation of Charles Henry Teagues to hold this honorable position in the lodge. Bro. Charles Henry Teague Sr. PDDGM, held the office in 1957 and two terms after that. Bro. Charles Henry Teague Jr. GSW, GMa, held the office in 1963 and four terms after that. Yes, there is a Teague IV, and he says that he cannot wait to grow up and become Noble Grand of the lodge.