Thursday, March 12, 2015

4th Annual Masonic Charity Trail Run To Add A New Trail!

Ogden Lodge No. 754 has decided to add something new this year to our Annual Masonic Charity Trail Run.  There is no question that our trail run is a challenging course--in fact, it's one of the things our participants enjoy about our event.  It's not only different, but it's more difficult than most runs. 

However, we're going to add something for those of you that would like to participate in our run, but might prefer something a bit less lengthy and difficult.  Not only will we have our traditional 4.25 mile trail, but we will be adding a shorter, less challenging course for our walkers and runners. 

We will be putting out additional details in the next few weeks as we prepare to open the event for registration.  If you have questions, you can contact our Secretary at


Friday, February 27, 2015

News: 4th Annual Trail Run Selects Charity!

During our 1st Annual Ogden Masonic Charity Trail Run, the members of Ogden Lodge wanted to pick a charity that was known throughout the Central Illinois area as providing an invaluable resource to the community.  The Lodge voted unanimously that Developmental Services Center would be our charity that first year, both because of the important work they do, and the fact that they would most benefit from our charity trail run.

Now in its 4th Year, and Ogden Lodge Masonic Charity Trail Run has announced that it will once again partner with DSC.  

DSC serves approximately 1,100 children and adults with developmental disabilities, such as epilepsy, cerebral palsy, autism, cognitive disabilities, Down syndrome, or other conditions. Individuals seeking services may experience functional or environmental challenges that require extra support to live more independently. These challenges may include assistance in adequate daily living skills, adequate work skills, recognized social behaviors, or the ability to access community transportation.

The members of Ogden Lodge are looking forward to once again working with DSC on what we hope will be our best trail run ever.  We hope you will help us spread the word.

Stay tuned for more news and registration details.


2nd Degree Work on March 3rd @ 7PM

Ogden Lodge will have work on the 2nd Degree on March 3rd, 2015 at 7 PM with a meal to follow.  We hope you can attend!  Contact me if you have any questions at


Tuesday, June 17, 2014

David Plotner

David Plotner

OGDEN – David Lynn Plotner was born on June 22, 1931, at Ogden. The youngest child of Fred Plotner and Carrie Adeline Hays Plotner, he died peacefully at home on Father's Day, June 15, 2014.
After attending a one-room schoolhouse and graduating from Ogden High School, David, with his Dad's legal permission, married his childhood sweetheart, Gwendolyn Jane Hiser, on Oct. 28, 1951.
David proudly served in the Illinois National Guard, which was deployed during the Korean conflict, and he was stationed in Santa Maria, Calif., and later in Heilbronn, Germany.
David and Gwendolyn celebrated 62 years of marriage in 2013.
Always interested in agribusiness, he managed Shaff Implement Co. in Mayview for many years. Beginning in the early 1970s, he owned and operated his own dealership, Plotner Ford Tractor Inc. After it was sold, he worked for Pioneer and with several other seed corn companies.
An avid and very talented photographer his entire life, he enjoyed countless trips and international travels capturing stunning memories along the way. David and Gwendolyn especially enjoyed several tours with Judy Fraser of WCIA and her husband as their guides.
His retirement never seemed to let him rest as there was always some kind of workshop project or the lawn mowing that needed his constant attention.
David was a member and trustee of the United Methodist Church, the American Legion, served on the Ogden Grade School Board and Village of Ogden Board and belonged to the Masonic Lodge.
He was particularly proud of his role as treasurer of the Ogden-Royal Fire Department for more than 20 years.
He was preceded in death by his parents and all five of his siblings.
David is survived by his wife, Gwendolyn; sons, Greg (Virginia) Plotner of Houston, Texas, and Eric Plotner of Minneapolis, Minn.; grandchildren, Nickolas (Kate) and Kyle (Julie) Key in Kentucky, Zach and Emily Modis in Houston, Texas. One great-granddaughter, Autumn Hope Key, was born to Nick and Kate in November 2013.
Despite several battles with cancer, a stroke-like incapacity from which he fully recovered, knee replacements, macular degeneration, and some hearing loss, David never lost his enthusiasm for life and what he could yet accomplish. He was an inspiration for all who knew him and he was always kind to everyone he met.
Memorials may be made to the Ogden United Methodist Church.
Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, June 19, at Freese Funeral Home, 302 E. Grand Ave., St. Joseph. Burial will be in Friends Cemetery, St. Joseph. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
American Flag

Monday, December 2, 2013

Community Pancake Breakfast Exceeds Expectations!

The St. Joe - Ogden - Royal Community Pancake Breakfast raised $3,000 for the Gifford Area Tornado Relief Fund.




Visitors / Donors from:

All over East Central Illinois and as far away as New York


Troop 40 Boy Scouts (Organizer)

Pack 40 Cub Scouts

Crew 40 Venturers

Girl Scout Troops 2293, 2368, 2138, 2096, 2077, 2027

Masonic Lodges (Sponsors)

St. Joseph Lodge No. 970

Ogden Lodge No. 754

Homer Lodge No.199

and special thanks to: (Co-sponsors)

SJ-O High School District #305

Rhonda Lee

Jim Paden

The St. Joseph IGA

Twin City Tent and Awning

Prairie Winds of Urbana

SJ-O Clubs and Student Groups:


SJ-O National Honor Society

SJ-O Student Council

SJ-O Drama Club

St. Joseph Youth Sports:

SJ Youth Baseball

SJ Youth Football

SJ Youth Soccer

American Legions

St. Joseph Post #634

Royal Post #996\
Thank you all again for your support!

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Upcoming Events!

Lots of events coming up at Ogden Lodge . . .

Pancake Breakfast!
Join us for breakfast on October 19th between 6 AM - 10 AM for our "World Famous Pancake Breakfast" at Ogden Lodge in beautiful downtown Ogden, Illinois.  Oh, wait, maybe our pancake breakfast is "Internationally Reknown..."  I can never remember.  Either way, it's good, and by donation.

Blood Drive
Our next Community Blood Drive will be on November 2nd between 9 AM - 1 PM, so be sure and come share the gift of life.  One pint of blood can potentially save three lives, and it only takes a few minutes.

December Dinner
We are working out the details to have a Past Master/Community Builder Dinner in December.  More details will be put out when we get closer.


Sunday, September 15, 2013

2nd Annual Masonic Charity Trail Walk A Huge Success

Our Runners This Year
On Saturday, September 14th, 2013, Ogden Lodge No. 754 held its 2nd Annual Masonic Charity Trail Run at Homer Lake. We got a beautiful day, and had a great turnout. We were able to raise $5,000 for our charity this year--the Crisis Nursery in Urbana. We believe a lot of the reason we did so well this year is because of the well- known work the Crisis Nursery provides in our area. It wasn't difficult to get people involved in helping to raise funds for this fantastic organization.
W.M. Steve Guess presenting Check To Crisis Nursery
We'd like to thank all of our runners and walkers, our sponsors, the all the volunteers that gave so generously of their time. It takes a lot of time, and a lot of people to put on a race. Special thanks to the Homer Fire Department and Arrow Ambulance for being on hand during the race, and Urbana Masonic Lodge No. 157 for the use of their trailer.
Our Volunteers
Next year, we're going to do all over again--the 3rd Annual Charity Trail Race is scheduled for September 13th, 2014!
Our Sponsors were:
Medix Ambulance
Hartke Engineering and Surveying, Inc.
St. Joseph Animal Hospital
Spring Green Lawn Care
Robison Chapel
St. Joseph Apothecary
Wyldewood Cellars
Toni Stone @ State Farm Insurance
Rick Ridings Ford
Branson Chiropractic
Ray & Judy Gordon
Dr. Douglas M. Wallen D.D.S.
St. Joseph IGA
Homer Fire Department
Arrow Ambulance
Becks Hybrids
The Goat Keeper
Paris Ambulance
Rod Sickler Salon and Spa
Body N Sole
Casey's General Store
Andrea's Harley Davidson
Urbana Masonic Lodge No. 157
Mid-State Sewer Service
Toyota of Danville
Don's Auto Center, Inc.
St. Joseph Masonic Lodge No. 970
Bob McMann
Johnson Trailer
Toyota of Danville
Tammy Knight @ Country Cuts
A.M.S. Incorporated
Allen's Fam Quality Meats
Homer Masonic Lodge No. 199
Carl and Linda Lewis
Stephen and Debra Sparrow
Thanks Again to all!