Originally published in The Weekly Packet, October 10, 2013
Brooksville Odd Fellows provide lobster feed for Meals for ME luncheon
Brenda Rankin and Linda Loretta help serve meals in Brooksville on Thursday, October 3, as part of the luncheon for Meals for ME.
by Faith DeAmbrose
The weekly Thursday luncheon of Brookville’s Meals for ME typically gets rave reviews from attendees. More than 50 people regularly attend each week; there are prepared jokes, stories, door prizes, announcements and fellowship—and this week there was something different: a lobster feed.
Thanks to a donation from the Brooksville Odd Fellows of the Governor Brooks Lodge, diners were treated to steamed lobster with drawn butter, clams, corn on the cob and freshly baked bread. Departing from the normal 50 or so lunch-goers, the October 3 lunch saw 62 people, and once the minister of the West Brooksville Congregational Church gave her blessing, all that could be heard was the cracking of shells.
The Brooksville Meals for ME program is sponsored by Eastern Area Agency on Aging, but is staffed with a slew of local residents who have been volunteering their services for many years. Just before the meals were served, resident Audrey Peasley, who serves as master of ceremonies, took to the floor to give some announcements. When she finished, Linda Loretto followed, making sure to give thanks to Audrey’s husband Berwyn who was responsible for cooking the seven dozen donated lobsters “all morning.”
The lobster feed donation was part of a community service project, explained Odd Fellow member Bill Leck, who said that the lobsters were caught by members of the lodge. The Independent Order of Odd Fellows is a fraternal organization dating back close to 200 years and, next to the Masons, is one of the oldest fraternal and benevolent organizations in the country. The Brooksville chapter meets on Tuesdays at 6 p.m. with the exception of the summer months. The chapter is always looking for new members. For more information or to learn about becoming a member, call Francis Lymburner at 326-8576.