Brooklyn Mechanics serve Thanksgiving meals to community
By Nelson A. King
While many were enjoying
their Thanksgiving Dinner with
family and friends in the comfort
and warmth of their homes,
Brooklyn Mechanics were again
this Thanksgiving in the elements,
ensuring that those less
fortunate get a special, warm
meal on the public holiday.
The Brooklyn District Grand
Lodge No. 1 – under the jurisdiction
of The Grand Council of
the Independent United Order of
Mechanics (IUOM) Friendly Society,
Western Hemisphere, North
Central and South America,
Island of the Seas, and the Entire
Western Hemisphere, Inc. – on
Thanksgiving Day served “Ready
to Go” Dinners to the homeless,
less fortunate and other members
of the community.
The lodge has been doing so
for the past 33 years, according
to Daniel Roden, the Grenadian
born Rt. Worshipful District
Grand Master of District Grand
Lodge No. 1.
Roden told Caribbean Life that
his district distributed dinners to
about 580 people on Thanksgiving
Day outside IUOM’s headquarters
near Classon Street in
the Bedford-Stuyvesant section
“It makes you feel that we
are serving the purpose of helping
humanity, something our
forefathers will be proud of us
doing,” he said, stating that the
menu comprised, among others,
Caribbean, American and
Italian dishes, including baked
turkey, ham, chicken, lo mien,
rice, stuffing, candied yams and
“We found out, by doing this,
the less fortunate is not the only
ones who benefits from our program,”
he said. “There are people
who do not have a family
structure on that special day of
Thanksgiving, and just need to
have a meal and spend time with
company. And we are able to provide
Because of the pandemic,
Roden said his district “had to
scale back, and serve dinners in
a grab-and-go format.
“But, hopefully, next year,
2022, we can get back to our
original status of not just providing
dinners and the atmosphere
but also proving clothing
wants again,” he said, noting
that clients usually “show great
appreciation” for the meals and
Caribbean L 8 ife, DECEMBER 3-9, 2021
Andrae Nurse (center), of Barbadian roots, receives Thanksgiving Dinner from Daniel
Roden, the Grenadian-born Rt. Worshipful District Grand Master of District Grand Lodge
No.1, (left) and Napoleon Bouyer of Ben-Hur District in Bedford-Stuyvesant. Photo by Nelson
“As fraternity/Order, we
believe, practice, and promote
philanthropy, charity and benevolence,”
added Roden, underscoring
that “dedicated members”
of the Thanksgiving Committee
comprised Hon. Galroi
Mikriis, chair; Sis. Catherine
Williams, co-chair; Sis. Shirley
Camino, secretary; and “the
entire Brooklyn District Grand
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