Members in profile: Glyn Williams

“I’ve made some truly great friends, attended some enjoyable events and been able to make a positive difference to the lives of both fellow members and the wider community. I wouldn’t change a thing!”

The routes to becoming an Oddfellow are as varied and diverse as the people who make up our membership. For some, joining is something of a family tradition. For others, joining comes on the recommendation of friends, or after attending one of our events.

For Glyn Williams, what started out as a professional interest soon evolved into a personal one.

A long-term member of Albert Branch in Hitchin, Hertfordshire, Glyn first discovered the Oddfellows in the 1950s when he applied for a job with the Society.

The more I learnt about the Oddfellows, the more I realised I wanted to maximise all the benefits of membership. Glyn Williams, Member of Beds and Bucks District

“I saw an advert for the Oddfellows who were looking for a clerical assistant. I had the relevant skills and experience so I applied and subsequently got the job,” he says.

“I loved the responsibilities of my role which included looking after 10 different properties which collectively belonged to the Branch.

“I also enjoyed working for a friendly society because of its warm and supportive culture. In fact, the more I learnt about the Oddfellows, the more I realised I wanted to maximise all the benefits of membership.”

Ever since, Glyn’s professional and personal investment in the Society has gone from strength to strength.

By 1967, he had taken on the role of Assistant Branch Secretary. This was followed by his appointment to Branch Secretary in 1996 – a post he held for an impressive twenty years.

His in-depth involvement in the running of his local Branch reflects Glyn’s ‘the more you put in, the more you get out’ attitude to life as a whole.

Not only is he an active Oddfellow but Glyn has also been a major supporter of the local theatre group, Hitchin Thespians. He would often help out backstage with tasks such as changing scenery.

Bowls is another of his passion. Glyn was president of his local club and an avid player until he was forced to retire four years ago due to health reasons.

So, given he’s been an Oddfellow for over half a century, what does Glyn see as the highlights of his 50+ years of membership?

“There are too many to mention,” he says. “On a professional level, I’m proud that I was able to triple the value of the Branch’s property portfolio from £1 million to £3 million.

“On a personal one, I’ve made some truly great friends, attended some enjoyable events and been able to make a positive difference to the lives of both fellow members and the wider community. I wouldn’t change a thing!”

Glyn was nominated for In Profile by his fellow members from the Beds and Bucks District.