Grand Igloo

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Grand Igloo
Back Row, L-R
Grand 1-year Trustee Ben Esch (Nome MI 1)
Grand Recorder Linda Conley (Fairbanks WI 8)
Grand Sergeant-at-Arms Jim Casement (Cordova MI 19)
Grand Inner Guard Virginia Calloway (Juneau WI 6)
Grand 1-yr Trustee
Marie Walker (Homer WI 14)
Grand 2-year Trustee
Lois Stover (Kodiak WI 17)
Grand 2-year Trustee
Virgil Campbell (Seward MI 9)
Grand 3-year Trustee
John Stein (Sitka MI 22)
Grand 3-year Trustee
Mary Castle (Ketchikan WI 7)
Front Row, L-R
Grand Treasurer Debra Dauphinais (Homer WI 14)
Grand Secretary
Vision Money (Homer WI 14)
Grand Chaplain
Lee Pederson (Anchorage MI 15)
Grand Historian
Ken Pysz (Palmer MI 31)
Grand 2nd Vice President Fred Thorsteinson (Juneau MI 6)
Grand 1st Vice President Jim Rhodes (Ketchikan MI 16)
Grand President Troxell Hebert (Delta Junction MI 35)
Past Grand President Jerry Krier (Fairbanks MI 4)
 
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Anchorage

Men’s Igloo No. 15
PO Box 101041
Anchorage, AK
99510

Women’s Igloo No. 4
PO Box 101547
Anchorage, AK
99510

Kodiak

Men’s Igloo No. 18
PO Box 684
Kodiak, AK
99615

Women’s Igloo No. 17
PO Box 684
Kodiak, AK
99615

Cordova

Men’s Igloo No. 19
PO Box 335
Cordova
99574

Women’s Igloo No. 5
PO Box 335
Cordova
99574

Nome

Men’s Igloo No. 1
PO Box 146
Nome, AK
99762

Women’s Igloo No. 1
PO Box 146
Nome, AK
99762

Delta Junction

Men’s Igloo No. 35
PO Box 445
Delta Junction, AK
99737

Women’s Igloo No. 19
PO Box 445
Delta Junction, AK
99737

Palmer

Men’s Igloo No. 31
5935 E. Tex Al Drive
Wasilla, AK
99654

Women’s Igloo No. 11
375A Melissa Rose Circle
Palmer, AK
99645

Fairbanks

Men’s Igloo No. 4
PO Box 70050
Fairbanks, AK
99707

Women’s Igloo No. 8
PO Box 70656
Fairbanks, AK
99707

Petersburg

Men’s Igloo No. 26
PO Box 715
Petersburg, AK
99833

Women’s Igloo No. 10
PO Box 715
Petersburg, AK
99833

Homer

Men’s Igloo No. 32
PO Box 931
Homer, AK
99603

Women’s Igloo No. 14
PO Box 931
Homer, AK
99603

Seward

Men’s Igloo No. 9
PO Box 571
Seward, AK
99664

Women’s Igloo No. 9
PO Box 571
Seward, AK
99664

Juneau
Sitka
Kenai

Men’s Igloo No. 33
PO Box 1904
Kenai, AK
9961

Women’s Igloo No. 16
PO Box 1904
Kenai, AK
99611

Valdez

Men’s Igloo No. 7
PO Box 2570
Valdez, AK
99686

Women’s Igloo No. 2
PO Box 674
Valdez, AK
99686

Ketchikan

Men’s Igloo No. 16
PO Box 5476
Ketchikan, AK
99901

Women’s Igloo No. 7
PO Box 5026
Ketchikan, AK
99901

Wrangell

Men’s Igloo No. 21
PO Box 1152
Wrangell, AK
99929

Women’s Igloo No. 15
PO Box 665
Wrangell, AK
99929

 

 

 

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  Pioneers of Alaska
1931 Grand Igloo Installation in Juneau

Front Row L to R - William Jarman, A. J. Dimond, Erick Forss, Cal. M. Brosius, J. T. Spickett, H. R. Shepard, Mrs. Phillips. Second Row L to R - U. S. Norton, Gertrude Laughlin, Andy Nyland, Geo. J. Love, Jno. Reck, Rev. C. E. Rice, P. G. Charles, H. H. McCutcheon, Lottie Spickett, Mrs. McCutcheon. Top Row L to R - H. B. LeFevre, Elmer Reed, Andrew Nerland, A. J. Lomen, F. Wolland, S. H. Burgh, J. E. Johnson, Jos. McDonald, Jno. Dunn, Mrs. Gildea (sp?).

 
   
The Pioneers of Alaska is a fraternal organization that was founded in Nome, Alaska in 1907 and is the only one of these Alaska based fraternal organizations still in existence and going strong today.

The purpose of the Pioneers of Alaska is to preserve the names of all Alaska’s pioneers on its rolls; to collect and preserve the literature and incidents of Alaska’s history; and to promote the best interests of Alaska.”

Following the organization of Igloo No.1 on February 20, 1907 in Nome, Igloo No. 2 was formed on June 1907 in Candle, and Igloo No. 3 in St. Michael. The Igloos convened in Nome on August 4, 1908, to create the Grand Igloo of the Pioneers of Alaska. Today there are 16 Men’s Igloos and 16 Women’s Igloos sprinkled across Alaska. (see the Alaska Igloos link) 
Currently, one has to be a 30 year resident of Alaska to be considered for membership to any Igloo of the Pioneers of Alaska. 

The Grand Igloo unites Alaska’s Pioneers by meeting once each year with the subordinate igloos taking turns hosting these conventions.  Delegates from all the subordinate igloos attend, and Grand Igloo officers are elected from these subordinate igloos to represent the whole. 

The Pioneers of Alaska have a rich history and have many accomplishments that continue to make Alaska “The Great Land” that it is today.   From the very beginning the Pioneers of Alaska have lobbied government and other groups for changes that make Alaska a better place.  The Pioneer Homes of Alaska started because of the combined efforts of the Pioneers of Alaska.

The Grand Igloo and subordinate Igloos had many members who served in both the territorial and state legislatures.  Those men, combined with the lobbying efforts of the organization, have played a major role in getting much needed infrastructure built in Alaska over the years.  We also were instrumental in the establishment of fish and game laws, financial support for the elderly and achieving Statehood.  The Pioneers of Alaska Grand Igloo conventions provided a unifying vehicle to get the support that was needed to get these items accomplished.   Our modern lifestyle that we Alaskans enjoy today is in a large part, due to the efforts of the Pioneers of Alaska.

1924 Grand Igloo Convention in Fairbanks
1924 Grand Igloo Convention in Fairbanks

 

Over the last 100 plus years, our membership has become multigenerational with descendants of Pioneers joining as their parents and generations of grandparents have.   We also have many members who are the first generation to join. 

Today our various Igloos provide a lot of community service and support.  We care for cemetery plots, organize or help at various community events, assist senior citizens, provide support for some historical projects, and yes, we have fun too.

Social Functions are a tradition that provides entertainment and fellowship for members and their guests.   We have potlucks, banquets, dances, skits, music, parades, travel, historical presentations, and lively meetings.

Modern Pioneers of Alaska still follow many of the original traditions of the order, and several of our Igloos are now more than 100 years old.  We have been here for the long haul, and will continue the grand traditions of the Pioneers of Alaska for many more generations to come. See more details on our History page.

 
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