Herstory

 The Rebekah Society at the Halcyon Lodge (Instar Lodge) 1947. Photo: Howie Gibson

The Rebekah Society at the Halcyon Lodge (Instar Lodge) 1947. Photo: Howie Gibson

 

Womens Work Place

A club for women who feel aligned with Instar Lodge values and are looking for a safe place to come for support, shared amenities, comradery, creativity and a co-working space.

 

Why the name

Womens Work is a term historically used to indicate labor belonging exclusively to the female gender. It is commonly used with regard to work that a mother or wife would perform within a family and household. Work that was unpaid and unvalued. Women have progressed radically in the last century renegotiating the workplace. We find ourselves now embracing the pluralities of what it means to be a woman and to be a working woman.  We celebrate identifying as new women in the creative workplace, and we value that work whether it is knitting, writing, engineering, or child-rearing.

 

Why the club

The women’s club movement formed at the turn of century by women on the frontlines of feminism, who provided each other with professional, civic, social, and economic advancement to improve their lives and the community.  Instar Lodge is situated within the historic Halcyon Lodge, home of the Rebekah’s (the women’s sect of the Odd Fellow Fraternal Organization) The Rebekah’s were a service oriented club who exhibit the true principles of Friendship, Love, and Truth.  Their creed Friendship - is like a golden chain that ties our hearts together. Love - is one of our most precious gifts, the more you give, the more you receive. Truth - is the standard by which we value people. It is the foundation. While we are not the Rebekah’s (yet) we feel their presence in our space, and we follow their footsteps bringing together compassionate women to foster creativity, courage, and community in work. The three C’s of Instar’s motto.