Toby’s journey in Odd Fellowship began on July 13, 2000 when he was initiated into Ballard-Alki Lodge #170 in Seattle. Since that time he has risen through the ranks of the Order to become Sovereign Grand Musician of the Sovereign Grand Lodge. He has served the jurisdictions of Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and Montana as Grand Musician. He has also served as both Grand Master and Grand Patriarch of Washington. He is active in both his home lodge in Seattle and his associate lodge, Buckley #75, home lodge of Past Sovereign Grand Master Art Craig.
In his musical life, Toby Hanson plays both piano and accordion and serves as music director with several ensembles including the Smilin’ Scandinavians, The Jangles, the Valse Café Orchestra, Rouge, and Cowgirl’s Dream. He is a member of the Northwest Accordion Society, the Northwest Western Swing Music Society Hall of Fame, and the Sacramento Western Swing Society Hall of Fame. He produces his own radio show, The Scandinavian Polka Party, for Internet broadcaster 247polkaheaven. When he’s not engaged in either Odd Fellowship or music, Toby is most likely to be rooting for his beloved Seattle Mariners.
Ainslie is an Odd Fellow and founding member and Past Grand of Tuscola #316 which is right above the tattoo studio. Ainslie is also a member of Owl Creek Rebekah #91, Champaign Encampment #68, and Zonar Canton #18, all of Fisher, IL. He is also on the Grand Lodge of IL IOOF Web Committee and the Sovereign Grand Lodge Communications Committee and built/maintains their websites and Facebook Pages and is a founder of the Heart in Hand blog and illustrator of The Odd Fellows’ Primer member manual.
When he is not tattooing or Odd Fellowing he built/maintains the official website and social media for his childhood hero, guitarist G.E. Smith, and helps keep the fans connected.
Mike has been an Odd Fellow since 2006 having served as an officer at the local, jurisdictional and Sovereign level in the Lodge, Encampment, and Patriarchs Militant branches. He is also a member of the Rebekahs, although he has yet to serve as an officer in that branch. He is currently serving as the Grand Secretary of the Grand Lodge of West Virginia.
Mike is also a Muscovite, a volunteer reserve police officer, obstacle course racer, subdeacon of his church and is avidly interested in finding the time to try being a coach potato. He encourages everyone to replace “no, because…” with “yes, if…” because all ideas have merit if you problem solve them and find the possible.