Independent Order of Odd Fellows
The Three Link Fraternity
Striving to make this world a better place in which to live.
“Friendship, Love and Truth”
“To Improve and Elevate the Character of Man”
HISTORY OF ODD FELLOWSHIP
In 17th century England, it was odd to find people organized for the purpose of giving aid to Lose in need and of pursuing projects for the benefit of all mankind. Those who belonged to such an organization were called “Odd Fellows.”
The Independent Order of Odd Fellows was founded on the North American continent in Baltimore, Maryland, on April 26, 1819, when Thomas Wildey and four members of the Order from England Instituted Washington Lodge No. 1. This lodge received its charter from the Manchester Unity of Odd Fellows in England.
Odd Fellowship became the first national fraternity to include both men and women when adopted the beautiful Rebekah Degree on September 20, 1851. This Degree is based on teachings found in the Holy Bible, and was written by the Honorable Schuyler Colfax who was Vice president of the United States during the period 1868-1873.
WHAT IS ODD FELLOWSHIP
A simple explanation would be: Odd Fellowship is a world-wide Fraternal Organization, based on a belief in the Fatherhood of God and the Brotherhood of Man. Through its Teachings and Ceremonies, it seeks to elevate the character of man, and thereby make this world a better place in which to live. It exemplifies this belief through active involvement in charitable work on various projects in our communities, states and nation. It must be emphasized that Odd\Fellowship is not a religion. Odd Fellowship, however, does require that all members must believe in a Supreme Being, the Creator and Preserver of the Universe, be of good moral character, and be loyal to their country.
WHO MAY BECOME A MEMBER?
A man or woman of good character, whose life and acts have been worthy and honorable, is eligible for membership. It is required that a member, in good standing, recommend the candidate as worthy of sharing the duties and enjoying the privileges of Odd Fellowship.
Odd Fellowship strictly forbids any interference with one’s religious beliefs or political opinions, either directly or indirectly. It requires acknowledgment of God and complete obedience of civil laws.
A FAMILY FRATERNITY
We in Odd Fellowship encompass the whole family. We all believe in the same principles for our various lodges. Odd Fellow Lodges are for men and recently women became eligible for membership. Rebekah Lodges are for women and Odd Fellow Lodge members. Odd Fellow and Rebekah Lodges work together on numerous programs and projects.