17th century England, it was odd to find people organized for
the purpose of giving aid to those in need and of pursuing
projects for the benefit of all mankind. Those who belonged to
such an organization were called "Odd Fellows." Odd
Fellows are also known as "The Three Link Fraternity"
which stands for Friendship, Love and Truth.
The Independent Order of Odd Fellows was founded on the North
American Continent in Baltimore, Maryland, on April 26, 1819
and four members of the Order from England instituted Washington
Lodge No. 1. This lodge received its charter from Manchester
Unity of Odd Fellows in England.
Odd Fellowship became the 1st national fraternity to include
both men and women when it adopted the beautiful
Rebekah Degree on September 20, 1851. This degree is based on the
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. Odd Fellows and Rebekahs
were also the first fraternal organization to establish
for our senior members and for orphaned children.
Who we are
The strongest fraternal society on the continent.
A great world-wide united brotherhood.
A fraternity founded on the basis of universal
Based on the Fatherhood of God and the brotherhood
Founded on the North American continent in 1819.
Based upon the purest principles of equality,
Non-political and non-sectarian.
A source of comfort in times of trouble and
A world-wide force that stands for all that is
noblest and highest.
An everyday guide for conduct, a mantle that should
be worn always.
An organization that favors no person for their
wealth and frowns on none for their poverty.
An ideal that exists in the heart and mind of every
genuine Odd Fellow or Rebekah.
Fulfilling a mission in the world which no other
institution has successfully attempted.
A vitalizing, sympathetic, and actuating influence
in the lives of all its real members.
A ministering spirit succoring the needy, cheering
the despondent and protecting the helpless.
The handmaid of virtue and religion.
Founded on the inspired word of God as revealed to
man in the Holy Bible.