Requirements for Membership

A person of good character, who is loyal to his country and believes in a Supreme Being, the creator and preserver of the Universe, is eligible for membership. Odd Fellowship strictly forbids any interference with one's religious beliefs or political opinions. Massachusetts requires candidates for the adult lodges to be 18 years old. Junior Lodges and Theta Rho clubs accept members 8 to 18 years old.

Lodges charge an initiation fee and annual dues. The amount of dues is set by each lodge.

How to Join

A candidate may be sponsored by a current member, and should make a direct application by letter. If you feel the Bethesda Lodge, located in Braintree, might present a commute problem, you may consult the Lodge Directory or e-mail the Grand Secretary on the Grand Lodge web site. He will assist you in finding a more convenient Lodge to attend.

After You Have Applied for Membership

When the lodge has received your application, they will appoint an interviewing committee of three members. These members will call on you, both to ask questions and to answer any questions you may have concerning the lodge. One purpose of the interviewing committee is to give a candidate at least three familiar faces in the lodge. At the next meeting, the interviewing committee will report back to the lodge. The lodge will ballot to accept you as a member. The lodge will then send you a letter announcing your election to membership and the date and time for initiation.