WHAT DOES ODD FELLOWS MEAN?
The name itself signifies something different or out of the ordinary.
It is ODD, because it endeavours to enlighten the mind without taking
privileges. It conforms to Law, Religion and sound Morality without
usurping the rights of the church or that of the courts. It creates a
brotherhood and sisterhood and not a division among men and women. It
presents life in all its fullness, through degrees, so linked together
that each one receiving the degrees may broaden his or her mind and
elevate his or her character.
FIRST - It is an
organization, because it is a systematic union of individuals in a body
whose officers, committees and members work together for a common goal.
SECOND - It is a philosophy of life, because we have certain
standards of living, and governing our thoughts and conduct according to
the principles of practical wisdom; and are advocates of truth.
THIRD - It is a unified effort to promote that philosophy, because
we are organized in communities throughout the world, in Grand
Jurisdictions and a Sovereign Grand Body. This affords an opportunity for
counsel, assimilation of wisdom, and application and extension to others.
FOURTH - It is an obligation everyone owes to others, because we
are all created equal and governed by the laws of our Creator. The
principles and purposes to which we have all obligated ourselves must be
upheld both within and without the Order if civilization is to survive the
forces of evil and destruction.
FIFTH - It is the teaching and application of Friendship, Love and
Truth; of Faith, Hope and Charity; of Universal Justice. Because these are
the principles of our doctrine, the basis for thought and action which
will create peace and harmony among men and women, thus leading us toward
our ultimate goal.
IS IT JUST FOR MEN?
Odd Fellowship encompasses the whole family.
Men and women meet in Odd Fellow and/or
Rebekah Lodges. For the youth 8 - 12 years
of age - Junior Lodges for the boys and
Theta Rho Girls Clubs for the girls. Odd
Fellowship is truly a family oriented
Fraternity, finding an interest for all
members of the family.
WHAT DOES THE FRATERNITY SUPPORT?
Endow a $1.2 million research chair at Johns Hopkins University School
of Medicine and in Ontario support research at the University of Toronto
Provide scholarships and low interest loans to deserving college and
university students through a $2.8 million Education Loan Foundation.
Maintain more than 80 facilities for the aged and youth.
Spend $11 million annually in relief.
Raised more than 2.5 million in 12 years for Arthritis Research.
Plant trees and other vegetation, striving to combat the effects of Global
Warming and as a gift to future generations.
Proclaimed the only Fraternal Order privileged and allowed to place a
medal (Grand Decoration of Chivalry) in the trophy case among the military
medals at Arlington National Cemetery in Washington D.C.
Participates in annual wreath laying ceremonies at the cenotaphs in Ottawa
and Washington D.C.