| Throughout most of the free world is an organization known, loved and respected for the great good it has done for those in need and for its humanitarian efforts to make the entire world a better place to live. The Independent Order of Odd Fellows is truly an organization which believes and practices the axiom, “Am I my Brother’s Keeper?”
The Three Links represent a worldwide chain that binds men and women together in fraternal devotion to God and their fellow man. The three links, representing: Friendship, Love and Truth, are the cornerstone upon which the Odd Fellows of the world have built their Order.
Junior Odd Fellow Creed
I believe in the Junior Odd Fellows as an organization uniting youth, under God, thereby achieving a purity of thought, word, deed and a high moral standard. To this creed I pledge my Fidelity, my Honour and my Loyalty to the end that Universal Brotherhood may prevail.
How the Odd Fellows got their name
The name is thought to have originated in the 18th century in England. Middle class concerned workers were to have originated groups for mutual employment, help and financial support. Since these were the first groups of this type started, these men were considered “ODD” in the sense of Extra-Ordinary. In 1994 Odd Fellowship celebrated its 175th Anniversary. Odd Fellowship was founded in Baltimore, MD in 1819 by Thomas Wildey and four other Odd Fellows from England.
What you do in a Junior Odd Fellows’ Lodge
• Practice a democratic process,
• There are many Odd Fellow Youth Camps for you to enjoy
You Take Part in Meetings Regularly
• All meetings and group events will be under Adult supervision
You Become Alert to Community and Civic Needs and Conditions
• You will find out what is going on at the City Hall, in the legislature, in your Country’s Capitol and in world affairs
You are helped in your seeking and finding of personal ideals
• An adequate faith and philosophy of life are necessary for everyone
Requirements for Junior Odd Fellows Membership
• You must be 10 to 18 years old (some lodges accept 8 to 18 years old)
For more information on Junior Odd Fellows or to join a lodge, please contact:
Your nearest Odd Fellow or Rebekah Lodge
The Grand Lodge of Ontario