Odd Fellows News and Information
Every Independent Order of Odd Fellows Lodge has one. Sometimes, more than one. I’m talking about (on the positive side) “the most knowledgeable member”. Or (on the negative side) “the member who knows everything.”
As our Order slowly shrinks in size, some of our iniquities come to light. We have jurisdictions where the total membership of the Odd Fellows Lodges in the jurisdiction is less than 200.
Many of us are guilty of one of more of these petty things. These problems are almost inescapable, but fraternal groups because of their tight, orderly nature can be rampant breeding grounds for distrust, dishonesty, and various disappointments.
“Religion” is a thorny thicket. Odd Fellowship in the 21st Century is laboring under inconsistent tenets when it comes to religion, and this inconsistency is keeping potentially good and moral men and women from joining our Order – and potentially impacting our membership growth.
Every Independent Order of Odd Fellows Lodge should sponsor and organize at least one “signature event or project” for the community…a project that is immediately identified by community members with the Odd Fellows Lodge in that community.
Did you know that Odd Fellowship has a trial process in Chapter XXXVIII of the Code of General Laws which can result in the expulsion or suspension of members accused of “conduct unbecoming an Odd Fellow”? Well, it is true. But in recent years, the process has become weaponized and corrupted.
The history of Odd Fellowship is long, deep and varied. Dozens upon dozens of books have been...
California is the largest Odd Fellows jurisdiction with the most Lodges and the most members in...
If you say the words “Odd Fellows” to any random man or woman on the street and then ask them what is the first thing that comes to their mind when they hear those words, you are likely to get a blank stare.
Our Order, the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, has been diminishing for decades. Membership numbers have dropped. Lodges have lost their charters or consolidated. The pandemic hasn’t helped.
Many of us are elderly, retired, or otherwise unoccupied in this pandemic time. This has caused the Independent Order of Odd Fellows to be more secluded.
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