Odd Fellows News and Information
Change: Common Thread in the Independent Order of Odd Fellows
Early on in our existence, we asked to use a meeting room during Grand Lodge sessions. The Grand Master at the time denied us even the use of a room. We had to go down the street to a Mexican restaurant to have our meeting.
A Great Day in the History of the Odd Fellows
Dear Dedicated Members for Change, Today was the day that I was planning to send out my last DMC...
The Elephant in the Odd Fellows Room
Dear Dedicated Members for Change, There is an elephant in the Odd Fellows' Lodge room. We're all...
At Any Given Time in the Odd Fellows
Dear Dedicated Members for Change, At any given time in our history, there are always three...
Analysis of Membership Projections
2 years ago, my initial projection for the future of the IOOF in America, as it existed at that time, was a 9-year future. This was not based upon a guess, but rather an analysis of several inter-related figures. Some figures can be changed but others are unalterable.
Sovereign Grand Lodge: A Report
This report is a draft written by one of California’s Grand Representatives. It allows the...
A Troubling Pattern of Behavior
It's Just Math Too many Lodges find themselves standing pat on members - that is, years go by and...
Keep Moving – Nothing to See Here?
No one knows me, so of course, I failed abysmally. But why did I fail so abysmally? Because I made my speech about membership.
A need for “Third Places”
Recently, an Odd Fellow sent me the following link:...
Mr. and Mrs. Know-it-all
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.”
Representing Odd Fellows at the Sovereign Grand Lodge
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.
Seven problems with the Independent Order of Odd Fellows
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.