Last time, we looked the Opening Ode “Columbia” written by Odd Fellow Brother John Seiffert. Next, we examine the Closing Ode set to the tune, “Italian Hymn”. As I mentioned in my last article, the odes of Odd Fellows have been set to several familiar tunes not necessary written by or for the Odd Fellows. The first of the closing odes being a composition from Felice De Giardini known as the (Italian Hymn).
Read More The Music of Odd Fellows Reclaiming the Odes Closing Ode – Italian Hymn -by Todd Swanson
The goal of my personal project is to make the odes more accessible to the greater Odd Fellows community.
Read More Reclaiming the Odes- COLUMBIA -by Todd Swanson
In order to help with the process of learning which piece of regalia goes where…and to answer the eternal question, “is this one for the Secretary or Financial Secretary?” I have designed this chart, using the same room layout image found in our charge books.
Read More Learn the Lodge Officer Jewels- new art by Ainslie Heilich
For a long time I have been a fan of Turbayne’s “Monograms and Ciphers” book so I was inspired to make some IOOF related ones. These are free for any Odd Fellow or Lodge to use for the Good of the Order so long as it is not for personal profit. If you are using these for a shirt I would love it if one was sent my way.
Read More IOOF Ciphers designed by Ainslie Heilich
Believed to be written during the Bubonic Plague or “Black Death” during the late 14th and early 15th century, this song reflects on some of the lessons in the Initiatory Degree. English Folk Singer Norma Waterson sets the song up and sings magnificently. The lyrics can be found below. Waterson:Carthy sings Death and the Lady As […]
Read More Death and The Lady
I didn’t even realize the show existed, until we were several episodes into the season. I was shocked,”How did we not hear about this? How were Lodges not involved in the marketing? How did our Grand Lodge not notify us of it? Every great movement in history always has echoes in art, fashion, media and lifestyle. The West is in the midst of a revival in Fraternal Orders and we must capitalize on the awareness and exposure!” I had to check it out.
Read More How AMC Installed a Lodge in Every TV in America, & We Missed It -by Ryan Sumner
How you feel when “YOU GET THAT CUT!!,” and become an Odd Fellow! Please visit and LIKE our Facebook page: Heart In Hand Blog on Facebook “The Independent Order of Odd Fellows (I.O.O.F.) will not discriminate against any individual on the basis of disability, age [other than that of minimum to join the Order (lodge, […]
Read More odd fellows and “that fresh cut!”
Words by Roger Sitton http://www.waxa80.com/ Monday, February 19th, 2018 was Brother Horace Bratcher’s 92nd Birthday. Brother Horace is rumored to be Texas’ Oldest Active Odd Fellow. Joining Waxahachie Lodge No. 80 in 1949. He is still very active in the community. He tries to visit the hospital & local funeral homes on a regular basis. […]
Read More Member Profile: Horace Bratcher of Waxa #80
A trailer for a film shot in an Odd Fellows Hall in Oceanside, California!
Read More Dark Redemption
Oh the Places we can go! Here’s a reading that will charm you and contains a great deal of great advice. Give it a listen!
Read More Dr. Seuss! And Some Great Advice!
Shadowy cabals, connections to European kings and US presidents, and possibly one late 19th century rebellion in a US state, dot Odd Fellow’s history. And although we are not like Freemasonry, we are an organization that has been around since the late 1730’s, and if you spend time digging you can find a ton of mystery. […]
Read More The Lost Symbols of Odd Fellowship
“Those emblems are there for a reason.” The artwork showing our emblems is enticing– even beautiful. In fact those emblems are one of 3 things that pulled me into the Order. Before I joined the Order I used to think “What do those things even MEAN?!” The mystery behind them did the trick– I joined […]
Read More Using the Emblems for Reflection and Contemplation Part I