Our forebearers in the Independent Order of Odd Fellows knew that the acts of love and compassion we performed were at the center of our collective identity and were the secret to our growth and success. Somehow, though, we have become increasingly distant from these noble ends and our Order has paid the price, becoming a mere shadow of its former self in terms of size and vibrancy. It didn’t happen all at once, but rather bit by bit until we have found ourselves in a place where many members don’t even know what our aims and principles are, let alone work to carry them out in their communities.Read More A Remembrance of Mutual Relief – by Michael Greenzeiger, GW CA
Unlike other types of organizations, which may find it desirable to have a set of officers or leaders that varies little from year to year, in Odd Fellowship we see value in giving as many brothers and sisters as possible the chance to participate in leadership. While, the “desk officer” positions of Recording Secretary, Financial Secretary, and Treasurer do often remain with the same individuals from year to year, there also exist the “line offices” which comprise a series of steps leading up through Noble Grand which are designed to be switched every year as the members advance.Read More Odd Fellowship is Progressive Part II by Michael Greenzeiger, GW CA
Below are 10 sites that can help give you ideas for recruitment in your lodge! 5 Ways to Attract Young People to Your Nonprofit How To Get People Interested In Your Club Extend An Invitation To Join An Organization 4 Ways To Persuade People To Join Your Startup Effective Student Organization/Recruiting and Membership 11 Effective […]Read More 10 Sites To Help Your Lodge Learn About Recruitment
We have established a set of requirements to earn each of the three degrees which are intended to help the candidates deepen their involvement with the Lodge and the District as well as to further their internalizing of the lessons of those degrees: Friendship, Love and Truth respectively. The requirements we are currently utilizing are as follows.Read More Odd Fellowship is Progressive by Michael Greenzeiger
I have often been asked if I consider myself to be more of a traditionalist or a reformer when it comes to Odd Fellowship. I actually don’t consider those to be a contradiction, however. Odd Fellowship itself has evolved considerably over the years, from the “convivial society” of the 1700’s through the height of ritual and symbolism during the 1800’s and the charitable and service focus of the 1900’s. I do not yet know what this century will bring, but I do know that there is much of value in our past.Read More Traditional Odd Fellowship, by Michael Greenzeiger
The number we keep seeing is 200. We see this number from research conducted by Dedicated Members for Change (God bless ye!), and also mentioned by others on various Facebook posts and direct messages some of us receive. What’s the number 200? The consensus seems to be, that if your jurisdiction has fewer than 200 […]Read More Is It Time For Your GL to Call It Quits? A Historical View.
A terrific video about why we, in the 21st century, are considered by some to be the loneliest people in world history. This video interview has adult language.Read More THE LONELINESS EPIDEMIC: Make Odd Fellows Your Tribe.
To answer the title question, I’m not sure. Just tossing this idea out there, so I may change my mind. I first became aware of the notion of an Odd Fellows pledge period through the reading of the Davis Lodge #169 of California website. Davis Lodge #169 has new candidates go through a pledge period, […]Read More Should Your Lodge Have A Pledge Period for Candidates?
Below are 9 ways Odd Fellows can help you go to school to better yourself. Check these out! THE LOAN PROGRAM: Who Is Eligible to Receive a Loan? It is required that applicants must be, or have a relative who is an active member of an Odd Fellow or Rebekah Lodge. A student desiring a […]Read More Nine Odd Fellow Scholarships and Loans for Education
The issue of religion in Odd Fellowship pops up often these days. And for those who aren’t Odd Fellows, nearly all members understand The Independent Order of Odd Fellows is NOT a church. In fact we have less religion in our Order than many other fraternal orders. It’s just that many U.S. Odd Fellows want […]Read More Odd Fellowship, Religion, and Compromise
A Mystic Master once said, “To visit the sick, relieve the distressed, bury the dead, and educate the orphan is the command of our laws, and a duty which we require.“ There’s not a better statement than the one above for a new Odd Fellow to hear. The statement is both a warning and an […]Read More Advice For Initiates
It’s an exciting time to be an Odd Fellow! One more time for the people sitting way down by the VICE GRAND: “ITS A SUPER AWESOME AMAZING EXCITING TIME TO BE AN ODD FELLOW!” As it is now, we have SIX AWESOME THINGS coming together at nearly the same time that I think can really help boost […]Read More SIX SUPER AWESOME THINGS THAT WILL AFFECT THE ORDER!