Odd Fellowship Teaches
We are a family fraternity, composed of Men, Women, and Youth, who have come together in our local communities with the express purpose of making our communities a better place for everyone. Friendship, Love and Truth are our basic guiding principles. Our ultimate purpose is to elevate the character of mankind through working in our local Communities, States, Provinces, and Nationally. It is our goal to make a difference in the lives of people in our World.
Odd Fellowship signifies belief in a Supreme Being and in the Brotherhood and Sisterhood of Mankind. These two beliefs are the only “requirements” for membership. The Order has no interest in denominational or political affiliations.
If you can answer yes to the questions below then we need your help to make our community a better place. Ask us about Odd Fellowship!
Do you believe that Friendship, Love and Truth
should be the basic guidelines to live by?
Do you believe in a Supreme Being,
the creator and preserver of the universe?
Do you want to make a difference?
The Independent Order of Odd Fellows began in 18th Century England, it was odd to see people organized for the sole purpose of benevolent service to those in need. Hence the name Odd Fellows. We currently are a worldwide fraternity in 26 countries. Our mantra is to visit the sick, relieve the distressed, bury the dead and educate the orphan. We are often referred to as the three link fraternity as our emblem consists of three links which stand for Friendship, Love and Truth. The links symbolize the chain that binds us together and strengthens our communities by being joined together in good and worthy causes. The image below is the Odd Fellow Creed.
To become a member of an Oddfellows lodge in Texas and or any other Oddfellows lodge worldwide the path is the same. Those interested simply would either contact the lodge via telephone or email, meet a current member, come to an Oddfellows sponsored event and let us know your intentions. Once we are aware of your intention we strongly suggest the following:
1.) Research the Fraternity. Information is in every library and all over the internet
2.) Attend lodge dinners and functions so you have the opportunity to get to know the members and see first hand some of the benevolent programs we are involved in.
3.) Visit other Oddfellows Lodge in the area.
4.) Keep in mind you are considering joining a worldwide fraternity.
5.) Consider the time you have to offer. Oddfellows are Oddfellows 24/7/365.
6.) If after you have contemplated the above and wish to proceed you will need a sponsor who will recommend you to other lodge members of your eligibility for membership. If you don`t personally know someone in the lodge and wish to join and have made your intention to become a member clear then one will be appointed for you.
7.) This becomes your official start. You will be educated on what is expected and you will be asked to be involved in various lodge functions and activities as well.
8.) When your sponsor feels confident you have gained the knowledge to make a well informed decision on joining the order, your sponsor will let the lodge know and the members will vote on you at a regularly scheduled meeting.
9.) If the vote is favorable you will be brought to the next initiation and start a life long journey of helping your fellow man and expanding your fraternal relations with the world.