A Tradition Since 1819
What do the Odd Fellows do?
- United Nations Pilgrimage for the Youth
- Support local charity groups
- Support visual research in West Virginia and at John Hopkins
- Provide financial assistance for college and graduate school.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Can anyone join the IOOF?
Yes! We would love to have you as a member. You must be at least sixteen years-old and believe in a Supreme Being. The Order is non-denominational; therefore, we value everyone’s beliefs and values of life.
When and where was the IOOF established?
The Independent Order of Odd Fellows (IOOF) was established in Baltimore, Maryland, on April 26, 1819, by a group of members from England. Thomas Wildey, one of the original founders of the Order, established the first meeting at the Seven Stars Tavern.
Who are the Odd Fellows?
In 18th Century England, it was odd to find people organized for the purpose of giving aid to those in need and pursuing projects for the benefit of mankind. Those who belonged to such an organization were called “Odd Fellows.” The organization is also known as “The Three-Link Fraternity” stands for Friendship, Love, and Truth.
How can I join?
Visit our Directory of Lodges for a place near you. Membership Application