The Independent Order of Odd Fellows began in 18th Century England, it was deemed odd to find people organized for the purpose of giving aid to those in need without recognition and pursuing projects for the benefits of all mankind.
USA and Worldwide
Our deep history began in England and was brought to North America by Thomas Wildey in 1819 at the Seven Stars Tavern, Baltimore, MD. It is continually expanding as a worldwide fraternity and is currently in 26 countries. The Odd Fellows and Rebekahs – as they are commonly referred – are striving to make the world a better place in which to live, seeking To Improve and Elevate the Character of Mankind.
Friendship, Love, Truth
Odd Fellows have also become known in many areas as “The Three Link Fraternity” which is evidenced by our worldwide “Three Link Emblem” which stands for Friendship, Love and Truth. These three links symbolize the chain that binds our members together and illustrates that our Communities, States, Provinces and Nations are strongest when joined together.
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