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Friendship, Love and Truth
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To Improve and Elevate the Character of Man
In 17th century England, it was odd to find people organized for the purpose of giving aid to those in need and of pursuing projects for the benefit of all mankind. Those who belonged to such an organization were called "Odd Fellows". Odd Fellows are also known as "The Three Link Fraternity" which stands for Friendship, Love and Truth.
 
The Independent Order of Odd Fellows was founded on the North American Continent in Baltimore, Maryland, on April 26, 1819 when Thomas Wildey and four members of the Order from England instituted Washington Lodge No. 1. This lodge received its charter from Manchester Unity of Odd Fellows in England.
 
Odd Fellowship became the 1st national fraternity to include both men and women when it adopted the beautiful Rebekah Degree on September 20, 1851. This degree is based on the teachings found in the Holy Bible, and was written by the Honorable Schuyler Colfax who was Vice President of the United States during the period 1868-1873. Odd Fellows and Rebekahs were also the first fraternal organization to establish homes for our senior members and for orphaned children.
 
A Family Fraternity
Striving to make the world a better place

Objective
"To improve and elevate the character of mankind"

The Three Links
The Emblem of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows

Motto
"Friendship, Love and Truth"

Independent Order of Odd Fellows (IOOF)
We are a fraternal order dedicated to some very serious principles. We aim to elevate the character of man. We pledge to visit the sick, bury the dead, educate the orphan and releive the distressed. The Rebekahs started out as our female counterparts. Today men and women can join either the Odd Fellows or Rebekahs, or both.
 
Our symbol is three links with F, L and T in them. That stands for Friendship, Love and Truth. These are the foundations of our Order. Odd Fellows and Rebekahs spend over $775 million in relief projects annually. We have lodges in 26 countries.
 

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