Corvallis Odd Fellows ~ Barnum Lodge #7 ~ Est. February 23, 1858

Welcome!

The Odd Fellows is a fraternal and charitable non-profit organization that admits both men and women. The Lodge engages in a variety of activities in the service to the Corvallis community. The Lodge and its members support various charitable and non-profit organizations such as the Jackson Street Youth Shelter, the South Corvallis Food Bank, Doctors without Borders, Amnesty International and many others.

Barnum Lodge No. 7 was chartered on February 23, 1858. Corvallis's Odd Fellows Lodge was named for Eli M. Barnum, an energetic officer of the new Grand Lodge of Oregon. Please visit the link in the left column to learn more about the history of the Odd Fellows and the Corvallis lodge.

If you are interested in renting our facility, please call the number below. The south Ballroom is host to a variety of dance classes that are open to the public. The Odd Fellows is proud to be a premier event location in Corvallis, for classes, dance events, and special occasions!

Business Office Contact Info

Chelsea Henson
Business Manager: Building and rental information (541) 752-3023

Email: corvallisoddfellows@comcast.net

For location information or if you have further questions please go to contact us.

Barnum Lodge History

History of Odd Fellowship

This page is an excerpt from The Three Link Fraternity - Odd Fellowship in California by Don R. Smith and Wayne Roberts

Source page from the Sovereign Grand Lodge Corvallis Lodge History We've been with Corvallis almost from the beginning. Corvallis was incorporated in 1857 in the United States Territory of Oregon. Corvallis had served as the territorial capitol and the county seat before it was even incorporated!

By 1860 the census showed 531 residents, but some say the population at incorporation was closer to three hundred. Fraternal organizations were a major feature of significant communities in the last century. A friendly rivalry ensued between the eighteen charter-member Freemasons and the eighteen charter-member Odd Fellows on which would be the first fraternal Lodge in Corvallis. The two groups pursued their parallel goals in tough times. The early flash of prosperity from mining and military had fizzled out. Early settler Wilson writes in 1854:

Wages are down to almost States prices ... Money is scarce and commands from 20 to 50% ... The mercantile business is overdone ... There is no manufacturing--money is drawn from the country and beef is all they ship out ... The main dependence will be on immigrants"

Depression in this early period continued for several years. By 1859 Wilson writes

It is now almost impossible for the best of men to get hold of a red cent, they can by giving notice to money lenders a week or two in advance and promising to take a certain amount at three per cent a month, get a little."

For what work could be had, a six-hour workday earned a carpenter five dollars, and for unskilled labor half that. It was in these circumstances that the charter brothers put forward their funds to found Barnum Lodge No. 7.We the undersigned members of the I.O.O.F. subscribe to the sums annexed to our several names for the purpose of defraying expenses connected with the obtaining a Charter for and putting successfully into operation a Subordinate Lodge of I.O.O.F. in the City of Corvallis. It being understood that at such time as the Treasury may be enabled to disburse such amount, that the money be refunded to the donors.

J.W. Nicholson $10
J.W. Doolittle $25
A.J. McEwan $25
A.G. Hovey $25{8th Grand Master of Oregon}
J.L. Coombs $25
Manly Danforth $15
A.J. Alison $10
Nat. H. Lane $30{early storekeeper}
J.B. Congle $25{saddler, first mayor}
J.R. Bayley $50{pharmacist, 1st Noble Grand}
M. Stock $25
G.P. Smith $10
J.H. Dohse $25
John Kelsay $10
J.W. Williams $10{record 6 terms Noble Grand}
E. Vineyard $25{Vineyard Mountain namesake}
Total $345.00

The Masons (AF&AM #14) won the race by thirty-six weeks, being chartered June 12, 1857. Barnum Lodge No. 7 was chartered on February 23, 1858. Corvallis's Odd Fellows Lodge was named for Eli M. Barnum, an energetic officer of the new Grand Lodge of Oregon. Its number seven indicates it was the seventh in Oregon. Six Lodges were in place in other Oregon cities along the settlement trail: Salem, Milwaukie, Oregon City, Albany, The Dalles, and Dallas. Only this last Lodge has succumbed to time (1989).The Odd Fellows and the Masons were the two Lodges capable of building Lodge Halls. The Odd Fellows did not do so, concentrating first on acquiring a cemetery (the I.O.O.F. Pioneer Cemetery of Corvallis) in 1863. The Masons built their first hall, and for a while Barnum Lodge No. 7 rented meeting space there. This first building was destroyed by fire in 1869.

A.W. Bowersox is to date the Barnum Lodge Past Grand that has gone the furthest in service to the Order. Brother Bowersox was elected Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Oregon at its fifty-seventh session (1912) and Grand Representative (of Oregon to Sovereign Grand lodge} at the 58th session (served 1912-1914). Many souvenirs of his attendance at many Grand Lodge and Sovereign Grand Lodge sessions are treasures of the Lodge. The most significant of these are framed and hang in a place of honor in the Lodge Room.Barnum Lodge Number Seven has been the host Lodge for Grand Lodge sessions five times: in 1863, 1931, 1940, 1958, and 1968.

--Robert Wilderson

Barnum Lodge Charity

Barnum No. 7 Independent Order of the Odd Fellow invites you to explore the community that is Odd Fellowship. Our lodge is a family of brothers and sisters working to build a world that we want to leave to future generations. At Barnum Lodge we offer:

  • A unique environment of caring and supportive folks to learn and grow with.
  • We strive to become better people.
  • A way to support many local, national and international charities.

The moment you walk up the stairs at the Corvallis Odd Fellowship Hall you will be met with the warmth and comradery that 200 years our foundational beliefs of Friendship, Love, and Truth have built. Barnum Lodge No. 7 is, amongst other things, a charitable organization that uses much of the money it generates through facility rentals to aid worthy organizations, events and individuals. If you are looking for an opportunity to be of service to your community, while enjoying making new friends, there is a place for you in this organization.

We seek people of good character that believe we can make a difference in our world. Barnum Lodge No. 7 could use your help. The work we do is worthwhile and important. The more active members we have, the easier it becomes to do our work and the more we can take on. We invite you to join in that work by becoming a member of the Lodge.

The independent Order of Odd Fellows is a fraternal organization founded upon the principles of Friendship, Love and Truth. These three principles, we believe are essential for the future of our country, our community and our society. Friendship is the strongest bond of our association. As a member you are bound to participate with your brothers and sisters to safeguard our members and families in times of adversity and aid those in distress. Love is the link which requires neighborliness to our fellow human beings, which comes only after all hatred, envy and selfishness have been laid aside. Truth is the standard by which we value people. It is the foundation of our society. United together we can make a greater impact on our community than we can as individuals. We hope you will consider joining us at Barnum Lodge No. 7 in our effort to make a better community and world.

Local

Barnum lodge #7 Charity giving Barnum lodge #7 has a very active giving program. Though a set of grant giving programs the Lodge has been giving more than $20,000 dollars yearly to individuals and groups. In the next few years we hope to more that double this level. These grants can be given to relieved the distress of people, usually in less than 6 weeks. While names are not mentioned money for individuals go to people to help with medical needs, utilities and so on after other resources are unavailable. Money for groups local has helped feed the local poor, homeless and distressed. Also charity grant have been give locally for international aid, Friend of the Orphans (to help orphans in central American), Mercy Corp (international medical emergencies) and Oxfam (development aid), for instance. Just listing all the recipients would take many pages.

Beside giving money the Odd Fellows have donated the meeting hall for many community service event, lectures, movies, writer group and so many other activities.

Here are a few of the thank you letters sent to Barnum lodge Click here

National & International

Educational Foundation The Education Foundation of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows began on September 20, 1927. The purposes of the foundation is to operate a Revolving Loan Fund for students and is supported by donations to a trust. Low interest rate loans are made for two or four year programs at an accredited college or university and for study at any recognized trade school after completion of high school. R. Kenneth Babb, Executive Director PO BOX 20455 Winston-Salem NC 27120 United States of America Tel: 336-724-5166 Fax: 336-724-5116 Email: [ email ]

Odd Fellow / Rebekah Visual Research Foundation Odd Fellows and Rebkeahs work to advance eye research through Professorships in Ophthalmology at the world famous Wilmer Ophthalmoligical Institute at John Hopkins School of Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland. The Odd Fellow World Eye Bank and Visual Research Foundation established in 1956 conducts intensive studies of corneal transplantation, allergic and congenital diseases of the eye. Wesley Nelson, Chairman 24 Northmount Dr NW Calgary AB T2K 3E8 Canada Tel: 403-274-4644 Fax: 403-274-4644 Email: [ email ] Donations: C/O The Sovereign Grand Lodge, IOOF 422 Trade Street Winston-Salem NC 27101-2830 United States of America

The SGL/IARA Joint Youth Committee Keith Ploof, Chairman PO BOX 54 Highgate Center VT 05459 United States of America Tel: 802-868-4943 Fax: 802-868-5043 Email: [ email ] United Nations Pilgrimage for Youth We in Odd Fellowship are proud of the opportunity we give students who have completed their sophomore or junior year of high school. Groups of selected students are transported to New York where they have the opportunity to learn about the work the United Nations is doing to promote world peace, to educate the people of the world, and to relieve their suffering whether by famine, disease, or war. Students enjoy a question and answer period that sharpens their comprehension of United Nations affairs. That is but a small part of the learning experience for those selected to participate. The students are taken to many historical places and have a first hand view of their country’s beginning and of the Civil War. They visit many of the cultural and educational centers of the nation. Coming as they do from all areas of the United States and several foreign countries, they exchange views of education, politics, religion, world relationships and cultures. This learning and growing experience provided by Odd Fellows and Rebekahs is one of the most important and effective programs that we have. Approximately 42,000 students have participated in the United Nations Pilgrimage. No other organization is accorded this privilege Provides the opportunity for students who have completed their sophomore or junior year of high school to learn about the work the United Nations is doing to promote world peace, to educate the people of the world and to relieve their suffering whether by famine, disease, or by war. No other organization is accorded this privilege. (IOOF United nations Educational Pilgrimage for Youth, Inc.) Charles Benson, Executive Director 422 Trade St Winston-Salem NC 27101-2830 United States of America Tel: 888-247-4983 Fax: 613-962-3826 Email: [ email ] Website: www.unpilgrimage.org

Arthritis Advisory Board Odd Fellows and Rebekahs contribute to Arthritis Foundation where funds aid in research to find the cause, ways to prevent and treatments methods to fight this painful and crippling disease. Les D. Robertson, Chairman 11932 Taylor Rd Churubusco IN 46723-9471 United States of America Tel: 260-693-2360 Fax: 260-693-2715 Email: [ email ]

Odd Fellow and Rebekah Home Association The first Odd Fellow Home was established in 1872 in Pennsylvania. In a few years this grew to 65 homes located in most of the states and some foreign countries. Well over 100,000 orphans and aged members have been admitted to our homes in the intervening years Mark Ulrich, President 1107 Walnut St Devils Lake ND 58301-3240 United States of America Email: [ email ] Hunger and Disaster Relief Funds We demonstrate our obligation in "relieving the distressed" by providing funds for aid in natural disaster of flood, fire or earthquake. This fund is supported entirely by donations and contributions by Odd Fellows and Rebekahs and the need for donations in always eminent. Terry Barrett, SGS 422 Trade St Winston-Salem NC 27101 United States of America Tel: 800-235-8358 Fax: 336-722-7317 Email: [ email ]

Community Service & Living Legacy Instituted in 1989 with the goal of planting trees to beautify the environment and improve our ecology. " Plant a tree for those who come after me". Many lodges have participated with their city Parks or Recreation Departments of School districts to plant trees in many areas where shade and environmental improvements would be appreciated. Often Lodges plant trees in honor of members who have passed away. Mavis Paull 422 Trade St Winston - Salem NC 27101-2830 United States of America

IOOF SOS Children's Village Several years ago, recognizing a need to care for orphaned, abandoned, neglected, and abused children, a non-governmental child welfare organization was formed which is now known as the SOS Children’s Villages and provides loving, stable homes in over 132 countries around the world. They serve all children in need regardless of race, nationality or creed. Every child is assured of the love and support of a surrogate parent with brothers and sisters, the opportunity to live in a permanent house, and the positive experience of being part of a larger village community. This prepares them to take their rightful place in society as happy, responsible, and productive adults. That is precisely what the Independent Order of Odd Fellows did when our children’s homes were operating all over this country for more than a century. At one time the Odd Fellows and Rebekahs had 65 children’s homes in the U.S. and were caring for over 100,000 children. The SOS Village Organization at this time has 456 Villages serving over 58,000 children.

A partnership between the I.O.O.F. and The SOS Children’s Villages will be an ideal relationship between the two most dedicated, private, non-governmental, non-profit organizations in the world who are dedicated to protecting and nurturing orphans and all children in need. There are currently three SOS Villages in the United States and The I.O.O.F. is in the process of building a SOS Village in Cambodia which is planned for dedication in 2006.

Henry "Hank" Dupray, PSGM
1922 Jackson St
Wilmington NC 28401
United States of America
Tel: 910-763-7660
Fax: 910-763-7910

Resources

Grand Lodge IOOF of Texas

How To Join Barnum Lodge

In order to join the Lodge you must be sponsored by an Odd Fellow in good standing. Your sponsor will usually be a member of our Lodge but any Odd Fellow can sponsor you.

You must fill out an application form. You can get the application form from you sponsor, at the lodge hall or by filling out the membership application form on this website (below).

When you come to the Lodge you will need to have your application filled out and be prepared to pay the application fee of $40. You will then be interviewed by a committee of members. One question you will be asked is whether you believe in a supreme being, creator and preserver of the universe. If you cannot give an affirmative answer to this question you cannot be admitted as an Odd Fellow.

After you have been interviewed the Lodge will review your application and the report of the interviewing committee. The Lodge then votes to accept you as a member. After the vote, your sponsor will inform you of the outcome of the vote.

If you are accepted as a member of the Lodge you will than have to be initiated. This can happen either at your Lodge or at some other Lodge that is initiating.

What Does Odd Fellowship Do For You?

  • Leadership Training

  • A More Purposeful Life

  • Enduring Friendships

  • Community Activity Participation

  • A Broadening of Your Mind

  • Opportunities to Help Children, the Elderly, and People of In Between Ages

  • Good Fellowship

  • An Inner Satisfaction That Money Cannot Buy

  • A Warm Welcome in Strange Cities and Distant Lands

How To Make a Charitable Request To Barnum Lodge

Thank you for choosing the Corvallis Odd Fellows for your charitable request. The mission of the Odd Fellows is to assist those in need in its community.

The Odd Fellows makes grants in two different ways. They can make monetary donations to assist an individual, a non-profit organization or they can grant use of the Odd Fellow facility for community organizations to host special events.

Monetary grants are not for regular, continual funding of an organization. They are one-time donations only and generally do not exceed $1000.00. Use of the Odd Fellow facility may be donated for the use of a non-profit organization and are also on a non-continual basis. Individual assistance is granted to pay a one-time need. These generally do not exceed $500. No one person will receive the grant, it must be paid directly to the agency, utility or other secured business.

Request for monetary grants or facility donations should be sent to the Lodge Secretary in the form of a donation proposal. Monetary grant requests must also be presented by a sponsor or agency, not the individual. Any proposals will be presented at the next regular lodge meeting. Regular Lodge meetings occur on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday’s of each month. Each donation or facility grant must be sponsored by a member of the Lodge and the Lodge body must vote to approve the grant. If a member of the Lodge is willing to sponsor the donation, this member will become the point of contact to the organization. This member will contact the organization and inform them of the approval of the grant. If the grant is a facility donation the sponsoring member is also responsible for the logistics, coordination and representation of the facility and the event.

Due to the meeting schedule of the Lodge the grant process will take a minimum of 45 days. Please be aware that the Grant Committee must make contact with the group or individual making the request and then make a full report to the lodge members. If the members need more information the committee must gather more information and then again report to the members. If you have a deadline that must be met, please take this timeline into consideration. If a grant is not approved the organization will be contacted by the Lodge Secretary.

To email the Lodge Secretary for more information.

Email: corvallisoddfellows@gmail.com

Contact Us

Independent Order of the Odd Fellow
223 SW 2nd St
Corvallis, OR 97333
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Organization Contacts

Business Office

Chelsea Henson
Business Manager: Building and rental information (541) 752-3023

Email: corvallisoddfellows@comcast.net

Lodge

  • Noble Grand: Aaron Russell
  • Vice Grand: Bob Griffith
  • Financial Secretary: Bonnie Tomski
  • Treasurer: Elaine Kahn
  • Recording Secretary: Ralph Alig

Email: corvallisoddfellows@gmail.com

Charitable and Grant Requests

Please contact the Lodge Secretary

Cemetery

Chelsea Henson
Administrator

IOOF Pioneer Cemetery

The Odd Fellows Cemetery Association of Corvallis (OFCA), an Oregon corporation and a 501(c)3 non-profit, operates the historic cemetery atop Cemetery Hill* (4343 Witham Hill Drive) in Corvallis under the supervision of the Oregon Mortuary and Cemetery Board. *Witham Hill is actually the wooded hill southwest of the Cemetery, but all high ground in the vicinity is popularly called "Witham Hill" now.

Like most non-profit single-purpose corporations, operating this cemetery is its sole "business." This is carried out as our duty as Odd Fellows to "bury the dead." The association has a Board of Directors, four in number; who are also the Trustees of Barnum Lodge No. 7, I.O.O.F. The OFCA is thus a "daughter corporation" of the Corvallis Lodge. Its various tax and legal reports are included in the Lodge's filings (e.g. Form 990).

The manager coordinates the various tasks needed to operate the cemetery, including arranging mowing the grounds and maintaining their accessibility to survivors and visitors maintaining the cemetery records and fielding questions concerning them coordinating and supervising burials selling lots.

There are no fixed office hours for the OFCA. The Directors and Manager make time from their other pursuits for these duties as they can. Most operational decisions (paying bills, setting policy) are made at the regular monthly Board meeting.

Other cemetery operational business is done by appointment.

As Odd Fellows have always done as their Duty, YES, we will bury the indigent and the unfortunate. There are no restrictions on who may be buried ; no affiliation with our Order is required. As a matter of heritage, we do encourage local families and members of the Order to consider choosing their internment place atop historic Cemetery Hill.

CONTACT CAN ALWAYS BE MADE BY MESSAGE BY CALLING 1 (541) 752-3023

To see the Corvallis Odd Fellows' Historic Cemetery, go to Find a Grave by clicking on this:

Cemetery Web Site Link

Corvallis Odd Fellows Historic Cemetery

IOOF Cemetery
4343 NW Witham Hill Dr
Corvallis, Oregon 97330
Map Link to Cemetery

Located in Benton County, Oregon

Resources

Links to other useful resources.

Grand Lodge of Oregon, IOOF

The Grand Lodge of Oregon
Independent Order of Odd Fellows
3202 SE Holgate Blvd.
Portland, OR 97202
503 236 9300

Sovereign Grand Lodge

The Sovereign Grand Lodge Independent Order of Odd Fellows
422 Trade Street
Winston-Salem, North Carolina 27101 USA
Phone: 800-235-8358

Downtown Corvallis Association

Downtown Corvallis Association
460 SW Madison Avenue, Suite 9
Corvallis OR 97333
Phone: 541.754.6624

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A "cookie" is a small piece of data stored on your computer's hard drive when you visit our Web site. IOOF uses cookies to analyze our Web site's overall traffic patterns and improve our visitors' online experience. We do not use cookies to store or collect any personal information. Many browsers provide an option to block or remove cookies. You can visit our website successfully while blocking cookies, but leaving cookies enabled in your browser will help us to improve our site's usability and effectiveness. Some areas of our online volunteer registration, orientation, and other areas require the use of cookies in order to maintain the security of your information, and allow you to go from one page to the next without entering your information multiple times.

In order to provide a more comprehensive and useful site, the IOOF Web site contains links to other Web sites. IOOF is not responsible for the privacy practices of these sites.