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Welcome to Odd Fellowship

   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 all mankind. Those who belong to such an organization were called "Odd Fellows".

   Other historians trace the name’s roots from the traditional tradesmen’s Guilds. A Guild is an association of craftsman in a particular trade. The earliest types of Guilds were formed as confraternities, or a union or a union of workers. In smaller towns and villages, however, there were to few people practicing the same trade to form a local Guild. So, a group of people from a mixture of smaller trades such as tinkers, tailors, smiths, dyers, bakers, merchants, and whatnot workers, joined forces to form an ‘omnium gatherum’ - a miscellaneous or odd collection, hence, a Guild of Odd Fellows. When the group officially formed, it took the name.

   Odd Fellows are also known as "The Three Link Fraternity" which stands for Friendship, Love, and Truth. Today the Odd Fellows is a worldwide fraternal Order having over 5,000 lodges in 26 countries. We are actively involved in a variety of civic and philanthropic efforts on a local, national, and international level.

At the local level, Odd Fellow and Rebekah Lodges support their communities with programs like Scholarships, Food Pantries, Christmas for Kids, Fishing Derby for Kids, Pot Luck Dinners, Breakfasts and many other events.

Within New Hampshire we have a state wide Scholarship program. Our New Hampshire Odd Fellows Home (dba Presidential Oaks) is a caring senior living home with facilities for Retirement Living, Assisted Living, Long Term Care, and Rehabilitation Skilled Nursing Care. This facility is open to all seniors regardless of whether they are members or not. Our Eaton Park is used for functions with camping facilities including RV hookups. We support Camp NEOFA a summer camp for kids.

We also support many of the National and International IOOF programs and projects including: Visual Research Foundation
Arthritis Foundation
Pilgrimage for Youth
Education Foundation which has scholarships and low interest student loans
Hunger & Disaster Fund
Rose Bowl Parade Float
Thomas Wildey Shrine and Museum
SOS Children’s Village
Living Legacy Program (Plant a Tree)

Sovereign Grand Lodge

Here is a link to the Sovereign Grand Lodge Website

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Odd Fellow Links and Information Resources

The website "Ask Me I May Know" has the Official Links for the Organization. There are links to many resources including Social Media, Blogs, Podcast, Books, Merchandise, and Other Odd Fellow Organizations.

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More Information for New Members

This document contains information about the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. It helps new members understand "what is the Independent Order of Odd Fellows?"

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