The Independent Order of Odd Fellows is one of the oldest and largest fraternities in the world. We are non-political and non-sectarian. Membership is open to all regardless of sex, race, religion, political affiliation and social status -all bound by the desire to improve ourselves and the calling to live and promote the principles of Friendship, Love, and Truth which transcends labels. We believe that by developing close friendships among each other and by working together in our communities, we can make a difference in the world and among ourselves! Discussing political, sectarian or any other debate is forbidden in the Lodge, so it breaks down the social walls and labels used to view others and opens hearts and minds to start seeing people as Brothers and Sisters.
The Rebekahs, also known as the International Association of Rebekah Assemblies (IARA), and originally the Daughters of Rebekah is an international service-oriented organization and a branch of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. It was initially designed as the female auxiliary of the IOOF, but now allows both female and male members.
It is one of the units of the IOOF, but women need not be related to an Odd Fellow to be a member of the Rebekahs. As long as she meets the moral, ethical and age requirement for admission, any woman may join. In most jurisdictions, women aged 16 or 18 years old and above can join a Rebekah Lodge.
The general duties of the members of this unit are, “To live peaceably, do good unto all, as we have opportunity and especially to obey the Golden Rule, Whatsoever ye would that others should do unto you, do ye even so unto them.”
The Odd Fellows Encampment is a higher branch in the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. Membership is open to all Third Degree members in good standing. The branch aims to further the work of Odd Fellowship and impart the principles of Faith, Hope, and Charity.
In the United States and Canada, membership in the Encampment is open for both men and women holding the third degree in the Odd Fellows Lodge.
Our eyesight is one of our most precious senses, therefore the Visual Research Foundation of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and Rebekahs, established in 1957, support and provide funds to advance eye research through professorships in ophthalmology at the world famous Wilmer Eye Institute at the John Hopkins School of Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland.
Every year we send a number of very worthy future leaders to New York & Ottawa to take part in an international speech competition. Alberta has a reputation for standing out!
Odd Fellows have always been trendsetters. We've been going green since before it was fashionable to do so. For that reason we ensure that thousand of saplings are planted every year.
Our Youth Scholarship Committee bestows bursaries to worthwhile applicants.