Annual Pilgrimage to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
Did you know that the Odd Fellows is the only fraternal group allowed to lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery? It was by an act of Congress when former President Franklin D. Roosevelt, an Odd Fellow, requested a law be set in place so that the Odd Fellows would be able to hold this historic event.
The event annual event held on the first Sunday in May. CLICK HERE for more info.
Annual Rose Parade Float
Odd Fellows and Rebekahs have participated in the Rose Parade since 1908, continuously since 1955. The float is a work of art which is viewed by nearly a million people locally in Southern California and is televised to more than 70 million international viewers.
For photos and videos of past Odd Fellow – Rebekah Rose floats click below.
United Nations Youth Tour
The United Nations Educational Pilgrimage for Youth is an educational Tour of approximately two weeks duration for 16 and 17 year old young people who have at least one year left in high school. The Tour visits the cities of Philadelphia, New York City, Ottawa, Niagara Falls, Gettysburg and Washington, D.C. During the three days in New York City the participants visit the United Nations, Fifth Avenue, Top of the Rock, Liberty and Ellis Island as well as attending a Broadway Show. Check the website www.unpilgrimage.org for further details.
The EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows began its operation on September 20, 1927. The purpose of the Foundation is to operate a revolving loan fund for qualified students dependent in part, or wholly, on their own efforts for an education, and to award scholarships to students based on scholarship, leadership and financial need. Since the beginning of the Foundation, donations of approximately $3,500,000 have made it possible for over 3,500 young people to receive student low interest loans amounting to over $6,800,000, and hundreds of thousands of dollars in scholarship awards.
CLICK HERE for more info and applications.
Odd Fellow Village In Battambang, Cambodia
The Independent Order of Odd Fellows introduced at the 2003 Sessions of The Sovereign Grand Lodge in Halifax, Nova Scotia by the incoming Sovereign Grand Master, Henry “Hank” Dupray and adopted; the project named “Odd Fellows Village.” The village consists of 15 family homes, a social centre, a medical facility and kindergarten facility, which will house approximately 150 orphaned and AIDS affected children ages 0-12. The village is a joint project in conjunction with SOS Kinderdorf International and has been built in Battambang, in the Kingdom of Cambodia.
Our Charge: Educating the Orphan & Relieving the Distressed
There is an entire generation of orphaned children because of the “Killing Fields” of Cambodia. These children are subject to exploitation in the sex slave industry without proper protection like the Odd Fellow Village. Actress and producer Lucy Liu recently released a documentary (visit http://www.redlightthemovie.com/trailer.html) about the heinous crimes being committed against these innocent children.
By supporting the Odd Fellow Village project you are helping to protect these children, care for their medical problems and giving them an education. For more information on how to support this Odd Fellow project CLICK HERE. You can also donate through normal everyday purchases by making purchases through this site (IOOF SOS Village) and a portion of the proceeds will be donated to the support of our project.
Please enjoy the Video below of the Sovereign Grand Lodge’s Visit to the Odd Fellow Village in Cambodia.
Living Legacy Program
The living legacy program was the idea of the Sovereign Grand Master Wilson D. Berkey, who in 1989 noticed many dead trees in the jurisdiction that he was visiting which aroused his concern for global tree loss. He commissioned this worthy project as “The Living Legacy Program” of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. His untimely passing in March 1990 caused the program to become his own “Living Memorial” for his untiring work for Odd Fellowship!
You will be surprised how easy it is to donate and plant a tree!
To date, Oddfellows are responsible for planting 8 million trees worldwide.
CLICK HERE to view a brochure.
Arthritis Advisory Board
Odd Fellows and Rebekahs have actively supported the Arthritis Foundation since 1986, embracing the opportunity to have a role in the search for a cure for arthritis by volunteering time, donating money and devoting efforts at the local, state and national levels. Contributions have allowed the Arthritis Foundation to sponsor research that has resulted in major treatment advances for most arthritis conditions. Over 5 million dollars have been raised and contributed over the last 15 years.
In 1985, George Shaw, SGM, had the vision to recognize that a relationship with the Arthritis Foundation could be beneficial to our organization as well as to the millions who are affected by this disease. In 1987, with the encouragement of PSGM Hugh Bradley, legislation was presented and passed making Arthritis an approved Sovereign Grand Lodge charity.
Odd Fellows and Rebekahs embraced the opportunity to have a role in the search for a cure for arthritis by volunteering time, donating money and devoting their efforts at the local, state or province and national levels. The continued and on-going participation by the members in support of this program has been evident by the amount of money raised over the past 16 years. Creative and innovative way of raising money have taken place, in addition, volunteer have manned telephones, stuffed envelopes and make themselves available to local chapters.
Odd Fellows and Rebekahs have been blessed with a sincere and giving membership. Millions are given each year to all related and community charities. Although our numbers have shrunk somewhat, the support given to those charities is greater than ever before.
It took almost seven years to raise the first $1,000,000.00 and only three years to raise the second. In 2001, we raised over $565,000.00 and were recognized as a major individual contributor. WE ARE MAKING A DIFFERENCE! Making the world a better place to live is a principle of the Odd Fellowship. As we head into this century let us continue to join the brothers and sisters of Odd Fellows and Rebekahs of accomplishing this goal by accepting the challenge of finding a cure for arthritis.
Camps and Parks
Several Odd Fellow Jurisdictions have recreation parks, camp grounds and youth camps available for Odd Fellows, Rebekahs, and their families. Some make their facilities available to the general public, but they often have reduced rates for members of the Order.
Housing for Elderly and Children
The Independent Order of Odd Fellows is proud to sponsor many Housing Projects throughout North America.