ODD FELLOWSHIP: The Basics
Making A Difference: Serving Others
Our degrees are ever so important in their teachings about life, friendship, love, and truth. We have a unique call and responsibility to care for and love another, not only our lodge brothers and sisters, but our community and strangers too.
Odd Fellowship is what this world is aching for and you'll find yourself in awe at the great meaning and role it has played in millions of peoples lives for over 200 years. In the course of it all, we socialize, have fun, and make memories together!
Branches of the Order
Odd FellowsThe Odd Fellows are the lodges that are the basis of the Order. Members of these lodges are bonded fraternally through the teachings of the degrees of Friendship, Love, and Truth. There are currently 29 lodges in Virginia.
RebekahsThe Rebekahs were formed in 1851 as the first female auxiliary within a fraternal order ever! The Rebekahs are called to live peaceably, do good unto all, and especially to obey the Golden Rule: Do unto others as you wish done unto you". There are 9 lodges in Virginia.
EncampmentThis higher branch aims to further the work of Odd Fellowship and impart the principles of Faith, Hope, and Charity. This branch also confers three degrees upon its members and its degree teachings are filled with meaning. There are currently 7 Encampents in Virginia.
Patriarch's MilitantThe Patriarch's Militant is the highest branch in the Order. This semi-military style branch aims to impart the principle of universal justice. Membership is open to Third Degree members in good standing with their Odd Fellows Lodge. There are currently 7 Cantons ("lodges") in Virginia.
Kids!There are three units for children within the Order: Junior Lodge (boys 8-21), Theta Rho (girls 8-21) and United Youth Group (all 8-21). There are none of these currently in Virginia. We hope in due time one will form again!