Tuesday, December 15, 2009

10 Great Reasons Why We Should Be Proud of Our Fraternity

Independent Order of Odd Fellows:

1. We are one of the Oldest Altruistic and Benevolent Fraternity in the world having been founded in the year 1700's in England and year 1819 in the United States.

2. We are a Worldwide Fraternity having more than 10,000 lodges (Chapters) in approximately 29 countries and still expanding.

3. We are one of the largest fraternity in the world from 1860's to 1920's and remain as One of the Largest Fraternity today having Millions of Members since 1819.

4. We are the First Fraternity to Accept both Men and Women when we adopted the Rebekah degree in 1851.

5. Famous people who became members of our fraternity include King George IV of United Kingdom, Sir John A. Macdonald, President Franklin D. Roosevelt, Charlie Chaplin, Wyatt Earp, etc.

6. For more than 100 years, we are Involved in Philanthropic and Charitable Activities locally, nationally and internationally.

7. We are Non-political, Non-sectarian, Non-sexist and Non-racist fraternity accepting members from different social classes, sex, gender, race, ethnicity and religious denomination.

8. We teach wise and serious truths, difference between right and wrong and that it is more blessed to give than to receive.

9. Our Meetings are Based on Parliamentary Procedures giving our members good training in public speaking and presiding formal meetings.

10. No hazing, no discrimination, no subordination, no sacrifice of your opinions and beliefs, no change of relations to the Country, no loosening of the obligations which, as a good citizen, you owe to the laws and institutions under which you live, is required.

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