The Independent Order of Odd Fellows began in 18th Century England, it was deemed odd to find people organized for the purpose of giving aid to those in need without recognition and pursuing projects for the benefits of all mankind.
Our deep history began in North America, with the United States and Canada in 1819, and is continually expanding throughout the World where we are a worldwide fraternity in 26 countries. The Odd Fellows and Rebekahs are striving to make the world a better place in which to live, seeking To Improve and Elevate the Character of Mankind.
The members of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows are sometimes referred to "Odd Fellows" or "Rebekahs." Odd Fellows have also become known in many areas as "The Three Link Fraternity" which is evidenced by our world wide "Three Link Emblem" which stands for Friendship, Love and Truth. These three links symbolize the chain that binds our members together and illustrates that our Communities, States, Provinces and Nations are strongest when joined together.
Legend Lodge 212 is proud to be the sponsoring lodge of the FIRST United Youth Group in the state of Illinois. Generosity United Youth Group 1 was chartered in May 2016. We started the youth group as a way to bring families together in Odd Fellowship. They are a group of children male and female ages 8-18. They vote their own members into office, hold their own meetings, host their own events and maintain their own checking account as their own lodge. They use Roberts Rule of Order to guide their meetings. The youth group teaches the children leadership abilities, responsibility and ownership. The Senior Advisers of Legend Lodge 212 are there for support and to answer questions that the children have.
WE ARE A FAMILY LODGE
Odd Fellows Valediction
You gain a new family in the members of your Lodge and a vast network of Brothers and Sisters worldwide. By joining Odd Fellows with your friends it helps to give a deeper purpose and meaning to your friendship.
We are a diverse organization and have members of all faiths, races, genders, occupations and abilities with over 600,000 members in over 10,000 Lodges in 26 countries.
The historic command of the Odd Fellow is to “visit the sick, relieve the distressed, bury the dead and educate the orphan.”
You get to take an active role in helping your community and the world be a better place. Local Lodges help out their communities in any way they choose and are unified together in State, National and Worldwide projects.
Be a part of the HISTORY and the MYSTERY. As an Odd Fellow you get to be a member of one of the world’s oldest and largest fraternal Orders AKA “Secret Societies”. Secret password, rituals, symbols, and more, all designed to “elevate and improve the character of mankind.”
By taking these lessons to heart you become a better person and in turn make help to make the world around you a better place.
MORE ABOUT ODD FELLOWSHIP
The Odd Fellows Valediction states "To visit the sick, relieve the distressed, bury the dead and educate the orphan". This is not something that we just say. We pride ourselves on celebrating each members accomplishments as well as hold each other up during times of suffering. As we understand that life is full of ups and downs; we are there when you need us. Members address each other as "Brother or Sister" because when you are a member you are family. This extends from your home lodge throughout the Order across the world. If you become injured or ill and need help with house work or yard work, members are there. We have unfortunately sat by the death bed of members on more than one occasion and held the hands of their family members to help them through the hard times. We have been there to help husbands, wives and children after the passing of a member. There is an Odd Fellows funeral ceremony that is performed at the services of members. Members gather together to raise money for a brother or sister and their family when times are tough. While we are not able to relieve all members of all their worries we step up and do what is within our abilities to help.