The Power of Powerful Words

Friendship, Love and Truth, the Three Links of our Fraternal Order – such powerful words, so familiar to our Odd Fellow and Rebekah brothers and sisters, words treasured and revered, as are our traditions and rituals.   But perhaps they have become so...

Once Upon a Time in California . . . .

Dear Brothers and Sisters, Once upon a time in California, there were more than 600 Odd Fellows Lodges. There was also a time in California when Odd Fellows boasted over 58,000 members. Today, in California, we have less than 120 Lodges and only about 4,000 members....

Choosing the Right Path

Dear Brothers and Sisters, Time is not on our side. As I looked at our California Odd Fellows membership statistics over the past 70 years I see that in 1950 (65 years ago) we had 29,096 members. In 1960, we had 21,744. In 1970, our membership had dropped to 14,027....

There Are No Secrets in the Age of the Internet

Dear Brothers and Sisters, At its inception in England, Odd Fellowship was, essentially, a social club. The members – all men in those days – gathered in the local pubs to swap stories, sing lusty songs, have conversations, drink ale, and generally have a...

How to Encourage Applicants to Knock on Your Lodge Door

Dear Brothers and Sisters, An unusual thing has been happening at my home Lodge – Davis #169 For the last year, a month doesn’t go by that the Lodge isn’t contacted by one or two unsolicited prospective members. When I say “unsolicited”...