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THE ODD FELLOWS

WHO ARE WE/WHAT DO WE DO

         We are a worldwide fraternal brotherhood founded on the Fatherhood of God and the Brotherhood of man.

         Instituted in North America in 1819 and Manitoba in 1873

         Membership is open to men and women 16 years and older

         We are Non-Sectarian and Non-Political

         We operate under the authority of the Grand Lodge of Manitoba and The Sovereign Grand Lodge of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows

         We believe that Friendship, Love and Truth are the basic guides to the destiny of mankind

         We meet in Lodges.  Each Lodge has their own specific meeting night and most meet twice a month for 10 months of the year

         We are dedicated to care for and support our fellow members and our communities at home and abroad, as well as our fraternal projects

         Each Lodge has their own local projects which they support

         Meetings are followed by a time of fellowship

WHY JOIN THE ODD FELLOWS

         To develop friendships through regular interaction with other members

         To become an important part of your community

         To exchange and develop ideas to make your community a better place to live

         To enjoy the social activities of the Lodge

         To visit Lodges and attend Lodge activities in other towns and cities within our Jurisdiction as well as other Provinces and countries.

 

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THE REBEKAHS

 

WHO ARE WE/WHAT DO WE DO

 

         We are the women’s branch of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows

         We are open to both ladies and gentlemen

         We meet in groups or “lodges”.  Each Lodge has their own meeting night and meeting place.  Our meetings include business, with a social time afterwards.   We meet twice a month (except for July and August)

         We come from all walks of life and from different faiths

         We do not and should not take the place of your Church or Temple

         We have a common belief in a Supreme Being, a love and loyalty to our country and a desire to aid and support each other and those around us in distress.

         We follow a ritual, which was first established in 1851.   This printed word enables members to learn the beautiful teachings of our Order, while becoming familiar with the work which is unwritten thus giving members a sense of satisfaction and belonging.  

         EACH LODGE IN A JURISDICTION HAS ITS OWN SPECIAL PROJECTS.   MOST JURISDICTIONS MAINTAIN AND SUPPORT A HOME FOR THE AGED WHO ARE IN NEED OF CARE.

         We support each other emotionally, physically and when necessary financially through special funding.

         We work together to raise money through various projects, special events or sales to support our projects and special activities.  

 

 

WHY JOIN THE REBEKAHS

 

         There may come a time in life when friends and family are elsewhere and you crave companionship.

         To enjoy the social aspects of meeting nights, Fraternal visits, district meetings and yearly conventions.

         To reap the benefits of group support:  close friendships, and the feeling of satisfaction and joy that comes from working together.

         To be part of a great organization – doing for others.

 

 

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THETA RHO

Theta Rho is the junior branch of the Rebekahs

It is open to all girls between the ages of 8 and 18 years of age

They are taught how to conduct a meeting, to learn about the Order, their Country and North America. 

To understand the projects of our Order and provide assist to the Senior branches of the Order when requested. 

They are also taught how to do crafts such as knitting, crocheting, scrapbooking and cooking. 

They learn precision drill marching, dances and skits to entertain the members of the Order at Youth Night.

They enjoy supervised outings and have travelled internationally to compete at the Sovereign Grand Lodge Youth Days. 

 

 

PROJECTS OF OUR ORDER

Odd Fellow and Rebekah Memorial Eye Foundation

The Afflicted Children Foundation

United Nations Educational Pilgrimage for Youth

Visual Research

Education Foundation

S.O.S. Village

Living Legacy

Arthritis Society