Independant Order of Odd Fellows of Alberta
Rebekah Assembly of Alberta
IOOF Lodges of Alberta
Rebekah Lodges of Alberta
Independent Order of Odd Fellows
Grand Lodge - Rebekah Assembly
In 17th century England, it was odd to find people organized for the purpose of giving aid to those in need and of pursuing projects for the benefit of all humankind. Those who belonged to such an organization were called "Odd Fellows." Odd Fellows are also known as “The Three Link Fraternity” which stands for Friendship, Love and Truth. Today, the Odd Fellows is a worldwide fraternal Order having over 10,000 lodges in 25 countries. The Odd Fellows and Rebekahs are actively involved in a variety of civic and philanthropic efforts on a local, national and international level.
The Independent Order of Odd Fellows was founded on the North American Continent in Baltimore, Maryland, on April 26, 1819 when Thomas Wildey and four members of the Order from England instituted Washington Lodge No. 1. This lodge received its charter from Manchester Unity of Odd Fellows in England.
Odd Fellowship became the first national fraternity to include both men and women Odd Fellows and Rebekahs were also the first fraternal organization to establish homes for our senior members and for orphaned children.