The Independent Order of Odd Fellows is one of the largest and oldest fraternal orders in the United States. Odd Fellowship was founded in England where it grew up during the 18th century. The Patriotic Order in England was followed by the Union of United Orders and the Loyal Order. In 1813, various lodges of the Union Order organized the Manchester Unity of Odd Fellows. American Odd Fellowship was founded as the Washington Lodge #1 in Baltimore in 1819, and the following year affiliated with the Manchester Unity.  The three links of Odd Fellowship's symbol represent Friendship, Love, and Truth.
A PLACE TO MEET (The Three Links Building)

The building, above, was originally built in 1914. The  
Independent Order of Odd Fellows has occupied the building  
since 1921. In 1964 they added the facade you see today, and  
they were so enthusiastic by this modern update that they threw a  
party on July 19, 1964 to celebrate it.
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 mankind. 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.

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 1st National Fraternity to include both men and women when it adopted the beautiful Rebekah Degree on September 20, 1851. This degree is based on the teachings found in the Holy Bible, and was written by the Honorable Schuyler Colfax who was Vice President of the United States during the period 1868-1873. Odd Fellows and Rebekahs were also the first fraternal organization to establish homes for our senior members and for orphaned children
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THE ODD FELLOW CREED
Genuine Friendship, which
hears all things, believes all
things, hopes all things, endures
all things, is the first step toward
progress and personal
enrichment, and the teachings of
Temperance, Prudence, and
Justice. Love is the basis for all
life’s ambitions, service to
humanity, and more family
oriented. Truth, the imperial
virtue, promotes economic
stability, equality under law,
freedom of enterprise, the
highest of ethical standards, and
lasting peace, the ultimate goal
of fraternity. Universal
Brotherhood of Man under the
Fatherhood of God is imperative
to the survival of the World, and
can be accomplished only
through the practice of
fellowship and understanding
among all peoples and nations.
Our Motto
ST. LOUIS LODGE NO. 5
FRIENDSHIP  LOVE AND TRUTH
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