Records of the Order shows that in the mid 1700's existed, in London lodes of laborers and mechanics, calling themselves "Ancient and Honorable Legal Odd Fellows." In their meetings, one Penney a week was contributed to a fund for relief of the poor. In 1813, at Manchester, the Order was and named Independent Order of Odd Fellows. In 1819 Thomas Widley obtained the charter for Washington Lodge #1 in Baltimore, Maryland.

The principles of our Order are "to visit the sick, relieve the distressed, bury the dead and educate the orphan." In addition to formal lodge meetings, many activities are used to practice the principles of Odd Fellowship. Homes for the youth and elderly, these facilities have been widely and gratefully used by many, many members of our Order as well as many who are not members. The homes have a skilled care unit for those who need it, these homes are located in Napa, California called the Meadows, and the other at Saratoga, California, also included at Saratoga is the Fellowship Plaza with a retirement independent living facility and has been in constant use since 1979.

The Children's home in Gilroy, California was started in 1896 and originally served orphans. Now, with the number of orphans being reduced, it is used also for emotionally disturbed children and aids young people in this manner. It is well known throughout the state for the good it does.

There is also a Youth Camp in the hills behind Sonora. This camp is used year around and many groups as well as the Odd fellows use this camp for recreation and therapeutic purposes. Other involvement's of the Odd Fellows are, Visual Research Foundation, the Arthritis Foundation, Educational Foundation for Student Loans, International Youth Exchange Programs, United Nations Pilgrimage for Youth, Living Legacy Program (Caring for our Environment) Tomb of the Unknown Soldier (Laying of a Wreath) the only Fraternal Organization who are allowed to do this. The famous Rose Bowl Parade every January 1, of each year, we have been entering a float since 1966, some of which have won awards.

In addition to these worldwide programs, individual jurisdictions have other programs they sponsor. In California for example, Heart, Cancer Research, American Red Cross, Salvation Army, Make a Wish Foundation, youth activities and helping with scholarships in our local community. Also, sending orphans from local children's homes to Sacramento River Cats Baseball Games.

If you are interested in visiting or joining an Odd Fellows Lodge in Sacramento, Contact:

Sacramento Odd Fellows Lodge No. 2 Meets 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month at 7:30 PM

El Dorado Odd Fellows Lodge No. 8 Meets 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month at 7:30 PM

1831 Howe Avenue, Sacramento, Ca. 95825-1025 Phone: (916) 921-0569