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Becoming an Odd Fellow or Rebekah

Any man or a woman of good character, whose life and acts have been worthy and honorable, is eligible for membership. It is required that a member, in good standing, recommends the candidate as worthy of sharing the duties and enjoying the privileges of Odd Fellowship.

Odd Fellowship strictly forbids any interference with one’s religious beliefs or political opinions, either directly or indirectly. It requires:

  1. Acknowledgement of God and complete obedience of civil laws.
  2. Membership for both lodges is for men and/or women at least 16 years of age.
  3. You must have a belief in a supreme being as creator and preserver of the universe.
  4. You must be loyal to the laws of your country.
  5. You must display fraternal characteristics of caring for others.

With the Bible placed on an altar and the national flag posted, the Independent Order of Odd Fellows emphasizes a covenant to God and to civil law. No one can become an Odd Fellow/Rebekah unless they:

  • are faithful to the God in the religion of their own choosing;
  • obedient to the laws of the land in which they live;
  • and possess a spirit of wanting to help others.

We seek to elevate the character of mankind by the acts of mutual assistance and the works of unselfish deeds by brothers and sisters working together around their differing personal political and religious practices, we meet to perform harmonious tasks to lessen the trials and adversities of life. We also lift in celebrating the joys of friendship, love and truth.

People join our lodges for two reasons. One is for personal benefit; the other is community benefit. A person might be in need of individual fulfillment and benefit from one of the many programs available through the IOOF. Or they might be offering of their time and commitment to join with others to serve our obligations that build human character and promotes a philosophy of life. Odd Fellows/Rebekahs supplies both opportunities for growth.

Please fill out the form on this page so we can send you a Membership packet.  For Minnesota residents only.  If you live in another state other than Minnesota, visit to find a contact in your state.   Thank you.


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Excelsior ♦ Minnetonka #102

Organized January 1,1885

Meeting Information

Meetings: 2nd & 4th Wednesday
(Jun-July, 1st & 3rd Weds)
Meeting Time: 7:00 PM
Address: PO Box 129

Contact Info

Ty Hodges, Secretary
10008 Quebed Ave. S.
Bloomington, MN. 55438
Phone: 612.638.7441

Excelsior, Minnesota ~ Minnetonka No.102

Past Grand Masters

  • Bernard Leach 1984-1985
  • Wesley Searles 1986-1987
  • Roland Schallberg 1999-2000
  • Allan P. Sauter 2003-2004
  • Bernard Leach 2005-2006
  • J. Douglas Plott 2008-2009
  • Rick Benesh 2015-2016
  • Wayne Rosengren 2017-2018
  • Robert Arthur, Jr. 2018-2019
  • Rick Benesh 2023-2024

Charter Members

  • W.H. Le Van
  • J.T. Rawlings
  • Wm. F. Darver
  • Lewis Hanson
  • Wallace W. Wait
  • Osby V.W. Digafoos
  • W.E. Rawlings

Any inquiries regarding genealogy questions should only be in regards to individuals that were a member of a Minnesota Lodge. All other inquiries for other states will be answered with a referral to your states Grand Secretaries contact information.

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