What is Odd Fellowship


A simple explanation would be that Odd Fellowship is a Fraternal Organization, based on the Fatherhood of God and the Brotherhood of Man. It does charitable work on various projects in the community. Through its teachings and ceremonies, it seeks to elevate the character of man, and thereby make this world a better place in which to live. It should be clear that Odd Fellowship is not a religion. Odd Fellowship only requires that no man or woman may become an Odd Fellow or Rebekah unless he or she believes in a Supreme Being, the Creator and Preserver of the Universe, and is loyal to their country.

Odd Fellowship is a family orientated, fraternal organization that provides social and economic structure. The basic structure teaches Friendship, Love and Truth and can be a philosophy of life.

Individual Odd Fellow and Rebekah Lodges located throughout the state meet weekly or twice a month to carry on the business of the lodge. They follow a general agenda, which includes opening ceremony, general business activities, and “Good of the Order” criteria. They establish programs, contacts and friendships that develop into the duties to perform the commands of the order: “to visit the sick, bury the dead, relieve the distressed and educate the orphan”. Each lodge has its own by-laws and lodge image to identify them.

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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

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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