How to Become an Odd Fellow
A man or woman of good character, who is loyal to his or her country, and believes in a Supreme Being, the creator and preserver of the Universe, is eligible for membership.
Odd Fellowship strictly forbids any interference with one's religious beliefs or political opinions. Maryland requires candidates for the adult lodges to be at least 16 years old. Also, Junior Lodges and Theta Rho clubs accept members 8 to 18 years old.
Lodges charge an initiation fee and annual dues. The amount of dues is set by each lodge.
A candidate must be sponsored by a current member, so the first step towards joining is to find someone who is a current member. If you do not know a member, then e-mail the Webmaster. He should be able to help you contact a lodge.
Check your local phone book, or the list of lodges within this site, for a lodge in your area, and contact the lodge secretary.
When the lodge has received your application, they will
appoint an interviewing committee of three members. These members will call
on you, both to ask questions and to answer any questions you may have concerning
the lodge. One purpose of the interviewing committee is to give a candidate
at least three familiar faces in the lodge. At the next meeting, the interviewing
committee will report back to the lodge. The lodge will ballot to accept you
as a member. The lodge will then send you a letter announcing your election
to membership and the date and time for initiation.