All are welcome here – We’ve translated this phrase into every language spoken by members of our lodge.
I believe in the Fatherhood of God, and the Brotherhood of Man;
I believe in Friendship, Love and Truth as basic guides to the ultimate destiny of all mankind.
I believe my home, my church or temple, my lodge, and my community deserve my best work, my modest pride, my earnest faith, and my deepest loyalty, as I perform my duty “to visit the sick, relieve the distressed, bury the dead, and educate the orphan” and as I work with others to build a better world because in spirit and in truth, I am, and must always be, grateful to my Creator, faithful to my Country, and fraternal to my fellow man; I am an Odd Fellow.
Groups we host
The Mountain View Odd Fellows Lodge #244 is proud to host many community groups that further our mission. If you would like to use our space, post-COVID-19, apply here.
- Odd Writers League Writing Group
- South Bay Comickers
- Charity Pop Up Art Galleries
- Muslim Immigrant Women’s Dinner Group (contact firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Western Meditation Group (contact email@example.com)
- Rebekah Meetings (contact firstname.lastname@example.org)
Who We Give To
As a 501(c)(8) fraternal organization, our primary purpose is our mission and supporting our members. We also make substantive charitable donations in our community. Here are some, but not all, of our recent gifts or those given through events we hosted:
- $185 (May 2022)
- Context: This Charity Pop-Up Art Gallery by San José Artist Debbie Wolf.
- $232 (September 2022)
- Context: This Charity Pop-Up Art Gallery by Momentum for Health‘s To Be Honest campaign
- $164 (April 2022 and July 2022)
- Context: This was the benefits of a Charity Pop-Up Art Gallery by Mountain View artist Sinéad Toolis Byrd and Silicon Valley artists Paul D. Goodman.
- $114 (February 2022)
- Context: This was the benefits of a Charity Pop-Up Art Gallery by Lasana Taylor, David Rosenquist, and Cecilia Ou.
- $172 (December 2021)
- Context: This was the benefits of a Charity Pop-Up Art Gallery by Mountain View artist Sinéad Toolis Byrd.
- $315 (November 2021)
- Context: This was the benefits of a Charity Pop-Up Art Gallery by Silicon Valley artists Paul D. Goodman and Henry Pham.
- $35 (November 2022)
- Context: This was the benefits of a Charity Pop-Up Art Gallery by Silicon Valley artists Paul D. Goodman.
- $153 (August 2022)
- $100 (March 2022)
- $100 (October 2021)
- $102 (Fall 2019)
- Context: The South Bay Comickers hosted their annual charity sale.
- $1000 (September 2021)
- Context: In September 2021, we donated $100 to Morning Star Lodge #20 to support their work helping their neighbors impacted by the Caldour Fire.
- $237 (September 2021)
- $93 (May 2022)
- Context: In September 2021, Jessica Dickinson Goodman sold succulents and framed photography to benefit charities working to help people get abortions in Texas and help refugees fleeing Afghanistan.
- $500 (May 2021)
- Context: In May 2021, we donated $500 to CAA as a general donation, to further their work supporting and protecting Asian American and Pacific Islander members of our community from the 150% rise in violence against this beloved community.
- $500 (May 2021)
- Context: In May 2021, we donated $500 to Momentum for Mental Health, to further their work supporting our South Bay community struggling with their mental health.
- $5000 (May 2020)
- $100 (August 2021) proceeds of a charity electronic music show, organized by Mark Lentczner, featuring performances by Prof. Wayne. Lachlan Fletcher, Modulogeek, and electric.kitchen, with a visuals by dirty bill.
- $500 (November 2022), donation from the lodge and an art show by Mountain View artist Sinéad Toolis Byrd.
- In addition, in the past 3 years we’ve raised over $5000 through our annual haunted house, where we charge adults $5 and children $1. Read more in this I Love MV article from 2019.
- We regularly host the Rebekah’s Crafts Fair to benefit this charity.
- In May 2021, we donated $500 to RCS
- In the fall of 2021, members of the Hermenia Rebekah Lodge (many of whom are members of our lodge and who have used the building as long as our lodge has been in it) raised over $1000 for RCS through a crafts sale.
- $2000 (June 2020) to support their work in the Navajo Nation
Closing Concentration Camps at the Border
We hosted 5 monthly charity pop-up galleries to fund organizations working to close the concentration camps at the US border, raising $1,324, for the following organizations:
- Bay Area Immigration Bond Fund
- Freedom for Immigrants
- Santa Clara County’s Rapid Responder Network
- $408 from Pop-Up Gallery proceeds (Fall 2019)
Groups We’re a Part of / More Information
- IOOF Grand Lodge
- IOOF Sovereign Grand Lodge
- Our By-Laws
- We are a democratically-run organization and we use Robert’s Rules of order in our meetings