Who We Are
We are simply about promoting the culture of caring and sharing, of not leaving each other behind, of thinking beyond self, and of helping others in need. The command of IOOF is to “visit the sick, relieve the distressed, bury the dead and educate the orphan.” – About Odd Fellows
History of the Mountain View Lodge
The Mountain View Odd Fellows Lodge was instituted on June 2, 1876. The building is at 823 Villa, on the corner of Castro and Villa, housed in the old First National bank (built in 1909). The Odd Fellows have owned the building since 1970, when they bought it from a Christian Science reading room.
Odd Fellows History
The Independent Order of Odd Fellows was founded in 1819 in Baltimore, Maryland, United States, evolving from the Order of Odd Fellows founded in 1730 in London, England.
The long list of illustrious members throughout history includes six U.S. Presidents.
Adaptation of Odd Fellows in the 21st Century
The IOOF continues in the 21st century with lodges around the world, and is claimed to be the “largest united international fraternal order in the world under one head.”