Odd Fellows: Rediscovering More Than 200 Years of History, Traditions, and Community Service (Full color)

 
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Evolving from the English trade guilds nearly 300 years ago, Odd Fellowship was once the largest fraternal organization in the world. During a time when the world was evolving as new lands were still being explored and new nations were forming, as pioneers were beginning to conquer new lands, and governmental policies were in the process of being formulated, the Odd Fellows were an important part of that evolution. In fact, Odd Fellowship contributed greatly to the early development of many towns, cities, states, provinces and countries.

As the early American settlers began moving westward on their covered wagons, the Odd Fellows in small towns united with one another and established Lodges across the country. These Lodges were able to develop a sense of community and provided help to its members during those times when governments provided little social and welfare assistance. Furthermore, Lodge rituals taught the important lessons of civic responsibility and equality before laws could be enacted to maintain social order. Many of the early members of Odd Fellows were the pioneer leaders of several towns, cities, states, provinces, and nations. Eventually, membership included presidents, prime ministers, senators, congressmen, governors, mayors and notable people in their respective fields. They spoke out on issues of international, national, and local interest. As the Lodges grew, they built Odd Fellows buildings in new communities and these buildings soon became social centers where people met to relax and to exchange the latest news and ideas. The Odd Fellows were the forerunners of homes for the aged and orphanages. They are also the predecessors of the Social Security System and National Health Insurance. At that time, Odd Fellows literally touched the lives of millions of people, following its tenets to "visit the sick, relieve the distressed, bury the dead, and educate the orphan."

The fraternal organization has survived many wars and major world challenges. It came to America aboard a wooden sailing vessel, in the hands of Thomas Wildey, and the organization had been around to witness the building of the first railroad, the first automobile, the first movie, the first radio and television broadcasts, the first submarine, the first guided missile, the first miracle drug, the first airplane, the first space ship, the first computer, and the introduction of the internet. Odd Fellowship was the social network for many people long before the Internet was born. It served communities long before the birth of other service clubs and modern charitable foundations. It had connected and promoted understanding between people from different nationalities before the United Nations was established, and it even partnered with the United Nations for many years to educate young students in world affairs. Odd Fellowship rose to its most glorious time when members actively participated, and in many occasions led, in the development of communities and nations. People recognized the value of Odd Fellowship, and they reciprocated by becoming members of a Fraternity with the prime objective, "Improving Character, Making Friends, and Helping People!"

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Louie Blake Saile Sarmiento received his Associate in Health Science Education in 2007, Bachelor of Science in Psychology with Certificate in Human Resource Management and Certificate in Women's Studies in 2010, and Master of Arts in Industrial/Organizational Psychology in 2013. He is currently a Senior Law Student working on his Juris Doctor Degree, while also pursuing a Certificate in Organizational Development. Louie is an advocate for the preservation of non-profit fraternal organizations, service clubs and civic associations. He is instrumental in re-establishing Odd Fellowship in the Philippines. He is a member of all branches of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows (IOOF), including the Grand United Order of Odd Fellows, the Ancient Mystic Order of Samaritans, and the Noble Order of Muscovites. He served as the District Deputy Sovereign Grand Master for IOOF Philippines from 2010 to 2012. He currently serves as Chairperson of the Board of Trustees of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows - Watchdog Lodge No.1, Inc. and as Adviser to the Grand Lodge of the Philippines, Independent Order of Odd Fellows, Inc. Louie also is credited for connecting numerous members from various countries through social media websites when he started the "Independent Order of Odd Fellows" facebook page, the "Odd Fellows International" facebook group and youtube channel, and the wikipedia entry of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. He is a contributor of many educational and promotional materials about Odd Fellowship. Through his contributions, he received international awards and recognition within the IOOF. He served as Public Relations Coordinator and member of both the Communications Committee and the Revitalization Committee of the Sovereign Grand Lodge from 2012 to 2015. He spent more than six years traveling to various Lodges, Grand Lodges, and the Sovereign Grand Lodge to review hundreds of journals, records, and books, and to conduct interviews to be able to come up with this book. As a hobby, he collects books and historic artifacts belonging to different fraternal organizations, service clubs and civic associations.

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"Louie Sarmiento has addressed a long overdue historical review of the Odd Fellows. His book, Odd Fellows - Rediscovering More Than 200 Years Of History, Traditions, And Community Service, updates the organization and brings it back into the fold of society. From its past achievements, to its current state, Sarmiento paints a vivid picture of the Odd Fellows. A worldwide fraternity gets noticed through the voice of this remarkable work. From its humble beginnings to its recent growth, in parts of Europe and the Philippines, to the picture the author paints in his work, and leading us right to the contemporary moment, he shows us that the Order is alive. Louie Sarmiento takes the Odd Fellows from the all-seeing eye to the public eye. This is a fresh and wonderful book." - Peter Sellars, Past Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of California of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows

"The Author has accomplished what few have been able to do. He made a Historical reference book read like a novel. The Book is the most complete History of Odd Fellowship that this reader has ever read and I believe I have read or attempted to read every book ever written on the subject. This is a must read for every member of Odd Fellowship be it the Grand United Order, Manchester Unity Order, or Independent Order of Odd Fellows. Also I highly recommend for the layman that has always wondered or been curious about the Fraternity of Odd Fellows. 5 stars out of 5!" - P. Mitchell, Past Grand of Harry Marsh Lodge No.12265, Grand United Order of Odd Fellows

" Only I have seen minor parts of the book, I have to admit you have done a great job so far." - Harald Thoen, Past Grand Sire, European Grand Lodge of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows

"I bought a copy for myself and I love it. Today I bought three more copies, for friends and the lodge hall. What a wonderful book and a nice history of the I.O.O.F. Every Odd Fellow should have a copy available to read and pass along to friends." Gerald Buck, member of Independent Order of Odd Fellows in the State of Missouri

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