We Welcome New Members

Over the years we have realized that new members have had a significant role in strengthening our contribution to the community as well as our leadership team. Recent members are chairs, leads, or contacts in various programs including those supporting local students, fundraising events, education, and more.

As you will see below, joining us is an uncomplicated process with a focus on you getting to know other members, gaining familiarity with our programs, and enjoying your membership.

Requirements for membership

You must be committed to serving your community and making the world a better place. Odd Fellowship is strictly nonsectarian and apolitical. You must be 18 years or older. Additionally, there is a modest application fee and annual dues.

How to begin

We welcome new members. A candidate must be sponsored by a current member. If you know a Lodge member, ask him or her for more information about Odd Fellows and if he or she will sponsor you. In the event that you do not know a current member, complete the application and forward it to the Lodge. A member of the membership committee will work with you to assign a sponsor. Through that process we will get to know each other, and you can determine if Odd Fellowship is right for you.

Pledge system

The three tasks we ask candidates to experience prior to joining are:

  1. Volunteer at one of our public events in a supporting role. This is a good way for you to see us delivering a program. This active participation also helps to convey the complexity and responsibility of owning and operating our Lodge.
  2. Attend two regularly-scheduled, fourth-Thursday, social potluck meetings to see the Lodge in action and get to know our members.
  3. Interview at least three current members, (say half hour conversations over coffee), to learn their experiences and views of Odd Fellowship and our Lodge.

The purpose of this 1-2-3 system is to benefit you, by clarifying what it entails to join Odd Fellows and what is expected of you as a member of Ocean View Lodge.

Sponsor/applicant relationship

The role of one's sponsor includes communication and support from application through attainment of the First, Second and Third Degrees, after which membership is considered to be full, with privileges to vote and hold office. The sponsor's responsibility is to be a confidant and guide, insuring good orientation and communication throughout the membership process.

After you have submitted your application

You will be formally interviewed by at least two representatives of the membership committee. This interview is your opportunity to describe your previous work with community organizations, discuss your desire for further community service, and to ask any questions you may have about Odd Fellowship. The Lodge members will vote on your application and, if approved, you will receive a letter announcing your election to membership and the date and time for initiation.

The All-Seeing Eye

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To us, the all-seeing eye represents the universal spiritual presence that is embodied in all of us as we do good work for our community, for our environment, and for all humanity.

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Our Address

Ocean View Lodge 143
526 Main Street
PO Box 712
Half Moon Bay
CA 94019

Phone: 650-712-0718

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