Welcome to the very first Oddfellows, The Grand United Order of Oddfellows Friendly Society Website. We are the oldest and longest established of all the traditional branch-friendly societies, with a proud record of helping our members and their families stretching back over 200 years. Today, our organisation reaches into all four corners of the world, with branches in America, Africa, Australia, the West Indies and Europe.
Click on the pages above to discover our Oddfellows history going back to 1798, our financial products , who and where we are and our Organisation Structure plus, view the events that have taken place throughout the year in our various UK branches in which new members are always welcome.
If you are interested in joining an Oddfellows lodge and becoming active within the Order just contact the secretary of the nearest lodge in your area or Head Office on 0161 872 3356 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for further details and you will be warmly welcomed as a new member entitled to a range of benefits for a small annual contribution.
Financial products ( available to members and non- members) include the Cashbuilder Plan, Helping Hands Savings Plan (Juveniles up to 16) and Individual Account System (IAS - members of lodges only).
Friendship is the bread of life. it is essential to our wellbeing. We could not survive without it. Ever since the beginning of time we have been extending the hand of friendship to each other. In very primitive communities, having the help of others in a crisis is a matter of survival. However, even in today's world where it seems as if we could survive without ever talking to another human being, friendship is important. Friendship is a pre-requisite to sanity. we are social human beings and we need friends to survive."
We are all bound in one common belief that the Grand United Order of Oddfellows Friendly Society is a committed, contemporary and progressive organisation dedicated entirely to the wellbeing of our members.
Our considerable assets are prudently managed in a commercially sound manner and our tax-exempt status ensures that our members' investments grow quickly.
FUNDRAISING AT GUOOFS
BREAST CANCER NOW - 2022
The Immediate Past Grand Master Sister Marian Blankson-VanDyck is proud and delighted to report that her Grand Masters Charity Fund raised during her 4 year term of office as Grand Master collected the marvelous sum of £5400.
Sister Marian Blankson-VanDyk chose her charity to be 'Breast Cancer Now' and she made the presentation today the 2nd November at their offices in London.
Below is an acknowledgement from the Charity of the good that the donation can do which was addressed to the Grand Secretary prior to the presentation and images of the presentation are also below.
Well done Sister Marian with your contribution to a very worthy cause and grateful thanks must go to the many members who contributed at various functions over the 4 years of your office !.
Thank you so much for getting in touch and letting us know about the amazing success of your fundraising! We’re so grateful that Marian chose us as her charity – do pass on our sincere thanks! It would be great to hear a bit more about what you did to raise this incredible total!?
As an idea of how £5,400 could help, this is enough to fund all of the following:
• pay for two working weeks of research. That's two weeks of progress, two weeks closer to breakthroughs and two weeks closer to a world where everyone with breast cancer lives - and is supported to live well.
• pay for six people with secondary breast cancer to attend our Living with Secondary Breast Cancer group sessions. These sessions support people with incurable secondary breast cancer, giving them expert information and a space to meet others who are going through the same thing as they are.
• pay for an expert speaker at 10 Living with Secondary Breast Cancer group sessions. These sessions support people with incurable secondary breast cancer, giving them expert information and a space to meet others who are going through the same thing as they are.
We hope you are so proud of your achievement!
Community Fundraising Executive
The images include members of the Breast Cancer Now Team with Sister Marian and officals Sister Christine Wryter and Brother Robert Abbey from the London United Lodge 11636 plus the Senior Director of the Order Brother Martin Gordon.