Coming up

Oct
17

Tue. 7:00pm - 8:30pm

Oct
18

Wed. 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Oct
19

Thu. 5:30pm - 9:00pm

Oct
21

Sat. 7:30pm - 9:30pm

Oct
26

Thu. 5:00pm - 8:00pm

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Our philosophy and purpose

ioofjubilee2As an organization, the Independent Order of Odd Fellows is dedicated to improving and elevating the character of mankind by imparting the principles of friendship, love and truth and making the world a better place to live by aiding the community, the less fortunate, the youth, the elderly, the environment and the community at large in every way possible. It aims to improve and elevate every person to a higher, nobler plane; to extend sympathy and aid to those in need, making their burdens lighter, relieving the darkness of despair; to war against vice in every form, and to be a great moral power and influence for the good of humanity. Teachings in the Order are conducted through the exemplification of the Degrees of membership. The Degrees are conferred on the candidate by their Lodge, and are teachings of principles and truths by ceremonies and symbols. The Degrees are presented largely by means of allegory and drama. For Odd Fellows, the degrees in Odd Fellowship emphasizes a leaving of the old life and the start of a better one, of welcoming travelers, and of helping those in need. The command of the IOOF is to "visit the sick, relieve the distressed, bury the dead and educate the orphan."

Wikipedia

Ocean View Lodge 143

Ocean View Lodge 143 of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows was founded in Half Moon Bay in 1868. As a benevolent society, the Lodge played an important role in early Half Moon Bay. Part of the IOOF mission is to “visit the sick, relieve the distressed, bury the dead and educate the orphan.” In pursuit of these goals, our Lodge operated the Odd Fellows Cemetery on San Mateo Road, built the Ocean View Plaza senior housing on Main Street, and has provided education assistance to local youth.

As a fraternal organization, the lodge also played a large role in the social life of the early settlers to the Coastside.

Ocean View Lodge continues to contribute to local community organizations, as well as to needs around the world. Besides awarding three scholarships to outstanding Half Moon Bay High School seniors every year, the Lodge donates money and time to numerous causes, including:

  • UN Pilgrimage Youth CampJuly 4 parade
  • Rebekah's Children's Services
  • Relay for Life
  • Alliance for Smiles
  • Coastside Farmer's Market
  • HMB Lions Club
  • YMCA
  • HMB Little League
  • HMB Summer Concert
  • HMB Grad Night
  • HMB Fast Pitch
  • 4H Club
  • Coastside Adult Day Health Center
  • Haitian Relief
  • Senior Coastsiders

Brief history of the Scholarship Committee

judiThe work done by the Ocean View Lodge Scholarship Committee started with Judi Engel, a long time member of the Rebekahs and Odd Fellows, (and former Noble Grand of Ocean View Lodge). Here's her story:

“Yes, the first scholarship was given out in the year 2000. We had our first fundraiser (a yard sale) in 1999, in Chris Alves's front yard. The proceeds from the yard sale and a matching contribution from Rebekahs, allowed us to give out a one thousand dollar scholarship to Raul Avilla, a musician and senior at HMB High School. It all started when I went to Rebekahs and told them that when my son graduated from HMB High in 1993, he tried to get a music scholarship in town and the only thing awarded to him was $25 from Bank of America.

They agreed to support my endeavors and the following year I started a variety show. We held it at the Lodge and through the years we proceeded to slowly increase the amounts and number of scholarships. I think the Odd Fellows came on board around the fourth year and joined in our endeavors. The fifth or sixth year we moved it from the Lodge to the Bach Dancing & Dynamite Society in Miramar. Our last show we netted $2500 from tickets, donations, refreshments and raffle. And I was spent! But it was all worthwhile. The cards, messages and goodwill in the community not to mention the thrill of the winners and their gratitude was priceless.”