Nothing ‘odd’ — just honorable — about this group

They may be called Odd Fellows, but they are anything but odd.

Unless, of course, you consider the act of helping everyday people “odd.”

That may be where the name comes from, according to Justin Bailey, grand secretary of the state’s Order of Odd Fellows group, but it’s only one of several “main” theories on the group’s name. The organization was established in England in the late 1700s and in America in 1819. Some accounts suggest it may date to the Medieval Trade Guilds of the 12th and 13th centuries, according to the Odd Fellows’ website.

Locally, Brady Lodge 116, Independent Order of Odd Fellows, in Muncy is observing 175 years of helping their fellow man.

The group goes about its business quietly, supporting nonprofit groups and special needs. The group’s command is to “visit the sick, relieve the distressed, bury the dead and educate the orphan.”

With 175 years of assisting neighbors, more recent contributions include money to help Hughesville Borough add a police K-9, donations to groups such as the American Rescue Workers in Williamsport and support for visual research at the Wills Eye Hospital in Philadelphia. And that’s just brushing the surface.

The work “is a great honor,” said Arthur Danley, treasurer and trustee of the Brady Lodge. Danley has been a member of the Odd Fellows for 53 years.

“If you see somebody in need, you lend a hand and help them,” he said.

Some may say that that attitude is “odd” in this day and age; but it’s highly doubtful that anyone would not welcome their assistance.

So go ahead, call them “odd,” but to us, they are honorable people whom every community would be lucky to have.


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