West Jordan Scholarship

Sister Norma Bannister Grant, Past DGMNG of Household of Ruth, Virginia presents the 2017 West Jordan Scholarship to Deondre Dagner at the State Convention Banquet for the Grand United Order Odd Fellows in America and Jurisdiction of the State of Virginia. Deondre received the financial award in the amount of $1,000. He will be attending Old […]

Virginia Sub District No. 15 of Grand United Order Of Fellows Donates to Scholarship Fund

During the Virginia 56th Biennial session for Grand United Order Of Fellows in American and Jurisdiction it’s Virginia Sub-District No. 15 donated $2500 in checks at it’s State Convention Banquet. The money was presented to Virginia Union University for the Albert & Helen Ruffin Endowment Scholarship Fund. Since its inception in 2011 several students have received […]

Remembering our founders: George T. Downing

George T. Downing (December 30, 1819 – July 21, 1903) was an abolitionist and activist for African-American civil rights. His father was a caterer and Oyster seller in Philadelphia andNew York City and George followed the same career path in New York, Newport, Rhode Island, and Washington, DC. From the 1830s until the end of […]

The ties that “link” us: Prince Hall Masons and The Grand United Order of Oddfellows

Before I begin to expound on the “links” I would first like to show respect for our innumerable amount of brethren who are valuable members of both the Grand United Order of Oddfellows and the Prince Hall Masons.  It takes dedication determination and discipline to embark on such an endeavor in life’s search for knowledge! […]

Ohio’s Finest

Grand United Order of Odd Fellows Celebration, 1887 – from the Wheeling Intelligencer, July 1, 1887 G.U.O.O.F. CELEBRATION Of their Twenty-first Anniversary in West Virginia, in this city Yesterday — Large Delegations from near and far. Grant Procession and Picnic. The celebration by the Grand United Order of Odd Fellows in this city yesterday of the […]

William H. Rutherford: an impression on the path to success for freed slaves in Columbia,South Carolina

The pictures displayed above are relics of a time passed here in SC, yet they stand as a testament to the fortitude and dedication of one man and his family to not only make a living for themselves but aid and assist others to do the same. That man is Bro. William H. Rutherford (1852-1910). […]

Happy Easter 

Happy Easter from Florence Lodge 2212 of the Grand United Order of Odd Fellows and from the Grand United Order of Odd Fellows in American and Jurisdiction.  

SC GUOOF History Cont.

I assume this means as much to us Odd Fellows as it does to the Prince Hall Masons of SC…… Here lies Dr. Charles Catlett Johnson or C.C. Johnson……Dr. Johnson (b. 1860, d. 1928) was born in Orange County, Virginia. He graduated from Howard University Medical School in Washington, D.C. in 1888, and opened a […]

South Carolina Oddfellows pt.1

Dr. Robert Shaw Wilkinson was the much beloved president of what is now known as South Carolina State University. He served with distinction in that capacity from 1911 to 1932. He was regarded as the father of organized agricultural and vocational work for African-Americans in South Carolina. Robert S. Wilkinson was born in 1865 in […]