About Odd Fellows
As an organization, the Independent Order of Odd Fellows aims to provide a framework that promotes personal and social development. Lodge degrees and activities aim to improve and elevate every person to a higher, nobler plane; to extend sympathy and to aid 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. Lodges also provide an international social network of brothers and sisters that extends to more than 26 countries worldwide. If traveling is an interest, membership can provide a valuable network that will very much welcome an international visitor, and assist in their enterprises, and certainly their travels wherever possible.
Starting almost 150 years ago in Victoria, the Independent Order of Odd Fellows began as an organization dedicated to the well being of others. Through the honorable values of Friendship, Love and Truth, the Odd Fellows strive to “visit the sick, bury the dead, relieve the distressed and educate the orphan”. Our fundraising revolves around these foundational tenants.
The Bastion IV Lodge has been in existence since 2013 in Victoria, BC. Since then, our Lodge has taken great pride in supporting the community with events to help those in need; namely children & youth, seniors and a multitude of women's and housing charities.
Our projects and events are created and run by committees of engaged members. They drive fundraising efforts forward with the understanding that our 40 plus active membership will support every cause with both labour and financial donations. We are also blessed to have at our disposal a beautiful, spacious historical facility in the heart of downtown which lends itself to our hosting many types of events throughout the year.