In the Photo

  • Members of Odd Fellows Columbia Lodge No. 2 receiving their Outstanding Philanthropic Service Club Award in 2013.
A Little About Us

Starting almost 150 years ago in Victoria, the Independent Order of Odd Fellows - Columbia Lodge No. 2 is 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 Odd Fellows Columbia Lodge has been in existence since 1874 in Victoria, BC. Since then, the Lodge has taken great pride in supporting the leading community events in support of those in need within our community; namely children, seniors and a multitude of health-awareness charities. In fact, if you were to review the financial support provided over the past 150 years – most charities in Victoria would have received funds from the Odd Fellows at one point or another; and all this with volunteers from all walks of life. We structure our projects such that a subcommittee of engaged participants will drive a fundraising effort forward, with the understanding that our 60 plus active membership will support every cause with both labour and financial donations. We are also blessed to have a beautiful, spacious historical facility in the heart of downtown, which lends itself to assisting community events, which we actively support as well. For example, last year the Odd Fellows provided the Victoria Symphony Splash with the use of the Odd Fellows Hall for volunteer training and end of event celebrations. Other events, such as Ghosts of the Plaza, a Victoria Heritage-sponsored theatrical performance, were provided the facility over a one-month period to stage their rehearsals and performances. Numerous other fundraising activities take place at the Lodge under the stewardship of members and their connections. Their work earned them the “Outstanding Philanthropic Service Club Award” in 2013.