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The Three Links Odd Cast is an exploration of and discussion about issues in Odd Fellowship for members of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. It provides a fun, light-hearted look at the history, traditions, customs, and practices of Odd Fellowship as well as an examination of where the fraternal order is today. NOTE: there will be *NO* discussion of The Unwritten Work or any of the signs, grips, or passwords of Odd Fellowship.

The Three Links Odd Cast Toby Hanson, Ainslie Heilich, Mike Duminiak

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.8 • 11 Ratings

The Three Links Odd Cast is an exploration of and discussion about issues in Odd Fellowship for members of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. It provides a fun, light-hearted look at the history, traditions, customs, and practices of Odd Fellowship as well as an examination of where the fraternal order is today. NOTE: there will be *NO* discussion of The Unwritten Work or any of the signs, grips, or passwords of Odd Fellowship.

    Our Own Spaces

    Our Own Spaces

    At its beginning, Odd Fellowship was just for men (though some groups of Odd Fellows retain that tradition).  In 2001 the Independent Order opened up membership to women.  Since that time, women have risen to the highest ranks in Odd Fellowship, including our current Sovereign Grand Master.  There are some lodges, however, that still maintain a (mostly) single-gender membership.  Brother Roger Sitton, PG of Waxahachie #80 and Savannah Williams, PNG of Waxahachie Rebekah Lodge #381 join us to talk about their respective lodges and how having groups primarily for men and women benefits each of them.  Their perspectives both give a crucial insight into the value of having single-gender spaces.  The lodge Shoutout goes to Wheeling #9 of West Virginia, celebrating their 175th anniversary.  In the Odd Podge, Mike reps AMOS and LOTO, Savannah shares the Odd Fest coming to Waxahachie, Ainslie talks about his visit to the Montana Odd Fellows Museum, Roger tells us of his new dog Emmett (named after beloved Waxa member Horace Bratcher), and Toby hatches a plan to visit Texas next March for the National Accordion Association Convention and the Texas Grand Sessions.

    • 1 hr 58 min
    Reinstating Non-Profit Status

    Reinstating Non-Profit Status

    We've all been there—years of neglect to important lodge business has left a huge mess behind and we've just walked into that void of neglect.  That happened to Brother Jack Crispin Cain of Upper Lake Lodge #241 in California several years ago when he started looking into the lodge finances and discovered that the lodge had lost its non-profit status.  Being a clever and resourceful person, he was able to get their non-profit status reinstated.  He shares his experiences with that process and reassures us that it's an approachable project for any enterprising member.  It's important to remember that laws governing non-profits vary between jurisdictions so, while this is an accurate account of Bro. Cain's experience, it may not be the same for every lodge.  The Shoutout goes to Centennial Lodge #341 in Washington for their efforts to sponsor and help resettle a Ukrainian refugee family.  For the Odd Podge, Toby shares the Exploring Washington State podcast episode (hosted by a brother Odd Fellow) about Petosa Accordions' centennial.  For his Odd Podge, Ainslie gives a preview of his upcoming trip to Montana and desire to visit the Montana Odd Fellows Museum.  Mike talks about some of the new items for sale through the Sovereign Grand Lodge, including two new Christmas ornaments and Jack commends his lodge brother who just returned from a European tour with his punk rock band.

    • 1 hr 22 min
    Odd Fellowship i Sverige

    Odd Fellowship i Sverige

    On a dark, rainy September evening in Sweden, a young man stood on a curb as a nondescript sedan pulled over to meet him.  The rear door opened and he was beckoned into the car.  Inside were three gentlemen, all in dark suits.  While this sounds like it could be the beginning of a spy thriller novel, it was actually the beginning of the journey into Odd Fellowship for our guest, Brother Torbjörn Andersson of Tibro, Sweden.  Brother Andersson was kind enough to join us to talk about his experiences as a Swedish Odd Fellow and give us an overview of the way the Order functions in Sweden.  Along the way we learn that Toby can't count in Danish, The Swedish Chef (of Muppet Show fame) was not actually speaking Swedish, and Sweden has no Patriarchs Militant.  The Shoutout goes to the Grand Lodge of New Mexico for their brilliant and innovative plan to sponsor an Odd Fellows hot air balloon.  In the Odd Podge, Toby was recognized on a flight to Chicago, Ainslie got a phone call from a prospective member who saw him on YouTube and is interested in joining the Order, and Torbjörn is planning to visit the centennial of the lodge in Lidköping this coming October.

    • 1 hr 44 min
    Should We Pitch Our Tent?

    Should We Pitch Our Tent?

    We had to call another audible at the line of scrimmage as our scheduled guest was out sick this episode.  With Sovereign Grand Lodge right around the corner we decided to discuss the Encampment branch of Odd Fellowship.  Once a vibrant and vital part of the Order, in many places it has atrophied to the point of irrelevance.  Toby, Ainslie, and Mike discuss whether it makes more sense to put an end to the Encampment branch and let it be remembered fondly from its glory days or whether it has a role to play in the Odd Fellowship of the future.  In keeping with the Encampment theme, the Shoutout this episode goes to the Grand Encampment of Oregon for their wonderful charitable project of collecting socks for the less fortunate.  In the Odd Podge, Toby tells about a new member who joined the Discord server (and Odd Fellowship) because of the podcast, Ainslie announces the launch of our new YouTube channel, and Mike talks about his impending appearance at the West Virginia Encampment Fish Fry (even though he doesn't like fish).

    • 1 hr 23 min
    Our Mentors

    Our Mentors

    Technical issues prevented us from interviewing our scheduled guest so, being resourceful Odd Fellows, we called an audible at the line of scrimmage and decided to talk about our mentors in Odd Fellowship.  Mentorship is an important part of any organization, and especially so in our Order.  There's much to do as an Odd Fellow and it can take years to get everything down.  Each of us has had some very special members who have provided wisdom and guidance over the years  and this is our opportunity to share our appreciation.  Mike demands the correct answer to the trivia question from the Second Anniversary episode and the shoutout goes to yet *another* new lodge, Bradshaw #469 in West Virginia.  In the Odd Podge, Toby tells the story of how a couple of his articles at The Heart In Hand Blog may have attracted a new member for Washington, Ainslie serves up the details about his most recent basic cable TV appearance showcasing Odd Fellowship, and Mike shares his visit to Point Pleasant Lodge #33 in West Virginia and offers up some suggestions for how the lodge can capitalize on the town's most famous resident, Mothman.

    • 1 hr 16 min
    Anniversary Spectacular 2: Electric Boogaloo

    Anniversary Spectacular 2: Electric Boogaloo

    July 2022 represents two years of podcasting for the Three Links Odd Cast and we are all very excited to commemorate this achievement with a celebratory episode.  As part of the celebration, we announce a new cohost, Brother Mike Duminiak of West Virginia, who had previously been a guest on the episodes about the Patriarchs Militant branch and the Freemasons.  Together, the three co-hosts discuss favorite episodes and moments from the two years of podcasting.  For Ainslie, it's the episode with fellow tattoo artist Brother Shayne Simmons.  For Mike, it's his episode about the Patriarchs Militant.  For Toby, it's the episode with eminent Canadian economist Herb Emery.  Stats about downloads abound in this episode as Toby shares some of the numbers.  There's even a trivia question with a chance to win one of the podcast's new stickers (you'll have to listen to find the question).  The Shoutout goes to Ocean View Lodge #143 of Half Moon Bay, California for their efforts to help promote the Three Links Odd Cast.  In the Odd Podge, Toby rants about college football realignment (hint: he's not a fan), Ainslie talks about a shade tree in the local dog park donated by a Rebekah lodge, and Mike teases his new organization, The Mariners (no, not Toby's beloved Seattle Mariners).  

    • 1 hr 39 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
11 Ratings

11 Ratings

HGMIV ,

Giving Odd Fellows the recognition they deserve

I look forward to this broadcast every week. The topics covered so far are important and informative, and are presented in an amusing and self-deprecating way. It also presents facts tidbits about Odd Fellowship that are interesting to non-members and members alike. Keep it up, Brothers and Sisters!

Wil Lemuel ,

Great Work!

This podcast has become a source of pride for me as an Odd Fellow. This is a great window for those interested in learning about the current state of the Order. The hosts are very knowledgeable and have done a great job bringing in guests from all over.

supermas ,

Good start…

Episode one was a good start. Interested in seeing how the next few will go now that the group has introduced themselves. One shocking takeaway is how lax lodges can be in regards to those interested in joining. Makes one wonder, how many potential members have been lost because of a lack of follow-up or proper communication chain.

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