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SOUTH RIVER—In our busy everyday lives, it’s easy to just live through our days and never relate or even care that others may need us.  There is a group that does care, and works very hard to aid those in need.  That group is the Independent Order of Odd Fellows.

Dan Lefever from South River decided to dedicate part of his life to the group after retiring from the New Brunswick Police Department.  This past June, he was elected Grand Master of the Jurisdiction of New Jersey, the highest jurisdictional rank. Lefever selected Rhonda’s Club as his charity project, concurring with Rhonda’s Club vision that all gynecologic cancers will be diagnosed at early stages, and women will have access to quality medical information and care and ultimately, a cure.

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In addition to their work for Rhonda’s Club, The Odd Fellows have raised funds to aid the Arthritis Foundation, Living Legacy Tree Program, United Nation Pilgrimage For Youth, Gift of Life Organ Donor Program and many more along the way.

Odd Fellows meet in lodges throughout the state once or more each month to plan events for those in need.  Funds are raised in a variety of ways, from simple coin drops, pancake breakfasts, spaghetti dinners, food/clothing/book drives, and dinner dances.  Their next challenge will be on Sept. 24 when they will hold a golf outing to aid the family of Victoria Leem who was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia.  If you would like to golf at Peddie Golf Course or donate to this cause, call Lefever at 1-732-266-4831.

The Odd Fellows are enjoying an increase in membership as more people are looking for ways to help those in need. Lefever has been a critical element in the renaissance of Odd Fellowship in New Jersey. A testimonial dinner is planned in his honor.

The men, women, and youth that comprise Odd Fellowship have shared beliefs and values.  They believe that friendship, love, and truth are basic guidelines to be practiced daily.  They firmly believe that their work with those sick or in distress can make a difference in the lives of people throughout the world.

The rich and deep history of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows began in 18th Century England.  It was deemed “odd” to find people organized for the purpose of giving aid to those in need.  From those humble roots, the organization has grown.  They are now in 26 countries covering three continents.  They seek neither rewards nor recognition, but are driven by their altruistic desire to extend the hand of friendship, especially to those who are suffering.  After all these years they continue to ask, “What’s so ‘odd’ about helping others?”


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