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Hal Mansfield was rcently elected as the Colorado Grand Master at the 145th Grand Lodge session of the State of Colorado Independent Order of Odd Fellows. Mansfield will have 25 plus lodges to oversee here in Colorado. Mansfield says, “This election is a huge honor. It has been a long time since someone in Northern Colorado held this position, let alone from Loveland.”
The Independent Order of Odd Fellows (IOOF) is a non-profit international community service organization. Odd Fellows is in 26 countries with 10,000 lodges and over a million members. The organization is a major funder of the Arthritis Foundation for research, John Hopkins eye research, orphanages, scholarships, low cost elderly living centers and a host more.
Locally, the Odd Fellows run the senior living centers, Big Thompson Manors, the Free Tutor Center, Christmas party for at risk children, food drives and many other events. They also run the Majestic Gathering Center and the Majestic Opera House.
Odd Fellows was the first fraternal organization in Loveland (1887). You can see their historical items on display in the Loveland Museum and on tours given at the Historical Majestic Opera House. For more information about the Odd Fellows, their website is www.ioof.org