I became a member of this Lodge in 2014. Merrick Lodge 31 was established in 1856, and has been a resounding voice of humanity in the last one and a half centuries. In 1899, Merrick Lodge, then located on Short street in front of the Skuller clock post, hosted the Kentucky Equal Rights Association Convention.
But Merrick Lodge was not the only lodge in Lexington with the Odd Fellows' three links over the door. At the time, Merrick was the 3rd Lodge to call Lexington home, and another 3 lodges would start as Lexington grew. By 1900, there were 240 Odd fellows in Lexington, and over 100 in Merrick Lodge membership alone.
Now located on Winchester Rd, Merrick Lodge is now the last remaining, active Odd Fellows Lodge in Lexington. Whether helping Ronald McDonald House of the Bluegrass, collecting toys for Toys for Tots, delivering drinking water to Inez, KY, or sponsoring events for Love Must Win out of Cincinnati, we want to shine the light of Friendship, Love , and Truth, as we work with other charity organizations, and bring benevolence back.
We are Odd Fellows.
"No one ever made a difference being like everyone else."~ PT Barnum, Showman and Odd Fellow