The Independent Order of Odd Fellows (I.O.O.F) Ocean View Lodge #143 has been performing benevolent work in the area…More since 1865. This fraternal society has played a big role in the history of Half Moon Bay. It was responsible for the incorporation of the city and formed the original city council. It also created the first city park, the first low-cost senior housing facility and one of the first cemeteries. The I.O.O.F. is also responsible for one of the most distinctive looking buildings on Main Street. The historic Odd Fellows Building is hard to miss with a large eyeball on near the top and a mysterious sign with only the three-linked letters: F.L.T.
The lodge has meetings on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month for planning charity work and fraternizing with fellow members. Some of the organizations the I.O.O.F. sponsors are the S.O.S. Challenge, the Educational Foundation, Living Legacy Program, Remembering Our War Heroes, United Nations Educational Program for Youth and the Tournament of Roses Parade, as well as many other local charities.
The Pilarcitos Rebekah Lodge #286 also meets in the Odd Fellows Building on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of each month.