Auxiliary (fraternal orders)

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In fraternal orders an auxiliary is typically a female "sister" organizations for all-male orders. There are also youth auxiliaries for those who are too young to be members in their own right. These groups have historically served to remove wives objections that their husbands are away with a group that excludes them and it often creates a free labor pool for administrative and organizing affairs.[1]


Some notable auxiliaries include


The American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association or AHEPA, has three auxiliaries[2]


The Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks banned auxiliaries and side degrees in 1907, but unofficial female and youth auxiliaries have still been founded at the local level. Furthermore, female auxiliaries are recognized by the Elks of Canada and the African-American Improved Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks of the World[3]





  • Aktion Club - for people with disabilities
  • Kiwaniannes - former female auxiliary of the Kiwanis, before women were allowed into the main club in 1987. Some still exist at local level

Youth and schools[edit]

Knights of Columbus[edit]


Odd fellows[edit]


Other groups[edit]


  1. ^ Alan Axelrod International Encyclopedia of Secret Societies and Fraternal Orders New York; Facts on File, inc 1997 p.26
  2. ^ Axelrod p.4
  3. ^ Axelrod pp.76-7
  4. ^ Axelrod pp.76-7
  5. ^ Axelrod p.77
  6. ^ Axelrod p.77
  7. ^ Axelrod p.77
  8. ^ Axelrod p.76
  9. ^ Axelrod p.77
  10. ^ Preuss p.207
  11. ^ Axelrod p.11
  12. ^ Preuss p.110
  13. ^ Axelrod p.183
  14. ^ Axelrod p.183
  15. ^ Axelrod p.217
  16. ^ Axelrod p.264
  17. ^ Axelrod p.265
  18. ^ Axelrod p.175

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