List of general fraternities

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A fraternity or fraternal organization is an organized society of men associated together in an environment of companionship and brotherhood; dedicated to the intellectual, physical, and social development of its members.

Service clubs, lineage societies, and secret societies are among the fraternal organizations here listed.

College fraternities and sororities appear in the List of social fraternities and sororities.

International[edit]

Fraternal orders[edit]

E Clampus Vitus[edit]

Foresters[edit]

Freemasonry[edit]

Odd Fellows[edit]

Other fraternal orders[edit]

Fraternal service organisations[edit]

Australia[edit]

Fraternities or lodges were an important part of Australian society in the 19th and the first half of the 20th century. After the Second World War, they were gradually replaced by "service clubs", such as Lions, Apex and Rotary. By the end of the 20th century, most fraternities had been wound up except for the Freemasons and a few lodges of the Buffaloes. Many fraternities also offered insurance to their members and as membership declined, these operations were either combined with other non profit insurance companies or sold with the proceeds being distributed to charitable causes.

The reasons for their decline probably have something to do with their male only membership, generational change and bemusement at secretive rites and rituals. All fraternities had different rules and rites, but they all appear to have been complex. The service clubs that succeeded the fraternities also operated as social networks and did fairly similar charitable work. No general history has been written, but some of the many lodges that operated in the state of Victoria were:

Of course in those sectarian times, there had to be two different lodges for those of Irish ancestry:

Canada[edit]

Europe[edit]

Denmark[edit]

Sweden[edit]

United Kingdom[edit]

South Africa[edit]

United States[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Elks lodges in the Philippines and the Canal Zone were founded while those areas were United States territories and/or possessions. Those lodges are still in operation and recognized by the Grand Lodge. United States citizenship is still required for membership in those lodges.

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