- See also: Fraternities and sororities and Service club
A fraternal organization, sometimes also known as a "fraternity", is an organization or club that represents the relationship between its members as akin to brotherhood. Fraternities and sororities (from the Latin words la frater and la soror, meaning "brother" and "sister" respectively are fraternal A service club or service organization is a voluntary Non-profit organization where members meet regularly to perform charitable works either An organization (or organisation &mdash see spelling differences) is a social arrangement which pursues collective goals which controls its own performance and A club is an association of people united by a common interest or goal There is a great deal of overlap between the terms "friendly society" and fraternal organization. A friendly society (sometimes called a mutual society, benevolent society or fraternal organization) is a mutual association for insurance-like Most mystical organizations are also fraternal.
What follows is a list of contemporary fraternities.
- Survey of Secret Societies and Museum of Fraternal Lithographs Survey of history and ritual covering diverse organizations including Freemasonry, and groups that have imitated Masonry such as the Odd Fellows, Knights of Pythias, Improved Order of Red Men, Knights of the Golden Eagle, Knights of the Maccabees, B'nai B'rith, Orange Order, Royal Black Preceptory, Hibernians, Greek Letter Fraternities, etc. The Ancient Mystical Order Rosæ Crucis (AMORC, also called Rosicrucian Order, is a philosophical and humanist worldwide Fraternal organization. The Ancient Order of Hibernians ( AOH) is an Irish-Catholic Fraternal organization. The Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks ( BPOE; also often known as the Elks Lodge or simply The Elks) is an American Fraternal order and The Independent Order of B'nai B'rith ( IPA: /bəneɪ 'brɪθ/ Hebrew: בני ברית "Sons of the Covenant " is the oldest continually-operating A charitable trust is a trust established for charitable purposes and is a more specific term than " charitable organisation " Civitan International is an association of community Service clubs founded in 1917 The International Concatenated Order of Hoo-Hoo Incorporated is a fraternal and service organization whose members are involved in the forests products industry The Ancient and Honorable Order of E Clampus Vitus (ECV is a fraternal organization dedicated to the study and preservation of Western Epsilon Sigma Alpha International is a non-collegiate service organization for women and men ages 18 and older The Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem is a Catholic Chivalric order of Knighthood that traces its roots to Godfrey of Bouillon Fraternal Forestry is a term for a movement of Fraternal organizations (or friendly societies) marked by a confusing history of merger separation and charitable activity Fraternal Order of Eagles International ( FOE) is a Fraternal organization that was founded on February 6, 1898, in Seattle Washington The Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry (the Northern Masonic Jurisdiction in the United States often omits the and) commonly known as simply the The term York Rite is a term most often used in the United States of America to refer to a collection of Masonic degrees that in most other countries are conferred separately The Ancient Arabic Order of the Nobles of the Mystic Shrine, commonly known as Shriners and abbreviated A The Order of the Eastern Star is the largest Fraternal organization in the world that both men and women can join There are various Orders of Odd Fellows world wide this article is about the North American organization and fellowship "Illuminata" redirects here For the 1998 John Turturro film see Illuminata (film. The International Imperial Court System (IICS is one of the oldest and largest predominantly Gay organizations in the world There are various Orders of Odd Fellows world wide this article is about the North American organization and fellowship The International Order of Twelve Knights and Daughters of Tabor is a black Fraternal organization best known as the sponsor of the Taborian Hospital. Junior Chamber International ( JCI) is a worldwide federation of young leaders and Entrepreneurs. The United States Junior Chamber ( JCs or more commonly Jaycees) is a leadership training and civic organization for people between the ages of 18 and 40 Kiwanis International is a global organization of volunteers headquartered in Indianapolis Indiana. Circle K International ( CKI) is an international collegiate Service organization associated with Kiwanis International. Key Club International is the oldest and largest service program for high school students Kiwanis International is a global organization of volunteers headquartered in Indianapolis Indiana. Kiwanis International is a global organization of volunteers headquartered in Indianapolis Indiana. Kiwanis International is a global organization of volunteers headquartered in Indianapolis Indiana. The Knights of Columbus is the world's largest Catholic fraternal service organization The Columbian Squires is an international youth fraternity run by the Knights of Columbus for Catholic boys between the ages of 10 and 18 The Knights of Pythias is a fraternal organization and Secret society founded at Washington DC on 19 February, 1864. Lions Clubs International (LCI is the world's largest Secular service organization with over 44500 clubs and more than 1 The Militia Templi - Christi Pauperum Militum Ordo is a lay order of the Roman Catholic Church. Optimist International, commonly called Optimist Clubs is an international Service club organization with 3200 clubs and over 103000 members in 200 countries around the The Orange Institution, more commonly known as the Orange Order or the Orange Lodge, is a Protestant fraternal organisation based predominantly The Order of the Golden Spur, formerly known as the Order of the Golden Militia, is a papal Order of chivalry conferred upon those who have rendered The Order of Pius IX (referred to also as the Pian Order or the Ordine Piano) is a Papal Order of knighthood founded on 17 June 1847 The Pontifical Equestrian Order of St Gregory the Great was established on September 1, 1831 by Pope Gregory XVI, seven months after his election Ordo Templi Orientis (OTO ( Order of the Temple of the East, or the Order of Oriental Templars) is an international fraternal and Religious History Founding Phi Beta Kappa was the first Greek letter organization founded in the United States when it was created on December 5 1776 at the College The International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement is an International humanitarian movement with approximately 97 million volunteers worldwide who stated The Rosicrucian Fellowship - "An International Association of Christian Mystics" - was founded in 1909/11 by Max Heindel as herald of the Aquarian Age Rotary International is an organization of Service clubs known as Rotary Clubs located all over the world The Round Table is a friendship organisation founded in Norwich England, in 1927. Ruritan National is a Service club located in small towns and rural areas in the United States. Sertoma International is an international organization of Service clubs founded on 1912 Founded in 1921 Soroptimist ( "best for women") is an international volunteer organization for business and professional women who work to improve the lives of women The Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of St John of Jerusalem or Order of St John is a British -based royal order of Chivalry, and is Woodmen of the World is a Fraternal organization based in downtown Omaha, Nebraska, United States that operates a large privately Zonta International is an international service organization founded in Buffalo New York in 1919 with the mission of advancing the status of women The Royal Antediluvian Order of Buffaloes is a social and benevolent fraternal organisation open to men For a topic outline on this subject see List of basic Australia topics. Country to "Dominion of Canada" or "Canadian Federation" or anything else please read the Talk Page AKO Fraternity, (also known as AKO or Alpha Kai Omega was formed in 1929 by seven students from the Walkerville-Windsor Technical School in Windsor, Ontario Fraternal Forestry is a term for a movement of Fraternal organizations (or friendly societies) marked by a confusing history of merger separation and charitable activity Fraternal Order of Eagles International ( FOE) is a Fraternal organization that was founded on February 6, 1898, in Seattle Washington The Knights of Pythias is a fraternal organization and Secret society founded at Washington DC on 19 February, 1864. The Republic of South Africa (also known by other official names) is a country located at the southern tip of the continent of Africa This page refers to the Afrikaner Broederbond For its later incarnation see Afrikanerbond. The European Union ( EU) is a political and economic union of twenty-seven member states, located primarily in The name Oddfellows refers to a number of friendly societies operating in the United Kingdom. The Orange Institution, more commonly known as the Orange Order or the Orange Lodge, is a Protestant fraternal organisation based predominantly The Order of Scottish Clans was a fraternal and benevolent society founded in St Order Tutor is a Fraternal organization ( Lodge) based in Aarhus, Denmark. The Grand Order of Water Rats is an entertainment industry charity based in London, England. The United States of America —commonly referred to as the In 1928 Mississippi 's first hospital for black Mississippians - the Afro-American Sons and Daughters Hospital - opened in Yazoo City. The Aid Association for Lutherans was founded in 1902 in Wisconsin as a fraternal benefit society aimed at providing low-cost Life insurance to its members Alpha Phi Omega (commonly known as APO but also ΑΦΩ A-Phi-O and A-Phi-Q is the largest collegiate fraternity in the United States, with chapters at over 350 campuses an Aura's House provides funding for small-scale projects for children around the world involving the provision of schooling housing clean water and household items The Chautauqua Institution is a non-profit adult education center and summer resort located on 750 acres (3 km² in Chautauqua New York, 17 miles (27 km northwest of Fraternal Order of Eagles International ( FOE) is a Fraternal organization that was founded on February 6, 1898, in Seattle Washington Fraternal Order Orioles is a social and charitable organization that was founded in August 1910 Gamma Phi Beta ( ΓΦΒ) is an international Sorority that was founded on November 11 1874 at Syracuse University in Syracuse, New Gamma Sigma Sigma (ΓΣΣ is a national service Sorority founded in October 1952 at Beekman Tower in New York City. The Improved Order of Red Men is a fraternal organization established in Baltimore Maryland in 1834. The Knights of Columbus is the world's largest Catholic fraternal service organization The Knights of Peter Claver Inc and Ladies Auxiliary is the largest African-American Lay Catholic organization The Knights of Pythias is a fraternal organization and Secret society founded at Washington DC on 19 February, 1864. The Knights of the Golden Eagle is a Fraternal organization founded in 1873 The Knights of the Maccabees was a Fraternal organization formed in 1878 in London Ontario, Canada. Moose International is a fraternal and service organization founded in 1888 consisting of the Loyal Order of Moose, with nearly 1 million men in roughly 2000 Lodges in all ( Malayalee Engineers Association in North America is a Non-profit, Non-political fellowship of Malayalee Engineers " You are not to act as mere drivers but as advisors you are servants not masters " The National Haymakers' Association was a side degree of the Improved The Native Sons of the Golden West is a charitable and Fraternal organization founded in 1875 to promote the history and lore of the early days of the state of Omega Phi Alpha (OPA O-Phi-A or ΩΦΑ is an American national service Sorority. The Order of Heptasophs was a fraternal organization established in New Orleans Louisiana in April 1852 The Improved Order of Heptasophs is a Fraternal Organization established in 1878 when its founding members split from the Order of Heptasophs in a dispute over offering The National Grange of the Order of Patrons of Husbandry also simply styled the Grange is a fraternal organization for American farmers that encouraged farm families The Order of the Arrow ( OA) is the national Honor society of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA The Boy Scouts of America ( BSA) is the largest youth organization in the United States with over five million The Order of Scottish Clans was a fraternal and benevolent society founded in St The Order Sons of Italy in America ( Italian: Ordine Figli d’Italia in America, OSIA is the largest and oldest Italian American fraternal organization Sons of Norway is a Fraternal organization representing people of Norwegian heritage in the United States and Canada. Sons of Confederate Veterans ( SCV) is an organization The National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution ( SAR) is a Louisville Kentucky -based Fraternal organization in the United States Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War (SUVCW is an American fraternal organization, the legal successor to the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR Thrivent Financial for Lutherans (ˈθraɪvənt "THRIVE-int" is a Fortune 500 financial services organization with dual corporate headquarters based in Minneapolis Unico National is a Service organization of Italian-Americans established in Waterbury CT in 1922 to "engage in charitable works support higher education The '''United States Power Squadrons''' (or USPS is a Non-profit educational organization founded in 1914 whose mission is to improve maritime safety and enjoyability through Woodmen of the World is a Fraternal organization based in downtown Omaha, Nebraska, United States that operates a large privately Tau Gamma Phi also known as the Triskelions' Grand Fraternity, is a fraternity founded at the University of the Philippines Diliman on October 4, Tau Gamma Sigma also known as the Triskelion Grand Sorority, is a sorority founded at the premier state run and owned educational institution in the Philippines the Alpha Phi Omega (commonly known as APO but also ΑΦΩ A-Phi-O and A-Phi-Q is the largest collegiate fraternity in the United States, with chapters at over 350 campuses an Artists' Circle Fraternity trivia The Fraternity effectively served Phi Beta Epsilon traces its humble beginnings on 28 September, 1947 at Central Philippines University (CPU where mathematician Dean Juan Sornito and Engineer Celestino Upsilon Phi Sigma (YΦΣ commonly known as UPS is a National Inter-University and Collegiate Fraternity and Sorority with 164 active chapters History Gamma Phi Omicron (ΓΦΟ aka GAPHO was founded in 1965 and legalized/recognized on 1966 by the Philippines. and so-called magical fraternities such as the Ordo Templi Orientis and Aurum Solis.
- Complete listing of all secret society, fraternal organizations and fraternal orders with abbreviations, with slogans and mottoes
- The Web of Hiram A Site dealing with Freemasonry at Bradford University.
- World Orders of Knighthood and Merit
- Catholic Encyclopedia entry for Military Orders
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