Davis Odd Fellows Bingo Enters 8th Year

Davis Encampment At BingoThe Davis Lodge #169 Bingo Committee is entering its 8th year hosting live Bingo for the community. The Lodge Bingo Committee presents Bingo every month on the second Sunday, doors opening at 12 noon and Bingo beginning at 1 p.m., usually running till 4 p.m. Typically 60-90 members of the public travel to the Davis Lodge Hall to play Bingo. Winners of each game receive cash, up to $250 in the final “blackout” Bingo game.

In addition to the cash prizes to winners, the Davis Lodge Bingo Committee donates proceeds every month to a community group. Over the course of the year, the committee donates over $8,000 to these charitable and community groups, making it one of the major ways the Lodge supports the community.

Davis Bingo was the idea of long-time Lodge member Dave Rosenberg, who implemented it when he served as Noble Grand. Over the past seven years, it is estimated that Davis Bingo has contributed well over $50,000 to the community, plus afforded community members many hours of bingo fun. Davis Bingo has also developed a loyal following of players.

In addition to Bingo, the committee presents free door prizes to the players, instant win pull-tab games are available, and the committee runs a snack bar for participants.

Bingo at the Davis Lodge was approved, pursuant to the California statutory framework, by the Davis City Council. The Davis Lodge is the only entity in Davis permitted by law to operate real bingo with cash prizes.

Active members of the Bingo Committee include co-chairs Salie Yin and Eric Davis, and members Lea and Dave Rosenberg, Penny Smith, Melinda Hillis, Diana Schmiegel, Stewart Savage, Heather Barnes, John-Paul Montreuil, Janis Samms, Jeff Oblinger, Rick Gonzales, Crystal Junge, Diane Steele, and Robert Dick.

KDRT Benefit Concert at the Davis Odd Fellows Lodge

KDRTBenefitConcert20140711On July 11, the Music & Concerts Committee (co-sponsored by the Community Support Committee) hosted a show at the Odd Fellows Lodge as a benefit for our local radio station – KDRT. Over 150 patrons enjoyed a show featuring numerous local artists.

Juelie and Kurt Roggli are instrumental in these concerts at the Lodge. The Music & Concerts Committee is chaired by Bob Bockwinkel.


Lea Rosenberg Elected as Noble Grand

LeaRosenberg20140628Long-time Davis resident Lea Rosenberg was unanimously elected Noble Grand (President) of the Davis Odd Fellows Lodge last evening. Rosenberg has been a member of the Davis Odd Fellows for 10 years and holds all degrees of Odd Fellowship. She recently served as Vice Grand (Vice President) of the Lodge and is also active in the community serving as President-elect of the Soroptimist International of Davis, as a Board member and Past President of University Farm Circle, and as a Board member of the Yolo County SPCA, and as Vice Grand of the Davis Rebekah Lodge. Rosenberg previously was selected as Davis Citizen of the Year, and in several past newspaper polls of readers, has been chosen as the Most Active Community Volunteer.

“It’s an honor and a privilege to serve as the leader of this active Lodge,” said Rosenberg. “As Noble Grand, I will make sure we continue to focus on community support and good works in this County. The Davis Lodge – currently with 220 members – is the most active and fastest-growing Odd Fellows Lodge in the United States.”

The Davis Odd Fellows are actively involved in the community of Davis and Yolo County. Davis Odd Fellows host several annual events including Breakfast with Santa, Breakfast with the Bunny, A Taste of Davis, and the Picnic Day Pancake Breakfast. The Davis Odd Fellows raised money for schools and set a Guinness World Record with the world’s longest bicycle parade. The Lodge hosted the “DogtoberFest” which raised funds for the local K-9 program. The Davis Lodge hosts monthly (First Thursday Live) free music for the community at Lodge, as well as monthly Bingo (Second Sunday Bingo) benefiting community groups. Numerous co-hosted events are planned at the Lodge to benefit local charities and community-serving groups throughout the year. The Davis Lodge and members recently provided $5,000 to the Yolo Crisis Nursery.

The Davis Odd Fellows are a fraternal order including both men and women – members range in age from 17 to 77. The Davis Lodge was chartered in 1870 and is the oldest continuously operating private entity in the city limits of Davis. It is often known as the “Three Links Fraternity” based on its 3-links symbol signifying friendship, love and truth. Odd Fellowship was founded in England in the 18th Century, and came to the United States in the early 19th Century. The Davis Lodge Hall, built in 1955, is located at 415 Second Street, in Downtown Davis.

Other elected officers of the Lodge are Secretary Alekka Fullerton, an attorney specializing in family law, Treasurer Penny Smith, a professional bookkeeper, and Financial Secretary Duff Devine, an insurance broker with Devine Insurance. Trustees of the Lodge are Dave Reed, a Judge, Bob Bockwinkel, a realtor, and Dave Rosenberg, a Judge.

More information on the Davis Lodge can be found at www.davislodge.org.

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Canton Davis #7 Visits San Francisco Lodge

Canton Davis #7 led a group of Odd Fellows, Canton members and Pledges to a visit to the historic San Francisco Lodge, and a wonderful lunch at a Brazilian restaurant in the City. Attending were Arun Sen, Bob Bockwinkel, Juelie and Kurt Roggli, Lea and Dave Rosenberg, Sheryl Cambron, James Bledsoe, Irene Fecht and Pledge Shannon McCall. The visit to the Odd Fellows Museum, alone, was well worth the trip. And the lunch was fabulous. Another trip to San Francisco to visit the historic Lodge will be organized in the near future.