Noble Grand Report #83

The Davis Odd Fellows Lodge welcomes Noble Grand For 2016 – Jean-Paul Montreuil

 

Dear Odd Fellows and Pledges,

Sweet! Now it’s my turn to write stuff!

The first thing I would like to say is thank you all again for this opportunity to serve as your Noble Grand. Also, thank you again to Past Grand Lea Rosenberg for her tenure as NG last year.
This NG report is something Past Grand Bob Schelen started in an effort to keep communication flowing among our membership, and I’m happy to keep it going. With hundreds of members, a constant flow of brave pledges, and over 40 active committees, effective communication is an important factor to the performance of our busy lodge. Please let me know if you didn’t get this email.
Finally, I’ll be happy to include any committee’s events in this report. Please send me a brief blurb in the same format as the items below and I’ll hook you up!

1. Our Installation & Awards Dinner. Over 80 Odd Fellows, Pledges and guests attended a dinner in the Upper Hall of the Lodge, and the Installation Ceremony was conducted by Grand Master of California Odd Fellows Dave Rosenberg and Grand Warden of California Odd Fellows Dave Reed (and an awesome job they did too!). New officers were installed: Noble Grand Jean-Paul Montreuil, Vice Grand Stewart Savage, Secretary Jim Smith, Treasurer Janis Rosenberg, and Financial Secretary Duff Devine. Appointed Officers were installed into office, and many of our outstanding members were presented with merit jewels and awards. Look for the whole story soon to be published on www.davislodge.org.

2. Bingo for Team Davis. Second Sunday Bingo on January 10, 2016 benefited Team Davis. An amazing crowd of players started the bingo year off on a high with 111 people in attendance and earning $1,287! The next bingo event will be February 14, 2016 benefiting Davis High School Madrigals.

3. Club Night at the Lodge This Thursday. Club Night at the Lodge- every Thursday from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Lodge, Lower Hall. A great social time for members, pledges and guests. Chicken tacos and more will be available for $7 for those who wish to have dinner at the Lodge. Also, enjoy the big screen TV, the full bar, puzzles and table games, socializing with members and guests, and TRIVIA NIGHT! Presented by the Good Fellowship Committee.

4. Odd Fellows Classic Film Committee Continues. The Odd Fellows Classic Film Committee has scheduled the next series of classic films, at screenings open to the public. Movie reviewer and critic Derrick Bang will give you the back-story for each film. The next series will screen classic Hollywood screwball comedies, featuring Cary Grant: Topper, Bringing Up Baby, and His Girl Friday. Reserve the dates, all Sunday evenings: January 24 (Topper), January 31 (Bringing Up Baby), and February 7 (His Girl Friday). Doors open each Sunday at 6:29 p.m. and the film starts rolling at 7:01 p.m. (odd times, of course). The shows are all free of charge and open to all ages. Donations are welcome. We also feature a full no-host bar for your pleasure. Popcorn is free and plentiful.
5. Music Committee Presents: Dark Side of the Rainbow. Also known as The Wizard of Floyd, we will be experiencing a pairing of the 1973 Pink Floyd album, The Dark Side of the Moon, with the visual portion of the 1939 film, The Wizard of Oz (muted). This controversial mash-up phenomenon came up in conversation recently among committee members when we discovered a pair of ruby slippers in the office before Thursday Live! We’re curious about to the coincidences Pink Floyd refuses to admit they had anything to do with and it’s time for the Music Committee to remind everyone that there’s No Place Like Rock n’ Roll in the Merry Old Odd Fellows Lodge. Plus, it’s much better to experience these things fraternally with beer and wine. Friday, January 15, from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. (viewing to begin at 7pm sharp!) in the lower hall of the Davis Odd Fellows Lodge. Open to members, pledges and their guests.
6. Odd Theatre Committee Presents: Improv Night. The Odd Theatre Committee would like to invite you to Improv Night at the Lodge! Come and probe your theatrical abilities with us! Games, libations, and an all around fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants good time! 6:00 PM, January 20, 2016 in the Lower Hall. Open to Odd Fellow Members, Pledges, Guests- Those Courageous Enough to Brave the Stage, and Those Shy Enough to Sit Back and Laugh.
7. B Street Theatre Trip. Join the Odd Theatre Committee to Echo Location at the B Street Theatre in Sacramento, February 20th. Make your RSVP with $30 to Ed Lewis before January 20. For more information about the show visit https://bstreettheatre.org/echo-location/

8. Movie Matinee Committee Launches in January. Diane Steele is organizing a “4th Tuesday Matinee Committee” for members and pledges and friends interested in catching a matinee at a Davis movie theater. After the show, participants may gather at a local coffee house, or the new club room at the Lodge, to chat about the film. This new committee launches on Tuesday, January 26, 2016. Contact Diane for details and logistics at steeledome@gmail.com.

9. Odd Bowling Rolls Again on February 6. Bob Dovi, Chair of the Odd Bowling Committee, has set up the net bowling excursion. It will be Saturday, February 6, from 11 to 2 at the Capital Lanes in West Sacramento. Last bowling excursion attracted a lot of Odd Fellows, Pledges and guests. We have one bowler (Tony Pruitt) who bowled a 299! But we have plenty of bowlers who operate at a much lower level – in the 110 to 150 range. Contact Bob if you are interested atbdovi02@yahoo.com.

10, Golfers, Please Note. The Lodge has an Odd Golfing Committee, and it’s looking to set up some foursomes in the near future. For more information, or to sign up as part of the Odd Golfing Committee, contact Charles Filmer at clrfilmer@sbcglobal.net.

11. New Team Heads up Lodge Operations. I leave my post as Noble Grand of the Davis Lodge this week, but I assume a new post as President of the Hall Board Association. The Hall Board is very pleased to announce the new Operations Team for the Lodge Hall, effective January 1. The new Operations Manager is Allison Vickrey and the New Assistant Operations Manager is Jeff Oblinger (Chef Jeff to many of you). Daniela Gutierrez is also helping out in the office as an assistant. One of the new innovations that Allison suggested, adopted by the Hall Board, is that the Conference Room will become a room dedicated to use by our Lodge committees. This should facilitate the needs of our committees.

12. 2016 Lodge Dues are Now Due. Annual dues to be an Odd Fellow are a reasonable $55. 2016 dues are now due to the Financial Secretary Duff Devine. Checks should be payable to “Davis Odd Fellows”. You mail drop your check in Duff’s Lodge mailbox (near the back door) or mail to Financial Secretary Duff Devine, Davis Odd Fellows Lodge, 415 2nd Street, Davis CA 95616. There is also a new option to pay via PayPal! Visit http://davislodge.org/membership-renewal/ to pay online. Be sure to include your name as part of the PayPal order. And thank you! In 2015 we were 100% paid up. Let’s do it again in 2016.
Jean-Paul Montreuil
Noble Grand

Noble Grand Report #82

Dear Odd Fellows and Pledges,

I want to thank the Davis Lodge for giving me the opportunity to serve for the last 18 months as your Noble Grand. This will be my 82nd and final Noble Grand Report, as my term ends on January 9 at the Installation and Awards Dinner. One of the things I tried to do as your Noble Grand was to increase the level of communication to members. I think that the Noble Grand Reports, and Stewart Savage’s excellent website and Facebook page, have done that. I’m also proud of the fact that we continued and expanded our Lodge’s amazing committee structure which have brought us such things as the New Year’s Eve Party, the Odd Needleworkers, Odd Bowling, Odd Golfing, Adopt-a-Highway Committee and lots more. We are getting close to 50 committees – a really unique thing in Odd Fellowship. The most important thing, however, is that Lodge members continue to have fun and continue to do good work in the community.

1. First Lodge Meeting of the New Year. We have our first Lodge meeting of 2016 this coming Saturday, January 9. It is our Second Saturday Breakfast meeting. Breakfast will be served at 8:45 a.m. and the meeting begins at 9:30 a.m. We haven’t met for awhile, so, please try to attend this important 2016 kick-off meeting. We will have sign-up lists available so that you can volunteer to help with Breakfast with the Bunny, a Taste of Davis, the Picnic Day Pancake Breakfast, the Picnic Day Float Committee,and the Davis Chocolate Festival. We also have lots of fun committee reports from our active committees. We will also have an update from Neighbors for Nepal and what we are doing to help re-build a school in that country.

2. RSVP Deadline Tuesday for Our Installation & Awards Dinner. Our annual dinner is coming up net Saturday evening, January 9, 2016, but the RSVP deadline is this Tuesday, January 5. RSVP now to Dave at daverose@jps.net – you can pay at the door. The dinner is open to members, pledges and guests. As of this morning, we have 76 RSVP’s – a great turnout. At the dinner, we will install our 2016 Lodge officers, announce the names of appointed officers for the year, and present awards to some Lodge members who made major contributions in 2015. This is really a fun evening. And come by to support new officers: Noble Grand Jean-Paul Montreuil, Vice Grand Stewart Savage, Secretary Jim Smith, Treasurer Janis Rosenberg, and Financial Secretary Duff Devine.

3. New Year’s Eve Party a Great Success. Wow! Our Lodge’s 2nd Annual New Year’s Party with Mumbo Gumbo was a great success. All tickets were sold out (for the second year in a row) days before the event. Special thanks to Juelie Roggli, the over-all coordinator and Mary Superak, who was the volunteer coordinator. Also, thanks to Debbie Friend who was in charge of decorations. Special thanks to Jeff Oblinger, Kurt Roggli, Brian Pakpour, Robin Dewey and the many Odd Fellows who helped at the event and at clean up. The NYE Party has become one of our Lodge’s signature events! We will do it again on December 31, 2016.

4. Our 10 New Three-Degree Members. I inadvertently left out the name of one the ten Odd Fellows who recently received their First, Second and Third Degrees at the Lodge last week. Let me list all ten names at this time: Congratulations to Scott Culver, Kevin Sitz, Roberta Savage, John Knotts, Dianne Knotts, Jeff Oblinger, Elizabeth Lasensky, Heather Barnes, Timothy Wilkinson, and Ed Lewis – our new Third Degree Members.

5. Club Night at the Lodge This Thursday. Don’t forget, Club Night at the Lodge is back after the holidays – every Thursday from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Lodge, Lower Hall. Just a great social time for members, pledges and guests. And dinner will be available for $7 for those who wish to have dinner at the Lodge. Net Club Night is this Thursday, January 7, 2016.

6. Odd Fellows Classic Film Committee Continues. The Odd Fellows Classic Film Committee has scheduled the next series of classic films, at screenings open to the public. Movie reviewer and critic Derrick Bang will give you the back-story for each film. The next series will screen classic Hollywood screwball comedies, featuring Cary Grant: Topper, Bringing Up Baby, and His Girl Friday. Reserve the dates, all Sunday evenings: January 24 (Topper), January 31 (Bringing Up Baby), and February 7 (His Girl Friday).

7. Movie Matinee Committee Launches in January. Diane Steele is organizing a “4th Tuesday Matinee Committee” for members and pledges and friends interested in catching a matinee at a Davis movie theater. After the show, participants may gather at a local coffee house, or the new club room at the Lodge, to chat about the film. This new committee launches on Tuesday, January 26, 2016. Contact Diane for details and logistics at steeledome@gmail.com.

8. Odd Bowling Rolls Again on February 6. Bob Dovi, Chair of the Odd Bowling Committee, has set up the net bowling excursion. It will be Saturday, February 6, from 11 to 2 at the Capital Lanes in West Sacramento. Last bowling excursion attracted a lot of Odd Fellows, Pledges and guests. We have one bowler (Tony Pruitt) who bowled a 299! But we have plenty of bowlers who operate at a much lower level – in the 110 to 150 range. Contact Bob if you are interested at bdovi02@yahoo.com.

9, Golfers, Please Note. The Lodge has a Odd Golfing Committee, and it’s looking to set up some foursomes in the near future. For more information, or to sign up as part of the Odd Golfing Committee, contact Charles Filmer at clrfilmer@sbcglobal.net.

10. New Team Heads up Lodge Operations. I leave my post as Noble Grand of the Davis Lodge this week, but I assume a new post as President of the Hall Board Association. The Hall Board is very pleased to announce the new Operations Team for the Lodge Hall, effective January 1. The new Operations Manager is Allison Vickrey and the New Assistant Operations Manager is Jeff Oblinger (Chef Jeff to many of you). Daniela Gutierrez is also helping out in the office as an assistant. One of the new innovations that Allison suggested, adopted by the Hall Board, is that the Conference Room will become a room dedicated to use by our Lodge committees. This should facilitate the needs of our committees.

11. 2016 Lodge Dues are Now Due. Annual dues to be an Odd Fellow are a reasonable $55. 2016 dues are now due to the Financial Secretary Duff Devine. Checks should be payable to “Davis Odd Fellows”. You mail drop your check in Duff’s Lodge mailbox (near the back door) or mail to Financial Secretary Duff Devine, Davis Odd Fellows Lodge, 415 2nd Street, Davis CA 95616. And thank you! In 2015 we were 100% paid up. Let’s do it again in 2016.

Lea Rosenberg
Noble Grand

Noble Grand Report #81

Dear Odd Fellows and Pledges,

1. A Special Movie Showing Tonight. Tonight, Sunday, December 20, our Lodge’s Classic Movie Committee will offer you a special showing of the holiday comedy classic: “A Christmas Story” [you’ll shoot your eye out] in the Lower Hall of the Lodge. This special showing is only open to members, Pledges, family and their guests. The movie is fun for all ages. This is a family-friendly event and we encourage you to bring the kids! Only a few chairs will be set up so you are asked to bring sleeping bags, pillows, blankets, bean bag chairs or lawn chairs. It’s going to be a big, fun sleep in. Our full bar will be open for the adults. We will have popcorn and hot apple cider for all. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. and the movie will start at 6:00 p.m.

2. Year-end Thank You to Our Community Support and Bingo Committees. In 2015, these Committees provided great benefits to our Davis and Yolo County Community. The Bingo Committee ran monthly games for every month of the year except May, and provided a total of over $7,700 to 11 community and charitable organizations in town, while offering fun Bingo games at the Lodge. Beneficiaries included Team Davis, YoloArts, Madrigals, Camp Kesem, the Yolo Community Care Continuum, the Elderly Nutrition Program, the Yolo SPCA, and others. At the same time our Community Support Committee provided free co-hosted use of the Lodge to several community groups, and provided grants totaling about $6,500 to 19 charitable and community groups including the Yolo Crisis Nursery, Davis Community Meals, Yolo Food Bank, CASA, NAMI, Yolo Concilio, and others. Odd Fellows can be rightfully proud of the support we give to our broader community.

3. We Have 10 New Three-Degree Members. Ten Odd Fellows received their First, Second and Third Degrees at the Lodge last week. Congratulations to Kevin Sitz, Roberta Savage, John Knotts, Dianne Knotts, Jeff Oblinger, Elizabeth Lasensky, Heather Barnes, Timothy Wilkinson, and Ed Lewis – our new Third Degree Members. Past Grand Dave Rosenberg instructed on the three degrees, and incoming Noble Grand Jean-Paul Montreuil and incoming Vice Grand Stewart Savage also attended.

4. New Year’s Eve Party with Mumbo Gumbo. December 31 and into the wee hours of January 1 – welcome the New Year at the Odd Fellows Lodge. Our Lodge’s 2nd Annual New Year’s Party with Mumbo Gumbo is open to the public and is our way of helping the community welcome 2016 in style. The party starts on December 31 and ends on January 1. Doors open at 8:00 p.m. and the music starts at 9:30 p.m. Lots of fun music suitable for dancing; light fare of gumbo and corn bread will be available, no host bars will be open. Tickets are $50 each – tickets are now on sale at Avid Reader Active, or you may purchase them on line at www.showclix.com/event/MumboGumbo1231. Juelie Roggli is the overall coordinator of the event and you can contact her at juelrog@gmail.com. Only 225 tickets are available for this popular event, and they are on sale right now.

5. A-Hiking We Will Go. The Lodge’s “Take a Hike” Committee has another trek planned for Sunday, January 3, 2016. The hike is on the Smittle Creek Trail on the west side of Lake Berryessa. It is a 5.2 mile trek, described as “moderate”. For more information and logistics, contact Dave Reed at dreedng@gmail.com.

6. Reserve Your Seat Now for Our Installation & Awards Dinner. Our annual dinner is coming up on January 9, 2016, but the RSVP deadline is January 5. The invitation is attached to this Noble Grand Report. The dinner is open to members, pledges and guests. At the dinner, we will install our 2016 Lodge officers, announce the names of appointed officers for the year, and present awards to some Lodge members who made major contributions in 2015. This is really a fun evening. And come by to support new Noble Grand Jean-Paul Montreuil, Vice Grand Stewart Savage, Secretary Jim Smith, Treasurer Janis Rosenberg, and Financial Secretary Duff Devine.

7. Movie Matinee Committee Launches in January. Diane Steele is organizing a “4th Tuesday Matinee Committee” for members and pledges and friends interested in catching a matinee at a Davis movie theater. After the show, participants may gather at a local coffee house, or the new club room at the Lodge, to chat about the film. This new committee launches on Tuesday, January 26, 2016. Contact Diane for details and logistics at steeledome@gmail.com.

8. Odd Fellows Classic Film Committee Continues. The Odd Fellows Classic Film Committee has scheduled the next series of classic films, at screenings open to the public. Movie reviewer and critic Derrick Bang will give you the back-story for each film. The next series will feature classic Hollywood comedies. Reserve the dates, all Sunday evenings: January 24, January 31 and February 7.

9. Gearing Up for 2016. As we say “good bye” to 2015, we also say “hello” to 2016. And we have some big events coming up in 2016. I have identified some of them coming up in the next few months below in this Noble Grand Report. These events include: Breakfast with the Bunny, the Picnic Day Float, the Picnic Day Pancake Breakfast, A Taste of Davis, and the Davis Chocolate Festival. Each of these events has a committee planning and hosting the event, and we invite YOU to volunteer to help. More information on these events follows.

10. We Have Breakfast with the Bunny Co-chairs. I’m delighted to announce that we have three new Co-chairs for our Breakfast with the Bunny Committee (BWB). I want to thank Zita Demaree, Kathryn Hemness and Ed Lewis for stepping up to volunteer to chair this annual and popular event. I have been chairing it for many years, and it is time to pass the torch. Breakfast with the Bunny in 2016 will take place on Saturday morning, March 26. The event provides a continental breakfast, an egg hunt, and a carnival and “eggstravaganza” to 120 happy children and parents. If you wish to volunteer to help as a member of the BWB committee, please let me know and I will pass your names on to Zita, Kathryn and Ed.

11. Volunteers for the Picnic Day Float? Even though Picnic Day is not until April 16, 2016, our Lodge’s Picnic Day Float Committee, chaired by Janis Rosenberg and James Bledsoe, is already planning for our Lodge Float. In 2015, our Lodge float one won one of the top prizes in the parade, and the committee is determined to do it again. Plus, the committee members have a lot of fun, with potlucks and other activities, while building the float. The theme this year for the floats is a challenging one: “Cultivating Our Authenticity.” If you are interested in joining the Picnic Day Float Committee, please contact Janis Rosenberg at janisrosenberg@outlook.com.

12. Picnic Day Pancake Breakfast. Since the mid-1950’s our Lodge has provided a Picnic Day Pancake Breakfast to the community on the morning of Picnic Day. This coming year, Picnic Day is April 16, 2016. Last year we had a very successful breakfast Co-chaired by Jeff Oblinger and Tony Marigo. We are looking at them to co-chair it again in 2016. If you are interested in being part of this committee, please contact Jeff Oblinger at jeffnstella@yahoo.com.

13. A Taste of Davis – Our Biggest Event. The single biggest event we host at the Lodge is “A Taste of Davis.” We use both floors and host about 24 restaurants, wineries and breweries, and hundreds of guests. It is a huge social event for the community. I will chair this event again in 2016, and the date we have picked is Thursday, April 28. If you would like to serve on the committee organizing this event, let me know! We will set our first meeting next month, in January.

14. Chocolate Festival Being Planned. We are at the beginning stages of organizing the Davis Chocolate Festival for the Fall of next year. Any member or pledge interested in helping organize this event – which we hope will become a signature event of the Lodge – is welcome to join the Chocolate Festival Committee. If you are interested, please contact Mary Superak at mericanary@mac.com or Kurt Roggli at Kurtroggli@gmail.com. The Chocolate Festival Committee has a meeting planned at the Lodge on February 2, 2016, at 6:30 p.m. Please come if you want to help plan and host this event.

15. Events/Meeting Canceled in December. Due to the holidays, we will not have Club Night at the Lodge on December 24 and 31. The next Club Night at the Lodge will be Thursday, January 7. Also, our regular Fourth Wednesday evening meeting of the Lodge on December 23 is canceled due to the holiday. Our next Lodge meeting will be the Second Saturday breakfast meeting on Saturday, January 9, 2016.

Lea Rosenberg
Noble Grand

Noble Grand Report #80

Dear Odd Fellows and Pledges,

1. The Passing of One of Our Lodge Members. I am so sad to say that one of our Lodge members, Mark Breckner, has passed away. This past Saturday, Mark, his wife Debi, and their two young daughters were on their way to the 8 a.m. seating at Breakfast with Santa (they had attended this event regularly for many years) when he collapsed and could not be revived. Mark loved his wife and his daughters, and spent much of his time as a sports coach for them. We have offered Debi our help as needed, and we have offered her the use of our Lodge Hall for a celebration of life and memorial service if she wishes. Mark lived a good life, but way too short. Members of the Lodge can help the family financially through a go-fund-me website: https://www.gofundme.com/BrecknerFamily

2. All Bell-Ringing Slots Are Full. As we do every year, we will be doing bell ringing this year at the Davis Main Post Office on Friday, December 18, starting at 9:15 a.m. and ending at 5 p.m. All the money raised will stay in Yolo County. Thank you, again, Odd Fellows and Pledges, for stepping up to volunteer. We have all slots filled by the following bell ringers: Jeff and Georgia Myers, Janis Rosenberg, Sue Treadwell, Donna Rutan, Kathryn Hemness, Cathy Aubill, Joel Mandel, Duff Devine, Lin Spangler, Dennis Corcoran, Merrie Lee, Mary and Ted Superak, and Bill and Jane Rundquist. THANK you to our volunteers. Once again, Odd Fellows stepped up!

3. Three Degree Night Offered This Wednesday. If you have been initiated into the Lodge and hold your Initiatory Degree, and now want to obtain the remaining three Degrees of an Odd Fellows Lodge (the First Degree or Degree of Friendship, the Second Degree or Degree of Love, and the Third Degree or Degree of Truth), you will have the opportunity to do so on Wednesday, December 16, at 7 p.m. in the Lower Hall of the Lodge (typically, ending before 9 p.m.). This “Three Degree Night” is offered to you by the Membership & Initiation Committee, chaired by Dave Rosenberg. The cost for each degree is typically $10, payable to “Davis Lodge” but in the spirit of the holiday season, we will only charge a discounted $20 to obtain all three degrees on December 16. If you wish to reserve your spot at the Three Degree Night, please contact Dave right away at daverose@jps.net. So far, the following seven members have signed up: John and Diane Knotts, Elizabeth Lasensky, Kevin Sitz, Jeff Oblinger, Ed Lewis, and Timothy Wilkinson.

4. Club Night at the Lodge This Thursday. Club Night at the Lodge is this coming Thursday, December 17, from 5 to about 8 p.m. in the Lower Hall. Dinner will be available for those who wish to purchase it for $7 per person. The menu is roasted chicken with cranberry-pomegranate sauce, orange-mint orzo pasta salad, and mixed green salad. Also, we will offer Trivia again, with prizes. This time the theme of trivia is “Movies/Menus/Music. Your Trivia Master is Dave Rosenberg. Just some good relaxed social time. The bar will be open and the big screen TV will be on. Table games will be set out.

5. Wine Club and Holiday Party This Friday. Please mark your calendars for the next gathering which is our December Wine Club and Lodge Holiday Party. This year it will be at 700 p.m. this Friday, December 18 at the home of Lea and Dave Rosenberg – 1112 Westfield Terrace, Davis. Bring your favorite wine or bubbly to share, and an appetizer to share, as well.

6. A Special Movie Showing This Sunday. Hold open the evening of Sunday, December 20. That’s the evening our Lodge’s Classic Movie Committee will offer you a special showing of the holiday comedy classic: “A Christmas Story” [you’ll shoot your eye out] in the Lower Hall of the Lodge. This special showing is only open to members, Pledges, family and their guests. The movie is fun for all ages. This is a family-friendly event and we encourage you to bring the kids! Only a few chairs will be set up so you are asked to bring sleeping bags, pillows, blankets, bean bag chairs or lawn chairs. It’s going to be a big, fun sleep in. We will have popcorn and hot apple cider. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. and the movie will start at 6:00 p.m. For more information or questions contact Dave Rosenberg at daverose@jps.net.

7. New Year’s Eve Party with Mumbo Gumbo. This was such a great success in 2014, we are doing it again! Our Lodge’s 2nd Annual New Year’s Party with Mumbo Gumbo is open to the public and is our way of helping the community welcome 2016 in style. The party starts on December 31 and ends on January 1. Doors open at 8:00 p.m. and the music starts at 9:30 p.m. Lots of fun music suitable for dancing; light fare of gumbo and corn bread will be available, no host bars will be open. Tickets are $50 each – tickets are now on sale at Avid Reader Active, or you may purchase them on line at www.showclix.com/event/MumboGumbo1231. Juelie Roggli is the overall coordinator of the event and you can contact her at juelrog@gmail.com. Coordinating Lodge volunteers to help at the event is Mary Superak who can be reached at mericanary@mac.com. Only 225 tickets are available for this popular event, and they are on sale right now.

8. Volunteers for the Picnic Day Float? Even though Picnic Day is not until April 16, 2016, our Lodge’s Picnic Day Float Committee, chaired by Janis Rosenberg and James Bledsoe, is already submitting registration forms and planning for our Lodge Float. In 2015, our Lodge float one won one of the top prizes in the parade, and the committee is determined to do it again. Plus, the committee members have a lot of fun, with potlucks and other activities, while building the float. If you are interested in joining the Picnic Davy Float Committee, please contact Janis Rosenberg at janisrosenberg@outlook.com.

9. Chocolate Festival, Anyone? We are at the beginning stages of organizing the Davis Chocolate Festival for next year. Any member or pledge interested in helping organize this event – which we hope will become a signature event of the Lodge – is welcome to join the Chocolate Festival Committee. If you are interested, please contact Mary Superak at mericanary@mac.com or Kurt Roggli at Kurtroggli@gmail.com.

10. Final Call for a Chair for the Breakfast with the Bunny Committee. Our Lodge has organized and hosted the annual Breakfast with the Bunny (BWB) for five years now, and I have chaired or co-chaired this event every year. It’s time for me to pass the torch to a new chair. In 2016, BWB will be held on Saturday, March 26. I am looking for a volunteer or two volunteers to take over as chair or co-chairs. I will impart all knowledge to the new chair or co-chairs. Who wants to take over this very fun activity for the community’s children? Let me know! This is the last call. If no one steps up, we will have to cancel the event for 2016.

11. Important Date: January 9. Mark your calendar for an important date: Saturday, January 9, 2016. The Lodge will hold its first meeting of the new year on that day – breakfast served at 8:45 a.m. and the meeting will begin at 9:30 a.m. Also, that evening we will have our annual Installation & Awards Dinner at the Lodge. You won’t want to miss it. I have attached the event flier to this report (not the RSVP date of January 5).

12. A Final BWS Thank You. This was our TENTH year of hosting Breakfast with Santa. Once again, it was a great success. Thank you, thank you, thank you to all our Lodge volunteers. Special thanks to Jeff Oblinger and the cooks. And special thanks to Debbie Friend – her stage decor was, once again, the hit of the show. And ultimate thanks to our jolly Santa (aka Doug Hatton) and Santa’s chief of staff, Margee Hatton.

Lea Rosenberg
Noble Grand

Noble Grand Report #79

Dear Odd Fellows and Pledges,

1. Top Priority: Bell Ringers Still Needed. As we do every year, we will be doing bell ringing this year at the Davis Main Post Office on Friday, December 18, starting at 9:15 a.m. and ending at 5 p.m. That works out to 8 shifts of 2 people each (we like to have two on a shift so you can have a buddy and someone to talk to). So, we need a total of 16 Odd Fellows, Pledges and/or family members to step up and do a one-hour volunteer shift, ringing the bell and raising some money that will all stay in Yolo County. So far, I have SIX volunteers: Jeff and Georgia Myers, Janis Rosenberg, Sue Treadwell, Donna Rutan, and Bill Rundquist. THANK you to our volunteers. But, we need TEN more volunteers to step up. Who will do so? Please write back to me and let me know!

2. Thank You For Helping. In the last Noble Grand Report I asked for your help for STEAC. The Lodge had “adopted” four single men who needed some food and gifts for the holidays. I am delighted to say that Odd Fellows stepped up right away and provided all the food and gifts requested. What a great Lodge! And special thanks to Jeff Oblinger for organizing this special opportunity to give to those who need some help.

3. Club Night at the Lodge. Club Night at the Lodge is this coming Thursday, December 10, from 5 to about 8 p.m. in the Lower Hall. Dinner will be available for those who wish to purchase it for $7 per person. The menu is teriyaki tri-tip with garlic mashed potatoes and Asian vegetables! Also, we will offer Trivia again, with prizes. Your Trivia Master is Dave Rosenberg. Just some good relaxed social time. The bar will be open and the big screen TV will be on. Table games will be set out. Club Night at the Lodge is brought to you by our Good Fellowship Committee.

4. Bowling Committee Launches. Our new Odd Fellows Bowling Committee visited Capital Bowl in West Sacramento last Saturday for its first bowling excursion. The 14 folks who showed up had a wonderful time! If you are interested in joining the Odd Bowling Committee, please contact committee Chair Bob Dovi at bdovi02@yahoo.com. Thank you, Bob, for organizing this new committee.

5. Odd Fellows Bingo Benefits the SPCA. Odd Fellows Bingo is back on Sunday, December 13. December’s beneficiary is the Yolo County SPCA – helping doggies, and kitties and other critters. Come by to play Bingo. Doors open at 12 noon and Bingo begins at 1:00 p.m. Usually, 15 games are played and cash prizes are awarded, including $250 for the winner of blackout Bingo.

6. How About Some Caroling. In the spirit of F-L-T, Dave Reed is, once again, organizing a Christmas Caroling group to visit a local retirement community. December 14, at 7 p.m. at Covell Gardens – 1111 Alvarado. If you are interested in joining the Caroling Group, please contact Dave Reed at dreedng@gmail.com. You don’t have to be a good singer – you just need enthusiasm and holiday spirit.

7. Three Degree Night Offered. If you have been initiated into the Lodge and hold your Initiatory Degree, and now want to obtain the remaining three Degrees of an Odd Fellows Lodge (the First Degree or Degree of Friendship, the Second Degree or Degree of Love, and the Third Degree or Degree of Truth), you will have the opportunity to do so on Wednesday, December 16, at 7 p.m. in the Lower Hall of the Lodge (typically, ending before 9 p.m.). This “Three Degree Night” is offered to you by the Membership & Initiation Committee, chaired by Dave Rosenberg. The cost for each degree is typically $10, payable to “Davis Lodge” but in the spirit of the holiday season, we will only charge a discounted $20 to obtain all three degrees on December 16. If you wish to reserve your spot at the Three Degree Night, please contact Dave right away at daverose@jps.net.

8. A Special Movie Showing on December 20. Hold open the evening of Sunday, December 20. That’s the evening our Lodge’s Classic Movie Committee will offer you a special showing of the holiday comedy classic: “A Christmas Story” [you’ll shoot your eye out] in the Lower Hall of the Lodge. This special showing is only open to members, Pledges, family and their guests. The movie is fun for all ages. This is a family-friendly event and we encourage you to bring the kids! No chairs will be set up so you are asked to bring sleeping bags, pillows, blankets, bean bag chairs or lawn chairs. It’s going to be a big, fun sleep in. We will have popcorn and hot apple cider. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. and the movie will start at 6:00 p.m. For more information or questions contact Dave Rosenberg at daverose@jps.net.

9. Breakfast with Santa Sold Out. This is our 10th year providing Breakfast with Santa (BWS) to the community. The event this year is Saturday, December 12. All 360 tickets are sold out!

10. Wine Club and Holiday Party. Please mark your calendars for the next gathering which is our December Wine Club and Lodge Holiday Party. This year it will be at 700 p.m. on Friday, December 18 at the home of Lea and Dave Rosenberg – 1112 Westfield Terrace, Davis. Bring your favorite wine or bubbly to share, and an appetizer to share, as well.

11. Collecting Furniture and Household Items. Barb Geisler, Noble Grand of the Davis Rebekah Lodge, has organized a “furniture closet” in partnership with “Make It Happen for Yolo County” to provide furniture and household items to under-served young people moving into independent living status her in Yolo County. Your donations of furniture, kitchen and household items (such as pots and pans, kitchen tables and chairs, small couches, etc.) is desperately needed and most welcomed. Please contact Barb directly at bcgeisler@ucdavis.edu. Thank you.

12. Helping a Young Boy with His Project. You may have recently read in the Enterprise about a young boy, age of 12, by the name of Aidan Cohan who is working on a community project. He is working on collecting used smartphones, tablets, laptops and other devices that will be refurbished and donated to kids and others in the community who need them, but can’t afford them. One of our Lodge members, Robin Sweeney has asked that we help. Contact Aidan’s mother Joy Cohan at joycohan1@gmail.com for more information on dropping off your used smartphones, etc., or to ask questions.

13. New Year’s Eve Party with Mumbo Gumbo. This was such a great success in 2014, we are doing it again! Our Lodge’s 2nd Annual New Year’s Party with Mumbo Gumbo is open to the public and is our way of helping the community welcome 2016 in style. The party starts on December 31 and ends on January 1. Doors open at 8:00 p.m. and the music starts at 9:30 p.m. Lots of fun music suitable for dancing; light fare of gumbo and corn bread will be available, no host bars will be open. Tickets are $50 each – tickets are now on sale at Avid Reader Active, or you may purchase them on line at www.showclix.com/event/MumboGumbo1231. Juelie Roggli is the overall coordinator of the event and you can contact her at juelrog@gmail.com. Coordinating Lodge volunteers to help at the event is Mary Superak who can be reached at mericanary@mac.com. Only 225 tickets are available for this popular event, and they are on sale right now.

14. Volunteers for the Picnic Day Float? Even though Picnic Day is not until April 16, 2016, our Lodge’s Picnic Day Float Committee, chaired by Janis Rosenberg and James Bledsoe, is already submitting registration forms and planning for our Lodge Float. In 2015, our Lodge float one won one of the top prizes in the parade, and the committee is determined to do it again. Plus, the committee members have a lot of fun, with potlucks and other activities, while building the float. If you are interested in joining the Picnic Davy Float Committee, please contact Janis Rosenberg at janisrosenberg@outlook.com.

15. Looking for a Chair for the Breakfast with the Bunny Committee. Our Lodge has organized and hosted the annual Breakfast with the Bunny (BWB) for five years now, and I have chaired or co-chaired this event every year. It’s time for me to pass the torch to a new chair. In 2016, BWB will be held on Saturday, March 26. I am looking for a volunteer or two volunteers to take over as chair or co-chairs. I will impart all knowledge to the new chair or co-chairs. Who wants to take over this very fun activity for the community? Let me know!

Lea Rosenberg
Noble Grand

Noble Grand Report #78

Dear Odd Fellows and Pledges,

1. You Can Help Someone in Need This Holiday. “STEAC” is the Short Term Emergency Action Committee and it has been around in Yolo County for many years, helping to provide food to those who need it. Our Lodge is “adopting” four single men who need some help this holiday season. We are going to provide food boxes to them and gifts, to lighten their load. Coordinating this effort is Jeff Oblinger. Thank you, Jeff, for your great spirit. If you can help provide food and/or one of the items needed in the way of gifts, please contact Jeff and he will give you the specifics. Reach Jeff at jeffnstella@yahoo.com. Timing is now as the food and gifts must be delivered to the Lodge Hall by December 9 (next Wednesday).

2. Adopt-a-Resident Program Launched. Every year we have the opportunity to “adopt a resident” of our Odd Fellows retirement communities in Napa and in Saratoga, by providing gifts for them during the holiday season. This year the program is looking for money so that the Adopt-a-Resident Committee can purchase gifts for the residents and deliver them on December 15 and 16. Please see the attached letter from the Grand Master on this worthwhile program. Your donation of $15 or $20 will buy a nice gift for a resident. Again, timing is everything, as they want to deliver gifts to residents in about two weeks! The attached letter gives you instructions of where to send your donations. Contact Nancy Johnson, Grand Marshal, 510-673-3958 to donate or help support the program.

3. Breakfast with Santa Sponsors Exceed Our Expectations. As Chair of the Breakfast with Santa Committee, I am pleased to announce that our sponsor donations have exceeded our expectations. Davis Campbell and the Stuart Foundation have committed to contributing $5,000 to BWS as an Event Sponsor, and the Yoche Dehe Wintun Nation has committed to a $1,000 contribution as an Event Sponsor. David Cougevan and Nicole Davis of Edward Jones Investments are Santa Level Sponsors contributing $500. Other sponsors include Tandem Properties, Inc., Tim Ainsworth, Brooks Painting, Inc., an Anonymous Contribution from Odd Fellows, Raquel Silva, Attorney at Law, Beth and Bob Dovi, Joyce Trujillo, Lea and Dave Rosenberg, Law Offices of Roberta Savage, Sherry and Tony Pruitt, Arun Sen, Allison Zuvela, Davis Ace, Louanne and Brian Horsfield, Dennis Corcoran, Bob Schelen, Barbara and Zachary Wochok and Yolo County Supervisor Jim Provenza. Thank you to all our sponsors. As a result of all these sponsors, we will receive contributions totaling over $9,000. We are finalizing our list of sponsors and going to print. Last chance if you wish to be listed as a sponsor. Contact me ASAP.

4. Volunteers Needed For Bell Ringing on December 18. Odd Fellows and Pledges are ringing the bell again this year on Friday, December 18, at the Main Davis Post Office. We have 8 1-hour shifts starting at 9:15 and ending at 5 – and we like to have to people on a shift (it’s better with a buddy). So, we need 16 volunteers. Right now we have (let me count) ZERO volunteers. I need 16 members or pledges to step up to the plate, and help out for one hour on December 18. It’s easy duty, and all the money raised stays in Yolo County. Please write to me if you can help.

Lea Rosenberg
Noble Grand

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