Noble Grand Report #77

Dear Odd Fellows and Pledges,

1. RSVP Now for the Installation & Awards Dinner. The 146th Annual Installation & Awards Dinner of our Lodge will be held Saturday evening, January 9, 2016. There is limited seating. It’s a fun and festive event with installation of officers, a great dinner, musical entertainment, a no-host bar, and plenty of social time. We will install the 2016 officers of the Lodge (and for the first time in history, the Grand Master of California and the Grand Warden of California – who are both members of the Davis Lodge – will conduct the installation). We will also present awards to exceptional members of our Lodge. Don’t miss it! The invitation and RSVP form is attached to this Noble Grand Report.

2. Our 46th Lodge Committee Has Been Approved. I have approved the creation of our 46th Davis Lodge Committee. This committee is the brainchild of Diane Steele and I have appointed her as chair. The Committee is called the “Fourth Tuesday Movie Matinee” Committee. Members will meet on the 4th Tuesday of every month to go to a Davis theater to watch a matinee. Tuesday is bargain night at the movies. Diane will announce the movie, time and location on the Friday before the 4th Tuesday, those who wish to attend will do so, and afterwards the members will gather at a local coffee house, or park bench or the Lodge to discuss the movie. What a fun idea! If you are interested, please write to Diane so she can add you to the committee and send you e-mail announcements. Diane Steele at steeledome@gmail.com. The first matinee will be on January 26.

3. Club Night at the Lodge. Club Night at the Lodge is back this coming Thursday, December 3, from 5 to about 7:30 p.m. in the Lower Hall. Dinner will be available for those who wish to purchase it for $7 per person. 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. The Annual Holiday Show. Our Music & Concerts Committee brings you its Annual Holiday Show this Thursday, December 3, in the Upper Hall. Doors open at 7 p.m. and music begins at 7:30 p.m. Eight local musical acts will play during the holiday show, and there will be an old-fashioned sing-a-long between acts. Santa will also join the show just for the kids! The show is open to the public and there is no admission charge – although donations are gratefully accepted. All funds raised will go to the Davis Encampment to help send children to summer camp.

5. Bowling Committee Launches. The new Odd Fellows Bowling Committee (our 44th Committee, by the way) will be at Capital Bowl in West Sacramento next Saturday, December 5, for its first bowling excursion. We already have 17 signed up to go bowling on December 5 – but there is room for a handful more. Contact Committee Chair Bob Dovi at bdovi02@yahoo.com if you are interested in bowling on December 5!

6. 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.

7. Books, Anyone? We have formed a Book Club Committee in the Lodge – our 45th Lodge Committee. If anyone is interested in reading and discussing books, please contact Heather Barnes at hjbarnes76@gmail.com.

8. 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.

9. 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.

10. Breakfast with Santa. This is our 10th year providing Breakfast with Santa (BWS) to the community. The event this year is Saturday, December 12. Tickets are now on sale ($10 per person) at Avid Reader Active in Downtown Davis and at Common Grounds in South Davis – as of yesterday, less than 80 tickets remain to be sold. We have all volunteer positions filled for the breakfast. And the following sponsors have contributed over $2,600 to help make BWS a great success: Beth and Bob Dovi, Joyce Trujillo, Lea and Dave Rosenberg, Law Offices of Roberta Savage, Tim Ainsworth, Sherry and Tony Pruitt, Tandem Properties Inc., Brooks Painting Inc., Arun Sen, An Anonymous Donor, Allison Zuvela, Davis Ace, Campus Child Care, Raquel M. Silva, Attorney at Law, Brian and Louanne Horsfield, Dennis Corcoran, Bob Schelen, Zachary and Barbara Wochok. Thank you, sponsors!

11. We Need Two More Volunteers. I need just two more volunteers to help me pack away stuff from BWS and store it at the Lodge, following the December 12 BWS. Starting at 12:30 p.m. we need to put the stuff away to be ready to use next year. Currently, I have the following folks assisting me on this packing project: Juelie and Kurt Roggli, Janis Rosenberg, and Pledge Dawn Coder. I need two more! Can you help? If so, let me know at learose@jps.net.

12. 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.

13. Odd Fellows Ring Bells on December 18. We have been ringing bells at the Main Post Office for years now. We are doing it again. The date is Friday, December 18, with shifts starting at 9:15 a.m. All the money raised in the kettle stays here in Yolo County, and part of the money is used to support the Children’s Shopping Spree, which the Davis Odd Fellows and the Davis Rebekahs support and participate in. If you wish to volunteer for a one-hour shift, please let me know. We always have two people on a shift as it is more fun with a buddy. If you can help, e-mail me at learose@jps.net and we will sign you up!

14. You Can Help Under-Served Youth. For two years now, the Davis Rebekah Lodge has been running a “furniture closet” in partnership with “Make it Happen for Yolo County” to help provide furniture and household items for under-served youth moving into independent living situations here in Yolo County. These are often young people who have been brought up in the foster care system, and have now become adults and have “aged out” of that support system. The furniture closet is in desperate need of furniture and household items. High on the list are small couches, small kitchen tables with chairs, and pots and pans, but all donations are welcome. Gently used, but still in good condition. If you know anyone who is moving or remodeling, pass this along – this is a good source of items for the Furniture Closet. If you can help, contact the NG of the Rebekah Lodge Barb Geisler at 758-9955 or bgeisler@ucdavis.edu.

15. 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.

Lea Rosenberg
Noble Grand

Noble Grand Report #76

Dear Odd Fellows and Pledges,

1. Congratulations. Congratulations to the five newly elected officers of Davis Lodge #169. They will take office at the Installation and Awards Dinner on January 9, 2016, and will serve during 2016. They are:

Noble Grand Jean-Paul Montreuil
Vice Grand Stewart Savage
Secretary Jim Smith
Treasurer Janis Rosenberg
Financial Secretary Duff Devine

By the way, for those of you who just call him Jean-Paul, and have never used Jean-Paul’s last name, it’s pronounced Mon-TRAY.

2. Lodge Meetings Canceled. Please note that due to the Thanksgiving Holiday, our fourth Wednesday November evening Lodge meeting is canceled on November 25. And due to Breakfast with Santa, our second Saturday breakfast meeting is canceled on December 12. Finally, due to the Christmas Holiday, our Lodge’s fourth Wednesday December evening meeting is canceled on December 23. Our next Lodge meeting will be the second Saturday breakfast meeting of January 9.

3. Tellabration Coming to the Lodge This Sunday. There will be a fun event at the Lodge tomorrow, November 22. It’s an afternoon of storytelling for teens and adults at the Lodge, from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. The event is sponsored by the Odd Theater Committee of the Davis Lodge and the National Storytelling Network and held in over 40 states and 9 countries! Also, live music by Driving South. For more information on the Tellabration or the Odd Theater Committee, contact Jenna Templeton at jtempleton42@gmail.com.

4. Run/Walk on Thanksgiving Day. “Running With the Turkeys” is a 5K run or walk on Thanksgiving Day (November 26). Good fun and good exercise! The event benefits the Yolo County Food Bank. For information or to join the team at the last moment, contact Janis Rosenberg at janisrosenberg@outlook.com.

5. Club Night at the Lodge. There will be no club night this coming Thursday due to the Thanksgiving Holiday. But Club Night at the Lodge is back on Thursday, December 3, from 5 to about 7:30 p.m. in the Lower Hall. Dinner will be available for those who wish to purchase it for $7 per person. Club Night at the Lodge is brought to you by our Good Fellowship Committee.

6. The Annual Holiday Show. Our Music & Concerts Committee brings you its Annual Holiday Show on Thursday, December 3, in the Upper Hall. Doors open at 7 p.m. and music begins at 7:30 p.m. Eight local musical acts will play during the holiday show, and there will be an old-fashioned sing-a-long between acts. Santa will also join the show just for the kids! The show is open to the public and there is no admission charge – although donations are gratefully accepted. All funds raised will go to the Davis Encampment to help send children to summer camp.

7. Bowling Committee Rolls. The Odd Fellows Bowling Committee will be at Capital Bowl in West Sacramento on Saturday, December 5, for its first bowling excursion. We already have SEVENTEEN signed up to go bowling on December 5 – but there is room for a handful more. Contact Committee Chair Bob Dovi at bdovi02@yahoo.com if you are interested in bowling on December 5!

8. 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.

9. Books, Anyone? We have formed a Book Club group in the Lodge. If anyone is interested in reading and discussing books, please contact Heather Barnes at hjbarnes76@gmail.com.

10. 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 convalescent hospital. The date and time is still to be determined. 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.

11. 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.

12. Breakfast with Santa. This is our 10th year providing Breakfast with Santa (BWS) to the community. The event this year is Saturday, December 12. Tickets are now on sale ($10 per person) at Avid Reader Active in Downtown Davis and at Common Grounds in South Davis. We have all volunteer positions filled for the breakfast. And thank you to the best Santa ever, Doug Hatton. But we still have two ways that YOU can help:

Sponsor. You can be a financial sponsor of the event for a donation of $100 or more. The funds are used to help foster children in the community, and also to help young adults who recently left the foster care system and need some assistance. The following have already contributed as sponsors: Beth and Bob Dovi, Joyce Trujillo, Lea and Dave Rosenberg, an Anonymous contribution, Law Offices of Roberta Savage, Tim Ainsworth, Sherry and Tony Pruitt, Tandem Properties, Inc., Brooks Painting, Inc., Arun Sen, Allison Zuvella, Davis Ace, Campus Child Care, and Raquel Silva – Attorney at Law., Bob Schelen If you would like to be a sponsor, please contact me in the next week. And thank you.

We need help. When BWS is over, Debbie Friend (who is organizing the stage decor) and I need some help clearing the decorations in the room and on the tables, boxing them and putting them away for next year. We don’t want to do this alone. If you can come to the Lodge around 12:30 p.m. on December 12 to help us, it will be very much appreciated. Please RSVP to me in the next week and let me know if you can help.

13. Wine Club and Holiday Party. Our November 20 Wine Club gathering at the home of Colleen and Phil Pacca was a great success with over 30 attendees. Everyone had a good time. 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. More information will follow but for now, mark your calendars.

14. 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.

15. Any Chefs Out There? Our Saturday morning breakfast crew (the folks who prepare our terrific breakfasts at our second Saturday breakfast meetings) would like to find one or two volunteers who will help out in the kitchen, when needed. Let me know if you wish to be trained as a relief chef.

16. Send Your Kind Thoughts to Glenn. Our Lodge members Glenn Mounkes (who previously served as Financial Secretary and as Operations Manager) recently had a death in his family. His brother, Steve, passed away. Please send kind thoughts and supportive e-mails to Glenn at fortunate1@gmail.com.

17. RSVP for the Installation & Awards Dinner. The 146th Annual Installation & Awards Dinner of our Lodge will be held Saturday evening, January 9, 2016. There is limited seating. It’s a fun and festive event with installation of officers, a great dinner, musical entertainment, a no-host bar, and plenty of social time. We will install the 2016 officers of the Lodge (and for the first time in history, the Grand Master of California and the Grand Warden of California – who are both members of the Davis Lodge – will conduct the installation). We will also present awards to exceptional members of our Lodge. Don’t miss it! The invitation and RSVP form is attached.

Here’s hoping everyone has a safe and happy Thanksgiving.

Lea Rosenberg
Noble Grand

Noble Grand Report #75

Dear Odd Fellows and Pledges,

Busy times coming up for the Davis Odd Fellows!

1. Only Two Lodge Meetings Remain in 2015. Please mark your calendars. We have only two Lodge meetings remaining this year. The regular meetings of November 25, December 12, and December 23 are all canceled due to the Thanksgiving Holiday, Breakfast with Santa, and the Christmas holiday, respectively. The only remaining meetings this year are the following:

Saturday, November 14. This Saturday will be our last regular meeting of the year. We will be discussing a number of upcoming events including Breakfast with Santa, our New Year’s Party with Mumbo Gumbo, and the Installation and Awards Dinner coming up in January. We will also be holding our election of officers. The only election remaining will be for Noble Grand to serve in 2016. Nominations were closed at the last meeting, and the candidates are Jean-Paul Montreuil and Arun Sen. At our last meeting, the Lodge elected the following members to office: Vice Grand Stewart Savage, Recording Secretary Jim Smith, Treasurer Janis Rosenberg, Financial Secretary Duff Devine, and Dave Rosenberg as Trustee.

Wednesday, November 18. This is a special meeting called for one purpose only: Conferring the Initiatory Degree on eight new members of the Lodge. This will be a fun, and relatively brief meeting, where we initiate and welcome new members. Let’s have a nice turnout for the last meeting of 2015.

2. Do You Have an Ugly Sweater or Shirt? At last – you can wear it and win a cool prize. This Thursday (tomorrow), November 12, at Club Night at the Lodge (from 5 to 8 p.m.) we will have an “Ugly Sweater/Ugly Shirt Contest.” Dinner will also be available for those who wish to partake. We will also have wine tasting for $5 per person – sample an assortment of wines. Club Night at the Lodge is open to members, pledges and their guests.

3. Odd Hike to the Lake Berryessa Area. Our Lodge’s Take a Hike Committee is planning a 5.2 mile hike in the Lake Berryessa area, this coming Sunday, November 15. This is open to members, pledges, friends and family. For more information, contact Dave Reed at dreedng@gmail.com.

4. Odd Fellows Wine Club Meets on November 20. The next Odd Fellows Wine Club gathering will be coming up soon – on Friday, November 20, starting at 7 p.m. It will be hosted by Colleen and Phil Pacca in their lovely South Davis home. More information and details coming up in the next few days.

5. Adopt-a-Highway Committee Clean Up. Our Adopt-a-Highway Committee has a clean up day scheduled for Saturday, November 21. If you want to join this committee and help clean up the environment for a couple of hours, please contact the Committee Chair Sheryl Cambron at sacreed@sbcglobal.net or Committee Co-Chair John Steele at jcsteele53@gmail.com.

6. Tellabration Coming to the Lodge on November 22. Mark your calendars for a fun event at the Lodge on Sunday, November 22. It’s an afternoon of storytelling for teens and adults at the Lodge, from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. The event is sponsored by the Odd Theater Committee of the Davis Lodge and the National Storytelling Network and held in over 40 states and 9 countries! Also, live music by Driving South.

7. Run/Walk on Thanksgiving Day. “Running With the Turkeys” is a 5K run or walk on Thanksgiving Day (November 26). We only have three people signed up so far for our Odd Fellows team. We would like to have a few more. Good fun and good exercise! The event benefits the Yolo County Food Bank. For information or to join the team, contact Janis Rosenberg at janisrosenberg@outlook.com.

8. Odd Fellows Bingo a Great Success. Our last Bingo – held on November 8 – was another success. Some 66 members of the public attended, and we are providing $811 to our November beneficiary: the Family Resource Center. So far this year, our Bingo Committee has provided close to $7,000 to our beneficiaries – and we have one more to go: the Yolo County SPCA on December 13. This is the NINTH year that we have provided Bingo to the community and it is one of our major contributors to community and charitable groups. Thank you again, to our dedicated Bingo Committee, chaired by Jean-Paul Montreuil and Jeff Oblinger. Thanks also to Dave Rosenberg, who suggested that the Lodge run Bingo and launched it as a Lodge Committee. Our first Bingo game was played on September 9, 2007.

9. Bowling, Anyone? The Odd Fellows Bowling Committee will be organizing bowling excursions in the near future. Contact Committee Chair Bob Dovi at bdovi02@yahoo.com if you are interested in bowling!

10. Bridge, Anyone? Some interest has been expressed by one of our Pledges to form a group of members and pledge who enjoy the game of Bridge. (Could this be our 46th Committee?) If you are interested in Bridge at the Lodge, please write to me and I will compile the list of names. If we have sufficient interest, we will launch it. So, please let me know in the next week by responding to this e-mail.

11. Books, Anyone? We are forming a Book Club group in the Lodge. If anyone is interested in reading and discussing books, please contact Heather Barnes at hjbarnes76@gmail.com.

12. 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 convalescent hospital. The date and time is still to be determined. 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.

13. 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.

14. The Davis Rebekah Lodge. The Davis Rebekah Lodge was instituted in 1901 and is currently a small, but active Lodge. Members have fun and do a lot of good works in the community. The Rebekah Lodge is looking for a few new members to initiate. Any member or Pledge of the Davis Odd Fellows Lodge can submit an application to join the Davis Rebekah Lodge, and most of the members of the Rebekah Lodge are also Odd Fellows. If you are interested, please contact Nicole Chaffee, Secretary of the Davis Rebekah Lodge, at nchaffee@ucdavis.edu and she will get you a Rebekah Lodge membership application form.

15. The Davis Encampment. The Davis Encampment was instituted in 1955, and is currently an active group. The mission of the Davis Encampment is to help kids have a summer camp experience. It is one of the two most active Encampments in California (San Francisco is the other one). Any member of the Davis Lodge who holds all three degrees is eligible to submit an application to join the Davis Encampment. In the Encampment, you will receive three more degrees. There are only 220 Odd Fellows in California who possess all three Encampment Degrees. If you are interested in applying to join the Encampment, please contact the current Chief Patriarch Arun Sen at arun.sen@sbcglobal.net.

16. Canton Davis. Yes, Davis has it’s own Canton of Patriarchs Militant. It is one of the two most active Cantons in California (San Francisco is the other one). The Branch confers the “Universal Justice Degree” – the highest degree of Odd Fellowship. Only 86 Odd Fellows in California who possess this final degree. Any member of the Davis Encampment who holds all three degrees in the Encampment is eligible to submit an application to join the Canton. For more information or an application, please contact the head of the Canton, Captain Dennis Corcoran at dcorcoran@aol.com.

17. Breakfast with Santa. This is our 10th year providing Breakfast with Santa (BWS) to the community. The event this year is Saturday, December 12. Tickets go on sale on Monday, November 16, at Avid Reader Active in Downtown Davis and at Common Grounds in South Davis. We have all volunteer positions filled for the breakfast. And thank you to the best Santa ever, Doug Hatton. But we still have two ways that YOU can help:

Sponsor. You can be a financial sponsor of the event for a donation of $100 or more. The funds are used to help foster children in the community, and also to help young adults who recently left the foster care system and need some assistance. The following have already contributed as sponsors: Beth and Bob Dovi, Joyce Trujillo, Lea and Dave Rosenberg, an Anonymous contribution, Law Offices of Roberta Savage, Tim Ainsworth, Sherry and Tony Pruitt, Tandem Properties, Inc., Brooks Painting, Inc., Arun Sen, Allison Zuvella, Davis Ace, Campus Child Care, and Raquel Silva – Attorney at Law. If you would like to be a sponsor, please contact me in the next week. And thank you.

We need help. When BWS is over, Debbie Friend (who is organizing the stage decor) and I need some help clearing the decorations in the room and on the tables, boxing them and putting them away for next year. We don’t want to do this alone. If you can come to the Lodge around 12:30 p.m. on December 12 to help us, it will be very much appreciated. Please RSVP to me in the next week and let me know if you can help.

18. 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.

Lea Rosenberg
Noble Grand

Noble Grand Report #74

Dear Odd Fellows and Pledges,

Here are some more dates and events to remember.

1. Tomorrow: Live Music and Club Night. Tomorrow evening, November 5, we have two events at the Lodge. In the Upper Hall we have Thursday Live! music. Doors open at 7:00 and the music starts at 7:30 p.m. Open to all and always free (donations gratefully accepted). The Cups and Webster Walton Edwards will be performing. In the Lower Hall we have Club Night at the Lodge. Club Night is open to members, pledges and guests, starting at 5:00 p.m. Dinner (cheese ravioli with brown butter sauce, butternut squash, salad) will be available for those who want it for $7 per plate. The full bar will be open. And Trivia Night will be offered from 6:30 to 7:00 p.m. with prizes. Trivia Masters will be Jean-Paul Montreuil and Heather Barnes.

2. Friday Casino Night Fundraiser. The Davis Lady Demons Fastpitch Organizaiton is hosting a casino night fundraiser at the Lodge this Friday, November 6. Doors open and casino games start at 6 p.m. Poker tournament starts at 7 p.m. It’s open to the public and the ticket price is $50. Lodge member Danny Tomasello’s two daughters play for this organization on the 16u and 14u teams.

3. Odd Fellows Bingo on Sunday. Second Sunday Bingo is coming up on November 8. Doors open at 12 noon and Bingo begins at 1:00 p.m. Cash prizes for winners, and the beneficiary this month will be the Center for Families.

4. Odd Hike to the Lake Berryessa Area. Our Lodge’s Take a Hike Committee is planning a 5.2 mile hike in the Lake Berryessa area, on Sunday, November 15. This is open to members, pledges, friends and family. For more information, contact Dave Reed at dreedng@gmail.com.

5. Odd Fellows Wine Club Meets on November 20. The next Odd Fellows Wine Club gathering will be coming up soon – on Friday, November 20, starting at 7 p.m. It will be hosted by Colleen and Phil Pacca in their lovely South Davis home. More information and details coming up in the next few days.

6. Adopt-a-Highway Committee Clean Up. Our Adopt-a-Highway Committee has a clean up day scheduled for Saturday, November 21. If you want to join this committee and help clean up the environment for a couple of hours, please contact the Committee Chair Sheryl Cambron at sacreed@sbcglobal.net or Committee Co-Chair John Steele at jcsteele53@gmail.com.

7. Tellabration Coming to the Lodge on November 22. Mark your calendars for a fun event at the Lodge on Sunday, November 22. It’s an afternoon of storytelling for teens and adults at the Lodge, from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. The event is sponsored by the Odd Theater Committee of the Davis Lodge and the National Storytelling Network and held in over 40 states and 9 countries! Also, live music by Driving South.

8. Run/Walk on Thanksgiving Day. “Running With the Turkeys” is a 5K run or walk on Thanksgiving Day (November 26). We only have three people signed up so far for our Odd Fellows team. We would like to have a few more. Good fun and good exercise! The event benefits the Yolo County Food Bank. For information or to join the team, contact Janis Rosenberg at janisrosenberg@outlook.com.

9. Our 45th Committee Has Formed. It’s good to have an odd number of committees again. I have just authorized a new committee (number 45) and designated a chair. The Odd Fellows Bowling Committee will be organizing bowling excursions in the near future. Contact Committee Chair Bob Dovi at bdovi02@yahoo.com if you are interested in bowling!

10. Next Regular Lodge Meeting on Saturday, November 14. Mark your calendars for the next regular Davis Lodge meeting. It’s Saturday, November 14, with breakfast served at 8:45 a.m. and the meeting starting at 9:30 p.m. Note, also, that we have a special Lodge meeting on November 18 to initiate 8 new Lodge members. These will be our last Lodge meetings till January.

Lea Rosenberg
Noble Grand

Noble Grand Report #72

Dear Odd Fellows and Pledges,

1. Odd Fellows Wine Club Meets Tonight. Open to members, pledges and guests, the Odd Fellows Wine Club will gather at 7 p.m. tonight, Friday, October 23, at the home of Beth and Bob Dovi, 1816 Titian Place (in the Wildhorse subdivision), Davis. Bring one of your favorite Mendocino or Sonoma County wines to share and taste. Also, bring an appetizer to share. And, if you wish, bring your own special wine glass.

2. Halloween Costume Party Tomorrow. It’s almost here! Our annual Lodge Halloween Party is this Saturday evening, October 24 at the Lodge, from 7 to 10 p.m. Live music with the Gary Lee Yoder Band, costumes, prizes, and more. Donation of $5 is requested.

3. Sponsors, Anyone? One of our signature Lodge events is coming up on December 12 – Breakfast with Santa (BWS). We have been putting this popular event on for the community for the past 10 years. Every year a number of Odd Fellows contribute funds to sponsor BWS. If you are interested in being listed as a sponsor of the 2015 BWS, please see the attached letter and get in touch with me. All funds raised go to benefit foster children in Davis and Yolo County, former foster children who just turned 18, the boys who live at Progress Ranch, and a scholarship for King High School (the alternative high school in Davis). You will be publicly recognized for your sponsorship! We already have THREE sponsors for the event.

4. Trees and Other Decor Still Needed. We need to borrow some items for stage decor for Breakfast with Santa. If you have any of the following contact Debbie at mynainoa1@yahoo.com: 6 pre-lit trees (2 of each – 4-5 foot, 6 foot, and 7 1/2 foot), plastic medium to large tree ornaments, wire (not plastic) ornament hangers, red material for tree skirts (like sheets, bedspreads, material), 2 string icicle lights for hallway, extension cords, 4 to 6 faux large red poinsettias potted plants, extra small command strip hooks to hang lights in hallway.

5. Lodge New Year’s Party in the Works. Last year our Lodge hosted a New Year’s Party with Mumbo Gumbo. It was a smashing success. So, we are going to do it again at our Lodge Hall – and it looks like it will become an annual event. Open to Odd Fellows, Pledges and the public. Chairing our New Year’s Party Committee is Juelie Roggli. We need volunteers for this fun committee primarily to work the bar, work the ticket table, and with decorations. If you would like to volunteer, please contact Dave Rosenberg at daverose@jps.net.

6. “Team Bald Fellows”. Stewart Savage would like to get a team of 10 to 20 people to participate in the annual St. Baldric’s Foundation head-shaving event, raising funds for that foundation to fight childhood cancer. There are a number of children in Davis who are fighting or have fought cancer. We may even provide T-shirts to “Team Bald Fellows”. If anyone wishes to know more about this effort, or to volunteer to be part of this team, contact Stewart at ssavage@abatonconsulting.com.

7. Odd Needle Craft Committee Meets Again. If you are interested in knitting, needlework and needle craft of all sorts, our Lodge has a committee for you. The next gathering is Monday, November 9, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the home of Diana Schmiegel, 3025 Genaro Place, Davis. Bring your individual needlecraft project. The committee will also be working with beginning knitters on easy projects. More information from Kathy Hemness at kfhemness@ucdavis.edu.

8. Odd Hike to the Lake Berryessa Area. Our Lodge’s Take a Hike Committee is planning a 5.2 mile hike in the Lake Berryessa area, on Sunday, November 15. This is open to members, pledges, friends and family. For more information, contact Dave Reed at dreedng@gmail.com.

9. Golf, Anyone? Yes. We have an Odd Fellows Golf Committee. And our Golf Committee is launching the first outing on the Davis Municipal Golf Course, on Wednesday, November 18, with approximate Tee Time at 1 p.m. Co-chairing our Odd Fellows Golf Committee is Charles Filmer and Jeff Oblinger. If you wish more information, or wish to join the first round of golf with our Golf Committee, please contact Charles Filmer at clrfilmer@sbcglobal.net.

10. Odd Fellows Book Club Forming! Our Lodge’s 44th Committee is now a reality. We now have an Odd Fellows Book Club, Co-chaired by Heather Barnes and Jean-Paul Montreuil. What fun! If you are interested in books and may be interested in this Book Club, please contact Heather at hjbarnes76@gmail.com. Future gatherings will be announced.

11. Run/Walk on Thanksgiving Day. “Running With the Turkeys” is a 5K run or walk on Thanksgiving Day (November 26). We already have a half-dozen Odd Fellows interested in participating in an Odd Fellows run/walk team. The event benefits the Yolo County Food Bank. For information or to join the team, contact Janis Rosenberg at janisrosenberg@outlook.com.

12. Odd Fellows Chocolate Festival. We have launched a “Davis Chocolate Festival” organized by the Lodge. We hope to have the inaugural event in 2016, and hope it becomes an annual event at the Lodge and in town. Three members volunteered to Co-chair the Chocolate Festival Committee. Please contact one of the co-chairs if you are interested in serving on the Chocolate Festival Committee, helping to plan and organize the event. The co-chairs are Mary Superak at mericanary@mac.com, Kurt Roggli at kurtroggli@gmail.com, and Sherry Pruitt at pruittto@surewest.com.

13. Seminar in Reno Open to All. Any Odd Fellow may attend the “member’s seminar” in Reno, Nevada, sponsored by the Grand Lodge. The dates are January 16-17, with arrival Friday evening, January 15. If you aspire to be an officer in the Lodge, or are just interested in learning more about the Order, sign up for this seminar. The cost is just $190 per person, which covers the cost of the room, meals and all seminar materials – pretty good deal. Note, registration deadline is December 10. The registration form is attached to this report.

14. Next Lodge Meeting Next Wednesday. Mark your calendars for the next Davis Lodge meeting. It’s this coming Wednesday, October 28, at the Lodge. Social hour (with snacks, appetizers and drinks) begins at 6:15 p.m. and the meeting starts at 7:00 p.m.

Lea Rosenberg
Noble Grand

Noble Grand Report #71

Dear Odd Fellows and Pledges,

1. Would You Like to Sponsor Breakfast with Santa? One of our signature Lodge events is coming up on December 12 – Breakfast with Santa (BWS). We have been putting this popular event on for the community for the past 10 years. Every year a number of Odd Fellows contribute funds to sponsor BWS. If you are interested in being listed as a sponsor of the 2015 BWS, please see the attached letter and get in touch with me. All funds raised go to benefit foster children in Davis and Yolo County, former foster children who just turned 18, the boys who live at Progress Ranch, and a scholarship for King High School (the alternative high school in Davis). You will be publicly recognized for your sponsorship!

2. Lodge New Year’s Party in the Works. Last year our Lodge hosted a New Year’s Party with Mumbo Gumbo. It was a smashing success. So, we are going to do it again at our Lodge Hall – and it looks like it will become an annual event. Open to Odd Fellows, Pledges and the public. Chairing our New Year’s Party Committee is Juelie Roggli. We need volunteers for this fun committee. If you would like to volunteer, please contact Juelie at juelrog@gmail.com. An inaugural meeting to plan this year’s New Year’s Party will be set up in the near future.

3. “Team Bald Fellows”. Stewart Savage would like to get a team of 10 to 20 people to participate in the annual St. Baldric’s Foundation head-shaving event, raising funds for that foundation to fight childhood cancer. There are a number of children in Davis who are fighting or have fought cancer. We may even provide T-shirts to “Team Bald Fellows”. If anyone wishes to know more about this effort, or to volunteer to be part of this team, contact Stewart at ssavage@abatonconsulting.com.

4. Book Club Anyone? We have received interest from a couple of members and pledges to form a Book Club Committee in the Lodge, so folks can read and discuss books! If you are interested, please let me know at learose@jps.net. If there is sufficient interest by at least 5 members or pledges, we may very well create this committee.

5. Club Night This Thursday. Mark your calendars for Club Night at the Lodge tomorrow, October 15, from 5 to 8 p.m. One of our chefs will make sure that dinner is available for those who choose to partake – $7 per plate. Trivia Master Dave Rosenberg will challenge you, and there are prizes for winning tables!

6. Odd Fellows Wine Club Meets Again. Open to members, pledges and guests, the Odd Fellows Wine Club will gather at 7 p.m. on Friday, October 23, at the home of Beth and Bob Dovi, 1816 Titian Place (in the Wildhorse subdivision), Davis. Bring one of your favorite Mendocino or Sonoma County wines to share and taste.

7. Halloween Costume Party on October 24. It’s coming! Our annual Lodge Halloween Party is right around the corner. The date is Saturday, October 24 at the Lodge, from 7 to 10 p.m.. Mark your calendars. Live music with the Gary Lee Yoder Band, costumes, prizes, and more. Donation of $5 is requested. Contact Dave Reed for more information at dreedng@gmail.com.

8. Trees and Other Decor Needed. We need to borrow some items for stage decor for Breakfast with Santa. If you have any of the following contact Debbie at mynainoa1@yahoo.com: 6 pre-lit trees (2 of each – 4-5 foot, 6 foot, and 7 1/2 foot), plastic medium to large tree ornaments, wire (not plastic) ornament hangers, red material for tree skirts (like sheets, bedspreads, material), 2 string icicle lights for hallway, extension cords, 4 to 6 faux large red poinsettias potted plants, extra small command strip hooks to hang lights in hallway.

9. Run/Walk on Thanksgiving Day. “Running With the Turkeys” is a 5K run or walk on Thanksgiving Day (November 26). We already have a half-dozen Odd Fellows interested in participating in an Odd Fellows run/walk team. The event benefits the Yolo County Food Bank. For information or to join the team, contact Janis Rosenberg at janisrosenberg@outlook.com.

10. Odd Fellows Chocolate Festival. We are launching a “Davis Chocolate Festival” organized by the Lodge. We hope to have the inaugural event in 2016, and hope it becomes an annual event at the Lodge and in town. But the planning is starting soon. Three members volunteered to Co-chair the Chocolate Festival Committee. Please contact one of the co-chairs if you are interested in serving on the Chocolate Festival Committee, helping to plan and organize the event. The co-chairs are Mary Superak at mericanary@mac.com, Kurt Roggli at kurtroggli@gmail.com, and Sherry Pruitt at pruittto@surewest.com.

11. Red Books Available. They are going fast. We ordered 30 and half are already sold. If you are a Third Degree member and want your own charge book (the little red book), contact Dave Rosenberg at daverose@jps.net. They are $15 each, checks payable to Davis Lodge.

12. Our Last Bingo Was a Success. Odd Fellows Bingo last Sunday was (once again) a success. We had close to 70 players and a contribution of $637 will be made to the Soroptimist International of Davis to support helping King High School girls plan their futures. Next Bingo is November 8, benefiting the Center for Families. Thank you, Bingo Co-chairs Jean-Paul Montreuil and Jeff Oblinger.

13. Next Lodge Meeting on Wednesday, October 28. Mark your calendars for the next Davis Lodge meeting. It’s Wednesday, October 28, at the Lodge. Social hour begins at 6:15 p.m. and the meeting starts at 7:00 p.m.

Lea Rosenberg
Noble Grand

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