On August 2, 2017, Davis Encampment #21, at a special meeting, conferred all Encampment Degrees on eight new Patriarchs and Matriarchs. Receiving the Patriarchal Degree, the Golden Rule Degree and the Royal Purple Degree were:
Supervised by Chief Patriarch Tony Pruitt, the Davis Encampment Degree Team was headed by Past Chief Patriarch Dave Rosenberg, who was joined by Encampment members Cathy Aubill, Dennis Corcoran, Juelie Roggli, Kurt Roggli, Arun Sen and Kevin Sitz.
With the addition of these 8 new Patriarchs and Matriarchs, Davis Encampment #21 has 49 members, making it one of the two largest Encampments in the State of California. The 49 members of the Davis Encampment comprise about 20% of the total Encampment membership in the state.
The Davis Encampment is part of the Davis Odd Fellows Lodge #169
August 2017 Davis Odd Fellows Event Listing
Note: Many of our Committees (including Music and Concerts, Wine Club, Golf, Odd Bowling, etc.) take July and/or August off, so the events over the summer months are reduced. Rest assured, they will be back with vigor in September.
As a convenience to Members and Pledges, here is a calendar of meetings and events for August 2017. This list contains meetings and events that have been brought to my attention at firstname.lastname@example.org. For a complete list of activities, please refer to our website at http://davislodge.org. Here is the upcoming calendar for August:
Tuesday, August 1 – Davis Encampment Special Meeting to confer Encampment degrees, 7 p.m. in the Lounge
Wednesday, August 2 – “Mysteries of the IOOF” presented by Dave Rosenberg in the Lounge, 7 p.m. All Odd Fellows, Pledges and Guests are welcome. No RSVP necessary.
Thursday, August 3 – Club Night at the Lodge, Lower Hall, 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. Dinner (Pork Ribs, Veggie Beans, Cole Slaw, Hawaiian Rolls) served around 6:00 p.m. Trivia Master is Matthew Elliott.
Friday, August 5 – Cave Degree weekend in Yreka. Contact Dave Reed for more information at email@example.com.
Sunday, August 6 – Odd Fellows Sports Committee goes to a SF Giants baseball game, 1:05 p.m. Contact Kevin Sitz for times and travel info at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Monday, August 7 – Odd Fellows Gaming Committee meets – Mah Jongg Night, Lounge, 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. Contact Jean-Paul Montreuil for information and details at email@example.com.
Thursday, August 10 – Club Night at the Lodge, Lower Hall, 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. Dinner (Chili – both Veggie and Meat – Corn Bread, Green Salad)) is served around 6:00 p.m. Trivia Master Kevin Sitz.
Saturday, August 12 – 2nd Saturday Breakfast Meeting of the Odd Fellows Lodge, Lower Hall. Breakfast served at 8:45 a.m. and social meeting begins at 9:30 a.m.
Saturday, August 12 – Davis Encampment meeting starts after Odd Fellows meeting around 11:00 a.m. Contact Tony Pruitt for more information firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sunday, August 13 – 2nd Sunday Odd Fellows Bingo, Lower Hall, doors open at 12 noon, and Bingo begins at 1 p.m. The beneficiary this month is NAMI. For information, contact Dawn Coder at DawnCoder@gmail.com.
Monday, August 14 – Hall Board Association meets in the Committee Room, 5:00 p.m. For more information, contact Dave Rosenberg at email@example.com.
Monday, August 14 – Odd Fellows Gaming Committee meets at the Lodge. Times and locations may vary. Contact Jean-Paul Montreuil for information and details at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Monday, August 14 – Odd Needlecrafters meets from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Lounge. All welcome – experienced or novice. Contact Kathy Hemness at email@example.com..
Thursday, August 17 – Club Night at the Lodge, 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Dinner (Meatloaf and Falafel, Mashed Potatoes and Green Beans) is served around 6:00 p.m. Trivia Night with Trivia Master Lea Rosenberg.
Friday, August 18 – Gourmet Dinner Night with Premium Wine Pairings, in the Lounge. Reservations required. Contact Allison Vickrey at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Monday, August 21 – Odd Fellows Gaming Committee meets at the Lodge. Times and locations may vary. Contact Jean-Paul Montreuil for information and details at email@example.com.
Tuesday, August 22 – Odd Fellows Tuesday Movie Matinee group will meet at a local theater to enjoy a movie. To join or for more information contact Diane Steele at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wednesday, August 23 – Canton Davis #7 meets in the Committee Room, 5:45 p.m. Contact Sheryl Cambron for more information email@example.com.
Wednesday, August 23 – 4th Wednesday evening meeting of the Odd Fellows Lodge. Social hour at 6:15 p.m. in the Lower Hall. Meeting (members only) at 7:00 p.m. in the Upper Hall.
Thursday, August 24 – Club Night at the Lodge, 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Dinner (BBQ Chicken, Grilled Portobellos, Corn on the Cob, Green Salad)) is served around 6:00 p.m. Trivia Night with Trivia Master Dave Rosenberg.
Saturday, August 26 – Odd Fellows Sports Committee goes to an Oakland A’s baseball game, 1:05 p.m. Contact Kevin Sitz for times and travel info at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sunday, August 27 – Odd Fellows Cigar Lounge Committee meets at Westfield Park, 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. Contact Dave Rosenberg for details at email@example.com.
Monday, August 28 – Odd Fellows Gaming Committee meets at the Lodge. Times and locations may vary. Contact Jean-Paul Montreuil for information and details at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Monday, August 28 – Davis Rebekah Lodge meets, 7 p.m. Contact Diana Schmiegel for more information email@example.com.
Thursday, August 31 – Club Night at the Lodge, 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Tonight is Potluck Night – everyone invited to bring a dish to share. This will be a relaxing social evening.
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Long range Major Events calendar dates:
September 3 – Odd Fellows Children’s Sunday Movie Matinee – “Willie Wonka & the Chocolate Factory”
September 17 – Annual visit to the Historic Volcano Lodge.
September 17 – Odd Fellows Classic Film Festival – “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington”.
September 24 – Odd Fellows Classic Film Festival – “The Philadelphia Story”.
September 30 – Wine Club Trip to Clarksburg Wineries.
October 1 – Odd Fellows Classic Film Festival – “Bell, Book & Candle”.
October 8 – OddtoberFest.
October 15 – Grand Encampment and Military Council meets in Fresno.
October 15 – Davis Storytelling Festival.
October 25 – Initiation of the Fall 2017 Pledge Class.
November 5 – Davis Odd Fellows Chocolate Festival.
November 19 – Tellebration.
December 16 – Breakfast with Santa.
January 5-7 – Member Educational Seminar in Reno
January 20 – Davis Odd Fellows Lodge Installation and Awards Dinner.
Open to the Public – All Vegetarian Dinner with Wine Pairings – Reservations Required
The Davis Odd Fellows Lodge is now accepting reservations for a unique, delicious, healthy All-Vegetarian Gourmet Dinner with Wine Pairings, to be offered on Friday, August 18, in the Odd Fellows Lounge. This is a multi-course dinner with wines paired for each course. Wine is provided by the folks at Steele Winery.
Dinner will be prepared by our talented in-house Chefs Sarun and Michael. The hosting winemaker from Steele is extremely knowledgeable about wine and will join us for dinner to explain each of the several wines that are offered.
Appetizer – Baked Brie with Local Honey and Fresh Fruit paired with Shooting star Sauvignon Blanc 2016
First Course – Waldorf Salad filled Endives paired with Steele Pinot Blanc 2015
Entrée – Ratatouille with House-made Pesto paired with Steele Pinot Noir Carneros 2013
Dessert – Opera Cake with Fresh Peaches paired with Steele Touriga Nacional
The multi-course dinner, including wines, is priced at a reasonable $45 per person, but seating is limited so we suggests you RSVP soon and reserve your seats. Checks payable to “The Lodge”.
RSVP deadline is August 11.
RSVP to Allison at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (530) 758-4940.
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
At this point in my year as Grand Master, I have visited in excess of 20 Lodges. I’ve seen the good, the bad, and even the ugly. Some Lodges are thriving. Many Lodges are trying. Other Lodges are fading. In the spirit of giving Lodges the warning signs of a failing Lodge, here – based on my experience – are what I consider the “Top Ten Reasons” that Lodges fail (with apologies to David Letterman and his Top Ten Lists):
Number 10. Inadequate signage. Most of our Lodges have been around for over 100 years, and many are located in the heart of downtown. Yet too often I have seen Lodges that are invisible. If you are an Odd Fellows Lodge, be proud of it and make sure that there is a large, distinct and easily visible sign that proclaims the building to be a Lodge of Odd Fellows.
Number 9. Decrepit halls. Nothing turns potential members off faster than a shabby Lodge Hall. A building with old paint, a clear need for repairs, and a dusty and dirty interior speaks volumes to the public. Such a building says, “we are old and we don’t care.”
Number 8. Failure to let go. In some Lodges, the same one or two people run everything, and have done so for 10 years, 20 years, or even longer. It’s time to let go. A new generation of leaders needs to be given their turn to be in charge of the Lodge. If you continue to do everything in the Lodge, you may think you are helping. But what you are doing is restricting newer members from enjoying the full IOOF experience. Don’t hold a position beyond your time. Better to train the newer members so they can flourish and continue the Order into the next generation.
Number 7. No, no, no. I have experienced the dreaded “no” in too many Lodges. Newer members are stifled, disappointed, frustrated, and even angered when the “long-time” members always say “no” to every new idea. Don’t always say “no”, or “we tried that a few years ago, and it doesn’t work”, or “that’s a stupid idea.” Learn to say “yes”. Let the newer members try.
Number 6. Constant comment. Nothing is more restricting and embarrassing for newer members than to always hear comments from the sidelines during a meeting such as: “You are standing in the wrong place” or “that word is pronounced ‘sectarian'” or “wait, it’s not your turn”. Don’t become the Lodge bully. Of course, you want to help the new members, but do it discretely, and perhaps following the meeting. Everyone makes mistakes in the beginning.
Number 5. Booooooring. Nothing says “this is a Lodge of grandfathers and grandmothers” louder than holding a boring meeting. Unfortunately, I have attended too many meetings where the meeting consisted of little more than verbatim reading of the minutes, sick and in distress, paying a couple of bills, and that’s it. Without committee reports, old business and new business, the message conveyed is that this is a moribund Lodge.
Number 4. Bicker, bicker, bicker. Many times I have heard from newer members who tell me that they attended a few meetings and then stopped because they couldn’t stand the bickering and sniping amongst the members. We are Odd Fellows. We are supposed to practice friendship, love, and truth. No one wants to hear about your petty complaints about other members. Get over it, shake hands and move on.
Number 3. Failure to have fun. The surest way to send a Lodge into its death spiral is to forget that we are a fraternal order and it’s OK to have fun. Lodges must plan social events that the members enjoy. Without such social events, the Lodge loses an entire dimension of its value to members.
Number 2. Failure to reach out. It is important to the work of this Order and the image of IOOF for Lodges to reach out into their communities to do good works. It’s also important to the new and younger members. This is the next generation who we wish to attract. These young men and women want to help out in the community and want to foster charitable causes. And it’s not just writing a check here and there. That’s too easy. Members want to engage hands-on in good charitable and community works.
Number 1. Failure to bring in new members. The #1 reason the Lodges fail is self-evident. I visited a Lodge recently that had not brought in a new member in over 5 years. The remaining members had dropped to less than 20 and virtually everyone was in his/her 70’s and 80’s. What do you think the future of that Lodge might be? That Lodge had skipped an entire generation (perhaps two) of new members. Obviously, the Lodge is heading down the path of demise. Without new members, a fraternal order ultimately perishes.
Do you recognize any of these “Top Ten Reasons” in your own Lodge?
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Dear Odd Fellows and Pledges,
We have a new Lodge Committee – the Odd Fellows “Children’s Sunday Movie Matinee” Committee – and we are offering our first film – open to the general public – on Sunday, September 3, in the Upper Hall of the Lodge. On that afternoon we will present some old-time cartoons followed by our feature film: Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. This is the original classic film from 1971 with the late great Gene Wilder. Remember all the iconic aspects of this film: the coveted Golden Tickets, the eccentric Willie Wonka, Mr. Slugworth, the Oompah Loompahs, the river of chocolate, and more.
Bring your children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and neighbors. This is not just for Odd Fellows and Pledges – it is open to the general public. It is free of charge (although small donations at the door are gratefully accepted). The attached poster (created by Chuck White) gives all the details, including start times. We will offer a number of snacks for sale at the Matinee, including ice cream, juice and chocolate. A number of “firsts” will be offered on September 3:
* This will be the first film in what we hope will be a series of Sunday matinees featuring children’s movies. All films will be suitable for children, and adults, and the entire family. Willie Wonka, for example, is enjoyable to children of all ages – but adults find it entertaining as well – there are nuances in the film (particularly in the performance of Gene Wilder) that only the adults in the room will pick up.
* This will be the first use of our new big-screen projection system which will be installed in the Upper Hall this summer. The equipment is state-of-the art and the screen is larger. There are no windows in the Upper Hall, so the reduced lighting will allow for increased visibility of the film. I expect a much better video and audio presentation in the Upper Hall. Be the first to see the new big-screen performance!
Members of the Children’s Sunday Movie Matinee Committee are Jean-Paul Montreuil, Juelie Roggli, Beth Dovi, Lea Rosenberg, Marisa Browne, Kelli O’Day, Lisa Salinas, and me.
No RSVP’s – just come by for the first Children’s Sunday Movie Matinee at the Lodge on Sunday, September 3. Mark your calendars!
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For the Children’s Movie Matinee Committee
p.s. If anyone is interested in serving on this committee for future presentations, please let me know!
The “Children’s Sunday Movie Matinee” Committee has scheduled the first Sunday Matinee for children of all ages in the Upper Hall at the Odd Fellows Hall: Sunday. September 3. Doors open at 12:47 p.m., old-time cartoons will start at 1:01 p.m. and the feature film will begin at 1:17 p.m. All Odd times. The film is a classic: The original 1971 “Willie Wonka and the Chocolate factory” starring Gene Wilder. Bring your children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and the whole family. Our Sunday Movie Matinees are open not only to Odd Fellows and Pledges, but also to the general community – invite your friends and neighbors. Admission is free (although donations are accepted). There are no parking restrictions on Sundays.
In addition to the cartoons and feature film, we will have a snack bar where you and the kids can purchase ice cream, juice and chocolate. Come by the Lodge on September 3 to see the debut of our new Big Screen Projection System in the Upper Hall.