Dear Odd Fellows Members and Pledges,
Wow! This year is winding down, but the Odd Fellow events are winding up!
If you have any questions, comments, or something you would like posted in the next Noble Grand Report, please reply to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
1. Odd Fellows Meetings. After tonight, we’ll have only 3 meetings to go in 2016! Due to Thanksgiving, Breakfast with Santa, and the Winter Holidays, the meetings for November 23rd, December 10th and 28th have been canceled.
*!*! Also, due to the Membership Seminar in Reno, the first meeting of January 2017 will be moved up to January 7th (originally scheduled for January 14th)!*!*
2. Lodge Management Presentation. At the breakfast meeting of November 12th, we will have a special presentation by Lodge Manager Daniela Gutierrez, on the relationship between the Lodge Membership and Lodge Management. If you are interested in learning more, please don’t miss this meeting!
3. Odd Fellows Events. We have a ton of great stuff happening in the next few months! Our regular committee gatherings/events such as Odd NeedleCrafters, Meditation Committee, and Cigar Lounge Committee, to annual events such as Oddtoberfest, Halloween Party, and Breakfast with Santa… and don’t forget the Inaugural Chocolate Festival!
To get your schedule squared away, please check out our Davis Odd Fellows Event Calendar http://DavisLodge.us6.list-manage.com/track/click?u=1832c51640&id=e797213b1c&e=dc3214ac0f.
4. Canton. For the second year, Canton Davis # 7 is volunteering to help homeless Veterans at Dixon Mayfair during the week of October 10th to October 14th. The event website, http://DavisLodge.us6.list-manage1.com/track/click?u=1832c51640&id=f6d143d2b5&e=dc3214ac0f has more details on the event and the volunteer opportunities.
For example, volunteers can sign-up for shifts from Noon to 6PM in the kitchen or as volunteer check-in staff or the more open “Wherever Needed” in addition to other more specific tasks.
Several folks from the Canton have decided to volunteer for Kitchen tasks on Thursday, October 13th from Noon to 6PM. I designate this Canton Group One. Additional volunteers for this shift can signup and let me know of your plans.
If you wish to volunteer for another shift on another time and date, you can do so. Perhaps, we can get 2 or 3 groups from the Canton and other Odd Fellows. Let’s coordinate.
I have several attachments that help interested folks to navigate the event website.
If you are interested, let me know and I can send the attachments and also respond to your questions.
Dennis Corcoran, email@example.com
5. Davis Odd Fellows Hall. The Lounge, located at 423 2nd Street, is at long last open and ready for your reservations!
If you wish to request The Lounge for use by a Committee, you may do so by completing the Committee Hall Request form available on our website (rentdavislodge.com) and submitting it into the office. The Lounge is available for Committee use free of charge on a first-come, first-served basis. Members may bring alcoholic beverages for consumption during meetings without a corkage fee. However, our license does not currently permit the sale of alcohol in The Lounge, or consumption of alcohol by anyone who is not a current, active member of the Odd Fellows or Rebekahs.
You may also reserve The Lounge for personal use at a reduced rate, or use it for your annual free rental (for members in good standing for more than 2 years.) You may make this request by filling out the Rental Agreement and Application that is available on our website and submitting it in the office.
Dear Odd Fellows and Pledges,
You (and your guests) are invited to our inaugural use of our new Lounge as the venue for gourmet dinners and wine pairings! The first such dinner will be on Wednesday, August 31, with social hour at 6 p.m. and dinner service beginning at 7 p.m. There will be four courses and six wine tastings included in this dinner. The various courses are prepared by Chef Sarun Kao and Chef Michael Sutton. Cost is $60 per person, and space is quite limited.
Please join us for our first event in The Lounge. 4 course meal paired with 6 wine tastings, $60 per person. Space is very limited. Please RSVP to reserve your seat Allison@rentdavislodge.com or call the office @ 530.758.4940
- Wine: Sauvignon Blanc
- Food: Prosciutto Wrapped Melon and Shrimp Tempura with Mango Relish
- Wine: Value and Premium Chardonnay
- Food: Cheese Stuffed Zucchini Blossom on a Bed of Greens
- Wine: Value and Premium Cabernet and Premium Red Blend
- Food: Flank Steak Roulade with Kale and Wild mushrooms topped with Pine Nuts. Served with a 3 cheese Risotto and Garlic Roasted Brussel Sprouts
- Grilled Peaches with Bourbon Whipped Cream
Gene Parsons and David Hayes visit the Odd Fellows Hall here in Davis. Tickets are now on sale for the concert which will take place at the Odd Fellows Hall located at 415 2nd Street, on Saturday, Sept. 10th at 7:30PM. This is an all ages concert. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at Watermelon Music or Armadillo Music, both in downtown Davis or online at geneparsonsdavis.eventbrite.com. It promises to be a wonderful evening of music and I hope to see you there.
Gene Parsons & David Hayes
Gene Parsons is a guitarist, vocalist, banjo player, inventor, drummer, songwriter, arranger and innovative engineer. He is probably best known as the drummer during the Byrds groundbreaking country-rock period. He later cut a few solo records that underlined his position as a country-rock pioneer. In 1968 he joined the band Nashville West, which featured inventive guitarist Clarence White, and played on the group’s self-titled debut album. Later that year both Parsons and White joined The Byrds, debuting on Dr. Byrds & Mr. Hyde. Parsons stuck around until 1972, with high points including the albums The Ballad of Easy Rider and Untitled, and then left for a solo career. His debut album, Kindling, was released in 1973 on Warner Brothers and featured appearances by White, Ralph Stanley, and Vassar Clements, among others. Parsons has had a solo career ever since.
David Hayes is a bassist, guitarist, producer, singer, songwriter and veteran of nearly 5,000 stage performances. David is best known internationally for his work with Van Morrison, accompanying Morrison in more concerts than any of Van’s other stage musicians. He was also toured with Jesse Colin Young. From 1987 to 1997 David primarily focused on his playing with Southside Johnny and The Asbury Dukes and his solo work. He returned to Van’s bands in the late 90’s and through 2010. He continues as a session musician, recording on Karl Derfler productions in the Bay Area, including work with Sheryl Crow and others.
Odd Fellows and Friends,
The annual trek to the Historic Volcano Lodge is coming on Saturday September 17. For those of you who haven’t heard of this event, here is the background. This Odd Fellows lodge was formed in 1854 in the foothills town of Volcano in Amador County. The building is co-owned with the Masons. In order to maintain ownership, the Odd Fellows must hold at least one meeting each year. Many of us have associate memberships which cost $5.00.
The lodge hall is upstairs and has no electric lighting. Light is provided by oil or kerosene lamps. Volcano is a quaint little town. The meeting in the lodge will be at 11:15 am. For those who are interested, some will have lunch in the nearby historic St. George Hotel. If you want to join the lunch, you should RSVP. See the attached flyer.
If there is interest, we could do some wine-tasting in Amador County after lunch.
Contact Dave Reed if interested in attending
Greetings Fellow Odd Fellows and Pledges!
Check out the cool stuff below! If you have any questions or comments, please reply to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
1. Chess Club. Who is interested in an Odd Fellows Chess Club Committee? Let me know by replying to email@example.com, and remember: “Attackers may sometimes regret bad moves, but it is much worse to forever regret an opportunity you allowed to pass by.” ~ Garry Kasparov, Former World Chess Champion.
2. Odd Ball Bowling. Bowling shirts designed by Janis Rosenberg are available for purchase. If you would like some snazzy new threads, please contact Bob Dovi by July 18th, at firstname.lastname@example.org. The next bowling outing will be in September at Capital Bowl in West Sacramento.
3. Football. Kevin Sitz is interested in organizing a lodge soccer or flag football team, IOOF FC, as well as organizing events to go watch pro football or soccer. Stay tuned for an email from Kevin with more information.
4. Bingo! Davis Encampment #21 had a great time at bingo last Sunday, and was awarded $878 in proceeds and donations! Next bingo will be August 14th, supporting Yolo Community Care Continuum.
5. The Davis Odd Fellows Lodge #169 would like to organize a bike ride from Davis to Winters and back, stopping for breakfast in Winters. It’s 32 miles round trip over flat terrain. Breakfast is always a huge motivator for me! How many other people would be interested? Please reply to me at email@example.com to express your interest and the details will come soon!
6. Children’s Concert. Ed Lewis is performing the next Children’s Concert on July 16th from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. It’s a very entertaining and interactive time for children ages 2 -10. Free admission, donations welcome.
7. Lodge Budget. At the meeting of June 11th, Treasurer Janis Rosenberg presented a lodge budget for 2017 and she is looking for input from the membership. If you have any comments, questions, or suggestions, please email them to Janis at firstname.lastname@example.org.
8. Three Degree Night. In the Lodge Lower Hall on Wednesday, July 20, beginning at 6:30 p.m. At that time, you will be instructed in the First Degree (the Degree of Friendship), the Second Degree (the Degree of Love) and the Third Degree (the Degree of Truth) – all in one evening. We will start promptly at 6:30 p.m. and should be done by 8:30 p.m. You will be instructed in the mysteries, passwords and signs of each degree, and when we are done, you will hold all degrees available in an Odd Fellows Lodge. If you wish to attend, RSVP to Dave Rosenberg at email@example.com. Note that there is a charge of $10 per degree (total of $30) payable that evening to “Davis Lodge”.
Dear Dedicated Members for Change,
Evolution and change must be the hallmark for Odd Fellowship going forward. If we continue to operate as we have for the last 50 years the results will be pretty much the same: membership losses and closed Lodges.
At present, I submit that there are three categories of Odd Fellows: (1) The progressive and energetic members who understand that Lodges can be transformed, and new members brought in, when the Lodge provides fun activities for members, their families, and prospective members, and also reaches out into the community to do good works. (2) Those members who, frankly, don’t really care about the future of their Lodge so long as it provides the same kind of experience that they have always enjoyed. Status quo is just fine for them. They care about the present, and not so much about the future. (3) Members who recognize the problem as their Lodge membership shrinks and as the Lodge members age, but don’t really know what to do about it.
This article is not written for the first category of Odd Fellows – those members are doing just fine, and their Lodges will, in time, experience a Renaissance. Nor is this article written for the second category of Odd Fellows. They live in their own bubble, and their Lodges will simply fade away in time. This article is written for the third category of Odd Fellow. For the members who care to reinvigorate their Lodges (but don’t know how), I provide ten tested, tried-and-true programs – pick one or two, and I guarantee the result will be rejuvenated Lodge members and new members who are interested in joining an active Lodge.
Here are ten methods you can take to the bank of membership development:
1. Every Lodge in North America has a date that it was instituted and given a charter. Spend at least three months preparing for a Lodge Community Open House to celebrate that date. Send out press releases, invite local elected officials, and plan an event open to the community. Make sure members invite their families and friends. Provide music, a cake, perhaps some historical tours of the Lodge Hall. You get the idea. This is an easy event and really opens your Lodge to the community.
2. Every community has local musicians, singers, and bands. Open your Lodge once a month to performances by these groups. Make it free to the public (donations accepted, of course). Set some chairs up for the audience. There is no reason you can’t use your Lodge Hall for such a music venue.
3. Plan and execute a spaghetti feed for a local charity or community group. If you don’t have a certified kitchen, then make it a catered event. Keep the cost low, charge admission to the members and the public and provide the donations to the local charity or community group. If you can line up at least 10 “sponsors” for the event – who will each donate $100 to the ultimate beneficiary – all the better. Put up some posters. Make sure you send a press release out before and after the event.
4. Rent a bus to take your members, friends and family on a day trip. Keep the cost down – you are not here to make a profit, just to cover your expenses. Visit local wineries, or breweries, or a cheese factory, and plan on either bringing lunch for a picnic, or visiting a restaurant for lunch.
5. Pick a community project, get some volunteers, do it, and make sure you get recognized for it in your local press. What community project? Let your imagination be your guide, and tailor your project to your community. Some examples of projects you could consider: A Downtown Clean Up Day. Volunteering at the local animal shelter. Adopt-a-highway. A social visit to the local convalescent or retirement home.
6. Plan a regular activity once a month for your Lodge members – and make it a regular feature. What activity? Again, let your imagination guide you, based on the ages and inclinations of the members. Some examples of activities you could consider: Bowling night. Poker night. Take a hike in a local park. Dinner and movie. Or show movies at the Lodge.
7. Carpool to an Odd Fellow/Rebekah facility and pay them a visit. Lots of options are available: The Meadows of Napa Valley. The Rebekah Children’s Home. The Saratoga Retirement Community. The Odd Fellow Museum housed at the historic San Francisco Odd Fellows Temple. Or visit another Lodge and take a tour. A phone call or two to coordinate the visit, and your members will be welcomed.
8. Sponsor a youth activity in your town. It can be a local Little League or Soccer team, or it could be a Boy Scout or Girl Scout Troop. The kids and their families will appreciate it. And having the three link logo on sport’s jerseys is an added benefit.
9. Create a unique event for the members of your Lodge, family members and potential members. Make it an annual affair. It can be as varied as the community your live in and the membership of your Lodge. Perhaps a Halloween Party. Or an Oktoberfest. Or a karaoke night at the Lodge. Or a chocolate chip cookie baking contest. Or a bicycle trip. The list could go on and on.
10. And one of the simplest techniques of all: When you get to the point of inviting a new member to apply, make sure to also invite that potential new member’s spouse, significant other, boyfriend or girlfriend. Why settle for one new member when you can have two.
What have you got to lose?
F – L – T
Past Grand Master