The 8th annual “A Taste of Davis”, organized and hosted by the Davis Odd Fellows Lodge, was another smashing success. We wish to say “thank you” to the 250 members of the public who attended and enjoyed the food, wine, beer and other culinary treats served by 20 local purveyors on both floors of the Odd Fellows Lodge Hall. We heard many positive comments and saw many satisfied smiles.
Many individuals and businesses deserve a big “thank you”.
The Purveyors of good food and beverages at this year’s Taste of Davis were: Berryessa Gap Winery, Blue Note Brewery, Bogle Vineyards, ChickPeas, Common Grounds, Davis Creamery, Gesche’s Gourmet Catering, Hunan Bar & Restaurant, Let Them Eat Cake, Maria’s Cantina, Papa John’s Pizza, Putah Creek Winery, Sudwerk, The Lodge Catering, Three Mile Brewery, Tres Hermanas, Turkovich Family Winery, Wing Stop, the Upper Crust Baking Company, and Zumapoke.
Major sponsor for the 2017 Taste of Davis was Pacific Gas & Electric Co. Super sponsors supporting the event are the Davis Enterprise (and Editor Debbie Davis and Advertising Manager Nancy Hannell) and Davis Downtown (formerly know as DDBA). Sponsors include Dawn Coder, Davis Firefighters Local 3494, Mayor Robb Davis, Beth and Bob Dovi, Stacie and Lucas Frerichs, Supervisor Jim Provenza, Sherry and Tony Pruitt, Kathy and Ted Puntillo, Lea and Dave Rosenberg, Charlene Sailer and Howie Spero, Lisa and Jesse Salinas, Diana and Paul Schmiegel, Arun Sen, Andrew Skaggs, Greg Tanner, Timmons Owens Jansen & Tichy Inc., Joyce Trujillo, University Retirement Community, Allison Zuvela.
Thank you, also, to the many Odd Fellows who volunteered their time and energy to this event: Dawn Coder, Robb White, Joyce Puntillo, Joel Mandel, Steve Lin, Nancy Schrott, Elizabeth Lasensky, Cecilia Escamilla-Greenwald, Kelli O’Day, Kati O’Day, Joe Otto, Ed Lewis, Tony Pruitt, Sherry Pruitt, Robin Dewey, Amanda Maples, Danny Tomasello, Aaron Wedra, Bill Grabert, Renee Liston, Alex Saldivar, Arun Sen, Greg Tanner, Diana Schmiegel, Mary de Soto, and co-Chairs Lea and Dave Rosenberg. Thank you also to the Lodge Operations Manager Allison Vickrey and Lodge Assistant Operations Manager Daniela Gutierrez. And special thanks to the two vendors who sold tickets for us: Avid Reader Active and Common Grounds. Thank you to the Lodge webmaster and Noble Grand Stewart Savage.
Every year the Davis Odd Fellows designate a beneficiary for some of the proceeds of this event. The Elderly Nutrition Program will be the beneficiary of a financial donation this year.
This great community social event will continue. We have already chosen the date for the 9th annual “A Taste of Davis”. Mark your calendars for Thursday, April 26, 2018.
Lea and Dave Rosenberg
Taste of Davis Co-Chairs
Dear Dedicated Members for Change,
I am pleased to submit to you an article written by one of the founders of DMC Rick Boyles, Past Grand Master of this jurisdiction. Rick always presents a thought-provoking submission.
Also, attached to this newsletter is a flier announcing our DMC event at Grand Lodge Sessions. We will hold our annual event OPEN TO ALL on Thursday, May 18, from 5 to 8 p.m. in the Sierra Nevada Ballroom of the Grand Lodge hotel – the Visalia Marriott. It will feature live music, an all-you-can-eat Taco Bar, a no-host bar, and some brief welcoming comments from leaders of our Order. This “Friendship Evening” promises to be a fun and relaxing evening for all. We cordially invite all Grand Lodge and Rebekah Assembly representatives, and their guests, to attend. The cost is a remarkably low $15 per person if you RSVP and pay by May 8 (we are able to keep the cost so low because a number of Lodges and members sponsor and subsidize this event – we will list the names of those generous Lodges and members in future newsletters). If you don’t RSVP and pay by May 8, you may still attend the event on May 18 and pay at the door, but the cost at the door is $35 per person – representing the actual per person cost of the event. Obviously, advance reservation will save you money! Please clip the bottom portion of the flier and mail it in with your check(s) to reserve your spot at the “Friendship Evening.”
F – L – T
Past Grand Master
Tote that barge, lift that bale …
Many times I have heard the notion that we must do more work, perform extensive chores, carry additional loads, and become in essence beasts of burden for our order. Nothing to me seems to be of a greater absurdity. A great percentage of our members are already at their breaking point. The idea that we should ask ever-increasing effort from them borders on the insane. Yet there are some among us who measure a member’s worth based solely upon the number of order-related duties they put in. This must not be the basis upon which we judge a member. All members have value and to place a gauge on them purely based upon physical effort only succeeds in belittling the order itself and really by its own definition generates a lessening of our membership base. I have spoken to many of our members who have left our order simply because they don’t have the energy or time to serve the order in this manner.
A joke in my family is that if a warning light is glowing in one of our cars, we simply turn the radio up! This is similar to the way I see the order. Rather than thinking of basic change within our order, we are lulled into a false sense of security when those of us who attend regular order-related events see 100 people in attendance, but in actuality, that has become an ever-diminishing amount. Receptions 50 years ago had hundreds of people in attendance. Then, those of us who aspire to bigger positions within our order seem to imply that the few of us still willing to attend events work even harder to build membership. I wonder if we really ever grasp the incongruity of this demand. If our membership is decreasing, it’s difficult to see how a new membership by brute force plan will increase membership by comparison. I often see members forcing applications into visitor’s hands and rarely do these people join. Why? Simply put, the visitors will join if they see something of value to joining. They will not join because we plead with them to join. Some of our members are absolute dynamos – but all of us are unique, and many are too busy in their normal lives to take on additional responsibility. Rather than forcing responsibility on a harried new or prospective member, see what they would like to do, and then you may be pleasantly surprised.
There clearly are ways to get new members, but telling each prospective member that you expect them to lead a charity drive, head up a committee within your lodge, or to walk around pleading with others to join is short-sighted at best. Most people with jobs simply don’t have the time needed to solidify your lodge. You can find people willing to do charity work, but it should not be a requirement for membership. And yet, I have heard prominent members say that they feel the secret to membership is to encourage people to do charity work. While this may seem admirable, it is rather ludicrous to assume that in today’s world, the normal person, working 40 hours a week, in their few free hours is willing to work tirelessly to wave the Odd Fellow flag. We do have many members who put in countless hours without complaint, who march in parades, or visit the homeless, or help with the aged, and this is clearly admirable, but also time-consuming, and not always transferable. So, before we who put in extra hours demand new people emulate our endeavors, we need to look at the new and prospective members and see what they view as necessary to make them happy. I find that if we ask the new member what they themselves seek in joining our order, we may be happily surprised why they want to join. But charity by force will not work. In fact, force itself is meaningless, and just makes us look like bullies. If we want new members to contribute, we need to encourage them to show us what they want themselves. Some lodges have many committees and different charitable goals, but the successful ones lead by example, not by force. I have faith in the individual. Forcing new members to walk in lockstep will do nothing more than force them to abandon the march.
In Friendship, Love, and Truth, Rick Boyles
Dave Rosenberg was promoted to the rank of Colonel and elected to the position of Commander, First Regiment, Patriarchs Militant, Jurisdiction of California. The PM is the “Degree of Universal Justice” and is the highest degree in Odd Fellowship.
Arun Sen was elected Lieutenant Colonel and Dennis Corcoran was elected Major.
Rosenberg, Sen and Corcoran received their commissions on October 19.
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
Patricia Boone, recipient of the Davis Odd Fellows Charities scholarship, speaks at a Northwestern University School of Law community Event. Alumnus J.B. Pritzker and his wife, M.K. Pritzker, have made a $100 million gift that will significantly advance the mission and vision of Pritzker’s alma mater, one of the nation’s leading law schools.
The Triffle P. and Annie G. Ivancovich made a generous donation to the Independent Order of Odd Fellows to establish Davis Odd Fellows Charities, Inc. (a 501(c)(3) corporation) which operates a scholarship fund for the benefit of orphans and young men and women who grew up in the foster care system. This fund can provide scholarships of between $5,000 to $10,000 for recipients.
The announcement was made on Thursday, October 22, 2015, at a community event held in Thorne Auditorium. Watch a video of the event here:
Dear Dedicated Members for Change,
Lewis Carroll, in his book “Alice in Wonderland” perhaps said it this way: “It’s no use going back to yesterday, because I was a different person then.”
For more along this line, we offer the following article, written by Past Grand Master Rick Boyles.
F – L – T
Jurisdiction of California
A Member of the World
Recently, the news show 60 Minutes had a segment on the most sophisticated machine in the world, a super-collider, The Hadron Collider, built underground in Switzerland and France in order to study the world’s tiniest matter, solve intricate science problems, and questions relating to our position in the universe. Sub-atomic particles called protons travel almost at the speed of light and their collisions emulate what may have occurred at the time of the Big Bang, the cataclysmic explosion that is purported to be the beginning of the universe as we know it. Through this process, scientists discovered the Higgs Boson particle, famously called “the God Particle”, which gives all matter the image of mass. The large collection of scientists involved in this research is known as CERN, so large and pervasive a group that they are making other stupendous discoveries as well. In fact, there is some expectation that they are going to reveal other actual dimensions, which the famous “string theory” (a theory of quantum gravity) requires in order to prove its own viability. They are also investigating dark matter and dark energy which may further help explain the measurements of the universe, since without the existence of dark matter the measurements of the universe are inaccurate. Discoveries are now coming so quickly, that by the time you read this there may have been additional discoveries made.
What is my point? Simply that we in the Independent Order of Odd Fellows are stuck as if we reside in a permanent time warp. Most of us are elderly and not quick to accept change. Our failure to adapt to new things can permeate everything we say or do. This may not seem damaging to anyone, but if we fail to show progress, we only succeeding in showing our age. In order for us to grow, we must embrace the world that we are a part of, not deny its existence, and in a small way, we already do, to some extent. A scientist on 60 minutes noted that while it may seem incredible that we may be able to discover new dimensions, 100 years ago we would have been incredulous at the existence of cell phones, or many other facets of today’s world. Most of us now accept and use cell phones, so we have adapted to the present somewhat. In order to grow into today’s world, we should recognize all the other ways in which we can modernize.
1) We must resolve to lose our prejudices. The world around us has changed. Religious prejudice, race prejudice, sexual prejudice all are truly outmoded and have no place in today’s world.
2) We no longer attract anyone by bobbing for apples, pinning the tail on the donkey, or any of the other pastimes of the distant past. If we seek to attract members, we need to offer something new and inviting, not simply a revisit to our own childhood.
3) Stress kills. Our order does not need any more stress. No one’s title should entitle them to be a bearer of stress.
4) Time is of the essence. The world is faster than in our youth. Most people, particularly those with jobs, don’t have the time or the inclination to spend more than a couple free hours having fun. That is where we should focus our attention. An evening at a lodge should be fun-filled, stress-less, and noninvasive.
5) Loosen the reins. Hats are okay, so is happiness, good food, jokes, fun. Tuxedos, spats, corsages, and petticoats are all part of history.
6) Your god is your god. He/she may not be mine. Everyone believes their own religion is right. It is right for them. Your belief does not trump theirs.
7) Live a little. Recruit your friends. Tell them you are getting together to have food and tell jokes. You can read the minutes, but why not make sure they last about a minute? No need to bludgeon everyone with your reports. Read them quick and then move on to the fun parts of our order. Very few join to hear the minutes. Happiness is catching.
If we are going to grow, we need to not only modernize we need to see that the world around us is changing. We need to pull our heads out of the sand and modernize with it.
In Friendship, Love and Truth, Rick Boyles