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
Dear Odd Fellows and Pledges,
1. Next Lodge Meeting Is This Wednesday. Mark your calendars for the next Lodge meeting which is our Fourth Wednesday Evening meeting, July 22 – this coming Wednesday. Social hour starts at 6:15 p.m. and the meeting will begin at 7 p.m. This should be a short, fun, and informative meeting, and we hope to see many of you in attendance. I have attached the Minutes from our last meeting, prepared by Secretary Pro Tem Joel Mandel – thank you Joel. Snacks for our social hour will be provided by Dennis Corcoran – thank you, Dennis.
2. No Club Night This Thursday. We are on a reduced schedule for the summer – so no Club Night at the Lodge this coming Thursday, July 23. Club Night returns on July 30 with “pizza night”.
3. Another Committee Has Formed. Our 39th Committee has recently formed! Thank you to Dave Rosenberg for organizing the “Adopt-a-Highway Committee”. Dave has secured a site for us to adopt a portion of Highway 113, just north of Davis for litter removal, and eventually wildflower planting. We are doing our part for the environment. And yes, we will have a sign on the highway that says “Davis Odd Fellows” along with our three links logo in full color. Chair of this new committee is Sheryl Cambron, and Kumar Sah is Co-chair. We already have 16 members and pledges signed up to help on this committee! If you wish to join the fun and help the environment, contact Sheryl at email@example.com.
4. “Oddly Crushed” Wine Available This Wednesday. Yes, the Davis Lodge now has it’s own wine with our own unique label. Our “Oddly Crushed Wine” will be available for the first time this Wednesday at the Lodge meeting! Thank you to Dody Black who had the idea, selected the wines, and arranged to make all this happen. And also a thank you to Janis Rosenberg who designed the nifty label. Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon is available for $9 per bottle, or a 6-pack for $45, or a case for $84 (the case price works out to $7 per bottle). We will also have Zinfandel for $10 per bottle, $51 for a six-pack and $96 for a case. Please return the bottles after use because we can re-use the wine bottles (after sterilization) – this avoids a $1 per bottle charge.
5. Sign Up Now for the Children’s Shopping Spree. One of the most heart-warming things we do is the annual “Children’s Shopping Spree.” We need members and pledges over 21 years of age to help children “shop” for back-to-school clothes at JC Penny’s in Woodland. This year we can shop for 78 boys and girls. The money for clothing is donated to each child from the bell-ringing that was done in December. The shopping spree is Saturday, August 22, starting at 7:30 a.m. (at JC Penny’s in Woodland at the County Fair Mall) and ending around 9:30 a.m. The children also each get a backpack filled with school supplies, donated by the Davis Rebekah Lodge. If you wish to volunteer to help a child shop on August 22, please contact Lindsay at firstname.lastname@example.org and let her know you are a volunteer from the Davis Odd Fellows Lodge. Also, if you can’t volunteer, another way to help is to purchase $25 JC Penny gift cards (which you can get at Safeway and other places). Give me the gift cards, and I will get them to Lindsay.
6. Annual BBQ Coming Up. Every year the staff at our wonderful retirement campuses (in Saratoga and Napa) put on a great BBQ for members, family and friends. Last year, 8 of us traveled to the BBQ and had a good time. This year the BBQ is at the Saratoga Retirement Community from 1 to 4 p.m. It costs $10 per person and the food is great. If you are interested in attending and car pooling, contact me and I will connect the car-poolers.
Dear Odd Fellows and Pledges,
As Noble Grand, here are my Committee Chair appointments for 2015. Currently, we have 32 committees in the Lodge! Every member of this Lodge and every Pledge should serve on at least one of our Committees. I urge you to pick a committee (or two) that really interest you, and let me know in response to this e-mail. I will pass your name along to the Chair or Co-Chairs.
Some Committees could really use some volunteers! In particular, we need more volunteer members on the Bingo Committee, Community Support Committee, Good Fellowship Committee, Social Services Committee, Living Legacy Committee, Senior Project Committee, Picnic Day Breakfast Committee, Picnic Day Float Committee, Breakfast with the Bunny Committee, Photography Committee, Taste of Davis Committee, and Lodge 145th Lodge Birthday Party Committee. Most committees are self-explanatory based on their names. But a few need further explanation: Good Fellowship plans and executes fun events for the members of the Lodge (such as Club Night at the Lodge, and bus trips). Social Services works to help persons with mental health issues and also very-low income persons. Living Legacy is working on tree projects and environmental projects. Senior Project helps frail seniors with projects in their homes. Picnic Day Float Committee will build an Odd Fellows float for the Picnic Day Parade. If you have questions about any of our committees, please let me know.
Here is the list of our 32 committees and the Chairs or Co-Chairs:
Bingo: Jeff Oblinger and Jean-Paul Montreuil, Co-Chairs
By-laws: Sheryl Cambron, Chair
Communications & Website: Stewart Savage, Chair
Community Support: Holly Bishop and Lea Rosenberg, Co-Chairs
Classic Film Festival: Dave Rosenberg, Chair
Good Fellowship: Dody Black, Chair
Music & Concerts: Bob Bockwinkel and Juelie Roggli, Co-Chairs
Membership & Initiation: Dave Rosenberg, Chair
Finance: Arun Sen, Chair
Social Services: Bob Schelen, Chair
Scholarship: Sharla Cheney, Chair
Taste of Davis: Lea Rosenberg and Dody Black, Co-Chairs
Living Legacy: Mary Superak and Charles Filmer, Co-Chairs
Senior Project: Michael Fullerton, Chair
Historical: Dave Rosenberg and Shannon McCall, Co-Chairs
Installation & Awards Dinner: Dave Rosenberg and Renee Liston, Co-Chairs
Picnic Day Breakfast: TBD
Picnic Day Float: Janis Rosenberg, Jeff Munoz, James Bledsoe, Co-Chairs
New Year’s Party: Juelie Roggli, Chair
Breakfast with Santa: Lea Rosenberg and Barb Geisler, Co-Chairs
Breakfast with the Bunny: Lea Rosenberg, Chair
Photography: Chuck White, Chair
Odd Poetry: Chuck White, Chair
Lodge 145th Birthday Party: Brett Lemke and Shannon McCall, Co-Chairs
Take a Hike: Dave Reed, Chair
OddtoberFest: Dave Rosenberg, Chair
Halloween Party: Dave Reed, Chair
Cigar Lounge: Dave Rosenberg, Chair
Saturday Morning Breakfast: Vic Bucher, Rea Nakanishi, Steve Lopez, Amy Hodam, Co-Chairs
Visiting: Lea Rosenberg, Alekka Fullerton, Dave Reed, Co-Chairs
Wine Club: Elysa Hillis, Chair
Zymurgy: Tim Carroll, Chair