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
Close to 100 Odd Fellows, Pledges and guests attended the October 11, 2014 OddtoberFest.
Seven members of the Davis Lodge visited the Historic Volcano Lodge #25 in Volcano, California on September 20, 2014, for annual meeting of the Historic Lodge.
Left to right: Janis Rosenberg, Dharmaveer Shetty, Deputy Grand Master Dave Rosenberg, Joel Mandel, Duff Devine, Jeff Munoz, Grand Master Tim Brown, Shannon McCall.
On August 27, 2014, Davis Lodge #169 initiated the following 17 new members (8 men and 9 women) into the Order:
All 17 new Odd Fellows went through a six-month long process of learning about the Order and the Lodge, and getting to know the members, prior to initiation. Over 40 members of the Lodge, led by Noble Grand Lea Rosenberg, conducted the initiation. The new members range in age from 30 to 64. Their professions cover a wide spectrum including accountant, army officer, air quality inspector, bounty hunter, deputy district attorney, scientist, student and others.
The Davis Odd Fellows Lodge, one of the largest and most dynamic in North America, now has 230 members. The Davis Lodge conducts two initiations per year. The Lodge has already received 14 applications for membership for the next initiation in early 2015.
Front row seated on floor, left to right: Celine Livengood, Crystal Junge, Kevin Cornell, Janis Rosenberg
Standing, left to right: Bob Dovi, Pat Rose, Donna Rutan, Cathy Wilken, Beth Dovi, Mike Dufresne, Shannon McCall, Steve Wathen, Noble Grand Lea Rosenberg, Brett Lemke, Phyllis Himmel, Jeff Oblinger, Robert Dick.
A few months ago, Dave Rosenberg challenged the Lodge to “walk completely around Planet Earth”. He challenged the Lodge, collectively, to walk 50 million steps – that is the equivalent of 25,000 miles, or approximately once around the earth at the Equator. Dave asked Lodge members to keep track of their steps using pedometers, or fit-bits, or other step recording devices. Sharla Cheney volunteered to keep track of the steps, and participants e-mail Sharla – typically once each week – with their total counts. This challenge was made in good fun, but also as a way to promote good health.
The Lodge started with 50 Odd Fellows, Pledges and family members participating in the “50 million Step Challenge”. Since that time, the number of participants has dwindled to about half that number. Some report their steps to Sharla on regular basis, and Sharla has designated those regular participants as winners of the “Tenacity Awards”. A few others report their steps sporadically. The #1 leader in steps (with over 3 million) is Tim Carroll; Pledge Kathy Rose is #2 with over 2 million steps; and her husband Pledge Pat Rose is #3 with just a shade
under 2 million steps; Juelie Roggli is #4 with over 1.6 million steps; and Bill Grabert is right behind at #5 with over 1.5 million steps. Several other participants are very close behind.
Winners of the Tenacity Awards are:
Mary Mallory Rogers
Total step count as of August 18, 2014 was 26,511,585. We are over half way to our goal of 50,000,000 steps!
As we go into the final laps of our step count, we would WELCOME new participants (or welcome back original participants who got distracted). Just send your weekly step count to Sharla Cheney at email@example.com. Help the Davis Lodge walk around the Earth.
The Davis Lodge #169 Bingo Committee is entering its 8th year hosting live Bingo for the community. The Lodge Bingo Committee presents Bingo every month on the second Sunday, doors opening at 12 noon and Bingo beginning at 1 p.m., usually running till 4 p.m. Typically 60-90 members of the public travel to the Davis Lodge Hall to play Bingo. Winners of each game receive cash, up to $250 in the final “blackout” Bingo game.
In addition to the cash prizes to winners, the Davis Lodge Bingo Committee donates proceeds every month to a community group. Over the course of the year, the committee donates over $8,000 to these charitable and community groups, making it one of the major ways the Lodge supports the community.
Davis Bingo was the idea of long-time Lodge member Dave Rosenberg, who implemented it when he served as Noble Grand. Over the past seven years, it is estimated that Davis Bingo has contributed well over $50,000 to the community, plus afforded community members many hours of bingo fun. Davis Bingo has also developed a loyal following of players.
In addition to Bingo, the committee presents free door prizes to the players, instant win pull-tab games are available, and the committee runs a snack bar for participants.
Bingo at the Davis Lodge was approved, pursuant to the California statutory framework, by the Davis City Council. The Davis Lodge is the only entity in Davis permitted by law to operate real bingo with cash prizes.
Active members of the Bingo Committee include co-chairs Salie Yin and Eric Davis, and members Lea and Dave Rosenberg, Penny Smith, Melinda Hillis, Diana Schmiegel, Stewart Savage, Heather Barnes, John-Paul Montreuil, Janis Samms, Jeff Oblinger, Rick Gonzales, Crystal Junge, Diane Steele, and Robert Dick.