Davis Odd Fellows Wine Club Meets May 3

Mark your calendars. The next Odd Fellows Wine Club gathers next Friday, May 3. Start time is 6:30 p.m.

The Odd Fellows Wine Club is open to all members and pledges of the Lodge and their guests. Virtually every month we meet at the home of a member or pledge and we taste and sample wines! Come to the next Wine Club at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, May 3, at the home of Alekka and Michael Fullerton. Check your email for location

It will be “Blends Night” at the Fullerton home. The Fullertons request that you bring a bottle of a fine red blend or a fine white blend, and if you bring an appetizer or goodie to share, that is always appreciated.

The Odd Fellows Wine Club is open to members, pledges, and guests of members and pledges. It’s just an opportunity to sample nice wines and socialize at the homes of different members or pledges. The Wine Club is organized by Elysa Hillis and is part of the Good Fellowship Committee activities. No need to RSVP – just come on over on the evening of May 3 and have a good time!

Davis Odd Fellows Raise $10,000 at Taste of Davis 2013

Davis Odd Fellows Volunteers At Taste Of Davis 2013On April 18, 2013, the Davis Odd Fellows Lodge #169 hosted “A Taste of Davis”.  Twenty-five restaurants, wineries, and breweries from Davis, CA and Yolo County offered samples of their wares to guests of the Lodge.  Both floors of the Lodge were opened to the community and over 250 community members attended this $40 per person event.   The event was organized by a committee of 17 Odd Fellows and Pledges, co-chaired by Lea Rosenberg and Dody Black.  The fundraiser was a smashing success, raising over $10,000 for the Lodge and for our good works in the community.

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DMC Dinner Announcement

Just a quick reminder that our annual Dedicated Members for Change (DMC) Dinner is coming up in two months, and now is the time to reserve your seat(s) at a special discounted price.

To date, we have received over $2,500 in donations from Members and Lodges, to help defray the cost of this event! We will provide the names of these generous donors in future DMC Newsletters. (If you wish to help subsidize the cost of this event, we would welcome your donation. And thank you.)

We are pleased to announced that at this year’s Grand Lodge Sessions, Dedicated Members for Change will hold its Third Annual Dinner. This year the event will be held, conveniently, on site at the Grand Lodge Hotel – the Doubletree. Please save the date: Thursday, May 16, 2013. Plan to RSVP and to come by for some relaxation and social time, a great buffet dinner, and some live entertainment. This will be the event you want to attend on Thursday evening at Grand Lodge Sessions! The evening will start with no-host cocktails and libations from 5 to 6 p.m., then a buffet dinner from 6 to 7 p.m., and then a few short speeches and live entertainment to round out the evening.

The buffet dinner menu is superb:

  • Romaine & Spinach with Red Onion, Mushrooms, Fried Prosciutto and Goat Cheese
  • Arugula Salad with Fresh Strawberries, Candied Walnuts, Gorgonzola and Walnut Vinaigrette
  • Dungeness Crab and Bay Shrimp Penne Pasta Salad
  • Israeli Cous Cous Salad with Feta Cheese, Dried Fruits, Fresh Herbs and Olive Oil
  • Pan Seared BBQ Free Range Chicken with Peach Compote & Candied Pecans and Glazed Sweet Potatoes
  • Soy Ginger Flank Steak with Teriyaki Sauce and Crispy Fried Onions
  • Lemon Pepper Grilled Tilapia with Caper Sauce and Lemon
  • Basmati Rice with Fresh Dill, Seasonal Fresh Vegetables, Artisan Rolls and Sweet Cream Butter
  • Blueberry Cheesecake and Luscious Lemon Bars

This event is open to members of the Order and their guests. Because of generous donations from members of the Order and Lodges, we are able to subsidize the cost of this event for the first 100 who RSVP’s. For those first 100 RSVP’s, the cost is a remarkable and reasonable $25 per person (please note that the hotel is charging us $54 for just the dinner alone – so this is a huge bargain for those first 100). And on top of that, we will feature live entertainment at the event – a cabaret-style performance by “Frankie and the Fabletones” performing music you enjoy from the 1940’s, 1950’s, 1960’s and 1970’s. They put on a great show for the eyes and the ears.

RSVP and send your checks in now. Checks should be made payable to “Dave Rosenberg” and the memo line of the check should read: “DMC Dinner”. Please also include a list of the names of the members of your party. Mail your check to:

Dave Rosenberg
Odd Fellows Lodge
415 Second Street
Davis CA 95616

We expect 150 attendees at this annual dinner, including Grand Master Rod Metoyer and Deputy Grand Master Rick Boyles, as well as many leaders in our Order.

Odd Fellows Seal

State of California Seal similar to Seal of Odd Fellows Lodge No. 1

First Lodge Formed 1 Year to the Day before California Becomes a State

The good works of Odd Fellowship were in evidence in California before the official establishment of California Lodge No. 1 in San Francisco. The Lodge was instituted on September 9, 1849, one year to the day, before California was admitted to the Union as the 31st State. Unfortunately any written records concerning the seal of California Odd Fellows Lodge No. 1 and the seal for the State of California were destroyed during the San Francisco earthquake.

The original seal of California Odd Fellows Lodge #1 was adopted under the gaze of Minerva, the Roman goddess of wisdom. A miner works near the water’s edge, and there are ships in the harbor. Mountains are shown in the background.  A very similar seal was adopted by the state of California which featured the Goddess “Minerva” looking to the left while the lodge seal shows “Minerva” looking to the right. A sheaf of grain in the foreground represents California’s agricultural wealth. At the feet of Minerva, stands the California grizzly bear. It also includes a ship in the water and a miner working with a pick.

Credit for designing the California State Seal goes to  R. S. Garnett, and it is believed that he may have also designed the California Odd Fellows Lodge Seal or at least used the lodge seal as a pattern for the State of California seal because of the similarity of the two seals. The California Lodge seal was adopted by the lodge prior to the establishment of the lodge in 1849. Original steps to form California Lodge No. 1 were undertaken in 1848, but with the discovery of gold the establishment of the lodge was put on hold while some of the petitioners left for the gold fields in the Mother Lode. When they returned to San Francisco the following year they proceeded to establish the lodge.

Unfortunately any written record concerning the seal of California Odd Fellows Lodge No. 1 was destroyed during the San Francisco earthquake.

In the book “California Odd Fellowship 1849 – 1988” by Frank S. Christy (Grand Historian of the Odd Fellows Grand Lodge of California and Historian for the Grand Parlor of the Native Sons of the Golden West of California and a recognized historian) the following is printed: “Six years later, April 18, 1906, when the earthquake and fire struck San Francisco, one of their brothers, Thomas Robert Mann, Past Grand (a member of California Lodge No. 1) became a local hero, when he defied the orders of the soldiers, not to enter the Odd Fellows Temple, when it was about to fall. However he did and was able to save the charter of California Lodge.”

That framed Charter document was the only item saved from the building located on the corner of Seventh and Market Streets in San Francisco.

The 28 Odd Fellow lodges meeting in the Odd Fellows Temple lost all minute books, records, regalia and furniture. Their financial loses approached a half million dollars. The headquarters for the Grand Lodge of California, which had copies of reports from all lodges in the state, was also located in the San Francisco Temple and all of their records were lost.

The Grand Lodge of California, established in 1852, has a seal in the shape of a shield with a smaller inner circle showing the Goddess “Minerva”  looking to the left like the state seal. It also has a ship in the water, a miner with a ax, a grizzly bear, a horn of plenty, and mountains in the background.

Several changes were made to the State of California seal over the years, but the seal of California Lodge No. 1 remains as it was originally designed.

Compiled by Don R. Smith – 6/9/07

Grand Re-Opening

Grand Re-opening of the Odd Fellows Hall
415 2nd Street, Downtown Davis
March 23, 2007, from 5 to 8 p.m.

A long-time fixture in Downtown Davis has undergone a major remodel and face-lift.  The Odd Fellows Hall, located at 415 Second Street, will open its doors for a Gala Grand Opening on Friday, March 23, from 5 to 8 p.m.  The public is cordially invited to see the new Hall.

The Hall has been closed for over one year during a major remodeling project.  The new Hall will be completely ADA compliant and will feature a newly installed elevator.  The kitchen has been rebuilt and upgraded with the latest in stainless steel technology.  New bathrooms have been installed.  But the centerpiece of the project is the basement lodge hall which is now styled in an art deco look with wood-paneling, acoustic ceiling, 1930–style lighting fixtures, and lush carpeting.

The Hall jointly houses and is jointly owned by Yolo Lodge Number 169 Independent Order of Odd Fellows (the Davis Odd Fellows) and Davis Rebekah Lodge Number 253.  The Lodge Hall, and all Odd Fellows and Rebekahs property is jointly managed by the Hall Board composed of three Odd Fellows Lodge members (Dave Rosenberg, Bob Bockwinkel and Lea Rosenberg) and three Rebekahs (Andrew Skaggs, Rhonda Gruska and Eva Mae Hatton).

“We are extremely proud of our new Lodge Hall,” said President of the Hall Board Andrew Skaggs (who is member of both the Davis Odd Fellows and the Davis Rebekahs), “and we look forward to opening it up to our community.”

The Grand Opening will feature wine tasting by local winery Rominger West, finger food supplied by Nugget Markets, pizza from Woodstocks, and ice cream from Schwann’s Creamery.  Members of the Odd Fellows and Rebekahs will be available to give quick tours of the newly remodeled facility.

The Odd Fellows Hall is available for public rentals at reasonable rates, for meetings, conferences, dinners, weddings, birthdays, and other events subject to availability.  Persons interested in the rate schedule and rental of the Hall should call the facility administrator Joe Patti at 758-4949 or 304-5760.

The Odd Fellows trace their history back to 1748 in England and 1819 in the United States.  The first California Odd Fellows Lodge (Lodge Number 1) opened in San Francisco in 1849.  Yolo Lodge Number 169 was chartered in 1870 (five years after the end of the Civil War) and is the oldest continuously operating organization in Davis, pre-dating the City of Davis and UCD.  Odd Fellows are called the “three-link fraternity” based on the logo featuring three interlocking links which stand for friendship, love and truth.  Close to 80 members have joined the Davis Odd Fellows, headed by Nobel Grand David Rosenberg.  The Davis Odd Fellows are very active in support of charitable and community causes in Yolo County supporting groups such as Pine Tree Gardens, Hospice, the Mexican-American Concilio, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, and others.  The Davis Odd Fellows put on the Picnic Day Pancake Breakfast in April and the Breakfast with Santa in December.

The Rebekah Order was founded back in 1851.  At the time, Odd Fellows was the first organization that founded Lodges for women when it established the Rebekah Order.  Schuyler Colfax – Vice President to U.S. Grant and a member of the Odd Fellows – was the driving force behind the founding of the Rebekah Order.  Davis Rebekah Lodge Number 253 was instituted on April 5, 1901, and today boasts close to 40 members, both women and men, under the leadership of Nobel Grand Betty Sauce.  The Davis Rebekahs provide scholarships to college students, support the Odd Fellows and Rebekahs float in the annual Rose Bowl Parade in Pasadena, and are supportive of the Odd Fellows youth camp, among other community activities.  The Davis Rebekahs also provide support to two Rebekah and Odd Fellows retirement homes in Napa and Saratoga, and support the heart fund, the arthritis fund, and visual research.

Further information on the Grand Opening can be obtained by calling Lea Rosenberg at 756-0697.  The Odd Fellows website is at www.davislodge.org.


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