Davis Lodge #169
The Davis Odd Fellows is the oldest organization in the City of Davis? Yes, it’s true. Odd Fellows was established in Davis in 1870 – just five years after the end of the Civil War – and has been here longer than the City of Davis or the University of California at Davis.
The original Odd Fellows Lodge Hall was located on G Street in Downtown Davis. The G Street location was sold to the Masons many years ago and is presently occupied by offices and retail. The current Lodge Hall is located in Downtown Davis at 415 Second Street, and recently underwent a major renovation and refurbishing. The Odd Fellows Hall is available for community events, and we are very proud of its new look. Information on Hall rental can be found at RentDavisLodge.com.
Davis Odd Fellows are part of a national and world-wide organization. Our focus is community support and charitable giving. We have provided significant financial support over the years to local organizations as diverse as Pine Tree Gardens (to assist the program supporting persons with mental illness), the Concilio of Yolo County (for scholarships for Hispanic youth), Martin Luther King Day Committee (to assist in their annual event celebrating this great American), the Yolo County Multi-disciplinary Interview Center (helping abused children), Suicide Prevention, Hospice, and Communicare Health Centers.
We sponsor the popular, annual, “Breakfast with Santa”, where we host over 300 Davis children and families. Beginning in 2007, we started sponsoring Bingo on a monthly basis, the second Sunday of each month, at the Lodge Hall with all proceeds going to charity. We are the first organization in Davis to be authorized to run Bingo games.
Many great men and women have served as Odd Fellows. Did you know that Franklin Delano Roosevelt was an Odd Fellow, and that the New Deal was created based on Odd Fellow principals?
In 2011, the Davis Odd Fellows will initiated over 30 new members into our Lodge, setting a modern North American record for initiations the past three-four years. Our Lodge currently has 220 members with many more applicants in the process, placing the Davis Odd Fellows in the top five Odd Fellows Lodges in California in terms of membership. Clearly we are most dynamic. With our newly remodeled Lodge Hall right in the heart of Davis, we intend to continue to enjoy each other’s company, and to be active and involved in our community.
If you have a big heart and want to be of service to your community and to humanity, consider applying for membership and become a new member.
Elected Odd Fellow Officers for 2018
- Noble Grand – James Bledsoe
- Vice Grand – Kevin Sitz
- Secretary – Jim Smith
- Treasurer – Janis Rosenberg
- Financial Secretary – Brett Coder
Appointed Odd Fellow Officers for 2018
Noble Grand James Bledsoe appointed:
- Right Supporter of the Noble Grand – Lea Rosenberg
- Left Supporter of the Noble Grand – Jean-Paul Montreuil
- Right Scene Supporter – Arun Sen
- Left Scene Supporter – Elizabeth Lasensky
- Warden – Juelie Roggli
- Conductor – Kurt Roggli
- Chaplain – Joe Otto
- Inside Guardian – Howie Spero
- Outside Guardian – Charlene Sailer
- Musician – Blake Temple
- Color Bearer – Greg Tanner
Vice Grand Kevin Sitz appointed:
- Right Supporter of the Vice Grand – Matthew Elliot
- Left Supporter of the Vice Grand – Nancy Schrott
Trustees of the Lodge
- Beth Dovi
- Dave Reed
- Dave Rosenberg
Past Grands of the Davis Odd Fellows Lodge
- Andrew Skaggs
- Bob Bockwinkel
- Dave Rosenberg
- Dave Reed
- Kandice Fowler
- Bob Schelen
- Lea Rosenberg
- Jean-Paul Motreuil
- Stewart Savage