Save The Date – Odd Fellows Oddtoberfest 2013

Photography by: Markburger83

On October 12, 1810, a celebration was held to honor the marriage of Crown Prince Ludwig of the Kingdom of Bavaria to Princess Therese of Saxony-Hildburghausen. The citizens of Munch were invited to attend the festivities, which involved a feast and horse races which all took place on the fields in front of the city gates. Those fields, which were renamed Theresienwiese or “Therese’s fields” to honor the crown princess, were home to the first party which they called “Oktoberfest“. It seems that everyone enjoyed the celebration so much that officials decided to hold the race again every subsequent year in conjunction with the state agricultural show. Although the horse racing went by the wayside, the more modern Oktoberfest party is still held on the original site to this day, and this year will celebrate its 201st anniversary.

Sixty years after the first Oktoberfest in Munich, the Davis Lodge (called Yolo Lodge in those days) received its charter. And this year, we will celebrate the fifth anniversary of our own Davis OddtoberFest, which was started in 2009. And YOU are invited. The Fest this year will take place in the Upper Hall at the Lodge on Saturday, October 5, 2013. The Fest will run from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m., with dinner served at 7:00 p.m. Please mark your calendars for the evening of October 5.

The Fest will include a German dinner, Bavarian music, lots and lots of door prizes, beer (brewed by our own Zymurgy Committee), wine and soft drinks – all included in the price of admission. And the price of admission is just $13 per person, a nice odd number. More details on the Oddtoberfest will follow soon. The Fest is open only to members, pledges, family members, and guests of members and pledges.

Davis Odd Fellows Muster Canton Davis #7

Patriarchs Militant Davis CantonThe Davis Odd Fellows Lodge #169 are pleased to announce that our Canton was officially mustered last night, Chevaliers were initiated into the Patriarchs Militant (the highest degree of Odd Fellowship), and officers of our Canton were installed. The official institution of Canton Davis #7 is July 2, 2013. Congratulations. As General Wm. Schuyler (the officer in charge) mentioned last night, he has been a member of the PM for some 50 years and this is the first time he has participated in a Muster. While there was a time when Chevaliers numbered in the thousands, the creation of a new Canton these days is a rare historical event.

An additional member was added to our Canton. Emma Hannaford, who is not a member of the Davis Encampment, and who holds all Encampment Degrees, joined our Canton, Emma was initiated last evening as well.

The following 14 members of our Canton have now been elevated to Chevaliers:

James Bledsoe
Sheryl Cambron
Jim Cheney
Dennis Corcoran
Debbie Friend
Alekka Fullerton
Michael Fullerton
Emma Hannaford
Ashley Hamidi
Dave Rosenberg
Lea Rosenberg
Bob Schelen
Arun Sen
Chuck White

In addition, the following elected officers were installed:

Captain Dave Rosenberg
Lieutenant Arun Sen
Ensign Dennis Corcoran
Clerk Alekka Fullerton
Accountant Sheryl Cambron

Captain Dave Rosenberg appointed the following officers who were also installed:

Chaplain Jim Cheney
Flag/Color Bearer James Bledsoe
Guard Michael Fullerton
Sentinel Lea Rosenberg
Picket Debbie Friend

Please note: Dave Rosenberg received an abbreviated program for the conferring of the Patriarchs Militant Degree and the mustering of new Chevaliers. With this abbreviated program, we can do our own mustering of new members within 20-30 minutes. Mark Breckner, Doug Hatton and Darrell Pereira were unable to attend last night. They will be mustered within the next few weeks at a time that is convenient for all.

We are going to initiate three new members into the Encampment in the very near future (Graham Fullerton, Jueli Roggli and Kurt Roggli) and all three have indicated that they wish to be mustered. We are hopeful that we can muster all six into the Canton soon – perhaps as early as this month.


Dave Rosenberg
Captain, Commanding
Canton Davis #7

Davis Community Meals Holds Fundraiser At Davis Odd Fellows Lodge

Davis Community Meals Logo

Come, join us this Sunday, June 23, at 5:30pm at the Davis Odd Fellows Lodge and support our work serving the homeless and hungry in Davis! Davis Community Meals is holding a fundraiser dinner and raffle to support the meal programs serving those in need in our community.

Chefs from Seasons Restaurant and Tucos Wine Bar and Café are preparing a delicious gourmet meal for our guests. Tickets for the dinner are $35.

A raffle for a one week stay at a vacation home on the big island of Hawaii will be held. The winner also receives $1,000 toward their airfare. Tickets for the raffle are $10 and the winner does not need to be present to win.

Dinner and raffle is to be held at:

The Davis Odd Fellows Lodge
415 2nd Street (downtown Davis)
Davis, CA  95616

You may purchase dinner and raffle tickets at:

  • Davis Community Meals – 202 F Street,
  • The Davis Farmers Market – Central Park (Wednesday evening and Saturday morning)
  • Via phone at 530-756-4008, or
  • At the door on the day of the event.

Thanks for your support and hope to see you there!!

Odd Fellows Faces Fraternal Mortality

From time to time I enjoy looking through old books or historical sketches on the Internet regarding the Odd Fellows, it’s origin and evolution. And I often chuckle to hear some members of this great Order disdain “change” and believe that the way we do things in this Order today must remain essentially inviolate from the way we have been doing it for the past 20, 30, 40 or 50 years. They view the word “change” as if it were profane and antithetical to Odd Fellowship. In fact, it’s just the opposite. Change, brothers and sisters, is the historical norm for Odd Fellowship. This Order has evolved time and time again, to fit its times. And, now this Order – in 2013 – comes face-to-face with its own fraternal “mortality.” As the membership numbers in lodges dwindle to historical lows, we must again evolve and change to fit our age and entice the new young members we require.

For those who continue to doubt that change is the custom and pattern of our Order, allow me to quote some excerpts from an Internet article I read only yesterday:

“The Odd Fellows or Oddfellows are second only to the freemasons as a long-established and still reasonably healthy fraternal organization or secret society. They have, however, been subject to many schisms, and the number of members today is unclear. The date of foundation is likewise unclear, but it was presumably prior to 1745 when the first recorded Lodge of Odd Fellows met at various London taverns, including the Oakley Arms in Southwark; the Globe in Hatton Garden; and the Boar’s Head in Smithfield. Dues were a penny a visit. The purpose is as obscure as the origin of the name, but the society seems to have combined the functions of a modern working men’s club – that is, offering a place for reliable food and drink at a good price – with a degree of self-help. The members, who were mostly working men, would pass the hat to help a fellow in distress and would provide an out-of-work member with a card that entitled him to accommodation at other lodges until he found work. Most members were originally mechanics and artisans, though is seems that anyone who could afford a penny for the dues was admitted.

In the late 18th century, many individual lodges were prosecuted by the Crown on the grounds of potential sedition and were closed (this was the period of the French Revolution and the rebellion of the American colonies), but the order as a whole survived. Some Odd Fellows lodges seem to have arisen at around this time as a result of disaffected Freemasons seceding from their parent order; these coalesced into the Ancient and Honorable Loyal Order of Odd Fellows. At the same time, most other Odd Fellows’ lodges amalgamated into the Patriotic Order of Odd Fellows, which later became known as the United or Union Order of Odd Fellows. London remained the seat of the order.

The first great schism came in 1813. Odd Fellows at that time were notoriously fond of a dram, and a group of unusually sober-minded northerners took exception to this bibulousness and formed the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, Manchester Unity (or Union). This is the root order of most subsequent Odd Fellows foundations, including the American Independent Order of Odd Fellows.”

This short vignette offers just a glimpse into the evolving nature of our Order. We started in the pubs of England as a group of members who enjoyed each others company and wanted the social fellowship that a fraternal order offered, complete with good food and good drink. And we evolved into a society that provided help and assistance to members who were sick or in distress or out of work. And because Odd Fellows evolved into such a support function, it was imperative that we developed secret signs and passwords and cards so that only Odd Fellows could enjoy the benefits of membership and frauds could not take advantage of the member’s largesse. The evolution continued when Odd Fellowship essentially was split by a group who disdained alcohol.

When Odd Fellowship came to the United States the evolution continued. We have seen over the past 200 years major welcomed changes in the Odd Fellows including the inclusion of people of color, of women, of members as young as 16. We have seen the number and scope of the degrees changing over time.

And now, as we move forward in the 21st Century, it is time – long overdue, in fact – for some serious evolution in our Order. This is not just a matter of semantics, this is a mater of survival. For many young men and women in 2013, Odd Fellows and Rebekahs appear as if they never left 1913. The basic teachings of Odd Fellowship are as true today as they were in 1745. But we can’t get men and women of the 21st Century to join Lodges where the members are all in their 70’s and 80’s, and all that takes place are secret ritual meetings, an occasional potluck, and not much else. If you doubt this is true, just take a look at our membership statistics for the past 60+ years – almost without fail – we have lost members and Lodges year after year. That’s over 3 generations of decline. Frankly, we keep doing the same things, in the same ways, over and over again – and somehow we expect that things will get better and this will grow our Order. But it has not.

This does not have to be our story going forward. We can evolve to meet the needs of today’s men and women – the new members we need. Please go to On the home page, under the link “Grand Lodge” please click on “Message from Grand Warden”. There you will see the three articles that I have written entitled: 10 Helpful Hints to Bring New Members into the Order, The Three-Legged Stool, and A Three-Year Plan to Grow Your Lodge. These three articles present a plan going forward that can transform this Order. It’s time to make some changes. That would be the Odd Fellows way.

F – L – T

Dave Rosenberg
Grand Warden of California

Odd Fellow Jonathan Raven Honored As Prosecutor Of The Year

Yolo County Chief Deputy District Attorney Jonathan Raven displays the Prosecutor of the Year  award

Yolo County Chief Deputy District Attorney Jonathan Raven displays the Prosecutor of the Year award

At the recent Law Enforcement and Community Recognition Dinner, District Attorney Jeff Reisig announced that Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) named Yolo County Chief Deputy District Attorney Jonathan Raven as the inaugural recipient of the Prosecutor of the Year award. The MADD California Prosecutor of the Year award is presented to one prosecutor who has made a significant impact in one or multiple cases and worked closely with MADD.

Judy Utter, MADD Senior Victim Services Specialist, spoke highly of Mr Raven’s efforts and the Yolo County District Attorney’s Office’s contributions to furthering MADD’s mission and theme of the night – eradicating DUIs one step at a time.

District Attorney Jeff Reisig, who is a strong proponent of MADD and who is committed to eliminating the risk that DUI drivers pose to the community, stated, “Jonathan’s continuing commitment to the fight against impaired drivers and his deep compassion for victims of crime are just a few of the reasons this award was so deserved. The entire Yolo County District Attorney’s Office is extremely proud of Jonathan!”

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