Davis Odd Fellows April Wine Tour

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Davis Odd Fellows Lodge and friends on our April 7 trip to the wine country in Amador County. Thirty-five Odd Fellows, Pledges and friends visited four wineries: Karmere, Story, Sobon, and Bray. We enjoyed beautiful scenery, and almost perfect weather. The trip was sponsored by the Good Fellowship Committee chaired by Dody Black. Trip was organized by Past Grand Dave Rosenberg.

Get Your 2013 Taste Of Davis Tickets Today

The annual “Taste of Davis” will be Thursday, April 18, from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. at the Davis Odd Fellows Lodge. The event will use both Upper and the Lower Halls. We have 26 restaurants, wineries and breweries providing samples of their fine food, wine, and beer to guests. Please see the attached flier which identifies the vendors!

Taste of Davis TicketsI encourage you to buy tickets to this event, and support the Davis Odd Fellows Lodge and the good works we do in our community. Tickets are on sale right now at Avid Reader Active in Downtown Davis. Avid Reader is just a couple of blocks from the Lodge at 615 Second Street. Tickets are just $40 per person (the Davis Chamber of Commerce ran this event the last couple of years and charged $50 per ticket – so it’s a real bargain this year).  You can’t go to a restaurant and have a nice meal with wine or beer for less than $40 – and on April 28 you can sample some of the finest from 26 restaurants, wineries and breweries. Plus, it’s a huge social event for Davis. You won’t want to miss it.

Taste Of Davis Tickets on SaleOnly 200 tickets to this event will be sold, so if you plan on going, I encourage you to buy your tickets soon. Only ticket holders can enjoy this event.

All proceeds from Taste of Davis will be retained by your Lodge to assist us in our community and charitable giving. In addition, we have provided $2,000 in tickets to the Yolo County Food Bank – they can retain all proceeds from those ticket sales to aid them in their work to feed the hungry.

Picnic Day Pancake Breakfast

Yum!  You gonna eat all that?  Victoria Savage (left) and Mary Bingle plan to make short work of that tall stack.

Yum! You gonna eat all that? Victoria Savage (left) and Mary Bingle plan to make short work of that tall stack.

Continuing a tradition that goes back over half a century, the Davis Odd Fellows Lodge will present its Annual Picnic Day Breakfast, open to the community.

Breakfast will be served at the Lodge on Picnic Day, Saturday, April 20, from 8 to 10:30 a.m. The hearty breakfast is perfect for the entire family and features pancakes, French toast, sausages, coffee, juice and oranges. Cost of breakfast is a reasonable $5 per person, and children under 5 eat free. Continuing a long-standing tradition, the Odd Fellows keep the cost of breakfast really low, and donate all money raised to local charities.

The Davis Odd Fellows Lodge Hall is located in Downtown Davis at 415 2nd Street, right on the Picnic Day Parade Route. The public is invited to come downtown to get a hearty breakfast before and during the parade. The Lodge is a great place to grab breakfast and plan your Picnic Day activities for the day.

The Davis Odd Fellows Lodge was chartered in 1870 and will celebrate its 143rd anniversary in Davis in April, right around Picnic Day. Currently, the Lodge has 192 members and 28 applicants for membership, and is very active in the community. Odd Fellows have been hosting the
Picnic Day breakfast for well over 50 years and it has become an annual tradition for many people as part of their Picnic Day activities.

Update From Senegal

This is from Mariel Garcia, a member of Davis Odd Fellows Lodge #169. She is going to be serving in Senegal for two years in the Peace Corps.

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Hello everyone!

So I’m writing to update you all on my goings on here in Senegal now that I’ve been here for a month. Tomorrow I will travel to where I will be living for the next two years, a small village called Belel Kelley about 20km south of the city of Podor. While there I will not have access to electricity or running water, so updates will be few and far between. As such I am going to try and keep a blog of my work here in Senegal and hope that you will follow along and comment.

Please (and I do mean please) write me an email, letter, or smoke signal keeping me up to date on the happenings in your life mundane or otherwise. I will be busy and may not have the means with which to respond but I will dearly appreciate it. Ways in which you can contact me are listed below and on my blog.

I’m excited to begin work here in Senegal and hope that you will all keep in touch; please feel free to forward this email to anyone and everyone who might be interested.

Yours truly,
Mariel C. Garcia
Yours truly,
Mariel C. Garcia

instagram: mari_ell

blog: marielcristinag.wordpress.com

Mailing address:
PCT Mariel Garcia
Corps de la Paix
BP 299
Theis, Senegal
West Africa

Davis Odd Fellows Celebrate 143rd Anniversary


143rd Anniversary

Davis Odd Fellows Lodge

On Friday, April 12, 2013, Davis Odd Fellows Lodge #169 will celebrate its 143rd Anniversary, making it the oldest continuously operating entity within the City limits of Davis. Of course, when the Davis Lodge was first chartered on April 12, 1870, it wasn’t called “Davis Lodge” because there was no “Davis” in those days. When chartered in 1870, the Lodge was known as “Yolo Lodge #169”. The name change to “Davis Lodge #169” came years later.

Fraternal Organization

The Davis Odd Fellows Lodge is a fraternal organization founded on the principles of “Friendship – Love – Truth”, reflected by the three interlocking links of its logo. The Lodge is open to men and women 16 years of age or older. The Lodge does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, sex, age, or sexual orientation. “The Davis Lodge provides both a venue for community service and also a social network for its members”, said long-time member and former Noble Grand Dave Rosenberg. “We often provide our Lodge free of charge to help community and charitable organizations, and provide a wide spectrum of support to members of our community. It’s good to be an Odd Fellow.” Currently, there are 192 members of the Davis Lodge ranging in age from 16 to 86, and 28 applicants are seeking admission to membership in the Lodge.

The Davis Odd Fellows Lodge is the fastest growing, and perhaps the most dynamic Odd Fellows Lodge in the United States, according to Rosenberg. But the 143rd anniversary focuses on the past of Odd Fellowship in Davis.

Yolo Lodge #169

The Davis Odd Fellows Lodge, then known as Yolo Lodge, was started just five years after the end of the Civil War. Yolo Lodge #169, was instituted April 12, 1870, at Davisville (Davis), Yolo County, by Grand Master, John Brown Harmon, of Apollo Lodge #123, San Francisco. He was accompanied by Elias Driggs Farnsworth, Most Worthy Grand Sire, who was visiting California at the time; (This was the first time a California Lodge had the distinction of having a Grand Sire in attendance, when instituted.); P.G.P., Lewis Soher, Mokelumne Lodge #44, P.G.M., John A. McClelland, San Francisco #3; Grand Secretary, T. Rodgers Johnson, also of San Francisco Lodge; Daniel Webster Welty, Sacramento Lodge #2, Sacramento. (He would be elected Grand Master in 1875.) John P. Davis, P.G., from Victoria B.C., and Henry K. Snow, D.D.G.M. from Capitol Lodge #87, Sacramento. A large delegation from Eureka Lodge #4 and El Dorado Lodge #8, were also in attendance.

Charter members of the Davis Lodge included: Noble Grand Jacob Horning, the first representative to Grand Lodge in 1871, in the City of Sacramento. Vice Grand Frantz Multner; Recording Secretary Charles Hartman; Treasurer Markus Weinberger. Others were, James D. Ford, H. Bunkattar, A.B. Bonhan, James H. Clark, John L. Morgan, F.E. Fliggles, and George Pierce.

Davis Odd Fellows Lodge Dedicated

On August 21, 1876, the brothers dedicated their new building. Grand Master, Harmon J. Tilden, a member of Parker Lodge #124, San Francisco, granted a dispensation to the lodge, permitting them to wear their regalia in public, during the downtown parade, and dedication program. The ceremony was under the supervision of D.D.G.M., Julius Amos Kinsman, a member of the Yolo Lodge. At the time their membership was 53, and six of them Past Grands. The members remained at this location until their new Lodge Hall at 415 Second Street was dedicated in 1956. The Davis Odd Fellows remain at this location today.

Davis Odd Fellows 100th Anniversary

On Saturday, April 11, 1970, Yolo Lodge celebrated its 100th anniversary. Guests during the centennial observance were two granddaughters of the lodge’s first Noble Grand, Jacob Horning, Mrs. John Rogers, age 84, and Mrs. George Washington Swenson, age 81, both residents of Davis. Others taking part in this once in a life time event were: Noble Grand, Karl Wuest, who acted as Master of Ceremonies. (He passed away, September 15, 1983.) Vice Grand, Alvin Stone; Recording Secretary, John Dunlap, died January 24, 1979; Treasurer, Robert Ring, died May 20, 1976; Inside Guardian, James Blades, died April 12, 1985; Outside Guardian, Norton Honeyfield, died March 1986; and Financial Secretary, Samuel Weis.

Visiting dignitaries included Joseph Mayes, D.D.G.M.; William Hooper, D.D.G.M.; Margaret Hooper, D.D.P.; Charles Alvin Beach, P.G.M., a member of El Dorado Lodge #8, Sacramento; Ralph Aronson, Mayor of Davis; William Duncan, Chm. Yolo County Board of Supervisors from Winters, and Raymond Smith Gilpatrick, Grand Warden of the Grand Lodge of California, and a member of Morning Light Lodge #42 at Campbell. Davisville (Davis) Rebekah Lodge #253, instituted April 15, 1901, served refreshments following the program.

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