First Davis Chocolate Festival – Fun and Delicious

On November 6, the Davis Odd Fellows Lodge #169 hosted its first ever “Davis Chocolate Festival” at the Lodge Hall.  A committee of 21 members had planned and organized the event for almost one year.  As it was the first ever such event in Davis, there was no way to determine how it would be received or how many members of the public would attend.

Over 450 members of the public attended the first-ever “Davis Chocolate Festival” sponsored by the Davis Odd Fellows on November 6.

“The attendance was amazing and far exceeded our expectations,” said event Chair Dave Rosenberg.  “It was a three-ring circus of chocolate.”  The Fest featured 10 chocolate vendors, live chocolate-themed music, chocolate poetry, chocolate lectures, demonstrations of candy making and cupcake decorating, chocolate tasting, a meal of chicken (and vegetarian) mole over rice, chocolate-themed drinks, free hot chocolate and coffee provided by Mishka’s Cafe, a bake sale, a raffle, a chocolate-chip cookie bake off (judged by Mayor Robb Davis, food columnist Shelly Dunning, and noted author John Lescroart).   The chocolate vendors included Davis Creamery, See’s Candy, Newsbeat, the Candy House of Davis, Vevey Confections, Davis Food Co Op, Claudia Marie, Dandelion Chocolate Company, Julie Cross Private Chef, and The Lodge Catering.

Chocolate Festival Committee members who planned and executed this event include:  Chair Dave Rosenberg and Co-Chair Kurt Roggli, and members:   Sheila Allen, Blayney Breckenridge, Rich Halen, Allison Vickrey, Joyce Puntillo, Daniela Guttierrez, Tony Pruitt, Irene Fecht, Janis Rosenberg, Alex Saldivar, Greg Tanner, Dawn Coder, Amanda Maples, Chuck White, Deb Stromberg, Sherry Pruitt, Diane Steele, Elizabeth Lasensky, and Juelie Roggli.

“I heard only positive comments from the hundreds of attendees,” said Rosenberg.  “Everyone seemed to enjoy themselves immensely, and I heard many complimentary remarks from the guests.   The guests were diverse and covered all ages.   And as icing on the cake, I received three applications for membership from three young ladies, all under 25 years of age, and I have four more individuals who expressed interest in joining our Lodge.   This was a win-win-win for our community, our Lodge and the Order.   We exposed Odd Fellowship to hundreds of attendees and thousands more who read about it through our press releases and advertising.”

The Committee plans to do it again and 2017 will see the Second Annual Davis Chocolate Festival.   Funds raised from these events will benefit children in need.

Photography courtesy of Stewart Savage – Abaton Consulting – Website Design Studio.

Davis Chocolate Festival Update

Mark your calendars for the first annual “Davis Chocolate Festival”, presented and hosted by our Lodge on Sunday, November 6, 2016. The Fest will run from 3 to 6 p.m. on both floors of the Lodge Hall. It’s going to be all things chocolate, all the time. Plan to bring your family, friends, neighbors to this family-friendly event. The price of admission is a mere $5. Tickets are available for advance purchase at Avid Reader Active in Downtown Davis and at Common Grounds in South Davis. I will also have tickets available for you to purchase at the Lodge meeting this Wednesday evening.

The Chocolate Festival will be a three-ring circus of chocolate. There will be things to do, see, experience and try on both floors of the Lodge. A program will be available so you don’t miss anything. The Upper Hall will feature live chocolate music, chocolate poetry, lectures about the history and the making of chocolate. The Lower Hall will feature cupcake decorating and candy-making demonstrations, plus chocolate tasting. In addition, there will be a light chocolate themed dinner available in the Lower Hall for those who wish to purchase it – chicken mole over rice for $12. Both Upper Hall and Lower Hall bars will be open with chocolate themed drinks available for purchase for the adults, including chocolate martinis and a chocolate-themed beer provided by our Zymurgy Committee. There will be a silent auction table with wonderful gifts, and also a bake sale table.

The Upper Hall will also feature tables for chocolate vendors who will display their wares, also available for purchase. The following TEN vendors will have their chocolate specialties on display, and many will provide free samples:

Davis Creamery
See’s Candy
Dandelion Chocolate Company
The Candy House of Davis
Vevey Confections
Davis Food Coop
Claudia Marie
The Lodge Catering
Julie Cross, Private Chef

Mishka’s Cafe will provide free coffee and hot chocolate for the guests of the Fest.

A chocolate chip cookie bake-off will be featured in the Upper Hall, judged by Mayor Robb Davis, local best-selling author John Lescroart, and local columnist Shelly Dunning.

I wish to thank the following sponsors who have all contributed so that we can keep the cost of the event very low: Tim Ainsworth, Dawn Coder, Sherry and Ton Pruitt, Lea and Dave Rosenberg, Sue Treadwell, Joyce Trujillo.

We have an active committee of 20 who have been working on this event: Blayney Breckenridge, Shiela Allen, Rich Halen, Joyce Puntillo, Tony Pruitt, Sherry Pruitt, Irene Fecht, Janis Rosenberg, Alejandro Saldivar, Greg Tanner, Dawn Coder, Amanda Maples, Chuck White, Deb Stromberg, Diane Steele, Elizabeth Laskensky, Allison Vickrey, Daniela Gutierrez, and Co-chairs Dave Rosenberg and Kurt Roggli . We intend to direct all proceeds of the Fest to local projects helping Yolo County children in need.

F – L – T

Dave Rosenberg
For the Chocolate Festival Committee

Noble Grand Report #92

Greetings Fellow Odd Fellows and Pledges!

Don’t forget that we have many ways to promote your committee’s events to the membership and to the public. And I’m not even talking about email!

We have our “Odd Fellows of Davis CA #169” closed Facebook group, which is perfect for spreading the news about events and Odd Fellow oddities within the membership of Davis Lodge #169.

Then we have the official “Davis Odd Fellows” Facebook page which will let the public know what great events our lodge is hosting or promoting.

Eventbright has been successful as an online ticket buying/selling program that makes it easy for everyone to get tickets in a timely manner.

My favorite is the Event Calendar on the Davis Odd Fellows website. Every event or activity can be added to the calendar and synced to your Google account. If you don’t have a Google account, the calendar is still easy enough to access and use just by going to

If your event is missing from one of these fine applications and you think it should be there, let me know and we’ll get it advertised right away!

1. Beer Tour. The IOOF Beer Tour is scheduled for Sunday, May 15th. We’ll be tasting beer at 3 breweries in West Sac; Yolo Brewing, Jackrabbit, and Bike Dog. The cost will be $20 per person. We need money from all who are going ASAP. You can give cash or checks to either Juelie, Heather, Mary Superak, or Janis. Checks should be made out to Juelie Roggli. The first 35 people to pay will have a seat on the bus. You are not confirmed until you pay.

2. Bingo! Bingo is this Sunday which is also Mother’s Day! Do something nice for your mom and bring her out to support NAMI-Yolo! Do you have any idea how long she was in labor to bring you into this world? You owe her big time!

3. Thursday Live! Thursday Live! is proud to present the Rowan Brothers and Biscuits and Honey. It’s all happening at the Davis Odd Fellows Hall located at 415 2nd Street. Doors open at 7 p.m.; the music starts at 7:30 p.m. Donations for the musicians are greatly appreciated!

4. Picnic Day Float. The 2016 Davis Odd Fellows float entry into the Picnic Day Parade won the Grand Marshal’s Choice Award in the 2016 Picnic Day Parade!!

5. Canceled Meeting. The May 14th Breakfast meeting has been canceled. The next meeting will be on Wednesday, May 25th at 7 p.m.

6. Wine Club. The next Odd Fellows Wine Club gathering will be on Friday, May 20, 7 p.m., at the home of Sharla Cheney and Lewis Kimble. The featured wine will be Old Vine Zinfandel.  Bring a bottle to share, and some appetizers to share. All members, pledges, and guests are invited.

7. Odd Theatre, from Ed Lewis.  The Theatre Committee is planning our next outing on Sunday, June 26, for a matinee around 2:00pm, ideally in Davis, Woodland, or Winters.  We are on the lookout for a great show so let’s all see what is available and let me know what appeals to you. If nothing comes up in the Davis area, we can easily meander to Sacramento. We will see the matinee and have dinner afterward so if you find a show suggest a restaurant too. Please send your ideas by May 15 so I can make a reservation before tickets are sold out.

8. Odd NeedleCrafters. The Odd NeedleCrafters will be meeting from 7-9pm on Monday, May 9, in the Committee Room at the Lodge.  Beginner and experienced needlecrafters welcome.

9. MailChimp. MailChimp has changed and emails from this program will be sent using If you didn’t receive this email, please check your spam folder.

Jean-Paul Montreuil

Noble Grand

Noble Grand Report #91

Dear Odd Fellows and Pledges,

1. Highway Clean-up. The next litter patrol is this Saturday, April 2nd. Meet at Big 5 at 9 a.m. Contact Sheryl at if you would like to help or to get more information.

2. The Davis Rebekahs Present: Bollywood Night!  The Davis Rebekahs are hosting a Bollywood fundraiser, happening April 2nd, 2016 at our Davis lodge at 7:00 p.m.! To purchase tickets or for more information please visit their Eventbrite page:

Watch an informative interview with Mary Superak and Lea Rosenberg on Davis Media Access:

3. Wine Club. Come to the next Wine Club April 8th 7:00 p.m. at the home of Yvonne Clinton, 1529 Notre Dame Drive, Davis 95616. Yvonne has set the theme for the evening.   She would like you to choose a bottle of a wine that is new to you – a new varietal, a new label, etc.   Bring a nice wine to share with the group.  Also, please bring an appetizer or snack to share.  Yvonne says she has plenty of wine glasses, but you are invited to bring your own favorite wine glass to use during the wine tasting, if you wish.

4. Yolo Healthy Aging Alliance. On April 3rd from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., there will be a Yolo Healthy Aging Alliance Fundraiser, co-sponsored by our Community Support Committee. For more information visit

5. Picnic Day Breakfast. The Davis Odd Fellows presents its annual Picnic Day Breakfast April 16th, 8:00 – 10:00 a.m. This is a fun family event that goes back for more than 50 years. $5 for all you can eat pancakes, sausages, coffee, juice and oranges.

6. Picnic Day Float. If you are planning on walking in the Picnic Day Parade, please make sure you sign the waiver. For more information please email Janis Rosenberg

7. *CHANGE* Odd Theatre Committee. The next trip to B St. Theater is on April 9th. The show will be “A Masterpiece of Comic… Timing”. *7:00 p.m. Dinner will be at Vincent’s Italian Restaurant in West Sacramento and the show follows at 9:00 p.m.* Cost is $30 for a ticket, dinner is separate. If you would like to attend, please RSVP with your payment to Ed Lewis as soon as possible before March 19th. Email for more information.

8. Paint and Sip Class. The Lodge @ Odd Fellows Hall is hosting our first ever “Paint and Sip” class in partnership with Cork it Again! Thursday April 21st @ 6:30pm Upper Hall. (Club Night dinner will be served 15 minutes earlier than usual so both can be enjoyed) $30/person for supplies and materials. Wine prices vary $3.00-$5.00 a glass. Open to Members and their Guests. * Space is limited * Please RSVP ASAP to Allison 530.758.4940 or

9. Chocolate Festival Committee. The Odd Fellows Chocolate Festival Committee will meet in the Committee Room on Monday, April 4th, at 6 p.m. Any member who is interested in organizing the inaugural Davis Chocolate Festival (planned for November 6) is invited to attend and join the committee in planning this fun event. If you need more information, contact Dave Rosenberg at

10. Davis Odd Fellows Event Calendar. Vice Grand Stewart Savage has upgraded the event calendar on our Davis Lodge website. Google users can add it to their own calendars and everyone can check it out here:

11. Thursday Live! April 7th Thursday Live! will feature Ross Hammond and also The Archetypes. Donations go to the musicians. Doors open at 7 PM; show starts at 7:30.

12. Bingo Committee. Bingo on Sunday April 10th will benefit ALS of Greater Sacramento

13. Odd Fellows Book Club. The first book for the Odd Fellows Book Club is Where the Dead Pause, and the Japanese Say Goodbye: A Journey, by Marie Mutsuki Mockett. The book club will meet to discuss the book on Tuesday April 5th at 6 p.m. For questions, send an email to Heather Barnes at

14. Taste of Davis. Tickets are on sale now for the Seventh Annual “A Taste of Davis”.   This event features over 20 Yolo County restaurants, caterers, wineries, breweries, dessert and coffee houses, all under one roof.    Guests are free to sample any and all of the food and drink from these purveyors for one low admission price.  Tickets are available to the general public at $20 per person and can be obtained from two local vendors:  Avid Reader Active in Downtown Davis or Common Grounds in South Davis.  Tickets will also be available for purchase on-line starting at 12 noon on March 24 at 

15. 4th Tuesday Matinee Group. Keep an eye out for the next Matinee details for April 26th. Anyone can come to any movie–there’s no RSVPs or expectations. We will discuss the movie after it’s over at the lodge committee room. If you’d like to be on the email list to receive notices of this group every month, please email Diane Steele at See you at the movies!

16. Grand Lodge Sessions. The Grand Lodge meets in Modesto for four days starting May 11th. Any three degree member who wishes to attend, will need to fill out the registration form, and bring their membership card showing they are fully paid through December 31, 2016. More details and the registration form can be found here:

17. Odd Balls. The next “Odd bowlers” bowling outing will take place on Saturday April 2.  The time is 11:00am  2:00pm.  The place is Capital Bowl located at 900 West Capital Avenue in West Sacramento (916-371-4200).   No need to RSVP.  The cost is $5.00 per game (we play 2) and $3.00 for shoe rental.   Food and beverages are available for purchase at the alley.    If you want to join us at the alley but don’t want to bowl, no worries!   There is plenty of seating near the action!   This event is open to all levels of bowlers.   Scores range from 66 – 289.   Tony Pruitt, our own IOOF top bowler, will be on hand to provide bowling tips.   Hope to see you there!

18. Odd Fellows of Davis CA #169 Facebook. Please join our closed Facebook group to share the latest events and trends in all things Odd Fellows! Simply search in Facebook for the page name “Odd Fellows of Davis CA #169” then click Join Group.

19. Academic Scholarship Committee Deadline: April 15th. Visit for more information and the application, under the heading “Davis Odd Fellows Lodge Scholarship.

20. Golf Committee. The following Odd Golfers have expressed interest in playing: Charles Filmer, John Knotts, Greg Simmons, David Hafter, Chuck White, and Darrell Pereira. Please let Charles know if you wish to be added to the list of players to be notified of activities ( Initially, we have scheduled the very odd time of the Wednesday afternoon before the third Thursday of each month to play a round of golf. Other dates and activities (group lessons, driving range, etc) can be proposed. 

21. 1000 Mentors for Youth Committee. A new committee has been formed to help youth of all ages access opportunities and reach their potential through connecting withmentors in a variety of situations. For example, Ed Lewis volunteers with the Writing Buddies program that teaches mentors how to help children improve their writing skills. If you are interested, please contact Ed Lewis at

Jean-Paul Montreuil
Noble Grand

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