Davis Odd Fellows Taste of Davis

TasteOfDavisLogoThe Davis Odd Fellows Lodge’s big fundraiser is coming up on Thursday, April 28, and tickets (which go fast) go on sale starting this Thursday, March 24.

It’s “A Taste of Davis” featuring over 20 local purveyors of food, wine, beer, coffee and desserts – and it is all at your Odd Fellows Lodge Hall. The ticket price is just $20 per person and it entitles you to sample all the various purveyors – some of the finest in the area! Please see the attached flier with all the details.

We also wish to thank all our wonderful Sponsors including our Major and Super Sponsors: PG&E, the Davis Enterprise, Davis Downtown, and A Grand Affair.

Other Sponsors include: Ted Puntillo, Lucas Frerichs, Kim Eichorn, Arun Sen, Jason Sull, Lea and Dave Rosenberg, Abaton Consulting, Dr. David Jolkovsky, Jim Provenza, Sherry and Tony Pruitt, Land Home Financial Services, Mason McDuffie Mortgage Group, First American Title, Coldwell Banker – Doug Arnold Real Estate, Bob Schelen, Brooks Painting, Law Offices of Raquel Silva, University Retirement Community, Dr. Wayne Schrader, Beth and Bob Dovi, Devine Insurance Solutions, First Northern Bank, Timmons – Owen – Jansen & Tichy, Inc., Joe Green, Diana and Paul Schmiegel, and Wells Fargo Home Mortgage.

Hope to see you there.

F – L – T

Dave Rosenberg
For the Taste of Davis Committee

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Noble Grand Report #90

Dear Odd Fellows and Pledges,

1. St. Patrick’s Day Dinner and Pub Quiz. Join us at the annual St. Patrick’s Dinner and Pub Quiz on Thursday March 17. Doors open at 5:30 pm with dinner around 6 pm. RSVPs are required, please email dreedng@gmail.com. The price is $11 with includes dinner of corned beef and cabbage and potatoes and carrots. Beverages including beer and wine are included. Bring a dessert to share if you wish. Club Night will be canceled.

2. Team BaldFellows. Team BaldFellows braved the shave at de Vere’s Irish Pub on March 10th and raised $3,860 for St. Baldrick’s funding for pediatric cancer research. Sunday Bingo on March 13th also supported Team BaldFellows and added an extra $312 for a current total of $4172. Overall the 6 teams of de Vere’s St. Baldrick’s event raised $20,039! Thank you to our now hairless participants, Stewart Savage, Kathryn Hemness, Lewis Kimble, Joel Mandel, and Jean-Paul Montreuil!

3. 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 daverose@jps.net.

4. 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: http://davislodge.org/event-calendar/

5. Meditation Committee. The next meeting of the Meditation Committee will be March 20, in the lower hall of the lodge. Meetings are scheduled for the 1st and 3rd Sunday afternoons from 4 to 5 p.m. Locations may vary.

6. Children’s Concert with Ed Lewis. Thanks to Ed for a delightful event! On March 12th, the Odd Theatre Committee with Ed Lewis put on an entertaining Children’s Concert. An ecstatic crowd of 60 adults and 40 children had an awesome time of puppetry, singing and dancing! Another Concert is planned for May.

7. Three Degree Night. Last Tuesday, March 8, seven members of Davis Lodge #169 earned their Three Degrees. David Cougevan, David Siegel, Merrie Lee, Richard Watson, Marna Ghiglieri, Paul Ghiglieri, and David Hungerford. Congratulations!

8. Take a Hike Committee. Next hike is March 20th, at Rockville Hills Regional Park. Meet at Big 5 parking lot to leave at 8:30 p.m.

9. *CHANGE* 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 hjbarnes76@gmail.com.

10. Taste of Davis. Tickets go on sale starting Thursday, March 24, 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 www.tasteofdavis.eventbrite.com.

11. Odd Theatre Committee. The next trip to B St. Theater is on April 9th. The show will be “A Masterpiece of Comic… Timing”. https://bstreettheatre.org/a-masterpiece-of-comic-timing/ The show starts at 5 p.m. and dinner will follow at Vincent’s Italian Restaurant in West Sacramento. 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 ed-lewis@sbcglobal.net for more information. The next Odd Theatre Committee meeting is March 22nd at the home of Mary Superak.

12. 4th Tuesday Matinee Group. Keep an eye out for the next Matinee details for March 22nd. 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 steeledome@gmail.com. See you at the movies!

13. 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: http://caioof.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/January2016Mailing.pdf

14. Odd Balls. From Bowling Bob: 15 Odd Fellows/pledges made up the Odd Balls group on March 5th. Bowling has become a wonderful venue to share fellowship. Scores ranged from 66 to 299. That’s right. Our own Tony Pruitt kept bowling strikes and had quite an audience as he went into the 10th frame. He left one pin standing in the final frame to end with a 289. For those of you who are not bowlers, 300 is a perfect game. Most of us stayed for lunch to continue our conversations. The next date for bowling will be Saturday April 2 from 11am – 2pm. Bowling is open to all Odd Fellows and pledges

15. 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.

16. Academic Scholarship Committee Deadline: April 15th. Visit http://davislodge.org/lodge-documents/ for more information and the application, under the heading “Davis Odd Fellows Lodge Scholarship.

17. Picnic Day Float. The Picnic Day Float Committee would like to encourage all committees to make signs and join the float on April 16th.

18. 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 http://yolohealthyaging.org/

19. 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: https://davisrebekahbollywood.eventbrite.com

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 (clrfilmer@sbcglobal.net). 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 with mentors 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 ed-lewis@sbcglobal.net.

Jean-Paul Montreuil
Noble Grand

Noble Grand Report – Davis Odd Fellows

Dear Odd Fellows and Pledges,

First, I want to thank everyone who came to the Initiation last Wednesday! Attendance was great and our Elected and Appointed Officers performed an excellent Initiation Ritual. I would like to welcome our 14 newest members: Yvonne Clinton, Pamela Cohen, Steve Cohen, Marna Ghliglieri, Paul Ghliglieri, Brian Horsfeld, David Hungerford, Teresa Jamison, Merrie Lee, Bill Rundquist, Jane Rundquist, Rolland Vallejo, and Richard Watson. Thank you all for joining our Davis Odd Fellows Lodge, and I look forward to hanging out/working with you at future events!

Second, here are some great events and activities in which to get involved:

1. Chocolate Festival Committee. The Odd Fellows Chocolate Festival Committee will meet in the Committee Room on Tuesday, March 1, 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 daverose@jps.net.

2. Three Degree Night. Tuesday, March 8, in the Lower Hall, starting at 6:30 p.m. (sharp) and ending before 8:30 p.m. You can receive – all in one evening – the Degree of Friendship, the Degree of Love, and the Degree of Truth. Full instruction on each degree will be given that evening, and at the conclusion of the evening, you will hold all four degrees in an Odd Fellows Lodge. Once you have all degrees, you are eligible to hold office in the Lodge. You will then also be eligible to join the Davis Encampment (where you can receive three more degrees – the Degree of Faith, the Degree of Hope, and the Degree of Charity), and as a member of the Encampment, you get to wear – if you wish – the (coveted) purple fez. If you wish to attend the three degree night on March 8, you must RSVP to Dave Rosenberg at daverose@jps.net. You will need to bring $30 cash or check to pay for the three degrees. Checks should be payable to “Davis Lodge”.

3. Odd Needle Crafters. Next meeting is March 14 7-9 p.m. at Diana Schmiegel’s house.

4. St. Patrick’s Day Dinner and Pub Quiz. Join us at the annual St. Patrick’s Dinner and Pub Quiz on Thursday March 17. Doors open at 5:30 pm with dinner around 6 pm. RSVPs are required, please email dreedng@gmail.com. The price is $11 with includes dinner of corned beef and cabbage and potatoes and carrots. Beverages including beer and wine are included. Bring a dessert to share if you wish.

5. 4th Tuesday Matinee Group. Keep an eye out for the next Matinee details for March 22nd. 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 steeledome@gmail.com. See you at the movies!

6. Grand Lodge Sessions. The Grand Lodge meets in Modesto for four days starting May 11th. I would like to encourage all members to come out and see the Grand Lodge at work, as well as support Brother Dave Reed as he is installed as Deputy Grand Master. This is also a great opportunity to meet members of other California Lodges.

7. Odd Balls. The next Odd Fellows bowling outing will take place on Saturday March 5 from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at Capital Bowl in West Sacramento. The cost is $5.00 per game and $3.00 for shoe rental. No need to RSVP.

8. 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.

9. Team BaldFellows. A team of six Odd Fellows will “Brave the Shave” in the fight against pediatric cancer and we can use your help. On March 10th at 5 p.m., Jean-Paul Montreuil, Joel Mandel, Lewis Kimble, Kathy Hemness, Stewart Savage, and Parvaneh Keivanfar will participate in the St. Baldrick’s Day head shaving event. We will be helping raise money to be used for pediatric cancer research. To donate or learn more, please visit https://www.stbaldricks.org/teams/teambaldfellows.

10. Academic Scholarship Committee Deadline: April 15th. Visit http://davislodge.org/lodge-documents/ for more information and the application, under the heading “Davis Odd Fellows Lodge Scholarship.

11. Picnic Day Float. The Picnic Day Float Committee would like to encourage all committees to make signs and join the float on April 16th.

12. 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 http://yolohealthyaging.org/

13. Music Committee presents Thursday Live! On March 3rd, Thursday Live! Will feature Joe Craven and The Sometimers. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show begins at 7:30 p.m.

14. Odd Fellows Wine Club. Next gathering will be Friday, March 11, 7:00PM at the home of Diane and John Steele.

15. Second Sunday Bingo! Come play bingo for Team BaldFellows on March 13th! Doors open at Noon, games begin at 1PM.

16. Children’s Concert with Ed Lewis. Young children ages 2-10 years old are invited to join Ed Lewis in an interactive performance at the Davis Odd Fellows Lodge. Enjoy storytelling, puppetry, singing, and dancing! March 12th, 1 p.m.– 2 p.m. Admission is free, donations are kindly accepted.

17. 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 March 15th at 6 p.m. For questions, send an email to Heather Barnes at hjbarnes76@gmail.com.

18. 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: https://davisrebekahbollywood.eventbrite.com

19. Golf Committee. The following Odd Golfers have expressed interest in playing: Charles Filmer, Jeff Oblinger, 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 (clrfilmer@sbcglobal.net). 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.

20. 2016 Lodge Dues are Now Due. Annual dues to be an Odd Fellow are a reasonable $55. 2016 dues are now due to the Financial Secretary Duff Devine. Checks should be payable to “Davis Odd Fellows” or pay online via PayPal at http://davislodge.org/membership-renewal/. Be sure to include your name as part of the PayPal order. If any member is having financial challenges paying dues, contact Dave Rosenberg at daverose@jps.net. We have a fund available to help and the matter will be handled with complete confidentiality and privacy.

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 with mentors 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 ed-lewis@sbcglobal.net.

22. Club Night at the Lodge This Thursday. Club Night at the Lodge- every Thursday from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Lodge, Lower Hall. A great social time for members, pledges and guests. Chicken Bake served with Rice Pilaf and Seasonal Vegetables at $7 per plate. Trivia Night at the Lodge with Trivia Master Kevin Sitz. Also, enjoy the big screen TV, the full bar, puzzles and table games, and socializing with members and guests. Presented by the Good Fellowship Committee.

Jean-Paul Montreuil
Noble Grand

DMC – Stories of Success

Dear Dedicated Members for Change,

There are success stories out there in Odd Fellows Land.

There is a Lodge that gained 19 new members last year (while losing 5) – for a net gain of 14. This Lodge has experienced a 40% growth in its membership over the last 14 months. And the Lodge currently has 5 more applicants for membership this year. The Lodge has made this remarkable advancement due to strong leadership that understands that the successful Odd Fellows Lodge in the 21st Century must not only provide fun activities for the members, but must also reach out into its community to do good and rewarding work. This creates visibility for the Order in the community, and directly benefits the Lodge’s future by exposing Odd Fellowship to a new generation of potential members.

There is another Lodge where membership had shrunk to under 15 (on the books) with only 6 or 7 attending meetings. This Lodge hadn’t added a new member in over 5 years, and the youngest member was in his 70’s. I visited this Lodge last year, gave them a heart-to-heart and honest talk and encouraged them to get involved in their town. I recently received a report that they had added two new members.

Yet another Lodge had reported to me that they have monthly social meetings with potlucks, trips to museums, and encourage members to be active in their community. They just completed a community spaghetti feed in cooperation with the Rotary and raised a large amount of money to combat polio. They also held a successful women’s clothing swap. They have active programs for music, arts, improv, grief support, and film. They provide numerous high school scholarships. This Lodge is showing steady growth, including young new members. In the past year, this Lodge initiated 15 members, lost 3, for a net gain of 12.

A Lodge in the Gold Country just held an initiation bringing in 25 new members. I had visited this Lodge last Fall and we talked about the importance of community involvement and fun activities for the members – and they have dramatically increased their community involvement. The result is striking.

My own Lodge has had steady growth now for a full decade – showing a net gain of members every year. My Lodge now has 52 committees covering all sorts of fun activities for the members and active involvement in the community. These committees include adopt-a-highway, bowling, music and concerts, bingo, social services, good fellowship, golf, wine club, needlework, scholarship, OddtoberFest, and many others. This formula of fun activities and community involvement works.

When I hear stories like this, I am gratified and encouraged, and believe that there can be a bright future for our Order. This kind of growth flies directly in the face of the conventional wisdom that Odd Fellowship is a thing of the past. I don’t buy that conventional “wisdom” for a moment. The fact that there are some Lodge in California that are growing their membership shines the light of truth on the proposition that our Order is relevant in the 21st Century, can attract new members, and can thrive in the coming years.

How do these successful Lodges do it? I’ve said it before, and I will say it again. It’s not rocket science, but it bears repeating because I believe that EVERY LODGE IN CALIFORNIA CAN BE SUCCESSFUL. The secret if success is a formula that works. It requires leadership, of course, but it’s all about becoming a three-dimensional Lodge. And what are those three dimensions? First, Lodges must remember the historical links that makes us uniquely Odd Fellows. Those links are the ritual and regalia and teachings of our Order. Second, Lodges must remember to have fun. We are a fraternal order and it is appropriate that we provide for an active social life for members and family. A boring Lodge is a dying Lodge. A socially active Lodge is a vibrant Lodge that keeps and attracts members. Third, and equally important, the 21st Century Lodge must become active and visible in that Lodge’s community. Lodge members must endeavor to get out from behind the four walls of the Lodge Hall, and get into the community to do valuable and useful work. It’s good for the community, and it’s very good for the Lodge’s future. Men and women in this Century want to help others – and there are myriad ways in which Odd Fellows can do so.

I commend the Lodges that are adjusting to the 21st Century, are active, growing and vibrant. It’s worth it. We are a fraternal order that has been alive and well in North America for two Centuries. It is our responsibility to keep the flame of Odd Fellowship bright and burning for the next Century.

F – L – T

Dave Rosenberg
Grand Master
Jurisdiction of California

DMC – DMC Social

Dear Dedicated Members for Change,

I wish to thank three Lodges which have stepped up to be sponsors of “Tacos, Tunes & Tales” during Grand Lodge Sessions. More information on this event follows, and is also included on the attached invitation. Thank you to Davis Odd Fellows Lodge #169 (contributed $500), Berkeley Odd Fellows Lodge #270 (contributed $250), and Yerba Buena Odd Fellows Lodge #15 (contributed $250). These Lodges are co-sponsoring the event, and because of their generous donations, we are able to keep the cost of the event for each participant to a rock-bottom price of $10 per person. We welcome other sponsors for the event – if your Lodge (or if you, as an individual) wish to be a Sponsor, just follow the directions below, and you will be recognized in pre-event newsletters and at the event itself.

It is my great pleasure to invite you to what has now become an annual event hosted by the Odd Fellows Dedicated Members for Change. Please see the attached invitation, with all the details.

The DMC Committee and I, and co-sponsors Davis Lodge #169, Berkeley Lodge #270 and Yerba Buena Lodge #15, are hosting a reception during Grand Lodge Sessions at the Grand Lodge Hotel (the DoubleTree in Modesto). The reception will begin at 5 p.m. on Thursday, May 12, 2016. We’re calling it “Tacos, Tunes & Tales” because we are featuring a taco bar buffet, live musical entertainment, a no-host bar, and short speeches from me and the Deputy Grand Master Peter Sellars. We will also invite up to the microphone speakers representing Lodges that have done some innovative and interesting things for the members and for the communities in which they reside. It should be a fun, sociable and relaxing evening for all.

The cost per person is a remarkably low $10. We are able to keep the cost affordable due to the generosity of members and Lodges who sponsor this event. We will thank and identify those generous members and Lodges in future newsletters and at the May 12 event. In this regard, if you or your Lodge wish to be a sponsor of the DMC reception, just let me know. We are happy to include you. Just send me an e-mail and let me know you will be a sponsor and the amount of your sponsorship. Typically, member sponsors contribute $100, and Lodge sponsors contribute $250, $500 or more. Checks should be made payable to “Grand Lodge of California” and should be mailed to my attention:

Dave Rosenberg, Grand Master
Odd Fellows Lodge
415 2nd Street
Davis CA, 95616

I will turn all sponsorship checks over to the Grand Treasurer Jay Johnson and they will be credited to the DMC reception to help subsidize the event.

And if you wish to attend, print out the invitation, print the names of the attendees (use extra sheet if you need them) and mail the invitation and your check for $10 per person pursuant to the instructions on the invitation. See you in Modesto in May!

Thank you!

F – L – T

Dave Rosenberg
Grand Master
Jurisdiction of California

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