Texas Hold ‘Em

Soroptimist International of Davis is having their annual Texas Hold ’Em Night fundraiser, Saturday, March 23. The event is at the Davis Odd Fellows Hall, 415 Second St. Doors open at 6 p.m. and tournament play starts promptly at 6:30 p.m.

Serious poker players can play in the tournament for $60, with 3 top prizes of $500/$250/$125.

For those who want to brush up on their poker skills or are new to the game there will be Greenhorn tables with prizes including a round trip ticket on Southwest Air. This is for the beginner player to relax and enjoy an evening with friends. Or just come hang out eating and drinking and chatting with friends. Greenhorn/General Admission tickets are $40.

The price of admission includes hearty appetizers and desserts.To go along with our Western theme our Wild West Saloon will be open and Western wear is encouraged. We’ll also have a 50/50 drawing and a raffle for 2 Southwest Airline round trip tickets.

Tickets are available online at SIDavis.org, Avid Reader Active, 605 Second St., or contact Allison Woolley at 530-758-1796 orAllison@welcometodavis.com.

Over the past few years Soroptimist International of Davis has centered their fundraising efforts on emancipated foster youth programs. The funds will help pay college tuition, living expenses, clothing for job interviews, transportation, and other items needed to support young adults’ transition from status as a foster child to becoming a productive adult member of the community.

Odd Fellows To Host 2013 Taste Of Davis

Taste of Davis

Guests enjoy the many local offerings at the 2012 Taste of Davis at the Odd Fellows Lodge.

The Davis Chamber of Commerce and the Davis Odd Fellows Lodge today issued a joint announcement regarding the future of “Taste of Davis”. For the past three years, the Chamber has produced this popular community event which brings together about 30 restaurants, caterers, wineries and breweries for an evening tasting party and showcase of the culinary delights of Davis.

In 2013, the Davis Odd Fellows Lodge will assume responsibilities for the production of the 4th Annual Taste of Davis. The event will be held at the Odd Fellows Lodge Hall at 415 Second Street, on Thursday, April 18, from 6 to 9 p.m. Approximately 300 tickets will be available for the Taste of Davis – sales will begin in March.

“The Davis Chamber of Commerce has really enjoyed our role as impresario for Taste of Davis, but it’s time to pass the torch,” said Chamber Executive Director Kemble Pope. “The Davis Chamber is confident that the Davis Odd Fellows will be a great match for this event and will continue the tradition – they have a perfect venue at their Lodge Hall and they have the volunteers to make it successful.” In 2013, the Chamber will decrease the number of public events it hosts in order to focus more of its resources on economic development activities.

“We thank the Chamber for developing this popular event. The Odd Fellows Lodge is delighted that the Chamber has asked us to host Taste of Davis,” said incoming Lodge Noble Grand Bob Schelen. “Eight years ago the City of Davis asked us to host Breakfast with Santa and we have been doing it successfully ever since. Two years ago the Downtown Davis Business Association asked us to take over Breakfast with the Bunny, and we have. Now the Trifecta is complete.”

Heading the steering committee for the event is incoming Lodge Vice Grand Lea Rosenberg, who also heads up the committees for Breakfast with Santa and Breakfast with the Bunny. “We’re very excited. On two floors at the Lodge, ticket-holders will be able to socialize, and sample culinary delights, wines and beers from over two dozen local vendors for only $40. It’s a great community event,” said Rosenberg.

The Davis Odd Fellows Lodge has been a fixture in the Davis area since it was chartered in 1870, before the City of Davis was chartered and before the founding of UC Davis. Today, the Lodge has close to 200 members, including many community and business leaders. The current Odd Fellows Hall on Second Street was built in 1955, but underwent extensive remodeling in the last few years which installed a stainless steel commercial kitchen, new restrooms, an elevator, and major renovations to the Lower Hall and Upper Hall. The Lodge Hall is widely used by community and charitable groups. The Odd Fellows are a fraternal order tracing its history to 18th Century England. The Davis Lodge is dedicated to community and charitable service.

The Davis Chamber of Commerce was founded in 1905 with the primary goal of lobbying the California State legislature to locate the University Farm, now UC Davis, in the Davis community. The independent Davis Chamber of Commerce is a membership-based organization supported by annual investments from over 600 local member businesses. The mission of the Davis Chamber is to promote, support and advocate the general economic vitality of its membership and the quality of life for the community.

Bingo Calls It A Win For 2012

Odd Fellows Bingo Pull TabsWe are pleased to share that Davis Odd Fellows Bingo raised $803 for the Yolo County SPCA! We had a total of 84 players and set a new record for bar sales. Kudos to Lea for getting her supports to come out and play.
Here is a recap of our 2012 Bingo proceeds:

For a grand total of $7,009 donated to our charity partners in 2012!

It was a good year, a huge thank you to each one of you who donated your valuable time to our committee’s efforts. Sandra and I have had the pleasure of leading the Bingo Committee of the past   two years and it has been very rewarding. The committee will be under new leadership beginning in January 2013, but Sandra and I will still volunteer and look forward to playing.

Thanks for a great two years,
Deanna and Sandra

Breakfast With Santa Delivers Lots Of Fun

Breakfast With Santa Delivers Lots Of Fun

Today the Davis Odd Fellows completed our seventh annual Breakfast with Santa in downtown Davis. It was a great success. We heard nothing but compliments and saw nothing but smiles from the 350 children and families who enjoyed the morning. Folks in Davis, CA really look forward to Breakfast with Santa – tickets all sell out in two weeks or less.

We have so many people to thank, but especially the world’s best Santa, our own Doug Hatton. Thank you also to his wife and Santa Manager Margee, and the 8 young ladies who were the elves. The kitchen and cooking crew headed by John Geisler and Barb Geisler were just great – hard-working from 6 a.m. and constantly cranking out the pancakes, sausages and other goodies. Thank you to our excellent photographer, Ernesto Sandoval, and Dee Clark from Woodstock’s who served her famous Cinna-Bread. We had some 50 volunteers from our Lodges who worked in shifts from 7 this morning till about 1 p.m. this afternoon. Thank you to Sharla Cheney who, once again, was our volunteer coordinator, and Dave Rosenberg, once again our volunteer wrangler and PR guy. Everyone pitched in filling goodie bags, decorating the tables, serving, cleaning, and doing all the tasks that need to be done to pull off this event. This year we tried something different and had three volunteer shifts, rather than two – thus involving even more members of our Lodges. We also had a special clean-up crew of volunteers to handle the kitchen. It takes MANY hands to put on this big show. Thank you, thank you, thank you to all the volunteers:

Doug Hatton
Dave Reed
Sheryl Cambron
Jonathan Raven
Vita Salmieri
Lewis Kimble
David Hafter
Gina Daleiden
Arun Sen
Debbie Friend
Kathy White
Kati Cole-Leathers
Hannah Cole-Leathers
Marc Langlais
JuDee Archuleta
Tim Ainsworth
Joyce Trujillo
Shyamli Sah
Bill Grabert
Matt DeMoura
Alekka Fullerton
Michael Fullerton
Mike Cabral
Margie Cabral
Duff Devine
Irene Fecht
Penny Smith
Jean-Paul Montreuil
John Geisler
Peter Pascoe
Brodie Hamilton
Sharon Schauer
Joyce Puntillo
Mark Spencer
Dennis Corcoran
Vickie Kretsinger
David Cougevan
Tim Carroll
Ann Carroll
Ernesto Sandoval
Dee Clark
Dave Rosenberg
Sharla Cheney
Barb Geisler
Lea Rosenberg

And, once again, we received applications from folks who attended Breakfast with Santa, and now want to join the Odd Fellows and Rebekah Lodges. They want to join because they see the great community spirit of our Lodges and members.

We also appreciate the merchants, like the Davis Coop, Woodstock’s Pizza, Mezzeta Foods and Puroast Coffee, who donated all the food supplies. And thank you to the many donors who contributed over $3,000 to help our efforts – donors like Edward Jones Inc. and David Cougevan, the Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation, the Wochok Group, the Law Offices of Raquel Silva, the Law Offices of Roberta Savage, Supervisor Don Saylor, Retired Supervisor Helen Thomson, Davis Ace Hardware, Davis Waste Removal, First Northern Bank, Tandem Properties, Hanlees Nissan of Davis, and others. We also thank Avid Reader and Common Grounds who have sold tickets for us for many years.

The proceeds from Breakfast with Santa are used to benefit foster children in our community, and young adults who have recently left the foster system.

We look forward to the eighth annual Breakfast with Santa in 2013. (Once we rest up.)

F – L – T

Lea Rosenberg and Barb Geisler, Co-Chairs
Breakfast with Santa Committee

Breakfast With The Bunny

Breakfast With The Bunny

Breakfast with the Bunny photo from Saturday, March 23, at the Davis Lodge.  Co-chaired by Lea Rosenberg, Barb Geisler and Jeannie Pytel, over 120 children and family members enjoyed the morning.  They got a great breakfast, then went on a parade in Downtown Davis, and topped it off with the “Eggstravaganza” where they got to do fun craft projects.

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