Enhancing the Odd Fellows through Committees

Enhancing the Odd Fellows through Committees

Dear Dedicated Members for Change,

Last week, I published a DMC Newsletter where I highlighted the fact that my own Odd Fellows Lodge in Davis, California, has shown net gains in membership, year-after-year, for the past 18 years. In that article, I talked about the diverse ages and interests of our members (covering three generations), and I highlighted our numerous committees and our community activities as the twin drivers in our remarkable growth.

Within hours after I published this article, I received an email from a member in another Lodge who asked a number of good questions. I’d like to address three of those questions at this time.

1. How do the “interest committees” work?

My Lodge has (at last count) 63 committees, which I am sure dramatically exceeds the number of committees found in most other Lodges. In my opinion, our committee structure is one of our great strengths – it adds to the diversity and vibrancy of the Lodge, and it encourages folks to join, to participate, and to remain as members. We give our committees a mission, a budget (if needed), and then we let them do their work without interference. Frankly, 90% of the work of the Lodge is done by and through our committees. Generally, our committees can be divided into three categories, although there is overlap, on occasion, between the categories.

One category contains “Administrative Committees”. These committees address the administrative and governance aspects of the Odd Fellows Lodge. Such committees include the Visiting Committee, the Finance Committee, the Bylaws Committee, the Membership Committee, the Historical Committee, the Initiation and Ritual Committee, and others. One would expect to find most of these administrative committees in almost every Lodge in some form or another. In particular, a Membership Committee is vital to the sustainability and growth of the Lodge – and if your Lodge doesn’t have such a committee, you need to address that vacuum as soon as possible.

A second category contains what I call “Social Committees.” These committees organize fun activities for the membership as a whole, and/or cater to interests of some members. In our Lodge, we have LOTS of these committees. After all, Odd Fellowship is a fraternal order, and social activities provide a venue for fraternal friendship (the first link in our chain) and fun. Some of these committees provide activities which cater to most, if not all, members. These include our Club Night at the Lodge Committee, the OddtoberFest Committee, the St Patrick’s Day Committee, the Thanksgiving Potluck Dinner Committee, the Saturday Morning Breakfast Committee and the like. Other committees have a much more limited focus that might appeal to a small group of members (usually between 5 and 15). Our philosophy is that if some members wish to create a committee that gives them joy, we allow it and (where appropriate) let them use the Lodge Hall for their meetings. Examples of these committees include the Odd Needleworkers Committee, the Cigar Lounge Committee, the Odd Hiking Committee, the Gaming Committee, the Barn Owl Box Committee, the Odd Ukulele Committee, the Wine Club Committee, the Zymurgy Committee, and many more. In my Lodge if a few members wish to form a committee, we encourage it.

The third category of committees contains “Community Serving Committees”. These committees reach out into the world outside the Lodge to do good works and provide benefits to the greater community – while also providing fun and satisfying activities for our members. Such committees include the Breakfast with Santa Committee (providing an opportunity for children and their parents/grandparents in the community to have breakfast with Santa), the Chase the Chill Committee (providing warm clothing for the homeless and unhoused in our town), the Thursday Live Music Committee (offering free music venues for the community at the Lodge Hall), the Classic Film Festival Committee (showing classic films, free, at the Lodge for the community), the Odd Fellows Bingo Committee (offering real cash-prize Bingo to the community with a charitable beneficiary every month),the Blood Drive Committee (working with the blood bank to encourage local residents to donate blood), the Senior Helper Committee (helping frail seniors with small projects in their homes), the Taste of Davis Committee (providing a community event at the Lodge featuring local restaurants, breweries and wineries), the Chocolate Festival Committee (opening the Lodge for the community featuring vendors and providers of chocolate products), and lots of others. Most of these committees raise sponsorship money which is provided to a local charity or community organization.

2. What community events seem most effective in every way?

We offer a number of community events which have proven not only very popular with the community and the members, but which have also dramatically raised the profile of our Lodge in town. We have a Publicity Committee and a Promotions Committee which make sure that the events are publicized in the local news media, but also in social media (to reach the younger generations). To be very candid, not only are these events satisfying to the members of the Lodge, but we have done much good in the community. I’ll give you an example of an event that has proven remarkably successful – even during the pandemic – at many different levels: for three years now the Zombie Bike Ride, hosted by the Zombie Bike Parade Committee has been a four-star success. This event is scheduled on or near Halloween and encourages families to dress up as zombies (or other Halloween characters) and ride their bikes on a local bike loop. Last Halloween, we had over 1,500 adults and children participate. A local theater group put on zombie tableau throughout the bike ride, lots of local businesses participated in different way, and we even had zombie skydivers join the festivities. We had many community members and businesses (including the local cemetery) donate funds as sponsors, and we used the sponsor monies to build seven special tricycles for disabled children in the community. Regionally, we had a great deal of publicity for this event, including radio and television. A large number of our Lodge members helped as zombie volunteers. And a youth group also joined as volunteers. All around, this sort of event was “effective in every way.” Because this event is all outdoors, in the fresh air, with folks constantly moving on bicycles, it has been especially popular during the pandemic. Oh, and several community members – citing the Zombie event – have contacted the Lodge inquiring how they could join.

3. How do you get the diverse three generations of members to work together?

The generational divide found in many Odd Fellows Lodges can be a point of friction. How does one get members in their 70’s and 80’s to work cooperatively with members in their 20’s and 30’s? Well, we know that it can be done. Witness the Odd Fellows-Rebekahs Rose Bowl Float. That is an example of a project where the Baby Boomer Generation and Generation X (and others) work cooperatively toward a common goal. In my Lodge, we offer so many diverse options that there is, literally, something for everyone. A Lodge that has a committee for video gamers as well as a committee for folks who like to work with needle craft offers a big tent. But we also have big projects that encourage the generations to work together on a common goal. Breakfast with Santa is a an event where over 50 members of our Lodge participate as volunteers to set up, cook and clean up. Our Picnic Day Float allows a committee of volunteers to work together designing, building, painting, etc. a float for our local Picnic Day Parade. Even our Self-Portrait Art Show turned out to be popular among members who were 25 and members who were 75. It was fun to create the art and it was fun to walk around the Lodge viewing the creations.

A strong committee structure can enhance opportunities for Lodge members to enjoy their fraternal experience and it can be an effective tool to sustain and increase membership.

F – L – T

Dave Rosenberg
Past Grand Master
Jurisdiction of California
Independent Order of Odd Fellows (IOOF)

Enhancing the Odd Fellows through Committees

Enhancing the Odd Fellows through Committees

Dear Dedicated Members for Change, Last week, I published a DMC Newsletter where I highlighted the fact that my own Odd Fellows Lodge in Davis, California, has shown net gains in membership, year-after-year, for the past 18 years. In that article, I talked about the...

Odd Fellow Sheila Allen – New Deputy County Supervisor

Odd Fellow Sheila Allen – New Deputy County Supervisor

Yolo County Supervisor Jim Provenza of Davis announced the appointment of Sheila Allen as his new Deputy, effective February 1, 2022. Current deputy Richard Reed is retiring and will continue on a part-time basis for a period of time to help with the transition,...

Odd Fellow Sheila Allen – New Deputy County Supervisor

Odd Fellow Sheila Allen – New Deputy County Supervisor

Yolo County Supervisor Jim Provenza of Davis announced the appointment of Sheila Allen as his new Deputy, effective February 1, 2022. Current deputy Richard Reed is retiring and will continue on a part-time basis for a period of time to help with the transition, working also on a portfolio of projects.

Sheila has served as executive director of the Yolo Healthy Aging Alliance for 11 years and staff for the Yolo County Commission on Aging & Adult Services for eight years. Additionally, she was a program director for the Yolo County Health Department for eight years (2005-2013), served as nursing faculty at Rush University and CSU-Sacramento (1985-2000), and was a home care nurse for 11 years. She served two terms as an elected trustee for Davis Joint Unified School District (2005-2014). She has a doctorate in Nursing with a focus on public health policy from UC San Francisco and a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing with a focus on Community Health from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

“I am delighted to welcome Sheila to her new role and appreciate that Rich will be helping in the transition and on a part-time basis,” said Supervisor Jim Provenza. “Sheila’s background in public health, as an advocate for seniors, and experience as an elected official will help drive our progress in providing appropriate support for children, seniors, unhoused and others in need, ensuring the highest level of service to our constituents.”

Dr. Allen is an active community member currently serving as chair of the City of Davis Human Relations Commission, president of Explorit Science Center, and a member of the City of Davis Unitrans Advisory Committee. She has previously served on the Yolo County Health Council and was an original commissioner for Yolo First Five Commission, serving for 10 years. Dr. Allen has been recognized for her community work by both Congressman Garamendi and Senator Bill Dodd as a Woman of the Year.

Enhancing the Odd Fellows through Committees

Enhancing the Odd Fellows through Committees

Dear Dedicated Members for Change, Last week, I published a DMC Newsletter where I highlighted the fact that my own Odd Fellows Lodge in Davis, California, has shown net gains in membership, year-after-year, for the past 18 years. In that article, I talked about the...

Odd Fellow Sheila Allen – New Deputy County Supervisor

Odd Fellow Sheila Allen – New Deputy County Supervisor

Yolo County Supervisor Jim Provenza of Davis announced the appointment of Sheila Allen as his new Deputy, effective February 1, 2022. Current deputy Richard Reed is retiring and will continue on a part-time basis for a period of time to help with the transition,...

Creating change within the Independent Order of Odd Fellows

Creating change within the Independent Order of Odd Fellows

I admit it. When I first started out as Noble Grand of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows (I.O.O.F.) in Davis, California (Davis Lodge #169), I viewed it as a laboratory. Soon after I joined Odd Fellowship in 2004, I found a Lodge (and, frankly, an entire fraternal order) that was in trouble. It could only be described as membership free-fall. The Lodge was losing members. The entire Order was losing members.

Let’s face it. With a human lifespan topping out at 100 years (on a good day) a Lodge and a fraternal order has a responsibility to replace and renew its membership with new, younger members who can carry on after existing members drop out, move away, or pass away. A Lodge and an order can live for hundreds of years, if it ensures that it brings in more members than it loses (or at a minimum, brings in the same number of new members that it loses). And this growth was the track of Odd Fellowship in North America for the first century of its existence. From the 1820’s to the 1920’s, Independent Order of Odd Fellowship was alive and well, expanding and growing.

And then, in the 1920’s ennui set in. Little by little, membership declined. Bottom line, Lodges suffered net losses of members year after year. A net loss is a situation occurring when a Lodge loses more members than it gains in a particular year. Net losses had become the new normal. And that norm had continued for a century.

I found that to be true in my own Lodge when I joined in 2004. And so, I decided to change the trajectory of my Lodge. Because without change, the direction was obvious. We were losing more members than we were gaining and it would be only a matter of time before the Lodge would not be viable. I could see it happening right in my hometown. The Davis Rebekah Lodge (chartered in 1901) was on its last legs. The membership (on the books) was less than 10 ladies. The members were all in their 70’s and 80’s and they had not brought in any new members in some time (and when they did, the “new” members were in their 70’s and 80’s). I made sure to resurrect the Davis Rebekah Lodge by encouraging twelve members of my Odd Fellows Lodge (men and women of diverse ages) to join. And today, the Rebekah Lodge is alive and well with membership four times what it was 10 years ago.

So, the Davis Odd Fellows Lodge became my laboratory for change. I realized that I could not significantly affect my Grand Lodge or Sovereign Grand Lodge – but I could direct what happened locally, in my Davis Lodge. We went in a new direction. We were not content just to run formal meetings and confer degrees (although that is certainly important to a fraternal order). We also reached out into the community to do good works in town. And we created a number of committees to plan fun social events for our members, as well as community events for our town. Perhaps most importantly, we opened the doors and windows of our Lodge to our community – we became very visible and we invited diverse people – men and women of all ages – to join the Lodge.

And what’s the result of this grand experiment?

The new direction we traveled has brought our Davis Lodge membership from less than 30 (when I joined in 2004) to well over 300 (in 2022). A ten-fold increase. We currently have 324 members on our books, and 26 applicants for membership – a remarkable statistic in a pandemic. Every single year since 2004, we have had a net gain in members. More importantly, the membership is diverse. Our median age is just under 50, and we have many members in their 40’s, 30’s and 20’s (as well as those in their 60’s, 70’s and 80’s). In other words, our membership reflects three generations and is well equipped to grow and prosper into the 21st Century.

F – L – T

Dave Rosenberg
Past Grand Master
Jurisdiction of California
Independent Order of Odd Fellows

Enhancing the Odd Fellows through Committees

Enhancing the Odd Fellows through Committees

Dear Dedicated Members for Change, Last week, I published a DMC Newsletter where I highlighted the fact that my own Odd Fellows Lodge in Davis, California, has shown net gains in membership, year-after-year, for the past 18 years. In that article, I talked about the...

Odd Fellow Sheila Allen – New Deputy County Supervisor

Odd Fellow Sheila Allen – New Deputy County Supervisor

Yolo County Supervisor Jim Provenza of Davis announced the appointment of Sheila Allen as his new Deputy, effective February 1, 2022. Current deputy Richard Reed is retiring and will continue on a part-time basis for a period of time to help with the transition,...

Keep writing the Odd Fellows History

Keep writing the Odd Fellows History

What makes Odd Fellowship unique among organizations is that we have a history. In North America, our history goes back 200 years. Some of our Lodges go back well over a century in time. One of the outstanding historians of Odd Fellowship is Past Grand Master Peter Sellars. He is curator of a remarkable Odd Fellows Museum in San Francisco, and he is the author of several well-written and enthralling historical works about our Order.

The great and noble history of Independent Order of Odd Fellows is important. It is important to current members of our Order as it reminds us of what we have done and what we can do. But it also vitally important to membership development. The history of Odd Fellowship provides an important draw to potential new members. Do not underestimate the power and attraction of history to those new members. Here is an DMC article on the subject of history, submitted by Brother Peter Sellars.

F – L – T

Dave Rosenberg
Past Grand Master
Jurisdiction of California
Independent Order of Odd Fellows


Keep Writing Odd Fellows’ History!

By Peter V. Sellars, PGM

The members of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows want to know more about the history of your lodge. They want to know about historical events that took place at your lodge. They want to know about your members.

Every Odd Fellows lodge has a story. Books and articles have been written, but these have only told a small part of the story. Look in those old minutes books. Perhaps there is a narrative written about a lodge event from days gone by. Sometimes old minutes books have flyers or handbills tucked inside the pages.

Maybe a member was killed in a war. Or, the lodge may have had a hero. Sometimes several members were involved in the same occupation or involved in public office. Has your lodge had any sheriffs or marshals or judges? Any congressmen or senators?

There are stories of lodges burying their members behind the lodge. We have had Odd Fellows who have fought in every war. We have had members who worked in the gold and silver mines during the gold rush. We have had members come over the mountains as California’s first pioneers.

Tell us about your historical figures.

Did your lodge have any significant events; i.e. a prominent visitor or guest? A robbery or murder? Did the lodge own different kinds of property or deeds?

We know the Independent Order of Odd Fellows have a rich and busy history. But, we can’t seem to get lodges to share enough history if any at all. It is important for the lodge to share history. You may even receive an application for membership by sharing your history. I remember sharing my lodge’s minutes books at a local historical society meeting. These books from the mid-1800’s were a hit with the historical society people. They loved reading through these books. They found so much history related to their town and discovered historical figures were also members of the Odd Fellows.

That evening, I received seven applications from each of the attendees. They wanted to learn more and to belong to such a historical organization.

Creating contacts by sharing history of your lodge is has the potential of creating valuable relationships. For me, the sharing of old records has been reciprocal and has helped me in research projects. Gathering old photographs, old books or records, and perhaps objects has been mutual between myself and historians who I have shared with on a regular basis or who I have established a reputation. Having such a beneficial access has made it easier to put wonderful stories together about members of the Order. “You get what you give,” as the old saying goes.

These kinds of relationships coming from sharing your lodge’s history are valuable. How? Being invited to speak at various historical societies or with other groups. I have spoke at rotaries, historical societies, and other clubs. I have even spoke with numismatic groups on Odd Fellows tokens, etc.

People who love history or simply appreciate history or find an interest in it, are the type of members who benefit the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and who the Order benefits. Share your lodge history. Open up those packed closets. Clean out those congested attics. Empty those desk drawers that have items tucked away that have not been seen for decades. Write about these objects. Share the history!

Enhancing the Odd Fellows through Committees

Enhancing the Odd Fellows through Committees

Dear Dedicated Members for Change, Last week, I published a DMC Newsletter where I highlighted the fact that my own Odd Fellows Lodge in Davis, California, has shown net gains in membership, year-after-year, for the past 18 years. In that article, I talked about the...

Odd Fellow Sheila Allen – New Deputy County Supervisor

Odd Fellow Sheila Allen – New Deputy County Supervisor

Yolo County Supervisor Jim Provenza of Davis announced the appointment of Sheila Allen as his new Deputy, effective February 1, 2022. Current deputy Richard Reed is retiring and will continue on a part-time basis for a period of time to help with the transition,...

Odd Fellows Newsletter

Odd Fellows Newsletter

Dear Dedicated Members for Change,

Does your Lodge have a newsletter? If you do, good for you! If you don’t, consider starting one. They are valuable tools (particularly during the pandemic) to keep the members informed of comings-and-goings and happenings, and to give notices and reminders. They are effective and efficient vehicles to build cohesion and to share information. They also provide an opportunity to recognize members for their work on behalf of the Lodge and for the community.

Most newsletters are produced monthly, and some even weekly. Many newsletters are produced in hard-copy and mailed to members. Far more efficiently (and cheaply) some newsletters are produced electronically and emailed to members. To have an effective newsletter, you need just three things: (1) The will by Lodge leadership to do it; (2) Snail mail addresses or email addresses for members (and also for applicants for membership as some Lodges send the newsletter to the applicants); and (3) A reliable person or small committee to accumulate the information and “publish” the newsletter.

Newsletters can start short and simple. Every journey must start with a step. Once it starts, it can grow as members can give the newsletter “editor” information to include in future newsletters.

To give you an example of an effective newsletter, I am forwarding a recent copy of the newsletter that I produce for my Lodge, Davis #169 in California. This newsletter is called “The Odd Gossip Page” and it is produced electronically once each week and emailed to every member and every applicant (in my Lodge we call the applicants “Pledges” until the time they are initiated). By the way, I also serve as Membership Chair for my Lodge and I have found the newsletter to be a very effective tool not only for internal communication, but also for membership development.

F – L – T

Dave Rosenberg
Past Grand Master
Jurisdiction of California

 

Dear Odd Fellows and Pledges,

Here we are in the final days of 2021. Get ready for yet another dose of Odd Gossip. We call it “gossip”, but we publish only positive information about the Lodge, the members, comings and goings, tidbits and events. Nothing negative published here. If you have any input for future Odd Gossip Pages, please send it along to me. Here’s this week’s version of “Odd Gossip”.

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Happy Birthday to the Odd Fellows and Pledges Born in the Month of January

The list of January birthday boys and girls was compiled by Financial Secretary Beth Dovi (thank you, Beth). We wish a happy birthday to the Members of our Lodge and the Pledges who were born in January. Happy Birthday, you crazy January kids.

  • Terry Antonelli
  • Dominic Berlingeri (Pledge)
  • Michael Bisch
  • Lang Bledsoe
  • Bob Bockwinkel
  • Benjamin Brezing (Pledge)
  • Sheryl Cambron
  • Tim Carroll
  • John Coburn (Pledge)
  • Evan Daly
  • Sean Davis
  • Nigel Delaney
  • Matthew Elliott
  • Ann Filmer
  • Charles Filmer
  • Terri Fong
  • Russ Gebhardt
  • Marna Ghiglieri
  • Larry Guenther
  • David Hafter
  • Pam Holm
  • Gretchen Ladley
  • Kati O’Day
  • Kelli O’Day
  • Ilse Pastor (Pledge)
  • Dean Ranns
  • Karen Russell
  • Don Sherman
  • Raquel Silva
  • Terry Toy
  • Marian Zingaro
  • Maya Zingaro

 

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Last Chance to Donate the Gift of Blood – You can Donate to the Blood Drive at the Lodge this Wednesday, December 29

Here’s a message for the Lodge from James Bledsoe, Past Grand, who organizes our blood drives:

“Our 5th Odd Fellows Blood Drive of this Year is on December 29, 2021 – from 12 noon till 5 pm. We hope to end the year averaging 45 pints per Drive. That’s 225 pints of donated Blood and up to 675 lives saved. Way to go Davis Odd Fellow Lodge and Community!

We have over 25 donors signed up so far – awesome! Please sign up today!

Sign up:
https://donors.vitalant.org/dwp/portal/dwa/appointment/guest/phl/timeSlotsExtr?token=8LK7V2ggHhzM%2FcCTOv0M7DGICYVMBeJSZnRqnJNkQnA%3D

And thank you to Blood Drive volunteers. Terri Fong is helping on set up. Nan Schuman Klein is signing folks in at the door. Joel Mandel will be staffing the snack table. And JoAnne Hokanson is in charge of clean up. We are fully staffed!”

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And This Is Your Last Chance to Vote for the “Readers’ Choice” Awards

The deadline to vote is this Friday, December 31. Every year, the Davis Enterprise runs this survey to pick the best of the best. So cast your votes today. The link to vote is: https://readerschoose.com/

We are talking about the Davis Enterprise’s “Readers’ Choice” survey. The paper is doing it again in 2021, and voting ends at the end of December. You can vote online and also via a printed ballot. I encourage all Odd Fellows and Pledges to vote. There are over 130 categories, and no one is expected to vote in all – however, you must vote for at least 20 categories to allow your ballot to be counted.

The printed ballot is available in the Davis Enterprise, or you can go online to vote at the url provided above in this email. It’s fun and easy.

And make sure to vote for “The Lodge at Odd Fellows Hall” in the category of “Best Venue to Hold an Event”.

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January 1 Polar Bear Ride Coming – Calling All Strong and Sturdy Bicycle Riders!

Here’s a message from Maria Contreras Tebbutt, a Member of our Lodge and an active bicyclist:

“SAVE THE DATE! Start the new year right. Plan now to ride in the FREE Polar Bear Bike Ride on Saturday, January 1st, 12noon-2pm. Start anywhere on the Davis Bike Loop and ride in either direction (up to 12 mi) OR ride the 10 mi Woodland Bike Loop. Nothing will stop us, not rain, hail or snow. There will be FREE hot chocolate for riders at the 2pm afterparty at the Davis Food Co-op and at Nugget in Woodland. See the bike loop maps at www.TheBikeCampaign.com QUESTIONS? Contact Maria at funmaria@sbcglobal.net.”

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First “Club Night at the Lodge” for 2022 Scheduled for January 6

WHEN: Thursday, January 6, 2022, Club Night doors open at 5:30 p.m. and Club Night wraps up around 8:00 p.m. (Note: This will be the first Club Night of 2022.)

WHERE: Lower Hall, Davis Odd Fellows Lodge.

WHO: Members and Pledges, and their guests, are cordially invited.

WHAT: Thursday evening’s “Club Night at the Lodge” features: (1) Comfort Food After the Holidays: Chicken Dumpling Soup (Veggie Dumpling Soup for the Vegetarians), Rolls, Grilled Cauliflower, Romaine Salad and Dilly Ranch Dressing. Yum! Dinner will be available soon after 6:05 p.m. Dinner is only $10 per plate. (2) The Bar. Our Bar will be open, staffed by volunteers, with a selection of wines, beer, and soft drinks – all at special Club Night prices. Cash welcome; credit cards accepted. (3) Trivia Night. Trivia Master will be Dave Rosenberg, here at the Lodge to challenge you with three quick rounds of trivia. We play by table and there are extraordinary and sublime prizes for the winning tables. Odd Fellows Trivia starts around 6:35 p.m. (4) Social Time. There will be plenty of time to get to chat and socialize with your Lodge mates. (5) Jigsaw Puzzles. Lea Rosenberg will supply the ever-popular 100-piece jigsaw puzzles (and some 200-piece puzzles) for the tables. (6) Big Screen Projection TV. Our big-screen television will be on and available tonight for your viewing pleasure. (7) The Piano Lounge. Our talented Lodge piano player, Blake Temple, will be on hand to entertain us on the baby grand piano.

WHY: Club Night at the Lodge is brought to you virtually every Thursday evening – just to kick back with your Lodge mates, relax, unwind, socialize, and have some fun. The Club Night Committee is co-chaired by Kathy Hemness and Kevin Sitz. Noble Grand Matt Elliott organizes the Club Night volunteers.

REMINDER: The Lodge mandates that attendees be vaccinated. In addition, Yolo County Health Officials have ordered that all individuals wear masks while indoors at a business or social gathering, whether vaccinated or not. This order applies to the Lodge Hall. The restrooms, hallways, and rooms at the Lodge are thoroughly and professionally cleaned every day. There will be hand sanitizer on each table in the Lower Hall. Please wear your mask at all times inside the Lodge, unless you are eating or drinking at the moment. We want everyone to feel comfortable and to be safe.

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January Is the Month for Four Installations at the Lodge Hall

We have four Installations of 2022 Officers coming up during the month of January, all being held at the Lodge Hall. Installations are scheduled for the Davis Odd Fellows Lodge, the Davis Rebekah Lodge, the Davis Encampment, and Canton Davis. Here are the dates for the four Installations:

Wednesday, January 19: Canton Davis Installation Dinner. The event starts at 6:31 pm.

Saturday. January 22. Davis Encampment Installation Dinner. The event starts at 5:00 pm.

Monday, January 24. Davis Rebekah Lodge Installation Dinner. The event starts at 6:00 pm.

Sunday, January 30. Davis Odd Fellows Lodge Installation and Awards Dinner. The event starts at 5:30 pm.

The following 2022 Elected Officers will be installed at these Installation Dinners (in addition, appointed officers will be announced and installated as well):

Davis Odd Fellows Lodge:

Noble Grand Kurt Roggli
Vice Grand Larry Guenther
Secretary Juelie Roggli
Treasurer Kathy Hemness
Financial Secretary Beth Dovi

Davis Rebekah Lodge:

Noble Grand Charlene Sailer
Vice Grand Joel Mandel
Secretary Terry Toy
Treasurer Beth Dovi
Financial Secretary Lin Spangler

Davis Encampment:

Chief Patriarch Kevin Sitz
Senior Warden Charlene Sailer
Junior Warden Matthew Elliott
High Priestess Lea Rosenberg
Scribe Ann Filmer
Treasurer Duff Devine
Financial Scribe Sharon Hale

Canton Davis:

Captain Kevin Sitz
Lieutenant Matthew Elliott
Ensign Sharla Cheney
Clerk Sheryl Cambron
Accountant Joel Mandel

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New Barn Owl Box Committee Looking to Fill Its Ranks

A brand new committee has launched!

Hoo would like to help barn owls in Davis? Join the newly formed Barn Owl Box Committee, to help build barn owl boxes (easy!) for either placement in trees on city property or in personal street trees in your neighborhood. Working in conjunction with the city’s wildlife coordinator, this committee will help build and place barn owl boxes throughout the city. Barn owls eat rats and gophers and are cool to hear hooting at night.

Contact Erik Vink (erik_vink@hotmail.com) for more details. Erik has advised that EIGHT members and pledges have already signed up for the new committee. But there is always room for more. NOTE: The Barn Owl Box Committee is holding its first organizing meeting tomorrow, Monday, December 27. I understand that folks can attend this meeting by phone. Please contact Erik for details on time and logistics.

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The Odd Fellows “Senior Helper Committee” Could Use Your Help

The Lodge’s “Senior Helper Committee” assists older adult in Davis with small jobs around the home such as grab bar installation, connecting computers and TVs, changing smoke alarm batteries, yard work, etc. Sheila Allen serves as chair of this important community-serving committee.

If you want to help, please contact Sheila at 530-753-4551.

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Getting Ready for Picnic Day 2022

Two of our Lodge committees, centered around Picnic Day, could use your help. If you wish to volunteer for either of these committees, please contact the chairs – they would love to have your help. Picnic Day 2022 is on Saturday, April 23. The theme for the 2022 Picnic Day is “Rediscovering Tomorrow”.

Picnic Day Pancake Breakfast Committee. During the morning hours of April 23, the Lodge hosts our “Davis Odd Fellows Picnic Day Pancake Breakfast.” This is a tradition that goes back at least 70 years for our Lodge, and is very popular in our town. We provide a breakfast of pancakes, sausages, fruit, coffee and juice at a very reasonable price. It’s a great tradition in Davis to come to the Picnic Day pancake Breakfast, and lots of locals attend when they come downtown to watch the Picnic Day Parade. Odd Fellow volunteers do all the work, and it’s a great community service and tradition. Volunteers set up, sell tickets, cook, serve, bus dishes, and clean up. Contact Committee Chair Holly Bishop at holly@hollytime.com if you wish to help. Holly says that last year they had 16 volunteers. She has already gotten several volunteers to step up, including Kathy Hemness who will serve as co-chair and be in charge of the kitchen and cooking.

Picnic Day Float Committee. Another tradition that goes back in time is the Picnic Day Parade. There are bands, marchers and small floats sponsored by various organizations at UCD and in Davis. Thousands of folks from Davis and the region come to town to watch the parade. For several years the Davis Odd Fellows have designed, constructed, hammered, nailed, sawed, painted, etc. a Picnic Day Float, and we will do it again in 2022. The Lodge owns a trailer just for this purpose. We need volunteers to help with a fun project: design and build a Picnic Day Float. The Picnic Day Float Committee for 2022 will be Chaired by Marcus Marino (an architect). Other Odd Fellows who have already volunteered to help are James Bledsoe, Larry Guenther, and Doug Houck. If you wish to be part of this project, please contact Marcus at marcusm1215@gmail.com.

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Say “Hello” to Our Pledges

The current Pledge Class is the Spring 2022 Pledge Class. Those who make it through this process are looking at Initiation as Odd Fellows in March. There are 24 Pledges in this group, as follows:

Spring 2022 Pledge Class:

Ashley Arax (Sponsor Sydney Vergis)
Dewey Bandy (Sponsor Aaron Wedra)
Randall Basinger (Sponsor Dave Rosenberg)
Dominic Berlingeri (Sponsor Aaron Wedra)
Benjamin Brezing (Sponsor Dave Rosenberg)
Alex Chen (Sponsor Charlene Sailer)
Kelly Fung-Chen (Sponsor Charlene Sailer)
John Coburn (Sponsor Dave Rosenberg)
Mark Donnelly (Sponsor Aaron Wedra)
Marc Erwin (Sponsor Scott Wetzlich)
Adrienne Fortini (Sponsor Dave Rosenberg)
George Garafalo (Sponsor Morrie Kraemer)
Heidi Garafalo (Sponsor Morrie Kraemer)
Mark Grandjean (Sponsor Dave Rosenberg)
Julian Hartline (Sponsor Keli O’Day)
Lauren Keene (Sponsor Scott Wetzlich)
Danny Manning (Sponsor Dave Rosenberg)
Elisabeth Manning (Sponsor Dave Rosenberg)
Marcus Marino (Sponsor Lea Rosenberg)
Ilse Pastor (Sponsor Matt Elliott)
Brian Russell (Sponsor Dave Rosenberg)
Ernie Silva (Sponsor Dave Reed)
Amy Sinclair (Sponsor Ed Lewis)
Nathan Temple (Sponsor Nancy Temple)

The Spring 2022 Pledge Class is full, so we have started the next group: The Summer 2022 Pledge Class. The “survivors” of this group will be initiated into the Lodge sometime during the coming summer. We already have two applicants:

Vesta Ghanvamzadeh (Sponsor Dawn Coder)
Michael Medina (Sponsor Debra McGee)

If you have anyone you wish to sponsor, let Dave Rosenberg know daverose@jps.net, and we can include them in the Summer 2022 Pledge Class.

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Odd Fellows Second Sunday Bingo at the Lodge Returns on February 13

Odd Fellows Second Sunday Bingo is coming back after a two-year Covid hiatus. The first session is planned for Sunday, Febraury 13. Doors open at 12 noon, and Bingo begins at 1:00 p.m. at the Lodge Hall. Players can win cash money – up to $250 for the final blackout Bingo game. This is a fun was to spend a Sunday afternoon, and its all for a good cause. The Bingo Committee identifies a local community or charitable beneficiary that will receive all the proceeds after Bingo winners are paid. Beneficiaries can receive over $1,000 in this manner, depending on how many folks come out to play. The February beneficiary is Team Davis! Here is the flier/poster for our first community Bingo of 2022:

 

Volunteers for this committee are welcomed. If you wish to volunteer for the Bingo Committee, contact one of the co-chairs: Alice Stewart at alices0902@gmail.com or Matthew Elliott at superfood@gmail.com.

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The Next Club Night at the Lodge Will Be Thursday, January 6; No Club Night on December 30

There will be no Club Night at the Lodge on Thursday, December 30.

Club Night at the Lodge returns in 2022, starting on Thursday, January 6.

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Classic Films Are Coming Back to the Lodge in February

 

Classic films from the Golden Age of Hollywood are coming back after a two-year Covid break. The Odd Fellows Classic Film Festival, featuring noted film reviewer Derrick Bang, returns to the Lodge’s Upper Hall this coming February. The theme for this series of films is “Light-hearted Larceny”. Here is what is on tap:

February 6: “The Pink Panther” (this is the original) featuring Peter Sellers and David Niven
February 13: “Charade” starring Audrey Hepburn and Cary Grant
Febraury 20: A special event with Derrick Bang and book signing his two recent books
February 27: “The Fortune Cookie” with Jack Lemmon and Walter Mathau

For all these evenings, doors will open at 6:29 p.m. The presentations are open to the general public and there is no charge – it’s all free, but donations are gratefully accepted. In addition to the films, the Odd Fellows offer complimentary popcorn, the bar will be open for purchases of wine and beer, and According to Bazooka (our own Richard and Rene) will be performing a few numbers before the films begin.

Folks who attend will have to follow Yolo County health guidelines and will also be required to show proof of vaccination. The Classic Film Committee wants all attendees of the Film Festival to feel safe and comfortable.

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And Now For Something Really Unusual

Brother Alex Haider-Winnett has forward the following and asked that it be included in the Odd Gossip Page. Check it out if it tickles your “interest bone”. Here’s what Alex forwarded:

“The Noble Order of Muscovites is an interfraternal order that performs comedic skits as Degrees to raise money for charity.

While the majority of members are Freemasons or Odd Fellows, people of all genders that belong to any fraternal or service order can join in the fun!

Follow the link below to register for the next virtual Degree on February 5th.”

Registration is now open!
https://forms.gle/TUwCsBD1a9KLaf3EA #repostandroid #repostw10

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Some Dates to Note!

Wednesday, December 29. Blood Drive at the Lodge, start time 12 noon till 5 pm.

Thursday, December 30. Club Night at the Lodge canceled tonight in lieu of New Year’s.

Thursday, January 6. Happy New Year! First Club Night of 2022. Club Night at the Lodge starts at 5:30 p.m.

Saturday, January 8. Second Saturday Odd Fellows breakfast meeting canceled due to Membership Educational Seminar.

Saturday, January 8. Davis Encampment meeting canceled due to Membership Educational Seminar.

Monday, January 10. Odd Needlecrafters meet at the Lodge at 7:00 p.m.

Thursday, January 13. Club Night at the Lodge starts at 5:30 p.m.

Saturday, January 15. Davis Odd Fellows Lodge special breakfast meeting. Breakfast is served at 8:45 a.m. and the meeting starts at 9:30 a.m.

Wednesday, January 19. Canton Davis Installation Dinner at the Lodge, start time 6:31 p.m.

Thursday, January 20. Club Night at the Lodge starts at 5:30 p.m.

Saturday, January 22. Davis Encampment Installation Dinner at the Lodge, start time 5:00 p.m.

Monday, January 24. Davis Rebekah Lodge Installation Dinner at the Lodge, start time 6:00 p.m.

Wednesday, January 26. Canton Davis evening meeting canceled in lieu of Installation Dinner a few nights earlier.

Wednesday, January 26. Davis Odd Fellows Lodge fourth Wednesday evening meeting canceled in lieu of Installation and Awards Dinner a few nights later.

Thursday, January 27. Club Night at the Lodge starts at 5:30 p.m.

Sunday, January 30. Davis Odd Fellows Lodge Installation and Awards Dinner at the Lodge, start time 5:30 p.m.

Thursday, February 3. Club Night at the Lodge starts at 7:00 p.m.

Sunday, February 6. The Odd Fellows Classic Film Festival shows “The Pink Panther”, doors open at 6:29 p.m.

Thursday, February 10. Club Night at the Lodge starts at 7:00 p.m.

Saturday, February 12. Davis Odd Fellows Breakfast Meeting. Breakfast is served at 8:45 a.m. and meeting begins at 9:30 a.m.

Saturday, Febraury 12. Davis Encampment meeting at the Lodge begins around 10:30 a.m.

Sunday, Febraury 13. Second Sunday Bingo comes back to the Lodge, doors open at 12 noon and Bingo begins at 1 p.m.

Sunday, February 13. The Odd Fellows Classic Film Festival shows “Charade”, doors open at 6:29 p.m.

Monday, Febraury 14. Odd Needlecrafters meet at the Lodge at 7:00 p.m.

Thursday, February 17. Club Night at the Lodge starts at 7:00 p.m.

Sunday, Febraury 20. Special Event “Derrick Bang Book Signing at the Lodge”, doors open at 6:29 p.m.

Wednesday, February 23. Canton Davis meeting at the Lodge begins at 5:30 p.m.

Wednesday, February 23. Davis Odd Fellows 4th Wednesday Evening Meeting. Social hour begins at 6:15 p.m. and meeting starts at 7:01 p.m.

Thursday, February 24. Club Night at the Lodge starts at 5:30 p.m.

Sunday, February 27. The Odd Fellows Classic Film Festival shows “The Fortune Cookie”, doors open at 6:29 p.m.

Monday, February 28. Davis Rebekah Lodge Evening Meeting begins at 7:00 p.m.

Thursday, March 3. Club Night at the Lodge starts at 5:30 p.m.

Monday, March 7. Odd Needlecrafters meet at the Lodge at 7 p.m.

Thursday, March 10. Club Night at the Lodge starts at 5:30 p.m.

Saturday, March 12. Odd Fellows Lodge Second Saturday Breakfast Meeting. Breakfast served at 8:45 a.m. and meetign starts at 9:30 a.m.

Saturday, March 12. Davis Encampment meeting at the Lodge begins around 10:30 a.m.

Sunday, March 13. Davis Odd Fellows Second Sunday Bingo at the Lodge. Doors open at 12 noon and Bingo begins at 1 p.m.

Thursday, March 17. Club Night at the Lodge starts at 5:30 p.m.

Monday, March 22. Davis Rebekah Lodge Evening Meeting begins at 7:00 p.m.

Wednesday, March 23. Canton Davis meets at the Lodge starting at 5:30 p.m.

Wednesday, March 23. Davis Odd Fellows 4th Wednesday Evening Meeting. Social hour begins at 6:15 p.m. and meeting begins at 7:01 p.m.

Thursday, March 24. Club Night at the Lodge starts at 5:30 p.m.

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And We Always Try to End with a Little Humor

* Being a little older, I am very fortunate to have someone call and check on me every day. He is from India and he is very concerned about my car warranty.

* We are not aging. We are ripening to perfection.

* We all know that mirrors don’t lie. I’m just grateful that mine doesn’t laugh.

* One day you’re young and fun, and the next day you’re turning down your car stereo to see better.

* It helps if you imagine that auto correct is a tiny little elf in your phone who’s trying so hard to be helpful, but is in fact quite drunk.

F – L – T

Dave Rosenberg
The Old Odd Gossiper

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​In my humble opinion (IMHO), one of the greatest things the Independent Order of Odd Fellows ever did was to limit the reign of the Grand Master, the Noble Grand, and other elective officers, with the exception of the Grand Secretary and Grand Treasurer (because they need more technical expertise), to one year. This is no reflection on any elective officer in particular, but it is an examination of these positions as they are.

Grand Masters, Noble Grands, and all other elective officers, come from all social classes. Every profession you can think of has had at least one GM from its ranks. We have had lawyers, judges, doctors, and even lowly booksellers such as me in the position. It is clearly a position of honor. Individual lodges are even more diverse, with no one being excluded. This is a great thing.

The problem is, like in real life, we have people who are never wrong. They are smarter than you or I. They would tell you that if you asked. You can find them at any jurisdictional occasion, basking in the limelight, talking endlessly. It doesn’t matter if they pump gas in their everyday lives or if they are brain surgeons. They are smarter than you and always will be. (IMHO).

That spawns the question, why did they join the Odd Fellows? Our simple order made up of simpletons like me just hoping that friendship, love, and truth means more than a tagline. Perhaps their time would be better utilized calculating the exact mathematical definition of pi, or something even more complex like finding happiness in their own lives.

We also have members that are always mad. They vote mad, talk mad, and carry on within our walls mad as hell. I asked one member why he was always mad, and he replied that was his way of carrying on in life. It doesn’t matter what end of the political spectrum you’re in, there are mad types on all sides. The same mad member told me that he was surprised because his lodge could not get new members. I said maybe we should see what the prospective member likes. After uttering an overused expletive, he said, “we’re a lodge, what more is there to like?”

So, these are two types of people who are tough to deal with – people who know everything, and will not debate anything, and people who are always mad and filled with tension.

Imagine if we could all discuss things amicably and be happy with who we are. We might actually get new members… (IMHO)…

In F., L., & T.,

Rick Boyles
Past Grand Master
Independent Order of Odd Fellows
Jurisdiction of California

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