Dear Dedicated Members for Change,

California Grand Lodge Sessions are coming up in just eleven weeks – on May 17-20. This year we will be at a new venue in Visalia. As we have done for the past five years, Dedicated Members for Change (DMC) will once again be hosting and organizing a social event for Thursday evening (May 18) at the Grand Lodge Hotel (the Visalia Marriott), open to all Grand Lodge and Rebekah Assembly representatives, and all Odd Fellows, Rebekahs and guests who wish to attend. We are calling the event “Friendship Night” and it will run from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Sierra Nevada Ballroom of the Visalia Marriott. This event will be the place to be on Thursday evening! Friendship Night will feature live music, a no-host bar, an all-you-can-eat Taco Bar with all the fixings, a few brief comments by incoming Grand Master Dave Reed and incoming RA President Phoebe Astill, and a great time to socialize and relax.

The cost to attend the event is a remarkably low $15 per person (if you RSVP in advance). We are able to keep the price per person really low as a result of sponsorships by some members and Lodges. Because it is subsidized by these generous sponsorships, the price we charge per person is much less than the actual cost of the event. If you RSVP and pay no later than May 8, it’s $15 per person. If you RSVP after May 8 or pay at the door, you will be charged the actual cost of the event which is $35 per person. So RSVP early! Please see the attached RSVP form and send it in with your check to reserve your spot at Friendship Night.

I wish to commend the sponsors who have already stepped up to the plate. THANK YOU to the following Lodge sponsors: Davis #169 ($500), Apollo #123 ($500), Alameda #3 ($500), Morse #257 ($250), Stanislaus #170 ($250), Berkeley #270 ($250), Yerba Buena #15 ($150). THANK YOU also to the following member sponsors: Rod Metoyer ($100), Dave Rosenberg ($100), Tina Phanivong ($100), Steve Lyda ($100). Because of these generous contributions which subsidize Friendship Night, we are able to keep the cost for attendees very low.

We invite other Lodges and members to consider sponsoring Friendship Night. All Sponsors will be identified and thanked by name (unless you wish to remain anonymous).

All sponsorship checks should be made payable to “Grand Lodge”. The memo section of the check should state “DMC event”. Please send all sponsorship checks to me, so I can account for them and make sure you are recognized for your support, and I will turn them over to Grand Treasurer Jay Johnson. Mail your checks to:

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

And thank you for considering this request. See you at Friendship Night on May 18.

F – L – T

Dave Rosenberg
Past Grand Master

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