RSVP now for the Sixth Annual Davis Lodge “OddtoberFest”

Dear Odd Fellows and Pledges,

On October 12, 1810, a celebration was held to honor the marriage of Crown Prince Ludwig of the Kingdom of Bavaria to Princess Therese of Saxony-Hildburghausen. The citizens of Munich were invited to attend the festivities, involving a feast and horse races which all took place on the fields in front of the city gates. Those fields, which were renamed Theresienwiese or “Therese’s fields” to honor the crown princess, were home to the first party which they called “Oktoberfest”. It seems that everyone enjoyed the celebration so much that officials decided to hold the race again every subsequent year in conjunction with the state agricultural show. Although the horse racing went by the wayside, the more modern Oktoberfest party is still held on the original site to this day, and this year will celebrate its 202nd anniversary in Munich.

Sixty years after the first Oktoberfest in Munich, the Davis Lodge (called Yolo Lodge in those days) in 1870 received its charter. And this year, on Saturday, October 11, we will celebrate the sixth anniversary of our own Davis “OddtoberFest”, which was started in 2009.. The Fest will run from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. on October 11, with dinner served at 7:00 p.m.

Space is limited, and you should RSVP now to reserve your seat(s) for the Fest. Make sure to tell us all the names of the people in your party. RSVP to Renee Liston at Checks should be made payable to “Davis Lodge” and the memo section of the check should clearly state “OddtoberFest”. You may pay at the door. Or you may directly drop off checks into the Lodge mailbox (the mailboxes are located near the back door of the Lodge Hall) of the Odd Fellows Lodge Financial Secretary Duff Devine; or you may mail checks to Duff Devine, Financial Secretary, Davis Odd Fellows Lodge, 415 Second Street, Davis CA 95616.

The Fest will include a catered German dinner, Bavarian music, lots and lots of door prizes, four specially brewed beers, wine and soft drinks – all included in the price of admission. Popular local musical group “Cold Shot” will perform a set or two at the Fest! And the price of admission is just $15 per person, a nice odd number. The Fest is open only to members, pledges, family members, and guests of members and pledges. This Fest is a family-friendly event.

Our Lodge’s Zymurgy Committee, chaired by Tim Carroll, has brewed FOUR beers specially for our 2014 OddtoberFest. They are:

1. Maerzen – This is a beer specially brewed during the Oktoberfest time (the Fall) in Germany. It has a light toasted to moderately rich German malt aroma with a mild hop bitterness to provide a balanced finish.

2. Helles – This is German word for “light” and refers to the color – which is the lightest of the bock beer family. Stronger alcohol versions (Maibocks) are typically brewed for the Spring festivals. A moderate to strong toasted malt aroma with mild to zero noble hop aroma, often with a spicy quality. It should have a nice medium body mouth-feel with a smooth and clean finish.

3. Koelsch style – Koelsch is an appellation protected by the Koelsch Konvention, and is restricted to the 20 or so breweries in and around Cologne (Koeln). A very low to no Pils malt aroma with a pleasant, subtle fruit aroma and low noble hop aroma. Soft, rounded palate comprising delicate flavor balance between soft yet attenuated malt, an almost imperceptible fruity sweetness from fermentation, and a medium-low to medium bitterness with a delicate dryness and slight pucker in the finish (but no harsh aftertaste).

4. Hefeweizen – This beer features moderate to strong phenols (usually clove) and fruity esters (usually banana). The balance and intensity of the phenol and ester components can vary but the best examples are reasonably balanced and fairly prominent. Noble hop character ranges from low to none. A medium-light to medium body, never heavy. A beer to which people love to add orange or lemon wedges.

Download the flier with all the details.



F – L – T

Dave Rosenberg
Chair, OddtoberFest Committee

Amador County Wine Trip

WineTour20120909Forty-five Davis Odd Fellows and friends traveled by bus on September 7 to visit three Amador County wineries, and to enjoy a nice lunch overlooking the vineyards. The Amador County wine trip is a popular one, and has now been repeated for the fourth time. The trip was organized by the Lodge’s Good Fellowship Committee, by Dave Rosenberg and Dody Black.

Cigar Lounge Trip

Several Davis Odd Fellows took a spontaneous trip to a local cigar lounge, and had such a good time enjoying each others’ company, sipping fine wines, and smoking fine cigars – they plan on doing it again with an expanded group.  
Pictured, left to right, are Janis Rosenberg, Renee Liston, Joel Mandel, Dave Rosenberg, Duff Devine, Jim Smith, Jeff Munoz, and Bob Dovi. 

What’s in a Name?

Dear Members of the Davis Lodge,

What’s in a name?

Sometimes, a name can be very revealing – particularly of an organization. Let’s take just a moment to look at the name of our fraternity: Independent Order of Odd Fellows. What does it tell us? Well, perhaps it tells us quite a bit – if we take the time to slice and dice and actually analyze the five words.

INDEPENDENT. Our predecessors had many word choices available to them for the first word in our fraternal name. They could have chosen “Mystic”, or “Benevolent”, or “Secret”, or “Loyal”, or “Ancient”, or “Knights” or “Improved”, or even “Hermetic” – as did some other fraternal orders. But they chose “Independent”. This is a strong word, meant to convey a strong message. The message says that we are not beholden to any other entity. We are free to make our own way and create our own rules. And, indeed, the history of Odd Fellowship is a history of evolution and change, in fact, outright “rebellion” at times, as groups of Lodges went their own way, or even “self-instituted”.

ORDER. The second word of our name is equally interesting. Our predecessors had fewer choices for that second descriptive word. They could have opted for “Society”, or “Fraternity”, but they settled on “Order”. I have to believe that they chose “Order” because the name implies a social system with a hierarchy and rules. Indeed, that is appropriate to us. We have degrees, and Lodges, and ritual, and regalia, and Grand Lodges, and a Sovereign Grand Lodge. Certainly, we are an Order.

OF. Often overlooked, because it’s just a short connecting word, but let’s not forget the third word of our name. Our founders did not choose “for” as the connector. They specifically chose “of”. There is, indeed, a difference. We are not just “for” ourselves. We are a group “of” Odd Fellows, but we can be (and we historically have been) a group of brothers and sisters who help others.

ODD FELLOWS. It is appropriate to consider the fourth and the fifth words together. This is because our name, in England where we originated, was combined as “Oddfellows”. In this country, the words were separated. But what is the origin of this unique name? What do the words “Odd Fellows” really mean? We know that there are many theories regarding the origin of “Oddfellows” – I’ve heard at least a half dozen of those theories – some mundane and some rather interesting. But that’s all that they are: theories. The truth has been lost in the fog of time. No one alive today can say with certainty what the origins are of the name. Nevertheless, two things are apparent. For one, the name is unique. For another, the name has a certain fun, whimsical quality to it.

And so I suggest that we should enjoy our “Odd-ness” and our “Odd-Fellowship”. Why not? It’s part of our persona and uniqueness. The name alone causes people to pay attention. (And isn’t that step one in bringing new members to a Lodge?) Personally, I think the social time Lodge members spend together is quality time. It harkens back to the earliest days of our fraternity, when the members would gather in pubs to drink, eat, tell tales, sing songs and just have a good time. Let’s not ever lose that quality. Let’s not get so serious, so dour, and so straight-laced that we forget to just have fun with our Lodge mates.

So, what have we learned?

Well, we’ve learned that our name actually tells us quite a bit about who we are. We are Independent. We are an Order. We are “of” Odd Fellowship, not just “for” Odd Fellows. And, ultimately, we are ODD FELLOWS. So, let’s all remember to savor our Oddness. We are the Independent Order of Odd Fellows!

F – L – T

Dave Rosenberg
Deputy Grand Master