Davis Odd Fellows Installs Officers for 2015

2015OfficersDavisLodge169Davis Lodge #169 on January 17 held its annual Initiation and Awards Dinner at the Lodge. Over 80 attendees watched the installation of the five elected officers and the 13 appointed officers of the Lodge. Noble Grand Lea Rosenberg was installed for another term in office. Officiating at the Installation was Deputy Grand Master Dave Rosenberg and District Deputy Grand Master Dave Reed, both also Past Grands of the Lodge. Noble Grand Lea also presented 22 merit jewels to members who had made substantial contributions to the Lodge over the past year. In addition, she presented the Spirit Award to Financial Secretary Duff Devine, the Noble Grand’s Award to retiring Lodge Treasurer Penny Smith, and the Member of the Year Award to the Lodge Saturday morning breakfast crew of Vic Bucher, Rea Nakanishi, Steve Lopez and Amy Hodam.

Here is a photograph taken of most of the newly installed officers. Pictured left to right:

District Deputy Grand Master Dave Reed, Warden Doug Hatton, Conductor Sharla Cheney, RSNG Juelie Roggli, LSNG Beth Dovi, Chaplain Joyce Trujillo, Inside Guardian Debbie Friend, Noble Grand Lea Rosenberg, Vice Grand Alekka Fullerton, Outside Guaridan Dennis Corcoran, Right Scene Supporter Christopher Young, Left Scene Supporter Jenna Templeton, Musician Mary Superak, Color Bearer Darrell Pereira, LSVG Robin Dewey, and Deputy Grand Master Dave Rosenberg.

Davis Odd Fellows Installation Awards 2015

Noble Grand Lea Rosenberg bestowed a number of awards upon members of the Davis Odd Fellows Lodge. Awards were presented to members at our installation dinner on January 17, 2015.  A hearty congratulations to all.

Merit Jewel Awards

Kurt and Juelie Roggli – They continue to be active members of the Lodge, primarily as driving forces on the Music Committee. They organize the monthly Thursday Live events at the Lodge, and they organized our first ever very successful New Year’s Eve Party. But that’s not all. They attend meetings and initiations, and they have become active on the Classic Film Festival Committee. And Juelie was the driving force in the very successful Encampment Garage Sale at the Lodge.

Stewart Savage - Stewart is being recognized for putting together the best Odd Fellows website in California. This website is full of information and is constantly updated. As head of the Communications and Website Committee, Stewart helps keep Odd Fellows in the public eye. The website is also a great tool for communication within the Lodge. Stewart has also put together the Grand Lodge website, and he was instrumental in helping the Grand Lodge move to electronic voting.

Dave Reed - Dave is a Past Grand of this Lodge, but he continues to be very active. He organized caroling last month at the retirement community, he formed and continues to lead the “Take a Hike” committee, he organizes the annual St Patrick’s Party and Pub Quiz, and the annual Halloween Costume Party. He served as President of the Hall Board last year and he is a Trustee of the Lodge. Dave truly deserves to be recognized for his many continued contributions to this Lodge.

Renee Liston – She is the go-to gal when we need tickets or fliers designed. She has helped both Lodges with Breakfast with Santa, Breakfast with the Bunny, Taste of Davis, Crab Feed, and other fliers and tickets. And on top of that she has co-chaired this great Installation and Awards Dinner.

Dave Rosenberg - Also a Past Grand of this Lodge, Dave continues to support this Lodge in many big and small ways. He is Chair of the Membership & Initiation Committee working with pledges all year, and served as Conductor during initiations. He organized the annual OddtoberFest as well as this Installation and Awards Dinner. He is active on the Bingo Committee as a caller. He is active on the Good Fellowship Committee helping organize Club Night and serving as the Trivia Master. He started the very popular Odd Fellows Classic Film Festival. He organized the wine trip to Amador County, and he helps organize the wine club monthly events. As Trustee of the Lodge he works closely with the Financial Secretary and the Treasurer. Dave has also written many press releases for Lodge events – whenever asked.

Rene Martucci and Richard Urbino – As the musical group Cold Shot, Richard and Rene have donated their time and talent at so many Odd Fellows events including this Installation and Awards Dinner, but they have also performed at the OddtoberFest, the Halloween Party, and at the Odd Fellows Classic Film Festival. We thank them for their talent and their musical contributions to the Lodge. They showed up at the Wine Club gathering in December, played their music, and provided a whole new dimension of fun to the event.

Jean-Paul Montreuil and Heather Barnes – Always ready to pitch in and help. Jean-Paul is one of the 2015 Co-Chairs of our Bingo committee and served as a Bingo caller in 2014. He got trained on the AV equipment and no trains other members of the Lodge. He pitched in to be the projectionist at the Classic Movie Festival. Heather and Jean-Paul often are trivia masters at Club Night. Heather also serves as a member of the Taste of Davis Committee.

Sharla Cheney – The only reason that Sharla didn’t receive an award like the Noble Grand’s Award, or the Member of the Year Award, or the Spirit Award this year is because she has already won each of them in prior years. Sharla continues to be invaluable to the Lodge in many big and small ways. For example, she was the volunteer coordinator for Breakfast with Santa, she kept track of the steps in our 50 million step challenge, and she worked with a CPA to straighten out a big tax issue with the IRS on behalf of the Odd Fellows and Rebekah Lodges.

Alekka and Michael Fullerton – A great husband and wife team, always ready to lend a hand. Alekka served as Secretary of the Lodge in 2014 and Michael headed up the Senior Project Committee. They also helped out during and after Breakfast with Santa, and (with their son, Graham) have achieved all degrees in Odd Fellowship, all the way up to Patriarchs Militant.

Janis Rosenberg – Although Janis is a new member of the Lodge, she has pitched right in and has gotten very active. She designed the new Lodge Membership tri-fold as well as the Rent Davis Lodge tri-fold. And she also designed the two poster boards outside the Lodge. Janis has been active with the Bingo Committee, the Breakfast with Santa Committee, and the New Year’s Eve Party Committee. She has also agreed to Co-Chair the Picnic Day Float Committee for the Lodge. And even though she is a new member, Janis has already brought in five new applicants for membership in the Lodge.

Jeff Oblinger – A face we have often seen around the Lodge, but another brand new member is Jeff Oblinger. Jeff got involved right away with Bingo and will become Co-Chair of the Bingo Committee in 2015. He was one of the cooks in the kitchen during Breakfast with Santa, and he pitches in to help during events at the Lodge, whenever and wherever needed – although he is not a Rebekah, he is helping the Rebekahs with their Crab Feed. Jeff is always around with a smile and a good sense of humor – unless you diss the Steelers.

Dody Black – Dody has one of the toughest jobs around the Lodge, often having to tell members to follow the rules and submit the right forms. But she keeps the place organized in her role as Operations Manager. Over and above that, Club Night at the Lodge – offered every Thursday – is the brainchild of Dody and is a regular and popular feature of the Good Fellowship Committee.

Sheryl Cambron and Holly Bishop – As the long-time Co-Chairs of the Community Support Committee, Sheryl and Holly make sure the Lodge properly supports local community groups. They have considered dozens of requests for sponsorships, co-hosted events, money and tickets – and have done a great job.

Arun Sen – Always with a smile on his face, an open hand of friendship, and a kind word, Arun exemplifies the best in Odd Fellowship’s slogan of Friendship, Love and Truth. He also is the long-time chair of the Finance Committee.

Bob Schelen – Bob, the immediate Past Grand of the Lodge, remains active as head of the Social Services Committee – doing hands-on work with the most needy in our community.

Debbie Friend - Debbie has been a long-time active member of the Music Committee, and she also pitches in to help whenever and wherever needed. She was actively involved in decorating the stage for Breakfast with Santa, and was an active member of the New Year’s Eve Party at the Lodge – the Hall really looked like a venue for a New Year’s Party because of her decorating skill.

Doug Hatton - Everyone’s favorite Santa. Doug has the giving and loving spirit of a true Odd Fellow. Doug gives generously of his time as an active member of the Music Committee, but he is well known as Santa, not only for our Breakfast with Santa, but at other venues. And he donates the money he earns to help needy kids go to summer camp through our Encampment. If you ever have watched him at Breakfast with Santa, you see a gentleman who spends quality time with each and every child.

The Spirit Award

Every year we present an award to the Odd Fellow who works hard for the benefit of the Lodge and who best represents the spirit of friendship, love and truth. This year’s award winner of the Spirit Award is full of energy and enthusiasm, and always views the glass of life as a full one – in fact, overflowing. This year’s recipient worked hard behind the scenes for the Lodge and its members. The award winner never asked for praise or recognition or rewards – just did the job. The recipient of the Spirit Award this year goes to . . . . Duff Devine!

The Noble Grand’s Award

Each year the Noble Grand of the Lodge has the opportunity to recognize a member of the Lodge who has made a major contribution to the advancement of the Lodge. This year’s recipient clearly fits the category and is very deserving. This recipient has worked endless weekend hours, often in tedious tasks, to make sure our Lodge was run properly and correctly. The recipient of the Noble Grand’s Award is our long-time Lodge Treasurer . . . . Penny Smith!

The Member of the Year Award

This is a very difficult award to present each year, because we have so many members of the Lodge who could easily be recipients of the Award. It’s hard to single out one recipient. So, I didn’t just pick one. I picked recipients who have made our lives a little better, a little more fun, and a little “fuller”. The member of the year award goes to our hard-working Saturday morning breakfast crew: Rea Nakanishi, Vic Bucher, Amy Hodam and Steve Lopez.

Noble Grand Report #32

Dear Odd Fellows and Pledges,

1. The Lodge Hall. The other day I was walking to our Lodge Hall at twilight – I was walking on Second Street from C Street. If you haven’t taken a close look at our Lodge Hall, please do. The mural on the side of our Hall was beautiful at twilight. I also saw our lighted three links and the IOOF letters, the flags that are flying, the awning lights, the new curtains, the warm lighting coming from the inside of our Hall, and of course, Zoltar. I remember when I first joined the Lodge in 2004 none of this existed. The building in those days was anonymous, inactive and dark. We have come a long way since then.

2. Initiation Coming Up on January 28. Let’s have a GREAT turnout for our new members on January 28. On that evening we will have a formal meeting of the Lodge and we will initiate our new members. Initiation is an important event in the Odd Fellows, so let’s honor of new members with a terrific turnout. Social hour begins at 6:15 p.m. and the meeting begins at 7 p.m. All are invited to the social hour, but only members and the new initiates may attend the formal meeting.

3. The Installation & Awards Dinner. We had a wonderful turnout for last night’s Installation and Awards Dinner – 85 members, pledges and guests saw our elected and appointed officers installed, and enjoyed the dinner, the music of Cold Shot, and the awards portion. Congratulations to Duff Devine who received the Spirit Award, to Penny Smith who received the Noble Grand’s Award, and to our Saturday Morning Breakfast Crew (Rea Nakanishi, Vic Bucher, Steve Lopez and Amy Hodam) who received the Member of the Year Award. In addition, I presented Merit Jewels to 22 of our hard-working Lodge members. A great evening all around!

4. 2015 Lodge Dues. As we enter the new year, member’s dues are now payable. You may mail your dues to Duff Devine, Financial Secretary, Davis Odd Fellows Lodge, 415 Second Street, Davis CA 95616 – or you can bring your check to the meeting on January 10 and hand your dues check to Duff. Checks should be payable to “Davis Odd Fellows Lodge”. Dues are $55 per year – a bargain.

5. Club Night at the Lodge on Thursday. Sponsored by our Good Fellowship Committee, Club Night at the Lodge is back this Thursday, January 15, from 5 to 8 p.m. No RSVP necessary. Just come and enjoy. Dinner will be available for those who want it for $7 per person (it’s “Breakfast for Dinner” night), the bar will be open, and we will have “Mystery in History” night for those who wish to play, with prizes.

6. Rebekah Lodge Crab Feed. Tickets are now on sale for the annual Davis Rebekah Lodge Crab Feed (the event is February 7 at the Lodge Hall). This has proven to be a very popular event, and tickets can go fast. You can even reserve an entire table for a group of 8. For more information on reserving a table, please contact me at learose@jps.net. Come on, Odd Fellows, let’s reserve some tables! to help the Davis Rebekah Lodge!

7. Taste of Davis Sponsorships. Our annual Taste of Davis event is scheduled this year on Thursday, April 30. This is the major social event of the year at the Lodge, attracting hundreds of members of the public to sample the wares from local area restaurants, wineries and breweries. Sponsorships are $500 or $200, BUT we have a special “offer” for Lodge members and Pledges. If you wish to be a sponsor, you may do so for $100 – just let me know. As a sponsor, you will also receive one complimentary ticket to the event. Sponsors are listed in several ads in the Enterprise, in a constantly playing slide show at the event, and in a post-event ad.

8. “Odd Hike” Coming Up Tomorrow. Dave Reed, the Chair of our “Take a Hike” Committee is thinking of doing a hike tomorrow, Monday, January 19 (it’s a holiday). If you are interested please write to Dave at dreedng@gmail.com.

9. Thursday Live! Coming up on February 5. The Music Committee brings you country folk singer and song writer Rita Hosking, as well as Bluegrass with The Notorious Shank Brothers. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the music starts at 7:30 p.m. at the Lodge. The show is always open to the public and free of charge – although donations are gratefully accepted.

10. Classic Film Festival Returns. Mark your calendars for the “sequel” of our Odd Fellows Classic Film Festival. The dates will be three successive Sundays in March: 1, 8 and 15. The Classic Film Committee and film critic Derrick Bang have chosen “classic courtroom films” as the genre this time around, and the three films are: “Adam’s Rib,” “Witness for the Prosecution,” and “To Kill a Mockingbird.”

11. Serve on a Committee. If you are not on a Lodge Committee, NOW is the time to join for 2015! We have 33 Committees and are always open to forming a new one. Let me know which committee you wish to join and I will connect you with the Chairs. You want to get active with the Lodge and in the community? This is the way to do it. We have over 30 committees in our Lodge, and many of them could use some help! Here are some of the active committees that would welcome volunteers: Bingo, Music & Concerts, Social Services, Picnic Day Float, Good Fellowship, and Breakfast with the Bunny.

Lea Rosenberg
Noble Grand

Odd Fellows Wine Club Meets Feb 13

Dear Odd Fellows and Pledges,

Mark your calendars!

The Odd Fellows Wine Club is back for 2015, and gathers again on Friday, February 13.

The Wine Club is open to all members and pledges and their guests, and you are cordially invited to come!

Virtually every month we meet at the home of a member or pledge and we taste and sample wines! Come to the next Wine Club at 7:00 p.m., Friday, February 13, at the home of Melinda Hillis.

Melinda says that we will feature a sample of sparkling wines, champagnes and Prosecco. She invites you to bring your favorite sparkling beverage, a champagne flute, and a sweet or savory snack – both go good with sparkling wines. Melinda will have some flutes for those who don’t bring one.

The Odd Fellows Wine Club is open to all members, pledges, and guests of members and pledges. It’s just an opportunity to sample nice wines and socialize at the homes of different members or pledges. No need to RSVP – just come on over on Friday, February 13, and have a good time! Adults only for this event.

The Odd Fellows Wine Club is coordinated by Elysa Hillis.

F – L – T

Dave Rosenberg
For the Odd Fellows Wine Club

Odd Fellows Bingo Sets Record

Close to 125 bingo players came out to the Davis Odd Fellows Lodge on Sunday, January 11, 2015 in support of Team Davis.  As a result of the overwhelming support, Team Davis will receive a $1562 donation from the Davis Odd Fellows.

Bingo20150111Team Davis is an all volunteer non-profit organization established to help enrich the lives of children and adults with developmental, cognitive and/or physical disabilities living in or close to Davis, California. Team Davis sponsors athletic, social, cultural and recreational activities that help build physical skills, a sense of camaraderie, and a more fully integrated connection with the Davis community for our participants and their families and support staff. We serve as the Davis area’s Special Olympics team.

Team Davis is one of the many community organizations that Davis Odd Fellows Bingo will be supporting in 2015.  A complete calendar of charity partners can be found on the DavisBingo.com website.

Bingo games are run for the public every second Sunday of the year (except for the second Sunday in May which is Mother’s Day) and all proceeds are provided to a community beneficiary every month.

The next Bingo game is scheduled for Sunday, February 8, 2015, with doors opening at 12, and Bingo play beginning at 1 p.m. The public is cordially invited. The February 2015 beneficiary is Yolo Arts.

Davis Odd Fellows Lodge has been running Bingo for the community, once each month on the second Sunday, for over seven years.  This is real Bingo, with cash prizes, authorized by state law and approved by the city council.  Every month the Davis Odd Fellows designate a beneficiary to receive proceeds from Bingo (after expenses and payouts to winners).  Over $60,000 has been donated to community beneficiaries in those years.

The Davis Bingo Committee is Co-chaired by Jean-Paul Montreuil and Jeff Oblinger, and active members include Stewart Savage, Lea and Dave Rosenberg, Penny Smith, Salie Yin, Eric Davis, Melinda Hillis, Diana Schmiegel, Georgia Myers, Dian Vorters, Rick Gonzales, Janis Rosenberg, Crystal Junge, Heather Barnes, Sue Treadwell, and Kathryn Hemness.