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16 new Odd Fellows welcomed

By March 8, 2011

The Davis Odd Fellows recently initiated 16 new members into their lodge. They are Dennis Corcoran, 62, an ecologist; Marge Fagan, 88, retired; Irene Fecht, 67, retired from UC Davis; Ivan Franks, 40, owner of The Hotdogger; Mariel Garcia, 22, student; Bernie Goldsmith, 27, community organizer and attorney; Bill Grabert, 56, stay-at-home dad; Nancy Houlding, 56, self-employed consulting arborist; Steve Lopez, 33, law student; Darrell Pereira, 45, civil engineer; Don Perkins, 49, business owner; Allison Pytel, 21, student; Blake Temple, 59, math professor; Nancy Temple, 59, events manager; Rodney Wilson, 28, principal consultant to Assembly member; and Jack Zwald, 21, student and president of the UCD student body.

“These 16 new members bring new energy to our Davis lodge and bring our total membership to 169,” Dave Reed, noble grand (president) of the Davis Odd Fellows, said in a news release. “We are delighted to welcome this diverse group of women and men. This lodge continues to be a fast-growing, active and dynamic fraternity, dedicated to doing good works in the community.”

Added David Rosenberg, chairman of the membership and initiation committee, “Equally gratifying is the fact that the day after we initiated these 16 new members, we started our next class of potential members. We have 21 applicants rarin’ to go to join this lodge.”

The Davis Odd Fellows, officially known as Davis Lodge No. 169, Independent Order of Odd Fellows, was chartered in 1870. More than 570 local residents have been members of the lodge since its inception.

The Davis Odd Fellows provide funds and other community support to numerous charitable organizations, including CommuniCare Health Centers, Community Employment Services, Yolo Hospice, Yolo Suicide Prevention, Mexican-American Concilio, Martin Luther King Jr. Day organizing committee and Pine Tree Gardens.

The lodge hosts the popular Breakfast with Santa, a pancake breakfast on Picnic Day and monthly charity bingo games, and organized the World’s Greatest Bicycle Parade and a “Hope for Haiti” fundraiser.

More information is available at http://www.davisoddfellows.com.

Enterprise staff

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