Beyond Your Lodge
For most of us, Odd Fellowship is our lodge — our friends in our lodge; our activities within our lodge; our activities of our lodge in our community. In California, the Odd Fellows and Rebekahs have businesses – great assets – that depend on our members to help them run smoothly. These businesses depend on qualified Odd Fellows and Rebekahs serving on their boards of directors. These businesses are (1) the Odd Fellows Home of California (OFHC), (2) the California Odd Fellow and Rebekah Youth Camp aka the Three Links Camp (TLC), (3) the Odd Fellow-Rebekah Children’s Home of California dba Rebekah Children’s Services (RCS), and (4) California Odd Fellows Foundation aka the Foundation. Here is some information about each of these businesses.
Odd Fellows Home of California
The OFHC provides senior housing and care opportunities for Odd Fellows, Rebekahs and other seniors. The OFHC owns campuses in Saratoga and Napa. Both are continuing care residential communities that offer independent living, assisted living, skilled nursing and memory care. Odd Fellow and Rebekah residents are eligible for reduced charges based on the length of their membership in the Order.
Also, the OFHC has a multimillion dollar fund that offers housing assistance to non-resident Odd Fellows and Rebekahs. The annual income from the fund is used to provide the housing assistance.
The day-to-day operations of the OFHC are run by a management company. The elected Board of Directors has four (4) Odd Fellows, three (3) Rebekahs and four (4) At-Large Directors. The directors serve three-year terms.
The Board meets every other month. The location of meetings alternates between Saratoga and Napa. The Board typically meets on Friday afternoons for committee meetings and the following day on Saturday for the main board meeting. Board members are reimbursed for travel and accommodation expenses.
Odd Fellows and Rebekahs directors are expected to have managerial experience in business or experience in the Health Care Field and must be a member of a Lodge in good standing. At-Large Directors are expected to have experience from the professional sector, e.g. legal, accounting, medical, or financial. At-Large Directors do not have to be members of the Grand Lodge or Rebekah Assembly.
For more information, contact OFHC Board Chair Terry Olson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
California Odd Fellow and Rebekah Youth Camp
The Three Links Camp (TLC) is located in the Sierra Nevada east of Modesto on Highway 108, just east of Mi-Wuk Village. It is at an elevation of about 4000 feet. The camp hosts an annual weeklong youth camp in the summer. Also, the camp offers sites for tent and RV camping and dorms available for stays. The camp has a swimming pool and hot showers for campers.
Group camping or events can be arranged. A disc golf course was installed and is available for a nominal fee. Pinecrest Lake is a short distance away the camp with swimming, fishing and other outdoor opportunities. The camp is a wonderful asset of the Order and has much to offer us but is largely under-used.
Every year before the annual youth camp, a work week is held. Members of the Order are asked volunteer and help with some of the annual maintenance of the camp. At the end of the work week, a camp festival is held that is open to members of the Order as well as the public.
The Board is presently a relatively hands-on board that oversees the operations of the camp. They employ a fulltime camp manager and organize the annual youth camp, work week and festival. The Board meets every other month, usually on a Saturday. During warm months, board meetings are held at the camp. During the snow season, board meetings are held in other locations. Board members are reimbursed for travel and accommodation expenses.
The Board of Directors has eleven (11) elected members: four (4) Odd Fellows serving four-year terms; three (3) Rebekahs serving three-year terms; one (1) from the Grand Encampment serving a three-year term; one (1) from the Grand Ladies Encampment Auxiliary serving a three-year term; one (1) from the Department Council serving a three-year term and one (1) from the Department Association LAPM serving a three-year term.
For more information, visit the camp website at http://www.burwur.net/IOOF/ThreeLinksCamp.html, or contact Board member Steve Lyda at email@example.com.
Odd Fellow-Rebekah Children’s Home of California
The Children’s Home which now does business as the Rebekahs Children’s Services (RCS) began in 1897 as an orphanage in Gilroy. As orphanages began being replaced with foster home services, the Home evolved into a program to provide services for foster children and families covering a variety of needs. The RCS partners with Juvenile and Family Courts and families. The acclaimed Rebekah’s Culinary Institute provides training for youths and gives them experience to find employment as young adults.
The day-to-day operations of RCS are run by an outstanding management company. The Board meets every month on a Saturday at the campus in Gilroy. The elected Board members include five (5) Rebekahs serving five-year terms, four (4) Odd Fellows serving four-year terms, and two (2) At-Large Directors serving two-year terms. Board members are reimbursed for travel and accommodation expenses.
For more information, visit the RCS website at http://www.rcskids.org/ or contact Rebekah Secretary Karolinne Livingston at firstname.lastname@example.org.
California Odd Fellows Foundation
The Foundation owns and operates an apartment complex located in Saratoga near the Odd Fellows Home of California. The purpose of the Foundation is to provide housing opportunities to seniors and people with disabilities.
The day-to-day operations of the Foundation are run by a management company. The Board meets every other month on a Sunday. The meetings are typically held at the Foundation property in Saratoga or at the Grand Lodge office in San Jose. Board members are reimbursed for travel and accommodation expenses.
The elected Board of Directors has three (3) Odd Fellows serving three-year terms, two (2) Rebekahs serving two-year terms, and two (2) At-Large Directors serving three-year terms. The At-Large Directors are expected to have experience in the fields of Construction (Licensed Contractor of any Construction Trade), Law, Accounting or Finance. At-Large Directors do not have to be members of the Grand Lodge or Rebekah Assembly.
For more information, contact the Foundation Board Chair Tony Pruitt at email@example.com .
We need skilled and qualified brothers and sisters to participate in the management of these valuable assets of our Order. If you or someone in your lodge would like be part of these teams, please apply. You will need to submit a Statement of Qualifications to the Grand Lodge no later than April 1st. If you have questions, feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
With your help, we can continue to make a difference beyond our lodges.
In Friendship, Love and Truth,
PAST GRAND MASTER