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March 8, 2017 Newsletter

YOU are invited to join us as a Member or Guest for dinner on either the 2nd Monday of each month or the 4th Saturday of each month – see below!  Come on by for fellowship and leave the cooking to us.  There is no charge for dinner for guests of the lodge, and a $5 suggested donation for members. See menu below.  You can either stay for the meeting or leave after dinner.  Questions?  Email Newsletter Editor Julie Machado at


Every Wed: Chess! The Hayward Chess Club meets at the lodge from 7-10pm every Wednesday evening. Everyone is invited.  If you have questions, contact Member Kerry Lawless at  Also, check out the Facebook Page for the Hayward Chess Club!


Fri. March 10: NEW: Peace & Pizza!

There is a new event/group who will be joining the lodge, called Peace & Pizza.  They have been together for a number of years and meet monthly for films, speakers and discussion. They meet on the 2nd Friday of the month at the lodge, at 7pm.

This Month’s Film

The Brainwashing of my Dad” a fun documentary that looks at how the Alt Right  managed to brainwash the country. Jen Senkos’ documentary looks at the rise of the right wing media thru the lens of her father, who went from a non political left wing Democratic to an angry right wing  fanatic.  Something we’ve all been confused by.

Come share a meal and companionships and watch this great documentary.

Since they have not been initiated and don’t have a key yet, we need a Volunteer Lodge Member who is willing to attend and to open and close the lodge. Please reply to this email or contact Noble Grand Rick Bragge at if you are available.


Mon. March 13: Dinner & Monthly Business Meeting

There is a dinner and the lodge’s monthly business meeting every month on the 2nd Monday of the month.  Dinner is 6:30pm – 7:30pm. The monthly lodge meeting starts at 7:30pm. Guests are welcome to stay for the business meeting (or not).


Chili – meat & vegetarian




Coffee & Beverages

Donation of $5 per member is requested to recover costs. There is no charge for guests or low income.  Sycamore meetings are on the 2nd (Business Meeting) & 4th (Social) Mondays of the month at 7:30pm, with dinner before starting at 6:30pm.


Sat. March 18: Eden Area Village

The Eden Area Village meets from on the third Saturday of each month from 2 – 4 pm at the lodge.  Contact: Cheryl Kojina at


Sat. March 25: Neighborhood & Business Alliance

The Hayward Neighborhood and Business Alliance meets on the 4th Saturday of every month from 2-4pm.  Contact: Frank Goulart at


Sun. April 2: Good Fellowship Blues Jam Tentative

Everyone’s invited for a “mostly but not all blues” jam (blues, some country, some rock, some jazz and some folk music) at the lodge on the first Sunday of every month (except during the Summer Concert Series). Come to jam, come to listen.  If you have a song you’d like to do, please bring a chart if it’s more than a three chord progression. It sounds much better when everyone is playing the same chords at the same time. The jam is “light electric”, with drummers playing lightly (hot rod sticks are encouraged). Questions? Contact Member Frank Goulart at


Mon. April 3: Trustees Meeting

Trustees meet at 11:30 am on the 1st Mon of the month, at the Lodge (or in the winter, we usually meet at the Historic Linekin Building at 22248 Main Street because it’s warmer). Please RSVP to Chair Frank Goulart at  by 10am that morning if you are interested in coming to the meeting and would like a sandwich or salad.


Mon. April 3: Communications Committee Meeting

The lodge’s Communications Committee meets monthly at the Lodge (or in the winter, we usually meet at the Historic Linekin Building at 22248 Main Street because it’s warmer) on the 1st Mon of the month at 1pm, immediately after the Trustee Meeting This committee is working on updating the lodge website, and improving ongoing communications such as the newsletter and calendar.  We are looking into increasing our presence on social network sites such as Facebook.  Any interested persons are welcome to attend.  If you have items you would like to add to the agenda or questions, contact Chair Julie Machado at


 Wed. April 5: Concert Series Committee Meeting

The regular monthly meeting of the Summer Concert Series Committee will be held on the first Wednesday of the month at Sycamore Lodge beginning at 6:30 pm.  The committee seeks for volunteers for the 2016 Summer Concert Series to help develop and execute our publicity.  All lodge members and pledges are invited to attend and give input.


 Reminder: Lodge Security Rule

A lodge security rule was passed at the August 2014 lodge meeting. It says:

“Members using the lodge are responsible for the security of the back doors by having the back doors either locked or watched.” Please note and adjust your committee or event procedures accordingly.  We recommend that you post your phone number or the lodge phone number so late comers can reach you, to be let in.


Weekly Band Rehearsals

Weekly band rehearsals at the lodge:

  • Three O’Clock Jump Big Band practices on Saturdays 10am-noon
  • Hypnotones practice on Tuesdays 7-10pm
  • What’s Up Big Band practices on Thursdays 7-10pm


Sycamore Lodge Facebook  Check out the Hayward Sycamore Lodge Facebook page!  Please “like” us!  Invite your friends!  OR


Online Payment Page

Members and guests can pay dues ($70/year) or make donations online! Use this link to get to the payment page of Sycamore Lodge #129.


Other Donations Welcome

If you would like to donate more than spare change, go to our online payment page  and make either a charitable contribution to our educational and charitable activities, or a donation to the lodge to help with the elevator!  If you prefer to donate the old-fashioned way, send a check to Sycamore Lodge, P.O. Box 125, Hayward CA 94543.


Want to Play or Present? We are looking for small musical combos, presentations or other entertainment for our socials on the fourth Saturday of the month. Currently booking for 2017. Contact Noble Grand Rick Bragge at


IOOF Scholarships The EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows began its operation on September 20, 1927. The purpose of the Foundation is to operate a revolving loan fund for qualified students dependent in part, or wholly, on their own efforts for an education, and to award scholarships to students based on scholarship, leadership and financial need. Since the beginning of the Foundation, donations of approximately $3,500,000 have made it possible for over 3,500 young people to receive student low interest loans amounting to over $6,800,000, and hundreds of thousands of dollars in scholarship awards. For more info see  


Donations are Welcome

Sycamore Lodge maintains the following funds which are each limited to and used strictly and only exclusively for charitable, scientific, literary, or educational purposes. If you would like to donate to any of our funds, please make a check to Sycamore Lodge #129 and mail it to Sycamore Lodge, P.O. Box 125, Hayward CA 94543. Donations to these funds may be tax deductible; check with your tax preparer.

  • No. 1 Young Musician Chamber Music Program Fund;
  • No. 2 Music Education Fund;
  • No. 3 Art Education Fund.
  • No. 4 Hank Maschal Memorial Scholarship Fund
  • No. 5 Ken Lester Memorial Scholarship Fund
  • No. 6 Young Muralist Program
  • No. 7 Odyssey of the Mind

We are also accepting donations to the Lodge Elevator Fund, which is designated to help build an elevator for the lodge building (please note that contributions to the Lodge Elevator Fund are not tax deductible).


Respectfully Submitted in Friendship, Love & Truth,

Julie Machado, Newsletter Editor

Sycamore Lodge #129