The California Odd Fellows held an educational seminar in Reno on January 14 & 15, 2017.
The seminar was held in a city I had never been to before: Reno. Interesting development that I noticed was the further I drove away from this sign, the grittier the city got. This other side of Reno reminded me of an old industrial town that had seen better days.
I drove up the day before the conference began and the drive required me to take interstate 5 to Sacramento and then interstate 80 to Reno. I didn’t expect the snow in Donner Summit. It was a surprise.
The event was held at the El Dorado Hotel and I had a nice big room to myself.
An exterior view.
The El Dorado is across the street from this garish Circus Circus sign. I’m strangely fascinated by the sign and yet repelled by it’s kitschiness at the same time.
My casino was filled with items like this. This was built as a tribute to Nevada silver mines. It looks very steampunk.
The seminar was held in this ballroom and over 100 people attended.
Dave Rosenberg was in charge of the event and he received help from his daughter Janis. Dave did a presentation on Parliamentary Procedures that I found extremely helpful. Dave also kept the events on schedule and running smoothly. Dave is a judge in northern California.
Rita Cooper’s topic was Improving the appearance of your lodge.
Rita included a number of cool slides.
The California Grand Master, Peter Sellers, attended and did a couple of presentations; one presentation was about Odd Fellows’ history while another dealt with “difficult issues and difficult people.”
California Grand Warden, Mel Astraham, addressed the crowd on How to be an effective representative to the Grand Lodge. Mel was also there to get some footage for IOOFtv.
Stewart Savage, who’s a member of Davis Lodge, spoke about community service and seemed like a very nice man. In this image he’s dialing his daughter whose birthday he missed due to the seminar.
He had us all sing Happy Birthday to her via his phone.
The second day included various presentations.
One was by Dave Reed and regarded rental agreements. Basically, he stressed: know what your signing and have other lodge members look it over before you sign it.
The morning session was topped off by an Odd Fellows’ trivia contest followed by a Q & A.
The seminar was well worth the 8 hour drive to Reno and I’m happy I went.