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Master's Word - End of 2015 Message
Thank you all for celebrating this extraordinary year of building connections and promoting civility. The year has been replete with examples of camaraderie and growth within our lodge and in the broader community. Some of the highlights from the year thus far include:

  • Restoring the Pardee gravesite
    Pardee Gravesite Before Pardee Gravesite After
    Pardee gravesite before restorationAfter restoration
  • Celebrating the lives of George and Enoch Pardee at the Pardee Home event
    Pardee House Exterior Grand Master Russ Charvonia Speaking at Pardee House Event with Oakland Durant Rockridge Masonic Lodge Pardee House Interior with brethren from Oakland Durant Rockridge Masonic Lodge and the Grand Lodge of California
    Brethren from ODR Etched glass presented to Grand Master and Pardee House Program from Pardee event
  • Volunteering at the Urban Montessori public charter school
    ODR and Grand Lodge Urban Montessori Work Party ODR and Grand Lodge building and staining benches for Urban Montessori Public Charter School ODR and Grand Lodge members sorting and labeling books at the Urban Montessori library
  • Visitations with Live Oak, Island City, the Chinese Acacia Club, Academia, and Mission Lodge
  • Live Oak Lodge No 61 Visitation to Oakland Durant Rockridge Masonic Lodge Island City Visitation to Oakland Durant Rockridge Masonic Lodge Chinese Acacia Club Visitation to Oakland Durant Rockridge Masonic Lodge
  • Holding our first outdoor degree at the Masonic Home in Union City
    Masonic Home Outdoor Degree

  • Building and dedicating our new archives and conference room. It has also been a privilege to see our brothers’ widows and loved ones share their company with us. Rita Wilson, widow of Wor. Don Wilson and long-time companion of Bro. Peter Holloway, honored us by cutting the ribbon for our new conference room and archives space.
    Dedication plaque for the Peter Holloway and Johnny Stohr Conference Room and Archives Dedication of Peter Holloway and Johnny Stohr Conference Room and Archives
  • Being one of the first Lodges to reach 100% officer giving in California this year
  • Awarding Wor. Pedrotti his Golden Veteran’s Award
  • Cleaning Frog Park with our youth orders and local schools for Earth Day
    Brethren from ODR with Job’s Daughters from San Leandro Bethel 175 The brethren of ODR with Mayor Libby Schaaf and students from Peralta and Chabot Elementary Schools
    These brothers are well-trained in carrying canvas tarps up to the brow of a hill.
  • Raising funds for Claremont Middle School through our annual pancake breakfast
  • Our traditional Crab Feed and holiday events
  • Our 2nd annual Past Master Degree
    2015 PM Degree

  • First Oakland Durant Rockridge No. 188 Founders Day
  • Annual Feast of St. John
  • Annual Christmas party
    2015 Puppet Show 2015 Christmas Party Santa
  • 4 Masters of Alameda and Oakland As a striking example of the strengthening connections among Lodges in Oakland and Alameda, the sitting masters of four of the local Lodges attended a third degree at Live Oak No. 61 last month for a candidate whose masonic journey touched Oakland Durant Rockridge Lodge No 188 at every step – including our community service projects.
    In addition to serving in the community this year with our hands, 100% of our officers donated to the California Masonic Philanthropies. Our Lodge also donated to a number of other very important causes, including:
  • The Masonic Home and Masonic Home Volunteer Services for gifts to residents
  • Firefighters in Safety Education (FISE), a program funded through the Alisa Ann Ruch Burn Foundation, the organization which created the "Stop Drop and Roll" campaign, now a technique taught worldwide.
  • Claremont Middle School
  • Piedmont Avenue Elementary School music program
  • John Muir Middle School music program
  • Young People's Symphony Orchestra
  • Frog Park
  • Urban Montessori Charter School
  • Northern California DeMolay and the DeMolay of the Year
  • Job's Daughters International, California
  • Alameda County Food Bank
  • Oakland Public Library, Rockridge Branch
  • As the year draws to a close, I’m looking forward to our installation on December 19th, and the Feast of St. John on December 27th.
    In closing, I would like to reiterate my thanks for your support – not only for all of the extraordinary events this year, but also for keeping the Lodge running like clockwork while I was away in September to welcome our daughter into the world.
    Sincerely and Fraternally,
    Chris Nowell,
    Master, 2015
    Installation of Officers with GM
    Saturday, December 19 5PM

    Feast of St. John
    Sunday, December 27

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    Charitable Giving
    ODR was one of the first four lodges in California to reach 100% officer giving this year.
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