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Mission and Vision of Sycamore Lodge

Projects, Current and Envisioned

The following was adopted by the members on October 10, 2011


The Sycamore Lodge No 129 is a place for members and guests to gather in fellowship to practice, support, and share in activities that honor the Odd Fellow traditions of Friendship, Love and Truth as we work to preserve and nurture arts and culture in our community.


The mission of Hayward Odd Fellows Sycamore Lodge 129, is to support and share in activities that further Lodge community and fellowship, and promote the Odd Fellow principles of Friendship, Love and Truth in benefit of humanity.    


As a community founded by members with strong interest in the arts, we particularly seek to deploy our talents and resources in partnership with local government and community organizations to support arts education in our community.

Summer Concerts at the Plunge

Youth Chamber Music Concerts

La Honda Music Camp Scholarships

Cinema Art Gallery Musical Support (Musicians playing at receptions).

Dance Programs

Writing and Poetry Programs, Poetry slams

Chess Club Support

Summer Camp Scholarships

Band Rehearsals, Jam sessions

Dining Club

Young Muralist Program

The Young Muralists  Focussed on teaching young artists how to explore a career in art. By creating legal murals in public spaces the program encourages young artists to express themselves in a constructive manner. This program is still in the planning stages. You can learn more on their website: www.youngmuralistprogram.org

Chess Members Ken Zowal and Kerry Lawless are currently active in  chess club activities, sponsoring meetings of chess players and tournaments in the East Bay. These are official timed contests for young and old players. There are plans to have the Lodge sponsor such events (within the coming years) and provide the rooms and facilities.

Dancing  Members Jens and Jody Dill have been involved in group dancing associations in the Bay area for many years, and have plans to utilize the Lodge as a meeting place for several different types of dancing. On March 28th Maureen Atkins led us in circle dancing for an evening which we hope will be a frequent entertainment at the Lodge.

Poetry and Prose  Member Douglas Sprague  has plans to sponsor poetry slams. For the time being these may be held in the Hayward C Street Library, eventually moving into the Lodge as a meeting Place.  Member Genie Lester has a long history of involvement with writing as teacher, and with writing groups. She plans to eventually use the Lodge as a meeting place.

Jam Sessions  Every first Sunday a group meets from 2 to 5 (except July) at the Lodge to Jam, Gary Howe usually leading. Come and bring your instrument.

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