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Modern Goat Rider: an Odd Fellows podcast

Billy Sanderson, Josh Miller, Tara Zajac

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Modern Goat Rider is an Odd Fellows podcast for members and people curious about Odd Fellows in modern times. Billy, Josh, Tara and their guests take listeners on journeys to connect Odd Fellows membership and Oddfellowship to daily life. Hear them discuss the ways Odd Fellows' principles find their way into conducting business in a Lodge room, running fund-raising events, and making stronger connections with their community. Check out www.moderngoatrider.com.
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It’s that wonderful time again, when two podcasts become one. Well, actually, when MGR gets connected with friends at The Three Links Oddcast it become two shows. Part one is here and part two is on their feed. In part one, Ainslie and Toby join the discussion about Lodge leadership and the responsibility we all have to be watch for sign of negativ…
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Oh my the Goat Riding got a little of track this episode. Tara and Billy were honored to be hosts to the venerable Vice Grand Andy Bernhart of Columbia Lodge #2. Brother Andy is no stranger to Modern Goat Rider as he is part of the behind the scenes production team for MGR, and additionally for many other Odd Fellows reasons. This episode's vision …
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Tara and Billy reconnect after a busy Summer of Odd Fellows fun to answer questions received during Question & Answer polls. You, listeners, should go along with them and think about how their answers would differ from yours. The hosts do try to remain uncontroversial, but hey, they're just humans still trying to perfect their Oddfellowship. Check …
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FOMO means Fear Of Missing Out and Tara and Billy have been missing out on time in Studio FLT. A new show was needed!! Guest Selena Roberts from HeroWork Victoria joined the MGR show to give the inside scoop of how to construct the volunteer experience so fabulous that makes them tell their friends that the experience was like no other they had exp…
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Once again Tara and Billy welcome Toby Hanson, Ainslie Heilich and Mike Duminiak from Three Links Odd Cast to chat away through topics across the two shows, one here and the other on their show, so listen to both and (SPOILER) there is big news from Modern Goat Rider during the Odd-Podge segment near the end. But before that we discuss Leadership a…
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MGR has the perfect guest. Surprise! It’s Billy!! Tara leads the Q’s & Billy provides the A’s about his trip to Chilliwack, BC for the Grand Lodge Sessions of BC. Out come the hot-takes of the good parts and the more challenging parts of jurisdictional sessions. Included are two interviews of attendees: Belinda DeGuglielmo of Tatnai Lodge #9, and R…
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After a rather long summer break Tara and Billy are back to the mic to catch up on their returns to the Hall and meetings; but they have to have a guest, so why not two??! The return of Bros. Michael Greenzeiger and Ainslie Heilich to discuss the year since the publication of The Odd Fellows Primer. The guests uncover the story of the book’s creati…
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Tara and Billy are back! The hosts catch up on all the interesting events and charity work that has been going on in Victoria over the past couple months. There are some good ideas for your Lodges in there. They also look forward into the Summer and Fall, and just for some giggles they throw in a debriefing of how being a Vice Grand has gone for ea…
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Tara and Billy get California fever again with a call down the coast to Oceanside Lodge #346 where PG and current DDGM Brother Ed Burns has help build back a Lodge from 10 members in 2016 to close to 80 members in 2022. Ed gives the hosts and you listeners an idea packed episode for revitalizing a Lodge even when the Hall needs repairs as well as t…
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Tara and Billy welcome in representatives of the three Victoria lodges who are Grand Lodge of British Columbia officers and participants. Together the hosts tug at the curtain that conceals the function of jurisdictional Grand Lodges, and they are successful getting Aaron Hall (Grand Warden and District Deputy Grand Master), Becky Auld (Grand Secre…
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NOTE: The episode includes occasional strong language. When joined by the divine Bro. Eric Bramble, hosts Billy and Tara strap themselves in for a flowing discussion about the role of Chaplain when it’s tuned into the mighty station: WFLT. Although there are PG-rated words used, they come from Eric’s enthusiasm and it should not detract from the me…
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Need to take your degree work up a notch? Listen in to Tara and Billy, along with special guest host Bro. Stephen Coulson of Vancouver Lodge #90 as they interview members of the Seattle Degree Lodge #1 to get an inside look at Degree Lodges. Bro. Toby Hanson returns to MGR as does Bro. Michael Douglas and new goat rider Bro. Greg Powers. Don’t worr…
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*** After Listening to part 1, download part 2 on the Three Links Odd Cast *** Spurred on by a listener email, the forces of the Three Links Odd Cast join Tara and Billy to take on the question of importance and relevance of Odd Fellowship these days. Having the show full of all of us we move through the hot-takes, musings of possibilities of bette…
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WARNING: This is another feel good podcast! Episode 42 does not address the Order’s problems, nor does it investigate the frustrating politics that might be at a Lodge level. Instead, this show is about Tara and Billy taking a few minutes to ask four members with varying years in the Odd Fellows what it is in it for them, how they ended up in their…
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On a National Day of Remembrance in Canada, the UK and USA, Tara and Billy welcomed Sister Sandra Martin of Rebekah Lodge Unity #145 in Victoria, BC to take them down memory lane over her 47 years as a member of Rebekahs. Sandra reveals that the road for Rebekahs has been difficult since the SGL motioned for all Odd Fellows Lodges be open to women,…
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Tara and Billy call upon all three Odd Fellows Lodges in Victoria to get a full representative samples of organizational challenges and solutions from their lodges. Sure, they are all well experienced British Columbia provincial government employees, but they also have great advice for lodges of any size. Enjoying their first rides on MGR are Siste…
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Did someone say Hockey and Odd Fellowship? Yes we did! Journalist, author Morey Holzman joins Billy and Tara to discuss his second book, The Odd Fellow’s Heart, on the history of Hockey’s origins, but this one has a discovered Odd Fellows slant. Morey had never heard of the Odd Fellows before discovering James “Jimmy” Stewart. Morey found that the …
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The written word is not Dead! Brother Scott Moye, co-founder of the Heart In Hand blog joins Tara and Billy to discuss his new book, Think Like an Odd Fellow. Not only do you get to hear Billy gush over how much he loves this book, but Tara helps Scott explain the importance of this type of book that takes a deeper exploration into the philosophy b…
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The Summer keeps cooking along, when Tara and Billy get together to talk about what could make a Lodge look, feel and be successful. Covering many areas of what a member might consider, they segue through “doing it wrong, while doing it right”, “running a Lodge is hard work” and “how not to be a jerk”. But before all that, current events were discu…
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Who is Robert’s and why is he still around? Tara and Billy welcome PGM Justin Bailey of Pennsylvania Odd Fellows Grand Lodge to discuss all the fun a Lodge can have when employing Robert’s Rules of Orders and proper governance to maximize efficiency and purpose. None of the three are experts so do not expect to get a "how-to do it show", but follow…
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Why not spend this traditional holiday weekend learning about something Progressive? Jessica Dickinson Goodman and Sinead Toolis are back for part two of their powerful interview from the end of May. [Their introductions are in Ep. 33. Sinead is first to speak this episode] Although there have been struggles at some of their Lodge’s meetings, ok, m…
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Vancouver, BC members continue to be doing good things inside their Hall. This time, Tara and Billy welcome members of Hemlock Lodge #8 to discuss the work completed to redesign much of the Hall’s esthetic to present a modern look while capitalizing on the heritage of the building and the history of the past members. Soleil Toszak and Annie Lefebvr…
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