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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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Wondering how to build your Lodge? We do not mean just build it, we mean invest in its growth and then invest in those members to onboard them. Two wonderful members from Mountain View Lodge #244 in California join Tara and Billy to explain how a multi-year campaign of reaching out to small, well lead community groups began with Sinead Toolis becom…
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Signature events for lodges are major undertaking which require many supportive people from all angles for participating, volunteering, sponsoring, promoting, and donating. PG Dave Pettenuzzo of Columbia Lodge #2 rides in to tell us all about the workings of the Annual Charity Disc Golf tournament; an event that routinely raises over $25,000 for th…
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Tara and Billy are excited to be joined by professionals to talk about not only Friendship in FLT, but more deeply in how friends are made and how to maintain friendships as we each play a few notes in the music of lifelong relations. We know you will enjoy listening to Sisters Frances Kinloch and Eva Van Krugel of Bastion Lodge #4 as they help us …
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Life is full of “What if Moments”, and on this special episode of the show, our connection with the Three Links Odd Cast pays off as Brother Ainslie Heilich and Brother Toby Hanson climb aboard to discuss the situations of the past that made the Order what it is now, but we ask each other “What if things were different, then how different would Odd…
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Once Josh and Billy step out of the controlled conditions of Studio FLT, then truly anything can happen. This episode, our fearless duo got into the not-so-mean streets of Victoria to talk to people about who they thought the Odd Fellows were. Can’t spoil the show with too many details now, so check out all the fun the Brothers had. Think about doi…
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Uncovering the connection felt by Odd Fellows to their work within the Funeral Services industries has taken some time, but here it is. Billy hosted Sister Laura Van Sprang and Brother Anthony Black from Sands Victoria to discuss how they see the connection of Burying the Dead, and Relieving the Distressed. Laura and Anthony take us through how pre…
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Josh and Billy hit topics from the current events in Oddfellowship that have touched us to be thankful and hopeful that as strange as the world is right now, we can see some familiarity around us, and new adventures awaiting us. The big news from past shows is that Brother Michael Douglas has digitally published True Fraternity, the first Encampmen…
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Saddle up! John Goldsmith of the DeMoulin Museum in Greenville, IL takes Billy and Josh on a magical ride through the history of the DeMoulin company, his family connection, the museum and the travails of goat riding. After the show, you will be like Josh by adding the museum to your “Odd Fellows Bucket List”. Check us out online at moderngoatrider…
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In the glow of receiving his Muscovite degree, Billy chats with David Sheer of Peninsula Lodge #128 in Portland OR about the use of their hall and the structure in place to allow the members of the community to be exposed to Odd Fellowship before and during their use of the hall that has resulted in the hall becoming a community landmark. (Note: Th…
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Josh and Billy connect with Brothers Walter Wells and Chris Thomson to understand the challenges and the successes they experienced when they partnered with the City of Vancouver to open an Extreme Weather Warming Center for the homeless community in the West Side of Vancouver. Their use of the hall to contribute to the relieve distress among their…
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Choosing not to shy away from sensitive topics, Josh and Billy investigate the relations of social drinking within Odd Fellows and to do so they connected with a “dry lodge”. Across the continent from them, they chat with Brother Ron Boyle of Walker Lodge #306 in the Philadelphia area. Taking as wide a view as possible everyone let their opinions f…
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A new year is shining upon the Modern Goat Rider so Josh and Billy take time to follow-up on topics from 2020 that needed to be continued and then turn their eyes on the brilliant hopes of 2021. Special guest PG & GP Randall Leavitt of Victoria Lodge #13 in Fredericton, NB drops in for an impromptu call. Plenty of laughs on just about every topic. …
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Josh and Billy never technically take time off, so it doesn't seem out of character to publish a show while on a two-week recording break. Here is a bit of history about Brother James Main, of Vancouver, BC who in 1965 ascended to the seat of Sovereign Grand Master. The SGM is the head of the worldwide organization above the state or provincial lev…
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Josh and Billy investigated what has happening in our Odd world to discover three interesting people with three interesting stories. Come along to learn about scholarships, comic books and cold-water therapy as we meet Heather Hunt, Michael Douglas and Kris Daniels. Check us out online at moderngoatrider.com Reach us at info@moderngoatrider.com…
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We were introduced into Noble Grand Greg Simms of Chequeuk Lodge #56 in Valparaiso, Indiana because we learned about a Christmas shopping drive the lodge organized. What started as a phone called with Greg turned into an exciting 45-minute explanation of how active a 12-person lodge can really be in their community. Get out a pen and write down the…
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Josh steps aside for a show so Billy gets to meet Ray Hawksworth and Len Walsh from the Fraternal Order of Eagles at Aerie #12 in Esquimalt, BC. These two charitable friends were so gracious to educate all of us about their Order and the contributions it makes to our community and to its members. Check us out online at moderngoatrider.com Reach us …
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Right back in the saddle for another goat ride, and this is a wild one. Past Grand Master Scott Aitchison joins Josh and Billy for what was supposed to be a politics only discussion, but of course our good Brother’s positivity steered the show into other directions covering ways his Grand Lodge experience impacted his view of Odd Fellows, successes…
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We get crossover crazy with the gang from Three Links Odd Cast for a special two-part, double download set of shows. Part 1 is here on MGR and then swing yourself over to 3LOC to download Part 2 (after Nov 21) and while you are there remember to subscribe for their unique topics and discussion. Josh and Billy want you all to listen to both shows as…
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Brother Erwin Koopmans in the Netherlands joins Josh and Billy to help them discover how his lodge and lodges in his jurisdiction operate. Mutually sharing between everyone brought new understandings of the aspects of Oddfellowship which are important on each side of the Atlantic. Check us out online at moderngoatrider.com Reach us at info@moderngo…
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Short of a scheduled guest this week, Josh and Billy take up an extended member to member check-in with each other, then share opinions on the Odd Fellows quotes and notions Josh has found with plenty of references to past episodes. And hang on to the end for a preview of the upcoming month’s shows. Check us out online at moderngoatrider.com Reach …
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Leadership should be everywhere, and it is! Josh and Billy invited PG Russ Campbell into Studio FLT for a roundtable discussion about how positive and negative leadership is found within a lodge as well as in everything we do in our work or daily life. We share plenty of stories and get to some listener mail. Check us out online at moderngoatrider.…
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In this episode, Josh and Billy look across the spectrum of successful Columbia Lodge #2 programs that reach out to relieve the distress of food unavailability within our community. One program, led by Brother Alex Austin, is achieved with a little wagon and the other, led by Josh, with a transport truck trailer. Plenty of nuggets of inspiration an…
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Josh and Billy had figured that someone moving to the largest city in the country would have no trouble finding FLT, but we discover that was not the case for Sister Shiromi Silva. With the help of Gene Dopp, Past Grand Master of Ontario, we discuss what has happened to all the Odd Fellows in Toronto. Even with shrinking memberships and COVID chall…
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Once discovering the Initiatory degree had lost much of its style over the past 200 years, this husband and wife team of Michael Greenzeiger and Linnea Bredenberg took up the task of bringing back what had been eroded away. Josh and Billy learn how they went through the process of writing and through the Sovereign Grand Lodge adoption of their vers…
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Josh and Billy are pleased to sit down with PGM Gerry Ratchford along with his lock-tight memory to discuss his careers inside Odd Fellows and before joining in 1992. At 92 years young, Gerry filled us with so much life. Do check out Gerry’s military history and take the time to look up “Canada’s forgotten war” as Gerry told us to learn about the c…
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Josh and Billy were missing their Odd Fellows friends, so they picked up the phone to Cold Call seven of them. Although the audio is not perfectly clear each one of them delivered FLT messages that rang true with these two goat riders. Music: Telephone by Lady Gaga. Check us out online at moderngoatrider.com Reach us at info@moderngoatrider.com…
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