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Matuca Summer Doins & Dedication June 11-13 6026/2021

posted Apr 28, 2021, 8:18 AM by ECV Matuca   [ updated May 7, 2021, 11:16 AM ]

Dedication of the Sonora IOOF Cemetery 2.0

Clean, sober and odorless PBCs only!

This is an overnighter!

All clamp no-nos apply, GC rules.

Grub will be tri-tip, sautéed mushrooms, salad, bread and the award winning Matuca Beans


This is  BYOB event because the state in all it's infinite wisdom won't issue licker licenses 

Call one of these hoity-toity important people for more info:
John Vienop, NGH - 209-768-8880
Rick Adams, VNGH - 209-742-8767

 Pre-reg Red Shirts
Day of Red Shirts
Pre-reg PBC/Retread
Day of PBC/Retread


Haigh Ranch, Haigh Rd Coulterville CA 95311

Haigh Ranch

115 West Lytton St Sonora, CA 95370

Sonora IOOF Cemetery

XNGH Memorial & Red Shirt Protest

posted Feb 25, 2021, 8:14 AM by ECV Matuca   [ updated Mar 11, 2021, 9:09 AM ]

Gentlemen! Shortly many of you will be getting a flyer for the Matuca spring “event”. I’m going to explain why we had to do a few changes to our Doins.
First off, this one’s going to be a Bring Your Own Beverage event. The State is not issuing ANY one day likker licenses, so for us to be able to have a gathering, you’ll need to bring your own. We have lowered the rub to compensate. This does beat the hell out of sitting at home…
Second, you’ll notice that I’m not calling it a doins. That’s right, there isn’t going to be an initiation or a dedication. Right now, ANY insurance company isn’t covering anything to do with COVID, and the only way we can have a gathering is to call it a protest. So, that’s what we are doing. This is the first (hopefully never again) Red Shirt Lives Matter Protest and memorial gathering. Our normal initiation involves a lot of close quarters, and I’m not going to risk the Bondshu’s land.
Yep, overnighter! One thing, if you are feeling a bit rough around the edges and have the sniffles, DON'T SHOW UP! And, The state does recommend masks and social distancing, so no swapping spit!
So, come on out to May Rock on April 3rd, and we are going to celebrate the lives of our 3 XNGH’s who have gone on to the Golden Hills this Clamp year.
John Vienop NGH
This is an overnighter!

All clamp no-nos apply, GC rules.

Grub will be new york steaks, sauteed mushrooms, salad, bread and the award winning Matuca Beans


Call one of these hoity-toity important people for more info: 
NGH - John Vienop - (209) 768-8880
1st VNGH - Bart Adams - (209) 742-8767
Recorder - John Hatfield - (209) 591-7766

Day of

May Rock Hwy 49, Mariposa CA 95338

6791 CA-49

A note from the new Bug

posted Oct 12, 2020, 8:11 AM by ECV Matuca   [ updated Oct 12, 2020, 8:12 AM ]

The Staff of Relief has been passed on as of yesterday, and I’ll be posting notifications about Events and Happenings both on our website and our Facebook page.  It’s one of my goals to make sure everyone is informed and no Brother gets left behind.

First off, the organizers of the Christmas Parade are facing some challenges   The largest is the fact that the State is not allowing them to close Hwy 49 for the parade.  I’m waiting to hear if they find some other way of making the parade happen, as soon as I know anything, I’ll post it.  I’d love to have a huge turnout.  If anyone hears anything, let me know.

Second, and this is a tough one.  The Widder’s ball has been postponed until December 2021.  Bart and I will split the duties for it, once it comes.  We are still hoping that the Sweethearts ball will proceed, it depends on the ability to get a building, Likker license, and Insurance.

Now the good news.  Our Illustrious Webmaster has been doing Plaque cleanups and has another one scheduled for this coming Sunday the 18th of October.  Meet at Inspiration Point, 10 am, come give Brian a hand.  We will then proceed into Columbia for more plaque maintenance and then cook some burgers/dogs at the Native Son’s hall.   One thing, this is not an “officially sanctioned” Matuca Chapter ECV event, so supply your own beverages.

JV  NGH 66



POSTPONED - Mariposa Spring Doins April 3-5, 2020/6025

posted Feb 24, 2020, 12:09 PM by ECV Matuca   [ updated Mar 23, 2020, 6:20 PM ]

Due to Coronavirus the doins' and dedication will be rescheduled, date TBD

Matuca will be having their spring Doins and Dedication at May Rock in beautiful Mariposa County. This year we'll be dedicating the Coulterville Odd Fellows Hall, Lodge 104 which was established Sept. 9th 1851. Although the building burnt down in 1899, it was rebuilt in 1900 and has been in continuous use since.

The dedication will take place Sat, April 4th at 9:18 & 49 seconds, followed by initiation at 11am. (see maps below)

Clean, sober and odorless PBCs only!

This is an overnighter!

All clamp no-nos apply, GC rules.

Grub will be new york steaks, sauteed mushrooms, salad, bread and the award winning Matuca Beans


Call one of these hoity-toity important people for more info:
Steve Galarneau, NGH - 209-756-1377
John Vienop, VNGH - 209-768-8880
Rick Adams, GNR - 209-742-8767

 Pre-reg Red Shirts
Day of Red Shirts
Pre-reg PBC/Retread
Day of PBC/Retread

5030 Main St Coulterville, CA 95311

Coulterville Odd Fellows Hall, 5030 Main St, Coulterville, CA 95311

May Rock Hwy 49, Mariposa CA 95338

May Rock Hwy 49, Mariposa CA 95338

This Doins is dedicated to Coyle Tracy for his warm heart, unselfish service to Clamperdom and his love of Matuca Chapter 1849.

Sweet Hearts Ball Feb 22nd 2020/6025

posted Jan 8, 2020, 11:28 AM by ECV Matuca   [ updated Jan 8, 2020, 11:29 AM ]

Let it be heard far and wide that the Humbug and Ladybug invites all Brothers and their Widders to Mariposa, CA for an evening of love at the annual Sweet Hearts Ball

Location and time
Mariposa County Fairgrounds
Building "A"
Doors open at 4pm

Dressing to the period is encouraged but not necessary. Awards for: Best prairie, saloon, ball room gown & best dressed couple.

Dance the night away to the music of our live band, REMEDY. No DJ's allowed!!

Big and little slippery
Humbucks (drink tickets) required for much needed libations

Serving at 5:59 5/8ths pm
Steve Wilson and cook crew will be serving tri-tip and chicken, scalloped potatoes, veggies, rolls and dessert

Local lodging
Mariposa county fairgrounds RV & tent camping - 209-966-2423
Yosemite Miners Inn Hotel 209-742-7777
Best Western Yosemite Way Station 209-966-7545
Mariposa Hotel Inn 209-966-7500
Comfort Inn 209-966-4344
5th St Inn 209-966-6048

$65 per couple.
This event is limited to 150 couples, get your prepay in now by sending it to:
Matuca 1849
PO Box 1844
Columbia, CA 95310

Please bring canned goods for those in need!

Mariposa Fairgrounds

First Ever 32nd Annual Widders Ball

posted Oct 24, 2019, 1:52 PM by ECV Matuca   [ updated Oct 24, 2019, 2:19 PM ]

Let it be Heard, Far and Wide that the Humbug and Ladybug Invites all Brothers and their Widders to Sonora Ca. for a Evening of Splendor at the Annual Widders Ball.




SERVING AT 5:59 2/3 pm


Dressing to Period is Encouraged, but NOT necessary. Awards will be awarded to : Best Prairie, Saloon, Ball Room Gown &  Best Dressed Couple.


Dance the Evening away to the music of our live band, REMEDY. No DJ's Allowed !!


Gold Lodge (209) 532-3952

Sonora Inn (209) 532-2400

Inns of California (209) 532-3633

Rodeway Inn (209) 536-4694

Gunn House Hotel (209) 532-3421

Best Western (800) 532-1944

Black Oak Casino Resort (877) 747-8777

RV Parking and Camping at 

Mother Lode Fairgrounds (209) 532-7428


Attendance to the Hollywood Nights Widders Ball limited to 150 couples.

Please RSVP. First Come, First Served.

Please mail no later than November 23rd, 2019 !!

Matuca Chapter 1849, 32nd Annual Widders Ball

Checks made out to : Matuca Chapter 1849

Mail to :

ECV Matuca 1849

P.O. BOX 1844

Columbia Ca. 95310

Fall Doins'

posted Jul 15, 2019, 9:27 AM by ECV Matuca

Listen up Brothers,
Matuca will be having it’s Fall dedication & doin’s in Calaveras County September 13th-15th. We’ll be rededicating the Archie Stevenot plaque. Archie Stevenot was the son of a pioneer and was born on the Stevenot homestead in Calaveras County. Among his many accomplishments Archie served as the 2nd SNGH from 1961-1963 (1961 being the year of his original plaque dedication, what a ham) . The original bronze plaque was recently stolen and will be replaced with a modern stone plaque in line with Matuca’s current tradition.

Rub day of is $55 for Red Shirts and $100 for PBC/retreads.

The plaque dedication will take place Friday, Sept 13th at 6:18pm and 49 seconds and is located at 4583 CA HWY 49, Angels Camp CA 95222 . Doins registration opens at 9am Sat Sept 14th, initiation will begin at 11am Sat Sept 14th, and the doins’ site is located at 3143 CA HWY 4, Dorrington CA, 95223.

We’ll see you all there and remember what Blacke says “ Let it be a brother of Sobriety holding the reins”

Dedication Site

Doins' Site

Summer Doins' & Dedication June 7-9 2019/6024

posted Apr 28, 2019, 12:03 PM by ECV Matuca

Alright Brothers,
Summer is upon us and this year we'll be dedicating Boone's Memorials. Boone's has been in steady operation since 1880 and their monuments can be found not only on the graves of many an unfortunate miner but also at historical sites throughout California and Nevada, many of which have been placed by Matuca and the Native Sons of the Golden West. This doins' will be dedicated to our own Chris Chase, honoring his lifelong commitment to history, and his generous support to Matuca Chapter 1849. Doins' will be June 7th-9th at the Sonora Fairgrounds and the dedication will take place at Boone's Memorials Saturday June 8th at 9:18am & 49 seconds. What says the Bretheren?

What's the Rub?

$45 - Pre-reg Red Shirts
$55 - Day of event
$75 - Pre-reg PBC/retread
$100 - Day of PBC/retread

Dedication Site:

Doins' Site:

Matuca 1849 Chili Cook-Off & Hawkers Faire

posted Feb 27, 2019, 12:31 PM by ECV Matuca   [ updated Jul 15, 2019, 8:51 AM ]

Attention all Clampers in good standing!

You are hereby invited to attend Clamper history in the making.  An experiment in bean-ocracy.  I ’m talking about the F.F.B. of 1849. The Fantastic Flatulent Brotherhood of Matuca 1st ever, possibly annual, possibly last, summer chili & bean cook-off and Hawkers fair.

Where you ask? At the Mother Lode Fairgrounds located in the beautiful gold rush town of Sonora, CA. Queen of the Southern Mines.

When you ask? Saturday August 10th 2019/6024.

Why you ask? Because Matuca has nothin’ to do in August.

This is an outdoor event but it will be held in the shade of the fabulous livestock area hay barn! Overnight camping is available for a chapter donation. Little Slippery will be flowing from opening til we’re done, probably about 3:00 pm. There will be a raffle and auction and all the frivolity and flatulence an asshole can take, and that could be stretching it.

Also, this is a once in a lifetime Clampurtunity to become a charter member of the Matuca F.F.A.. For a mere pittance of a price to be determined later, you will receive a certificate of authenticity proclaiming your charter membership in The Frivolous Flatulating Assholes of Matuca. Suitable for framing.

Ok, so whats the rub??

 What’s included
 Cooks $25.00 Wristband for slippery, contest entry
 General Admission$20.00
 Wristband for slippery

Tent Camping
 1 night
 2 nights

 RV Hookups  
1 night

  • All clamp no-no’s apply: No guns (real or simulated), no widders, no orphans and no explosives.
  • No cooking to start before 7am Aug, 10th
  • No limit on canned goods. If you think you can win with canned Hormel chili you're wrong, but you can try.
  • Cooks are responsible for their own utensils and everything needed to serve judges. Napkins, spoons, bowls etc
  • Propane fires ONLY, no open fires will be permitted per the campground rules
  • Open to chapter representatives and red shirts

For more info call XNGH Kevin Souza 209-984-2017

Mariposa Spring Doins 6024/2019

posted Feb 18, 2019, 1:23 PM by ECV Matuca   [ updated Feb 18, 2019, 1:36 PM ]

Alright Brothers, we're going to be at Mayrock for this years Spring Doins in Mariposa where we'll be dedicating the Tip Top Inn. Dedication will begin Saturday April 6th, 6024 at 9:18 and 49 seconds AM.

This doins is dedicated to Ken Homestead XNGH for his stalwart participation and hard work to the Matuca Chapter.

Your PBCs are to be presented to the Hangman Squeak Simunaci at 11am SHARP and are expected to be clean, odorless and sober. No BS, No exceptions.

The Grub will be New Yorks, sauteed mushrooms, salad, bread and fixins' prepared by Matuca's head cook Juan "Bean" Nichols and his cook crew.

All Matuca events go on rain or shine, don't believe any social media cancellation notices. Call one of these hoity toity important guys below to get the REAL FACTS

NGH - Dave Cox 209-768-7807
VNGH - Stehen Galarneau 209-756-1377
GNR - Kenneth Cox 209-770-7578

April 5-7, 6024/2019

What's the RUB??
 $45     Pre-reg Red Shirt
 Day of Reds Shirt
 $75 Pre-reg PBC/retred
 $100 Day of PBC/retred

Send gold dust to:
ECV Matuca 1849
PO Box 1844
Columbia CA, 95310


Dedication Site - 3086 Wass Rd, Mariposa, CA 95338

Doins Site - May Rock HWY 49

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