Brothers and Co-Workers,
We are fast approaching the end of our Moose year and I ask for your immediate help in reaching our goal of an increase in membership from May 1, 2016. This goal is attainable if we all pull together by trying to sign new members or getting expired members to pay their dues. Please utilize the First Responders Campaign offered to us by Moose International.
The deadline to enter new applications is Thursday, April 27, with enrollment on Friday, April 28. Moose International will be closed Saturday and Sunday. They have issued a blanket dispensation to allow all lodges to have special meetings to vote on these new applications.
I sincerely thank you for your dedication, hard work and efforts that make the Virginia Moose Association the greatest in the Moose Fraternity.
VMA State President
Overall we have 75 Lodges who have missed two or less and out of those there are 49 lodges who have missed none. We had over 91% of lodges reporting this time which is very good. We have one month to go in this Moose year so please try and get your lodge to report this final month and let's achieve that elusive 100%!
A special congratulations to Districts 2, 5, 7, 9, 10, 11, and 13 for having all lodges reporting.
Would the Presidents or Moose Charities Chairmen of the following Districts please contact the lodges listed from their District and find out why they have no report!
I would like to personally thank each and every one of you for making the commitment to our Order to do the work you do.
VMA Moose Charities Chairman
I have learned that you should listen to those that have more knowledge than you do about how to be successful. The same goes for your Lodge Moose Legion. We should be passionate sharing the knowledge of the Moose Legion as much as we are talking about the hobbies we enjoy.
If you had asked me a few years ago what the Moose Legion was I would have replied, “It is a place where members gather once a month for fun and social activities.” In today’s culture that would have been more right than wrong. But, we do so much more than just meet as a group. As Moose Legionnaires, we are the fraternal leaders in our respective Lodges, or are we?
This is where we start the conversation about the makeup and the what and who of the Moose Legion. Every article or posting should help us provide an opportunity to let our members know what the Moose Legionnaires are doing to help their respective Lodges and communities. We need to identify “who” is eligible to elevate. Help them enjoy the journey, and invite them to attend the monthly Moose Legion meeting to see what we do and that the Moose Legion offers many opportunities to serve.
We can’t just “say it” – we must “live it” to make an impact. We must be attractive to get their attention, we must be authentic to earn their acceptance and we must be accepted to gain their membership and attachment. We must be willing to “walk the talk” and lead by example as all our members could be an integral part of the Moose Legion.
We are currently in the final month of our current membership year and unfortunately we have seen a loss of membership. Now is the time to lead by example and solicit the help of all Moose Legionnaires and the Council of Higher Degrees to contact those members in arrears and offer them the opportunity to reactivate their membership. As the Degree of Service we are the leaders and by doing so, will only help us to grow.
Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to report in Tampa that we have turned the trend around and have shown membership growth in our Moose Legions. We need all Moose Legionnaires to make a final effort to get those former members back on the rolls and to show membership growth.
Here is what I hope you walk away with after reading this article; The Moose Legion is a group of people that meets together with a common cause. We are a group of imperfect people. Don’t be fooled, there is no perfect person within our Moose Legions. Just as there are many flavors of ice cream, there are many flavors of members as not all members are alike. All are wanted, welcome, and needed. There is not a group of people, meeting as a Moose Legion, who are not in need of something and maybe that something might just be you!
The Moose has different districts all over the state of Virginia. These districts help in the everyday running and distribution of great ideas for our fraternity. We invite all members that wish to contribute more to our fraternity to attend our next district meeting! Below you will find information on District 1 meetings. We look forward to seeing you at the next meeting.
|District #1 Schedule of Meetings|
|Sunday, April 9th, 2017||Suffolk Moose Lodge #141|
|Sunday, July 9th, 2016||Aragona Village Moose Family Center #1198|
|Sunday, October 8th, 2016||Portsmouth Moose Family Center #898|
All officers meetings start at 11:00am with the regular membership meeting to start at noon.
When it comes to supporting the philanthropic efforts of the Moose Fraternity, Moose Legionnaires can be counted on. Whenever or whatever the cause our Moose Legions respond and in doing so provide many significant benefits to our Moose fraternity.
Many of our members may not know the depth of service Moose Charities offers. Oh yeah, they hear about the Endowment fund collections at meetings but are unaware of just how far Moose Charities goes to support Mooseheart and Moosehaven.
When we joined the Moose Legion we became members of the Defending Circle, designed to protect children in need and our senior members. We took an oath and promised to give of our energy and substance and to support Moose Charities in that oath.
In October we completed the Cradle Fund and in February we will have an opportunity to participate in the Rocker Fund. These two programs are simple to participate in, but the benefits to Moose Charities are tremendous. Imagine if all of our fraternal units and Moose Legion jurisdictions became involved in these simple but effective programs.
Besides the warm feeling you get when you do something nice for others by supporting Moose Charities it also allows you to make a difference for our youth and seniors. When we give we are supporting our charities and making the lives of those entrusted to our care at Mooseheart and Moosehaven a little brighter. Like throwing a stone into a pond, the ripples of love and giving move out farther and farther and all are blessed. Through our good works we should be willing to share, as riches are only a blessing to those who make them a blessing to others.
As we wind down this year many of our Moose Legions have yet to support the projects we have taken on such as the Centennial project, Youth Awareness, Student Trips and last but not least the President’s Project in support of our Moosehaven residents.
As I stated in the beginning Moose Legionnaires support all charitable giving in one manner or another. You have often heard it quoted, “It is better to give than to receive.” Well, this is definitely a true statement. When we give we can know the heartwarming experience of supporting our own charitable endeavors. I know we can count on our Moose Legionnaires to continue supporting Moose Charities and our Moose Legion projects.
Here is your chance to show your pride in the Moose Fraternity! The Virginia Moose Association is having a mini campaign to help spur new member growth. This will piggyback off the Moose International mini campaign for free first year member dues and application fees for Active Military and First Responders that runs from January 1, 2017 until April 30, 2017. The VMA will award $400.00 to the lodge with the most LOOM applications turned in between January 1, 2017 and April 30, 2017. There is already a huge competition between lodges in the state. We have one lodge that has already signed up 34 new members under this mini campaign.
Oh, and the member that turns in the most active military and active first responders will receive $100.00 awarded at this year’s 80th Annual State Convention on August 24th through 26th, 2017 in Norfolk Virginia. Thanks to everyone that participates in this mini campaign!
|Blue Ridge Moose Legion #82 Events Schedule|
|Annual Conferral & Picnic - 2017||Altavista Lodge Moose Family Center #1433||April 8, 2017|
|Celebration & Drawdown - 2017||Lynchburg Moose Lodge #715||July 8, 2017|
|11th Annual Special Olympics Golf Tournament Sponsored by Blue Ridge Moose Legion #82||Ivy Hill Golf Club - Forest Virginia||August 12, 2017, 8:30 AM Shotgun Start|
|Fall Conferral - 2017||Bedford Moose Lodge #1897||October 14, 2017|
|Winter Conferral - 2018||Brookneal Moose Lodge #1507||January 13, 2018|
|Annual Conferral & Picnic - 2018||Lynchburg-South Moose Family Center #1727||April 14, 2018|
|Celebration & Drawdown - 2018||Lynchburg Moose Lodge #715||July 14, 2018|
|Fall Conferral - 2018||Vinton Moose Family Center #1121||October 13, 2018|