The Supreme Council has extended the Lodge Grant program one additional year in order to assist more lodges throughout the Fraternity. Application dates for the 2017-18 Lodge Grant Program will begin on July 5th, 2017 and close on August 9th, 2017. This year, the projected time frame for the next $1,000,000 grant award announcements is early September.
Please read the following information in order to improve your lodge’s chances for securing a Supreme Council Lodge Grant:
1. Attendance at the 2017 International Moose Convention is still required. Lodges can begin applying on July 5th, with the final date for submitting an application being the close of business on August 9th. No extensions will be granted. The process will be the same as last year, with access to the application appearing within the Moose Admin section on the website starting July 5th.
2. All lodges will have access to the application; however, those lodges not represented at the 2017 International Moose Convention in Tampa will be eliminated following the meeting. At least one representative from the lodge needs to be scanned into a meeting of the Order to qualify.
3. Grants will be dispersed in quantities between $500 and $25,000.
4. Funds are to be used to repair, replace or upgrade current equipment and facilities which will make the Lodge more appealing/functional to current and future members. (i.e. – replacement of a water heater; roof repairs; new seating for the social quarters; replacement of worn carpeting; new signage; installation of a POS system; parking lot repair, etc.) Funds will not be granted to pay taxes, loans, past bills, or other financial obligations of the Lodge. Repairs and upgrades cannot be retroactive.
5. These are not loans – there is no monetary payback required. The Lodge will be required to sign a statement if a grant is awarded, however, pledging to become more Fraternal by following the tenets set forth by Moose International regarding Lodge activities, fraternal giving and Heart of the Community activities.
6. Whenever possible, always submit specific bids for each of the projects listed on your application. Attach the bid to your proposal if possible, but if you cannot, you must still list specific costs within the application. If selected, you will be required to supply the bid upon which the application was based. It is highly unlikely that you will be funded if you submit estimated costs with no justification.
7. Have some skin in the game. Very few lodges will receive the capped amount of $25,000 as the Supreme Council seeks to help as many lodges as possible throughout the fraternity. If you do submit a request for $25,000, or for any amount for that matter, please note how your lodge has – or is going to – contribute to the project either financially or through volunteer labor. If your project costs exceed the $25,000 cap, you are more likely to be considered if you indicate whether partial funding of the project through a grant will allow you to move forward, with additional funding coming from the lodge or other sources.
8. If you list several projects on your application, always identify specific costs for each project and the order of importance to which you attribute each project on your list. Many of the awards during the last two years were for one or more specific projects listed within a single grant request.
9. NEW in 2017 – If the General Law proposal that eliminates smoking in all Moose lodges passes, funds requested for providing an outdoor smoking structure may be considered in those areas where state or provincial laws still allow smoking in lodges. Applications must be very specific in what they are requesting to build and lodges should be willing to absorb part of the cost of the project, if necessary.
10. Size of the lodge makes little difference as long as you can show that you operate as a true fraternal unit. Grants have been approved for lodges ranging from 50 members to 2,000 members, but not for any that currently operate as little more than a bar.
11. Your fraternal record is taken into account when considering grants, including membership trends; contributions through Moose Charities; MI accounts receivable trends; Heart of the Community activity, etc.
12. Applications will be reviewed by the Territory Manager, the Regional Manager, Moose International staff, and the Supreme Council. Applications may be denied at any time during this process based on the request of the field staff or fraternal history of the Lodge.
13. Make sure your Territory Manager or Regional Manager thoroughly understands the projects for which you are requesting funds and how completion of the projects will enhance the lodge.
14. All proceeds granted by the Supreme Council will be forwarded directly to the vendor. The lodge must approve the work that was done and forward the invoice to Moose International. Moose International will also pay deposits on projects when requests for payment are submitted with a proper proposal/quote.
15. A follow-up report, including before and after photographs, is required for all projects.
16. Finally, don’t wait until the last minute to submit your application. While it has no bearing on whether you are approved for a grant or not, issues in regards to completing the application caused much distress among those who waited.
We are very excited to roll out the next aspect of our new Moose Valued Veterans program, the "Valued Veteran Of The Year" honor (V.V.O.Y.). This special honor is to be bestowed upon just one exceptional Valued Veteran in each lodge and its affiliated Chapter, each fiscal year. Criteria will focus heavily on how much effort this Valued Veteran has put into both local and fraternity-wide Moose community service initiatives. The "Valued Veteran of The Year" should be the ultimate example of a Moose member who has continued their service to humanity beyond their military efforts, by serving the community through the Moose – hence the program’s motto, "Moose Members Serving Then... and NOW!"
Key V.V.O.Y. Points:
These instructions, and other important information about this process, can be found within the three attached documents:
Thank you, in advance, for doing your part to extend this special recognition to one very special Valued Veteran. Your extra efforts will not only bring recognition to your deserving Valued Veteran of The Year, but will also serve as a reminder to everyone involved of our fraternal commitment to community service.
The Virginia Old Dominion Moose Legion #148 invites all members that wish to expand their knowledge and help within the fraternity to attend our next meeting. Do you want to help the fraternity? We look forward to seeing you at the next Moose Legion meeting.
|Old Dominion Moose Legion #148 Conferral Schedule & Meeting Dates|
|General Meeting - 8pm||May 8, 2017 (Monday)
|General Meeting - 8pm||June 13, 2017 (Tuesday)
|General Meeting - 8pm||July 17, 2017 (Monday)
|Summer Conferral / Celebration||July 21-23, 2017
|General Meeting - 8pm||August 16, 2017 (Wednesday)
Colonia Heights #1783
|General Meeting - 8pm||September 11, 2017 (Monday)
Richmond East #1947
|General Meeting - 8pm||October 4, 2017 (Wednesday)
Richmond Lakeside #1714
|Fall Conferral / Celebration||October 6-9, 2017
Richmond Lakeside #1714
|General Meeting - 8pm||November 6, 2017 (Monday)
Caroline County #2610
|General Meeting - 8pm||December 4, 2017 (Monday)
|General Meeting - 8pm||January 15, 2018 (Monday)
|General Meeting - 8pm||February 12, 2018 (Monday)
|Winter Conferral / Celebration||February 16-18, 2018
|General Meeting - 8pm||March 14, 2018 (Wednesday)
|Spring Conferral / Celebration - 1:00 pm||April 7, 2018
|Note: ALL REGULAR MEETINGS BEGIN AT 8:00 P.M.|
* Dates are subject to change Published 5/11/2017 (DAM)
Have you ever had a goal that seemed always out of reach? Maybe it seemed years away from fulfillment and our direction might cause us to reconsider our original goal. Whatever waits for us at the end of the path we must keep our eyes on our goal. The surest path is the one that leads us to our original goal with as few distractions as possible. So if you’re not sure you’re headed in the right direction, take heart; you’re in good company. Some of the most courageous endeavors in history started with a small goal in mind.
As we enter the final two months of this year’s membership campaign we are currently some 2,000 members from showing an increase. As we all look to bring the right members into the Moose Legion we also need to look at those we have lost during the last year. Have we taken the time to contact those former members and get them back on the rolls? Or have we just given up and not made the effort to get them back? Someone once said, “It is okay to look back, as long as we don’t stare.”
We are meek, but we are not weak. In fact, we all have strengths and do not stand alone, but stand together. That means to be successful, we must work together. Several can accomplish a lot more than one alone. We also have resources and strengths when we work together. Conditions today are vastly different from those of even fifty years ago. We live in a time of tremendous change. We have evolved from the ox cart, through the horse and buggy, the car and aircraft to supersonic jets and even into space travel. Pen and paper have given rise to the computer. The people of today live with and understand items that even the greatest minds of the past never even comprehended.
Our challenge is to find a way to work with and get new and former members back on the rolls to show membership growth. We cannot live in the past or even the future. We can only live in the present moment and the direction in which we are facing is vitally important. This speaks of taking action, and of forward movement. Hopefully, each jurisdiction is doing all they can to attain and reactive members.
With only two months left in this membership year we need to look at our original goal of showing membership growth and take the steps necessary to meet that goal. We have an opportunity to show a growth but only if we all take the steps to show growth. We are facing in the right direction; all we have to do is keep moving forward.
For hotel/motel accommodations in the Mooseheart area to attend the June 3, 2017 Pilgrim Degree conferral and Mooseheart commencement ceremonies, contact the Lisle/Naperville Hilton Hotel just off I-88, about 12 miles east of the campus.
If reserving online, go to www.hiltonlislenaperville.com and select your arrival date of Tuesday, May 30, 2017 (earliest) and your departure date of Monday, June 5, 2017 (latest). Under “Add Special Rate Code,” click the tab and enter our four-letter Group Code: CMOO. To reserve a room by phone, call 1-630-505-0900. Mention our group name, “Moose International,” and our four-letter Group Code, CMOO, to receive the rate of $79 per night, which will include a breakfast buffet for up to two people. Reservations must be made by May 8, 2017.
If arriving by air, American Charter Coach and/or Bill’s Limo Dispatch can provide transportation to your Mooseheart area hotel at reasonable rates. Reservations for pick up at either Midway or O’Hare airports can be obtained by calling them at American Charter Coach at 630-305-0700 or Bill’s Limo at 888-851-0200. You will need to provide your airline flight number, arrival time, and destination when making the reservation. Advanced reservations required.
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