Ok…enough winter, already! Mother Nature has been wreaking havoc in many of our states, and its only February…brrrrr! I will say, I have been earning many extra “activity points” as a result of all of the exercise shoveling snow! Daylight is beginning to get a little longer and the sun seems a little warmer, and there is hope that the groundhog will see his shadow, or not…however that goes, soon we will all be enjoying our “outside” activities so get all of your inside projects done!
How are your nominating/elections processes going? Hopefully by now, your nominating meetings are in full swing, and the coworkers of your chapters are stepping up to the plate, to run for an office. Don’t forget to reach out to your session leader or CAC for any questions or problems that might arise!
If you have not begun working on your “DROPPED” and “EXPIRED” List, time is running out. Remember, treat EVERY month as if it were APRIL….it will be here before you know it. Membership seems to always be the toughest task on the list of qualifications for our chapters to earn their AWARD OF ACHIEVEMENT. Don’t get caught short, make those calls!!! This is also a great time for inviting friends, relatives, and folks we work with to join our chapters and lodges. Reach out to active military and first responders, and introduce them to our program. Call and find out when police and fire department weekly/monthly meetings are, and ask to do a short presentation. Remember to bring lots of brochures, “WHO ARE THE WOMEN OF THE MOOSE”, “HEARD OF MOOSE”. “MOOSE BENEFITS” brochures, and even a calendar of events for your lodge/chapter. From now until April 30th Moose International is waiving all fees and dues, for new or re-enrolled members, and it would be great if we could all waive our chapter/lodge dues also, making membership ‘free’ for these folks for the their first year. Once they see all of the great things all of you are doing for your communities and for Mooseheart and Moosehaven, they will want to keep their membership active, forever! These are the folks in our community that are already helping out and giving of themselves each and every day…our program will fit in with their commitment to “helping out”, and “giving back”.
Mid-year conferences are in full swing, and I am looking forward to meeting many of you on my “conference trail” these next two months. Congratulations to ALL of our new “FRIENDS” being conferred. Hopefully we will have record attendance in every association, as I know there are many fun, and educational presentations/workshops being planned. So don’t miss them!
Be sure to visit the website to register for International Convention in Tampa, and to secure your room reservations. Congratulations College of Regent and Star Recorder Matriculates who have received call cards. It is great to see your exciting posts on Facebook!! See you in Tampa in June-July!
Until next time….BE KIND, ALWAYS!
Judy Davis, Grand Regent
Franconia Chapter 1042 cordially invites you to attend the Green Cap ceremony honoring Junior Graduate Regent Estelle Miller on Saturday, January 7, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. The ceremony will take place in the social hall at the Franconia Moose Family Center, 7701 Beulah Road, Alexandria, VA 22315.
Guest speaker will be Past Grand Council Member Harriet Mohr with a reception to follow. Regalia is requested.
Clifton Forge Chapter #22 held its Green Cap Chapter meeting on Saturday, December 10, at 2:00 pm. There were five chapter Collegians in attendance and Past Grand Council member and Past Deputy Grand Regent Harriet Mohr was Guest speaker and her husband Ron was a special guest. Green Cap Amy Angle served as chairman. Amy and her daughter Mary Kathryn were presented with stuffed Moose's made by Harriet Mohr. Refreshments were served after the meeting. Click on photo for larger image.
Happy Autumn Coworkers,
Hopefully we are all fully engaged in our retention week plans and are preparing to “Raise the Roof” with our well planned out events! I can’t wait to hear of all of the great ideas, and how they worked out for you. I extend my sincere thanks to all of the coworkers and brothers in lodges and chapters all over the US and Canada who have assisted with Retention Week efforts to help make this a successful effort for our great Moose Fraternity!
Be sure to celebrate your new collegians at the College of Regents Chapter Activity Night, in November. If you have a collegian eligible to have her tassel changed, and/or a collegian receiving her Red Stole, plan an open meeting so that members of the Loyal Order of Moose, qualified guests, and perspective members can be invited. Perhaps one of the honored collegians would like to address the guests on the College of Regents Degree. Make it a fun night for all in attendance.
Remember the Holiday Lights 5K Run/Walk at Mooseheart on November 19th. My husband, Jim, and I will be there walking, and encourage you to sign up to donate on the Moose Charities website. My team name is the Grand Regents Runners…even though I am sad to say there won’t be too much running involved for us. You can sign up on my team, and participate as a virtual runner or walker. Get your friends and family to sponsor you and help us raise funds for Mooseheart. We look forward to seeing some of you there!
And then there is Thanksgiving….this year let us be mindful of those in our communities that are less fortunate or who have lost all that they have to flooding, fires, and other devastating events beyond their control. Be generous as our lodges, chapters, and communities collect canned goods and other food items for local food pantries, and soup kitchens…remembering as the winter months close in, the need is greater. Reach out to shelters and churches who may benefit from a blanket or coat drive in the next few weeks, and when you are making these donations, don’t forget hats and mittens are also in great need at this time of year, and very appreciated on a cold winter day/night. This is the perfect time to remember our “Acts of Kindness” with cold weather settling in and the holiday season fast upon us.
This year as I look back on the things I am most grateful for, I give thanks for each of you, and all of the many friendships we have made on our travels. I give thanks for all we do in our chapters and our lodges to make a difference in the lives of our children at Mooseheart and our senior members at Moosehaven, and for having the opportunity to serve those in need in our communities.
You will all be in our prayers of thanks, as we sit down to enjoy a traditional family Thanksgiving dinner. I can almost smell the turkey baking in the oven, and all of the many aromas that will fill my kitchen, but the best part of the whole day will be sharing it with family and friends, and having the wonderful memories of all of you tucked away in a very special place in my heart!
Remember there is no such thing as a small act of kindness. Every act of kindness creates a ripple with no logical end!
Be kind, ALWAYS! Hugs,
Judy Davis, Grand Regent
Happy Fall, Coworkers!
990's are all filed, the walls in our Moose homes are being covered with Cradles, and we are decorating our meeting rooms for our Christmas Monetary Walk for Mooseheart and Moosehaven…it must be October! WOW…where is the time going?
October always seems to be a time of transitioning from summer fun activities to apple picking, long fall walks, and hot apple cider. In the Northeast, and many other areas, we are preparing our yards and outside living areas for the cold and snow that are promised by Mother Nature. We have tilled our vegetable gardens, readying the soil for next year's crops, and put our flower gardens to bed under blankets of crisp fallen leaves to prepare them for their long winters sleep. Our summer furniture and other "fun" summer items have been packed away and our snow blowers and shovels are moved to the front of our sheds for easy access, as we anticipate the snow and ice that will soon be headlines in our weather forecast. (Some of us are even putting up our Christmas lights and decorations to avoid having to brave this task in the cold and snow)
Hopefully, we are also preparing our chapters for the winter months…filling our calendars with fall and winter activities to attract those that enjoy the sleigh rides, bonfires, and hot chocolate, as well as those of us that prefer to stay inside by a warm fire, with games, movies, or other inside events. Officers, be sure to be checking off those monthly checklists so that at the end of April (it will be here all too soon), we will be in line to receive our Award of Achievements.
Coworkers, this is also a time to make sure that we are staying on top of our Membership Retention efforts. November is approaching fast and if you do not have events planned for Membership Retention week, November 6-12, it is time to act! Get coworkers involved as you plan special events to make this a successful week! Recorders, have those "expired" and "dropped" lists available for your Membership Retention Chairman so that they can meet with their committee members to come up with plans to get these coworkers back on the chapter roles. Once events have been planned, contact all of the coworkers in arrears by calling, visiting or mailing (snail or email) personal invitations to special Retention events/activities planned over the week. Remember…we all like personal contact, and sometimes it is harder to decline an invitation if we are speaking directly to the person!!! Also, keep in mind our obligation to sponsor new members. Create a "new" member sponsor challenge with incentives for coworkers sponsoring one or more candidates for membership in the month of November, with prizes, a dinner or snacks at a celebration at the end of the month. Perhaps even schedule an orientation to coincide with your day of celebration! Although we need to make RETENTION an important part of our program all year, let's make a HUGE impact on our membership numbers this November! I know you can do this, coworkers!!! Let's RAISE THE ROOF in Tampa with RECORD HIGH MEMBERSHIP GAINS!!!!
I have not received many "random act of KINDNESS" this month, and I hope we are all still committed to doing this for my year as your GRAND REGENT. PLEASE, report these to me. Remember, the holiday season is approaching very quickly, and there are many folks that have a rough time during this season, so there are MANY opportunities to BE THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A GOOD OR A BAD DAY IN SOMEONE'S LIFE, each day. Help me to "Raise the Roof" with acts of kindness in Tampa!
As I close I leave you with a quote from Ralph Waldo Emerson…
You cannot do a kindness too soon, for you never know how soon it will be too late!
Be Kind, Always! Judy Davis, Grand Regent
Our kiddos are back at school, the air is getting crisp, and football season is in full swing, GO RED RAMBLERS!!!! Hopefully, our chapters are all planning for our Star Recorder Activity Night, and celebrating all of our newly conferred Star Recorders!!
We should all be gearing up for October, and the Mooseheart, Moosehaven Activity Night. Remind all of the coworkers in your chapters (maybe send a note or postcard), of the "Christmas in October Monetary Walk" for the children at Mooseheart and senior members at Moosehaven. Plan a fun program for all who attend with Christmas decorations, and perhaps a Christmas Cookie Swap event for after the meeting. And don’t forget the October Cradle Fund program. Have you all been busy printing off cradles? Challenge your lodge brothers to see who can post the most cradles on the wall, men or women…my bet is on YOU coworkers!!!
Remember to work your expired member lists EACH month. In West Virginia, College Board President, Peggy Shinn, asked coworkers at their annual conference to treat every month as if it is April! Instead of being in panic mode on April 1st to accomplish the +1 gain in membership for the Award of Achievement, panic every month. Work the list you receive each month from Moose International. If we are making those calls, or even visits, to coworkers in arrears each month, when April rolls around, you will only be concentrating on one month, and our membership numbers should be in great shape. Also, keep in mind, the obligation we signed when we filled out our application to join the WOTM…we promised "to increase the strength of the order by proposing for membership, qualified individuals of high personal character". Have we all sponsored and enrolled at least one member into our chapter this year? If each one of us in our chapters, continue to do this each year, we should never have to worry about the security and well-being of our children at Mooseheart, or our senior members at Moosehaven.
I am pleased to report that I have received several "random acts of kindness" for our "Raise the Roof" project in Tampa! Thanks, to each of you who have participated…keep them coming! And for those of you who haven’t sent anything yet, there is still lots of time. It gives you such an amazing feeling in your heart each time that you do something nice for someone who is totally not expecting it. You could be the difference between a good day or a bad day in the life of a total stranger. PLEASE, be just that difference!
The sun is out, and the beach is calling, so UNTIL NEXT MONTH remember…
CONSTANT KINDNESS CAN ACCOMPLISH MUCH. AS THE SUN MAKES ICE MELT, KINDNESS CAUSES MISUNDERSTANDING, MISTRUST, AND HOSTILITY TO EVAPORATE!!!! ~Albert Schweitzer
Be Kind. Hugs, Judy Davis, Grand Regent
As I sit here on the beach writing this newsletter, I keep pinching myself to be sure this is really REAL. My feet are somewhere in between the white, puffy clouds, the beautiful, blue sky, and the sand under the ripples of the waves…not having quite landed yet from the celebrations in St. Louis. I am so extremely excited to be working with all of you to "Raise the Roof" in our amazing fraternity, this year and so very proud to be serving as your new Grand Regent.
To the new board and council members, what a wonderful surprise meeting you all! Congratulations! Some of us have worked together in the past and the others… we will become very close over the next couple of years, and I am so looking forward to creating many lasting memories and having many new adventures with you all. And new Deputy Grand Regents, best of luck to you during your year ahead. Remember to make this year a fun, learning experience for all, as you see to all of the duties at hand…and breathe!
I extend sincere congratulations and appreciation to the 19 new "FRIENDS", the 135 new Star Recorders, and the 334 Collegians, who were conferred during our sessions in St. Louis. How proud we all are of your accomplishments, and your dedication to the Women of the Moose program. Hopefully you have returned to your chapter meetings filled with renewed energy and enthusiasm as you travel on your next Moose journey and also, helping your fellow coworkers in their endeavors as others have assisted you.
It was so much fun catching up with old friends and making new friends as we were off to meetings and events. The time seemed too short as we filled our hearts with hugs and memories to last until we meet again in Tampa next June. We were so blessed that our GRAND Chancellor, Barbara McPherson, had recovered enough from her VERY recent surgery. Although she could not attend everything, we were all very pleased that she was there to address us all and for all of the major celebrations. It is so great to have you back Barb. As always, it was great to hear from Director General, Scott Hart, and Mooseheart Executive Director, Gary Urwiler, or should I say "Hans"and "Frans" reporting on the news of Mooseheart, and the happenings in our fraternity, and Moosehaven Executive Director, John Capes as he reported on the news of Moosehaven and the exciting new Moosehaven Centennial Project.
It was incredible hearing all about the amazing travels of Terri Walls, "Hello Walls", and Jeanenne "Lotsaletters" Lautzenheiser, and the events they participated in over the past year, and to celebrate with our new Supreme Governor, "Fritz" Griswold as he began his exciting journey as our new Supreme Governor.
And now, to settle in, coworkers…We will soon be off to our association conferences, and hopefully there will be record attendances so that we can "Raise the Roof" in our associations. Fall is a time of celebration for the WOTM…from Top Honor Chapters to Green Caps!!!! Be sure to make this an exciting time, as we honor the Green Cap Coworkers at our conferences, as well as at their Green Cap Chapter Activity Nights!! And remember Jr. Graduate Regents, you still have several tasks to accomplish to fulfill your obligations to receive your call card for the coveted College of Regents Degree. Be sure to check your WOTM General Law Books to make your list and be sure to check it more than twice.
By now, many of you have already attended a WOTM Training Session, or a 2 HOTT Training Session, but for those of you that have not, check the Moose website (www.mooseintl.org) for upcoming sessions in your areas. Those coworkers working towards Green Cap, College of Regents, and Star Recorder Degrees be sure you are attending these Sessions. To all other coworkers, these sessions are interesting, and very informational….a great way to gain knowledge, and be able to become more involved in your chapters.
It's hard to believe that we have just completed the first quarter of the chapter year…chairman, have you planned your fundraising projects and activities for your chapter night meetings? Have you contacted the coworkers on your committee to help? Remember…personal contact…we all like to be asked to help out. Sometimes all we need is a little coaxing, and to feel needed, to pull us away from our favorite television show, or to take us away from our social media! Officers, are you using the checklist in the back of your Officers Handbooks at your Board meetings? Recorders are you going over yours with your Board of Officers? These great tools provided by WOTM Headquarters are a shoe-in for success. Recorders and Sr. Regents, I know you have provided lists of coworkers to the chairman, and are helping them with the chairman pamphlets and forms 114 and 166. Your College of Regents committee could also help out, too. It truly does "take a village". No coworker can make it on her own.
As I close this first newsletter of our year together, I would like to thank all of those coworkers who were truly listening to the words of my speech in St. Louis, for the incredible response to my request for documenting your "acts of kindness" and forwarding them on to me. I have received several to date…keep them coming! For those not attending, I asked each coworker and brother of our great Moose Fraternity, to remember that "Everyone We Meet Is Fighting Some Battle We Know Nothing About!!" "So, Please, Be Kind, ALWAYS!!" I challenge each of you to perform at least one 'Random Act of Kindness' every day, and document them. Send them to me via email, snail mail, facebook, or text, daily, weekly, monthly, or whenever you get the chance. I will keep track of them all, and report to you next year in Tampa, in some fun, interesting way, ALL of the differences we made in the lives of others. Hopefully our "Random Acts of Kindness" will become habits and just become the "norm" in our daily lives as we "Raise the Roof" of our great fraternity.
I leave you with this thought:
"Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which has the potential to turn life around." – Leo Buscaglia
'Til next month. Hugs', Judy Davis, Grand Regent
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