The Moose Journalism Awards program seeks to encourage and motivate editors of all Moose publications towards the achievement of consistently high journalistic standards in their newsletters and, through such achievement, to enhance communication and shared information between Moose members and their Lodges, Chapters, Moose Legions, Higher Degree Councils, and Associations.

Entries are now being accepted for the 56th Annual Moose Journalism Awards, to be announced at the 2018 International Convention in New Orleans, LA. Participants can download entry/informational forms for both the publications and website portions of the contest at the following link (s):

2018 Publication Entries
2018 Website Entries

The deadline for website submissions is 4:30pm CST, Friday, February 23rd, 2018. The deadline for publication submissions is 4:30pm CST, Friday, March 2nd, 2018.

Lodge/Chapter publications are eligible for the Moose Journalism Awards competition ONLY if they hold a valid Moose Publication Permit (per requirement of the General Laws), UPDATED with EDITOR’S E-MAIL ADDRESS, or have sent a completed Publication Permit application to the Moose International Communications office that has been received by January 31, 2018. If you’re unsure whether your lodge holds such an UPDATED permit, call 630-966-2229. Association, Moose Legion and Higher Degree Council publications do not require a permit, but are required to follow the permit requirement of mailing one copy of every issue of the publication to the Dept. of Communications, 155 S. International Drive, Mooseheart, IL 60539-1174.

Good luck to all the participants!

Effective with all new applications received for the 2017-18 school year, from applicants graduating in 2018, the R. Robert Dale scholarship program has been modified and renamed as the new "Heart of the Community Scholarship Program".  Because R. Robert Dale funds were expended years ago, and the program is now being supported solely by the Moose Fraternity. We believe this more accurately reflects the fraternity's commitment to supporting youth in the community.

Another modification to the program relates to adjusting the distribution of the scholarship funds in a way that is more relevant to the needs of todays' students.  Under the R. Robert Dale Scholarship Program, funds were provided for higher education to students with Moose affiliation.  Students who satisfied requirements were entered into random drawings for the chance to receive a $1,000 award and several students received scholarships. But, as the cost of higher education has steadily increased over the years, the need for more substantial financial aid has increased as well. This trend indicates a very present need for us to adapt accordingly, if we are to continue to attract young people to our organization through this program.  Therefore, under the new "Heart of the Community Scholarship" program, the pool of funds will remain the same but we will be reducing the total number of scholarships given, and raising the award amount for each recipient.  Yet, please note that special consideration will still be given for Lodges and Associations that exceed the program requirements.

The third component of the program that was in need of adjustment was the applicant criteria, as these were minimal under the R. Robert Dale program, requiring just a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale.  Applicants also were required to be a Junior in High School, and be sponsored by an active Moose member who was an immediate family member.  Under the new Heart of the Community Scholarship program, students will still need to be a Junior in high school during the year of application, and will still need to be sponsored by an active Moose Member and immediate family member, but will be required to have earned a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale instead of a 2.5.  Additionally, new in the Heart of the Community Scholarship program, students must also have participated in both in-school/ extra-curricular and out-of-school activities, to be verified by school staff and/or employers.

Applicants must also engage in volunteer activities on behalf of the Loyal Order of the Moose.  This requirement assures that they have some connection to the fraternity and more appropriately embodies the spirit of volunteerism which is so foundational to our fraternity.

The recipient selection process will remain exactly the same which takes into consideration an association or province's total active membership as well as the number of applications received.  The refined Heart of the Community Scholarship program will commence in the 2017-18 academic year.  Applications for the Class of 2018 will be due no later than June 30, 2017.  We are confident that, by implementing these changes, we will be better able to serve the applicants, increase the integrity of the program, and better emphasize the high value our fraternity places on both activities and community service.

Class of 2018 Information Sheet
Class of 2018 Application

If you have any additional questions, please contact Brian Schimek either by This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or at 630-966-2257.

This program recognizes each Lodge's selection of its most outstanding member as their Moose of the Year.  Since ALL active members of the Order may be considered as a Lodge's Moose of the Year nominee, it is our belief that no Lodge has an excuse to not participate in this recognition program. Submitting a timely Moose of the Year is one of the criteria for a Lodge to earn the Premier Lodge Award.

The Moose of the Year is selected by the Lodge's Junior Past Governor, serving as Chairman, and at least three other Past Governors of the Lodge. If three (3) active Past Governors are not available, the Governor may appoint other Lodge Officers to the selection committee. Additionally, if the Junior Past Governor is not available to serve as Chairman, the Governor may appoint any Past Governor of the Lodge to serve in this capacity. The Moose of the Year selection should be based upon the member's overall record as a Moose during the past year, with particular attention paid to his membership efforts, his support of Moose Charities and his contributions to his Lodge and community.

Electronic Submission. The Lodge's Moose of the Year selection will be submitted to Moose International electronically, via the Admin Menu. Submissions will begin being accepted on Thursday, June 1, 2017 and end on Monday, July 10, 2017.

The Junior Past Governor may convene this committee and identify their Lodge's Moose of the Year selection any time after May 1, 2017, so their selection is ready to be submitted between June 1, 2017 and July 10, 2017.

As a reminder, Lodges are required to submit a Moose of the Year nominee as part of the criteria for the Premier Lodge Award.

Is your Lodge proud of its newsletter?  Do you think it needs recognition?  The Virginia Moose Association wants to hear from you!

The Virginia Moose Association wants to encourage and motivate editors of all Moose publications towards the creation of the best publications any lodge can have.  The VMA wants to encourage the highest journalistic standards in newsletters to enhance communications and shared information between Moose Lodge members and their Lodges and Chapters.

Entries are now being accepted for the Virginia Moose Associations Annual Moose Journalism Awards, to be announced at this year’s 2017 Virginia Moose Convention in Norfolk Virginia.  Participants can download the entry/information forms for the publications contest in the following link.

The deadline for submissions is June 10, 2017.  For more information, please see the Publication Entry Form.  Do you want to check our your competition, click here!

Every Lodge can achieve the Premier Lodge Award, how is your lodge doing?

Beginning May 1, 2016 through April 30, 2017, in order to earn the Premier Lodge Award a Lodge must:

  1. Increase Active Membership over the fiscal year end ed 4/30/2016
  2. Lodge must have at least 100 members in Active status at year  end to be eligible
  3. Increase in Total Giving to Moose Charities, excluding amounts for Safe Surfin’, Special Olympics, Youth Awareness or other “pass-through” gifts not directly benefiting Mooseheart or Moosehaven, over the fiscal year ended 4/30/2016 OR Lodge per capita contributions to Moose Charities during the fiscal year ended 4/30/2017 must equal or exceed the fraternity-wide per capita average of $6.48 per member (as established during the prior 2 calendar years)
  4. Submit all Heart of the Community Reports by established deadlines receiving a grade of “Good” or better on each report
  5. Submit all Lodge Safety Inspection Forms by established deadlines 
  6. Indebtedness on the monthly Moose International Consolidated Billing Statement is less at April 30, 2017 than the balance due shown on the May of 2016 statement (any April 30, 2017 balance of zero or less is considered less than the prior year)
  7. Submission of Moose of the Year nomination form by established deadline
  8. Transmit the April 30, 2017, monthly financial reports by May 10, 2017 AND transmit all other months by the 15th of every month.
  9. Lodge must be represented at the 2016 International Convention
  10. Lodges must remit Endowment Fund contributions to Moose Charities in at least 10 months during the year.

New! - Leadership Awards

When the Lodge qualifies for the Premier Lodge Award, both the Governor and/or Administrator can earn a Leadership Award, qualifying each of them for 50,000 Moose Rewards points.  This program replaces the Governor’s Award of Excellence.  In order to qualify, the following criteria must be met individually:

  • Must serve a full term from May 1 through the following April 30th
  • Must be an active Moose Legionnaire at the close of his term, April 30th
  • Must sponsor at least three members into the Order during term of office 
  • Must, during his term of office, have personally attended all meetings below during his year of service  (Alternate Delegates qualify for a Lodge’s representation but does NOT qualify for the Leadership Award)
    • International Moose Convention AND  Association Annual Convention AND  Association Mid-Year Conference without exception, ALL of the above conditions MUST be met in order to qualify for the award.

***At the discretion of the General Governor, a Lodge may be disqualified from earning the Premiere Lodge Award or Leadership Award for failing to abide by our General Laws.

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