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As we near the end of this campaign year, we are within reach of showing a gain for the first time in seven years. While we are down some 1600 Moose Legionnaires (at mid-March), there is still time to contact those who have not renewed and make a concerted effort to get them to renew. While we continue to receive good news on recruitment of new members, it is also important to preserve those we already have as members. The reason I mention this is because I’ve noticed a decline in the number of new members attending activity events within our Lodges.

Working with our respective Moose Legion Secretaries, Jr. Past Presidents, his Retention Committee and the Council of Higher Degrees we can and must make the effort to contact those expired and former members and return them to the rolls. I often hear of the frustrations over having to deal with the same problems each year; that of membership retention. Some of you have been in the leadership roles within your jurisdictions for many years and understand this is an ongoing problem. Some may be new to the membership process and by now probably understand the challenges of retention. Retention is something we should be doing each day if we are to increase our membership.

The International Moose Legion Council is actively pursuing ways to increase membership and retention and being something we all need to do each day by interacting with our membership through constant communication. This reaches from getting new members involved, to following up on those we haven’t seen at our Lodge Moose Legion Committee meetings. We need to pull out all stops to interact with our membership. These things do not magically happen, they take time and effort. Have you and your Directors reached out to all or at least most members? Have you tried something new to reach out to them and get them back and involved?

It takes a team to do this right. It is not just the Jr. Past President, his committee and the Council of Higher Degrees. It is a coordinated and sustained effort that will allow us the opportunity to succeed. At the end of the day, you can at least say that every effort was made to retain our fellow Moose Legionnaires.

With the right personal effort, you can help assure that our members remain active and involved within their Moose Legions, Lodges and even help our Chapters. Together we can make a difference and keep more Brothers in the Moose Legion. As we end this Honoring Community Heroes Campaign year will you at least make the effort with a final push?

The Moose fraternity is steeped in tradition and ritual. Some lodges have a strong ritual in place to educate new members. Moose International puts our ceremonial guidelines for this ritual. Does your lodge have a ritual team for your membership?

Moose International has just put out the Lodge Moose Ritual Competition 2018 Entry forms on the website. We invite all members and lodges that have ritual teams to enter in this year’s competition. In prior years the Fredericksburg has always had a strong presence at the competition. I am sure this year will be no different.

If you wish to attend, please download and fill out the attached forms. And, good luck!

The Membership Department is pleased to announce that Christopher (Chris) Roberson (of Franklin, West Virginia) has accepted the position of Territory Manager for western Virginia (Territory #16) and will begin his employment with Moose International on April 9, 2018. Chris is a member of Franklin WV Moose 769; he is a Pilgrim of the Order and is presently completing his term as President of the West Virginia Moose Association. Professionally he has been employed in the education field, holding his B.S. in Education from West Virginia University. We look forward to working with Chris and wish him many years of success as a member of the Field Staff.

Fraternally, Mike Rios-Director of Membership

Are you ready for spring? It really is just around the corner. I would like to suggest it is time for some spring cleaning. That sounds like a lot of fun, right? However, clearing out the trash and scrubbing down this or that is not quite what I am proposing.

My proposal is that we might truly work together to clean up our respective fraternal unit’s expired member list. We are winding down the final months and weeks of the 2017-2018 fiscal year. The time to build our positive numbers – or reach them, to begin with – is right now.

Some fraternal units did very little, while many chapters, lodges and Moose Legions made really good strides during November’s retention week program. They reached out and contacted members, many of whom only needed a friendly nudge to be retained. But what have we done since? Remember that retention week was promoted as a “one-week focus” – but a “year-long commitment.”

As we wind down the year, we have a chance to show again. Continued effort to recruit new members is part of the solution. Reaching out with friendly contacts to retain the members we already have is vital and important. Let us each pick up the phone or go visit a member who has not renewed and remind them of the many positive attributes of Moose membership.

Each of us can make a difference – each member saved makes an impact! Just like sponsoring new applicants, we have to extend a fraternal hand and invite members to retain those benefits of membership they originally bought into. Remind them of the value of membership to both themselves and to those in our care who depend on all of us.

If each chairman and officer acted as true leaders of the fraternal units they represent, a great spring cleaning could be accomplished. Won’t you please at least give it a try? The person you save might be thankful and attend or even help with an upcoming function.

Eventually, with the right mentoring, they might even become a positive leader of our fraternal unit. But first, we have to reach out and retain them as members and encourage their renewal. Yep, time for a little spring cleaning it seems. I’m going to try – will you?

We often hear the question – “why are there so many rules?” – and understand the frustration.

It used to be different. We just did what we thought was best and learned from our mistakes. Rules are usually formulated when someone makes a mistake. If you look at many personnel manuals, most rules are as a result of an incident that caused issues so we put rules in place to protect others from suffering the same pitfalls.

For example, did you know that our fraternal units are “corporations” and as such are required to have meetings? Did you know that we are required to pay sales tax? Many of “our” rules come directly from the IRS in order to protect our tax-exempt status and are a direct result of our Mission Statement.

The question is often asked, why other fraternities don’t have the same rules. The answer to that is that all companies don’t have the same rule and their structures are different.

Think about it: What other fraternal organizations do you know of that takes care of over 200 children on an ongoing basis, and serves its members like we do at Moosehaven? We have an obligation to protect our interest and are required to abide by certain rules and regulations in order to maintain our status.

When I grew up, we would ride in the car, lay on the back dash, jump around and do whatever we liked. Our seat belt was our parents’ arm and it didn’t always work. Once our highways became more dangerous, safety regulations were put in place to protect us. Now, we have child seats and seat belts. Those are the rules.

So the next time you become frustrated about the rules, think about what they protect; our most precious assets – the children at Mooseheart and our seniors at Moosehaven who depend on us every day.

It is with great sadness that we must announce our Defending Circle has been broken.
Pilgrim of the Order, Gene Roland Robertson passed away Monday, March 5th, 2018.
May Our Brother Rest In Peace

PORTSMOUTH – Gene Robertson, “Buck”, passed away on Monday, March 5, 2018. He was born on January 18, 1930 to the late Paul and Margaret Robertson. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Curtis Robertson and Donnie Robertson and a sister, Pauline R. Wood.

Gene was a veteran of the Korean War. He served in the US Marine Corps and the US Marine Corps reserves. Gene retired from the Ford Motor Company after 32 years. He was a dedicated member of the Loyal Order of the Moose Lodge #898. He was past governor and rose to the Pilgrim Degree of Merit.

He is survived by his three daughters, Robin, Susan and Sharon Robertson; two brothers, Ronald Robertson and wife, Jackie and William E. Robertson and wife, Jeannie; a sister, Betty Lee Reynolds; and a host of nieces and nephews.

A Pilgrim service will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday, March 8, in Sturtevant Funeral Home, Portsmouth Blvd. Chapel. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association

Click the Following link to view obituary as posted by Sturtevant Funeral Home

Well, February has come and gone.  March is here and it is that time of the year again for your nominating committees to refuel.  They need to be actively looking to find those qualified members willing to step up and put their skills to the test as Directors of your Moose Legion.

We need qualified members that are willing to give of their time and substance for the betterment of our order.  This is not to be a popularity contest.  We need leadership that cares if we want to maintain and sustain our jurisdictions.

Each year our leadership has the task to find willing member candidates for office.  We must get them to training at an MLEC (if they haven’t been to one recently) and then elected and installed prior to May 1st so they can get to the business of running our Moose Legion Jurisdictions.  There are lots to do including setting up activities for our membership and raising funds supporting Mooseheart, Moosehaven, and Camp Ross.

We are in the final two months of the 2017-18 year and if you aren’t looking at your arrears list by this time you may be slipping in membership and may want to look ahead.  Are you plus for the year?  How far away are you?  Can you call a few members on your list and get back to +1?

Do you have any new candidates that haven’t been to Conferral yet?  They don’t count on your active member list until they are enrolled.  Maybe it’s time for a Mini Conferral at YOUR Lodge to get these Lodge members conferred that haven’t been able to make it previously.

There are a few more holidays or other occasions to work into great Moose Legion fun nights.  It takes planning.  But, these are ways to bring in new member prospects, so don’t let go of these opportunities to give your members a fun activity and bring prospective members with them to have fun and probably then sign up their friends which will help support your lodge and Moose Legion Committees.

As of January 31, 2018, the Moose Legion President’s Project was officially still a little short of the needed goal to replace the doors, windows, and gutters on the bunkhouse, but the siding at this time had been funded!  A very heartfelt gracious THANK YOU, to all of the donors that have reached deep into their pockets and participated in this fundraiser to help finish this worthwhile project.

I also want to thank all of the people that have organized and worked the many fundraisers for this project.  We have a very respectable camp environment that can give our Kids, Mooseheart family teachers, and staff a place to stay year-round in comfort.  In this semi-wilderness environment, we bring nature to the forefront for our kids and staff to enjoy.

We should be actively planning attendance at the New Orleans convention and our Moose Legion Fun weekend in Oklahoma City in November.  Thanks so much for all you do as Moose Legionnaires!

President Mike

It is with great sadness that we must announce our Defending Circle has been broken. Pilgrim of the Order and past VMA President, Mike Arrington passed away February 14, 2018.

Mike was a member of the Tappahannock Lodge #2133 and was Virginia Moose Association State President - 2013-2014. Mike received his Degree of merit in 2009.

A Pilgrim Tribute is planned to be held at the Tappahannock Moose Lodge. Date and time to follow.


UPDATE: 2/17/2018

****Services for Mike Arrington****

**1 pm, Saturday, Feb 24th, 2018**
***Ephesus Baptist Church***
***Dunnsville, VA, 22454***

****Social to follow at Church****



It is with great sadness that we must announce our Defending Circle has been broken.
Pilgrim of the Order Norm Desroches, passed away Thursday, February 8th, 2018.
Norm was a Lifetime member of the Sandston Lodge #1937 and was living in San Leandro, Ca. He received his Pilgrim degree in 1997.
Norman was Deputy Regional Manager for the VMA from 2007-2011.
Norm was instrumental in establishing the Walkerton Moose Service Center #2679 September 28, 2008

the Following is a VMA Web Page Guest Book entry he made Sunday, June 30th, 2013


Norman DesRoches


I would like to say I miss everyone in VA.
I am now living in California
Bob Guest if you see this I miss talking to you I am on facebook contact me. 
I am still a life member of Sandston lodge 1937 

Pilgrim. Brother 
Norman DesRoches

Sunday, June 30th 2013 - 07:26:59 PM

A private memorial service will be in California.

Click Here to view obituary and sign guest book as posted by

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 4 meetings. We look forward to seeing you at the next meeting.

District #4 Schedule of Meetings
Date Location/Info
Saturday, April 7, 2018 Dale City Lodge #2165
Saturday, July 21, 2018 Franconia Lodge #1076
Saturday, October 6, 2018 Manassas Lodge #1380

Regular Officer Meetings 10:00 am
General Business Meetings 11:00 am

Blue Ridge Moose Legion #82 Events Schedule
Event Location/Info Date
Annual Celebration / Conferral & Picnic - 2018 Lynchburg-South Moose Family Center #1727 April 14th, 2018
2018 International Moose Convention New Orleans, Louisiana July 11th - 15th, 2018
Celebration / Conferral & Ritual Drawdown - 2018 Lynchburg Moose Lodge #715 July 21, 2018
13th Annual Charity Golf Tournament to Benefit Massey Cancer Center
Sponsored by Blue Ridge Moose Legion #82
Location to be announced August 11, 2018,
8:30 AM Shotgun Start
2018 VMA State Convention Sheraton - Roanoke VA. August 23rd - 25th, 2018
Fall Celebration / Conferral - 2018 Vinton Moose Family Center #1121 October 13, 2018
2018 International Moose Legion Ritual Competition and Conference Oklahoma City, Oklahoma November 9th - 11th, 2018
Winter Celebration / Conferral - 2019 Bassett Moose Lodge #383 January 12, 2019
2019 VMA State Mid-Year Conference Sheraton - Norfolk VA January 17th - 19th, 2019
Annual Celebration / Conferral & Picnic - 2019 Bedford Moose Lodge #1897 April 13, 2019
Celebration / Conferral & Ritual Drawdown - 2019 location to be announced July 20, 2019
2019 VMA State Convention Sheraton - Roanoke VA. August 22nd - 24th, 2019


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