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Our mission at Moose Charities stems from the origins of the Moose, which started in 1888 as a men’s social group, and was given its true mission in 1913 and again in 1922. Those were the years when our Fraternity pledged to provide home and education to children who, through no fault of their own, lived in less-than-acceptable environments and pledged again to provide a safe and secure retirement home for senior members of our Fraternity.

Have the rules, programs, and procedures changed over the years? Of course, they have and they will no doubt continue to change as we move forward.

Change is inevitable, but if we truly believe that mission, we must continue to be the guardians and caretakers of children and seniors. If we truly and sincerely believe that we do make a difference in our communities, that the whole is greater than its parts, then we will adapt to new programs and new procedures. We will continue to be proud of our accomplishments and we will truly and sincerely understand the value of being members of this great organization, our Moose Fraternity.

However, regardless of what procedures change, caring for children-in-need and providing for senior members of our Fraternity, this mission will not and cannot change. We must always keep in mind that membership is critical to the future of Mooseheart and Moosehaven.

So, my friends, Moose Charities will continue to ask for your donations. WHY? Because our Fraternity must continue its mission – because we know that lives depend upon us. We must keep our promise to provide a place for at-risk children and senior members. That is who we are and what we do with what we have! This is our mission!

God bless Mooseheart, Moosehaven and God bless our Fraternity!

Well, I almost missed the beginning of the year…okay I know it is January 30 and the month is all most over, but I can still wish all our fantastic members "HAPPY 2018!"

I usually don't set any New Year Resolutions as within minutes I have broken them, but I did this year. My resolutions are to be healthier and happier, take off 30-40 lbs, exercise by walking, and to smile more at everyone I meet. I usually journal all year, and I have lots of them in boxes from the sixth grade to now, but my journal this year is writing down my blood sugars and my walking time with a few remarks. I started January 2, 2018, and have documented in my Journal and on Facebook, because you see, I need all of you to keep me on the right track so I don't break these resolutions. It is like everything we do in the Moose, we need each other to be successful in our Chapter year. If we are there for all our members we are a successful group, the Chapter grows, members participate, we are having fun, eating together, planning all kinds of activities together that we don't have time to dwell on the gossip running around the corners of our Lodge homes. My friends, yes, I consider all of you my friends, but as I have said before we don't all have to be besties to be a successful Chapter. We need to learn to respect and work with each other at all times towards our mission of supporting Mooseheart, Moosehaven and our communities. We should be united in our goals so the Chapter earns the Award of Achievement and we should uplift the Co-workers working for their personal honors. The important thing is to work together for everyone's success.

That said, FEBRUARY, the month of LOVE, is almost upon us. HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY TO ALL OUR MEMBERS. There are so many things going on in all the Chapters this month; selling the Rockers for the Endowment fund, Valentine dances and dinners, Mid-year Conferences, and making plans to attend the International Conference in New Orleans. Share the LOVE and have FUN!

This is also the time for nominations and elections for 2018-19. Have you announced the dates, time and place of the first, second and third Nominating Committee meetings, as well as the names of the co-workers serving as your Nominating Committee? At the second meeting in January you should have asked co-workers to submit names for consideration to serve as an officer. The first Nominating Committee meeting shall be held during the first two weeks of February (prior to the 15th) with the second and third meetings held after February 15th. Make sure all Nominating meetings are announced at Chapter meetings prior to the date held and that you hold them before the first meeting in March. At the first meeting in March the FINAL Slate of Nominees is read to the Chapter. At the second meeting in March (two weeks later) Elections are held and then anytime in April you hold the Installation of Officers. WOW! We'll be busy! Plan ahead to stay organized and productive.

Remember co-workers, always have lots of fun even when you are working hard at completing your Chapter year. The next few months are going to be busy for you as well as for me, but I promise to stay in touch with you either here on the Moose Website or check out my "Travels of the Grand Regent" page on Facebook. Follow Tiddlywinks and me as we visit Macon, GA, New Orleans, LA, Cedar Rapids, IA, Harrisburg, PA and then Ontario, Canada.

I am here for you……Love to all, have a fantastic February and March!

Grand Regent Kim

Hello Co-workers!!

What a busy time of year this is. Remember to get plenty of rest and most of all enjoy this time with family and friends. Make good memories!

Conference is just weeks away and I have enclosed the schedule as it is now. Past Grand Regent Sandra Thompson is our Official Visitor and she is sure to provide a fun and interesting program. I have talked with her by phone and email and we are both planning an enjoyable time for you.

Rooms are still available, but limited, so reserve yours now. Call me if you have trouble reserving a room.

Saturday afternoon, January 20th, is workshop time and Sandra and I are thinking of subjects that you would be most interested in. I know that the afternoon will be entertaining and informative so plan to be there. Also, if there is something you would like us to talk about, email me with your suggestions and I will do my best to include them in the program as time permits. My email is This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Remember to get your baskets ready for the now “Famous Basket Raffle”. Each conference I think they can’t get better, but they do! I’m looking forward to once again buying my raffle tickets in the hope that this time maybe, just maybe this time I will win a basket.

A great way for your Chapter to get involved at the State Level is to help out by furnishing a few door prizes to be given away at the end of each session. Be sure to enclose a card or note with your Chapter name, number and address so our co-workers will know who to thank. You may give your door prizes to the hostess chapter as you register.

I appreciate all you do to make our Conferences memorable and successful. Have a wonderful Holiday Season and I will see you all in January.

Much love,
Susan Ridenhour, DGR
Phone: 540-353-4647

Oh my gosh! Halloween is right around the corner. Our Chapters and Lodges are hosting boo-tastic parties for the children and devilishly-fun ones for the adults as well. Hope you are really getting into the ‘spirit' of things.

Is your Lodge home promoting the Moose Charities Cradle Fundraiser? Are sales ‘rocking' over last year? Promote donation opportunities to your members; start a competition with the LOOM; get creative and support our kids!

November and December are fast approaching – Are you ready?! Our Chapters have lots of opportunities to fill the calendar with activities the next two months. The Award of Achievement will be sent to the Junior Graduate Regents in early November, so be watching for it in the mail. Officers – familiarize yourself with the Meeting Procedures and Agendas so you understand the ceremony for presenting the 2015-16 Award of Achievement to the Past Regent and then honoring the Chapter with the 2016-17 Award. Plan a special recognition event or celebration dinner. Determine a place of honor to display the certificate for one year, letting every co-worker and visitor know the Chapter attained its goals. It signifies that the members worked hard to follow the program of the Women of the Moose, and as a team they qualified for the Award of Achievement. Congratulations for working together as a team to make this happen for your Chapters. Also in November we celebrate with the College of Regents, honor our newest Collegians and recognize others for continued successes.

Our Canadian Brothers and Co-workers celebrated Thanksgiving on October 9th and I hope you enjoyed a fantastic day with family and loved ones. Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday and here in the States we will celebrate on Thursday, November 23, 2017. Why is it my favorite holiday? Because there is no real pressure, just the 4 F's; Food, Family, Friends and Fun. All day long, eating, chatting, playing games like Crap on your Neighbor (it's a card game!) then more eating and oh! the desserts and snacks…..I'm getting fatter just thinking about it. Co-workers, just before you go to enjoy that wonderful meal I encourage you to take a moment to bow your heads and give thanks to the Lord above for all that we have, for our children at Mooseheart and for those wonderful seniors at Moosehaven…then dig in!

Being recently retired, I don't have to go to work on Black Friday. I may even become a crazy lady and go shopping! I love to watch other people run around like chickens with their heads cut off. Yes, I actually saw that once on the farm and yes, some people do act that crazy. Be careful out there!

Once we have shopped all the sales, we begin preparing for Christmas and holiday celebrations. On the WOTM calendar, December is Community Service month. I hope the committees are preparing something special for your community Christmas Baskets for needy families, a free meal for those who may be alone for Christmas, Toys for Tots, Santa pictures and presents for children who may not get anything, gifts of hope for women who have been abused, and on and on. There are so many different projects that you can take part of in your community. Kwanzaa and Hanukkah are also celebrated in the month of December and there are so many wonderful good deeds that we as members of the Women of the Moose can perform regardless of our religious affiliation or belief. I encourage you to get involved. It is at this time of the year we get caught up in the giving of presents and forget the importance of the giving of gifts. Not only those gifts purchased with money but consider those made by hand and given from your heart. Donate your time and talents to improve the situation of someone else. Or maybe donate to Moose Charities in honor of a loved one. When my grandchildren give me handmade gifts, I think of the Grinch knowing "my heart grew three sizes that day." Christmas is my second favorite holiday; my family always gets together the second weekend in December. They all converge on my home, we celebrate the 4 F's again, Food, Fun, Family and Friends…but we sneak Santa in there too. I wish each of you the best of times during this holiday season.

A quick shout out to Father Time who will leave us at midnight December 31, 2017. "Thanks for a great year" and a big "Hello" to Baby New Year January 1, 2018. Send us all a happy, fruitful and healthy year.

I would like to leave you with this,

Pay attention to the whisper in the wind…someone is telling you they love you!

Kim Pettit
Grand Regent

It is with great sadness that we must announce our Defending Circle has been broken.   Our College of Regents recipient for the Fredericksburg chapter Bernice "Ciss" Gallahan has been called home.  Bernice passed on October 10, 2017. 

The Fredericksburg Chapter is holding a College of Regents Ceremony to celebrate Bernice’s life on October 22, 2017 at 2:00 pm.  All members are invited to attend.

For more information about service arrangements please click here.

SEPTEMBER already?!  My goodness, where has the time gone?

For me it seems like yesterday we were in Tampa, Florida for the International conference and the installation of your new officers.  As your Grand Regent I look forward to meeting, greeting and being a part of your Moose life this year. I have a little friend who is traveling with me, Tiddlywinks, my sock monkey moose.  He will keep me on the straight and narrow, I hope, but he will also report on our many comings and goings in the Moose Fraternity.  Be sure to look for him during my next visit!

Sadly, we lost two great Members in August, please continue to keep the families and friends of Vivian Borom and Andy Collins in your prayers as they grieve.

In August, I attended my first Conference/Convocation as OV, in Little Rock, Arkansas and let me tell you the co-workers ROCK in Little Rock.  I enjoyed my weekend with them so much and hope I was able to impart to them many new ideas and lots of great information.  I spent the weekend of September, 8-10 in Illinois with Supreme Governor Willard Kitchens.  We visited Lodges and Chapters as well as spent time on Mooseheart’s campus for Illinois Day.  On Sunday we had the privilege to take part in presenting the Senior Students their Class Rings.  I especially enjoyed meeting Tyra Bradley-Johnson. What an enjoyable and heartfelt weekend.

No rest for this retired gal – I type this for you from my room at the Holiday Inn, Fond du Lac, Wisconsin preparing for their Conference and Convocation.  I am looking forward to an amazing weekend of learning and having fun with the co-workers and brothers here.

I hope the September activities and events in your Chapter are going well.  This is Higher Degree-Star Recorder month, so please make sure you are honoring your newest Star Recorder and celebrating with the Star Recorders who have come before her.

October is right around the corner. Trees are changing color, the air is getting cooler and while many are carving pumpkins, the Women of the Moose are putting up trees and celebrating Christmas in October for Mooseheart and Moosehaven.  Make your Chapter meetings festive, informative, productive and FUN!

Please keep all our members in your thoughts and prayers as endure the wrath of Mother Nature; wildfires, floods and hurricanes.  We have lodges in need of repair, members’ homes damaged or destroyed and sadly, personal injuries or loss of life.  As members we have all pledged ourselves “to assist good standing members of the Order in any matter threatening their fami­lies.”  If you or your Chapter can assist in any way, I thank you.  Thoughts and prayers, monetary donations and supplies are all greatly appreciated.

Co-workers, love to each of you as we journey this path together this year!

Kim Pettit
Grand Regent

Did you know that the VA Moose Charities WOTM hold a basket raffle at each of our conferences twice a year?  This project has been going on for over 8 years now and seems to grow bigger and better each year.  We hold the raffle with approved dispensation from Moose Charities, Executive Director Jan Fregulia and Grand Chancellor Barbara McPherson at our Mid-Year and annual State Conferences.

This year at our State Conference in Norfolk the raffle was conducted on Friday, August 25 and Saturday, August 26, 2017.  We had 40 baskets that our Virginia Chapters donated. Many of these baskets included money, gift cards and any many extras.  This year we even had a grill donated as one of the baskets.  Our proceeds from this project netted $4,565.00 which went to the WOTM Centennial Project at Moosehaven.  At our Mid-Year Conference in Norfolk, Friday, January 20 and Saturday, January 21, 2017 we had 39 baskets raising $4,860.00 for the WOTM Centennial Project or a total raised for the year of $9,425.00. Virginia Chapters and co-workers, you Rock!  We cannot do this without you, so thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Our project when it was first started also included the "Gimme Five" project.  The "Gimme Five" project was the Endowment Fund of the future to achieve financial security for Mooseheart and Moosehaven.  After five (5) years the "Gimme Five" projected ended, and our new program the Donor’s Circle evolved to be that source.

We now have a few WOTM committee chairman who raise funds for all areas of Moose Charities in Virginia.  I love my role of Basket Raffle Chairman, but could not begin to achieve good results without the assistance of my Winchester co-workers who have assisted me over the years to get the program down to a science of teamwork.

Thanks to everyone for all you do for Mooseheart and Moosehaven

Well, we are already beginning month #2 of the 2017-2018 chapter year!  The days are just flying by now!!

If you have not yet, you will be  receiving your 1st DROPPED and EXPIRED lists-Recorder’s, be sure to share this info with coworkers, so that they can help to make calls, visits, or send reminder notes out to coworkers in arrears.  Be mindful of the advice given by College of Regents President, Peggy Shinn, to treat this and every month, as if it is April…and when that date comes up on our calendars, our membership numbers will be looking great.  Membership, Membership, Membership, should be something we are all working diligently on all year.  There are so many people in our communities, workplaces, and families who would love to join such an amazing fraternal organization as our MOOSE FRATERNITY, if only someone took the time to share with them who we are, and all of the great things we do! Do you remember the obligation we each signed on the application we submitted to be voted on for membership? “I promise to fulfill my two primary obligations of 1) increasing the strength of the order by proposing for membership qualified individuals of high personal character, and 2) giving of my energy and substance in support of Mooseheart and Moosehaven” are two of the promises we each made…so let’s keep true to our commitment, and invite others into our Order.

Chairmen…hopefully you have already met with the members on your committees, and are writing up those fundraising proposals so that you can begin planning successful fundraising projects this chapter year that will be “off the charts!!!”  Let’s beat ALL records for membership and donations this chapter year, just because, “we know we can, coworkers”!

I truly hope our chapter meetings and activities are filled with kindness and compassion.  Remember coworkers, kindness can be something as simple as a smile or an invitation to join a group in a social time after our meeting or at a chapter/lodge events.  Being kind is contagious, and a coworker who is a recipient of your kindness, is more apt to be kind to others!  ALWAYS make your coworkers feel needed and wanted while visiting your Moose home, and they will want to frequent events and activities and also invite their friends and families.  Of course, we are all different, but different does not mean that any of us are any better or any more important than anyone else…we all have something unique and beneficial to bring to our chapter meetings, fundraising and community service projects and we all have interesting, innovative ideas on how to grow our membership and bank accounts.  Be fair to everyone, and listen.  We are all working for the same end result…the continued support and safety for our children at Mooseheart and senior members at Moosehaven.  If we do not learn to treat others with kindness and generosity, we are missing out on the opportunity to make our Moose world and our world in general, a better place!!  Performing acts of kindness for strangers, as well as each other, helps build cooperation, trust, and a sense of safety among us.  It also helps us to see others more positively, and to understand some of the obstacles in our daily lives.  Perhaps we could start a “Moose Kindness” day each week, inviting coworkers and brothers to participate volunteering in our communities, maybe at a local museum, library, or hospital.  Or maybe we could donate our time for a cleanup day at a local park, beach or on stretch of highway, or serve a meal at a local “Table of Plenty” for the homeless and others in need.  The ideas are endless, and being kind truly does come back to each of us even if it is only the good feeling it brings to our hearts, and the smiles to our faces knowing we have made the difference in the lives of others!

So…this is my last message and I would be remiss if I did not reach out to each of you with hugs, and shout “THANK YOU” for all of your “random acts of kindness” Facebook posts, support, thank yous, love, hugs and thoughtfulness, but mostly for your dedication, commitment and tireless energy and support for chapters, lodges, communities, and for our children at Mooseheart, and senior members at Moosehaven. For opening up your minds, hearts, and pockets whenever called upon.  And, for all of the love and hospitality extended to James and me this year on each of our Moose journeys.  It has been an amazing year, and we are so humbled and blessed to be a part of our wonderful Moose Fraternity. God Bless our great Fraternity and God Bless each of you!   See you in Tampa!

Hugs, hugs, and more hugs!!!


Applications for the Virginia Women of the Moose Lifetime Achievement Awards are now being accepted.  Do you know of someone deserving of recognition?  Now is the time to speak up!  Please complete the application as soon as possible so the award can be given for the August Convention in Norfolk Virginia!  The deadline to send in your applications is August 18, 2017!  For more information, please click on the form below.  We look forward to seeing you at the convention!

This is to inform you that the Shining Star Awards will be presented during the Saturday Night Banquet at the Annual State Conference in August 2017, in Norfolk, Virginia.

The Shining Star program was organized by the Virginia Moose Association (VMA) to honor outstanding co-workers for their achievements and accomplishments.  It is a wonderful way to honor co-workers for their hard work during the Chapter year and we would like to see all Virginia Chapters participate.  I am sure you can select someone in your chapter that is worthy of this honor.  The top three nominees from each category will be selected from the resumes submitted.  The winners will be announced at the banquet.  Please try to have your nominee present to receive the award if chosen.

  • Co-worker of the Year
  • Academy of Friendship Member of the Year
  • Collegian of the Year
  • Star Recorder of the Year
  • Chapter of the Year (include a resume which list the accomplishments of your Chapter and why the Chapter should be considered for this honor)

Senior Regent:  Please call a special meeting of the Board of Officers and your Past Regents to select one nominee for each category listed above.  After the meeting, please write a resume of 1,000 words or less for each nominee and forward it to Donna Smith, PDGR, at the address above no later than June 27, 2017.  Please remember the nominee’s name, address, chapter name or location should not be used in any way in the resume.

The Shining Star Committee this year is composed of Cynthia Putnam DGR, Pat Maxey PGCM, Donna Smith PDGR, Fran Wade PDGR, Denise Clausen PDGR.  You may contact any member of the Committee if you have any questions.


Cynthia, Pat, Donna, Fran and Denise

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”.

I realize that St. Louis seems like forever ago, and some of you may have forgotten my request to “Raise the Roof” with “RANDOM ACTS OF KINDNESS”, but I am still asking coworkers to perform these “acts”, often, and email (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) me those wonderful, kind things you are doing, so that we can fill and raise that roof in Tampa!!!!  Keep them coming right up to May 1st!

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

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