The Supreme Council has extended the Lodge Grant Program for a second consecutive year, dedicating funding of $1,000,000 in renovations and repairs for lodges in need for 2018-19. Originally, the Grant Program was scheduled to run for three years with the final projects being completed in 2017; however, after examining the overall success of lodges who had participated in the program, the Council decided to extend the program for a second additional year.
Lodges can begin applying on July 18th, with the final date for submitting an application being the close of business on August 17th. 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 18th.
Attendance at the 2018 International Moose Convention is still required. Those lodges that are considering applying for a grant but have not yet made convention plans can still take advantage of early bird rates up until June 8th. After that date, full convention rates will apply. At least one representative from the lodge needs to be scanned into an official meeting at the New Orleans convention to qualify for the program.
On all grant applications, please make sure to include specific costs from bids received from contractors or service/product providers. Lodges should start gathering bids prior to July 18th in order to be ready for the application process. Complete guidelines for the 2018-19 Lodge Grant Program can be found in the Programs and Events section.
Lodges that have previously received grant money through this program are still eligible for grant consideration. All projects must be completed by June 30, 2019.
Each year, local Moose Lodge representatives ask high school officials across North America to recommend two high school students to State/Provincial Association Youth Awareness Congresses, which are held in October and November each year.
Students are selected based on academic achievement and leadership qualities. Those who attend an Association Youth Awareness Congress are asked to create a Moose KidsTalks presentation by selecting a topic and developing a presentation around that topic. They are then asked to find opportunities, with the assistance of their sponsoring Moose Lodges and/or Women of the Moose Chapters, to speak to groups of 4 to 9 year-old children. There are numerous sources for potential audiences: scouting units, elementary schools, day care centers, Sunday School classes, Boys’ and Girls’ Clubs and YMCA youth programs just to name a few. Each student is asked to present a minimum of three (3) Moose KidsTalks between the end of the Association Youth Awareness Congress and February 29, 2016. They are also asked to complete written reports on their presentations and submit them to their respective Association Youth Awareness Coordinator.
In early May each year, approximately 60 students, who attended Association Youth Awareness Congresses and completed the minimum of three (3) Moose KidsTalks presentations, were selected by their peers to attend the International Youth Awareness Congress. The 2018 International Youth Awareness Congress was held in Boston, Massachusetts from April 26th-30th. At the conclusion of the International Congress, five students were selected by the attendees to receive scholarships. The winners were:
1st – $12,000 – April Johnson, MI
2nd- $8,000 – Mikayla Postma, CO
3rd – $5,000 – Nathan Plym, WI
4th – $3,000 – Andrew Littlefield, CO
5th – $2,000 – Dylan Badillo, MA-RI
Thank you to everyone who participated and made this year’s International Youth Awareness Congress a huge success!
The Washington State / Northern Idaho Moose Association has become the first Association in the Moose Fraternity to host a joint Mid-Year Conference!
The first Joint Meeting took place on the Friday of the Conference and was packed with enthusiastic Fraternalists. Both President Paul Taylor and Deputy Grand Regent Heather Morgan led the meeting and introduced the Official Visitors. Saturday morning the WOTM and LOOM held their only separate meetings to handle their various individual items, but quickly came together again for the second joint meeting that afternoon.
The men and women also worked together in multiple Heart of the Community service projects. There was an EZ-ID / Safe Surfin’ event for a local elementary classroom, where volunteers fingerprinted nineteen children. People also volunteered at the local Humane Society where they washed windows, took pets for a walk, and donated supplies to the shelter.
All in all, this Joint Mid-Year Conference was a huge success! The Official Visitors commented that they hope this idea spreads throughout the Fraternity and are looking forward to seeing what the future holds.
For hotel/motel accommodations in the Mooseheart area to attend the June 2, 2018 Pilgrim Degree conferral and Mooseheart commencement ceremonies, contact the Lisle/Naperville Hilton Hotel off I-88, approximately 12 miles east of the campus.
If reserving online, go to www.hiltonlislenaperville.com and select your arrival date of Tuesday, May 29, 2018 (earliest) and your departure date of Monday, June 4, 2018 (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 $81 per night, which will include a breakfast buffet for up to two people. Reservations must be made by May 7, 2018.
If arriving by air, American Taxi 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 Taxi 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.
Moose International is happy to announce a more user-friendly version of Moose magazine for mobile devices – perfect for members who are busy and on-the-go! The new and enhanced version features flowable text and adjustable font size so you no longer have to struggle to read stories from your phone or tablet! In addition, the contents view makes it easy to see all the stories/features at once so you can jump to your favorite section much faster, while still being able to see the traditional/page view if you desire. A tutorial is also offered to walk you through all the features/benefits of the new platform at the beginning. We hope you enjoy this new enhanced version of Moose magazine, making it easier for those of you on the go to stay connected! Check it out for yourself here!
25-Club members will be spending the evening of Saturday, July 14th with comedian Jeff Allen. Jeff Allen combines clean, hilarious humor like no other comedian working today.
Performing comedy for over three decades, Jeff Allen’s work has been seen on every cable comedy show in the U.S. including Comedy Central’s Premium Blend and VH1’s Standup Spotlight. His one-hour special, Happy Wife, Happy Life aired on the Odyssey Channel and Family Net. He’s been featured on the Grand Ole Opry, the U.S. Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen, and the Montreal Just for Laughs International Comedy Festival – the most world’s most prestigious comedy venues.
Jeff Allen is regarded as one of the premiere clean comedians working today. Most of his humor centers on marriage and living with teenagers – material to which everyone can relate. The humor he packs into his performance comes rapid-fire, and doesn’t stop until the end. Whether it’s a set of 15, 30, 60, 90 or 120 minutes, Jeff Allen will make you ache with laughter. Learn more about Jeff Allen on his website.
This is a show you won’t want to miss! To register today, visit the 2018 International Moose Convention website.