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California Wildfire Information

The 3 Lodges, all in Territory 44, that had the potential to be impacted are Napa 516, Sonoma Valley 2048 and Santa Rosa 458. West Coast Regional Manager Norm Dean has provided the following information:

 

Napa 516:

Napa has reported that they are fine and are operating normally. The fires are to their northeast and are coming under control. Although operations were not affected by the fires, they participated in efforts to  produce 5,000 meals for first responders and evacuees; donated close to 1,000 relief bags for first responders; and also helped to completely fill up a 24 foot transport truck to take donations to a campground full of people who had been displaced during this ordeal.

Over the course of the weekend, Lodge 516 was also mentioned on local radio station KVYN as a Resource Center for others to bring donations and volunteer services for those affected or fighting the fires, as well as listed in the local paper for their contributions. Sunday morning was a beautiful sight to see when EVERY single member on the property got up from their plates during breakfast to help load the 24 foot truck as one solid unit, in which we were able to complete the task in 20 minutes flat due to everyone helping at once!

 

Sonoma Valley 2048:

Sonoma Valley reports that they were without power until Monday, October 16th. The lodge facility is undamaged.  The Social Quarters were reopened the Social Quarters on Wednesday, October 18th and resumed full operations on Monday, October 23rd.

They have partnered with their local Rotary Club and Chamber of Commerce by providing volunteers and space for sorting and distribution of relief supplies out of the lodge facility. There are 3 evacuees camped on the lodge property until they can return to their homes. Displaced persons are being allowed to camp on the lodge property until they can return to their homes. Chapter Recorder Cheri Burgi lost her home but is maintaining a positive attitude.

 

Santa Rosa 458:

Santa Rosa experienced the greatest impact and were unable to reach the lodge home until Monday, October 16th.  The lodge facility is undamaged. They were without utilities during that time and lost perishable food. Electrical service has been restored but gas service has not. They are unable to open without gas service. Several of their members lost homes to the fires. The lodge is coordinating distribution of emergency supplies through a local warehouse. Other lodges in Northern California are sending donations. Administrator Gary Packard is maintaining a positive attitude and is focusing their efforts on helping others in the community.

They plan to resume operations on Tuesday, October 24th. The fires devastated numerous buildings within a four block radius of the lodge, Arby’s, McDonalds, Applebees, Kmart, America’s Best Inn, two trailer courts and numerous other homes. Randall Packard, grandson of Administrator Gary Packard, has been spearheading relief efforts. First at the lodge facility, then the Elsie Allen High School, and now at donated warehouse space. Randall vows to continue his relief efforts and is planning to assist families this Christmas season as they recover. Administrator Packard donated the use of a commercial generator to the high school for use during relief efforts. The lodge will be donating the use of the hall for an upcoming insurance and legal seminar for those displaced by the fires. A full count of how many members lost homes is not available at this time.

2017 Supreme Council Grant Recipients

The Supreme Council extended the Lodge Grant Program one additional year, dedicating funding of $1,000,000 in renovations and repairs for lodges in need for 2017-18. Originally, the Grant Program was scheduled to run for three years with the final projects being completed by June, 2017. Consensus among Council members was that the program has had success in inspiring lodges to make needed improvements via funds from grants, as well as through fundraising efforts on their own.

Thank you to every lodge that applied and congratulations to the recipients. We look forward to seeing photos of the completed projects. View the full list of the 2017 Supreme Council Grant Recipients here.

Disaster Relief

Hurricane Harvey

For those located in Texas or the surrounding areas:

Although any contribution is appreciated, right now there is a need for  all types of canned foods; water– lots of water; bathroom towels/wash cloths; hygiene products; blankets; baby food; baby clothes/items; snack items; paper towels.

A distribution center has been set-up at the VFW, 1452 Highway 361, Ingleside, TX 78362, about 2 miles from the Aransas Pass lodge.

Any gift cards should be sent to TMA Secretary  Glenn Singleton,  P.O. Box 276435, San Antonio, Texas 78227.

Please email any questions to Territory Manager Ron Trygstad.


For those who wish to offer cash contributions, please review the statement below that was sent to all lodges and chapters yesterday via Official Communications:

The individuals and communities impacted by Hurricane Harvey will soon be looking for assistance wherever they can find it.  The Moose Fraternity has always reached out to help those in need and the Moose has a long history of partnering with the Salvation Army, which is providing disaster relief onsite.

For those members organizing fundraisers or collections through their lodges or chapters, the General Governor’s Office has issued a blanket dispensation throughout the month of September enabling those charitable actions to take place.  The dispensation requires all net proceeds to be distributed to the Salvation Army or another reputable local agency and may be listed on your quarterly Heart of the Community report due November 15th.  Those lodges/chapters that hold special events or fundraisers in relation to Hurricane Harvey may also send digital photographs and brief descriptions to our Communications Department for possible publication online or within Moose Magazine.

Individual members who are interested in helping during this trying time in Texas can send donations directly through the Salvation Army.

Our thoughts are with those whose lives have been impacted by this historic storm.


Hurricane Irma

A letter from John Capes, Executive Director of Moosehaven:

Irma is gone but certainly not forgotten.

She left a mess on campus including downed trees, limbs and moss.  We’ve got a number of areas with modest water damage due to leaks and penetrations around windows and even through the brick.  Shingles scattered about the campus clearly suggest we need to check all shingled roofs for damage.  The southeast corner of the Michigan deck was damaged by a falling tree but it does not appear to be structural and it did not penetrate to the interior.  The most disheartening damage is to the pier, which is completely destroyed.  The storm surge was devastating and at one point even crested our seawall.

However, despite everything, our residents are safe, services continued throughout the storm, including hot meals and a 24/7 deli and salad bar.  Once again our Moosehaven staff did an amazing job.  The Leadership Team was on-site fulfilling various roles including damage control, hall monitors and safety and security.  I would especially like to acknowledge the efforts of Bill Tippins, Director of Operations, Helen Taylor, Director of Resident Services, Richard Duley, Director of Facilities, Scott Fuchs, Director of Environmental Services,  Kevin Hawley, Chef and Randy Anderson, Director of Dietary Services.

Thank you for your continued thoughts and prayers.  Everything here can be fixed or replaced.  We’re good to go.

 


The five lodges in Florida Keys and several others in the surrounding areas have suffered property damage. Many Moose members in Florida have been evacuated from their homes and are anxiously awaiting to see if they are able to return. We do not have any more information to offer at this time but ask that you please keep all victims in your thoughts/prayers, as certainly a lot of our members in the Keys have lost everything.

Many lodges have already started collecting donations to help those in need. The Sanford Lodge #386 in North Carolina has partnered with the VFW, the American Legion, and their local Elks lodge to help the victims of these natural disasters. If you are in that area and would like to help, please drop off cases of water, diapers/baby items, nonperishable food items, or anything else that might be needed to the lodge and they will make sure the items are delivered.

Lauderdale Lakes Moose #2267 in Florida is also collecting donations at 6191 Rock Island Road, Tamarac, FL 33319. They are specifically in need of the following supplies: non-perishable food; bottled water; sanitary wipes; and cleaning supplies. Contact persons: Tim Haley, Administrator or Ed McGurn, Social Quarters’ Manager (954) 721-9409.

If you are not able to make it to the drop off locations listed above but would still like to help, please consider donating to the Florida/Bermuda Moose Association, which has established an assistance fund to provide monetary funds to lodges affected by Hurricane Irma. If any lodge, chapter, Moose Legion, member, etc. would like to donate to this fund they can send checks to Florida-Bermuda Moose Association – care of: Secretary Scott Cushing, PO Box 278017, Miramar, FL  33027-8017; checks should be earmarked for Hurricane Irma Relief Fund.

Any questions can be directed to Association Liaison Jerry Monk or Territory Manager Bolton Bunting.

Members of the Moose fraternity have always been ones to step up and help in time of need. We thank you for your willingness to help during this troubling time.

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