The Supreme Council has extended the Lodge Grant program one additional year in order to assist more lodges throughout the Fraternity. Application dates for the 2018-19 Lodge Grant Program will begin on July 18th, 2018 and close on August 17th, 2018. This year, the projected time frame for announcing the next $1,000,000 cumulative grant award recipients is early September.
Please read the following information in order to improve your lodge’s chances for securing a Supreme Council Lodge Grant:
Attendance at the 2018 International Moose Convention is still required. At least one member representing the lodge needs to be scanned into an official meeting of the Order in New Orleans for the lodge to qualify for grant consideration.
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 the application appearing on July 18th within the lodge’s Moose Admin section.
All lodges will have access to the application; however, those lodges not represented at the 2018 International Moose Convention in New Orleans will be eliminated following the meeting.
Grants will be dispersed in quantities between $500 and $25,000.
Funds are to be used to repair, replace or upgrade current equipment and facilities which will make the Lodge more appealing/functional to current and future members. (i.e. – replacement of a water heater; roof repairs; new seating for the social quarters; replacement of worn carpeting; new signage; installation of a POS system; parking lot repair, etc.) Funds will not be granted to pay taxes, loans, past bills, or other financial obligations of the Lodge. Repairs and upgrades cannot be retroactive.
These are not loans – there is no monetary payback required. The Lodge will be required to sign a statement if a grant is awarded, however, pledging to become more Fraternal by following the tenets set forth by Moose International regarding Lodge activities, fraternal giving and Heart of the Community activities.
Whenever possible, always submit specific bids for each of the projects listed on your application. Attach the bid to your proposal if possible, but if you cannot, you must still list specific costs from the bid within the application. If selected, you will be required to supply the bid upon which the application was based. It is highly unlikely that you will be funded if you submit estimated costs with no justification.
Have some skin in the game. Very few lodges will receive the capped amount of $25,000 as the Supreme Council seeks to help as many lodges as possible throughout the Fraternity. If you do submit a request for $25,000, or for any amount for that matter, please note how your lodge has – or is going to – contribute to the project either financially or through volunteer labor. If your project costs exceed the $25,000 cap, you are more likely to be considered if you indicate whether partial funding of the project through a grant will allow you to move forward, with additional funding coming from the lodge or other sources.
If you list several projects on your application, always identify specific costs for each project and the order of importance to which you attribute each project on your list. Many of the awards during the last four years were for one or more specific projects listed within a single grant request.
Size of the lodge makes little difference as long as you can show that you operate as a true fraternal unit. Grants have been approved for lodges ranging from 50 members to 2,500 members, but not for any that currently operate as little more than a bar.
Your fraternal record is taken into account when considering grants, including membership trends; contributions through Moose Charities; MI accounts receivable trends; Heart of the Community activity, etc.
Applications will be reviewed by the Territory Manager, the Regional Manager, Moose International staff, and the Supreme Council. Applications may be denied at any time during this process based on the request of the field staff or fraternal history of the Lodge.
Make sure your Territory Manager or Regional Manager thoroughly understands the projects for which you are requesting funds and how completion of the projects will enhance the lodge.
All proceeds granted by the Supreme Council will be forwarded directly to the vendor. The lodge must approve the work that was done and forward the invoice to Moose International. Moose International will also pay deposits on projects when requests for payment are submitted with a proper proposal/quote.
A follow-up report, including before and after photographs, is required for all projects.
Finally, don’t wait until the last minute to submit your application. While it has no bearing on whether you are approved for a grant or not, issues in regards to completing the application caused much distress among those who waited.
Membership campaigns are created and implemented by the Membership Department at Moose International. Annual Membership Campaigns typically run from May 1 to April 30 and have a unique theme each year.
This year’s Annual Membership Campaign is Moose on a Mission, which runs from May 1, 2018 to April 30, 2019. Last year we focused on growing our Lodges and Chapters in order to support our core values. Now it’s time to build on that success and push above those levels and recognize those individuals and organizations who share our value of “doing good for others.”
Campaign ads to use in your Lodge/Chapter newsletter can be found in our Forms/Documents section.
New Orleans is one of the world’s most fascinating cities – it’s home to a truly unique melting pot of culture, food and music. Join us in one of American’s most culturally and historically-rich destinations from Wednesday, July 11th – Sunday, July 15th, 2018 for the 2018 International Moose Convention.
From world-famous restaurants to hidden music clubs, New Orleans has something to discover at every turn. Follow your instincts, your rhythm, your flavor and fun to discover the heart, soul and spirit of the city.
The Moose Legion Council is excited to announce a FUN Moose Legion weekend in Oklahoma City this November! We will have Ritual Competition, honor our Veterans, enjoy some fellowship, sightseeing, and just have fun.
This event promises to be a relaxing fun event for Moose Legionnaires and their ladies with minimal meeting structure buts lots of neat stuff to do. Come and have fun with us in OKC in November 2018.
It’s simple, you can earn points for sponsoring members, attending meetings, holding office, or just renewing your dues. Every member has an opportunity to participate and your points are awarded automatically without any paperwork or submissions.
Here’s what you earn for each activity:
Sponsor your FIRST ever new or re-enrolled member into the LOOM or WOTM – 6,000 points
Sponsor a new or re-enrolled member into the LOOM or WOTM – 600 points
Sponsor your FIRST ever new or re-enrolled member into the Moose Legion – 1,000 points
Sponsor a new or re-enrolled member into the Moose Legion – 250 points
Renew your Lodge or Chapter dues – 250 points
Renew your Lodge or Chapter Dues (year 1 to year 2) – 1,000 points
Renew your Moose Legion dues – 150 points
Renew your Moose Legion dues (year 1 to year 2) – 600 points
Pay dues multiple years in advance – 1,000 points
Become a Life Member – 1,000 points
Join the Moose Legion – 250 points
Become a Life Member of the Moose Legion – 600 points
Qualify for the 25 Club – 1,000 points
Attain the next division(s) within the 25 Club – 250 points
Attain a higher degree of the Order – 1,000 points
Members you sponsor renew their dues (year 1 to year 2) – 1,000 points
Members you sponsor renew their dues (year 2+) – 600 points
Members you sponsor renew their Moose Legion dues – 250 points
Attend an International Moose Convention – 1,000 points
Attend an instructor-led, live training session – 1,000 points
Complete an online training program – 600 points
Hold an elected office in your Lodge or Chapter* – 8,000 points
Hold an elected office on your Association Executive Board* – 600 points
Hold an elected office in the Moose Legion* – 1,000 points
Attend the Moose Texas Hold ‘Em tournament or future select programs – 250 points
*At least 10 months in office and still in the position on April 30th
Here’s how many points are needed to redeem for:
Annual LOOM dues for Lodges with dues between $34-$50 – 22,500 points
Annual LOOM dues for Lodges with dues between $51-$100 – 30,000 points
Annual WOTM dues – 12,500 points
Annual Moose Legion dues – 9,000 points
Registration for the International Moose Convention – 30,000 points
Contributions to Mooseheart & Moosehaven through Moose Charities* – 8,000 points
Moose gift store merchandise* – 8,000 points
Gift cards^ – 25,000 points
Bass Pro Shop
Cash^ – 25,000 points
Entry into the Texas Hold ‘Em tournament – 420,000 points
Moose cruise fees – 726,400 points
*Represents the number of points for every $10 contributed or available for purchase
^ Number of points needed for each $25 card or $25 in cash
All program access is online:
Simply visit the My Membership Record section of the Moose website and your Rewards Record will be contained in your individual section. If you have visited before, simply log in. If you have not, follow the instructions to establish a user profile. You can keep track of your points and redeem them by revisiting this area. To redeem points, you must also provide a valid email address.
The program’s official start date is May 1, 2015 and is scheduled to conclude on April 30, 2020. All activities conducted from the start date through conclusion will be counted towards points earned. No activities prior to the start date will be awarded points as previous programs and awards were in place to reward activity. Points are non-transferable. Moose International reserves the right to alter the program at any time.
For promotional materials and more information, including the Official Terms & Conditions, please visit the Membership section on the Forms & Documents page.
Since 2000, the fraternity has offered at least one travel opportunity each year for our members to take advantage of. Previous excursions have traveled to destinations like Alaska, Hawaii, Canada, the Mexican Riviera, Great Britain and the Caribbean. We have many members who participate on a regular basis, and new travelers are always welcome. Travel opportunities are normally posted one year in advance to give members time to plan and save money for the trip. And if you have a favorite vacation spot, please share it with us. It may end up being a selected destination in the future.
This year’s trip is a 10 Night Panama Canal Cruise from October 8-18, 2018. Sailing with your fellow Moose Members is a great way to check the Panama Canal off your bucket list, and the perfect way to travel through one of Condé Nast Traveler’s 7 Cruise Wonders of the World, all while exploring equally fascinating places along the way. So stretch out on a Caribbean beach, admire the pristine rainforests, stroll the cobbled streets of colonial towns and journey through the fabled Panama Canal.
Click here for more information and to register for the 2018 Moose Cruise!
For more information, please contact Gordie Dailey by E-Mail or at 630-966-2214. (Please note: Generally, emails will receive a more timely response than phone calls).
Many of us forget that new members really know very little about how the Fraternity, or for that matter, how an individual lodge or chapter, operates. People want to believe that they joined an organization with a higher purpose, as well as one that celebrates life through activities and friendships at the local level. Use the materials below to supplement the information you will be providing at the local level. Make sure you discuss those areas that are most important for the new member, stay on-point, and make your presentation as interactive as possible.