Programs & Events

New Moose Experience

Two years ago in Nashville, Moose International launched the beginnings of “The New Moose Experience,” an as-yet undefined project that would look to engage the next generation of families and individuals with whom we have had limited success in attracting as members.

This year in St. Louis, that vision was more refined, yet not quite ready to be introduced to the membership as additional details needed to be solidified. An exciting program had emerged from a myriad of initial proposals, but there was a tremendous amount of research, testing and planning still needed to make it a reality.  I want to share with you an excerpt about this “new experience” from my message to those in attendance at the St. Louis Convention  –

The hardest thing for you and me to grasp is that it will not have anything to do with your Lodge or Chapter.  This is something completely innovative, yet has Moose DNA threaded through it.  This new Moose experience will be under the Umbrella of our organization.  It’s lifeblood will be Moose.  And realizing that Millennials, as a whole, are just not interested in joining Lodges, this experience has to be different.  And it will be different.   It will be a new brand that has Moose at its foundation.  Just as the lodges are the experience that is hallmark and preference of all of us in this hall. This new Moose experience for Millennials will be their unique way of coming together. And the timing is right.  Millennial families are seeking a way to come together.  A way to come together that compliments and supports their unique lifestyles that blend work – play – learning – and giving into a singular day to day, even hour to hour life – as a integral and supportive community.“

This investment into the future of our Moose organization, our fraternal mission and into the lives of future generations is something that only Moose can own. It is three distinct lines of business under one roof, meeting the needs of Millennial parents, today’s child and our local communities.  In this New Moose Experience you will find –

New Moose Experience

1. A state-of-the-art flexible workspace environment available to independent workers and small businesses that desire a flexible and convenient workplace for themselves and/or their employees. Our hospitality-first focus generates a dynamic and creative work environment that brings leaders and innovators together under one roof.

2. A unique Moose-branded, flexible learning-oriented childcare experience –designed to accommodate the variable schedules of parents while delivering a high-quality early childhood education experience that instills the values Moose cares about and are found at Mooseheart – caring for others in need, social responsibility, and community contribution.

3. A comfortable, casual social space with intentionally family-focused food and beverage. Serving high-quality, healthy foods at all parts of the day that meet the needs of today’s modern family. Whether the need is for a quick-serve breakfast, a more relaxed lunch or a ready-made family dinner to take home, we have it covered.

4. To compliment all three lines of business, Tommy Moose will lead our development of “Kid Citizens.” A space where children and their parents live out their values through service programs and initiatives that benefit the local community and raise funds for Mooseheart.

This is just a brief description of the program. For additional information about the New Moose Experience please refer to the following documents: New Moose Experience Overview and our FAQ Sheet.

This is truly an exciting time to be a Moose! We are expanding our network and setting ourselves up to be positive community influencers for centuries to come.  In addition, we are opening up another avenue of financial support for our children at Mooseheart.

Thank you in advance for your continued support and the dedication you provide our Fraternity.  Without you, we would not be in position to invest in such an ambitious program that looks out long-term for the future of our fraternal mission.

I hope you’ll agree that for the longevity of the organization, this additional path makes sense and contains just the right amount of Lodgic to succeed!

Sincerely and fraternally,

Scott D. Hart
Director General
Moose International

Moose “Heart of the Community” Scholarship Program

The R. Robert Dale Scholarship program has been modified and renamed as the new “Heart of the Community Scholarship Program,” because R. Robert Dale funds were expended years ago, and the program is now being supported solely by the Moose Fraternity. We believe this more accurately reflects the fraternity’s commitment to supporting youth in the community. Read about more specific program changes here.

If you have any additional questions, please contact Brian Schimek either by E-Mail or at 630-966-2257.

Safe Surfin’

It should come as no surprise that the fraternity that cares enough about children to make Mooseheart a reality enters the 21st century with protection of children who use the Internet as a key concern. In 2008, the Moose entered into a partnership with the Safe Surfin’ Foundation, a Virginia-based organization which has been a leader in attempts to keep the Internet a safe place for children to explore.

In addition to educating children and their parents on using the Internet safely, support provided by the Moose has enabled Safe Surfin’ to expand its programs to furnishing law enforcement with computer equipment to be used to pursue Internet predators, as well as ballistic vests to protect officers while apprehending these criminals. Moose is also a strong proponent of the EZ Child ID program, which provides parents with an electronic file that contains personal information, electronic fingerprints, photographs and a video file of their children. This information is readily available to law enforcement if a child becomes lost or is abducted.

More information about the Safe Surfin’ Foundation can be found in our Forms/Documents section. To learn how your Lodge/Chapter can be more involved with Safe Surfin’ Foundation, please contact Camille Ruffino by email or call (630) 966-2213.

Youth Awareness

For more than 25 years, we have organized high school students into a highly effective speakers’ bureau with the goal of educating preschool and elementary school-aged children on a variety of topics, including drug and alcohol abuse, child abuse, “stranger danger,” bullying and peer pressure, and healthy habits and nutrition.

Through Moose KidsTalks presentations, participants in the program have reached an audience more than 750,000 children throughout North America. Students also have a chance to compete for $30,000 in college scholarship money that is awarded annually through this program.

APPLY HERE!

For more information about how youth can participate and for the Association Youth Awareness Congress Schedule and lists of Loyal Order of Moose & Women of the Moose Youth Awareness Coordinators, please visit our Forms/Documents section.